April 10, 2016
Fairmount Park is ready for its close-up. Look for it Tuesday in PBS's 10 Parks That Changed America (8 p.m., WHYY12), along with New York's Central Park and the younger, trendy High Line.
March 17, 2016
By B.G. Kelley Among those who believe in redemption and resurrection, Easter time resonates spiritually more than any other time of the year. Yet it also resonates physically, for the two are not mutually exclusive. The connection is resoundingly made in the redemptive suffering and pain of Jesus carrying and enduring the cross. It is a triumphant connection. I became convinced of the intrinsic spirit and value of this link when I was a teenager. I became assured that the physical-spiritual journey takes a shape as particular as a snowflake, making a difference from the departure point to the end. And it is not a lucky drift.
March 2, 2016 |
The City of Philadelphia has agreed to give the Please Touch Museum a $550,000 grant toward general operating expenses when the children's museum in Fairmount Park leaves bankruptcy. At the same time, according to a court filing Friday, the city has agreed to give the museum a break on its $638,477 parking-tax claim, reducing it by 16 percent, to $538,022. That reduced claim is due within 90 days of the tax-exempt Please Touch's exit from bankruptcy, expected in March, the filing said.
February 26, 2016 |
SURROUNDED BY FAMILY in her Plymouth Meeting living room, Dara Arline puffed on a Newport and talked about the coping skills she wishes she had. "I think about him at least 20, 30 times a day because he was such a gentle spirit," she said. "None of my children have ever been in a fistfight. He was never suspended from school. . . . " That gentle spirit - her oldest child, Shakoor Arline - died in the most violent way, in a lurid and still-unsolved slaying early last Nov. 6. That's when someone pumped a barrage of bullets into him and Lisa Smith, the woman he was with, in an SUV parked near Lemon Hill Mansion in Fairmount Park.
December 19, 2015 |
Hey, what's the deal? Isn't it supposed to be almost winter? Last weekend, the thermometer hit a near-record high, and it's looking like there won't be a white Christmas. But enjoy it: There's a world of outdoor activities awaiting you around the city. We've put together a few happening this weekend that manage to far surpass spending your Saturday snuggled up inside. Ugly Sweater Run Now is the time to pull out that absurdly embroidered sweater neglected in the back of your closet and wear it with pride.
December 9, 2015 |
WHAT IS IT with guys and their balls? They get to talking about them and they just can't stop. There I was last week at La Colombe coffee shop at 6th and Market with two of them - guys, not balls - and they just went on and on: Size matters, although bigger is not always better. (If you say so.) You can't just start tossing them around with no strategy. (Indeed. That sounds downright dangerous.) A few bad throws and there goes your confidence and your game. Yeah . . . I said game.
November 27, 2015 |
Six years ago, a strong, sudden rip current pulled Josias Sterling out to sea. The 19-year-old Olney native, son of Haitian immigrants, had never learned to swim. The loss of "a good son," a St. Joseph's Prep alumnus and Temple University student, a rugby player whose sunny joy seemed to draw everyone to him, still sears. On Friday, after the Thanksgiving dishes are washed and the leftovers stored, hundreds will gather in his memory, as they do every year, on the rugby pitch that brought him so much happiness.
November 21, 2015 |
Sometimes as a youngster in the small Kenyan village where his family farmed, Abraham Kiprop Rutto would look up toward the clear sky and see a passing airplane. Though his future figured to be as earthbound as his father's, the boy dreamed that one day such a plane would carry him to strange new lands, no small ambition for a rural African youngster. Soon he found a way. "My friends were running and going abroad in planes," Rutto said. "And I said, 'I want to fly in one and go abroad so I will run too.' " Rutto ran so hard he eventually caught up with his dream.
November 13, 2015 |
Not all of those involved in Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia this fall are basking in the afterglow. A subcontractor hired to erect a multi-acre campground in Fairmount Park - a plan canceled almost as soon as it was publicly released - is suing for breach of contract and $117,000 he says he lost. Endless Summer Productions L.L.C., a Delaware-based company that has set up campgrounds for music festivals such as Bonnaroo in Tennessee, filed a federal lawsuit this week in Philadelphia against Scott Mirkin and his company, ESM Productions, which produced the papal events on the Parkway on the weekend of Sept.
November 12, 2015 |
As police continue to search for clues in the grisly shooting deaths of a couple near Lemon Hill Mansion, investigators on Tuesday were interviewing a man they believe might have information about the victims. For days, police had been trying to track down the boyfriend of Lisa Smith, 32, who was killed Friday along with Shakoor Arline, 25. Arline and Smith were having sex in the backseat of a Toyota Sequoia in Fairmount Park early Friday, police said, when someone opened a back door of the SUV and fired nine shots, striking both multiple times in the head.