The Tribune-Review reports: “A national survey by student loan servicer Sallie Mae estimated that average prospective parents plan to save $38,953 in the 18 years before their child enters college. Four years of day care in Pennsylvania costs an average of $39,558.”
Ouch. The good news, if there is any, is that misery loves company. The cost of day care exceeds college in 31 states, overall.
It’s been 25 years since Sister Mary Scullion and her associate, Joan Dawson McConnon, founded Project HOME with the aim of ending homelessness in Philly. Homelessness is still around, of course, but many Philadelphians have found education, employment, and a roof over their heads thanks to the organization. Project HOME celebrates this month with an anniversary gala — and the opening of 55 new units of affordable housing in partnership with rocker/philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi.
“There’s a lot of people and organizations here and a lot of progress has been made and there’s a lot to celebrate and be grateful for,” Scullion said recently, “but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
Scullion talked with Philly Mag about what she’s learned, the biggest challenges facing Project HOME, and if the organization is ready to carry on without her leadership.
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CBS Philly reports: “Sunday marks the 5th anniversary of the death of former Phillies announcer Harry Kalas. A steady stream of fans visited the Harry Kalas statue on the concourse beyond the left field foul pole at Citizens Bank Park to take pictures of their favorite play-by-play guy.”
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Apparently we’re either really warm or really cold in Philadelphia. Sunday and today will be warm, according to CBS Philly.
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NBC 10 reports: “The Philadelphia Flyers announced this evening that Miley Cyrus’ BANGERZ TOUR, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd, will now take place on Monday, April 21st. Live Nation rescheduled the concert to accommodate the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game three of the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Flyers and New York Rangers will take place April 22.”
Which raises the obvious question: Anybody want to guess the over-under on the number of crestfallen Miley fans we’ll see at the arena that Tuesday night?
The Star-Ledger reports: “A total of 2,955 gay couples were married in New Jersey from Oct. 21, when same-sex weddings began under the orders of a state judge, through the end of March, according to the state health department. At the same time, 43,619 heterosexual couples were wed. That means about one of 15 marriages performed in the state during that period were for same-sex couples.”
The paper adds: “Activists said they expect the pace will increase as the wedding season begins next month. One observer said gay marriages could bring up to $94 million to New Jersey’s economy over the next three years. She suspects many couples from Pennsylvania, which does not allow gay marriage, will also cross the border to get hitched.”
CBSPhilly reports that Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he’s having problems filling out the ranks of his force — particularly with African-American men, who represent just 9 percent of officers. (At its high, the number was 16 percent.)
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It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all the stuff you missed at PhillyMag.com. Here were some of our favorite pieces from the week gone by:
David Manning, USA Today Sports
The Joy of a Phillies Game, Even When They Stink: What's nice about baseball is it's a picnic. The Phillies may have given up three home runs to Ryan Braun in a 10-4 loss in their home opener, but I still had a good time at the game yesterday. I tailgated with friends in the parking lot beforehand. I met my uncle, a man who's taken me to scores of Phillies games in my life, and we sat in his season ticket seats. I listened to him wax nostalgic on Phillies teams in games past — "Since the Vet opened, I've only missed about three home openers," he bragged — and we drank beers and sighed as the Brewers scored another run. I ran into friends I hadn't seen in forever. I updated an old boss on my life. I actually walked back to downtown up 10th Street because it was nice out, and a friend suggested we walk. Why has no one asked me to do this before? I wondered aloud. (Dan McQuade)
Mike Jerrick Is the Future of Philadelphia’s Digital District: If we want to be Times Square, we need to throw a locally star-studded New Year’s Eve celebration. Stick a glittery ball on the top of 1818 Market Street (the home of Philly Mag, incidentally), enlist a celeb like Maria Papadakis to host the countdown and get local bands to perform. (Just please don’t get the Welcome America bookers to handle it. No one needs to see Earth, Wind and Fire twice in one year.) (Erica Palan)
Our Five Favorite Parts of the Chris Christie New Yorker Profile: Christie owes some of his political success to New Jersey’s Democratic machine:That might sound odd, considering Christie’s a Republican. But the New Yorker article details how Christie’s relationship with two Democratic bosses — Joe DiVincenzo and some guy named George Norcross — has helped him to smooth sailing as governor. During Christie’s re-election campaign, in fact, “there seemed to be an informal non-compete agreement between (Norcross’s) organization and the Governor: Christie mostly stayed away from Norcross’s candidates, and Norcross mostly stayed out of the gubernatorial race.” DiVencenzo endorsed Christie outright. Christie’s ability to get along with Democrats — and thus appeal to centrists — was a rationale for his once-burgeoning presidential campaign. But as told here, the accommodations here seem less ideological, and more about power accommodating power. (Joel Mathis)
Normcore? More Like “Momcore”: Sure, kids grow up and move out. But those Champion sweatpants last practically forever. And the drawstring waistbands forgive a lot of middle-aged pudge. It’s hard to give up mom-clothes once you’ve tried them. Welcome to my world, New York City hipsters. I think you’re gonna like it here. (Sandy Hingston)
Six Unfortunate but Real Reasons Women Are Paid Less Than Men: Some men think (and rightly so) that hiring a woman (no matter how competent) comes with the increased chance that she may ultimately have children and leave the company. Many women do this. That’s because the burden of parenting still mainly falls on them, even in these so-called “modern” times. And if you return to the workforce once your kids hit elementary school, you’ve missed many critical years of experience. From an employer's point of view, this diminishes your value.” (Gene Marks)
Maybe Philly Drivers and Bicyclists Actually Like Fighting With Each Other: "The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers." I'd like to extend this to cyclists, too. I'm honest enough to publicly admit that I fail to fully pause at South Philly stop signs (which is illegal) about as often as I zip through red lights on my bike when I see there are no cars coming (also illegal). Yep, I bend the rules — sorry mom, Jesus, Stu Bykofsky, etc. Lock me up if you must, but I have a strong suspicion I won’t be alone in the clink. (Drew Lazor)
10 Things You Should Know About Thomas Jefferson* Before You Tour ‘Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Thomas was the son of Peter Jefferson, a Virginia landowning slaveholder who died in 1757, leaving the 11 year old with a massive estate. Ten years later, he formally inherited 52 black human beings and 5,000 acres of land as well as livestock and other valuables. When he authored the Declaration of Independence in 1776, he held 175 black men, women, and children in bondage. By 1822, he had increased that number to 267. (Michael Coard)
Let’s Teach Philly Kids to Use Guns — Properly: We don’t teach respect for guns in Philadelphia, not really. We teach fear, we preach abstinence, we mount political crusades and there are good reasons we do so. But none of that seems to work. So let’s try something new, not because we love guns, but because we respect their power — and we love our children. (Joel Mathis)
Forget Bridgegate. CBS reports that former Chris Christie aides are headed to New Hampshire — ostensibly to work on local political campaigns there. But they might have broader opportunities in mind.
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