August 28, 1998 |
Most people lump "Next Stop Wonderland" together with romantic destiny comedies like "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Sliding Doors," but it also shares important characteristics with another hit comedy. With its portrait of an eminently eligible young woman walking through a minefield of dreadful suitors, "Next Stop Wonderland" is also part of the emerging Single Woman Follies genre that includes "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and the more popular "There's Something About Mary. " The latter stars Cameron Diaz as a bubbly blonde physician pursued by a series of pathetic and devious men, whom she fends off with the same chirpy enthusiasm.
September 5, 1995 |
Imagine a household of eight youngsters under the age of 18, six of whom play soccer, and you have a picture of the Handforth family in West Bradford. "Soccer balls, cleats, shin guards everywhere," recalled Winnie Handforth, the mother of all these soccer siblings. "We even live in a wooded area, and there are soccer balls everywhere. You walk in our woods, you're stepping over soccer balls. " Over the last several years, the chaos has thinned out for the Handforths, as four of the children have graduated from Bishop Shanahan and gone to college, and the two youngest aren't entirely engrossed in the sport.
December 28, 1990 |
After she received the girl's call, the Montgomery County police dispatcher spent the night crying. On Christmas Day, nine days later, she had a stuffed Dalmatian with a tiny Christmas stocking delivered to the girl. Upper Providence Police Chief Edmund Fenyus, a 26-year-veteran who first walked into the bedroom of the condominium on Meadow View Lane in Montclare, Montgomery County, speaks of the case in a voice that is uncharacteristically quiet. Joni Latini, the manager of the condominium complex, breaks into tears when she talks about the trust fund begun by residents for the child.
August 29, 1986 |
GUIDED BY PLENTY OF HELPING HANDS, 4-year-old Taggart Boyle rides homeward along Locust Street near 17th Street, learning the tricks of operating a two- wheeler. Guarding against the possibility of a painful spill Wednesday were his father, Peter; Taggert's 8-year-old sister, Erin (right), and a family friend, Fionnuala Gallagher, 9.
August 28, 1998 |
Erin (Hope Davis) and Andre (Jose Zuniga) meet in a hospital - she's a nurse, he's getting a shot - and discover a shared passion for bossa nova. He's a charming Brazilian, she's a pretty Bostonian recently dumped by her flaky activist boyfriend. So Andre tells Erin how his country's music can be sad and happy at the same time, how that is its special beauty. And that's what's special, too, about Next Stop Wonderland: this low-key tale of a woman searching for love - or for the strength to live contentedly without love - is sad and happy in equal doses.
May 2, 2013 |
Hello there Sanny and Justin met in a bar in late spring 2010. But the threads that led to that moment stretch back to Justin's toddling years in Lansdale. Until the summer before first grade, Graham was his best friend. Then Justin's family moved to Princeton, then Nashville, then Princeton again, following his father's sales career. Justin and Graham lost touch. In 2003, Justin began business administration studies at the University of Scranton. He asked students from Lansdale if any knew his childhood pal, and Joe said he and Graham were friends.
November 9, 2003 |
Little Erin Jacobs wears a plastic shield over her abdomen, takes three organ-transplant anti-rejection drugs, and constantly gets checkups. Despite these and other precautions, the kidney that Erin - who lost both of her own - received from her father could fail at any time. Nevertheless, said Rick Jacobs of Jeffersonville, Montgomery County, Erin is doing well. "She's alive, and that's all we care about. " Six years old now, Erin was 3 when she nearly died from a case of E. coli contracted after a pre-Halloween 2000 trip to the Merrymead Farm petting zoo. Jacobs, 39, and his wife, Trish, 36, never will forget Erin crying out: "Mommy, my tummy hurts.
April 9, 2000 |
Timing is not everything, but it matters. Perfectly good relationships fizzle when her biological clock is out of sync with his career. And just as often, an unlikely match will jell when the stars are aligned. For Erin Gallagher and Robert Melissen, the time was right. "I didn't want to date anymore," said Rob, 28. And he hadn't - for nearly two years. Erin, 26, said her big brothers were always critical of the guys she brought home. "I was fed up with dating," she said.