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ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Work came to a standstill as a mail truck rattled slowly down the street, one of those hilly stretches in Manayunk that feels more like San Francisco than Philadelphia. As the rumbling subsided into relative silence, a producer called "Action" and electrician Scott Caron tried, for about the 20th time, to explain the process of installing an electrical box on the granite face of a converted church. Over about eight hours of a grinding, stop-start progress, Caron and the crew installed a new sconce and wrapped shooting of a segment for Ask This Old House , the PBS home-improvement show.
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Zurzola Sr., 86, formerly of Manayunk, a retired electronics specialist and a father and handyman, died Monday, July 13, of Alzheimer's disease at his retirement home in Villas, N.J. Born in 1929, Mr. Zurzola lost his own father, Frank, in 1937. His mother, Jennie, was not in good health. When she saw an opportunity for her son to live and study at Girard College, she enrolled him. He graduated in 1947. "It must have been hard for both of them," said his daughter Amy Z. Quinn.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU GAVE John Zurzola a choice between dining at a fancy restaurant or at home over a steaming plate of his wife's spaghetti, there was no choice. Spaghetti won every time. Which might have seemed surprising, because his wife, the former Doris Walsh, was a little Irish lady from West Philly. But she was a quick learner and her husband's family taught her how to cook Italian style. What did she put in that spaghetti gravy that made her husband prefer it to more-sophisticated fare?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff, Daily News Staff Writer
HER CRYSTALLINE, sky-blue eyes probably caught your attention before you even read these words. CBS3's Eyewitness News team has a permanent replacement for former traffic reporter Bob Kelly , who moved over to work the roads for Fox 29 in October. Enter Meisha Johnson , who starts Monday. Johnson drove more than 1,100 miles from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, and she'll soon appear on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " This frees up Vittoria Woodill , a freelancer, to do other projects for the station, including CBS3's "Down the Shore" segment, which airs from a different beach town every Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
While America's alt-rock scene lumbered through its wild '90s - the period of Beck's Odelay , the Beastie Boys' Ill Communication , Soundgarden's Superunknown , and Ice-T's Body Count - a nice Philly band, holed up at Manayunk's Grape Street Pub and Old City's Tin Angel, moved tiny mountains with a mellow brand of pop: June Rich. Twenty years after its first album, and 17 years since the band broke up, June Rich has reunited, re-releasing its debut disc with a new song ("Who I Am")
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
THE DEATH OF Philadelphia college student Shane Montgomery, who went missing after a night of drinking in November and whose body was pulled from the frigid Schuylkill more than a month later, has spurred introduction of legislation that would require bars and restaurants to install outside surveillance cameras. City Council's Committee on Public Safety yesterday began taking testimony on the feasibility of such a law, but does not expect to take action until the fall so that all stakeholders can weigh in, said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., who sponsored the bill.
NEWS
June 9, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than 250 competitors from around the globe, the brutal uphill climb to the finish line of Sunday's Philadelphia International Cycling Classic along Manayunk's Levering Street remained, quite simply, the Wall. But for four not-as-ambitious friends who live along the steep incline, Levering Street meant something else on a postcard-perfect late spring morning. The Sofa. Squeezing their large gray couch out of their narrow rowhouse and onto the sidewalk was their athletic event of the day. Now, they drank from plastic cups as the racers - their names and their position in the field a mystery to them - whizzed by. "I think everyone's jealous of us," said a male couch Olympian, before complying with his friend's order to cut the interview short and not give their names.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MURAL ARTIST Eurhi Jones has turned the north wall of Bodine High School into a gigantic ocean wave, created a spectacular jungle on the exterior of the Philadelphia Zoo parking garage and painted a wildlife-rich "Walk Through a Pennsylvania Forest" at the Please Touch Museum. Now, she has turned her eye-popping palette and her passion for nature into a 10-block, 50-artworks trail that winds through her own neighborhood, Manayunk, and leads people to the new Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center on the Schuylkill River.
FOOD
April 24, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
The Franzone family of Bridgeport and Conshohocken has made it to the third generation in the pizza business, as Charles Franzone III opened a branch of Franzone's Pizzeria at 114 Levering St. in Manayunk (215-508-1050). It's the same deal - thin-crust pies, sweet sauce applied in a spiral - as the original founded by his grandfather in 1955. Unlike most other quickie spots in Manayunk, Franzone's closes at midnight - the building's historical certification does not allow later hours.
NEWS
April 14, 2015
A LI JACKSON, 27, of Bala Cynwyd, is owner and head personal trainer of Never Give Up Training, a total-body fitness center in Manayunk that offers a variety of group fitness classes and personalized training. Jackson, an Ironman triathlete, opened her studio in March 2013. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I'm a personal trainer and had taught fitness classes around Philadelphia. I realized there was a void for a studio that offered both personalized training and group activities.
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