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Rebekka Coakley, Town&Gown

Rebekka Coakley is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia.

Articles by Rebekka Coakley, Town&Gown

A Decade of Delivering Help A Decade of Delivering Help
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Rebekka Coakley, Town&Gown
In 2006, Doreen Perks started the Bob Perks Fund in memory of her husband, who died from cancer just five months earlier. For 10 years now, the fund has helped ease the financial burden for almost 1,700 people in the community battling cancer. [Read More]
A Decade of Delivering Help A Decade of Delivering Help
8 weeks ago - Town and gown
In 2006, Doreen Perks started the Bob Perks Fund in memory of her husband, who died from cancer just ve months earlier. For 10 years now, the fund has helped ease the nancial burden for almost 1,700 people in the community battling cancer. “In the beginning, we just wanted to do [Read More]
People Who Make a Difference People Who Make a Difference
26 weeks ago - Town and gown
Whether it’s through fiber and fabric or giving someone a warm place to stay during the day or collecting food to give to families for the holidays, this year’s “People Who Make a Difference” (formerly “Happy Valley Heroes”) are shining examples of the heart of [Read More]
Sacred Sounds Sacred Sounds
47 weeks ago - Town and gown
With eyes closed and ears open, listening to the State College Sacred Harp singers feels like going to church in the south, circa the 1800s, with a fire and brimstone sermon from a fiery preacher to follow. Each vocal group — treble, alto, tenor, and bass — is strong and distinct, none [Read More]
12 Months of Giving: Salvation Army 12 Months of Giving: Salvation Army
77 weeks ago - Town and gown
During all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there is a familiar sound one can hear outside the doors of local businesses that reminds people to take time to think of others during the Christmas season. It’s the ringing of the Salvation Army bells. Salvation Army volunteers and [Read More]
The Lost Boys of Sudan The Lost Boys of Sudan
86 weeks ago - Town and gown
Failure is not an option for Gabriel Akec. The Penn State senior likens success to being chased by a lion. “When you’re being chased, you climb up the tree and, in your mind, you know you cannot fall,” he says. “If you don’t do a good job of climbing, you will certainly [Read More]
Celebration of Good Health Celebration of Good Health
117 weeks ago - Town and gown
As a child, Judy Himes knew she wanted to be a nurse. Her passion for science, nurturing personality, and devotion to her siblings, friends, and pets only solidified her feeling that a career in caring for others was her future. Today, she is the director of nursing at Penn State Milton S. [Read More]
12 Months of Giving: Food Bank of State College 12 Months of Giving: Food Bank of State College
126 weeks ago - Town and gown
We just wrapped up another holiday season — a time marked with amazing charitable acts. But, as many seem to express each yuletide season, why can’t we commit to those acts of kindness and giving throughout the year? As part of each issue in 2014, Town&Gown will profile an [Read More]
Sustainability in Centre County Sustainability in Centre County
161 weeks ago - Town and gown
Bicycling to work every day since 1976, Penn State’s Paul Ruskin has accumulated more than 18,000 miles of petroleum-free transportation. Sustainability has been on his mind since he was in high school, when he researched the depth of lunar soil using infrared photography, and launched rockets [Read More]
The Roads Less Traveled The Roads Less Traveled
169 weeks ago - Town and gown
At the moment, it’s good to be Tawni O’Dell. Not just because the State College resident and best-selling author is in preproduction for her first published novel, Back Roads, to be made into a film directed by Adrian Lyne, but also because she’s finished her latest novel, [Read More]
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