May 12, 2015 |
Kobe Bryant tore his left Achilles tendon April 13, 2013. At the time, this news didn't mean much to Jordan Hicks, beyond his being a pro basketball fan and having a casual interest in Bryant's health. Five months later, it meant everything to him. Hicks, a linebacker whom the Eagles drafted in the third round this year out of Texas, tore his left Achilles tendon Sept. 21, 2013. He remembers the entire sequence that led to the injury, down to the finest detail: how he was in one-on-one coverage with a tight end from Kansas State named Andrew McDonald, how McDonald took off on a corner route, how Hicks was right with him until McDonald gave him just the slightest shove, how Hicks gathered himself and planted his left foot to keep up his coverage, how the tendon ruptured and in that instant a bolt of pain made his body tremble and took him to the ground.
February 14, 2015 |
For years when she was a child, Cozette McAvoy would ask her mom for a pony. One day years later it hit her that, hey, a high-powered corporate lawyer can buy her own horse. Since that revelation, McAvoy has become an owner, trainer and breeder of harness racing horses. She even shoes her own horses. And while many lawyers own horses, it's not as common to find ones who train and shoe them. "I don't really know any other attorneys that do this," said McAvoy, a Coatesville resident who received her undergraduate degree from West Chester, a master's from Lehigh, and law degree from the University of Georgia.
December 26, 2014 |
Angelo Mangiro left Roxbury (N.J.) High School as a four-star offensive lineman in football and a 3.5 student in the classroom. Other than a few struggles with reading and writing, the Penn State-bound Mangiro had little reason to believe something was holding him back from learning. That's why he was more than a bit surprised when, after taking a series of routine placement exams given to incoming students and some followup tests, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. Mangiro refused to let that slow him down, however.
July 11, 2014 |
Among the favorite tokens that the Rev. William "Jud" Weiksnar will take with him from his time in Camden is a collage of a small girl standing atop a mound of grass, created with shattered glass and litter cleared from Von Nieda Park. The "trash art" was one of the few remaining items in Weiksnar's parish office Tuesday as he packed up to move after nine years as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church. The image, created seven years ago by then-third grade student Soledad Velazquez, shows the girl and a godlike figure holding hands beneath an apple tree.
June 12, 2014 |
Hello there On a summer afternoon in 2009 at an Ocean City Shore house, Bob's friend made an announcement about that evening's Atlantic City festivities: Several Eagles cheerleaders would be joining them. "It was like, 'Oh my God! Wow! This is great!' " remembered Bob, who grew up in Voorhees. He and the other dudes put down their beverages to prepare. "There were guys doing push-ups everywhere. " As soon as Jenna walked in, Bob whispered to his friend. "You really need to hook me up here.
March 20, 2014 |
Seymour Holtman, 88, of Philadelphia, a veterinarian in Center City for three decades, died of congestive heart failure Saturday, March 15, at his home. Before retiring in 1980, Dr. Holtman practiced at the Animal Hospital on 20th Street, between Pine and Lombard. Previously, he had worked at Dr. Bachrach's Animal Hospital in the 5900 block of North Broad Street. "One of the things my father used to tell me was that when he opened his practice, he was one of four vets in the city," said his son Eli J. "When he retired, there were four in a three-block radius.
February 28, 2014 |
Nicholas Sellers, 81, a lawyer, district justice, educator, and Army veteran who saw action during the Vietnam War, died of heart failure Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Hill in Whitemarsh, a continuing-care retirement community. Mr. Sellers worked as a lawyer and manager for several charitable and historical organizations, including the Society of Cincinnati of Maryland, a group devoted to preserving the legacy of those who fought for American independence. He also was a member of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry, which dates to 1774.
November 13, 2013 |
Sister Anne Phyllis Ryan, 95, an educator and missionary who was a sister of the Holy Child Jesus for 74 years, died Thursday, Nov. 7, of respiratory failure at Holy Child Center in Rosemont, a nursing facility to which she had retired in 2004. Born in Rosemont and raised in Havertown, she graduated from West Philadelphia Catholic Girls' High School in 1936 and entered the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, where she professed her first vows in 1939 and her final vows in 1944. She admired the sisters for their fairness in how they treated students and their excellent teaching, she said in an online biography.
May 24, 2013 |
LAST JUNE 1, there was a most unusual ceremony in an apartment in Gladwyne's Waverly Heights. There sat a distinguished looking 88-year-old gentleman dressed incongruously in cap and gown, and there stood Teresa Soufas, dean of Temple University's College of Liberal Arts, and vice dean Jayne Drake, both in full academic regalia. They were there to give Alfred Mayer Sellers a long-delayed bachelor's degree. What made the occasion even more incongruous was the fact that Alfred M. Sellers was Dr. Alfred Sellers, a prominent cardiologist, researcher and professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
May 21, 2013 |
For the last 13 years, Joan Mazzotti has made a public career of helping low-income, first-generation students from Philadelphia's public high schools get into and through college. Quietly, she and her husband, Michael Kelly, also have made it a personal mission in the case of two Haitian-born orphans, who received their degrees Sunday at Haverford College, a selective, liberal arts school on the Main Line. In true fashion as the stand-in parents they have become to Ralph and Ruben Alexis, Mazzotti and Kelly got to the ceremony early and staked out seats in the fourth row. They took video as Ralph Alexis, 21, a French major, stepped on stage at the Alumni Field House to receive his diploma along with nearly 300 graduates.