January 27, 2012 |
"A Separation" is totally foreign and achingly familiar. It's a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behavior as well as a compelling look at what goes on behind a particular curtain that almost never gets raised. The early front-runner for the foreign-language Oscar and a rare triple prize winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, this is a movie from Iran unlike any we've seen before. And it's arrived at a time when other Iranian filmmakers, like the more overtly political Jafar Panahi, are being forbidden to work.
January 20, 2012 |
The city is close to completing the sale of a vacant, decrepit Center City building to a developer who would demolish it and build 110 apartments, with space for retail and a charter-school expansion. If the sale of the building - which once housed a YWCA Annex - goes through between the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and Aquinas Realty Partners, a significant source of blight would be removed from the block. The building, at 2017-23 Chestnut St., was the subject of a Philadelphia Daily News article in March 2010 that detailed how mold, asbestos, rat feces, and pigeon droppings in the space had generated outrage among neighbors.
November 14, 2011
Willingboro High School, shuttered for two months by mold, is due to reopen on Monday. The cleanup initially was expected to take about a week. The school was closed Sept. 12 after several mold-infested areas were found in the building. But the work took much longer than expected, so classes for the school's 1,000 students were moved in late September to another building in the Burlington County district. School officials say a contractor has provided a "thorough remediation and restoration" of the high school.
November 1, 2011 |
Hurricane Irene gave us so much to remember her by: fallen basements, curtailed vacations, power outages, fallen tree limbs. Add mold to that list. A wet summer, super-soaking Irene, and lingering damp conditions may have been a bane for the area's human inhabitants, but they have been nirvana for mold spores. Not surprisingly, county health departments say they have received more calls than usual about mold. "Absolutely," said Vince Barber of the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services.
October 19, 2011 |
All three Waterford Township schools - suddenly closed this week for inspection and mold remediation - will remain shut until Monday, the district says. They were originally scheduled to reopen Thursday, but cleaning crews needed more time, according to an official statement. The Atco and Thomas Richards Schools were inspected yesterday by TTI Environmental, Inc. TTI said it found no problems at Richards. The Atco School was found to have small amounts of mold underneath some cafeteria tables and near some exhaust ducts.
October 18, 2011 |
Waterford Township closed all three of its schools yesterday for mold remediation and will keep them shut at least through Wednesday. The mold issue came to light after a Camden County Department of Health inspection Sept. 28 of the Waterford Elementary School. The county notified the district last week that it had found "unsatisfactory conditions" at the school. Other area school districts have been impacted by mold, some of which is attributed to breeding grounds established from record rains.
October 16, 2011 |
More misadventures in home makeover, this time with curtains. You may recall that two years ago I painted my family room myself, on a Type A tear, but I took the Scottoline route. By which I mean, I took shortcuts. Lots of them. I painted around pictures rather than removing them, and the paint only reached 5 feet, 6 inches up the wall, which is my height plus my arm length, minus a ladder, which I don't own. This would be the mathematical formula for do-it-yourself wainscoting.
May 12, 2011
Makes 4 servings 1 cup heavy cream 1 package Knox gelatin 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 1/2 ounce bourbon 1 cup whole milk 1. Combine half of the cream and the gelatin in a small saucepan and cook over low heat to dissolve the gelatin, about 5 minutes or less. 2. Heat remaining cream, bourbon and maple syrup in a separate pan until it begins to steam. Once the gelatin has dissolved and the maple-bourbon mixture has steamed, combine the two mixtures with the whole milk.
April 17, 2011 |
For Mayor Nutter, opponent T. Milton Street Sr. may be an itch that won't go away - but he is still by any measure the very distant second in next month's Democratic primary for mayor. That has freed Nutter to concentrate on how to make the most of a second term, and at the moment that means getting some allies elected to City Council, where for three-plus years he has lacked a reliable majority of votes. An official "Nutter slate" of candidates may not coalesce, but the mayor does intend to actively back Council aspirants in some competitive races for open seats.
March 19, 2011 |
He is who he is. Robert Levin - pianist, scholar, lecturer, stand-up comic, and relentless revisionist - gave an all-Mozart recital for a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society audience that's used to being talked to, but maybe not so much. His choice of music Thursday at the American Philosophical Society was intentionally offbeat, his way of performing it was invasive, and his manner a bit overbearing. But in a world of cultivated yet standardized performances, Levin poured some cold water on your ears, shook you out of your Mozartean comfort zone, and revealed not only the inner workings of selected piano sonatas, but also the composer's thinking process.