April 21, 2011 |
A goose that was found with a blow dart through its neck last week on the Manayunk Canal has been successfully treated and will be released back to the wild today. Rick Schubert, director of the Schuylkill Center's Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic (SWRC), said it took three days after the female goose was found April 13 before rescuers "gained its trust enough to pick it up. " "It was very skittish, obviously aware that it was injured and different from the others," he said.
March 21, 2011 |
WHEN YOU went to Wayne Kroeger's house, in Warminster, you had to be careful not to step on the rabbits, to duck the stuffed goose hanging from the ceiling and not to freak out at the sight of the multitude of stuffed fauna in various poses throughout. It seemed as if nearly every species of feathered and four-legged creature was on display, each with its own habitat theme, like the raccoon with a trash can in its paw and its nose in a peanut-butter jar. And those rabbits. They were household pets, and if you visited during a holiday they would be dolled-up accordingly: Santa outfits for Christmas, Irish hats for St. Patrick's Day. You might not have believed that a rabbit would hold still for such shenanigans, but then you didn't know the black-and-white Dutches belonging to Wayne and his wife, Joan.
January 13, 2011 |
THERE I WAS on Tuesday, poking around the American Bus Association's trade show at the Convention Center, when I spied a rack of materials promoting Philly's visitor attractions. Displayed amidst the brochures and pamphlets was a glossy, blue-and-green flyer. Its banner read, "Inter-Quacktive fun for Groups of all Ages!" I figured that the flyer belonged to Ride the Ducks, since anything in this city containing the word "quack" is often associated with the amphibious-tour company.
March 8, 2010 |
Best known for its critically acclaimed licensed adaptations, with "Legendary Talespinners" Dynamite has simply borrowed the spirit of a beloved classic and tossed in some fresh ingredients to create something fresh, new and joyful. In many ways, the first issue reads like a contemporary version of "Miracle on 34th Street," sans Christmas theme. We are immediately introduced to ultra-serious Abby, a medical-school student who is a paragon of professionalism and punctuality, and determined to be the best intern at the free clinic where the majority of the story takes place.
September 26, 2009 |
Imagine a future in which you can sit in the comfort of your reclining chair, virtually experiencing the world through an idealized pleasure-bot version of yourself. If only the makers of Surrogates had. Instead, they've crafted a superficial sci-fi film loaded with inconsistencies and cranium-scratchers. For instance, if the whole point of this surrogate society is to appear as a perfectly beautiful avatar, why would Bruce Willis choose that ludicrous blond wig that looks like he plucked it off a mannequin at Boscov's?
February 12, 2009 |
Goose Gossage, who is a special instructor at spring training for the New York Yankees, says Alex Rodriguez should never be allowed to join him in the Hall of Fame. "I've always liked A-Rod," Gossage told the Gazette, of Colorado Springs, Colo., yesterday. "But the things that are coming out now . . . " On Monday, Rodriguez confessed to taking steroids from 2001 to '03. Gossage appreciates Rodriguez' honesty. He wishes Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire and dozens of others would follow Rodriguez' example and confess their baseball sins.
February 6, 2009 |
Albert Marzano, 89, who designed the goose logo for the Wawa convenience-store chain, died of heart failure Sunday at his Philadelphia home. Mr. Marzano, who attended South Philadelphia High School, took classes in the 1930s at the Graphic Sketch Club and the Plastic Club, both in Philadelphia. But, his son Anton said, "he was largely self-taught. " During his Army service in World War II, Mr. Marzano illustrated military posters and signs, his son said. His work was so good that it "kept him out of combat.
October 24, 2008 |
Sales this weekend will offer auctiongoers the chance to bid on outfits worn by Mia Farrow in one of her first films, a bronze statue of a hand holding a cigarette, a carved, hissing Canada goose, and a coffee table that looks like a topographical map. In other words, something for everyone. The clothing, designed by Pierre Cardin and worn by Farrow in 1968's A Dandy in Aspic, will be offered at the second session of Whitaker-Augusta Auction Co.'s sale, which will begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Eagle Fire Company on Route 202 and Sugan Road in New Hope.
August 16, 2008 |
THEY SAY IDLE hands are the devil's workshop. Well, they're right. In recent weeks, I've seen folks with time surpluses do some pretty outrageous things, and frankly, I'm tired of it. Don't get me wrong. I'm tempted to do crazy stuff sometimes, but if I ran through an airport in a Speedo and some shower shoes while shouting, "Gimme a medal, I'm Michael Phelps!" somebody might call the cops. If I took a boom box to church, turned on Kanye West, and approached the preacher mid-sermon to challenge him to a break-dancing contest, they might have me committed.
December 20, 2007
FOR THREE weeks, I've been busy promoting a new book. During that time, I've been closely monitoring the traffic to my Web site, where information about the book has been posted. The launch ended Friday, so I was surprised to learn that the highest number of visits to my site was recorded three days later, on Monday. At first, I fooled myself into thinking I'd created enough hype to carry through the weekend. People heard me talk about "Murdered by Mumia" all week, and finally made it into a bookstore this weekend to buy it, I surmised.