November 20, 2013 |
Miracle on South Division Street marks the fourth time Montgomery Theater welcomes playwright Tom Dudzick to its stage, and it's easy to see why his work resonates in the theater's Souderton home. Though his plays are sited in his own hometown of Buffalo, Dudzick writes genial comedies about working- and middle-class people grappling with issues of family and religion in transitioning postindustrial neighborhoods that sound a lot like Souderton. Dudzick's prior work poked at his characters' hearts without really piercing them; he wrote some jokes, added a little metaphysical inquiry, then ran back to the safety of more jokes.
September 20, 2013 |
JUST DAYS after the feisty women of the 3000 block of North Sydenham Street led the mayor on an impromptu show-and-tell, their neighborhood got some long-overdue attention. "Look what happens when you open your mouth to the right people," said Lorraine Falligan. The right person in this case was Mayor Nutter, whom the women plotted to get on their street as soon as he came to their neighborhood last week to host a ceremony for a new basketball court. One minute the big guy was wrapping up the festivities and heading to his car, the next he was getting an ear- and eyeful from the women.
September 4, 2013 |
WHEN AN electrical fire shut down Fairhill's Iglesia Misionera el Taburnaculo, its pastor, Judy Vicenty, wondered how she could continue feeding 300 families every Friday at one of the city's biggest food lines and how she could deliver four church services weekly for neighbors she's known and loved for decades. When firefighters hosed down the second-floor blaze in March, water flooded the first-floor sanctuary, destroyed its ceiling and left the rowhouse church at the corner of Cumberland and Reese streets without electricity.
August 21, 2013 |
THE NEEDLES are gone from Needle Park. The children are back, fearlessly running over McPherson Square Park's five green acres without fear of being stuck by a used heroin syringe. The kids are hanging upside down from the new playground equipment, feeling the freedom of summer like they've never felt it before because the park - notorious for 30 years as Kensington's outdoor shooting gallery - is clean and peaceful for the first time in their young lives. "That playground is always crowded like it's Kensington's Rocky statue," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, whose second summer directing a Parks and Recreation Department day camp is so unlike last year's, when she called police to remove an unconscious, bleeding addict from the play area and confronted a drug dealer doing business next to a woman selling shaved ice to the children.
July 11, 2013 |
"No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish. " - David Hume LAST WEEK the Vatican announced that a meeting of cardinals and bishops had ruled that the late Pope John Paul II was responsible for a second miracle, and thus the way was cleared for sainthood. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints decided that he had cured a woman from Costa Rica in 2011 after a panel of doctors apparently ruled that her recovery was otherwise inexplicable.
June 18, 2013 |
LEAVE THE clubhouse at Merion East, head toward Merion West along Ardmore Avenue, turn right on Darby Road, right again on Sproul Road, left on Bryn Mawr Avenue and finally right on Darby Paoli Road. There, right in front of you, would be Aronimink Golf Club, precisely 7 miles from one clubhouse door in Ardmore to the other in Newtown Square. Go back in time 3 years and Justin Rose was accepting the trophy for winning the AT&T National at Aronimink. Fast forward to yesterday and there was Rose, playing his 37th major, accepting the Nicklaus Medal and the U.S. Open Trophy after playing nerveless golf down the stretch at unforgiving Merion.
June 17, 2013 |
For the first time that night, it was quiet on the pile. The rescue dog wasn't barking. The excavator digging up debris from the building collapse at the Salvation Army thrift shop was turned off. Firefighters from the elite Rescue 1 unit, drained from eight hours of pulling bodies from the rubble, were off to the side, awaiting their replacements and drinking water. Amid the mess and ruin, Capt. John O'Neill, 50, a search-and-rescue specialist from Squad 72, stood by himself.
May 9, 2013 |
IF THERE'S one word that's overused after particularly horrendous events, it's "resiliency. " Without fail, after every awful, life-altering event - 9/11, the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, the Boston Marathon bombings - we waste no time throwing the feel-good word around. We need a happy ending - fast. So we tell ourselves that everything will be OK, that this too shall pass, because this city - Boston Strong! - this community - We are Newtown! - this child, is resilient.
March 5, 2013
Bobby Rogers, 73, a founding member of Motown group the Miracles and a collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died Sunday at his home in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich. He had been ill for several years. Mr. Rogers formed the group in 1956 with cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White, and Robinson. Their hits included "I Second That Emotion" and "The Tears of a Clown. " Mr. Rogers and the Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He shared songwriting credits with Robinson on the Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do," the Contours' "First I Look at the Purse," and the Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go.