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Letters to the Editor: June 4, 2014

Fund education now


A look at the true meaning of a wedding

It’s June — high season for weddings. How well I know it. I’m often at the weddings of total strangers, but before you think “Wedding Crasher,” let me explain: My husband is a retired judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, and is, therefore, authorized to officiate at weddings. And as “Mrs. Judge,” I’m often invited to be with him. I seldom decline.


Op-ed: Keep building safety in mind

Carlton Wil­li­ams, com­mis­sion­er of the De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions, asks Phil­adelphia res­id­ents to do their part in keep­ing their homes safe.

May was Na­tion­al Build­ing Safety Month and we at the De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions are com­mit­ted to mak­ing Phil­adelphia the na­tion’s lead­er in build­ing safety. But we at L & I can’t do it alone. Res­id­ents are the eyes and ears of L & I, and by arm­ing them with the tools they need, the city will be safer place to live and grow.


Philly Play will help remedy child obesity

Last summer, I started a program called Philly Play right here in the Northeast. I did so because I was concerned about both the lack of access and information surrounding active play and the growing rate of childhood obesity in our city. We held play-oriented events around the 6th District, hosted community conversations around play and health and ended with a block-long street festival for families.


Northeast home to many hidden gems

From cheesesteaks to Tastykakes, Stephen Starr to Marc Vetri, the Reading Terminal to the Italian Market, Philly food gets a decent amount of attention. But one area of the city that has been virtually written off deserves recognition for its impressive lineup of hidden gems.


Doctor, my heel hurts

This is a common complaint heard in a doctor’s office. It affects men and women, young and old. But what is it? It is most commonly plantar fasciitis. You may not have heard of this diagnosis. It is more commonly known as a heel spur. This is an older terminology for the same diagnosis. The reason it was called a heel spur was because when the foot is X-rayed, often one sees a spur-like bony projection off of the bottom of the heel bone. For many years, this was thought to be the cause of the pain. Surgery was often performed to remove the spur. But often, even after removing the spur, the pain persists.


Letters to the Editor: May 28, 2014

Not one more penny


Purchase Agreement does not reveal specifics of PGW sale

After taking more than four years to arrive at a decision to sell Philadelphia Gas Works, the Nutter administration is now pushing for a rush to judgment by City Council regarding one of the most significant decisions this city will ever make.


A treat from Texas

With the months of May and June come graduations, weddings, birthdays, and… summer heat. There’s always some kind of celebration that calls for cake — especially chocolate cake. But no one wants to hang out in the kitchen for too long now. What better way to celebrate an occasion than with a dense, rich, moist cake topped with a velvety-smooth chocolate icing. Decadence — your name is Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake.


Tips to help your mind and body

Here are some healthy foods to nourish your brain and body.