July 4, 2014 |
It might have been any social function: a buffet table, a bar, and the buzz of conversation about theater, about books, about kids. But this was no typical affair - although it's been going on for generations. The Annual Fellowship Dinner for Two Congregations, as it is simply named, has for almost 70 years brought together members of Philadelphia's Christ Church and Congregation Mikveh Israel, two institutions steeped in American colonial history, and intertwined with each other for just as long.
July 3, 2014 |
FOLLOWING HIS team's recent U.S. Open Cup victory against the New York Cosmos, Union interim manager Jim Curtin alluded to reinforcements to come after the World Cup. It's now evident that one potential lineup fortification could come via a player already on Philadelphia's roster. Curtin said yesterday the Union is "in close communication with" and "actively looking" at center back Carlos Valdes, who's in Brazil competing in the World Cup with the Colombian national team. The Union still owns the rights to Valdes, a defender for the team in 65 matches during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
July 3, 2014 |
LAST WEEK, when the final NBA pick was sent in around midnight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and former Saint Joseph's forward Ronald Roberts Jr.'s name wasn't called, he didn't panic. He called his agents from Pensack Sports and decided the best opportunity for his career was to play in two summer leagues, one in Las Vegas with the Miami Heat and one with the Sixers, who practice less than a mile from the St. Joe's campus at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
July 2, 2014 |
FOR 30 YEARS, Jo-Rhodie Smith, a retired dietitian's assistant, has lived in Norris Apartments, a public-housing project near Temple University in North Philadelphia. A few years ago, after the high-rise building across the street was torn down in Phase I of the renovation of Norris Homes, Smith said very few of the people there were able to return to the townhouse-style apartments at 11th and Norris streets that rose in its place. So Smith was a bit hesitant yesterday when Mayor Nutter, Housing and Urban Development official Jemine Bryon and a slew of other officials stood a few steps from her front door and announced that Philadelphia had won a $30 million HUD "Choice Neighborhood" grant to revitalize a half-mile-square area around Norris.
July 2, 2014 |
NEW YORK - The Northside Festival, the Brooklyn-based cousin of South by Southwest (SXSW), has a lot more going on than art-house films and indie bands. Like SXSW, Northside highlights tech innovations - which is why you'll see venture capitalists and entrepreneurs roaming the events. If you can spot them, that is. Among the venture capitalists at this year's Northside was Phineas Barnes, a partner at the Philadelphia-based firm First Round Capital and a graduate of Haverford College and Penn's Wharton School.
June 29, 2014 |
They're a couple long on love but, they fear, short on time. Pedro Ortiz is seriously ill with congestive heart failure, and is scheduled for surgery on Monday. His sweetheart, Shawna Hannon, has rarely left his bedside during more than a month of hospitalization. Ortiz, 44, worried that he might die before they could wed. So when nurses in the cardiac-care unit at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia overheard the two saying they wished they could marry, the staff flew into action.
June 28, 2014 |
The Los Angeles Kings are known as Flyers West. They have key people who were with the Flyers in one capacity or another - on the ice, behind the bench, and in the front office. Maybe the Flyers should be called Los Angeles Lite, because clearly, new general manager Ron Hextall - a former assistant GM with the Kings - plans to adopt some of L.A.'s building strategy. That means a heavy emphasis on the draft. The Kings won the Stanley Cup with 11 homegrown players this season (the Flyers had three)
June 27, 2014 |
AFTER questionable career comeback choices playing Elizabeth Taylor on Lifetime and opposite porn star James Deen in "The Canyons," Lindsay Lohan is going to try the theeeyatuh. Lindsay will move to London to make her professional stage debut this September in a revival of "Speed-the-Plow," a Hollywood satire by David Mamet . Lindsay will take the relatively small but complex role of an ambitious secretary in Mamet's drama about two Hollywood producers trying to close a major deal.
June 26, 2014 |
Audiences and critics look for at least two Ginger Bakers. Some expect Baker, 74, to be the frenetic firebrand ripping through Cream classics like "Sunshine of Your Love" (to say nothing of the percussive overdrive he lent to Blind Faith, Fela Kuti, and Public Image Limited). Others recall the 2012 documentary Beware of Mr. Baker and figure he'll grouse and crack someone across the face, as he did the film's director. "Your problem is that you're putting me in a little box with little labels," Baker says from his home in the south of England.
June 13, 2014 |
On the same day that Atlantic City's government learned it would receive $6.8 million in state aid to help balance next year's budget, it also agreed to dole out many times that in a refund to its biggest taxpayer - the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The resort's top-grossing casino will get back $88.25 million under a settlement it reached late Tuesday with the city on its property taxes - and the refund could grow even larger if the city loses a...