March 5, 2016 |
Stash Serafin was born in 1953, two months premature and weighing less than three pounds. His lungs had collapsed, and his chances for survival were slim. Doctors at Chestnut Hill Hospital put him in an incubator filled with pure oxygen. It saved his life, but he suffered the fate of thousands of other premature infants at the time. The oxygen burned his eyes, blinding him for life. But on a Saturday night in 1968, blindness did not stop the teenager from finding his life's passion: figure skating.
February 24, 2016
Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park The long: Winter lasts forever. But the ice-skating season is too short. Six more days to haul Junior to City Hall, lace him into rigid, bladed booties, and set him loose on Dilworth Park's temporary patch of frozen water. The short: Last day to skate: Sunday. The demo: Wearers of size 9T shoes on up. The scene: Never as crowded as you might expect, Dilworth Park's well-Zamboni'd mini- rink employs friendly monitors who make sure its midday and after-school skaters keep safety first in mind.
February 19, 2016 |
Two hours before the tipoff, Temple's students were lined up on Montgomery Avenue from 15th Street down the block all the way to Broad. They had their rollouts and fatheads and their top-grade fervor. Their number one target looked down at the ground, and kept looking down, as Villanova lined up for the national anthem right in front of the student section. No, they weren't going to faze Jalen Brunson, certainly not that woman in the second row who kept yelling "Traitor!" every time Brunson dropped a jump shot.
February 12, 2016
Cheese or ice cream? Why not both? Can't decide between a cheese course and dessert for your Valentine's Day dinner? Here's a compromise. Weckerly's Ice Cream and Birchrun Hills Farm collaborated on limited-edition ice-cream sandwiches that are sweet, savory, and even a little funky. We liked the Fat Cat's Creamsicle: ice cream made with semi-soft Fat Cat cheese spread and blood orange balsamic marmalade, between two olive-oil shortbread cookies. - Samantha Melamed Fat Cat's Creamsicle ice cream sandwich, $4.99 each, available till Feb. 14 at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 215-665-9220.
February 1, 2016 |
Thousands of people flocked Saturday to Mount Holly, scouring the area for parking spots and then joining a downtown throng to soak up colorful sights and sunshine just one week after a major storm barreled through the area. They came to see sculptors create masterpieces from ice that was bound up in 300-pound blocks, not swirling about and wreaking havoc. Oh yes, they came, too, for the spicy hot chili that was being served up as the annual Fire & Ice Festival unfolded on a three-block stretch in the business district.
January 28, 2016 |
Over the weekend, tons of snow were whipped into a frenzy by gale-force winds and deposited unevenly onto roofs in the region. A little bit on some sections of roof; a lot on others. Now, after a couple of days of higher temperatures and melting, weight shouldn't be a major issue, though roofs that aren't in good repair may still run the risk of cave-in. Jonas was the first major storm of the winter, and unless a residential roof structure is damaged or decayed, it should be able to support 20 pounds per square foot of snow before becoming stressed, the Insurance Information Institute says.
January 11, 2016 |
A drive by federal agents to round up and deport Central Americans who entered the U.S. illegally after 2014 and have exhausted their asylum appeals is rattling immigrant communities nationwide. Representatives from Juntos, the Latino advocacy group with offices in South Philadelphia and Norristown, say they have been fielding "countless phone calls and Facebook messages" from people in "absolute fear" of the new effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "They can't keep going after these families who are coming here as refugees," Juntos executive director Erika Almiron said Friday.
January 9, 2016
PENNSAUKEN Camden County's WinterFest Ice Rink will present free professional ice skating shows four times a week beginning Friday and continuing through Valentine's Day. "Rock the Ice" skating shows will be presented at 7 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. "Come see the performers as they bring modern music to life on ice," said Freeholder Jeffrey L. Nash, liaison to the Camden County Parks Department. "The show features upbeat dance moves, specialty skating acts, triple jumps, backflips, and great music.
January 7, 2016 |
On Tuesday morning, after firefighters extinguished the blaze, the clubhouse at the Cobbs Creek Golf Club stood burned and encased in ice. It marked a frozen end to a once-noble building, crafted from the ruins of a farmland mansion when the course was built in 1916. In the 1950s, it hosted players like Billy Casper and Arnold Palmer. It was home to great African American golfers, who played at race-neutral Cobbs Creek when much of the sport was segregated. Now, Cobbs Creek players and fans said Tuesday, the fiery demise of the clubhouse could push the future of the course toward a climax, toward a moment when years of effort on a planned, hoped-for renovation could be thrust forward or thrown back.
January 6, 2016 |
MAYOR KENNEY yesterday barred almost all cooperation between city law enforcement and federal immigration agents, reverting to an earlier policy that made Philadelphia one of the nation's "sanctuary cities. " "The only way that people buy into [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is when they . . . have input into the process," Kenney, who had promised to rescind his predecessor's 11th-hour order on his first day in office, said at a signing ceremony where immigrant-rights activists cheered.