July 24, 2016 |
Lutheran Pastor Violet Little held her cup up, as part of the Mass, to her congregants on the streets. Little's outdoor ministry at Logan Square is attended by the homeless and society's neglected. The twice-a-month church service is followed by coffee hour in the park, hosted by visiting congregations. She left behind her traditional congregation of 14 years to create this "church without walls," also called the Welcome Church. Retiring from her old congregation to found the new one "happened because of everything in my life leading up to it," says Little, 64. "It was exactly the right time.
July 12, 2016 |
We are hearing quite a bit about the transformation of health care, but what does that really mean? If you are Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it is the complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act. If you are the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, it is modifying the existing platform. Regardless of the interpretation, we are a long way from implementation of any significant policy shifts. We simply shouldn't delay tackling the challenges right in front of us while the presidential campaign drags on and a new administration sets up shop.
July 11, 2016 |
M ark Stettler 's Camden roots go deep. As a kid he lived in Cramer Hill, playing at the fire-prone Harrison Avenue Landfill, near the ex-boatyard where his great-grandfather Rickenbach built tugs, barges, and yachts. Now, he works rebuilding Camden: Stettler is vice president at T&M Associates , consulting engineers to the sprawling, taxpayer-backed Holtec International , Subaru , Camden County , and South Jersey Port Corp. projects transforming the waterfront and downtown of the Philadelphia region's long-depressed second city.
June 29, 2016
Firefighters in Lower Merion Township were investigating a portable transformer that caught fire Monday night and leaked possibly hazardous fluid near a creek, authorities said. The fire was reported just before 6:50 p.m. at the Green Hill Condominium complex in the 1000 block of City Avenue. PECO had brought in a portable generator and transformer while the utility conducted planned maintenance and the transformer malfunctioned, causing it to smoke and leak fluid, authorities said. The incident left several hundred residents at the complex without power.
June 26, 2016
A transformer fire Thursday caused a power outage in Superior Court in Camden, forcing the courthouse to close, officials said. The fire started about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. PSE&G crews repaired the damage around 1 p.m. Friday, when the building was closed again, a Camden County spokesman said. No other buildings were affected. The courthouse will reopen 8:30 a.m. Monday on its regular schedule. Court officials said some cancelled hearings will be rescheduled during the next two weeks.
June 13, 2016 |
Building contractor Angelo Perryman's summer project gives new meaning to the term "fast-track construction. " That's because his company, Perryman Building and Construction Services Inc., has less than six weeks to turn the entire Wells Fargo Center and its parking lots into what amounts to a pop-up city for 50,000, including the 6,000 delegates and 15,000 journalists, at the Democratic National Convention starting July 25. As part of the...
June 4, 2016 |
Kit Byrne cuts across Rittenhouse Square's six-acre park every morning as she walks to her job at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For the last few months, she has looked for signs of progress on her way home. "It reminds me of a painting being created," said Byrne, of Fitler Square. "First the canvas is prepared, then the layers start to accumulate, and you can begin to see what the final idea will be. " In this case, the final idea is a landscape rejuvenation, the last phase of a $1.5 million restoration of the park that also included new irrigation, a fence and fountain renovation, new sidewalks, and the repair or replacement of more than 300 stone balusters.
May 19, 2016 |
Maria Sweeney would rather have walked across the stage on her own, addressing her fellow Moore College of Art and Design graduates Sunday from behind the podium. Instead, the 22-year-old - who has a rare disease that causes her bones to break and her joints to freeze - took a wheelchair to the stage and spoke from a padded chair. Those who know her weren't surprised. "That's Maria," they say. She is continually challenged and tackles each setback with aplomb. Her determination and positive outlook have made her a favorite among her classmates and instructors.
May 15, 2016 |
Peter Liacouras had a vision for Temple University. He wanted the commuter school on North Broad Street to become a world-class institution. He wanted star sports teams and leafy green quads and all the hallmarks of a classic American college experience. He wanted a diverse faculty and a student body that looked like the city Temple called home. And for nearly two decades as Temple president, he charged headfirst toward that vision - courting controversy along the way - as the university he dreamed of slowly became reality.
May 15, 2016 |
When John A. Fry arrived at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster 14 years ago as a candidate for college president, the first thing he saw was a shuttered linoleum manufacturing plant that loomed across the street. "If I get this job, that goes," he thought, wincing at the hulking mass of brick buildings and smokestacks that rose behind the college fitness center. "You couldn't think about a worse way to introduce a campus. " The notion was far from whimsical, considering it came from Fry, who was fresh off his pivotal role at the University of Pennsylvania in revitalizing its West Philadelphia neighborhood.