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January 16, 2001 | by Nicole Weisensee Egan, Daily News Staff Writer
Do you know how far it is from Earth to the moon? Well, professional walker Bert Simon does. While plotting his fourth walking tour to raise money for the YMCA, he decided to make it his most ambitious project yet. No, not to walk to the moon, but to cover the same distance - 226,000 miles - on the surface of the earth. "I thought it might be a nice thing," he said yesterday, after stopping in Philadelphia for a couple of days. "I see it every night in the sky. It's like a nightlight, so I said, 'Let's go to the moon.
NEWS
October 1, 1992 | For The Inquirer / JILL ANNA GREENBERG
Submission of final plans for the new Y are not expected until later this month, but the groundbreaking ceremony took place on Sunday. At left, workers from local unions who hope to work on the project listen as Jack Fanning, vice president of the Community Y Foundation, speaks during the ceremony at Our Lady of Fatima Church. At right, turning the shovel are (from left) Township Commissioner Paul Graf, his grandson, Michael Velez, 4, and John Strayer, chairman of the Building Committee.
NEWS
April 9, 1989 | By Hobart Rowland, Special to The Inquirer
The Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn has initiated a $1 million capital campaign to finance an expansion to begin next year. "The strategic planning of our staff and board of directors led us to realize that we are using all of our space every day," said John P. Greenauer, the executive director of the Y. Greenauer said that enrollment in many of the Y's programs are filled immediately after they are offered. This, he said, "generates conflict and bad will. " Instead of constructing new facilities, the Y plans to renovate two structures - the indoor "A" pool and the Carriage House.
NEWS
October 10, 2004 | By Wendy Walker INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
D. Allan Shaffer has made a career out of working where most people play: at the YMCA. He is president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Shaffer, 63, who lives in Bryn Mawr, started with the Y when he was in high school in Colorado, working at one of its summer camps. He enjoyed it so much that he enrolled in the Y's in-house college in Chicago, and after graduating, he worked for Ys in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and California.
NEWS
February 11, 2000 | By Michelle M. Martinez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A township board approved a controversial, 89-acre YMCA outdoor recreation center proposed for a site on Route 926 here. The Zoning Hearing Board gave the go-ahead Wednesday night following nine public hearings over five months, but attached 39 conditions to the proposal for the YMCA of Central Chester County. "We are in the process of reviewing those, and we have to get our committee together to see how we feel about them," said Gary R. Green, general director and chief executive officer of the YMCA.
NEWS
October 29, 1997 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Rocky Run YMCA is moving ahead with plans to build a $5.1 million recreation and fitness facility by next summer on Baltimore Pike west of Route 452. Peter Mardinly, the YMCA's attorney, has proposed an amendment to the township's zoning ordinance that would create an outdoor and indoor recreation district for the site. "It starts the process off," Mardinly said at a Township Council meeting Monday, adding that a hearing would be scheduled for the zoning amendment. The township Planning Commission is expected to review land development plans in December.
NEWS
July 3, 1992 | By Terence Samuel, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the face of it, there is still a certain majesty in the building that has housed the YMCA of Germantown for 65 years. You can find it in the concrete cornice above the front door, the abundant windows patterned into the fading red brick and the staggered roofs crowned with chimneys and bay windows. But stretching behind the facade is a worn and tattered behemoth - 90,000 square feet sitting on more than an acre in one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Also enclosed is a struggling community agency fighting for its future.
NEWS
July 17, 2000 | By Kate Herman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Facing a list of nearly 40 conditions attached to a building permit, lawyers for a new YMCA proposed for Pennsbury will go to Chester County Court today in the hope of having them reduced. In February, the township Zoning Hearing Board approved construction of the facility off Route 926. But 39 conditions attached to the permit would limit hours of operation, cap the number of people who might be there at any given time, and bar overnight camping, among other restrictions. "The reasons for most of the exceptions were consideration of the residents that surround the property," said Robert Mantell, a former member of the board who chaired the YMCA proceedings for more than eight months.
NEWS
August 19, 1999 | By Stephanie L. Arnold, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It's official. The question is no longer whether a YMCA will come to Winslow Township, but when. The chief executive officer of the YMCA of Camden County and members of the Board of Freeholders and the Township Committee announced yesterday that after 18 months of negotiation, they are hoping that day will be soon. "Realistically, we are looking at two years, but it really depends on how much money we raise and how smoothly the community-development stage goes," said Melvin Hill, the chief executive officer.
NEWS
August 12, 1997 | By Geoff Mulvihill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Fire broke out in the Perth Amboy YMCA yesterday morning, forcing dozens of residents to flee. The fire, one of several in the building over the years and at least the second this year, began about 6 a.m., fire officials said. The four-story brick building has been used as a Y since it was completed in 1913. Single men lived in about 60 rooms on the top three floors. Portions of several streets around the Jefferson Street structure were closed off throughout the day as crews worked to extinguish the blaze and then looked for bodies of people who may have been trapped inside.
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NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Valerie Russ, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 21, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
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!
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 7, 2014 | Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 26, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 8, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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