Archive: June, 2011
Emily Guendelsberger doesn't have health insurance, so she will be wholloped with medical bills associated with the surgery she needs to fix her leg, which was broken in last Saturday night's stampede of marauding teens down Broad St.
Guendelsberger is the local arts and entertainment editor for The Onion, the satirical news and entertainment site, and she is not covered under its health-care plan. My colleague Dan Gross asked an Onion spokeswoman if the company would help Guendelsberger with her bills anyway.
Here was the cagey answer.
You know the best part of my job? Calling someone who's been in a pickle and letting them know that their troubles are over.
That was my happy task today, when I phoned Vanita Young and told her to pack her bags, she was going to Texas.
"Oh, my God! That's crazy! Thank you!" said Vanita, 17, when she learned that a benefactor had stepped forward to pay Vanita's way to the prestigious Susan Polgar Chess Invitational next month in Lubbock, TX.
Congrats to the good people at The Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence on North Broad Street, where a nifty new"'teen room" was unveiled yesterday. The renovation of the room from a dark, dull, institutional-looking hole in the wall to a sparkly fun center was the result of a “Pay it Forward” hands-on project by Leadship Philadelphia's Class of 2011, which will graduate tomorrow.
"We celebrated the unveiling of the new space with the volunteers, shelter residents and staff, project leaders and community representatives," spokeswoman Jamie Bartolino wrote in an e-mail yesterday that including stunning before-and-after phoots of the room. "With over $24,000 raised to fund the project, the room is a spectacular addition to the shelter, and one that will keep teens in a safe environment while granting them independence and sparking creativity."
She wrote that teens at the shelter are already making fast use of the room's new computers, electric guitar and Wii game system.
Many thanks and many more chuckles to an e-mailer, who prefers to be identified only as "a devoted reader from Fishtown," for sending along the truly epic video below.
"You won't be able to get this out of your head after you watch it," he wrote.
So here's your only warning - watch this thing at your own risk.
Today's column about shenanigans at The Piazza was accompanied by a video featuring neighbor Mike McCandless. While I was interviewing Mike, he told me about a fundraiser being held tomorrow, June 4th, for his daughter Kaitlynn, who was diagnosed in February with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Kate, who graduates this month from Little Flower High School, has already had three surgeries and faces extensive chemotherapy, Mike told me me. Mike and his wife, Sandy, have medical insurance but it won't cover all of the medical costs related to Kaitlynn's treatment. So family and friends are hosting a beef-and-beer fundraiser to help defray expenses.
If you want to attend, here's what you need to know: