May 19, 2015 |
When Rutgers University wants to organize a massive community service event through its Camden campus, it turns to its "civic scholars," dozens of undergraduate students who have committed to dedicating a large part of their college lives to civic engagement. The Rutgers-Camden students put in at least 300 hours each year: working with neighborhood groups, attending conferences and workshops, organizing campuswide days of service during student orientation and Martin Luther King's Birthday.
May 11, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It isn't as well known as Haddonfield or as hip as Collingswood, but these days Haddon Township is much more than a pass-through from one borough to the other. This Camden County community has a life of its own - from the businesspeople, retirees, and friends who start the day with breakfast at the Westmont Diner at Haddon and Maple Avenues to the long line for sticky buns Sunday mornings at the venerable McMillan's Bakery at Haddon Avenue and Cuthbert Boulevard.
May 7, 2015 |
After watching Olympic champion Bruce Jenner declare himself a transgender woman during a nationally televised interview last month, Billie Jean King realized her next ophthalmologist visit was going to be a long one. King's ophthalmologist is Renee Richards, the tennis player who in 1975 underwent a sex-change operation to become a woman. "We'll be having a lengthy discussion about it, I can guarantee you that," said King, 71, who became one of the first openly gay sports superstars following a 1981 lawsuit by a former lover.
May 5, 2015 |
How can you invest like multimillionaire Mitt Romney? Through something called a self-directed IRA. The former presidential candidate held from $20 million to $100 million in one. Self-directed individual retirement accounts let you invest in real estate, precious metals, even Eagles tickets. What is a self-directed IRA? Simply, you decide what, beyond Wall Street's offerings, to invest in your retirement account. It's a niche vehicle, with complex rules (see IRS Publication 590)
May 4, 2015 |
Children who set up a small savings account for college are more likely to attend and graduate from college than those who have no such savings, according to a report from Stateside, a project funded by the Pew Charitable Trust. Some states (alas, not Pennsylvania or New Jersey) have set up junior savings accounts for college in which $100 is automatically deposited upon a child's birth. The federal government might set up something similar if U.S. Sens. Chris Coons and Marco Rubio prevail.
May 4, 2015 |
If you want to rent out your home to tourists and other strangers, you have two big-ticket opportunities: the World Meeting of Families in September and the Democratic National Convention in July next year. Lodging for the World Meeting of Families will be in high demand. An estimated 1.5 million people are expected for the Roman Catholic gathering on Sept. 22-27, highlighted by a visit by Pope Francis on the last two days, said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director, World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia 2015.
May 2, 2015 |
Pokey LaFarge creates music built on an amalgam of styles - early jazz, ragtime, jug band, country blues, Western swing - that long predate him. "They never seemed like they were so old growing up, and they don't really seem too old to me now," the 31-year-old singer and guitarist says over the phone from his home in St. Louis. "It just seems like it's real and it's honest and true - just a well to draw from. I think the only thing that makes it strange for people is that it's just old enough to where they don't have a point of reference for it. " Whatever the case, LaFarge has always brought a distinctive songwriting voice to the music, which helps give it a renewed relevance.
May 1, 2015 |
As Burt Reynolds mingles with fans at Wizard World Philadelphia this week - his first-ever Wizard World Comic Con - the geek speak is likely to center around what might have been. He might have been Han Solo. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas queried him about the job, but Reynolds turned it down and instead made "Smokey and the Bandit," a hit in its own right. "I saw the director, and we talked about it, but I wasn't really enthusiastic about it," said Reynolds, speaking from his home in Florida.
April 30, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - I am in one of the two Baltimores, but it could be any street in any neighborhood in one of the two Philadelphias or Hartfords or Bronxes, places I know well: A whole block of gutted rowhouses surrounded by small patches of shiny, new construction surrounded by even more empty lots. A garbage can overflowing with trash just steps from streets so clean they nearly shine. Young men standing on a corner smirking as a woman in scrubs takes reporters to task for rushing to the city only at its worst.
April 29, 2015 |
Organizers of September's World Meeting of Families need 10,000 volunteers to help with everything from greeting visitors at 30th Street Station to live-tweeting events. Registration is now open for more than 100 events for the conference, Sept. 22 to 27, and Pope Francis' visit as part of the event. The five-day Catholic convention is expected to draw 15,000 people from 150 nations. More than 1.5 million are expected to flood the Parkway for Francis' Sunday Mass on Sept. 27. The registration website went live Monday at http://worldmeeting2015.volunteerhub.com/ "Whatever your passion, whatever your talent, there is a role for you," Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015, said at a news conference at the Convention Center Monday morning.