March 16, 2016 |
As March Madness starts Tuesday, it's not only die-hard hoops fans who are rejoicing. With three local teams - Villanova, Temple and St. Joseph's - all in the Big Dance, sports retailers are expecting strong sales. The fact that the Villanova Wildcats are ranked No. 6 in the nation and are a No. 2 seed going into the three-week tournament definitely boosts interest and foot traffic into their stores, they say. "Anything with 'Villanova' on it is out of here," said Tom Varrone, a retail manager for Schuylkill Valley Sports, an 18-store sporting goods chain in the Philadelphia region, including the Schuylkill Valley Style shop at Plymouth Meeting Mall, where Varrone works.
February 7, 2016 |
Darius Kinnel says he started gaining the upper hand in one-on-one games against his father, Tony, who shined at South Jersey's Edgewood Regional, when he was in fifth grade. "They tell me he was really good in high school," the sophomore lead guard for St. Joseph's Prep said. "I always wanted to see him play. " On Friday night, with his proud papa watching, Darius Kinnel delivered 16 points and six assists as the visiting Hawks started strong and held off Conwell-Egan, 50-44, in a Catholic League matchup.
January 16, 2016 |
The Vitamin Shoppe will open 10 new stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, most of them in the Philadelphia area, according to Metro Commercial Real Estate, which represented the retailer in the leases. The company is opening a 3,156-square-foot store in Northeast Philadelphia's Roosevelt Mall, along with locations in Fairless Hills, Chadds Ford, Feasterville, and Paoli, and in Turnersville and Voorhees, N.J. The other new stores are in Lancaster, Wilkes-Barre and Dickson City.
December 4, 2015 |
THE TWO DOZEN Catholic priests who showed up at Father Paul Wiedman's funeral Mass yesterday agreed on the best way to describe him: He was a "priest's priest. " "He was truly an amazing priest," said his niece, Denise Every. "He was always there to serve others. He always put others' needs ahead of his own. " The Rev. Paul A. Wiedman, pastor emeritus of Queen of the Universe Parish in Levittown, died Nov. 25 at age 80. He would have turned 81 on Christmas Eve. Even when he was suffering with a fractured shoulder that couldn't be operated on because of cardiac issues, Father Paul, in effect, gave his suffering to God. "He said his suffering was nothing compared to what Jesus suffered on the cross," his niece said.
October 20, 2015 |
A MANAYUNK CHURCH building will cease operating as a worship site effective Nov. 1, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday. St. Mary of the Assumption Church, on Conarroe Street near Silverwood, merged in 2012 with St. John the Baptist Parish, a handful of blocks away at Rector and Cresson streets. Repairs that could total as much as $1.4 million are looming for the aging 120-year-old St. John the Baptist building, Archbishop Charles Chaput said, in a decree dated Sept.
October 13, 2015 |
St. Joseph the Worker Church in Fallsington, Bucks County, will close permanently on Nov. 1, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday. St. Joseph the Worker parish merged with St. Frances Cabrini parish in Fairless Hills in July 2014. St. Frances became the primary parish, while St. Joseph remained a worship site for the occasional celebration of Mass as well as funerals and weddings. Now the church will close for good, due to high costs for necessary repairs and underutilization.
August 31, 2015 |
Hello there Adrienne was already cooking brown-sugar-bourbon ribs for a dozen pals, so when a friend of a friend who was new to the city called asking whether she'd show him around, she figured the tour might as well start with her South Philadelphia kitchen. It was May 2010, and Adrienne had just opened Baked, her Queen Village spray-tanning salon. The Allentown native had come to Philadelphia after graduating in 2007 from Kutztown University with a psychology degree, and she knew what it was like to be in a new city.
August 6, 2015 |
The Rev. Canon Clayton Kennedy Hewett, 88, an Episcopal priest who gained prominence as a civil rights activist in the mid-1960s, died Saturday, Aug. 1, of cancer at Mount St. Joseph Hospital in Waterville, Maine. Born in Providence, R.I., in 1927, he was the son of William Benjamin Hewett and Phyllis Arlene Welch, both of Maine. After completing service in World War II in the Merchant Marine and Coast Guard, Mr. Hewett graduated from Samuel Gorton High School in Warwick, R.I., and married Annagrace Carlson.
May 24, 2015 |
If Brandon McIlwain wasn't already committed to playing football at South Carolina, Division I baseball coaches would no doubt be flocking to Newtown. On the diamond for Council Rock North, the athletic junior is a hard-slugging shortstop, a better than average pitcher, and a terrific clutch performer. McIlwain put on a show in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal Friday at Conestoga. He clubbed a pair of home runs and yielded only one run on the hill as the Indians breezed past the Pioneers, 12-1, in five innings.
April 9, 2015 |
Incredible as its sounds, Pennsbury first baseman D.J. Endler says he lost about 40 pounds since last summer without even trying. "No diet or anything," the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior said. "The only thing I did was play baseball for Falls Legion. " The slimmed-down Endler ripped a solo home run to right field Tuesday afternoon to forge a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the seventh at Pennsbury. "The weight loss affected my power, but I'm in better shape," Endler said. The Suburban One League National Conference matchup ended soon after, as the umpires suspended play after seven due to darkness.