November 4, 2014 |
I WENT ON an informal meet-and-greet of young leaders in the city this summer. First stop was a dynamic group of young black men who were doing all kinds of grassroots work in their neighborhoods. Among them, Anton Moore, who founded a local nonprofit called Unity in the Community to help unify his South Philadelphia neighborhood, and Alex Peay, who heads another nonprofit called Rising Sons, an after-school program to help young black men succeed. Next were the irrepressible Doley sisters, Emaleigh and Aine.
November 1, 2014 |
Parents simultaneously applaud and cry each year as their children make their way down a runway at a small fashion show for charity. For the children, who have various disabilities, the show is a chance to dress up and forget any struggles they may have off the catwalk. For their families, it is a chance to see their children, who might not be able to score a winning goal or compete in a spelling bee, shine in public. "It doesn't happen as easily with our kids, so these moments are really special," Suzanne Borio of Plymouth Meeting said.
September 25, 2014 |
WHEN KATHLEEN Young came to Philadelphia from a small town in North Carolina to attend nursing school, it had to have been something of a culture shock. But rather than being cowed or changed by the clash of environments, Kathleen adjusted, got married, had five children and reveled in the artistic opportunities available in an urban setting. She brought her Southern charm and graciousness with her, and they never deserted her. Kathleen Troncelliti, as she became after marrying world-renowned surgeon Manrico A. Troncelliti, a tireless volunteer in numerous charitable and civic endeavors, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Sept.
September 10, 2014 |
CONSIDERING THE horrific nature of the incidents that led to the football program at Penn State being slapped with severe sanctions by the NCAA, it is difficult to separate emotions from an objective analysis. When we are talking about the case of a serial pedophile possibly being granted access to more innocent victims because of the inaction of others who may have been aware, it is hard to care about the collateral damage from the penalties laid down by the NCAA. While it is still a matter of considerable debate, I personally believe that members of the Penn State athletic department, including legendary coach Joe Paterno, knew enough about what former defensive coordinator and now convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky was doing but turned eyes in favor of protecting the program over the safety of children.
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.