Monday, May 30, 2011

USS Olympia

The Historic USS Olympia docked outside the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing is available to tour. The ship is dock on the Delaware River in Philadelphia along with the submarine Becuna. As I walked along Penn’s Landing, I thought Memorial Day would be a good time to blogged about this historic vessel. 

From the website:

From the moment of her launching in 1892, Olympia was a rare treasure in the U.S. naval fleet, as no sister ships were ever built. She is the world’s oldest floating steel warship and the sole surviving naval ship of the Spanish-American War. Olympia served as Admiral Dewey’s flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, which marked the U.S.’s emergence as a world naval power. Olympia’s last official naval mission was to carry the body of the Unknown Soldier from France to the United States in 1921. In addition to being a National Historic Landmark, Olympia is also a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, on the National Register of Historic Places, and part of the Save America’s Treasures program.

To keep up with the news about the future of the Olympia from the website Click Here 

For Tour Days and Hours contact the
Independence Seaport Museum
Penn’s Landing
211 S. Columbus Blvd
Phila., PA

Friday, May 27, 2011

Clippers’ Jefferson considering Temple

"Chester 10th grader Rondae Jefferson is one of several top players who are considering playing at Temple."

Dunphy and $48 million renovations attracting top recruits to Temple

To Read the article on

Click Here 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Educators Workshop on William Penn

WHAT: Educators' Workshop: William Penn’s Vision for Philadelphia
Receive 3 credits of ACT 48

WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 2011
TIME: 4:00-8:00 pm

WHERE: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, First Floor, Delegates’ CafĂ© Private Dining Room

PARKING: Parking vouchers for $9 available only for those who park at NCC
(enter on Race Street between 5th and 6th Streets)
Workshop is open to teachers and pre-service students.
Workshop participants receive a CD with a bibliography, images of documents and artifacts used in the workshop, and links to related resources.

Workshop is limited to 30 participants

COST: $12 (including dinner)
What makes this two-part workshop on William Penn’s vision for Philadelphia so special that you won’t want to miss it?

Opportunity to get up close with rarely exhibited Penn artifacts, including the wampum belt and the surveying instruments used to design and plan the city of Philadelphia. Learn to decode and analyze Penn’s letters laying out his vision for Philadelphia. Learn strategies for linking maps, documents, and artifacts to more fully understand Penn’s vision and how it took shape in Penn’s early years. Participate in a thought-provoking conversation with colleagues, museum educators, and historians about Penn’s vision and its meaning for today and the future. Brainstorm about the most effective methods to teach tolerance using history as a platform. Participate in a dynamic program considering Philadelphia's history and experiences as a "Cradle of Liberty." Moderated by distinguished historian and author Richard Beeman, the panel features Gary Nash of UCLA, Richard Newman of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Michael Coard of Avenging the Ancestors Coalition. Contribute your ideas for the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, a digital information project currently in its planning stages.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Philadelphia Workshop of the World workshop on
November 9, 2011. And, for the Philadelphia City of Neighborhoods workshop
on March 28, 2012

Visit additional information about the project and future program and workshop dates.

Educators’ Workshop: William Penn’s Vision for Philadelphia is sponsored by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and colleague institutions the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, National Constitution Center, National Archives at Philadelphia, and Independence National Historical Park.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Delaware County Sports Legends Father’s Day Book Signing

Joe Cirilli the Executive Director of the Delco Athletes Hall of Fame has announced that Rich Pagano, author of the book Delaware County Sports Legends, will be making a special pre-Father's Day book signing at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum on Tuesday June 14th from 10am to 2pm.
Mr. Pagano's book includes hundreds of photographs of local and national heroes that have reached the top of their profession. 16 Chester High School Basketball Players are included. Here are some of them: Horace Walker, Granny Lash, Emerson Baynard, Charles Kirkland, Paul Williams, John Laszek, Mike Marshall, Bo Ryan, Herman Harris, Hank Mann, Len Gordy, Frank May, Fred Pickett (Coach), and Lew Krausse. Other sports figures from Chester in other sports are also in the book including baseball, football, and track & field.

At the signing Rich will be accepting nominations for athletes to be included in his second book currently in the works. Some of the younger Clippers, like Jameer Nelson, will be in this book.

The sports museum is located at the intersection of route 202 and 1 Beaver Valley Rd. in Chadds Ford Pa. 19317. For more information contact museum curator Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919 or

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Chester High Clippers 2011 Basketball Banquet

Picture from their candy bar

If you missed the Basketball Banquet Sunday like I did, here is some information that I got from a friend. I could not attend because I had a conflicting event. The Clippers formally celebrated and gave honor to their own for a great basketball season. They finished with a 31-1 record and won their 7th State Championship. 

Here is a list of Athletic Awards:

Hero Bowl Basketball All-Star Team:
Lamon Church
Maurice Nelson
DeQuann Walker

Associated Press All-Pennsylvania Selections:
Coach of the Year: Larry Yarbray Sr.
3rd Team: Erikk Wright

Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania Selection:
Team of the Year: Chester High Clippers
3rd Team: Lamon Church
Honorable Mention: Maurice Nelson

Daily Times All-Delco Selections:
1st Team: Lamon Church, Maurice Nelson
2nd Team: Rondae Jefferson, Dequann Walker
3rd Team: Erikk Wright
Honorable Mention: Richard Granberry, Kareem Robinson

Del Val League Coaches, All-Del Val Selections:
Coach of the Year: Lary Yarbray Sr.
1st Team: Lamon Church, Maurice Nelson, Erikk Wright
2nd Team: Rondae Jefferson
3rd Team: Dequann Walker, Kareem Robinson
Honorable Mention: Richard Grandberry, Tavaune Griffin, Darius Robinson

Labor Classic All Star Team:
Lamon Church
Maurice Nelson
DeQuann Walker

Donofrio All Star Team:
Lamon Church
Rondae Jefferson
Maurice Nelson
DeQuann Walker

Omega Psi Phi Classic, All Tournament Team
Maurice Nelson
Erikk Wright

Max Preps Sophomore All American Team
Honorable Mention: Rondae Jefferson

Congratulations again Clippers!

Monday, May 23, 2011

High School Seniors ... we've got a scholarship offer for you

FYI Scholarship News from delcotimes:

Times staff story

Attention high school seniors who might be future journalists: The Daily Times is seeking your participation in its annual contest for the Bill Brown Memorial Scholarship. Any high school senior who is interested in competing for the $1,000 college award should contact sports editor Rob Parent or assistant sports editor Terry Toohey as soon as possible to register. When you do, be ready to write a story dealing with any topic in sports that runs approximately 600 words. The stories will be judged on structure, clarity, reporting effort, how topical it is and yes, how free of typographical errors it might be. The stories will be read and judged by the Daily Times sports staff, and all stories must be submitted no later than May 30. This is a tight deadline business ... and this scholarship offer is earned under such conditions. So in other words, please hurry. Register by sending an email to or; or call our office at 610-622-8880 after 5 p.m. The scholarship is named after the late Bill Brown, the longtime Phillies beat writer at the Daily Times.

The Chester Pearls Foundation 3rd Annual Beautillion

MC Dray Clark Reporter from CBS3

The Chester Pearls Foundation held their 3rd Annual Beautillion last evening at the Holiday Inn Select in Claymont, Delaware. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Tau Delta Omega Chapter. The purpose of the foundation is to highlight young men and their achievements. Dray Clark from CBS3 was the Masters of Ceremony. Denise Poller, President, along with Co-Chairs Twyla Simpkins and Rose Robinson, and other committee and community members worked to put the Beautillion together.
Co Chairs Rose Robinson (center) and Twyla Simpkins (right) showcasing a group dance with other sorority members
According to foundation President Poller, “Our mission three years ago was to enrich the lives and spotlight the young men of our community through a series of workshops and a culminating event, much like a cotillion, but centered around the young men.” Although the foundations primary goal is to raise money for their scholarship fund, Young men from around the area met regularly to learn about college and career options, shared talks with mentors, participated in self-defense, esteem building, and etiquette workshops. 
Formal Dance with the Young Men & their escorts
The Beautillion was an elegant affair which showcased formal wear by the young men and their escorts. They participated in formal dancing. They were rewarded with awards for their dedication to the program.