Story Archive May 16 2012

A celebration of crazy creativity

Witness art in motion (and mud pits) this Saturday at the Kensington Kinetic Derby

Africa, adventure and an ambulance

Fishtowner Mike Reali and friends spent the last few months on a trek through Africa to donate a much-needed ambulance.

Remembering Sabina

Star reporter Hayden Mitman reflects on how the community has changed, and become safer, in the years since the death of Sabina O'Donnell.

Riverward upcoming events for this week, May 16

With summer right around the corner, we’ve got a ton of events for you to check out. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood.

Behind the scenes, he has a starring role

Northern Liberties resident Dan Schultz runs the show behind the scenes for the Walnut Street Theatre.

St. Anne: a vibrant history, a promising future

St. Anne celebrated its history, and its future, on May 6. Now, the church's historical committee seeks to better understand the souls who could be buried in its cemeteries.

Author finds inspiration in Port Richmond

Lee Fishman found herself impressed with the courage of immigrants trying to build lives there. So she decided to write a book about it.

Letters to the Editor: May 16, 2012

It pays to be an alienIf an immigrant is over 65, he can apply for SSI and Medicaid and get more than my mom gets for Social Security. She worked from 1944 to 2004, only getting $791 per month because she was born before 1924 and there is a Catch 22.It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890, and each can also obtain an additional $580 in social assistance for a total of $2,470 a month.This compares very well to a single pensioner who, after contributing to the growth and development of America for 40 to 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1.012 in old age pension and guaranteed income supplement.Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!Consider sending this to all your American friends, so we can all be ticked off and maybe get the refugees cut back to $1,012 and the pensioners up to $2,470 and enjoy some of the money we were forced to submit to the government over the last 40 or 50 or 60 years.Please forward this to every American to expose what our elected politicians, Nancy Pelosi included, have been doing over the past 11 years to the overtaxed Americans.Send this to every American taxpayer you know!All older Americans must demand that any person who actually worked for their Social Security gets at least as much as an alien gets, if not more!William ColeMillbrook

It's purrfect! Cat litter company lends a helping paw to highlight the great outdoors

Watson T. Comly principal Michelle “Micki” Byruch has been on the job three years and has always wanted to spruce up a 4,200-square-foot plot of land just outside the Kelvin Avenue entrance.

Tracy Morgan, real life

By Rita CharlestonFor the TimesGrowing up in the rough neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, and enduring a tough childhood wouldn’t lead many men to comedy. But in the case of Tracy Morgan, it did.“I was always a funny kid,” said Morgan, 43, who is set to take the stage at the Keswick Theatre on Saturday. “I think comedy was always in me, so I don’t think I picked it. I think it picked me.”Really, said one of the stars of NBC’s Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning 30 Rock, “I couldn’t see myself doing anything else in life. Sure, everybody has a rough beginning, and I did too. I’m not Paris Hilton and I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. But I’m all right. I’m far away from those early days. I’m a grown man now. You live and you learn. Life is complicated, but we try.”And Morgan certainly did try. Spurred on by a good friend to try comedy, Morgan began doing stand-up, building his act on the difficult situations he’d dealt with in his life. It was during one of those stand-up performances that Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels saw Morgan and decided to audition him for the popular TV show.Morgan’s humor landed him a spot on the show and he stayed for seven years before moving on to other things. In 2003, Morgan left SNL to headline his own show on NBC, a sitcom called The Tracy Morgan Show. Although the show didn’t last long, Morgan was able to turn his talents to other pursuits, landing significant roles in a handful of feature films.And in 2006, Morgan found his niche on 30 Rock, the sitcom created by fellow SNL alumna Tina Fey. A longtime friend and admirer of Morgan’s, Fey wrote the character of Tracy Jordan specifically for Morgan. “Tina came to SNL three years after me and we always had a good time working together,” Morgan said. “We are professionals and we work well together. There’s a chemistry there that’s always been there.”In 2009, Morgan received his first Emmy nomination for his role in 30 Rock in the Supporting Actor category. He’s also been nominated for a Supporting Actor NAACP Image Award, and has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance in an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.”Among the other heights he reached in 2009 was the release of his book, I Am The New Black, a compilation of anecdotes and some of the more serious moments that shaped him and his career.“I wanted to tell my own story rather than have someone else tell it,” Morgan explained. “I’ve never been the kind of person who asks ‘why?’ but rather, ‘why not?’ I’m somebody who came from the ghetto and learned how to make it. Somebody had to, so why not me?”Morgan has also been heard lending his voice to the animated film RIO, tackled a role in the drama The Son Of No One, and rounded out his list of great comedic achievements with his first HBO special, Black & Blue.And when he takes the stage at the Keswick, he said he hopes his audience will realize that his stand-up is unlike what they see him do on television.“When I get on stage,” Morgan said, “I just want to spread my love and do it live. What I do on TV is for TV. But this will be live entertainment. It’s straight up, with no chaser. Sometimes, when people come to comedy shows they come expecting to see what they see on TV. But this is live. This is life. This is the real stand-up. This is the real me.”For show times and ticket information, call 215-572-7650.