June 18, 2004 |
What does dodgeball have that other dubious games such as whiffleball, shuffleboard and badminton don't? Its own movie. Admittedly, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story isn't much of a movie. Then again, dodgeball isn't much of a sport. This lumbering comedy revolves around a genial guy (Vince Vaughn, trying to channel Bill Murray's loosey-goosey performance in Stripes) who finds that his gym is about to be consumed by a cruel and rapacious competitor. Pete hopes to save his business (the appropriately named Average Joe's)
April 24, 2001
For the second time in three years, the budget for the Cherry Hill School District teeters on the brink of not passing, this time by a margin of eight votes out of more than 6,000 cast, pending a potential recount. I'm sure pundits will attribute the margin to protest votes against any number of sacred cows, including taxes that are too high, dissatisfaction with the lottery to attend Rosa International Middle School, and open elementary enrollment. Take your pick. What gets lost in the noise is the fundamental fact that many parents in Cherry Hill do not vote, failing to prevent program cuts that, if their kids are affected, they are so quick to protest.
May 2, 2001
Struggling to deal with arrest As the mother of a former student of John Danze, the teacher accused of terrorizing his own school by calling in bomb threats, I feel compelled to respond to the April 17 letter, "Don't demonize teacher. " First, I sincerely believe the writer would be hard-pressed to find someone who would deny that Danze was an excellent teacher. He came into our lives like a breath of fresh air and quickly made a name for himself. He was creative, energetic and fun. Within weeks, he earned the respect of his colleagues, the admiration of the parents, and the love of his students.
November 29, 2012 |
Amy Rossano had never heard of the game GaGa before this summer. Now the mother of two spends most weekends watching her sons play - or even jumping in the pit herself. "It's so much fun and it's great exercise," said Rossano, mom of Harrison, 9, and Nolan, 7. "We practically live here. " "Here" is South Jersey GaGa in Cherry Hill, touted as New Jersey's first indoor GaGa facility. Co-owners Don Melnick and Steve Baselice started the business this summer and now have almost every weekend through May booked with birthday parties.
June 21, 2012 |
Jamil Miller's mother won't be there to see him when the aspiring cardiologist graduates from Camden's Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School second in his class on Wednesday. Instead, Miller will mail a DVD of the ceremony to the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility in Clinton, N.J. That's where his mother is serving a seven-year sentence for robbery. His father won't be present, either. He died in a car crash when Miller was 5. But Kevin Ruiz, his best friend since fourth grade, will be there, graduating with him. Ruiz, who says he intends to become mayor of Camden and has had more than his share of hard times, will listen with pride as Miller - "my boy" - gives his graduation address.
December 7, 2000
Look out. Political correctness may be coming to a physical education class near you. In Cecil County, Md., school officials are debating whether to ban games such as dodgeball that involve "human targets. " Meanwhile, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, made up of 20,000 fitness professionals, advises elementary school gym teachers to avoid activities that have winners and losers or that compare the performances of individual children or teams. On the association's list of "psychologically and/or physically unsafe" activities in are dodgeball, Red Rover and relay races.
September 7, 2001 |
Khashema, 8, and her brother, Khalif, 6, both aspire to be professional basketball players. Khashema would like to attend a basketball camp someday. Khalif is positive he'll grow really tall soon. "My feet are so big already," he says, "I'll have an edge. " These siblings have a close bond, and have abuse and neglect in their background. Therapy is helping them deal with the issues of their past. Their foster mother says Khalif is quiet, sweet-natured, and often a comedian; Khashema is outgoing and wants to belong.
May 11, 2007 |
The sticky comic premise to "The Ex" is built around a wildly escalating romantic rivalry between two men, one of whom is in a wheelchair. Zach Braff stars as Tom, a guy who abandons his career as a New York chef and retreats to the hometown of his wife (Amanda Peet) in Ohio, where he takes a job with an advertising agency managed by her father (Charles Grodin). It's a wacky firm owned by a New Age-y guru (Donal Logue) who encourages workers to toss around an imaginary idea ball and issue apologies on Post-it notes in lieu of uttering them aloud.
July 23, 2004 |
ANCHORMAN. Blissfully ignorant '70s chauvinist and news reader (Will Ferrell) flips out when he shares the set with a female (Christina Applegate). Often funny, but complete anarchy, and a movie in the loosest sense. (PG-13) B- BEFORE SUNSET. Quirky sequel to indie fave "Before Sunrise" reuniting young lovers (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy) nine years later. A novelty pic, but well-done. (R) B A CINDERELLA STORY. The classic fairy tale has lost its magic to limp slapstick and uneven acting.
May 3, 2013 |
MY FRIEND Sammye has never claimed to be a domestic goddess. "The only reason I have a kitchen is it came with the house," she'll proclaim in her distinctive Mississippi twang. And she's not alone. There are plenty of Americans who say that they don't or can't cook - about 28 percent, or almost a third, according to a survey conducted by Impulse Research on behalf of Bosch home appliances. To someone like myself, who loves everything about the cooking process, how these folks manage to feed themselves is a mystery.