The last time I'd seen Marianne Kennedy she was manning her pantry in the main office of Willard Elementary School in Kensington. Kennedy kept the closet filled with food and clothes for students who needed help beyond the classroom. Every child at Willard - located blocks from the city's worst heroin corners - needed help.
Mike Newall has been writing for the Inquirer since 2010. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., he has been writing about Philadelphia crime, courts, politics, and neighborhoods since 2003. Before joining the Inquirer, he was a staff writer and columnist for Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia City Paper. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and dog.