May 16, 2015 |
Ryne Sandberg considers 100 at-bats a benchmark in a season. One hundred and nineteen at-bats into his first year as the Phillies' everyday shortstop, Freddy Galvis continues to hit. Three more base knocks Thursday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates raised Galvis' batting average to .353. Entering Thursday night's games, only the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (.426) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (.360) boasted better averages among National League players. "He's just sticking with what's working for him and being real patient up there," Sandberg said of Galvis, the only Phillies regular hitting .275 or better.
April 29, 2015 |
A fluffy blanket, perhaps? Or a cuddly stuffed animal? No, when Pamela Dalton needed a baby-shower gift, she picked out a lovely Swedish snot-sucker for her new grandson. After all, she studies mucus for a living. Dalton, an olfactory researcher at Philadelphia's Monell Chemical Senses Center, is one of a group of scientists speaking Thursday night at an adults-only, cabaret-style event titled Gross Anatomy. Others will expound on earwax, urine, and feces - and how, ickiness aside, they play a vital role in human health.
April 24, 2015 |
Parks and arts - what's not to like? Very little, if you asked a cluster of would-be Philadelphia mayors at a Wednesday night forum dedicated to green space and cultural vitality. Only Republican candidate Melissa Murray Bailey said she would not restore the 40 percent cut Mayor Nutter has proposed for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund next year. The fund, which provides general operating aid to nearly 300 organizations, received $3.14 million this year; Nutter proposes $1.8 million for next year.
April 23, 2015 |
CANDY WRAPPERS, pregnancy tests, Halloween decorations and more beer cans than you can imagine - Bradley Maule has collected it all over the course of a year during his weekly hikes through Wissahickon Valley Park. And now, he's ready to display his findings. All 3,768 of them. Maule's "One Man's Trash" project launched in January 2014 in hopes of bringing attention to litter in Wissahickon Valley Park. The PhillySkyline.com founder and Hidden City co-editor started the project because he was appalled by the amount of trash he saw in the Northwest Philly arm of Fairmount Park along Wissahickon Creek.
April 21, 2015 |
The plan to spend $7 million remaking West Fairmount Park along Parkside Avenue will include an area that promises nature-based play: think fountains, slides, and skating. The gateway is an 1898 Civil War monument, the Smith Memorial Arch, which needs care. Before, two nonprofit organizations that served fund-raising and historical-preservation roles for Fairmount Park would have been involved in the project. But consolidation made more sense, said Kathryn Ott Lovell, executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
March 26, 2015 |
William G. Hamilton was a member of the Fairmount Park Guards when the FBI National Academy invited him to its three-month course at Quantico, Va. About 220 officers, including those from "international law enforcement agencies," attend the courses, the Academy website states. And, said Mr. Hamilton's son, William J., "less than 1 percent of law enforcement officers in the U.S. have the distinction of being graduates," as he was. There was another advantage. "He missed the 1964 Phillies' collapse," his son said.
March 21, 2015 |
The students sitting on the steps of the Franklin Institute wondered what happens when several gallons of dish-soap solution are dumped into a trash can full of liquid nitrogen. They didn't wonder long. An explosion of bubbly, foamy suds sprayed the kids from Russell Byers Charter School and Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, bestowing the kind of OMG moment that the fifth annual Philadelphia Science Festival aims to give all participants. Thursday's news conference offered a sneak peek of the nine-day festival, set for April 24 to May 2. Hundreds of the region's parks, libraries, universities, museums, eateries, and pubs will join the institute to host more than 100 events, all designed to stoke interest in science and technology.
March 19, 2015 |
March brings Philadelphia those occasional gloriously sunny days that let winter survivors know it's safe to leave their bunkers because spring is coming. It's a good time to learn that a long-dreamed-of park atop the dormant Reading Railroad viaduct may be on track for construction this summer. A newly announced strategic investment by the William Penn and Knight Foundations, complementing public and other funding, will help make the park happen. Four other parks will also benefit from the $11 million the foundations plan to spend.
January 17, 2015 |
The first time that developer David Blumenfeld proposed an apartment house for the strip of land behind the Rodin Museum, he was practically laughed out of the Art Commission. His renderings showed a bland six-story building rising up like a wave behind the tiny classical temple, ready to swallow the Paul Cret masterpiece in its glassy maw. What a difference a few months can make. When Blumenfeld returned to the commission last week with a revised design for 2100 Hamilton by Barton Partners, he was somehow able to talk members into approving the concept.
November 24, 2014 |
THE LAST THING Dan Vassallo had on his running bucket list was to qualify for the United States Olympic Team Trials. In fact, throughout the duration of yesterday's Philadelphia Marathon, that's all that was on the 29-year-old Peabody, Mass., native's mind. That is until there was about a mile left to go and the gap between he and Birhanu Dare Kemal - an Ethiopian who lives in Manhattan - was starting to close. "I didn't think I was going to be able to catch him," Vassallo said.