June 22, 2015 |
Sunday night, after another grueling journey to another off-the-radar tournament in another remote locale, Alexandra Riley will return to her hotel room and end Father's Day the way she ends most other days, by texting "Good Night!" to her father. The nightly ritual helps ease both her father's concerns and the isolation the Philadelphia-born pro feels as, all alone, she chases her tennis dream across the globe. For seven years now, since she was 17, "Xan" Riley has been a solo tennis nomad.
June 3, 2015 |
Frances Celano DiMaria, 91, of Glendora, who retired in the mid-1990s as a clerk-typist for the former Defense Personnel Support Center in South Philadelphia, died Friday, May 29, at Kennedy University Hospital in Washington Township. Born in Palermo, Italy, she immigrated when she was a preschooler with her family to South Philadelphia, where the family lived near Seventh and Tasker Streets. Mrs. DiMaria graduated from South Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1942, and worked as a sewing machine operator for a manufacturer of baby clothing in Philadelphia.
June 1, 2015 |
How does an antique black carriage used by the wife of Napoleon III to flee Paris in 1870 figure prominently in the 100th anniversary of a dental school's flagship building? You might be surprised. Philadelphia native Thomas W. Evans was perhaps the most famous dentist of the 19th century. He endeared himself to Emperor Napoleon III and his wife, Empress Eugénie, as both doctor and confidant. And when Napoleon was captured in 1870 during the Battle of Sedan, Evans lent his carriage to help the fallen leader's wife escape angry mobs who were trying to overthrow the government.
June 1, 2015 |
When it comes to nuclear negotiations with Iran, which are nearing a June 30 deadline, those who want a solid deal should be saying Vive la France! The French are taking the toughest stand of any of the six countries (known as the P5+1) that are negotiating with Tehran. Paris insists that any accord must permit continuing inspections of all Iranian nuclear installations, including military sites. This demand has been put forward by the entire P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany)
June 1, 2015 |
LYON, France - Cheering audiences, rhythmic clapping, stamping feet, and other signs of adoration on its Europe 2015 tour don't excuse the Philadelphia Orchestra from the front lines of music outreach. The morning after the orchestra's raucously successful Lyon debut, players took to streets that, at least on Saturday, could be a bit mean. Three contingents set up shop to play chamber music, the most civilized setting being the courtyard of the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, which offered acoustics-enhancing walls and appreciative tour-group audiences who not only stopped to listen but, between movements, talked about family members who had attended Temple University.
April 22, 2015 |
IF YOU WANT to live more than 100 years, the key word just might be love . That's what Frances Vann Lewis would have told you. When asked to what she attributed her long life, she had one simple answer: "Love everybody. " Not always a simple assignment in a world of increasing stress, you might say, but Frances - called "Nana" by friends and family - would have insisted on it. After all, she did it. Frances Vann Lewis, who worked for a Horn & Hardart restaurant on South Broad Street and for the former Graduate Hospital, a devoted churchwoman and family matriarch, died Friday at age 102. She was living in the Riverside Presbyterian Apartments in Center City, but had lived most of her life in South Philadelphia.
March 17, 2015 |
In Frances Galante's home, a portrait she painted of the Maine countryside hangs prominently. It's the kind of work that would stop visiting friends. Some would ask questions; most would admire. Ms. Galante always would be humble. "She would say, 'My paintings aren't that great,' or, 'This still needs work,' " said Linda Galante, her sister. "But I know so many people who would look at her art and start crying because it was so moving. " Ms. Galante, 57, a prominent painter in the region, died Tuesday, March 10, in her Philadelphia home after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
March 16, 2015 |
They grew up near each other on Webster Street in Riverside. After they began dating, they walked together from home to Riverside High School. And when he went off to combat in France in World War II, their letters filled the silence. When he returned, they were together again. For decade after decade. On Monday, March 9, Michael Chiaccio, 92, municipal clerk and tax collector for Riverside Township from June 1960 to December 1989, died at Virtua Memorial Hospital - two days after his wife, Elizabeth D'Alessandro Chiaccio, 89, died there.
February 9, 2015 |
ST. LEON SUR VEZERE, France - It is a scene that might have been painted by Claude Monet - a gently flowing river with overhanging trees peering down at their own reflections, picnickers sitting primly on blankets in the grass, and on the far bank a bright-red poppy field. This village of about 200 inhabitants in an area east of Bordeaux known as the Dordogne is a postcard lost in the mail for a century - honey-colored stone houses joined by cobblestoned alleys - all of it overseen by a church with a square bell tower that has been offering Masses since 1150.
January 9, 2015 |
WHETHER YOU agree with Charlie Hebdo 's editorial line - or whether, until Wednesday, you'd even heard the name - is not the point. When armed terrorists burst into the office of the satirical French weekly famous for its irreverence and killed 12 people, they assassinated some of France's greatest cartoonists: Cabu, Wolinski, Charb and Tignous. These are household names in my country. They were people I grew up reading, people who all their life fought for the freedom of expression and their right to use it for satirical purposes, people who are now being mourned in France and beyond for what they represented.