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May 27, 1992 | By Christopher Mumma, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Francis R. Purvenas Sr., 66, the grand marshal of National Park's Memorial Day parade, collapsed and died of a heart attack shortly after the parade was completed Monday. Mr. Purvenas, one of the original members of the West Deptford police force and the former crime-prevention coordinator for Gloucester County, was stricken as he stood before a microphone at Red Bank Battlefield after walking the two-mile parade route. An ambulance unit that participated in the parade took Mr. Purvenas to Underwood-Memorial Hospital, Woodbury, where he was pronounced dead.
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March 16, 1986 | By Tom Fox, Inquirer Editorial Board
I think it's absolutely poetic that the Irish of Philadelphia would choose 1986 - the year of Aquino - to honor Jimmy Cavanaugh, of the colorful Cavanaugh saloon clan, by naming him grand marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade. It's a match made by the fates, for the Philippines are almost as much a part of Jimmy Cavanaugh as his native Mayo in the west of Ireland. The Philippines played a pivotal role in Jimmy Cavanaugh's youth. He paid his dues as an American in the Philippines.
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May 30, 1995 | By Jennifer Wing, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The navy silk dress, decorated with white and red rectangles, had been carefully chosen. On the coffee table lay a copy of the poem "In Flanders Field" - which tells of young men killed in World War I - along with ribbons and medals denoting years of service to the American Legion Women's Auxiliary. Ruth Stoner was prepared. As the grand marshal for yesterday's Narberth Memorial Day Parade, the 90-year-old woman had an image to keep up. "The one thing about me is if I'm in anything, I'll give it my all," Stoner said Friday at her apartment in Narberth, where she has spent most of her life.
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June 29, 2003 | By Dwight Ott and Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Despite his battle with the city, Camden's suspended police chief will serve as grand marshal in today's San Juan Bautista parade, the annual celebration of Puerto Rican pride. Chief Robert E. Allenbach was suspended with pay with intent to dismiss on March 6 by Camden's chief operating officer, Melvin "Randy" Primas, and Mayor Gwendolyn Faison after Allenbach was accused of failing to implement changes to the Police Department that had been recommended in a state audit. Allenbach is being paid his annual $120,000 salary while the city considers his employment status.
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March 25, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by Tom Gralish
A parade along Chestnut Street in Center City yesterday marked the 175th anniversary of Greek independence. Drexel University president Constantine Papadakis was the grand marshal of the parade, sponsored by the Federation of Hellenic American Societies.
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November 21, 1994 | Inquirer photographs by Ron Cortes
Parade lovers lined Frankford Avenue for the 19th Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade yesterday. Leading the floats and bands was Mayor Rendell, the grand marshal, and ending it was Santa Claus, who made his traditional entrance.
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October 5, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MICHAEL MALLY
GETTING IN THE SPIRIT of the Pulaski Day Parade are Danuta Prusik of Paoli and Richard Lewandowski of Port Richmond. They were dancing for the Polish Intercollegiate Club in yesterday's parade, which took place under a brilliant blue sky along Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The annual parade honors Gen. Casimir Pulaski, a native of Poland who gave his life for American freedom during the Revolutionary War. U.S. Rep. Robert A. Borski (D., Pa.) was grand marshal.
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October 8, 1995 | Inquirer photographs by Ron Tarver
Classic cars are zooming and sitting pretty at the Fairmount Park Vintage Grand Prix. In front of Memorial Hall, Belmont Avenue and North Concourse Drive, races and more continue today from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Vintage cars, new cars, model cars, toy cars and artwork of cars star. And there's Mario Andretti, grand marshal. Children's games, live entertainment and food also await. It's a benefit for Memorial Hall Restoration Fund. Admission is $5. Those under 12 get in free.
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October 9, 2000 | JIM MacMILLAN / DAILY NEWS
The annual Columbus Day Parade in South Philadelphia yesterday drew a varied crowd. A Mummer from the Goodtimers Club (above) watches at the end of the march. Dan Milano (at left) sells balloons at Marconi Plaza. Bishop McDevitt students (below, right) wave flags and the Knights of Columbus (below, left) parade on S. Broad Street. Singer Vic Damone was the grand marshal. City Council President Anna Verna and state Sen. Vince Fumo served as co-chairmen of the festivities.
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December 1, 1994 | For The Inquirer / DAN OLESKI
For the 44th year, Lansdale got the jump not only on Christmas but on the famous Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans - which is held at the start of Lent - by holding its Mardi Gras parade in November. This year's was on Nov. 19, and the emphasis, despite the attention-getting name, was on Christmas themes and marching bands and floats. The theme was "Tidings of Joy," and Santa Claus put in his usual appearance. This year's grand marshal was Alyssa Brode, the reigning Miss Junior Philadelphia Pre-Teen.
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June 1, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JIMMY BINNS has changed his mind. The colorful lawyer said yesterday that he's "reversed his decision" to make the former narcotics officers recently acquitted of corruption the grand marshals of the Hero Thrill Show, an annual fundraiser that Binns says has "given more money to police causes than Carter has liver pills. " Binns - who is a sworn officer with the Darby Township Police Department in Delaware County - has been the CEO of the Hero Thrill Show since 2006. In an interview last week with the blog Big Trial, Binns announced that Thomas Liciardello, Michael Spicer, Brian Reynolds, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman and John Speiser would lead the event.
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May 30, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
All that Jimmy Binns wanted was to honor the six Philadelphia narcotics officers recently acquitted on federal corruption charges, but by Thursday the colorful defense lawyer and charity-event organizer was reining in his own parade. Binns, part of the legal team that won not-guilty verdicts for the former officers this month, announced last week that Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, Linwood Norman, and John Speiser would be the grand marshals of this year's Hero Thrill Show, an annual charity parade and motorcycle stunt show that raises scholarship money for the children of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
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March 10, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's called a "famine church," built by Irish who fled starvation in their homeland to make new lives in Philadelphia. The history of St. Malachy Parish is carved into its walls and ceilings, evident in the shamrocks on the altar and the tilework based on the Book of Kells. Now, more than 160 years after its founding, its heart beats strong but its bones need work. On Sunday, parishioners gathered for the third annual Hibernian Mass and Concert - and the start of a campaign aimed at raising $200,000 for critical maintenance during the next five years.
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December 10, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU LISTEN carefully, you can still hear Joe Montgomery singing "Danny Boy. " It's been some years since Joe graced the choir loft of Transfiguration Church in West Philadelphia with his distinctive Irish tenor. But there are those who swear they can still hear his voice raised in those songs that never fail to stir the heart or bring a tear to the eye of a true Irish patriot. Joe Montgomery is gone, but the work he did for the Irish community in Philadelphia and the people he inspired with his devotion to the rites and traditions of those places live on wherever green is worn.
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March 16, 2014 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Since 1771, Philadelphians have marked St. Patrick's Day with a parade. On Sunday, the 2014 celebration will march up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The theme of this year's celebration is "St. Patrick, bless the contributions of Irish Americans to our nation," and the grand marshal will be former Eagles general manager Jim Murray, a cofounder of the first Ronald McDonald House for ill children, which opened in 1974 in Philadelphia. Before the parade, a Mass will be said 9 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 20th and Locust Streets.
SPORTS
June 5, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Donovan McNabb says he'd like to sit down with Robert Griffin III and have a little chat about the right things to do and say when you happen to be a budding superstar quarterback in the NFL. In fact, McNabb would really like it if he and his father could sit down with Griffin and his father, RG2, and the two McNabbs could provide a double team of awesome advice and wisdom. McNabb has been trying to get in Griffin's ear since last season, he told the Washington Post. "Someone on his end was supposed to link us up, and it never happened.
TRAVEL
February 26, 2012
10 for the Road You can plan now to attend these events that are within a day's drive of Philadelphia. Connecticut. "Dinosaurs Alive-Jurassic Treehouse" at the Children's Museum in West Hartford features multimedia scenarios and animatronic dinosaurs. Tue.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. www.thechildrensmuseumct.org ; 860-231-2824. Delaware. "The American Eagle: Symbol of Freedom and Enterprise to the DuPont Family" opens March 10 at Eleutherian Mills.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2012
Sunday Civil War discoveries The Camden County Historical Society will host James E. Johnson for a program 2 p.m. Sunday on "Discovering Black Civil War Veterans and their Widows in 1890 Camden. " Johnson, a specialist in African American history and the Civil War and an adjunct lecturer at Rutgers University-Camden, will talk about a special census of about 60 Civil War veterans and their widows that was taken along with the general census of 1890. Its purpose was to shape veterans' pension legislation and help Civil War veterans locate comrades as witnesses for pension claims.
NEWS
February 5, 2012
State Rep. Mark Cohen hasn't racked up 40 years in the Pennsylvania legislature by taking his political opponents lightly. When he heard that Numa St. Louis, 31, an Olney educator, was planning a run against him this spring, Cohen discovered they were both Facebook devotees - St. Louis with more than 700 friends, Cohen with more than 5,000. Not only that, St. Louis had created a campaign page - Team Numa - and many of Cohen's colleagues in the state House were listed as Numa's friends.
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October 21, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert Girard Bunce, 90, of Broomall, a retired claims adjuster and youth sports coach, died Monday, Oct. 17, at Fair Acres Geriatric Center in Lima. Mr. Bunce was a claims adjuster for Motors Insurance Co., a division of General Motors, for 26 years before retiring in the late 1970s. He worked as an independent adjuster and then, until three years ago, as a ranger at Paxon Hollow Golf Club in Broomall. For 26 years, Mr. Bunce was volunteer parks and recreation chairman for the Marple-Newtown Leisure Services Commission, issuing permits and scheduling sports teams.
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