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November 24, 1997 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Richard Withers is a top-notch bell ringer. He's also a modern-day urban hermit. Withers does his bell-ringing on Sundays at St. Malachy Church - one of the oldest churches in the Philadelphia Archdiocese - at 11th and Master streets in North Philadelphia. He rings it because he fixed it. Withers lives a little farther north in a once-abandoned, dilapidated house near 10th and Cumberland. He fixed that, too. In keeping with the life of a hermit, Withers has no car, no television, listens to the radio "maybe once a year," reads a newspaper "occasionally" and gets around on a bicycle he put together from parts he found in the street.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - You wouldn't know it by the petite tank in tow, but the Merchlinsky family emerged from George's Beach Shop on the boardwalk in this Shore town on a recent sunny day with three new pets - from Haiti. Their new companions? Batman, Spiderman, and Blue - three hermit crabs with painted shells that earned them all-too-obvious names. Just weeks ago, the small crustaceans were crawling about the sun-soaked shores of the Caribbean. Now, they were heading to the family's home in Mahanoy City, a small town in Pennsylvania's coal region.
NEWS
October 14, 2001 | By Jim Remsen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a curious moment for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua will elevate a freelance urban hermit to be its first "canonical hermit" this morning. The chosen one is a gentle soul named Richard Withers, 46. A convert to Roman Catholicism, Withers has lived alone since 1984, the last 10 years in North Philadelphia, under his own private vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Withers had petitioned the church for the official status, citing 1983 canon-law changes that restored the ancient category of lay hermit.
LIVING
August 8, 2000 | By Robert Strauss, FOR THE INQUIRER
Sparky was about to become a member of the Jones family of Harrisburg. Amy Jones picked him up and plunked him into her terrarium at Hoy's Department Store. Just days before, the terrarium had held a fellow hermit crab named Shiney. And on earlier trips to the Jersey Shore, it had housed Stripey. And Peppy. And Blue. "We figure on at least a crab a year," said Mary Jones, 8-year-old Amy's mother. "We keep falling for the little guys. I guess we just like to have our memories of the wonderful times at the Shore with us, and the hermit crabs serve the purpose.
NEWS
August 18, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOL FUNDING Too little concern There is something seriously wrong in the state of Pennsylvania. My daughter and thousands of other people who work for the school system live in fear every August that they will not have a job to return to in September. What message does this send to the youngsters who grow up and see so little regard for the education system in their city and their state? I thought that Philadelphia schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. had the solution when he said he might not open the schools on time, but he chickened out. What is very clear is that this governor and his legislature could not care less about children, and care more about appeasing the natural-gas companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
As an ornery hermit who has long-inspired legend and dread among the populace of a Tennessee town, Robert Duvall, in the down-home period piece Get Low , delivers another of the ineffable and a little-bit-nutty performances that have distinguished his career. Bearded and brooding, the actor's Felix Bush warns off trespassers with his hunting gun, communes mostly with his old mule, and then, for reasons that take a turtle-walk's while to explain, decides to have a memorial service for himself - while he's still up and breathing.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Imagine the pitch meeting: "We pit the two biggest monsters in film against each other. " "Eisner and Weinstein?" "No. Science fiction. " The idea may not be original - it's been played out in Japanese B-movies and comic books and video games - but it's a natural, like a title bout between unbeaten heavyweights. Unfortunately, Alien vs. Predator's title is far better than the movie. Two thousand feet beneath the polar ice cap, a mysterious pyramid is discovered by wealthy industrialist Charles Weyland (Lance Henriksen, who played the android in the Alien trilogy)
NEWS
November 16, 1998 | by Rob Laymon, For the Daily News
There was the crab beauty pageant, the contest to see who could bite a pie into the most artistic shape, the Baby Parade, the Doo Dah Parade - featuring the ever-popular Precision Beach Chair Drill Team - and other zany events all rising from the fevered brain of city publicist Mark Soifer. But now Soifer may have outdone himself. Seeking relief from summer traffic jams, blasting horns and the shrieks of children romping in the surf, he has created the Quiet Festival. "I was getting tired of the events," Soifer said.
NEWS
July 23, 1999 | by Robert Strauss, For the Daily News
Seven-year-old Ella had just that Saturday morning made a big investment in her first hermit crab. Not like sinking one's life savings into amazon.com, to be sure, but a deal that could result in monumental psychic bankruptcy. After all, our last experiment with sea life was the equivalent of buying late in the Tulip Mania: goldfish Rebecca and Zachary both perished within 48 hours of purchase. Fortunately, that afternoon, we headed to Cape May Point State Park, arriving just in time for the 2 p.m. Tank Time talk.
NEWS
April 26, 2009 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Thomas Chimes' art is, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma," Inquirer art critic Edward J. Sozanski wrote in 2007. After a 2007 interview with Mr. Chimes, Inquirer reporter Amy S. Rosenberg wrote that in his work, "there's always another idea, another citation, another memory, another theory, another poet or artist to bring toward the surface, then submerge again, behind layers of paint or layers of ideas, until just barely visible, a reduction.
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March 17, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
St. Augustine Prep is 0-3 in the Tournament of Champions. Coach Paul Rodio thinks there might be a good reason for that. "My thinking now is the complete opposite of what it used to be," Rodio said. "The last three times, we really had a just-happy-to-be-here approach. " Rodio said the Hermits will enter Thursday night's T of C semifinals with a decidedly different mind-set. St. Augustine (30-1), the Non-Public A champion and the No. 2 seed, will play Group 4 state champion and No. 3 seed Linden (24-5)
SPORTS
March 9, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie, Staff Writer
Justyn Mutts found several ways to lead third-seeded St. Augustine to victory Monday in an NJSIAA Non-Public South A semifinal. Mutts led the Hermits with 26 points and eight rebounds as host St. Augustine overpowered second-seeded Christian Brothers Academy, 85-52, to advance to the group championship. Teammate Austin Kennedy had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Central Jersey Group 2 final. Darnill Brown scored 19 points and Manny Ansong added 16 as top-seeded host Bordentown defeated No. 2 Manasquan, 59-54.
SPORTS
December 13, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
One day during his freshman year, Sa'eed Nelson had company at school: A tall, thin eighth-grader who trailed him from class to class to get a sense of life as a St. Augustine Prep student. "He was my shadow," Nelson said of the shy, skinny kid who decided to follow in his footsteps through the hallways, both across the school's picturesque campus and on the basketball court as well. Three years later, Nelson still is leading the way. But Justyn Mutts doesn't operate in anybody's shadow anymore.
SPORTS
November 28, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Before his sophomore year at St. Augustine Prep, some of Dante Enos' football-playing buddies were lobbying for him to return to the sport. Enos quit football when he was 9. He was more of a "baseball-basketball guy," he said, with a fierce focus on his academics. Something special is happening with the Hermits' football program, his friends told him. You don't want to miss this, they said. "It was the best decision I ever made," Enos said after helping St. Augustine to an imposing, 46-6 victory over Cedar Creek in his final game for the Hermits on Thanksgiving morning.
SPORTS
October 3, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new name is in the Cape-Atlantic League football record books. St. Augustine quarterback Jose Tabora tied the league record for touchdown passes in a game, throwing five Wednesday night in a 59-6 triumph over visiting Ocean City. On top of his big day in the passing game, Tabora also rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown. Tabora ended the night with 357 total yards. Five of his six touchdowns came in the first quarter. True Robinson added 73 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
SPORTS
September 13, 2015 | By Erin Dunne, Inquirer Staff Writer
Screams erupted from the home student section as the final seconds ticked away. The St. Augustine faithful had just seen something no one had in quite some time. In an opening-night upset, St. Augustine defeated St. Joseph, 33-14, ending the defending state champions' 21-game winning streak in a Cape-Atlantic League American Conference stunner. St. Augustine, which trails in the series, 13-6, had not beaten St. Joseph since 2009. "I've waited four years for this," St. Augustine quarterback Jose Tabora said.
NEWS
August 18, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOL FUNDING Too little concern There is something seriously wrong in the state of Pennsylvania. My daughter and thousands of other people who work for the school system live in fear every August that they will not have a job to return to in September. What message does this send to the youngsters who grow up and see so little regard for the education system in their city and their state? I thought that Philadelphia schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. had the solution when he said he might not open the schools on time, but he chickened out. What is very clear is that this governor and his legislature could not care less about children, and care more about appeasing the natural-gas companies.
NEWS
August 11, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - You wouldn't know it by the petite tank in tow, but the Merchlinsky family emerged from George's Beach Shop on the boardwalk in this Shore town on a recent sunny day with three new pets - from Haiti. Their new companions? Batman, Spiderman, and Blue - three hermit crabs with painted shells that earned them all-too-obvious names. Just weeks ago, the small crustaceans were crawling about the sun-soaked shores of the Caribbean. Now, they were heading to the family's home in Mahanoy City, a small town in Pennsylvania's coal region.
SPORTS
March 29, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, FOR THE INQUIRER
When Mike Sutton talks about his injury and where it leaves his St. Augustine lacrosse team, two things stick out. The first is how calm he is about his team's prospects while he's sidelined. The second is just how much he cares about those prospects. Both offer insight into where St. Augustine is as a program and how it got there. "The kids stepping in know the role that they have to pursue," said Sutton, the area's most dangerous offensive player, who broke his right thumb in a March 16 scrimmage against Jackson Memorial.
NEWS
August 26, 2012
Beth Kephart is the author of the new book "Small Damages," which was just nominated for the 2013 YALSA Best Young Adult Fiction prize In the same way that I believed in black raspberry ice cream, blue-fingered crab, and the pink sheen of a flipped shell, I believed, as a kid, in the Jersey Shore, specifically Stone Harbor. It possessed me and I possessed it those two weeks of every year when our parents would pack the caroming car with suits, rafts, shovels, pails, rusty-bottomed beach chairs, crab traps, tangled reels, and (where there was still room)
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