A few moments after the gates opened, Matt Rego and his roommate Jack Abrams were standing in the front-row by the Rocky stage. They expected to be in that spot wel into the night. The Temple students wound up about 200th in line Saturday morning, which required that they show up about 11:30 a.m.
"Matt loves Kanye West and I'm here to support him," Abrams offered.
The roomies have a poster of Kanye hanging in their dorn room. Over Rego's bed.
The gates had opened. The crowd was moving toward the stages. But walking along Pennsylvania Avenue, a group of out-of-towners was wondering what the fuss was about. The men had come to see the Rocky statue by the Art Museum steps.
They're members of the Nueva Generacion Domino Club and the La Familia Domino League from around Chicago.
Not a great day to jog up the steps, they learned. But the Made in America line-up caught their interest. For a moment.
Mia Argentieri knows she’s lucky. She has an apartment with a balcony in The Philadelphian on the Parkway. Her balcony has a great view of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Last week, Argentieri went out for some fresh air, her morning coffee and newspaper. But she had to wear earplugs to block out the construction noises as the city readied itself for the thousands expected to attend this weekend's Budweiser Made in America music festival.
“It’s a two-day event, but it’s not a two-day event,” she said, as music floated up to her door Friday morning.
When Kahra Buss founded Live Civilly three years ago, she wanted to help youngsters like her own do service work in their communities.
The Moorestown mom and her husband, Joe, hoped the new nonprofit organization (livecivilly.org) would satisfy not only a hunger for service, but hunger itself.
"We have two community supported gardens that support food pantries in Moorestown," Buss says. "This summer, we made over 600 lunches for scholarship students at the township summer camp."
More than 800 people have signed an online petition against changing the name of a Willingboro, NJ municipal complex from the Kennedy Center to the Obama Center.
The Change.org petition was started by Dawn Donnelly, a Burlington Township grandmother who grew up in Willingboro, graduated in 1977 from what was then Kennedy High School, and still works in the township.
"To me, this has nothing to do with President Obama," Donnelly, 55, says. "I voted for President Obama, and I would vote for him again. This is about taking away the name [that honored] a president who at the time the school was built was a huge deal. It's a change that's disrespectful of history."
Williams' apparent suicide, reported on Monday, followed his recent visit to a Minnesota rehab. His lifelong battle with alcohol and drugs has been marked by long periods of recovery, interrupted by relapse. He also suffered from depression.
Solomonov, the chef at Zahav and a force behind Federal Donuts, went public this week about about his recovery from addiction to heroin, crack, and booze. He told interviewers that he went to rehab, attends self-help meetings regularly, and has been clean for six years.
Young preservationists in Woodbury are battling the proposed demolition of a battered but historic former hotel on the Cooper Street gateway to downtown.
"Woodbury is rapidly losing what makes it a destination, which is historic buildings -- and the vibe they create," says Bryan Bonfiglio, of the Village Green Preservation Society. "The city doesn't need more surface parking lots."
Mayor Bill Volk says the city has worked with groups such as the Woodbury Olde City Restoration Committee to try and save the vacant Green Hotel since last year. But no buyer or other interested party with resources to rehabilitate the deteriorating structure has come forward. And the mayor says he's prepared to approve a demolition application scheduled to come before the city planning and zoning board August 20.
Camden will inspect the vacant, city owned Radio Lofts building in the wake of safety concerns raised by a local blogger.
In a post headlined 'Downtown Danger,' the NJ Poverty Reality blog published photos of cracked exterior brickwork, warped window frames, and material it said has fallen from the onetime RCA Building #8 at 2nd and Cooper streets.
"The building is solid," says city business administrator Robert Corrales, adding that personnel nevertheless will take a look and make a report. He adds there is no reason to believe the structure is in danger of collapsing, as the blog suggests.