Phil Anastasia, Philly Inquirer

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South Jersey, NJ, United States

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Recent articles by Phil:

A Radnor production company fell in love with a Navajo Nation town. And then the pandemic hit.

The creators of the Emmy-nominated, NetFlix series "Basketball or Nothing," have sent more than 3,000 pieces of PPE to the reservation, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Hopeworks is helping Michael Cassel find a path to success

The 20-year-old from Pennsauken committed to completing his training and internship at Hopeworks, a Camden nonprofit that specializes in preparing young people for careers. → Read More

Cherry Hill military veteran and educator creates a star-studded virtual tribute for high school grads joining the Armed Forces

Dr. Ken Hartman, a former administrator at Drexel and Rowan universities, has created a tribute that will stream July 4 and include performances and testimonials from country-music artists, NASCAR drivers, actors, and an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station. → Read More

Northeast football star Jon-Luke Peaker picks Old Dominion, a month after mother dies of coronavirus

The speedy running back vows to honor his mother, who died in early June from complications of COVID-19. → Read More

Roman Catholic basketball star Justice Williams transfers to Montverde Academy

The guard, one of the top players in the country in the class of 2022, will join former Roman Catholic teammate Jalen Duren, who transferred to the Florida prep school in April. → Read More

Philly teen who created ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ is already a leader today

Juan Adames, a senior at Germantown Academy, is the founder and driving force of a non-profit that specializes in mentoring youngsters in Northeast Philadelphia and creating and coordinating community-service projects. → Read More

Teenager brightens days of nursing-home residents

Hita Gupta, a sophomore at Conestoga High, has created the Brighten a Day foundation to bring cheer to residents of nursing homes around the country. → Read More

Three Philadelphia-area women who changed the game in athletic administration set to retire

Ginny Hoffman at Germantown Academy, Regina Buggy at Episcopal Academy and Barb Clarke at Merion Mercy helped create more opportunities for females in athletic participation and administration. → Read More

Jason Harrigan named new basketball coach at St. Joseph’s Prep

The former Del Val Charter and Cardinal O'Hara coach replaces the legendary Speedy Morris, who resigned after last season because of health issues. → Read More

Colleen Maguire becomes first woman to lead NJSIAA

The Moorestown resident and former George Washington University basketball star is now chief operating officer of the 102-year-old organization that oversees high school sports in New Jersey. → Read More

Tacony Academy Charter earns national recognition

The Philadelphia Public League school became the first in the nation to earn Level 2 designation under a new National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) initiative to promote on-line learning for coaches and administrators. → Read More

Gabby Roe is a ‘Maestroe’ of pushing fringe sports into the spotlight

Maestroe Sports and Entertainment of Wayne specializes in promoting non-major sports such as break dancing, cornhole, axe-throwing, and ultimate frisbee. → Read More

Pat Shanahan, longtime tennis coach at city high schools, to step down

For 30 years, the former St. John Neumann High and La Salle University player worked to keep the sport alive at city high schools. → Read More

A life-saving moment leads to a lifelong friendship for two Cherry Hill neighbors

Using CPR and a portable AED machine, Jim Morton saved Bob Kates' life. The two men had never met before that day when they were working out in a fitness center in Cherry Hill. Now they are close friends. → Read More

Chalk artist brings smiles by drawing on different canvas

Social distancing has suspended her old face-painting business, so she's found a new outlet for her creativity, using driveways and sidewalks. → Read More

Suburban Philadelphia bodyboarder Andrew Karr takes big-wave world by storm

The 22-year-old from Ambler became the first athlete in his sport to "barrel" at a famous, big-wave break in Hawaii and to set what is believed to be a world record by riding a 60-foot wave in Portugal. → Read More

For Sylvia Ocasio, youth project manager for JEVS Human Services, a passion to improve lives

The influence of the persistent mentor who specializes in "tough love" has inspired hundreds, including a former high school dropout who was arrested three times, but turned his life around and now vows to serve others. → Read More

Camden basketball star TaQuan Woodley commits to Penn State

The power forward, who helped the Panthers to a 29-1 record last season, also has offers from South Carolina, Rutgers, Temple, and La Salle among other programs. → Read More

Visits from Pegasus horses brighten locked-down days

A visit from miniature horses Big Mac and Bleu made for a special day for four-year-old Cameron Maqboul, who was taking regular lessons before the facility was shutdown by the outbreak of the coronavirus. → Read More

Twenty years later, Adam Taliaferro sees the ‘blessing’ that came from his devastating injury

The former Penn State player is 'at peace' because the traumatic event brought so many positive things to his life and to others. → Read More