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October 25, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Four decades after settling in West Philadelphia, John Lindsay still speaks bluntly in the Yankee rhythms of his native Boston. After he got wind that a developer was eyeing his community garden at Powelton Avenue and Wiota Street, Lindsay responded by erecting a small billboard under one of his ornamental pear trees. "Jannie Blackwell wants 12 houses built here," it declares. For good measure, he includes a link to his "Save the Wiota St. Garden" Facebook page. The story is a bit more complex than his message suggests, but there is no doubt Lindsay's sign calling out Blackwell, West Philadelphia's powerful Council rep, distills the painful choice being confronted by comeback neighborhoods around the city: gardens or housing?
NEWS
October 13, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ON A CORNER in West Philly, assorted nonprofits are pushing the envelope on what it means to share a space. The Calvary Center for Culture and Community, on 48th Street near Baltimore Avenue, combines the performing arts, community services and religion (four of them, actually) in a single, three-story building. Rich Kirk, the president of the center's board, says Calvary has come a long way from its humble origins as a Methodist church on the brink of closing. Who we are: The center was formed in 2000 and has housed a wide variety of tenants in its 14 years, Kirk said.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There isn't a lot of real estate for sale in Yardley: only 30 houses, and all but four on the market for less than $400,000. But what the borough lacks in listings it makes up for in other ways. So if you're good with a knife and know your way around a pumpkin, you might want to volunteer for Carve-A-Thon Oct. 26 at Rivermawr Green at Maple and Morgan Avenues. The event, sponsored by the Yardley Business Association, kicks off the borough's Canal-O-Ween festivities, which run through Nov. 1. Jack-o-lanterns, lighted each evening by volunteers, will illuminate the Delaware Canal towpath for those who stroll the quarter-mile from East Afton Avenue to the end of the paved road.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Celebrate the spirit of community Saturday at Fishtown Neighbors Association's seventh annual RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park. Have a swirling experience as Jennifer Dobrydnia and Tangle Movement Arts give a mesmerizing hula-hoop performance. Philadelphia Zoo-on-Wheels will bring furry friends and cute creatures for an up-close look. Kids can get active at the mini soccer clinic and enjoy derby races with the Boy Scouts of America. There will be face painting, and balloon art by Ari Felder.
NEWS
October 3, 2014
I MAKE NO secret of the fact that I'm (an imperfect) Catholic. That makes for interesting conversations with strangers who know me only by what I've written, particularly former Catholics who still can't believe I go to Mass. So many of them wonder why I don't speak out against the horrible scourge of child abuse that became one of the preferred media obsessions over the past decade and a half. I understand why they ask, because to people whose only knowledge of the church was gleaned from the Baltimore Catechism back in the 1960s - before they abandoned the pews (and the Colts abandoned Baltimore)
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Born in Liberia and now living in Darby Borough, Tina Dennis eagerly anticipated the marriage of an uncle in her homeland. Dennis, a nursing home assistant, and her sister Precious, who lives in Maryland, were to meet in Atlanta and fly to Monrovia, the capital, this month, arriving a few days early for bridesmaid fittings. "It was to be a big wedding," she said Wednesday. "I'm from a huge family. " But Ebola, the epidemic responsible for more than 3,000 deaths in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone since January, derailed her plans.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day after the improbable news came out that Playboy had ranked the University of Pennsylvania as the top party school in the nation, the mood on Locust Walk was, like many things in the Ivies, mixed. There was pride: Penn had accomplished what no other Ivy League school had done - make the list. Not only that, Penn debuted at No. 1. Playboy has published such a list nine times since 1987, when California State University, Chico, took home the prize. Sophomore communications major Hope Mackenzie said she was among the many who felt honored by the designation.
NEWS
September 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Jose Manuel Benito was detained and ordered deported, his young children went to LOVE Park in Philadelphia with their mother and made a wish on the fountain that Dad would come home. "It was all I could think of to do," Benito's partner, Blanca Bautista, said after his surprise release this week. Benito, 32, who has lived in the country for 13 years and has four children, 11 and younger, with Bautista, was arrested by immigration agents at his East Camden home in May. The investigators were looking for someone else when they knocked on his door, law enforcement sources say. But when they ran Benito's name, they saw he had been deported before - in 2004 on a return trip from visiting his widowed father in Puebla, Mexico - and arrested him. In the four months that followed, Bautista, overcoming her own fears as an undocumented immigrant, did much more to keep her family together than drop a coin in a fountain.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Friends unfailingly describe Eileen McDonnell, a retired public school speech and hearing therapist, as "quiet" and "reserved. " Except when the conversation turns to nature. Watch her eyes widen and her speech grow animated! "She effervesces," says Andrea V. McCabe, development director at Foulkeways at Gwynedd, the Quaker-affiliated continuing-care retirement community in Montgomery County. McDonnell, 83, formerly of Harleysville, has lived at Foulkeways for a decade, and from Day 1 she's been "effervescing" about the place, trying to boost awareness of the 110-acre campus' flora and fauna.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catch Joel McHale while you can. The hardest-working funnyman in show business is taking advantage of a rare lull in his schedule to bring his stand-up act to the Music Box at the Borgata for two shows (7 and 10 p.m.) on Sept. 13. Soon production will begin on the sixth season of Community , which is moving from NBC to Yahoo Screen this year. The Soup , the weekly show he has hosted for 10 years on E!, will be back in full swing. And he's increasingly active in movies like Blended and Deliver Us From Evil . "I'm one of those people who can't relax very well," says McHale, 42, on the phone from his home in Los Angeles.
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