Title: Girl In Translation
Author: Jean Kwok
Prices: Amazon softcover $10.21, Kindle $9.70, check your local library for availability
Summary: This is a semi-autobiographical novel that begins with 11 year old Kimberly Chang and her mother arriving from Hong Kong to the United States. This immigrant's tale includes living in a roach infested apartment, working in a sewing factory, and being misunderstood at school. Kimberly perseveres and is awarded a full scholarship at a private school. Read about her assimilation when life is complicated by romance and other relationships.
The book group will meet on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at lunchtime in Chinatown.
If you are interested, please send a RSVP by September 11 at firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the information loop.
I am Winly Mai, the 2014 Margaret Chin Academic Scholarship winner, set to embark on a summer challenge/trip. This summer I'm biking on a coastal route across America renovating, building, & fixing houses along the way with a nonprofit organization called Bike and Build. Which is incredible since I have never been to any of the places scheduled in my route, and what's even more amazing is that I will be fixing their home! I'll give you a sneak-peak of my schedule:
Jul 12 - Portland, ME
Jul 15 - Salem, MA
Jul 17 - Nantucket, MA
Jul 18 - Martha's Vineyard, MA
Jul 23 - New Haven, CT
Jul 26 - New York City, NY
Bike and Build is a nonprofit organization dedicated in recruiting volunteers of ages 18-21 (I believe I forgot the age gap). Each volunteer is required to fundraise $2,250, but for scholarship recipients like myself, our goal is $500. These donations go towards other nonprofit organizations such as Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, etc. that rebuilds homes. Our mission is to renovate homeowner's houses to make it more safe to live in. For example, we volunteer and do tasks such as:
-installing safety devices (fire alarms etc)
-install insulations to reduce gas/electric bills
-basically we fix anything to keep homeowners safe and warm because they can't financially afford to do it themselves.
So from July 6th to July 27th I'll be biking over 800 miles from Bar Harbor, Maine to New York City, New York for the cause of affordable housing.
I can't wait to start this trip but before that I need your help, well, I actually need your help in helping others! As you may know, I'm a Bike and Build scholarship recipient and also a volunteer. We count on donations made by you to buy supplies to renovate houses. Luckily for me as a scholarship recipient, I only need to raise $500 instead of the regular amount of $2,250.
I would love it if you could donate any amount to my bike&build page, which is also my favorite page on bikeandbuild.org .
And since I'm so excited for this trip, I'll add in an extra little something: For those who donated $50+, I'm willing to draw a portrait for you. BUT:
-You need to screenshot your transaction of every page you're directed to. (You could blur out your credit card number & any other personal information.) Make sure you show me that the amount you donated is $50+.
I know that $50 is a lot, but bikeandbuild nor I earn any from it, all of it goes toward others. And again, you could donate as much as you want.
If you're still not convinced that bikeandbuild is a great organization, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lGmXUt4yEM !
If you have any more questions, please visit bikeandbuild's website at http://bikeandbuild.org/cms/
Thank you for supporting us!
You are exclusively invited to the opening reception of my 5th solo art exhibition entitled: "Whole.heART.ed"
Date: August 4, 2014 (Monday)
Time: 6:30 PM
Venue: Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse area - 22nd & Locust Sts.)
RSVP: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / 267.401.4676
ADMISSION IS FREE
I will be showing new pieces (acrylic, mixed media, and photography), and some of my works that I exhibited in Manila and New York.
Enjoy some art, cocktails, raffle, performances, and good company on a Monday night!
I look forward to celebrating my exhibition (and birthday) with you!
(Exhibit runs until 8.6.2014 only, so make sure you come by at the opening!)
By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Arthur L. Powell, 92, of Bryn Mawr, a philanthropist and former chairman of one of the nation’s largest shopping-mall management firms, died Saturday, June 7, of heart failure at Waverly Heights retirement community in Bryn Mawr.
Mr. Powell and his business partner, Harold G. Schaeffer, led Kravco, a Montgomery County-based company whose list of properties included the King of Prussia mall, Langhorne’s Oxford Valley Mall, and the Hamilton Mall outside Atlantic City.
By the 1990s, the company had developed or redeveloped 30 million square feet of commercial space, including malls in Maine and Texas.
Their properties helped transform the way Americans shop, bringing large department stores
— traditionally a staple of gilded urban boulevards — to the rapidly expanding suburbs.
“It was constant work, not just to build something that might be good for 50 years, but also a little bit ahead of its time,” said a son, Richard Powell.
Mr. Powell also gave generously. His donations exceeded $1 million to both the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia and to Alfred University in western New York, his undergraduate alma mater. He also later served on the university’s board.
“He was all about giving back,” his son said. “That was as important to him as his career.”
Mr. Powell was the son of Jewish Russian immigrants who arrived in New York City shortly after the turn of the century. He was the youngest of six children growing up on one floor of a three-story tenement in the 1920s.
Encouraged by his father, Mr. Powell went to college, studying engineering at Alfred and later earning a master’s degree in industrial management at New York University. During World War II, he rose to the rank of captain in the Air Force.
Mr. Powell first worked as a consultant for sugar refineries, inventing systems to handle and move the product. He spent much of his time on the road and pocketed travel per diems to save money rather than travel home to New York.
His life changed when friends of his wife, Lea, arranged for him to meet Philadelphia real estate developer Morris Kravitz. Mr. Powell sat in on a partners’ meeting at Kravitz’s firm and listened to them discuss development of the Huntingdon Valley Shopping Center. Mr. Powell, feeling he could assist with management of the project, eventually pitched a job for himself to Kravitz, who hired him.
Mr. Powell, then 35, was soon overseeing construction projects and managing tenants for the firm. The Powell family moved to Levittown, in Bucks County, in 1956 and in 1970 to Valley Forge.
Kravitz eventually turned the company over to Mr. Powell and Schaeffer, who built the company with the help of partners and consultants, Mr. Powell’s son said. Part of their vision was to adjust the shopping centers to fit the preferences of the communities in which they resided. In 1981, for instance, they rebranded and expanded the King of Prussia mall, bringing in more upscale stores such as Bloomingdale’s.
“The key was to put as many department stores as you could, and the right kind of department stores, at the confluence of these highways,” Richard Powell said.
Mr. Powell and Schaeffer stepped down from their roles in the company in 1995.
Mr. Powell’s many charitable endeavors included his temple, Brith Achim, in King of Prussia, and the King of Prussia Rotary. When he was president of the club in the 1970s he gave a distant relative a job at Kravco so the relative and his family could flee Argentina, which was unstable at the time.
“It was very difficult to get a visa,” Ernest Zlotolow said. “So he gave me a job and put us up in his house for a full month so we could get our bearings.”
Mr. Powell also was dedicated to his family, which included four children and 13 grandchildren.
“He basically was the problem-solver,” his son said. “If the family had any problems, we’d come to him. For him, it was family, business, and philanthropy.”
His wife died in 2005. Surviving are sons Richard and Jon, daughters Carol and Nancy, 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were Monday, June 9, at Temple Brith Achim in King of Prussia, with interment at Haym Salomon Memorial Park in Malvern.
Contributions may be made to the Powell Religious School at Temple Brith Achim, the Einstein Medical Center Montgomery neonatal unit, or a charity of the donor’s choice.