May 6, 2015 |
Great music isn't a stranger to the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street in the urban frontier of North Philadelphia. Just inside the French Gothic sanctuary, a large greenish angel points its trumpet heavenward. And only a few feet beyond that, on certain nights, stands the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, in one of its regular season of free concerts - the second season concludes on Saturday - with hardly any budget and, what's more significant, no conductor. "It saves on overhead," says bassist Jerrell Jackson with subtle, smart-aleck irony.
March 13, 2015 |
About a decade ago, when I was living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I found the imported foods in the sterile, Western-style supermarket to be prohibitively expensive, while meals from fragrant, enticing (and questionably hygienic) street carts, market stalls, and roadside restaurants were ridiculously cheap. This meant that, for a fraction of the price of a box of cereal and a carton of ultra-pasteurized, shelf-stable milk, there were bowls of spicy, steaming-hot soup, or stir-fried noodles scrambled with vegetable and eggs, or a savory, egg-y crepe stuffed with fried vegetables and fresh herbs.
November 19, 2014 |
The table was set, the delicacies beckoned. Smoothies whipped up with overripe strawberries. A cobbler confected from aged pineapple, bruised kiwis, and stale birthday cake. EPA administrator Gina McCarthy couldn't wait to dig in. "It's not often," she said, "that I get to taste the fruits of our labor. " McCarthy was in Philadelphia on Friday to laud a partnership aimed at solving two problems at once: food waste and hunger. Since last spring, Drexel University Food Lab students have been creating recipes that incorporate foods commonly donated to soup kitchens, where, despite best intentions, they may get thrown out anyway because they are unappetizing.
December 23, 2013 |
Serving daily meals through a late-autumn blast of ice and snow. Managing storerooms and shelves overflowing with donated food. Ensuring Christmas cheer for hundreds of needy kids through an Adopt-a-Child Gift Program. December is always busy at Manna on Main Street, a Lansdale soup kitchen, food pantry, and emergency-aid organization that serves a slice of the Philadelphia suburbs' "hidden poor. " But executive director Suzan Neiger Gould has a pointed message she likes to offer around this time of year, when seasonal spirits and tax deadlines combine to spur extra generosity.
October 3, 2013
D OMINICK RODRIGUEZ, 34, of Middlesex County, N.J., and Lori DeFinis, 23, of Bensalem, are co-owners with two other people of SouperVan, a food-truck business at Rutgers University in New Brunswick that recently expanded to Philly. Rodriguez and DeFinis run the Philadelphia operation, which is partnering with the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission in North Philadelphia. I spoke with Rodriguez. Q: When did SouperVan launch? A: In 2010, on the Rutgers campus. We've been there ever since.
June 7, 2012
Radnor pitcher Christy Von Pusch, a senior bound for Penn State, has been named Gatorade's Pennsylvania softball player of the year. The award honors athletic and academic excellence and character on and off the field. By winning the state honor, Von Pusch becomes a finalist for Gatorade national player of the year. The 5-foot-9 righthander went 14-2 this season, compiling a 0.81 ERA with 205 strikeouts in 1031/3 innings, and led the Red Raiders (19-2) to their first Central League title since 1984.
January 12, 2012 |
DON'T GET between city residents and their parking spaces. Just ask the members of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, who found themselves bounced from street to street in search of parking and wound up feeling unwelcomed even though they've been worshipping in their South Philly neighborhood for years. The church sits in the 2300 block of Fitzwater, a crowded street of rowhouses and limited parking, made worse by recent development. For years, the mostly African-American church congregation had been parking across the street on the north side of Grays Ferry Avenue, adjacent to what's now Toll's Naval Square, a luxury gated community of townhomes and condominiums.
June 17, 2011
By George Parry Dear member of Congress: Here at Constituent Outreach Solutions, we are appalled at the senseless destruction of Rep. Anthony Weiner's brilliant career. This forward-looking legislator is being hounded from office just for exploring the cutting edge in constituent services: using the Internet to help voters get in touch with their repressed but altogether natural desire to mate with their elected officials. Let's face facts: The voters want you. They want you to solve their little problems; they want you to impose order on their messy lives; and, even if the majority don't realize it, they simply want you. And why wouldn't they?
January 13, 2011 |
Sister Jean Webster considered the people she was feeding her "guests," not simply the homeless or hungry who roam the streets of Atlantic City. So she always served a big helping of "self-worth and dignity" with the fried chicken and scalloped potatoes she dished out five days a week at Sister Jean's Kitchen. Her homeless outreach started more than 25 years ago when she saw a man rummaging through a garbage can and invited him home for dinner. Her mission - she refused to call the place a "soup kitchen" - would grow to feed 400 people a day. Mrs. Webster, 76, a nationally known homeless advocate known locally as "Sister Jean," "St. Jean," and the "Mother Teresa of Jersey," died Monday, Jan. 10, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, where she had been hospitalized since Dec. 22 for a cardiopulmonary condition.
March 18, 2010 |
In her 18 years, Deanna Ormerod touched many lives with her sweet smile - from the homeless in Camden to her Lenape High School German club and cheerleading squad. More than 200 students from her various circles - athletes, musicians, and club members - attended a vigil in her memory Tuesday at the Medford school. Miss Ormerod, a senior from Mount Laurel, died Monday afternoon when the vehicle she was driving north on Hartford Road in Medford collided with a car going south.