August 25, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOLS Earth to Harrisburg State Rep. Kate Harper's letter (Aug. 21) criticized an editorial that correctly described the legislature's lack of interest in helping schools ("It isn't just city schools," Aug. 17). She claimed that there is strong support for passing a city-only cigarette tax, as if that would be some huge favor. She didn't mention that the tax was a last-ditch proposal by city officials to make up for lackluster state funding. Harper claims Philadelphia gets more money from the state each year without any accountability.
August 21, 2014 |
For Anton Moore, engaging people through social media, word of mouth, and street-corner conversation has been a way of building bridges between people and communities. Concerned about violence this year between young men in his South Philadelphia community and those of Southwest Philadelphia, Moore, 28, thought of bridges. "What I wanted to do was open the dialogue up," Moore said last week, "to bring leaders together to build a rapport and get on a first-name basis so that we could work together.
August 9, 2014 |
The violent deaths of five children in eight days, including three who were mowed down by a hijacked car in North Philadelphia, are sparking outrage in communities around the city and calls to action by antiviolence activists. Those activists, from a spectrum of community antiviolence groups, held a rally Thursday evening at LOVE Park to talk about ways to prevent homicides among children and young people in the city. In an interview before the rally, Anton Moore, an antiviolence advocate in South Philadelphia, said adults must engage young people and talk to them about ways to avoid violence.
August 5, 2014 |
Corey Schiller had barely turned 30 when he became chief executive of what was then a $130 million home-remodeling company. Now Power Home Remodeling Group, of Chester, employs 1,350 and will report, Schiller said, $300 million in revenue for 2014. Schiller, 32, a soccer-playing history major, was 21 when he and his best friend started at Power as junior salesmen right out of college. Two years later, Schiller earned a promotion to lead a marketing department of 40 people. He was 23 years old. Question: How did that go?
July 26, 2014
ISSUE | COUNTY BUDGETS So much money, so little citizen input In early July, Burlington County passed its 2014 budget, with taxes for operations, libraries, and open space set at $170 million, or $500,000 less than in 2013, which drew praise. Combined spending approximates $280 million. Potential spending is a half-billion dollars, including a six-year capital spending projection of $247 million. Out of 400,000 residents, the shrinking, missing-in-action press, and the minority party, only one person at the budget vote questioned the use of $500 million in taxpayers' money.
July 25, 2014 |
GERALD "JERRY" Hartman had a special way of relating to young people. He knew how to reach them on their own terms. "It was as if he was a kid himself," said his older brother, Raymond Hartman. "If you were a kid, he could identify on your level," said his nephew, Raymond Hartman III. "He never forgot what it was like to be a kid himself. " And Jerry had plenty of opportunity to relate to young people, as a Philadelphia police officer assigned to the Tacony Police Athletic League Center, and as a language-arts teacher at Wissahickon Middle School.
June 20, 2014 |
One day - just one - is all Mont Brown says he needs to make an impact on youth-related violence in his neighborhood and, he hopes, yours, too. On Saturday, Brown, 26, will be throwing his 2d Annual Stop the Violence Kickback Block Party, at 55th Street and Chester Avenue, in Southwest Philadelphia. He conceived the concert as a means to provide a positive and safe alternative for youth in his neighborhood. Now the lead rapper of the alternative rap/rock band Astronauts Really Fly (ARF)
March 24, 2014 |
TWO YOUNG MEN were shot dead on the streets of Southwest Philadelphia a few blocks away from each other on a cold Friday in January. They died minutes apart. "This is insane," City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson recalled thinking when he heard the news. The deaths of Jahmeer Jett and Benjamin Collier on Jan. 17 prompted community leaders from the area to reach out to Johnson to discuss the ongoing problem of youth and guns that plagues their neighborhoods, he said. Johnson, who had already established a gun task force in South Philadelphia, decided to spin off the idea in Southwest.
March 14, 2014 |
IN AMERICA, our young African-American men struggle to survive, let alone thrive. For many, the deck is stacked against them from day one - dangerous neighborhoods, poor schools, inadequate health care, no jobs and no hope. The challenges we face are both wide and deep. Throughout his career and as president, Barack Obama has taken on these tough problems and shown his commitment to our young people of color. Now, we applaud the president and lock arms with him in support of the new White House initiative, My Brother's Keeper.
February 20, 2014 |
IT'S BEEN A MONTH since Penn freshman Madison Holleran died by suicide. An athletic and academic standout in high school, she had been dismayed by her 3.5 grade-point average at Penn and had struggled to balance her studies with her varsity track training. By Jan. 17, she was so despondent, she took her life. Three weeks later, Penn sophomore Elvis Hatcher did the same. Both suicides ignited much debate about the life-or-death pressures of college life (particularly in the Ivy League)