July 2, 2014 |
FOR 30 YEARS, Jo-Rhodie Smith, a retired dietitian's assistant, has lived in Norris Apartments, a public-housing project near Temple University in North Philadelphia. A few years ago, after the high-rise building across the street was torn down in Phase I of the renovation of Norris Homes, Smith said very few of the people there were able to return to the townhouse-style apartments at 11th and Norris streets that rose in its place. So Smith was a bit hesitant yesterday when Mayor Nutter, Housing and Urban Development official Jemine Bryon and a slew of other officials stood a few steps from her front door and announced that Philadelphia had won a $30 million HUD "Choice Neighborhood" grant to revitalize a half-mile-square area around Norris.
July 2, 2014 |
A distressed and impoverished swath of North Philadelphia near Temple University will be getting $30 million from the federal government to improve housing and develop vacant lots. Much of the "Choice Neighborhoods" grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to replace Norris Apartments, a 1950s-era public housing facility, and build 297 units of affordable and market-rate housing throughout the neighborhood. Both the city's Office of Housing and Community Development (and the Philadelphia Housing Authority applied for the grant.
June 27, 2014 |
Madelyn B. Tripp, 93, of Bryn Mawr, a professor, author, and passionate leader of the women's movement of the 1970s and 1980s, died of cancer Wednesday, June 18, at the Beaumont at Bryn Mawr retirement community. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Tripp, known as "Maggie," was proud to have taken classes at Penn's Wharton School of Business, said Alan Tripp, her husband of 73 years. Ms. Tripp was an entrepreneur, owning a flower delivery service, an international gift shop, and a Philadelphia art gallery.
June 26, 2014 |
The sale of the old William Penn High School to Temple University is a done deal, as far as the Philadelphia School District is concerned. But a group of North Philadelphia neighbors is crying foul, alleging that the process was tainted and that the community's wishes were ignored in the name of political horse-trading. Dozens gathered Tuesday outside the school, waving signs and declaring their dissatisfaction. "This was just rammed through, a land grab," said Priscilla Woods, a longtime Yorktown resident and activist, standing along North Broad Street.
June 22, 2014 |
AS A TURRET gunner on a B-24 bomber during World War II, Joe Kiernan flew 35 combat missions, many aimed at taking out German aircraft and the country's wartime industry. He was "shot up a bit," but made it home safely. And in 1946, thanks to the federal government, Kiernan was able to enroll at St. Joseph's University for free - an experience he said would shape his life. "There is no way in my own life I would've been able to get to college in the prewar world," said Kiernan, 88, who grew up in Logan.
June 21, 2014 |
The former William Penn High School, a sprawling structure on North Broad Street, was permanently closed by the School Reform Commission on Thursday night and sold to Temple University for $15 million. Part of the property will be razed and turned into athletic fields and recreation space for Temple students. The school building fronting Broad Street will remain, and will house a job-training academy run by the Laborers' District Council Education and Training/Apprenticeship Fund.
June 18, 2014 |
Sister Madeleine Marie Sautter, 87, former principal of Merion Mercy Academy and Archbishop Prendergast High School, died Thursday, June 12, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at McAuley Convent in Merion. Sister Madeleine was principal of Merion Mercy Academy from 1972 to 1980. During that time, the academy grew in enrollment, and classrooms were added. "She was an outstanding woman of faith and kindness, whose door was always open to the faculty. She was never too busy to take time to talk about professional or personal matters with us," Marguerite Russo Mitchell, a fellow faculty member from 1972 to 1977, wrote in an online condolence book.
June 16, 2014 |
Antoinette M. Schiavo, 82, of Haddonfield, who retired in 2013 as associate dean of the School of Education at Holy Family University, died of complications of cancer Monday, May 19, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Center City. Earlier in her academic career, Miss Schiavo was an administrator at Immaculata College and Temple University. Sister Francesca Onley, president of Holy Family, said in a statement that "Dr. Schiavo was a beloved member of our campus community. " Dr. Schiavo began her career there in 1991.
June 13, 2014 |
College is supposed to be a place to open one's mind to new ideas, but too often it has become a place to begin abusing prescription drugs - assuming that wasn't first tried in high school. "Colleges get a new crop of eager high school graduates each year," U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said in his opening remarks to a gathering Wednesday at Temple University. "Unfortunately, one of the lessons these students failed to learn in high school is the risks with prescription drugs, and that can play itself out on campuses throughout the country.
June 11, 2014 |
FRIEDA TAYLOR, a native of Gujarat state in northwest India, travels from her home in Philadelphia's Spring Garden section to Bensalem to go food shopping. She likes the new Apna Bazar Cash & Carry supermarket on Street Road, where she can buy ingredients to make roti bread and other Indian fare. Apna "has different variety and they're more fresh," she said as she browsed the aisles with her son Elliott, 5. "I need some tea and chapati flour," she said. She also picked up basmati rice and chocolate cookies.