May 10, 2013 |
I was looking at my home's back steps, constructed of pressure-treated wood, and decided it was time for the annual get-rid-of-the-mildew-and-seal-them program. For some reason, they aren't looking as green as they were last year, so the job will be a snap. It has been a long time since I discussed deck cleaning in this space, probably because these few steps are all I have since we sold the house with the deck 12 years ago. But because the summer entertainment season is coming, it might be appropriate to run through deck-cleaning 101 before the arrival of hotter weather, when things dry too quickly or not at all. If you don't want to do the job yourself - especially if it has been a while since the last cleaning - there are companies that will do it for you. Go online or ask your friends and neighbors.
April 23, 2013 |
FOR MOST of the night, a palpable feeling of discontent radiated from the otherwise frigid stands. Citizens Bank Park is a great place to play when you are a member of a winning team. But when expectations are not being met, the frustration in the stands can create some cringe-worthy moments. In the fourth inning on Sunday night, a boisterous section in the leftfield seats zeroed in on 25-year-old rightfielder Domonic Brown after a blooper fell a couple feet in front of him for a base hit. At first there were boos.
March 27, 2013 |
Sophomore Lauren Weidler gave up five runs, three hits, and a walk and committed an error - all in the first inning of a nonleague game at Morrisville - but Christopher Dock coach Wayne Benner kept his pitcher in the game. He said he had no choice. "I stuck with her," said Benner, who coaches a softball team with an 11-girl roster. "I need her to pitch well and continue to pitch well. " Weidler held Morrisville to one more run over the next five innings, as Christopher Dock came back to defeat Morrisville, 18-6, Tuesday in a game stopped after six innings because of the mercy rule.
February 14, 2013 |
Top seed and host Delsea advanced with a 51-12 win over Barnegat in a South Jersey Group 2 semifinal wrestling match on Wednesday night, but it was Bryan Dobzanski who stole the spotlight. Dobzanski won a major decision, 4-0, at 285 pounds. The win marked the 100th of his career. The Crusaders established an early lead by winning the first six matches, including four consecutive pins from weight classes 160 through 195. David Gresk pinned in 27 seconds at 160 pounds to begin the streak.
December 23, 2012 |
If you can make it past the pizza counter at FrancoLuigi's without succumbing to at least one slice (I had two, pork and broccoli), you reach the door of the High Note Cafe, where chef Franco Borda is finishing a salad of shell-like pasta, beans, and vegetables. I'm not at 13th and Tasker Streets to eat, although sojourns into traditional South Philadelphia at Christmas transport me to another Italian neighborhood, one my grandfather helped create at the turn of the 20th century, when he left his farm in the mountains of Benevento to seek his fortune in America.
December 22, 2012 |
With the help of six pins Friday, Mariana Bracetti cruised to a 45-29 wrestling win over Martin Luther King in a Public League match. Carlos Rosas-Morales, Kyle Mallon, Donald Harrison, Edwin Morales, Felix Cabrera, and Pedro Rivera each won by pin for Mariana Bracetti. Rosas-Morales, who needed only 23 seconds to get the pin at 106 pounds, improved to 11-4 on the year with seven pins. Rivera earned his win in 24 seconds at 195 pounds and moved to 10-6 this season. Isaiah Estrada won by forfeit for Mariana Bracetti at 138 pounds, and Ronald Palmer picked up a win by decision at 145 pounds.
December 20, 2012 |
Connor Joyce's 21-second pin at 120 pounds highlighted Pennsbury's dominant showing at the lighter weights Wednesday night as the host Falcons downed Suburban One National wrestling opponent William Tennent, 45-27. Joyce's pin of Tennent's Josh Troy was one of eight Falcons victories of the lightweight classes between 106 and 160 pounds. Dominic Martocio landed a pin in 1:21 at 113 pounds, Luke Kowal scored a decision at 152 pounds and 160-pounder Alex Cwenar had a pin in 4:51. Central.
December 2, 2012 |
With the way La Salle's defense regularly stormed in on him, Parkland quarterback Tim Baranek did more dodging, most times in vain, than throwing. The Explorers, with an impressive effort from their front four, sacked Baranek an astounding 11 times and cruised to a 28-7 victory Saturday in a PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinal at Northeast. "We just came out firing on all cylinders," said senior defensive end Jon Naji, who registered a team-high five sacks. "A lot of credit has to go to our coaches.
October 26, 2012
THE SWANKY AFFAIR that developer Bart Blatstein put on Wednesday to unveil his plans to seek Philadelphia's second casino license seemed finely tuned to create an air of inevitable success. The usual Democratic suspects from City Council and the state General Assembly were there. But it was a trio of Republicans who stood out to Clout. Attorney Bill Sasso served as master of ceremonies while John Brabender and Brian Nutt roamed the crowded venue. This trio is super-tight with Gov. Corbett . Sasso served as co-chairman of Corbett's transition team when he moved from state attorney general to governor.
October 10, 2012
The New York Times reports that, despite a sellout crowd of 36,067 on the season's final day, and despite an outcry from fans seeking playoff tickets - including the website removethetarps.com - the Oakland Athletics are keeping the tarps on the seats for the playoffs. After finishing fourth-from-last in major-league attendance in the regular season, the A's decided to maintain intimacy in the postseason. They will be keeping 20,878 upper-deck seats at the Oakland Coliseum - a number greater than the team's 20,728 average attendance - under wraps through the AL Championship Series, should the A's make it that far. In the meantime, they hosted Detroit on Tuesday night in Game 3 of their best-of-five division series, which the Tigers led, two games to none.