March 4, 2014 |
Jade is a delightful 11-year-old with gorgeous hazel eyes. When asked what she likes most about herself, she replies, "I'm pretty, I'm nice, and I'm good . . . well, most of the time. " She loves animals and hopes to have a career working with them, especially as a veterinarian. However, she's keeping her options open and considering other possibilities. "I want to be a singer, a police officer, or someone famous," she says. Her social worker describes her as beautiful and energetic, and indeed, Jade keeps busy with a variety of activities, including watching television, singing, dancing, listening to the radio, and riding her bike.
February 1, 2014 |
In "Possessions," one of five very fine entries in The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated , the ghost spirit of a broken old umbrella springs to life, causing a night of splendid havoc for a weary Japanese traveler. A gorgeously realized homage to the concept of Tsukumogami - that after 100 years, tools and instruments attain souls and self-awareness - Shuhei Morita's 'toon works as a metaphor for the process of animation itself: Whether the artist is using pencil and paper, or spacewarp software, the inanimate is transformed into something alive and vital.
January 14, 2014 |
BORDENTOWN A small, shuttered zoo in Burlington County that was listed for sale last year for $2.4 million is no longer being actively marketed. Valerie Belardo, the ReMax real estate agent who contracted with the owner of the trouble-plagued Animal Kingdom Zoo in March, said she gave up the listing last month. "He's finding his own buyer," she said of Burton Sipp, a horse trainer who opened the zoo on the 36-acre property in Springfield Township as a hobby in 1988. Belardo, who dropped the price to $629,000 in September after Sipp decided to sell off the animals separately, said most of them were gone.
January 13, 2014 |
A man wearing giant white wings, bright green boots, and gloves leaped off a stage as pop music pulsed from the loudspeaker. He was followed by others with colored wigs, horns, robes, and other elaborate accessories. If that sounds like Halloween in January, the costumes were just the start. On Friday evening and all day Saturday, Gloucester County College was the scene of the fifth annual KotoriCon, a convention devoted to the Japanese-style form of animation known as anime.
December 27, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Forget whether the water level in the Delaware River would be adequate for Gen. George Washington's reenactor to lead a crossing. Or if the great electricity gorge of a lavish holiday light display would plunge a house or a block into darkness. The greatest local suspense of Christmas came compliments of Philadelphia teacher Frieda George, 59, as she surveyed dogs in the Animal Care and Control Team (ACCT) Philadelphia shelter to find one to call her own. "This is a hard choice," said George, who was with son Michael, 15, and daughter Adrienne, 26, who came up for the holiday from St. Petersburg, Fla., where she is working on her doctorate in marine science.
December 13, 2013
'TIS the season of giving, and veganism increasingly shows up as a factor. I'm not just talking about Jay Z and Beyonce, with their "vegan till Christmas" stunt. Many of us have to buy for those on an animal-free path, and during this "Peace on Earth" time of the year, gifts celebrating nonviolence make perfect sense. For foodies, a new cookbook may not be the most innovative category (see my top 10 vegan cookbooks for the holiday season ), but these can be thoughtful if you target the personality of your recipient.
November 30, 2013 |
MOORESTOWN Kate Decker worries about her pets as she fights allegations of animal neglect by Burlington County animal welfare workers who raided her home nearly a year ago. The 68-year-old widow faces a municipal trial next month in Moorestown, where her two houses have become orphanages filled with 24 dogs, a cat, and at least two cages of small birds. "What they are doing is trying to extort money from me," said Decker, who is fighting 66 charges filed against her last year by the Burlington County SPCA.
November 1, 2013 |
ANIMAL HUMANE officers made a rather ghoulish discovery yesterday when they found one dead cat and recovered more than a dozen others at the former home of actress Grace Kelly. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said officers recovered 14 cats and one dog from the stately, redbrick home at Henry Avenue and Coulter Street in East Falls. The homeowner, Marjorie Bamont, 81, is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation and is expected to face animal-cruelty charges.
October 29, 2013 |
The population of bears, turtles, and cats roughly doubled at the Philadelphia Zoo over the weekend, as costumed visitors flocked to the annual Boo at the Zoo event. Jim Brophy of Marlton said he attends the event every year with his family and friends. "It's a tradition, every Halloween," Brophy said, holding a 2-year-old Minnie Mouse. "I'm liking the tigers a lot," said his son, Xavier, 6, who dressed up with friends as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. "I'm the orange one. Mikey.
October 12, 2013 |
Watch animals play with and devour pumpkins and other seasonal treats during Beast Feast this weekend at the Philadelphia Zoo. Throughout the day, animals including hippos, bears, leopard cubs, and great apes will be given pumpkins to feast on courtesy of Linvilla Orchards. Guests can watch the animals enjoy their savory treats, some even downing whole large pumpkins in one bite. The beasts will feast every half-hour between 10 a.m and 3:30 p.m. Beast Feast, Saturday and Sunday at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Activities are included in admission, which is $20; $18 ages 2 to 11; free, members and 1 and younger.