July 28, 2013
Q : There's a new dog park in our area, and the rules are generally pretty good, as long as people follow them. We have a couple of people who bring in multiple dogs at once, including one person who is being paid to exercise dogs. We don't have a limit on the number of dogs a single person can bring in, but after a couple of incidents, we're thinking about it. What do you think? A : People with multiple dogs, no matter how well-mannered their pets are, simply cannot stay on top of what all their dogs are doing once the animals fan out. That's why many parks have guidelines that address professional dog walkers or people with many dogs of their own. Everyone who takes a pet into an off-leash dog park needs to be responsible for the behavior of that animal, watching to be sure that the dog is neither bully nor victim, and that no one gets hurt.
July 8, 2013 |
RAY EMERY was comfortable in Chicago. His body likely was still recovering from celebrating his first Stanley Cup championship with the Blackhawks last month. He'd played in nearly half of Chicago's regular-season games, a big part of their 24-game unbeaten streak. The Blackhawks wanted to give him a raise. A gaudy Stanley Cup ring was on the way. There was no real reason to leave. Emery said as much last week. In fact, as recently as Tuesday night, the Flyers were operating under the assumption that Emery would be returning to Chicago.
June 23, 2013 |
Do you remember when you wanted mail? I don't. If you do, you must be younger than I am, or have a better memory, which is basically the same thing. Bottom line, I'm not sure when this happened, but there came a time when mail started to suck. Correction. I know exactly when this happened. When I grew up and started paying my own bills. We can all agree that bills are no fun, but that's not even the problem I have with my mail. Because at least bills are important.
June 17, 2013 |
The most difficult task for young pitchers is to have command of the strike zone, and failure to do so keeps so many in the minor leagues. Lehigh Valley righthander Phillippe Aumont is a classic example. The Phillies rave about his stuff, but his inability to throw strikes consistently caused his demotion to the IronPigs. He averaged 6.9 walks per nine innings this season when the Phillies sent him down. "He is like a lot of others in that they are a work in progress," Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage said.
May 31, 2013 |
CHARLIE MANUEL saw a lot of things that will stick in the darker recesses of his mind even after the Phillies muted them with a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox that sounded plenty of uplifting notes. There was Ben Revere breaking in on a line drive that ended up sailing well over his head for a triple, there was Domonic Brown colliding with Jimmy Rollins on a shallow pop fly, there were runners left standing like middle school dancers along a gymnasium wall. Manuel does not like these things, and he has bemoaned them throughout this stop-and-start Phillies season.
May 20, 2013 |
This is a war story told by an eyewitness. Kevin Purcell does the driving - in a Prius, no less - as we visit the battlefields of his youth, familiar places he hadn't set foot on in decades. Here's where somebody got shot, here's where somebody got stabbed. And here, he tells me, is where "grown white men were swinging baseball bats at grown black men who were swinging back with their belts and broom handles. " For a boy of 10, as Purcell was in 1969 when these events took place in his Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood, it all seemed unreal.
May 8, 2013 |
After a young woman in her neighborhood committed suicide in April, Pamela Robb vowed to attend the Camden Trauma Summit. "If one of us is hurting, we're all hurting," said Robb, 58, the tenant association president at the Northgate II high-rise in North Camden. A Camden resident for a half-century, Robb was among 150 citizens, clergy, and public health and safety professionals who gathered Monday at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. The relentless toll that violence exacts on Camden, a big small town that's been called America's most dangerous city, was the focus of the summit.
May 4, 2013 |
What makes Philadelphia's new zoning code such a landmark policy is that it embraces the modern view of cities first articulated by such urbanists as Jane Jacobs and William H. Whyte. They understood that cities couldn't survive with fortified streets and blank ground floors. In the spirit of that movement, the code took the bold step of banning a particular local scourge: garage-fronted rowhouses. Apparently, the Zoning Board of Adjustment never got the memo. The new rules went into effect eight months ago, and yet the board continues to conduct business as usual, handing out variances that allow rowhouse developers to install garages where the living rooms are supposed to be. Last week, it was a pair of houses at 19th and Catharine Streets.
May 1, 2013 |
MAYOR NUTTER appointed Julia Chapman, legislative director for the first two years of his administration, to chair the Zoning Board of Adjustment yesterday. Chapman, Nutter's longtime chief of staff during his City Council days, will replace Lynette Brown-Sow, who became chairwoman of the Philadelphia Housing Authority on Friday. "Throughout my many years of public service, I have been keenly aware of the critical role the Zoning Board of Adjustment plays in balancing neighborhood preservation and the economic growth of the city while insuring the integrity of the zoning code," Chapman said in a statement.
April 20, 2013 |
Mount Laurel Township, long synonymous with landmark court cases mandating affordable housing, can also lay claim as a town that pushed back against billboards. On Monday, the national beautification group Scenic America will honor the town's leaders and residents for successfully defending the right of municipalities to restrict billboards within their borders. The national organization's president, Mary Tracy, is to present its Stafford Award to the township at Monday's council meeting.