March 20, 2015 |
The head of the Philadelphia teachers' union wants to let his membership go through the piles of discarded books warehoused in school buildings and distribute them to needy classrooms. The School Reform Commission's former chair concedes that "frankly, it was not as thought out as it should have been as far as inventory when [they] went into the basement" of district headquarters. And the School District spokesman says principals were invited to drop by and pick up any materials they needed, but "not a lot of principals showed up. " This was the range of reactions to a column in Wednesday's Inquirer that described a full city block of books and supplies cast off by the cash-poor school system.
March 16, 2015 |
Catholic parishes across the region, preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families in September, are learning that the often heartrending challenges families face will be the focus of the gathering. "You may think it's all going to be theology - a succession of speakers just telling us what to do and how to live the perfect life," the Rev. Richard Napoli told a group one recent night at St. Albert the Great parish in Huntingdon Valley. "It's not. It's also about how to deal with the challenges families face.
March 14, 2015 |
It took singer-songwriters Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell nearly 20 years to get around to making a record together, but only 24 hours for devoted fans to push past their initial goal of $40,000 to subsidize the resulting folk-roots effort, Tomorrow You're Going . "Every penny to do this was funded through our fans," Kaplansky says by phone. In fact, the longtime friends/sometime-singing partners - recording under the moniker the Pine Hill Project - raised more than $85,000 on Kickstarter to cover all aspects of the album's creation in just a matter of weeks.
March 13, 2015 |
ON MARCH 6, I attended the funeral of one of my cousins. It was the day after the young officer, Robert Wilson, was shot while attempting to buy his son a birthday gift. As I lay in bed, I reminisced about my cousin and how we both had our struggles in life growing up and how, like me, he had come to peace with himself. Just as my cousin was making peace with himself, an incident happened where he lived, at the Safe Haven Veterans Home. He was found dead, mysteriously. His struggles were over.
March 13, 2015 |
IN PREPARATION for the World Meeting of Families, which will bring Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September, 15 committees have been formed to advise leaders on issues ranging from housing to volunteerism. The committees and their respective chairs, co-chairs and vice chairs were announced at a morning briefing yesterday at Independence Blue Cross headquarters. Some notable Philadelphia names will be chairing the committees, which are set to begin their work in April. "We are so grateful to those willing to give of their time and talent in support of this once-in-a-generation event," Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, said in a statement.
March 13, 2015 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and local organizers of the World Meeting of Families announced Monday the creation of 15 committees to coordinate the international gathering in September, which will feature a visit to Philadelphia by Pope Francis. The committees will develop programming and coordinate efforts on such topics as music, "visitor experience," liturgies, youth events, parish preparation, and papal events. Sponsored by the Vatican and hosted by the archdiocese, the six-day gathering will feature a four-day congress of lectures and workshops at the Convention Center.
March 12, 2015 |
Shannon DeVido is a funny woman. The Bucks County native gets her laughs as a stand-up comedian, improvisational sketch artist, and host of her 2-year-old YouTube show, Stare at Shannon . If you haven't seen DeVido's regular gigs with Figment Theater on Vine Street, or her appearances at Helium Comedy Club and Philly Improv Theater, perhaps you caught her on Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central panel program, The Nightly Show , in February....
March 4, 2015 |
Harrah's Philadelphia leading driver Tim Tetrick finished third in the World Driving Championship, which concluded Sunday at Tabcorp Park Menangle in Australia. Tetrick, who represented the U.S. in the 10-driver competition and was making his first trip to the WDC, won three of the 20 races in the series. New Zealand's Dexter Dunn won the championship, followed by France's Tony LeBeller. Finland's Mika Forss was fourth and Canada's Jody Jamieson fifth.
February 28, 2015 |
Bettye LaVette is the Rodney Dangerfield of the soul-music game. She didn't get quite enough respect (or paydays) early in her career, and what respect she got, she earned. On display Wednesday night at World Café Live were the reasons she did: her sultry voice, poise, eccentric songbook, and determination to play by her own rules. The energetic LaVette, 69, did it her way because there was no other way. "Philly, I'm going to chide you guys for ignoring me for 34 years," she said with a laugh, before kicking into Wednesday's set. With a voice as sinewy as her frame, LaVette didn't wallow in the mess of her past, hits that never came, labels and producers that never worked out. Most of those demons were exorcised in her 2012 memoir A Woman Like Me . At World Café, LaVette looked forward, fronting a mighty, tight, and intuitive quartet.
February 26, 2015 |
Tim Tetrick, Harrah's Philadelphia's top harness racing driver, picked up two wins in seven races Tuesday as harness racing's World Driving Championship visited Wagga Wagga in Australia. Tetrick, a six-time driving champion at Harrah's and four-time U.S. Driver of the Year, is in second place through 12 of 20 races in the competition. New Zealand's Dexter Dun won three races Tuesday to move into first place with 111 points. Tetrick has 97 points followed by France's Tony LeBeller with 91 points.