August 12, 2016 |
BORN AT THE START of the Great Depression in 1929, Pauline King Blakney grew up in a family of strivers, business owners and civic-minded people who made sure their children were exposed to music, art, and cultural opportunities. Ms. Blakney, 87, who sang opera as a teenager and won an award for her painting as a young woman, died Saturday, July 30, at her home in Northeast Philadelphia. She was among the first African Americans to be hired by John Wanamaker and the very first to be hired locally at an F.W. Woolworth Co. store, family members said.
May 21, 2016 |
Capping a Department of Justice probe into allegations that a Delaware County YMCA branch restricted a diabetic child's participation in programs, the Philadelphia regional YMCA agreed Thursday to correct policies that federal officials called discriminatory. The settlement with the Rocky Run Branch, in Media, of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA did not involve monetary damages. Instead, YMCA officials agreed to a lengthy list of corrective measures to bring its policies into compliance with federal law. And although the investigation and settlement involved only the Media branch, the regional YMCA's president said Thursday that the organization would take corrective measures at all 20 of its branches, which have about 160,000 members.
December 15, 2014 |
Fifty years ago, Kevin Washington walked into the Christian Street YMCA for the first time - a lanky, amiable kid who loved to shoot hoops. On Saturday night, Washington walked in again - but this time, he was the incoming president of YMCA of the USA, about to take the helm of 2,700 Y's nationally as the first African American chief executive of the organization. "This," said his old friend Barry Burwell, who first met Washington as a member of the safety patrol at Barratt Junior High in South Philadelphia, "is a big deal.
November 4, 2014 |
A man fatally shot his estranged girlfriend and then committed suicide Monday evening near a busy YMCA in Chester County, the district attorney said. About 6 p.m., police responded to reports of a shooting outside the YMCA in West Brandywine Township and found the woman dead in a parking lot about 100 yards from the building, said Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan. The man was still at the scene, and police ordered him to show his hands. "He then fired a shot into his own head, killing himself," Hogan said.
July 16, 2014 |
In goggles, with lime green and yellow pool noodles under their arms, a dozen summer camp children splashed around during their YMCA swim lesson in Camden on Friday. The air was hot and muggy inside the high-ceilinged room, where two lifeguards watched the children and their instructors move about in the Promise Academy pool on Federal Street. Fourteen miles away, in Mount Laurel, Ed Armstead, 80, of Moorestown, gripped a 20-pound free weight while answering, along with a group of others, questions that their trainer, Rocky Palarmo, 80, of Pennsauken, read to them from a Jeopardy!
July 14, 2014 |
John T. Page Sr., 81, of Willow Grove, formerly of Malvern, a retired YMCA executive, died Friday, June 27, of esophageal cancer at his daughter's home in Abington. Mr. Page worked for many years at the YMCA - as youth director and executive director of the Upper Main Line YMCA and finally as a regional director for the organization in the East. His family said he was instrumental in developing the Upper Main Line Y into a major community center with branches in Berwyn and Great Valley.
July 7, 2014 |
Joseph C. Ladd, 87, of Bryn Mawr, a former ward of the state who rose to become a respected insurance executive and Philadelphia civic leader, died Wednesday, June 18, of prostate cancer at his home. Mr. Ladd was born in Chicago, and taken in by the Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society before being adopted by Stephen C. and Laura McBride Ladd of Elgin, Ill. The home is now a United Way agency. Because of his boyhood experience, Mr. Ladd understood the need for public service and assumed a lifelong mantle of volunteerism.
October 26, 2012 |
SIG ETTINGER had natural business instincts. When the leather-goods store he started in Wilmington in 1956 needed a boost, Sig drove to Philadelphia and bought a few hundred Eagles tickets. He took them back to Wilmington and sold them. That was how B&B Tickettown got its start, and over the years it morphed into one of the region's largest sports-ticket operations, selling tickets to Eagles, Phillies, Sixers and Flyers games, as well as to concerts and other events. As the ticket business grew, it was moved to another floor in the same building, then to its own building a block away.
September 17, 2012 |
The crumbling factory on busy Eagle Road in Haverford Township has been leveled. In its place, construction workers have begun laying the concrete foundations and steel reinforcing bars that will anchor a recreation center officials hope will revitalize the surrounding community. The YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity plans to open its Haverford branch on the former gum-factory site in the fall of 2013. The project is projected to cost $22.5 million. "It is a major thing in the township," said Commissioner Dan Siegel.
July 8, 2012 |
Slugger Giancarlo Stanton requires surgery on his injured right knee and will miss four to six weeks, the Miami Marlins saidn Saturday. Stanton, who has 50 RBIs, was the Marlins' only all-star and was replaced by Nationals rookie Bryce Harper. That made a record five rooks in the game: Harper, the Angels' Mike Trout, Texas' Yu Darvish, Arizona's Wade Miley, and Oakland's Ryan Cook. Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was scratched from the game because of an abdominal injury, and replaced by Braves centerfielder Michael Bourn.