August 30, 2016 |
Philadelphia JerkFest 2016 turned West Fairmount Park into a Caribbean culture festival all Sunday afternoon with its jerk chicken, pork and goat on the heavily smoking grills, and its nonstop island music, including soca ("soul of calypso") stars Leadpipe & Saddis from Barbados. Jamaican-born Andre Russell, who lives in Mount Airy, wore his Rasta colors, draped a Lion of Judah kerchief over his 3-year-old daughter Mackenzie's head to shield her from the sun, and said, "I want her to feel the vibe of the culture I grew up in so when I take her to Jamaica next year, she'll know the music and the food.
July 2, 2016 |
In 1868, the Academy of Natural Sciences mounted the first-ever full dinosaur skeleton. A century and a half later, it's forcing the dinos out of extinction with state-of-the-art animatronics that mimic their actions, looks, and sounds from millions of years ago. "Back in 1868, no one had ever conceived of being able to see a skeleton of an animal like a dinosaur, and just to see the skeleton was a wonder of the world," said Ted Daeschler, the...
February 29, 2016
Palmyra Cove Nature Park held its annual fund-raiser, the Frost & Feathers Ball, on Feb. 6 at its Environmental Discovery Center in Palmyra, at the base of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Seventy people attended the gala, which supports the park's educational programs and efforts to preserve its 250 acres of woodlands and wetlands along the Delaware River. South Jersey's largest outdoor classroom provides a setting for environmental education and recreation opportunities for all who visit.
September 1, 2013 |
Amid ongoing ethical debate over the parental tactics that led to a lung transplant for 11-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, many experts are acknowledging a crucial point: Janet and Francis Murnaghan were right. National lung-transplant allocation rules have unfairly denied children under 12 the chance to get lungs from adult donors. In an editorial last month in New England Journal, two such experts credited the parents with calling attention to the inequity - but not before criticizing them for waging a media and legal campaign to save Sarah.
April 5, 2013
By Jim McGovern Included in a really spectacular Easter vigil sermon was this poem by Emily Dickinson. Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune - without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me. Hope.
April 4, 2013 |
Once upon a time a magic kingdom, designed by children and built by volunteers, sprouted almost overnight in Evesham. It had turrets and slides, jiggly stairs, secret passages, sandboxes, and a pirate ship with anchors on the side, all made of wood. Children from around the township and beyond came to Memorial Field to play in it. But 21 years passed. The park grew tired and began to splinter. And so, this month, bulldozers will demolish the Scott Rand Playground, named for the late resident who guided its creation.
March 1, 2013 |
It's like going to a great party with lots of champagne: Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical is so much fun, so spectacular to look at, with so many danceable songs, that we all just bounced out of the Academy of Music on Tuesday night. Based on the 1994 Australian movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert , the musical follows three friends, all drag queens, from Sydney to Alice Springs, where, among other things, they finally climb Ayer's Rock. Priscilla is the name of the jalopy of a bus that takes Tick to see the wife and son nobody knew he had. The show is not only a blinged-up razzle-dazzler full of feathers and sparkles but is also full of heart and important lessons about tolerance and love and friendship.
February 15, 2013 |
Jen Cohan had spent all morning primping her kids for a Christmas card photo shoot. The only thing missing was Elke, the family rat terrier. Elke was 16 and had been ill for months. Before she started looking, Jen knew: Elke was dead. "What do you do when your chickens die?" she texted her friend, an urban farmer. "Beth Beverly," he replied. Beverly is a Philadelphia taxidermist who specializes in a more creative type of mount. "Elke might end up a hat or a Christmas tree topper," Jen's friend warned, but Jen had worked in fashion and needed little convincing.
December 14, 2012 |
THE NINE NOMINEES selected by Mayor Nutter to serve on the Philadelphia Housing Authority board came before City Council on Wednesday to answer questions regarding their plans to help move the troubled agency forward. But one nominee - Joan Markman, the city's chief integrity officer and former prosecutor for both the U.S. Attorney's Office and the District Attorney's Office - caused some Council members to balk. "She has all of this federal background, but none relates to tenants, housing, PHA," said Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.
October 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department is going to allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that's a federal crime. This is a significant religious and cultural issue for many tribes, who were consulted in advance about the policy the department announced Friday. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and other federal wildlife laws criminalize the killing of eagles and possession of feathers and bird parts, but the Constitution and federal laws also give tribes local sovereignty for self-government.