Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Jordan Wang, high school senior, also is an accomplished record.
One Roxborough high school senior is catching eyes in two unrelated fields—wrestling and classical music. Jordan Wang, a senior at Springside-Chestnut Hill Academy, recently played viola with an orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York—only to drive back home and compete in a wrestling tournament the next day. Wang was selected to play at the “The American Christmas Carol” concert at Carnegie Hall. He was part of a 90-member orchestra that accompanied Grammy award-winner Sarah McLachlan, internationally acclaimed singer/song writer Loreena McKennitt, multi-platinum selling Irish singer Andrea Corr, and classical crossover sensation Hayley Westenra. "Jordan devoted approximately 40 hours of rehearsal time prior to this amazing concert. This …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Lisa Regan releases book, and hosts signing at Applebee’s Thursday.
Novelists with diverse life experience can often produce realistic, captivating works. For Roxborough's Lisa Regan, the author's debut crime novel hopes to do just that. The writer, paralegal, former martial arts instructor, former certified nursing assistant, former bookstore manager, mother, and wife releases her first published novel Thursday when Finding Claire Fletcher—a crime story—hits the shelves. Regan was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Roxborough, where she now lives with her husband and daughter. Sapphire Star Publishing will release this book, with another novel, Aberration, set for print June 6, 2013. Finding Claire Fletcher parallels true events, like abducted children Elizabeth Smart or Jaycee Lee Dugard. Below is a …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Curtis Jones shows off his crib to the 'Daily News.'
Roxborough and Manayunk's Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., only in his second term, leaped to political prominence in becoming the council's Democratic majority leader. However, as the Philadelphia Daily News demonstrates, at his Wynnefield home, he's just one of the guys. Jones and other Philadelphia politicians—including 21st Ward Democratic Leader Lou Agre and Al Spivey, Jr., Jones' chief of staff—took in the gut-wrenching Eagles-Lions game Sunday at the councilman's man cave. Check out the write-up for some info on Jones' football hangout.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Tegan Bellitta works as store artist at Plymouth Meeting grocery store.
Tegan Bellitta proves that there are careers in the arts. The Roxborough resident combines her creative skills honed at the Moore College of Art and Design on a daily basis as the store artist for Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting. "They give me liberty to be creative with whatever I do, and they trust that I will make it good," she said. Bellitta began chalkboard art full-time for Whole Foods in 2006 in North Wales. Her job—to creatively illustrate the boards around the store, spotlighting sales and brightening other areas with her art. From there, she moved on to prime time—the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods. The gig enabled her to work with another artist, get her own office and tackle the many signs—from bakery listings to salmon sales—…
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Illustrator David Jablow makes name for self with 'Doodler.'
David Jablow received a doodle pad a few years back that forever changed his life. The Roxborough resident and illustrator transformed the vague outline of a pinup girl into 40 unique sketches, which he parlayed into a book and continued Web notoriety. His book, do it yourself Doodler, takes one generic image and springboards into multiple universes, involving the devil, space, deep sea diving and super heroes. The rough outline of an unfinished pinup model hovers atop the page and links each of his drawings. However, Jablow rarely duplicates efforts and has his heroine in numerous poses. "A friend of gave me a novelty doodle pad and I started doing some of them. For fun, I posted them on a Flickr page, and I got lucky that someone picked …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Officials at Gorgas Park regroup after being rejected from a Water Department grant for storm water management.
After being rejected from a $1.5 million Philadelphia Water Department grant to help solve stormwater drainage problems, the Friends of Gorgas Park are sticking to plan B—start wrangling in additional funds while trying again next year. The park group applied for the grant to remedy extreme damage due to stormwater. The drainage problem causes 5-to-10 inch trenches in the softball field near Roxborough High School and contributes to an excess of runoff into the Schuylkill River. "Every year, they come out and move earth around and level it out so ball field is playable," Friends President John Boyce said. "We're also thinking about what's going on downstream." He added: "We want to store cisterns so (the water) doesn't go down the hill, …
Monday, August 13, 2012
Mayors of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown weigh in on Romney's running mate.
The Democratic National Committee Rapid Response Team issued a release on Sunday featuring statements from three Pennsylvania mayors—Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, Pittsburgh's Luke Ravenstahl and Allentown's Ed Pawlowski—on Mitt Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter: "If there was any doubt that Mitt Romney was the wrong choice for people in Philadelphia and cities across this country, today’s pick of Paul Ryan as a running mate makes it crystal clear just how wrong his priorities are. The Romney Ryan budget is an attack on our most precious resource, the very people who make up the fabric of this country: our parents, our children, our soldiers and our seniors. "Paul Ryan is the …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Staffer Joshua Cohen to man new Ridge Avenue office.
Living up to a long-time promise, Roxborough and Manayunk's Philadelphia City Councilman will open a Ridge Avenue office Friday. Democratic Majority Leader Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. (4th) debuts an office in the field after a few years of promises. Staff member Joshua Cohen confirmed that the new office is set for 5462 Ridge Ave., Suite A (at Ridge and Hermit streets). From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, the councilman hosts a grand opening and ribbon cutting at the new office. Neighbors Custard and Cakes Creamery, located just across the street, will provide refreshments at the event. Previously, residents would have to trek down to City Hall for constituent services, whereas now they can utilize the Roxborough office. Jones joins state Rep. Pam …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Jenna Moser and Sean Jones continue agricultural education beyond Saul.
Two alumni from Philadelphia's only agricultural high school daily demonstrate their love for farming to youth on a statewide—and, for one, potentially national—level. Jenna Moser and Sean Jones, Saul High School graduates, took a year off from college to serve in state offices for the Pennsylvania chapter of the Future Farmers of America. From the class of 2010, Moser has held the state officer's role of reporter for the past year. A Penn State student studying agricultural education with a minor in international agriculture, Moser, from Roxborough, traveled the state with her six cohorts holding youth leadership workshops at over 110 schools, she said. "It's not just us talking about the FFA and how impressive it is. We are teaching …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Rev. Graham Robinson seeks to return church to the community.
Graham Robinson presides over the imposing, historical structure perched on a hill atop Ridge and Manayunk Avenues. However, as the new pastor at Wissahickon Presbyterian Church, his goal is to demonstrate that his congregation is anything but imposing and embodies the neighborhood. "Everything I'm doing here is about exploration. What can we do to help the community?" he asked. "I want a place for people to come and worship and praise God." His challenge is similar to many Manayunk and Roxborough pastors—to reinvigorate the atmosphere at these historical churches. Robinson's Story Installed as pastor in February 2012, Robinson knows the stresses that exist in the secular world. Although faithful, he worked for Mobile in Fairfax, VA, but …