January 18, 2014 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) **** You have very little doubt as to what to do Friday night, and clearly you set off to do just that. What you encounter, despite your upbeat, TGIF attitude is that others act gawky, like they are uncomfortable in their skins. Be clear this has to do with them and not you. Sunday you focus on friendships even in a love relationship. Remember, this awkwardness from others is simply a phase that will be over very quickly, to your delight. TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
January 16, 2014 |
Hello there Amelia and Dave sat next to each other in an August 2004 orientation class at Temple. Both knew they'd be pharmacists one day, and while then only 17, both already worked at pharmacies. Their small talk went to his duties at a CVS in Aston, and hers at independent Rapoport in Northeast Philadelphia. "I'm cashiering," Amelia said. She says she'll never forget Dave's response: "Oh, that's all you do there? You don't type in prescriptions or count pills?" That really rankled.
January 15, 2014
IN THE discussions about the future of LOVE Park, imagine: a bigger park. Raise up the now-ground level park to a height equal to the Municipal Services Building's Thomas Paine Plaza, then connect the JFK Plaza and Thomas Paine Plaza with two attractively designed pedestrian bridges over 15th Street, at the corners of JFK and Arch Street. Pedestrian connectivity gets maximized and results in a bigger, larger sense of an urban "park" for a new, phenomenal people resource more consistent with William Penn's original design, and replacing the lost Center Square, a park which was later used to build City Hall.
January 11, 2014 |
William Flournoy, 96, of Southwest Philadelphia, a carpenter and former drawbridge operator on the Schuylkill, died of heart failure Thursday, Jan. 2, at his home. Mr. Flournoy retired in 1981 after 25 years with the city as a drawbridge operator, first for the Grays Ferry Bridge, and starting in 1976, for the University Avenue Bridge. "Carpentry was his real love. The bridge work, with its down time, gave him enough energy to do his carpentry after work," said his daughter Anita Flournoy Nicholson.
January 9, 2014 |
Hello there Erin stepped onto the patio of her friends' Ardmore home to get a little air. She saw some guys hanging out on the other side of the short wall separating the twin home's space from the neighbors'. But more important: beagles! "Oh, hi!" Erin said, bounding over the wall that August night in 2010. "I'm Erin. What's your dogs' names?" Erin was most enthralled by "this chubby little dog" named Mildred. Mildred's person, Andrew, was enthralled with Erin. "I thought she was really cute," he said.
January 7, 2014 |
A PROPOSAL BY City Council President Darrell Clarke for LOVE Park has some folks in city government scratching their heads. Some experts say the idea to erect seven restaurants in JFK Plaza - a/k/a LOVE Park - would likely trigger ordinances at the local, state and federal levels designed to protect city-owned parkland. In November, Clarke commissioned the Philadelphia-based Daroff Design Inc. to draw up sketches of what LOVE Park might look like with eateries, kiosks and a bandstand along the perimeter.
January 6, 2014 |
It's the New Year, and, they say, "Out with the old, and in with the New. " But I disagree. I don't think we have to get rid of the Old to bring in the New. You'll disagree, too. If you're Old. I think Old and New can live together, in peace, at the same time. For example, the Christmas tree that Daughter Francesca and I decorated this year had a bunch of New ornaments but plenty of Old, if not Ancient, ones, like: A wooden reindeer with one remaining eye and only two legs, which I bought for Francesca when she was 2. A red glass ball with the word Joy written in glitter, which Francesca made in middle school for a beloved horse who passed away.
January 4, 2014
After workers finish tearing down Christmas Village at LOVE Park, the plaza will return to its dowdy appearance, dominated by gray granite slabs and intermittent encampments of the homeless. To the northwest lies the splendid Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with its museums, generous setbacks, and streams of runners and cyclists. The boulevard offers a stark contrast with the drab plaza, especially on a cold winter's day. How long that gulf in appearances between the two settings lasts may be up to Council President Darrell Clarke, who these days seems to cast every decision as part of some power struggle with Mayor Nutter - which is interesting because although Clarke may run for mayor, it won't be against Nutter, who is in his final term.