July 24, 2015 |
I didn't plan to buy a cone. But "just a taste please" turned into "whoa" and then "I cannot stop eating this . . . " at an alarming speed once I took my first few licks of this summer's edition of the Honeycomb ice cream at the Franklin Fountain. A large part of what makes it so amazing is the fact that it's a true "roof-to-cone" delight: The honey comes from the spring honeycomb of hives just upstairs on the Franklin Fountain's Old City roof managed by the Philadelphia Bee Co. But it's the sweet alchemy of the Berley brothers, co-owners of Franklin, that elevates this cone to magic.
March 26, 2015 |
LOVE Park is getting a new fountain, lots of lawn space, gardens, and a food-truck area. The question is, What goes where? The design team working on the $15 million renovation of JFK Plaza presented four designs to the community at a meeting Tuesday at the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia. The four plans, presented by Mary Margaret Jones, president of the project's lead architectural firm, Hargreaves Associates, include all the same elements but vary in layout.
April 9, 2014 |
Samantha Sorid's award-winning science project taught her a lesson about human nature. Including her own. "If you put your mind to it, you can do anything," says Sorid, 14, who is in eighth grade at Harrington Middle School in Mount Laurel. Her findings about her fellow humans were less uplifting. About those, more in a moment. Let's just say that we the people do the right thing less often than we'd like to believe. Titled "Money or Morality," Sorid's project took first place for her age group in the human-behavior category of the Coriell Institute Science Fair.
September 13, 2013 |
Parts of the historic Fountain of the Seahorses behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art were stained with black streaks, the once-magnificent beasts had tails missing, and no water had come out of their mouths since 2006. On Wednesday, after many years of wear and tear, the fountain was returned to its former glory. After a ceremony attended by Councilman William K. Greenlee, Parks and Recreation and Water Department officials, contractors, and Margot Berg, director of the city's Public Art Program, the water flowed on cue, shooting 16 feet into the air to the acclamation of the dozens in the audience.
June 26, 2013 |
THEY WERE OLD. So many guys in their 40s. Old baseball guys creak when they run and they run a step slower. They make a whistling, tea-kettle sound when they go first to third or second to home. Wheeze Kids, that's what I nicknamed that 1983 Phillies team, and it stuck. A spinoff of Whiz Kids, the nickname for that swaggering, young Phillies bunch that won the pennant in 1950, only to get swept by the Yankees in the World Series. Throw enough mud at the wall and some of it sticks.
June 6, 2013
THE DEAL: A couple of brothers run this 9-year-old-but-much-older-feeling Old City shop, where hair-netted and waxed-mustached scoopers dish out classic homemade - homemade! - flavors like black raspberry, teaberry gum and Hydrox cookie. The details: 116 Market St., 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; cash only; 215-627-1899, franklinfountain.com . The wait: On a busy summer night, expect to stand around in the shop for upward of 10 minutes.
July 27, 2012 |
THE JOE PATERNO statue has been removed and, reportedly, is stored in a warehouse somewhere. What now? Lawrence Nowlan has an idea. The man who sculpted the Harry Kalas statue that sits inside Citizens Bank Park, wants to recycle the JoePa statue. Specifically, he wants to melt down the bronze and recast it as part of a healing fountain in remembrance of victims of child sex abuse everywhere. Nowlan, who resides and works in Windsor, Vt., graduated from Archbishop Carroll and Millersville.
July 11, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Detroit's Prince Fielder became only the second player to win multiple titles in the all-star Home Run Derby, thrilling the crowd at Kauffman Stadium with eight splash shots into the right-field fountain and beating Toronto's Jose Bautista, 12-7, in the final on Monday night. On a night when the Yankees' Robinson Cano was repeatedly booed and went homerless, Fielder put on the most powerful display among baseball's big boppers. Winner at St. Louis' Busch Stadium three years ago, Fielder hit a total of 28 home runs over three rounds to cap the main event on the eve of the All-Star Game, hitting the long drive of the night at 476 feet into the water.
May 18, 2012 |
NOBODY PLAYS perfect, lockdown defense every night. It is unlikely, against any combination of competition. It is impossible in the playoffs, against a team as talented, as professional and as well-coached as the Boston Celtics. Wednesday night, the Sixers delivered their defensive clunker. It had been a nice run. Remember, the Sixers needed to win a slew of road games at the season's end just to secure the final playoff slot. They ran off three in a row. They then held top-seeded Chicago and fourth-seeded Boston to 92 points or fewer in the last seven games, an average of 82.3 points per game.
March 29, 2012 |
UNION RAGS, the Kentucky Derby favorite with the Philly-area connections, was made the 6-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. Union Rags, coming off a 4-length victory in the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 26 at Gulfstream, will start from Post 6. "I think he should take a step forward from [the Fountain of Youth]," trainer Michael Matz said. "I would hope that having a race under his belt would help him in the Florida Derby. " Union Rags is owned by Chadds Ford Stable's Phyllis Wyeth, of Chester County, and trained by Matz, who trained Barbaro.