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March 13, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Evans Elementary School got a new fifth-grade wing in 2000, a new playground in 2004, and a new roof in 2011. Soon, it might have a "For Rent" sign on its front lawn. Evesham Township's school superintendent says closing Evans is a sensible response to the district's declining student population and mounting budgets. Next year's school budget is predicted to rise 5.1 percent over this year's, to $74.1 million. Superintendent John Scavelli Jr. projects that closing Evans, reassigning its 498 pupils, and cutting 25 staff positions could save $1.4 million annually.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
The week I got my driver's license, my parents rushed out of town to a funeral. "You can use the car, but don't go far," warned Dad on his way out the door. "Whatever you do, don't cross the bridge. " Meaning, I shouldn't go visit my teenage crush Ruth and buddy Jake, who'd introduced us, in remote Cherry Hill. Of course, I did that anyway, and got away with it. But probably wouldn't today, I realized last week, while cruising across the same Ben Franklin Bridge in a new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu equipped with Teen Driver tech.
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By John Timpane, Staff Writer
After almost 56 years of community theater, the Society Hill Playhouse is expected to close on April 1. It's putting on one last premiere - a two-night show Friday and Saturday - titled Liberty Radio Theatre , by Bill Arrowood. It's a show modeled after classic radio drama. "For an old-timey show like this, the Society Hill is the right room," Arrowood said. Deen Kogan, who cofounded the theater in 1959, is "a big noir buff," Arrowood said, "so I wrote the last episode of the play for her. " (On March 19, the theater will host "Noir at the Bar," a gala night of readings by noir authors in honor of the theater and its longtime role as host of NoirCon.)
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
At first, Brandon Kersey refused to believe it. A relative had just told him that his cousin, a longtime police officer in Georgia, had been shot. It was early February, and less than a year had passed since Kersey lost another cousin on duty: Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III. "It was Robbie," his brother told him at the time, before Kersey heard Wilson's name on TV later and cried. This time: "Barney just got shot. " It was Greg Barney, a 50-year-old police major in Riverdale, who grew up in the South Jersey community of Lawnside, where Kersey - a 27-year-old Camden County police sergeant - also was raised.
SPORTS
February 25, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
The 76ers were prepared to make major changes to their roster to get the point guard they covet at Thursday's NBA trade deadline. The team offered a packages that included shooting guard Nik Stauskas, point guard Ish Smith, and a 2016 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Dennis Schroder, according to several league sources. The Sixers also considered adding a player with an expiring contract, the sources say. Former Sixer JaKarr Sampson was said to be player with the expiring contract in the deal.
NEWS
February 25, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
Facing financial hardship because of declining enrollment, Friends Academy of Westampton in Burlington County will shut down after the end of the school year in June, the school board announced Tuesday. The board informed its faculty and staff of the decision at a meeting Monday and then the students' parents at a meeting Tuesday. "While we would much rather allow this great academic institution to continue, the economic realities forced our hands. But no one can doubt the wonderful history of Friends Academy and all the many lives it has impacted," said David Jones, board clerk.
SPORTS
February 24, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Temple remains in the hunt for an NCAA basketball berth, and one of the reasons is the Owls' ability to win the close games. For the fourth time in the last six games, Temple won by five points or fewer Sunday in a 69-66 comeback win at Houston. That improved the Owls to 17-9 overall and kept them in first place in the American Athletic Conference with an 11-3 mark. They don't have much time to savor the win since Temple must visit Tulsa (18-9, 10-5) in an AAC matchup Tuesday night.
NEWS
February 23, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, Staff Writer
SS. Cosmas and Damian Church, in Conshohocken, is closing its doors, effective March 16, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday. In July 2014, the church merged with three other nearby parishes - St. Gertrude, St. Mary and St. Matthew - to form a consolidated St. Matthew Parish under the archdiocese's ongoing Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative. St. Matthew, on Fayette Street in Conshohocken, became the main parish location, while the other churches became worshipping sites for occasional Masses and weddings.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2016 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
'There's nothing more terrifying than a teenager with something to say. " And Amy has plenty to say in Clara Brennan's Spine . Inis Nua Theatre Company presents the American premiere of this feisty and endearing one-woman play. Although to call it "one-woman" is to misrepresent: Spine is an all-female effort, from the playwright, to the actor (Emily R. Johnson), the director (Claire Moyer), the scenic designer (Meghan Jones), the stage manager (Alyssa Cole), the production manager (Lauren Tracy)
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