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August 9, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
You don't have to go to the Shore to hit the beach. Families can enjoy a custom-built beach, boardwalk, and more at Penn's Landing Marina's new Spruce Street Harbor Park from now through Aug. 31. Visitors can stroll along an imported oceanfront boardwalk with concession stands, a shuffleboard game course, arcades, and more. Get a seat-side view on the Harbor Park's Urban Beach, with umbrellas and lounge chairs and beachlike pebble sand. On the west side of the park, stretch out and sway in the wind on oversized hammocks in the midst of trees.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Becoming a consecrated virgin, says Judith Stegman, means there's one thing you'll do without - obviously - and one you'll definitely need: A sense of humor. In the era of The Bachelorette and Dating Naked , of Fifty Shades of Grey and Snoop Dogg's "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)," a woman who chooses to live in reverent chastity can seem a curiosity. " 'Are you married?' - it's a common question," Stegman said. "I say, 'Well, I have a ring. I'm a consecrated virgin in the Catholic Church, and that means I'm married to Christ.'" Stegman, 58, is president of the U.S. Association of Consecrated Virgins, dozens of whom gathered Wednesday at the Philadelphia Archdiocese's offices to talk about their lives in advance of a formal convocation in Malvern.
SPORTS
July 25, 2014
THE FINAL, semifinal and third-place games of this October's CONCACAF women's championship will be played at Chester's PPL Park, U.S. Soccer announced yesterday. The games will be held Oct. 24 and 26, with the winner, runner-up and third-place finisher automatically qualifying for next year's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. Ticket information is not yet available, and kickoff times for the tournament will not be set until Sept. 5. Fox Sports will broadcast the matches across its multiple channels.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The question that hung in the overcast sky over Atlantic City was counterintuitive. Could this part-glitz, part-seedy, all-camp metropolis measure up to its tiny seashore neighbor Asbury Park? (In terms, that is, as host to one of the biggest gay beach parties on the East Coast.) Judging from the fierce crowd of men who gathered Saturday on the sand outside the Claridge Hotel - where the sunglasses were mirrored, the pectorals sculpted, and the bathing suits practically dermatological - and partied on through Sunday, the answer was, "Yes, girl!"
SPORTS
July 13, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The clock is ticking on the Union. In a season in which little has gone right, they find themselves outside the playoff picture, in the lower half of the Eastern Conference standings. The Union (4-8-6), however, have earned seven points in their last four MLS games, making a playoff push possible. To make it a reality, they need more stretches like the last one. They sit just two points out of a playoff spot, but that's deceiving because they have played at least one more game than every team in playoff position.
NEWS
July 11, 2014
WITH THE wonderful Marilu Henner heading the cast, there's already enough of a reason to see Christopher Durang 's 2013 Tony-winning comedy, "Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike" at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse. But if you still need a nudge, know that you'll also be seeing Durang's debut in the role of Vanya. The July 17 to Aug. 10 run marks the first time that Durang, 65, who has sporadically performed for decades, will be on the boards since 2005, when he co-starred with Tony recipient Debra Monk in a Boston production of his two-person "Laughing Wild.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE ODDS of Philadelphia hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention just improved a bit. And the thanks goes to Cleveland. The Republican National Committee yesterday announced that it is recommending Cleveland for its 2016 convention. Cleveland is one of six cities that filed applications last month to host the Democratic convention that year. The Democratic National Committee's "exclusivity clause" in that bidding process will cut Cleveland from the running if that city signs a deal with the Republicans.
SPORTS
July 2, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
WHEN THE FIRST U.S. Open at Merion in 32 years ended last June with Justin Rose holding a trophy that many were probably hoping would have been Phil Mickelson's, the conventional wisdom seemed to be that the venue had done enough to earn itself a fifth Open at some point. And the most logical return date appeared to be 2030, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Bobby Jones completing his unprecedented Grand Slam there at the U.S. Amateur. Turns out it might not take nearly that long.
SPORTS
June 25, 2014
IN ITS LAST match before resuming MLS play, the Union plays tonight against the New York Cosmos in a fifth-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game at PPL Park. Kickoff is set for 7 o'clock. The Cosmos, who play in the North American Soccer League, advanced to the fifth round by defeating the New York Red Bulls, 3-0, on June 14. Three days later, the Union defeated its USL PRO affiliate, the Harrisburg City Islanders, 3-1, via two overtime goals from Andrew Wenger. Tonight's winner advances to the quarterfinals, July 8 and 9, against the New England Revolution or the Rochester Rhinos, who play tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. The Rhinos are New England's USL PRO affiliate.
SPORTS
June 25, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia has become a big player on the national hockey stage. With the NHL draft at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend, it caps a four-year span in which the city has also hosted the Stanley Cup Finals, the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, and the NCAA's Frozen Four. In other words, Philly has come a long way since it held a parade to welcome an NHL expansion team in 1967 and about 25 people showed up. "It's obvious we are one of the top hockey cities in America," said Larry Needle, executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress, "and this is another in a long line of hockey events in the city.
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