March 7, 2016
2016 Honda Civic 1.5 T Sens vs. 2016 Mazda3 4-door Grand Touring: Little four-door faceoff. This week: 2016 Mazda3 four-door. Price: $30,135 as tested. A $2,800 GT Technology Package offered regenerative braking, radar cruise control, forward obstruction warning, and more. Mobile start and red paint added $1,000. A base Grand Touring can be had starting at $25,795. A base 3 can be had for $17,845, $600 lower than the 2015 price. Marketer's pitch: "It's like hitting every green light, every time you drive it. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked the "precise handling; very good fuel economy; quick acceleration; top crash-test scores; refined interior with intuitive controls; available hatchback body style; many advanced features are available" but not the "above-average wind noise; ride quality can be choppy with the optional 18-inch wheels.
July 18, 2013
By Fran McCoy The first experience with Honor Flight Network, which arranges tours of memorials for veterans, was a memorable one. On June 15, the local chapter, which is led by Andrew Schiavello, scheduled a six-bus safari of World War II vets to leave from St. Kevin's parking lot in Springfield, Delaware County. After an orderly check-in, the buses were loaded and ready to go by 7 a.m. The destination was Washington to visit five sites: Women in Military Service for America Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial (also known as the Iwo Jima memorial)
June 17, 2011 |
By midafternoon on a recent spring Sunday, about 40 visitors were cascading through the stately Riverton home of Mary Louise Bianco-Smith and Ken Smith. This was a "house tour" of a most unusual sort. The Smiths had invited over several generations of Clothiers. Yes, those Clothiers - descendants of Caleb Clothier and his son Isaac, the cofounder with Justus Clayton Strawbridge of Philadelphia's Strawbridge & Clothier department stores. "We knew that most of them had never seen the home, and when I was contacted by a family member, I was happy to arrange this visit," said Mary Louise.
October 17, 2010 |
For the last 40 years of his life, Mark Twain worked at the monumental task of recounting his monumental life. But he never got too far. Then, in 1904, it came to him. The perfect method: "Start it at no particular time of your life; wander at your free will all over your life. . . . It is the first time in history that the right plan has been hit upon. " No one had ever written an autobiography like that before - he proudly calls it "a complete and purposed jumble" - and he knew it. At the end of his writing life, Twain, the great self-reinventor, invented one more brand-new form: something we know today as stream-of-consciousness writing, familiar throughout the century since, in the work of James Joyce, Bob Dylan, and many in between.
August 15, 2010 |
For years, visitors at the Philadelphia Zoo have been walking right by the funny little house known as The Solitude. It's been locked up, easy to miss, especially when the boxwood hedges were six feet tall. But no more. After decades of being used by the zoo for everything from a snake exhibit in the parlor to executive offices in the library, The Solitude is well on its way to inviting company over. Come September, after $500,000 in renovations that include substantial hedge-trimming, the house will be open for group tours.
July 1, 2010 |
Poised at the intersection of food and art history, an enchanting Texan beckons with her fork. Maite (My-tay) Gomez-Rejon, 39, with a graduate degree in art history from the Art Institute of Chicago and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York City, worked as a museum educator and private chef until two years ago, when she started a company called ArtBites to integrate her passions. Now the Los Angeles-based chef and teacher crisscrosses the country conducting one-day adventures for folks who also find fascination in the fusion of food and art. Last week at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gomez-Rejon guided a group of seven women (and her male cousin)
June 27, 2010 |
At the shiny penny of a sandwich shop in Fairmount called Rybread (the "Ry" is for Ryan), the creation myth begins with the Road Trip '09. Ryan Pollock and his girlfriend Stephanie Mertz, now 26 and 27, had been among the last hired at their suburban Washington, D.C., architectural office. So it was no mystery who'd be the first fired a couple of years ago when the recession dried up credit to finance the multifamily projects they'd been employed to design. They packed up their 2001 Hyundai Elantra, picked out stops from North Carolina's Outer Banks (a friend's wedding)
November 11, 2009 |
Anne Scardino waited slightly more than three years for the chance to ooh and aah at the building she'll call home in mid-January. That chance came yesterday, as she and scores of others, mostly dignitaries and developers, got the grand tour of 10 Rittenhouse Square, the long-delayed 33-story, 135-unit condo high-rise at 18th and Walnut Streets. Scardino, founder and owner of the consulting firm Belle Maison Design, signed a sales agreement for her 12th-floor condo in October 2006.
September 9, 2007 |
Planning is everything. My wife had selected Poland as our destination, and, after extensive research, put together a grand tour. In Krakow, our hotel was less than a block from the main square. We visited Auschwitz, the salt mines, Wawel Castle, museums and churches and took a Schindler's List tour. We were having such a great time that I didn't think much about an occasional mild ache in one of my upper molars. One night, the pain worsened and began to throb. Tossing and turning, I tried in vain to find a position that provided relief.
June 24, 2006 |
Steven Smith has become well acquainted with airports and hotels in the last month, having crisscrossed the country working out for nine NBA teams and participating in the NBA predraft camp in Orlando, Fla. But after the former Northeast High and La Salle star wrapped up his grand tour of the league yesterday by working out for the 76ers, the message was understated but clear: There's no place like home. "I'll fit in anywhere and do what it takes to help the team," Smith said.