December 22, 1995 |
There is a feast of family entertainment in repertory programs this weekend, and by all means take in the wondrous Babe, the tale of a sorely tried piglet that's going to pop up on a lot of the year's Top 10 lists, and Pocahontas, Disney's lavish and politically correct saga. But another Indian should not be missed. Frank Oz's delightful and provocative The Indian in the Cupboard got swamped by the more hyped and less deserving summer releases. Based on Lynne Reid Banks' children's fantasy and adapted for the screen by Melissa Mathison (who wrote the script for E.T.)
July 14, 1995 |
No radioactive slime, no rabbit-holes, no mighty morphins. Just a battered old cupboard, a miniature plastic Indian and a key that once belonged to great-grandmama. With these humble birthday gifts, Omri, who just turned 9, makes magic. As does the enchanting The Indian in the Cupboard. Smartly adapted from the popular children's book by Lynne Reid Banks, Cupboard is a fantasy all the more fantastic for taking place on the bedroom floor, right next to the dirty socks, the Lego box and the dustballs.
December 25, 1994 |
The Parkesburg Food Cupboard, which serves needy families in the area, is not an easy place to find. It is located in a cramped basement of an apartment complex on First Avenue in the center of this old railroad town of narrow Victorian buildings and tiny bungalows. To enter, you have to go around to the back of the building, in an alley off Second Avenue, cross a parking lot, and walk down three steep cement steps that are usually covered by slanted metal doors. Inside is a long hallway, which on a recent day was lined with plastic big-wheel tricycles and a rack of winter coats.
December 21, 2011
PHILADELPHIA Firefighting needs A study that will help determine how much of a fire department the city needs will be complete in mid-January, said Uri Monson, executive director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. The city asked PICA in October 2010 to fund an independent study to assess the Fire Department's management, operations, structure, system performance and service. Additionally, the study examines response times. Jobless rate dips Philadelphia's unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percent to 10.6 percent from a year ago, but the city still ranks fifth highest among the 20 largest U.S. cities, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said in his monthly economic report.
January 30, 2000 |
You might drive past the corner of Ninth Street and Highland Avenue many times and never notice the two-story brick-and-stucco building there that once housed a suite of doctors' offices. For the last 14 years, the building has been used to promote another kind of healing. It houses the Bernardine Center, a mission of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters. Behind the center's doors, four nuns orchestrate a whirlwind of activity that brings sustenance and other aid to thousands of people in Chester and nearby communities.
January 23, 1999 |
From a pair of life-sized Italian carvings of Neptune hoisting winged cherubs to a 24-foot art nouveau leaded and oak carved entryway, the goods that Ron Rhoads will be offering tomorrow at his "Monumental Millennium" multi-estate auction will appeal to those who think big. Many of the 400 lots, 350 of them catalogued, that will be sold beginning at 10 a.m. at the Kimberton Fairgrounds come from a single anonymous consignor who spent years collecting...
August 3, 1991 |
Five generations of household goods will be offered in a sale near Bethlehem next Saturday. But that's just one in a number of forthcomingsales that will feature old farm equipment, an unusual 19th-century quilt and a set of signed Baccarat stemware. The Bethlehem-area sale will liquidate the household of Frank Hahn, whose family lived in the same residence at 810 N. Summit Rd., in Bath, Pa., for well over a century and originally operated a tannery there. "A spring stream still runs through the tannery building," said Pearl Hahn, the wife of auctioneer Wil Hahn (no relation to the owner)
September 6, 2002 |
In the mid-1800s, Thomas Marsteller, of Lower Saucon Township (near Bethlehem), was one of a number of artisans creating woven wool coverlets. A rare, mint-condition Marsteller coverlet produced in 1841 will highlight the Vanscavish Auction, beginning tomorrow morning at 9 in Springtown, Upper Bucks County. Auctioneer Brian Vanscavish describes the double-bed-sized coverlet as very colorful, in red, blue, white and colonial green. Coverlets are known for their distinctive border designs that include birds, railroad trains and lions.
January 16, 1988 |
If you aren't used to going to auctions, Barry S. Slosberg Inc., the auction house at 232 N. Second St., will have a sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow that may help you discover whether you want to get into the habit. The sale has the classic mix of useful and useless items that attract some newcomers and turn others off. For instance, there are a dozen or so vintage dolls, several with Howdy Doody faces. They might appeal if you are of that early television era. For those convinced of the efficacy of chicken soup for colds, there is a single lot consisting of 18 chicken cutters, those scissorslike objects that occasionally grace dining tables.
September 26, 1986 |
After 60 years in the antiques business, Robert Burkhardt is retiring. Auctioneer Tom Porter, president of Garth's Auctions Inc. in Delaware, Ohio, yesterday began selling the glass, china and jewelry from Burkhardt's house and shop on Route 222 in Monterey (three miles east of Kutztown). Before Porter is finished, he will have emptied the barn as well. Under a tent next to the barn behind Burkhardt's house, this old-fashioned on-premises auction continues today and tomorrow. Furniture, fraktur, silver, pottery, rugs, textiles, pewter and wrought iron will go under the hammer today.