October 2, 2015 |
In 2003, Jean Brennan and a few like-minded lovers of the printed word organized the first Collingswood Book Festival. "We had maybe a dozen authors and 20 exhibitors," Brennan, 69, recalls. "Over the years," adds the retired English teacher and longtime Collingswood resident, "it just grew. " This heartening expansion has encompassed the rise of social media, the explosion of self-publishing, the revolution of the retail book business, and downtown Collingswood's evolution into a regional destination.
June 22, 2015 |
For the first time in more than 40 years, former Philadelphia Flyers great Bernie Parent, 70, feels free to remove his shirt at the beach or on his boat, the French Connection. The Stanley Cup-winning goalie, who suffered from gynecomastia - male breast enlargement - underwent a nonsurgical procedure in January that considerably reduced the amount of fat tissue in his chest to give him a more sculpted profile. "It started in my mid-20s, so it's always been an issue for me," said Parent.
May 28, 2015 |
Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of the Flyers' last Stanley Cup, and many of the players from that 1974-75 team can't believe two things: that four decades have passed since that dramatic 2-0 win in Buffalo, and that the franchise hasn't won another championship. "My God, you look back, and 40 years went just like that ," said Bernie Parent, the Hall of Fame goalie who steered the Flyers to titles in 1974 and 1975. "I tell people don't waste time because it flies by, for sure.
November 14, 2014 |
Four decades after their last basketball game, Theresa Grentz and her Immaculata teammates were back in the spotlight Thursday night, posing for pictures, shaking hands, and smiling a lot before their induction into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. "It's amazing, and it's so nice that all these people still want to remember us," the 62-year-old Grentz said at the reception that preceded the Hall's annual Sheraton Society Hill banquet. First, there was the 2009 film, The Mighty Macs , about their improbable run of three national championships.
June 19, 2014 |
Larry Zeidel, a rugged former Flyers defenseman who became infamous for a bloody, stick-swinging incident in 1968, died Tuesday morning at Pennsylvania Hospital. He was 86 and had been battling congestive heart failure and kidney problems. "He was as tough as they come on the ice, but off it, he was a total gentleman," said Joe Inemer, one of Mr. Zeidel's close friends. "He'd give you the shirt off his back. " Mr. Zeidel, regarded as one of the game's best fighters, spent most of his career in the minors, playing parts of five seasons in the NHL. He finished his career at age 39, playing nine games with the Flyers in 1968-69.
May 20, 2014 |
THE QUIET neighborhoods. That's one memory of the May 19, 1974 Sunday afternoon - 40 years ago today - when the Flyers clinched their first Stanley Cup, beating favored Boston, 1-0, at the Spectrum. While I was in the Spectrum, with the usual sellout audience of 17,007, Philly residents later told me how eerily quiet their neighborhoods were that sunny afternoon. Folks were either at the game, watching it on television or listening on the radio. It was as if the city stood still, waiting for the outcome.
May 20, 2014 |
THERE WAS a great goaltender, and an underappreciated amount of skill, and it was all cradled lovingly in a clenched fist. Those were the Flyers who won the Stanley Cup, 40 years ago. They won, and they won again, and they might have won a third consecutive time if the goaltender, Bernie Parent, had not been injured. And then, well, you know. The Parent injury, Leon Stickle, the Edmonton dynasty, the choking situation, the Lindros controversy, Michael Leighton apparently missing the lesson about acute angles in geometry class - to repeat, you know.
February 5, 2014 |
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Maybe it's a coincidence, but Steve Mason's game has gotten back on track ever since he had a conversation Sunday with the greatest goalie in Flyers history, Bernie Parent. Mason talked with Parent at length while they were at the Flyers Wives Carnival. At the time, Mason was in the middle of his first slump since he was acquired from Columbus late last season: a 4.56 goals-against average and a .851 save percentage in a six-game stretch. After that tailspin, Mason put together three straight strong efforts - all after he had a talk with Parent and goalie coach Jeff Reese.
January 27, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA So how do you help a South Philly girl celebrate her 85th birthday in style? A limo for a Saturday outing doesn't hurt. White. Eight seats. Champagne-stocked. Then a quick stop for take-out cheesesteaks at Geno's Steaks, Ninth and Passyunk. For dessert, toss in cannoli from a pastry shop on Oregon Avenue near 12th Street. Next stop: the Wells Fargo Center, where Saturday's matchup was her beloved Flyers against the Boston Bruins at 1 p.m. Aisle seats for four, just nine rows from the ice, looking right at the Flyers' bench.
October 3, 2013 |
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette won't disclose his starting goalie for Wednesday night's season opener until the team skates in the morning, but it's clear that no matter who gets the call, it won't have much significance. Goalies Ray Emery and Steve Mason are expected to battle until one establishes himself as the front-runner. It may take a few weeks or a couple of months, so the opening-game starter against visiting Toronto isn't as important as which goalie seizes the opportunity.