July 1, 2015 |
The Rev. Lino S. Parente, 76, who retired in August 2013 as pastor of St. John Neumann Parish in Mount Laurel, which he had led since 1989, died of complications from heart problems Tuesday, June 23, at Our Lady of Fatima Monastery there. Since 1990, Father Parente also had been the prior - that is, head - of the monastery, whose Cistercian monks help administer the neighboring parish. James Cattanea, an ordained deacon at Neumann since 2001, said Father Parente's "wasn't an easy job," but his work life had two guidelines, "labor and prayer.
May 7, 2015 |
Philadelphia's All City Orchestra, the School District's little orchestra that could, is joining the ranks of its bigger, better-funded musical brethren and going on a foreign tour. The 115-or-so-member ensemble, drawn from public schools and recent alumni, will play five concerts in Italy in nine days starting June 20. It is the first tour for the program, says Don S. Liuzzi, the Philadelphia Orchestra timpanist who has led the orchestra for a decade. "There is no musical experience quite like taking your collective work on the road and musically giving and sharing with another country or culture.
April 20, 2015 |
2015 Jeep Renegade Limited 4WD: A smaller, (allegedly) lower-priced Jeep for a new kind of customer. Price: The test model started at $26,995 and rose to more than $31,000 with options ($995 for lane-departure and collision warnings, and park assist; $595 for security with cross-path detection; $295 for keyless start; more below). A front-wheel-drive version can be had for as low as $17,995. Marketer's pitch: "Let instinct drive. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com liked that it had "lots of character; agile handling; plenty of easy-to-use technology features; best-in-class off-road capability for Trailhawk model" but not its "middling fuel economy with 2.4-liter engine; tight rear-seat leg room.
February 8, 2015 |
On my recent study abroad trip to Syracuse, Sicily, there were many incredible sights to see: the sparkling blue ocean that extended to the horizon, the picturesque Italian streets, and then there was me dancing shirtless with a belly dancer while my classmates cheered me on. It was our last night in Italy. We had bonded quite a bit throughout the week, and now we were forced to say goodbye to our tours of temples of Athena, puppet theaters, and the mime who cursed us out for being tourists.
November 24, 2014 |
With its slow economy and aging population, Italy seeks strength from abroad from the nation's ambitious expatriates, successful descendants of long-ago immigrants, and fans of Italian art, food, technology and investments. And calcio (soccer): Juventus, AC Milan, Roma, and other top clubs are the top draw among the three channels that Italy's state-owned RAI World media network beams abroad to Comcast, Verizon and DirecTV customers and other networks outside Italy, says Piero A. Corsini , RAI's chief executive.
June 30, 2014 |
Originally, we decided to visit Bologna because we had never been there, we love medieval cities, and it is a train hub that would facilitate easy transport to other destinations in Italy. Then, we learned that Bologna was the birthplace of tortellini, mortadella, and, of course, ragú alla bolognese. The city actually is nicknamed Bologna the Fat. Every guidebook we read referred to it as the gastronomic center of Italy - which pretty much makes Bologna the gastronomic center of the universe, si?
May 5, 2014 |
For all Philadelphia's claims of being an "international city," the last of its once-grand corps of European diplomats almost pulled out last year. World diplomacy is shifting to the vast cities of Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Aging nations need to make new trade ties in those places. Canada shut its Philly consulate in 2012. Italy was ready to do the same. But the Italians stayed. Advocates argued that the country, with its flat economy and crushing bureaucracy - and a commitment to change all that from energetic Prime Minister Matteo Renzi , 39 - needs friends and trade partners, and can find more here by updating old ties to the big Italian American communities.
April 16, 2014 |
HALIL KANACEVIC leaves tomorrow for Italy, where he will begin his professional career immediately with Virtus Roma in the Serie A, the top level of competition in that country. Kanacevic, who graduated from Saint Joseph's in December and just finished off his college career by being named the Most Outstanding Player in the Atlantic 10 Tournament and playing in his first NCAA Tournament, will finish out the season with Virtus Roma and have some familiar names on his team - Phil Goss from Drexel, Jimmy Baron from Rhode Island and Trevor Mbakwe from Minnesota.
February 11, 2014 |
HER GRANDKIDS called Maria Elisa Mirarchi "Grandmom Bella. " Bella is Italian for beautiful, and this woman by all accounts was beautiful inside and out. "All my life, my mom was an angel by my side," said her daughter Caterina Romani. "The most selfless, beautiful, kind, considerate woman you could ever meet. " The former Maria Elisa Varano, who was passionate about passing on her knowledge of Italy and Italian saints, a devoted mother and grandmother, died Jan. 30. She was 86 and was living in Springfield, Delaware County, but had lived most of her life in South Philadelphia.