August 10, 2014 |
In this grim summer for the Philadelphia School District, there are a very few bright spots. On Friday, in a backyard in West Philadelphia, one shone brightly. Twenty-five School District students, all recent immigrants from African countries, stood in the sun, celebrating their shoring up math concepts, working on science projects, and practicing their English. Assetou Keita, 20, a student at Benjamin Franklin High, said she came to the United States nearly three years ago speaking no English.
August 7, 2014 |
Over the next week or so, parents will be piling into cars to collect their kids from overnight camps. For many of them, it may feel like they never left. Thanks to a small army of photographers, bloggers and parent liaisons - plus technology that serves up all that information securely - parents need not wonder for a minute what their kids are up to. Whether that's a good thing has been a topic of some debate. Times have changed since the 1980s when Ali Reich of Abington was a camper at Camp Harlam in the Poconos, where she met her husband and now sends her 17-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter each summer.
August 7, 2014 |
Summer may be on its way out, but you should let your summer whites - especially the flimsy cotton frocks, skinny jeans, and warm-weather-only pumps - hang around. White's power move to the brisk weather makes complete fashion sense at a time when the stylish ignore staid style rules. No white after Labor Day? Yeah, whatev. Also, today's trendsetters are happiest when mixing the silky with the furry, the striped with the printed, and the zippered moto with the floral and flowy.
August 4, 2014 |
Dozens of teenagers gather in downtown Camden each day, sleepily dragging backpacks - voluntarily - onto buses at 7:45 a.m. This is the summer? It is when your summer camp goes beyond theme parks, camping, and an obstacle course. Also on the agenda: homework, learning about slaughterhouses, and a trip to a landfill. Rowan University's Champ/Gear Up summer program isn't your stereotypical summer camp. Then again, it's not supposed to be. With the mission of supporting a path to college, the six-week summer program accepts dozens of middle and high school students from Camden each year, busing them from the city to day camp in an environmental center in Hammonton or the Rowan campus in Glassboro, where academic work is mixed with field trips and other activities that craftily combine learning with fun. "We're guiding you through, but the whole time, we're embedding in your mind the importance of school, the importance of learning," said Derrick Gallashaw, 34, a Champ/Gear Up staffer who helps lead the program.
August 1, 2014
BUZZ: HEY, MARNIE, I saw the goofiest thing. My neighbor had a barbecue and served red wine with a bunch of fruit in it. Marnie: I bet that was homemade sangria, Buzz, essentially a fruit punch made with red wine. Buzz: San who? Marnie: Sangria. It originated in Spain, and the name comes from the Spanish word for blood, or sangre , in reference to its vivid red color. Not only do people make it at home, but you can buy bottled sangrias, with or without boozy chunks of fruit.
July 31, 2014
ALTHOUGH IT'S summer and the living is easy, perhaps you've noticed extra heat on Tom Wolf from Tom Corbett, who wants Wolf to remain a cabinetmaker instead of a Cabinet-chooser. (Get it? Wolf's company makes cabinets. If elected governor, he'd choose a Cabinet. So Corbett would rather he . . . well, if you have to explain.) The heat comes from Corbett's campaign saying Wolf is hiking taxes if elected and hiding taxes to get elected. Also, Wolf lies and is a hypocrite. More on that later.
July 31, 2014 |
On the surface, the Philadelphia Young Pianist Academy's concerts seem like a summertime variation on what's typically heard at the Curtis Institute, Astral Artists, and other local havens for young musicians. However, the first three PYPA concerts in the eight-day festival, now in its second year, featured mavericks of varying sorts, all artists through and through, but at times crossing the line into full-blown eccentricity. By design or by accident, PYPA is not more of the same.
July 31, 2014 |
Hello there On her summer 2005 tour of the University of Pittsburgh, Caroline was impressed with the campus, obsessed with the gold-and-navy-blue-striped rugby shirts worn by the student guides called Pathfinders, and determined to become a Pathfinder herself. That fall, she was leaving her first Pathfinders meeting when one of the rowdy sophomores who had hooted and hollered as the new guides introduced themselves walked up to her. "Hi, I'm Alex," he said. Caroline, who grew up in Media, had graduated from the all-girls' Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Bryn Mawr.
July 28, 2014 |
IT IS Christmas in July, and sports fans all over the Delaware Valley have reason to celebrate the season. Though we love watching our favorite teams in action, we like talking about them and assessing what their needs are to help them reach the promised land almost as much. At times like these, we are all tremendously knowledgeable and sagacious general managers. What do Ruben Amaro Jr., Sam Hinkie and Howie Roseman know that we don't?! This time of the year is truly a bonanza for us - less than a week to the major league baseball trade deadline and our Phils are clearly sellers; as training camp opens, there are still some serious questions to be answered for the Eagles; the Sixers' summer league performance has us all trying to decide whether Hinkie is a mad scientist, or just mad; and the Flyers' recent happenings, combined with the advent of the Ron Hextall era, have the Orange and Black devotees in a frenzy.
July 24, 2014 |
AFTER THE SIXERS' crop of rookies, young players and free-agent hopefuls finished their stint in the Las Vegas Summer League, Sixers assistant Chad Iske, who directed the squad, observed, "Overall, the effort we preached in both camps, especially mine, our transition defense, protecting the paint, I think we are getting better at it. " A week earlier at the Orlando Summer League, Sixers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce ran the show, and he was able...