September 17, 2013 |
The phone rang. Seated at the desk, the petite woman with salt-and-pepper curls took a deep breath and reached for the receiver, game for the challenge. "Hello, Central High School," she said brightly. "May I help you?" She furrowed her brow. "Can you repeat the name?" She followed her finger, poring over the directory of the school's staff and faculty. "Do you know what department he's in? Oh. OK. " Anxious now, she searched the list again, top to bottom, bottom to top, then apologized.
January 23, 2013 |
As two screens projected the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech at Girard College on Monday, a group of Girl Scouts stood alongside a table with an assortment of socks on it. "We want to collect socks and donate them to a local shelter where women stay with their children," said Melissa Theron, troop leader of Philadelphia-based Girl Scout Troop 94503. "Our motto is to help people at all times. That's why this is so special to us. " Theron and her group of 30 Girl Scouts were participating in the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service during Monday's federal holiday honoring the late civil-rights leader.
December 27, 2012 |
Jewish Santa brought bagels. Joseph Hassman arrived at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey in Camden slightly after 9 Christmas morning, bells jingling on his head-to-toe St. Nicholas outfit. Surrounding the family physician turned Santa were six family-member "elves," bringing food for guests in what has become a Hassman clan tradition. "Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas!" Hassman, 77, said as he visited three floors of bedrooms, encouraging children and their parents to have "breakfast with Santa.
May 11, 2012 |
THE SCHUYLKILL is a sacred place to Jason Read. For as long as he has been rowing, the river has called to him in a special way, not just a place to work out on but an evolving piece of ecology. From the vantage point of his boat, he has seen it change over the years for the better. Only the other the day he happened to see a "turtle the size of watermelon. " New algae are growing. And he sees fish leap from the water that are big, with schools of smaller ones near the banks. Gazing out at the river one chilly morning recently at the Temple boathouse, he said, "The health of the river is improving.
June 13, 2011 |
Ida Odom - a.k.a. Miss Odom or The Granny - has been invited to stand with 25 other seniors at a ceremony Friday in Washington to honor extraordinary volunteerism. Lots of luck getting her there. "I'm not going," she said quietly one day last week at her desk in the back of a second-grade classroom at Toby Farms Elementary School. It's not that the trip to pick up her MetLife Foundation "Older Volunteers Enrich America" award is too arduous for the petite, horn-rimmed 89-year-old widow from Chester.
March 6, 2011 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - It was 2004 when Lorraine McCarthy, a full-time resident of this Cape May County resort, sold her duplex a block from the boardwalk and decamped to the mainland. "The choice we made to move off the barrier island was the same choice that a lot of people who wanted to make some money made," said McCarthy, who lives in nearby Upper Township. "It was the best time to sell. " The Jersey Shore's real estate boom, it now seems, had a more profound effect on the region's population than many realized.
April 3, 2009 |
I'm driving to work, talking by cell with my son. AmeriCorps, I tell him. Peace Corps. VISTA. In these tough times, if you can't find a real job, there are options that help your community. With pay! "Yeah, yeah, I'm looking into it," the college senior tells me. Times are tough for graduates, and my oldest son is getting antsy. He wants a master's degree but may need to wait and work for a year or two. Many young people are counting on the Obama administration, which wants to expand programs such as AmeriCorps to help young people finance their college education and work in their communities during this catatonic economy.
August 12, 2008 |
Faced with a steady decline in the numbers of volunteer firefighters, state lawmakers have been championing legislation to provide greater financial assistance and other incentives to volunteers. As part of this year's budget agreement, Gov. Rendell signed into law a $100 tax credit for volunteers. In June, a group of lawmakers began pushing a package of four bills to help firefighting recruitment efforts, including one by State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester). Tom Savage, who runs the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute, pointed out that Rendell's tax credit lasts for only one year, and "that doesn't solve the problem long-term.