June 19, 2016 |
Two farms in Montgomery County have just been preserved in perpetuity under an Agricultural Land Preservation Program, the county has announced. The farms, a 54-acre crop and horse operation in New Hanover Township, owned by George E. Leidig Jr. and Eleanor Vallone, and a 50-acre crop farm in Salford Township, owned by J. Ladaan and Anne D. Moyer, will continue be used as pasture or to produce food. To date 9,230 acres on 157 farms have been preserved in the county through the program, which purchases agricultural easements from the farms.
November 23, 2015 |
OFFICIALLY, Jordan Matthews is a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. He goes to work each day at the NovaCare Complex. Dresses in a locker with Malcolm Jenkins on one side and Jon Dorenbos on another. Just across the way are Byron Maxwell and Bennie Logan. But Matthews also belongs to another club that is growing more and more prestigious each week. The wide receivers drafted in the class of 2014 continue to thrive at an impressive pace. "They've come in and had more production than any class I can remember," said Jenkins, who is in his seventh season.
November 16, 2015 |
There's a new movement changing the landscape of our neighborhood dining scene. And it's flowing on draft at an independent brewpub near you. With the craft-beer movement doubling its share of the U.S. market over the last five years, most Americans now live within 10 miles of a brewery. In the beer-savvy Philadelphia region, people are even closer. Increasingly, those breweries are taking the form of brewpubs, the number of which has quadrupled over the last four years in Pennsylvania.
August 3, 2015 |
Pedaling wildly along her block in Chester, Jade Mills approached the chain-link fence, dropped her bike, and sprinted toward a picnic table lined with bins of fruit. "What's this?" the 5-year-old said, plopping a plump cherry into her mouth as she wiggled onto a bench alongside her friends. "I've never had one of these before. " "It's a raspberry," replied one friend. "No, it's a crop," said another. "What's a crop?" Mills asked. "A crop, remember, is another word for plant," answered Terrence Topping-Brown, a 24-year-old who, for the afternoon, would be kids' mentor, their teacher, their playmate.
May 14, 2015 |
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has developed guidelines regarding racing crop construction and use. The crop is to be used only for safety, correction, and encouragement, and in a manner consistent with the jockey's best efforts to win. The jockey is to show the horse the crop and give it time to respond before striking the horse. After using the crop, the jockey is to give the horse time to respond before using it again. The crop is to be applied only to the horse's shoulder or hindquarters, not its face or flanks.
March 26, 2015 |
The cropped top and matching pencil skirt are staging a comeback so sleek that it's surely on the way to silhouette-of-the-year status. Nearly every runway designer or private label took a stab this spring at this version of matchy-matchy: Alexander Wang created a trés sexy version for Balenciaga that featured a ribcage-grazing midriff in black leather and a matching sheer skirt. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim dropped their cropped tops to the waist for Kenzo. Fashioned from white eyelet fabric that's patterned to look like smiling emojis, these skirt-and-top ensembles are perfect for happy, summer days.
March 18, 2015 |
So far, David Fleming hasn't had much trouble finding workers for his fourth-generation family business, Shady Brook Farm in Yardley. But then again, Fleming and his family aren't taking any chances. Six years ago, they opened a farmers' market at Delaware Valley College, a school near Doylestown that is traditionally strong in agriculture. "It was definitely access to the talent," Fleming said. On Monday, Fleming talked about farm hiring as part of an employers' panel at the college's student center, the kickoff site of Bucks County AgConnect.
February 20, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Evaluating quarterbacks never has been easy. In the past 40 years, there have been far more early-round busts at the position than success stories. But the popularity of the spread offense in the college game and all of the bells and whistles that go with it have turned the imperfect science of judging quarterback flesh into something akin to nuclear physics. "It's getting harder and harder [to evaluate them]," Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said.
February 12, 2015 |
Nothing brings tears to opera lovers' eyes more copiously than the story of the consumptive seamstress Mimì and her impoverished poet lover Rodolfo in Puccini's ever-popular La Bohème . The Academy of Vocal Arts has seen more than its fair share of graduates break audience hearts in these roles, and the current production, directed by David Gately in a traditional setting, brought forth the latest candidates. As Mimì, soprano Marina Costa-Jackson revealed a large, sumptuous voice, secure throughout its range and with carrying power that might well lead to heavier roles in the Puccini/Verdi canon.
January 10, 2015 |
Nic Esposito is at once a romantic and a realist, and both inform his passions: farming, telling stories, and advocating for fresh, local food for all. Now, with Kensington Homestead , his second book and first attempt at nonfiction, Esposito, 32, is emerging as a literary voice for the wildly vibrant farm community in Philadelphia. His 14-essay collection chronicles the joys and frustrations of growing crops in uber-urban East Kensington, where the forces of gentrification press relentlessly through the swirl of entrenched poverty.