October 23, 2015
ISSUE | VETERANS Help them take college classes On Nov. 11, we will mark Veterans Day with speeches, festivities, and stories about our brave men and women. Meanwhile, the nearly two-year battle to get our student veterans the chance to register early for college classes will continue. Athletes and others have often received this opportunity, but veterans in most states do not. (Veterans in Pennsylvania got it last year.) There is no cost to anyone, yet Congress has failed to pass bills that would provide the benefit.
October 23, 2015 |
By singer Jon Anderson's own admission, he and jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty "have been around the block more than a few times. " But younger generations of musicians have nothing on them when it comes to embracing modern technology to create and support their art. Both artistically and financially, the duo's new CD, "Better Late Than Never," released under the banner of the Anderson Ponty Band, is a product of the digital universe. "Through the Internet, I'm able to make music with people everywhere, and I was working with a friend of mine, Michael Lewis, on a couple of songs a few years ago, and early on he said he knew Jon-Luc Ponty, and Jon-Luc was going to play on one of our songs, which was kind of cool," explained the gossamer-voiced Anderson, beloved in this neck of the woods for the decades he spent as the singer/co-composer of progressive-rock giant Yes. He was speaking from Stroudsburg, the Pocono Mountains town where the band rehearsed for its upcoming tour, which kicks off there tonight, and Tuesday hits Glenside's Keswick Theatre.
October 23, 2015
SHORTLY AFTER his appointment last year as director of the Veterans Advisory Commission, Scott C. Brown noticed something that was missing. Philadelphia had no veterans parade. As a Navy veteran, Brown found that puzzling - and disheartening. He did some research and found that despite the lip service we always pay vets, "there never was an official veterans parade in Philadelphia" - ever. In his bones and in his job, Brown knew that was just wrong and nominated himself to raise the flag.
October 22, 2015 |
NEW YORK - St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli is not as blown away as others by the fact that he has four of his starters coming back from last season, the main one being first-team all-conference selection DeAndre' Bembry. "I don't buy it," Martelli said Tuesday during Atlantic Ten men's basketball media day at the Barclays Center. "People say you're experienced. But if you lost 18 times you are experienced at losing - you're an experienced loser. What we have is tremendous competition.
October 17, 2015 |
Christopher C. Rutter Sr. was in the second wave of troops that landed on Omaha Beach under heavy Nazi gunfire June 6, 1944. As soldiers died around him that D-Day morning, daughter Dorothy Shelmet said, "he had promised himself that if he survived that day on the beach, he would come back one day and walk on the beach instead of crawling on it. " In 2004, Mr. Rutter returned with his family to Normandy and walked its beaches to celebrate the...
October 16, 2015 |
James A. O'Connor Jr., 82, a veteran of the wars in Korea and Vietnam, died Sunday, Oct. 4, at Abington Memorial Hospital. No cause of death has been established, said his daughter Karol Mooney. Mooney said her father, who served 21 years in the military and was a letter carrier for 25 years, never wanted to be rich and was content with his life. She called him "a great dad and a wonderful Pop-Pop. " Open and friendly, he was one to give solid, reliable advice, she said. "He prided himself as the one that you can always count on, no matter what you needed.
October 1, 2015 |
Stanley Anthony Wojtusik Sr., 90, a longtime Torresdale resident and a World War II veteran, died Friday, Sept. 25, of natural causes at his home. Born in South Philadelphia, Mr. Wojtusik was a graduate of John Bartram High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. During the battle, his regiment was captured by the German army. Mr. Wojtusik received a Purple Heart in recognition of a battle injury, and two Bronze Stars.
September 24, 2015 |
BRENT CELEK and Jason Kelce are Chip Kelly guys. They've embraced the training methods, the pace, the ideas about spreading the field. They've defended Kelly after losing friends to the coach's personnel/culture dictates. Kelly makes no secret of their importance to his offense's blocking game and to his locker-room culture. The veteran tight end and the savvy center are the rocks upon which Kelly has built his vision of the Eagles, or at least, they are among the handful of broadest bricks at the base of the pile.
September 19, 2015 |
Thomas J. Myer Jr., 92, of Chestnut Hill, a retired stockbroker and veteran of World War II and the Korean War, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, of cancer at Keystone House in Wyndmoor. After graduating from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1942, Mr. Myer joined the Marine Corps and was sent to the Pacific Theater. He was among the first wave of Marines to reach the shore of Okinawa during the fierce fighting with the Japanese that began in April 1945. After the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki in August 1945, Mr. Myer and his unit were sent to patrol the ruined city of Nagasaki.
September 14, 2015 |
A DAY AFTER the Phillies removed Ruben Amaro Jr. as general manager, Jeff Francoeur was up to his usual antics in the team's clubhouse before a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs, joking with his teammates, old and young, and making them practically fall out of their seats with laughter. Francoeur was all smiles, but he took no pleasure from the exit of Amaro, who gave the 31-year-old outfielder another shot in the big leagues when his career seemed to be fading around this time last year.