January 12, 2013 |
The Walkmen were to perform (with the War on Drugs) at the Electric Factory back in early October in support of the former's excellent album Heaven , but the show was rescheduled for undisclosed reasons. So the Walkmen are here this Friday at the smaller Union Transfer, this time with Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah opening. The Walkmen used to be based in Philly, where two of their five members still live. The band felt guilty about the postponement and heard some buzz of discontent.
December 21, 2012 |
TWO OF THE biggest names in baseball, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, will be honored at the 109th Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Sports Awards dinner on Jan. 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Route 70 in Cherry Hill. Hamels and his wife Heidi will receive the Humanitarian of the Year award for their various charitable endeavors that includes the Hamels Foundation, which is dedicated to providing assistance to inner-city schools throughout the country.
December 13, 2012
COMCAST SPECTACOR chairman Ed Snider will be recognized by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association with a special award named in his honor at its dinner on Jan. 28 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Route 70 in Cherry Hill. The founder of the Flyers will receive the Ed Snider Lifetime Distinguished Humanitarian award for his many years of benefiting charitable organizations and agencies in the Philadelphia area. It will continue to bear his name. Tickets are $95 and available online at www.PSWA.org or by check payable to PSWA c/o Robbie Kenney, Ticket Chairman, 110 Harrogate Drive, Lumberton, N.J. 08048.
November 21, 2012
THURSDAY of course is Thanksgiving, and that means pressure to eat, eat and eat some more! Let me show you how to enjoy the day without falling over a nutritional cliff. Much like credit-card debt, the extra pounds gained from holiday overeating can take months to burn off. To keep your waist-management under control, follow these four steps: _ Have a plan: Make an effort to maintain your normal routine. If your gym is open on Thanksgiving morning, get there first thing and get in a good workout!
November 20, 2012 |
CECELIA KELLY and Marguerite Dobson met 34 years ago at a senior center in Southwest Philadelphia. Dobson, now 85, was a volunteer. Kelly, now 90, sat alone that day, lonely and sad. Her mother had just died and she wanted company. She'd never been to the center before. She looked around, spotted Dobson's warm smile with crinkles around her eyes, and mustered enough courage to walk over. "Can I sit here?" Kelly asked her. The two Irish women, both born in the Roaring Twenties, a decade of Prohibition, Flappers and the first "talkies," hit it off and became best friends.
November 16, 2012 |
IT MAY BE the Elmer Fudd of poultry, but the turkey can be a downright terrifying bird. As Thanksgiving bears down on home chefs everywhere, mocking images of Norman Rockwell perfection are enough to give even a confident cook a case of the jitters. There's just so much expectation stuffed into that bird, not to mention a table full of armchair quarterbacks eager to critique this most American of repasts. Thankfully, there are turkey-day experts to come to the rescue. We huddled with folks schooled in all things Thanksgiving, wise in the ways of roasting, pie making and sides.
November 9, 2012
SCRANTON - Police here say a man was drunk when he walked into a strange home early Thursday and fixed himself a late-night dinner and a nightcap as the home's occupants slept soundly on the living room couch. Steven Johnson, 24, cooked a steak on the stove and helped himself to some clams, crab, and shrimp from the refrigerator, authorities said. The man on the sofa woke up and called police after watching Johnson head out the door. Officers arrested Johnson nearby, the Scranton Times-Tribune reported.
October 23, 2012
DEAR ABBY: Since Halloween is nearly here, I have a question about trick-or-treating. Last year on Halloween I was sitting down for an early dinner that was planned for 5 p.m. so we wouldn't be disturbed by trick-or-treaters. Suddenly, the doorbell rang. When I answered, I was bombarded with requests for candy from three boys who live down the street. It was still light outside. I told them to come back later, when I wasn't eating dinner. I wanted to teach them that they shouldn't overextend the holiday and disrupt other people's lives.
October 16, 2012 |
When I heard on Sunday that Arlen Specter had died, I sought solace in rummaging through personal remnants of our 30-year friendship. My memories span campaigns, Senate hearings, radio broadcasts, martinis, dinners, birthdays, and bat mitzvahs. They include a night in Havana when I watched him debate Fidel Castro at the dinner table, a donnybrook I dubbed "the D.A. vs. the Dictator. " And our time together is evidenced in campaign buttons, ticket stubs to Supreme Court confirmation hearings, tapes of radio broadcasts, manuscripts he wrote, and countless photographs.
October 2, 2012
LAST YEAR, chef Jen Carroll appeared as one of the People Paper's "Sexy Singles. " Aside from a few "odd messages on Facebook," and "some people hanging around the bar" at the Ritz-Carlton, not much came of the exposure. "Honestly, I'm still single!" she said. And right now, she wouldn't have it any other way. "If I want to work 16 hours and not feel guilty about missing dinner, I can," she explained. But then again . . . "Unless somebody sweeps me off my feet and changes my mind tomorrow.