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February 21, 2008
IREAD WITH interest Jill Porter's column "A Chain of Kindness. " I would like to tell you about a kindness extended to my family and me by an anonymous stranger. My youngest son, Chris, is in the Army and had just recently returned from a 15-month deployment to Iraq. The kindness was done just before he returned to Ft. Bliss, Texas, on Jan. 28, 2008. My wife and I, my oldest son and my grandson and, of course, Chris went to dinner at the Outback restaurant on Baltimore Pike in Springfield, Delaware County.
NEWS
July 19, 2006
ON A RECENT weekend, I visited the Showboat in Atlantic City, and, while there, lost my driver's license. After many attempts in trying to get assistance from the Showboat (I mainly received the attention of a very caring cleaning person, Maria, who refused compensation for sifting through trash bags), the result at that time did not look good. For two days, I was stressed out about the loss of this license and continually called the Showboat to inquire as to the fate of my license.
NEWS
July 20, 1990
Sister Mary Scullion, whose work with the homeless is the stuff of legend, has had some success of late in getting several of the city's veteran panhandlers to come off the street and begin straightening out their lives. This work is never easy, and sometimes there are lapses. One of her clients returned to his regular spot near the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel and was literally showered with money by passersby, many of whom said they'd missed him. A touching story, perhaps, but he promptly blew his $90 haul on booze and drugs.
NEWS
September 22, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Except for the clink of coins dropped into foreboding machines and the occasional good-natured joke, two men work quietly as they walk the streets of New Hope, protecting tourists from the nagging itch of parking tickets. These are the parking angels, who, with a quarter and a cheerful note saying, "New Hope Meter Angels Have Topped Off Your Expiring Meter," make the point that committing random acts of kindness can be fun. For tourists in the small Delaware River community between Philadelphia and New York, their work brings smiles, instead of the annoying realization, typically followed by profanity, that one has been ticketed.
NEWS
February 15, 2007 | By Lisa Pupo
She was black. I'm white. She lived in the city. I'm from the suburbs. I didn't know her, and she didn't know me. Yet when she offered to drive me back to where I had left my car, I barely hesitated. And I had my 6-year-old daughter with me. This might sound like a teaser for Cold Case Files or a spot on the nightly news, but it had a happy ending. Trust me. We had wandered many blocks from our car in search of a Korean market, and finally landed in front of a small grocery store whose produce was displayed on the sidewalk.
LIVING
March 28, 1997 | By Paddy Noyes, FOR THE INQUIRER
"Watch me ride my bike!" Gregory crows in delight. "I can use the brakes! Watch me!" Gregory, 9, knows a blessing when he gets one, and his face is pure joy as he rides around on his new bike. This lovable child receives therapy to deal with the neglect and abuse in his background. His big goal is to be in a family that will treat him kindly and keep him safe. "He's making incredible gains in learning what school is for, what's expected of him, and what he's capable of," his social worker says.
NEWS
July 26, 2001 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Newton H. Johnson, 76, who was lauded for his dedication and his Christian faith, whether he was digging graves, ringing the church bell, or volunteering as a firefighter, died Sunday of cancer at his Mount Holly home. A lifelong Mount Holly resident, Mr. Johnson was a grave-digger from 1963 until becoming ill two months ago. He was one of the last in the area to dig graves by hand. "He was the best - nobody else took the pride in the work that Newt did," said David Perinchief, whose father gave Mr. Johnson his first job digging graves for Perinchief Chapels in Mount Holly.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
D EAR ABBY: Today I saw a former classmate I hadn't seen in 22 years. He always seemed a little slow and different from the rest of us, and he was picked on at school because of it. When I said hello to him and reminded him of my name and that we went to school together, he said, "You danced with me at the prom, and I always thought that was so nice!" I had forgotten that I had danced with him, but obviously the fact that I did meant something to him. My parents raised me to be nice to everyone, even if they weren't in my circle of friends.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is a reason Philadelphia's most prominent paparazzo - his Philly Chit Chat blog gets more than 5,000 visits a day - is one of the kindest souls you could ever meet. It's because HughE Dillon, who has made a career of photographing celebrities, knows kindness saves lives. Kindness saved his life each time he attempted to end it. And there were three tries. So Dillon, 52, will receive the Lifesaver Award at the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention 's annual gala on Saturday at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.
NEWS
September 13, 2010
ON SEPT. 7, my faith in the kindness of Philadelphians was restored! My car stalled at the bottom of a hill at Lansdowne Drive and Sweet Briar Road. There's really only a short shoulder and one lane going up to Girard Avenue. Cars are going straight, turning left, and there are only stop signs to slow down traffic. While I put my hazards on and awaited a tow truck, my sister and I counted 21 people, including a police officer, who stopped to see if we were alright, needed a jump or gave us helpful tips, like: "Put your hood up so people will know something's wrong" and "Don't sit in your car, stand on the side.
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NEWS
July 7, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, STAFF WRITER
When 16-year-old Asir Brown was killed in a drive-by shooting at a holiday cookout in South Philadelphia near midnight Sunday, he became at least the sixth victim under age 18 killed by gunfire in the city this year. Now Brown's family and friends are left wondering why his life was taken. "I still don't even believe my little brother is gone," Ameer Brown, 19, said Tuesday. "Why would you take somebody who was next out of the 'hood?" Asir Brown's former coach with the South Philly Hurricanes, Terry Bennett, called his slaying "tragic.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Todd Solondz has some advice for budding filmmakers: If you absolutely must cast a dog in your picture, stay away from dachshunds. Solondz had a hard time with the so-called weiner-dog on the set of his new movie, Wiener-Dog . "They have been bred to have a certain look, with the result that they have a deficit in intelligence," said Solondz, who used five dachshunds to portray his film's protagonist, a genial little wiener-dog who is passed...
BUSINESS
June 7, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
America's fleet of nuclear power plants is facing an existential crisis: Despite producing about 60 percent of the nation's carbon-free electricity, nuclear reactors increasingly struggle to compete with power produced from cheap natural gas. Exelon Corp., the nation's biggest nuclear-plant operator, announced last week that it would give early retirements to two money-losing nuclear plants in Illinois, even though they are top producers. Its Three Mile Island Unit 1 near Harrisburg is also facing financial challenges after failing for the second straight year to submit a successful bid in an auction to meet energy needs in PJM, the regional power grid serving 61 million people in Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states.
NEWS
May 23, 2016 | By Francesca Serritella, Columnist
I'm being gaslighted by my refrigerator. For months, I'd been suspicious of my freezer; specifically, that it's thawing and refreezing my food. A bag of frozen peas, once loose and flexible, is transmuted into a solid block of bumpy ice by the time I go to cook them. No matter how many times I've sneaked "just a spoonful" from a pint of ice cream - yes, living-alone rules - the ice cream's surface will be rendered smooth and flat, the evidence of my nibbling erased. "Maybe I didn't break my diet, after all," I'd say to myself the next night I opened the container.
SPORTS
May 19, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
One hundred hits is the sign of a lot of things for a softball player. A long career. A productive career. And the approach of the end of a career. While the accomplishment is special, it usually carries a bittersweet component: Much more of an athlete's scholastic career is behind her instead of ahead. "Pretty sad," Northern Burlington senior shortstop Megan Mayernik said of the notion that she is entering her final playing days with the Greyhounds and with three remarkable teammates.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Show-goers at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts will be getting a charge from more than the music this summer. As opening-nighters discovered Thursday, there's a tent full of ChargeItSpot kiosks just inside the main entrance. There, visitors, up to 48 at a time, can plug in and replenish the battery in their mobile phones, gaining a decent dose of talk and text time while hanging out in the beer line or answering nature's call. "Give us 15 minutes and we can charge a previously dead phone up to the 20 percent mark," said ChargeItSpot founder and CEO Douglas Baldasare.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
When Margaret Vido and her husband, Mike, last ran competitively in Philadelphia, he had a different role than when the couple will compete in Sunday's Broad Street Run. Unlike the Philadelphia Marathon, in which they competed in November, both runners will be on their own for Sunday's 10-mile race that begins at 8 a.m. In the marathon, Mike Vido ran as a pacer, staying back with his wife, who achieved her goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials...
NEWS
April 11, 2016
By Theodore Arapis Not all walls divide. Consider what's happening in response to the Greek financial crisis. Since the advent of the crisis, poverty and inequality have spread like a viral infection. According to Eurostat, a provider of statistical information to the European Union, one out of three Greeks risks living in poverty. This statistic is higher than in most EU countries, with the exception of Bulgaria and Romania, where the risk of falling under the poverty line reaches 40 percent.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Last week, one of my associates asked me out for drinks. I have been working with him for the same length of time that I have been married. I know he's interested because he has been texting me about unrelated work things and is always flirting. I am very much in love with my husband, but my coworker is very tempting. I'm worried about hurting my husband, but at the same time, I'm excited about what this new man can offer me. Did I mention that he's the top lawyer of the firm?
SPORTS
March 25, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jay Wright was the head coach at Hofstra - "a Philly guy learning the New York basketball scene," he recalls - when he met Bronx native Jim Larranaga, beginning a friendship that has lasted more than 20 years. Wright went from Hofstra to Villanova. Larranaga went from Bowling Green to George Mason to Miami. Over the years, the men have played golf together, run into each other on the road recruiting and exchanged ideas about coaching. "We shared ideas, but I don't know if I gave him anything.
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