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NEWS
March 10, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
AFTER DEVOTING 30 years to city parks and the volunteer armies that keep them alive, Barbara McCabe was chosen from 160 nominees to win the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service in Philadelphia. It's the city's Oscar for lifetime achievement. "I pretty much lived at neighborhood rec centers when I was growing up in Port Richmond - Monkiewicz, Samuel, Cohocksink, A&W," said McCabe, the director of stewardship for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. "I don't know what I would've done without them.
NEWS
March 1, 2015 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like many classically trained musicians who have been honing their talents since kindergarten, Andrew Bogard never made physical fitness a priority. "The emphasis in our education puts us in a small four-walled practice room for a majority of the time," Bogard said. A gifted singer, he took his body for granted. With a little help from Haagen-Dazs dulce de leche, by the time he turned 20 he had developed a respectable gut. Since opera singers command a large presence on stage, he didn't mind, even believing that the heft around his belly probably helped project his voice.
SPORTS
February 13, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Midway through another tight, tense bout, with the capacity crowd in full roar, one Gateway faculty member turned to another and wondered, "When was the last time there was this much atmosphere in this gym?" Feeding off the energy from a home crowd that stomped the bleachers and chanted nearly every wrestler's name, Gateway scored a 29-24 victory over Haddonfield in the South Jersey Group 2 semifinals on Wednesday night. The second-seeded Gators (26-1) won nine of 14 bouts to advance to face top-seeded Buena in the sectional final on Friday night.
NEWS
February 11, 2015 | Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Helen Gym is no stranger to speaking before elected officials - sometimes rather loudly. Now, she is vying for a seat at their table. Gym, a Democrat, announced her candidacy for a City Council at-large seat at a lively rally Monday at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square, where she focused mostly on education. A former elementary-school teacher, she has become a fiery advocate for public education funding and a frequent critic of city policies surrounding it. Gym, 47, the mother of three children in Philadelphia public magnet schools, entered the race with the endorsement of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which has pledged to donate the maximum $11,500.
NEWS
February 11, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
When the Erlton Bowl opened in the Ellisburg Shopping Center in 1961, Delaware Township was soon to be renamed Cherry Hill. The space-age bowling center on Kings Highway near Route 70 quickly became one of the township's leisure destinations, especially after fitness guru Jim Correa's gymnasium was added on a few years later. And in the early 1970s, "Uncle Al's Lounge" inside the Erlton Bowl hosted Bruce Springsteen - then so unknown, his last name was spelled in newspaper advertisements as Springstein - in concert.
NEWS
February 11, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
FOR MORE THAN a decade, whenever issues related to public education have been debated in Philadelphia, Helen Gym has been right in the middle of the fray. At rallies big and small, Gym, 47, has taken on the job of protester, advocate and all-purpose rabble-rouser on behalf of the city's children and the underfunded schools that so many of them attend. Yesterday, Gym announced that she wants a new job in the fight for better schools and related issues - an at-large seat on City Council.
SPORTS
February 8, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Winter continues to drag on through our region, bringing snow and ice and ice again, making outdoor running unpleasant if not dangerous. That means, for some runs, the treadmill is a better option. To me, the treadmill - which I call the dreadmill - is boring. But if my only options are a treadmill run or no run at all, I'll pick the treadmill every time. Here's how to get through those stationary runs - without annoying your fellow runners. Distractions When I retreat to the treadmill, I try to get on the machine in front of the TV that's showing The Price Is Right, which is a lot more entertaining than cable news shows.
NEWS
February 1, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The Northern Liberties Recreation Center sits at 321 Fairmount Ave. It's an unassuming building, whose identity is marked by words in forest green and white paint to the right of the door. Walk in and you may not immediatley know it houses a basketball court, but basketball is played there almost every day. On Friday afternoon, the gym was abuzz as Bodine High - which calls the NLRC home - topped Simon Gratz, 55-48, in a Public League girls' game. Junior Tiana Garvin led Bodine (9-7 overall, 7-4 Public League)
SPORTS
January 29, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
YOU DON'T HEAR the phrase "gym rat" all that much anymore when it comes to basketball players. Growing up, there is AAU basketball, where a young player has as many as five games a weekend. Add to that the other things going on in a player's life and it doesn't make for a lot of time to just get into a gym and work on shooting and dribbling. Jerami Grant is different. The son and nephew of former NBA players - Harvey and Horace Grant, respectively - he has seen the insides of gym when the fans aren't there and the scoreboard isn't lit. He has embraced the part of the place that isn't about the loudness of the crowd or the adulation thrown upon him. It's why he likes to go to the 76ers' practice facility at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine late at night and just work - on his jumper, on his ballhandling.
SPORTS
January 26, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Once you find the plain green door marked "maintenance" inside Camden Catholic, you can't miss the aura of the school's wrestling program. Inside the door and down a stairwell, the steps lead to a wall that reads, "You are walking the green mile . . . pathway to the House of Pain. " If you continue on the green-painted floors and avoid the spare wrestling mats in the hallway, you'll eventually reach the gym. The pictures of seven state champions grace one wall. An opposite wall is covered with 18 pictures of past Region 7 champions.
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