November 17, 1995 |
SHE'S BOWLED OVER BY REALLY BIG BOX OF CEREAL Martha Bell is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, especially now that she has 315 pounds of the chocolate-flavored cereal to give away. "Now, is that a box of cereal or what?" asked Bell, of Paducah, Ky., showing off the 4-foot-tall box of cereal. Although it's enough to keep more than a handful of kids busy through the Saturday morning cartoons, the cereal actually is destined for the senior citizens who receive food from Bell's charity, Martha's Vineyard.
February 8, 2007
AS A PARENT and alumna of Holy Name of Jesus elementary school, which closed in June after 100 years in Fishtown, I think it is wonderful that the archdiocese is finally addressing this issue. Too many children have been uprooted from their beloved parish schools and far too many parents or guardians have had to deal with not only finding replacement schools, but with the yearly tuition increases as well. There are some programs that assist parents with tuition, but some of us make just a little bit too much and can't enroll in them.
February 3, 2003 |
The donkey in the corner didn't say much. If he had a name, no one at Congregation Shaare Shamayim knew what it was. But as religious congregations across the city struggle with dwindling attendance, the donkey's presence at a Northeast Philadelphia synagogue yesterday spoke volumes about how city churches can stay vibrant even when much of their membership has moved to the suburbs. "We originally wanted a camel," says Jacques Lurie, the frenetic principal of Shaare Shamayim's Hebrew school, known for staging wacky community-building events.
June 16, 1991 |
The 11-year-olds squealed with delight as they watched blindfolded Kristina Dobrikovic stumble forward and place a tail on the painted donkey. She didn't quite find the right spot on the corkboard four-legged beast, but that's part of the fun of the traditional birthday party game. And Pin the Tail on the Donkey is one of several old and new games offered to youngsters at Jelly Beans, a new business devoted to parties. "I had taken my daughter and her friends to (a similar place)
June 10, 1988 |
On the Horse-Shoe Trail, on a beautiful spring day, two friends and I were hiking several miles west of Valley Forge. Through stands of oaks, through tulip-poplar trees. Into the rolling farmlands of Chester County. Past lovely stone farmhouses, big stone barns. Then we came across the sign. "BEWARE OF THE DONKEY. " We laughed at it, wondered who would put up such a sign. Must be some sort of joke. We continued on the Horse-Shoe Trail - an underused gem of a hiking trail, starting in our back yard in Valley Forge National Park, well-marked, full of lovely views, free of charge, a nature secret of modern-day Philly.
September 21, 2000 |
Laura T. Barnes has written books about some of those closest to her, but none of her characters needed to be thinly veiled. That's because the lovable figures in her "Ernest" children's series are animals whose real-life counterparts owe much to Barnes' passion for adopting four-legged orphans. Barnes will be at Kenny's News Agency & Bookstore, 17 W. State St., Doylestown, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday to sign Twist and Ernest, the first in her self-published two-book series - and to take orders for Teeny Tiny Ernest, the second volume, which will be published next month.
February 4, 1994 |
Even by the standards of this city, the neighborhood of Manshiet Nasr is overflowing with rubbish. Muddy back alleys are crammed with trash piled too high for even goats to get to. Bales of used cardboard are heaped on street corners. Ridges of old plastic pails, chairs and brightly colored jetsam rise along rooftops. Barefoot boys totter down rutted dirt streets wrestling bags of tin cans, and donkeys haul carts brimming with sacks of shredded paper. The persistent odor of rotting fruit penetrates the slum's farthest, dankest reaches.
February 6, 2009
Handsome hedonists go yachting on the Mediterranean - armed with DV cam, party drugs, champagne and galley knives - in the two-thirds thrilling, one-third exasperating Donkey Punch . A photogenic first film from U.K. music video director Olly Blackburn, Donkey Punch opens on the Spanish resort of Mallorca, where a trio of English girls go clubbing, meet three British lads, and are invited back to the fancy boat that they crew....
April 9, 2007 |
"I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't do drugs," declares one diehard gamer in Seth Gordon's winning documentary, The King of Kong . "I play videogames, which is a far superior addiction. " A deep, dark look into gaming culture - pasty-faced guys with astounding hand-eye coordination and an obsession for "retro games" like Pac-Man - Gordon's film focuses on the rivalry between the long-reigning Donkey Kong champion and a nice-guy schoolteacher challenger. In one corner: a long-haired chicken-wings, hot-sauce magnate named Billy Mitchell, who has held the highest Donkey Kong score known to humankind (and nerdkind, too)
February 23, 1988 |
A handful of animal-rights activists huddled in the cold outside the Pennsauken High School gym last night to protest what they said was the exploitation of animals at a donkey basketball game to raise money for the town's veterans memorial. "There are two sides to donkey basketball. It's not all fun and games," Tina Sowicz, director of Trans-Species Unlimited of Philadelphia, told spectators as they streamed into the building. But most appeared to be less interested in the condition of the animals than in the game itself, a contest between town and school district employees.