July 20, 2014 |
Not long after dawn on Thursday, about 50 volunteers made their way over to a Point Breeze rowhouse neighborhood, ready to put in the sweat they had promised. They all wore the accessory of the day: hard hats. The volunteers, a mix of professional craftsmen and people with little or no experience in construction, had arrived by 7 a.m. because they had only three days to carry out their mission for Habitat for Humanity's Philadelphia chapter: completing a significant chunk of six rowhouses under construction - the framing and installation of windows - for families in need.
November 28, 2012 |
Make no mistake. Ray Gant considers it an honor just to be included among the social entrepreneurs nationally profiled in the recently released (and just in time for the holidays) book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time - especially when you consider how far he has come. But getting a glossy spread in a coffee-table book isn't why Gant started his nonprofit, the Ray of Hope Project, 10 years ago. All he wanted to do was give back the best way he knew how. See, it's always been in him to give.
June 26, 2012
Philadelphian Elizabeth Robinson starts her summer vacation Tuesday in Languedoc-Roussillon, a small town in southern France. There, just 10 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea, she and husband Frederick own a stone house with walls four feet thick that dates from the 1300s. Regional wines are plentiful. So are cheeses, stews and escargot dishes. Amid that gastronomic bounty, what will Robinson be focused on? Getting you to lift, run and crunch (as in abdominals, not chewing)
March 4, 2012 |
It all began when a friend of a friend joined an after-work gathering attended by Leigh Goldenberg, marketing and public-relations manager of communications for Arden Theatre Company. Conversation meandered at this mini-version of Girls' Night Out, and landed on the unusual job of the friend's friend: She was a producer for Nancy Glass Productions in Bala Cynwyd, which produced content, often home-themed, for cable TV. Goldenberg was all ears. "We always knew that someday we'd redo our kitchen, and the time had come," Goldenberg, 31, says, recalling that fateful conversation.
February 14, 2009 |
Did the Phillies sign Jenny Craig to a free-agent contract this winter, or what? Ryan Howard dropped 20 pounds. Brett Myers has him beat. He lost 30. "Just working out a lot," Myers said yesterday as he checked into training camp. The 28-year-old pitcher said he weighs about 222 pounds. Myers will be eligible for free agency at season's end, but that, he said, was not his motivation for getting in better shape. "Winning the World Series was great, but personally I had a bad taste in my mouth this winter because of how badly I pitched in the first half of the season," the righthander said.
February 14, 2009 |
Over the last four years, Ryan Howard has won everything except a Grammy. Rookie of the Year. Most Valuable Player. Home-run and RBI championships twice each. And, of course, a World Series ring. All this helped Howard land a three-year, $54 million contract from the Phillies earlier this week. How does someone who has done so much stay hungry? "I show up in Tampa on Jan. 5 after we won a World Series, drop 20 pounds, and come out here and just work," Howard said yesterday after a workout at Bright House Field.
October 14, 1999 |
In a place known for its increasingly transient population, two agencies are working to buck the trend. The Montgomery County Housing Authority sold three Cherry Street houses yesterday to Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County Inc. for $10,000 each. The houses are among 16 former rental properties the Housing Authority plans to sell to Habitat as money and time allow. Habitat paid for the homes - as it does with all properties it buys for rehabilitation and resale to first-time home buyers - with grant money, in this case from the county.
September 24, 1998 |
Passersby slowed in their cars to point, and residents came to their lawns to witness the rare spectacle. Flanked by police cars with flashing lights, movers hauled a 29-by-49-foot, three-bedroom house on a four-hour journey along Delsea Drive, from Deptford to Clayton. The light-gray house with white trim was constructed by students at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology in partnership with volunteers from Habitat for Humanity. While Habitat for Humanity usually builds these homes on-site, about once a year they transport the home, officials said.
April 12, 1998 |
When Mildred Weber returns home most evenings, tired from a day of cleaning bedrooms, kitchens and offices, she stops a moment to admire her house before she goes inside. It is a simple place: two stories, three bedrooms, a front porch and a small yard with flowers in the back. But, she said, the house is always worth a long look. It reminds Weber, a single mother who struggled for five years to keep a roof over her head after she was burned out of one apartment and evicted from another, of how far she has come.
March 30, 1998 |
For two families who have been cramped in apartments, the weekend brought Thanksgiving, Christmas and a birthday celebration all wrapped in one. "This is 100 steps up from where I was before," said Tonia Carroll as she took the keys and climbed the stairs of her new home, built by Habitat for Humanity with volunteer labor and hours of her family's sweat equity. Carroll and her husband, Courtney, 36, a laid-off machine worker, have been living in a two-bedroom Telford apartment where they often struggle to find play space for their three children and money for their rent.