We will never meet a bigger braggart than death. Despite the amount of joy and love that we experience, it knows we all will one day be by its side. Mortality has taken loved ones from each of us and has silenced celebrities whom we have come to consider excellent influences on our lives, with this year being a particularly opportunistic year for death to lord over the famous, with David Bowie and Alan Rickman, among others, shuffling off their mortal coils. Five weeks into the year, I am already fearing that our enemy will strike again, so, I have compiled a list of celebrities whom I hope death does not touch with its cold hand this year.
Before Lisa Kaplan can pull up the School District pie chart that lays out her building’s ethnic diversity, she has to fill out quickly the details for a grant she’s received for Blended Learning. That’s her. The Andrew Jackson School, 1213 S. 12th St., principal and 21st and Ritner streets native is a master at attracting help from outside of her K-8 building when budgetary times are tight.
Almost exactly two years ago, South Philly Review reported on the meeting at Columbus Square Park, between 12th and 13th and Wharton and Reed streets, and the nearly $3-million renovations that the Columbus Square Advisory Council was proposing for the park. At the time, $3 million seemed like a massive amount of money to raise. But this week, the Council is pleased to report, the sum has been entirely collected.
Photo 1: Renowned Canadian designer Bruce Mau used ColorWheels, a mobile arts studio belonging to the Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St., to arrive at a Jan. 28 workshop at the location.