February 17, 2015 |
MILLVILLE, N.J. - There is a cycle of inevitability in nature - of birth, growth, evolution, and, eventually, death - that hasn't escaped the eye of Pat Witt. Renowned for capturing the beauty of the changing seasons in the swampy bogs of South Jersey, Witt, 88, is beloved for teaching four generations of children and adults to look deep beyond the mechanics of painting and drawing. Thousands of students have passed through the doors of her Barn Studio of Art since she opened it in 1962, a place that has been called a sanctuary for creativity on the bottom floor of a converted hay barn and florist shop in a wooded glen off Whitaker Avenue.
February 13, 2015 |
WALL, N.J. - The five-story satellite dish made history nearly six decades ago, early in America's space race with the Soviet Union. It tracked the first U.S. space launch, Explorer 1, that year, and received the first hurricane data from the TIROS 1 satellite in 1960. Then the dish was mothballed in the late 1970s as more modern equipment came into use, and eventually was relegated to the status of science relic, part of the museum collection of the InfoAge Science Center at Camp Evans, a historic former Army Signal Corps center in Monmouth County.
February 13, 2015
THE EAGLES found themselves being widely ridiculed on social media yesterday when a number of people and media outlets, including TMZ and Deadspin, noticed that the 2015 team calendar features a photo of wideout Riley Cooper illustrating February. February is Black History Month. Cooper, of course, made headlines in the summer of 2013 when video footage surfaced of him using the "N-word" during a dispute at a Kenny Chesney concert. He ended up apologizing to fans and teammates. "We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar," the Eagles said in a statement released yesterday afternoon.
February 9, 2015 |
Many events will mark this year's 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. One of the most poignant occurred last month, when Holocaust survivors returned to Poland to commemorate their release from the Auschwitz concentration camp. The horrors they suffered are recounted in a new HBO documentary, Night Will Fall , which, like Selma, the theatrical film depicting a seminal moment in the civil rights movement, should be seen by a much wider audience. Night Will Fall includes footage of Holocaust victims being freed and details the depravities of their Nazi captors.
February 7, 2015 |
It was 39 years ago that President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month "to honor the too-often-neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history. " The month's mandate since then has broadened to encompass all elements of diaspora, heritage, issues, and achievement. The region has launched a month of art and exhibitions, theater, film, and events that celebrate and illuminate black history past, present, and future.
February 3, 2015 |
PHILADELPHIA real-estate developer Shawn Bullard is the first black man to court love on television whose name is not Flavor Flav . Bullard is the focus of "Match Made in Heaven," WeTV's foray into the reality love game, premiering Wednesday at 8 p.m. The twist is that he'll get romantic input from Indianapolis Colts spiritual adviser Pastor Ken Johnson and his mother, Maggie Bullard . Bullard's small place in television history...
January 31, 2015 |
Thousands flock to Western Pennsylvania each year for a spectacle involving top hats and a furry celebrity - a tradition that forecasts whether to brace for more weeks of bitter cold, or instead expect spring's relief. But in one Gloucester County town, Groundhog Day doubles as a chance to taste a slice of local history. And some sausage. The Harrison Township Historical Society's Ground Hog Day Dinner is a revival of a town tradition once hosted by a local church. Members of Richwood United Methodist Church men's Bible class held the dinner early in the 1900s on every Groundhog Day in their farming community, which included many German families.
January 21, 2015 |
Penn women's basketball coach Mike McLaughlin originally didn't think his Quakers had a shot at the player he now describes as a game-changer for his defending Ivy League champions. Life works that way sometimes. It's the surprises that can change everything. Sydney Stipanovich, now a sophomore at Penn, was a big-time high school center in St. Louis. Missouri offered her a scholarship early. Her father had gone to Missouri, and her older brother. Her sister now goes there. Her uncle Steve was a star player there before he became the second pick of the 1983 NBA draft.
January 11, 2015 |
Even as a toddler, Timothy Denevi showed signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. By sixth grade, his angry tantrums had turned into physical fights with schoolmates. ADHD was not only affecting his mood, but threatening to compromise his academic record. But about 20 years later, Denevi has overcome his symptoms. He graduated from the University of Iowa with an M.F.A. degree in nonfiction and is now a visiting writer at George Mason University. "I'm very lucky," he said.
January 9, 2015 |
Q: I'm a 32-year-old woman. I met a guy who on our first date told me had prostate cancer, but that doctors had operated on him and he was now cancer free. We had an OK time and he asked me out again. My friend said I shouldn't go out with him because of his medical history. What do you think? Mia: Sorry, girlfriend, but you're not giving us enough information. Are you saying you're squeamish just because he had cancer? Or are you concerned about his ability to father children, or even just get and maintain an erection?