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July 31, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kathryn "Brooke" Baxter, 32, formerly of New Hope, a student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, died Sunday in a bus accident in Tanzania. Ms. Baxter was in Africa for the summer as a volunteer for the Lwala Community Alliance in Kenya, working with pregnant women infected with HIV and malaria. She was commissioned as an Army lieutenant last summer, and had completed her first year of medical school on an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 1991 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
When you think of a swan song, "Happy Birthday" doesn't generally come to mind. But next weekend, the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill will sing happy birthday to three adorable baby cygnets. The latest additions to the resident Royal Swan family were born May 17. The two-day celebration will include guided tours of the arboretum - whose roses should be at peak bloom then - refreshments, and, for children, tales and myths about swans and a related craft program. Festivities will run from 1 to 4 p.m. June 15 and 16. The arboretum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
NEWS
January 26, 1992 | By Jane G. Pepper, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The sky was clear and there was barely a breath of wind when Paul Meyer and his wife, Debbie, said goodbye to the friends in Delaware they had visited for supper one evening last summer. But as they returned to Philadelphia, and approached the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania where Paul Meyer is director, they became alarmed. The streets were strewn with debris, large trees were piled in their path and the buzz of chainsaws was audible. Over a period of six minutes on Aug. 3, a tornado ripped through the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, causing millions of dollars worth of damage.
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January 20, 2012 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eavesdrop in a garden, and what do you hear? Not a lot of narrative. Mostly exclamations over the beauty of something and curiosity about what it is, in and around the absorbing silence. So it is that Paul W. Meyer has "written" a new book about the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill with no text, just photographs, most taken over the last eight years. Its title is a straightforward Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania Through the Lens of Paul W. Meyer. "It's meant to be a walk through the garden," explains Meyer, 59, a self-taught shutterbug who has worked at Morris for almost 36 years, the last 21 as director.
NEWS
June 16, 1989 | By PETER BINZEN
In the years before World War II, F. Otto Haas, son of the founder of the Rohm & Haas Co., courted his wife, Dorothy, at the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill. "We'd sit under the trees and read Saturday Evening Post stories," he recalled the other day. "Those were simpler times. " The arboretum didn't really amount to much then. It was administered by the University of Pennsylvania, which had no money to spend on the place and plenty of problems of its own. Penn couldn't maintain Compton, the fine old Victorian home of Lydia Morris and her bachelor brother, John, a millionaire ironmaker.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 1991 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
For the second extended sculptural presentation in its Butcher Sculpture Garden, the Morris Arboretum has chosen a three-part installation by Scott Sherk, who teaches at Muhlenberg College in Allentown. The piece is based on the Greek myth of Apollo and Daphne. Rejecting the proposal of the sun god, who pursues her, the nymph Daphne calls for help to her father, the river god, who changes her into a laurel tree. Each of the three sculptural groups is supposed to be animated by the passage of the sun across the sky. To observe these effects, assuming they exist to any meaningful degree, one would have to spend several hours with this installation, which the average visitor seems unlikely to do. Therefore, one receives his or her principal impression from the forms themselves, which are arranged in different areas of the garden.
NEWS
November 14, 1990 | By Lucinda Fleeson, Inquirer Staff Writer
William M. Klein, the ebullient director of the Morris Arboretum who is credited with transforming its rundown grounds into one of the leading arboretums in the country, has announced his resignation. Klein, 57, said he planned to become director of the Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami in March. He also will join the faculties of the University of Miami and Florida International University. He announced his decision last week to the arboretum board and staff. His resignation was announced officially yesterday by the University of Pennsylvania, overseer of the arboretum in Chestnut Hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
The long: They're 2. They're 4. They're 6 . . . or thereabouts. Large-scale versions of TV-star steamies Percy, James, Emily and Toby, cheeky Thomas and coaches Annie and Clarabel make a Saturday-Sunday appearance at Morris Arboretum's train exhibit. The short: Really useful weekend diversion. The demo: All ages. Obsession with model trains and/or horticulture a plus. Garden Railway: Quarter-mile track has 15 lines, nine bridges, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars (all donated by Philly-founded Bachmann Industries)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Head over to Morris Arboretum as it begins the unofficial start of summer with its Garden Railway Grand Opening. This year's theme is "Art and Architecture," featuring familiar Philadelphia landmarks - all created from nature. Miniature trains roll on a quarter mile of track through the tiny enchanted town made from natural materials such as bark, leaves, acorns, and twigs on 15 different rail lines. There's even a trestle bridge you can walk under. Look out for some familiar landmarks such as Independence Hall.
NEWS
October 15, 2010 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Perhaps as a measure of the economy's stranglehold on new construction, this year's winner of Philadelphia's top architecture award went not to a building, but to an open-air children's attraction at the Morris Arboretum, the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced Wednesday at its annual meeting. Metcalfe Architecture & Design received the gold medal for Out on a Limb, a delightful elevated walkway that twists its way through the canopy of the arboretum's oldest trees.
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August 15, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
One recent sun-drenched day, Kate Goodrich stood amid one of the main reasons she took a job as assistant professor of biology at Widener University: that beautiful arboretum up the road, where professors have taken students for years to study the plants, trees, and water. In May, Widener acquired Taylor Memorial Arboretum, which means professors and students will have unfettered access, 24/7, to the 30-acre oasis in Nether Providence Township, just across the border from the city of Chester.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2016
INK Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.  Wildwoods Convention Center , 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. $20; $40 three-day pass. 609-972-6671. Talk about the agony and the ecstasy. This event at the Shore not only features "body art design" (painful enough), but also entertainment including (yikes!) suspension shows and sideshow acts including human pin-cushion Gisella, fire-eater Marlo Marquise, and horned blue jigsaw man the Enigma.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2016
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we've got you covered. SPORTS 7:30 p.m. Friday, Liacouras Center , 1776 N. Broad St. $15-$100. 215-204-2400. We talking 'bout charity? A.I. hosts producer Jahlil Beats, rapper Pusha T, and boxer Danny "Swift" Garcia in a celeb b-ball game. Proceeds will go to the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and the iChooseLife Foundation. Iverson diehards, of course, will be wearing his new Stance sock line .  - Molly Eichel   10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2016 | Staff
Need a way to fill your Memorial Day weekend? Don't worry, we've got your covered. KIDS Curious George: Let's Get Curious! 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 18, Please Touch Museum , Memorial Hall, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. $17. 215-581-3181, . No matter what number age puts on us, somewhere within we've all got a little bit of the precocious, inquisitive little monkey first named in Margaret and H.A. Rey's classic 1941 children's book.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Business: Springfield, Delaware County-based general contractor, project management company; $60 million in revenues. Staff: 40 full-time, 30 regular subcontractors. Projects: Buildings at colleges - Haverford, Princeton, Swarthmore; Morris Arboretum; Ardmore Farmers' Market. Point of pride: Evangelist for green building methods.
NEWS
January 2, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Bob Gutowski was steering his golf cart around pedestrians at the Morris Arboretum on Thursday afternoon when his eye caught a glimpse of yellow. The arboretum's education director skidded to a stop. "Are those zinnias ?" he exclaimed, and hopped over a loop of chain for a better look at a low mound of bright, cheerful flowers. His astonishment was understandable. Last month was the warmest, record-smashing-est, December that Philadelphia has seen since 1874, when official weather record-keeping here began.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2015 | By Virginia A. Smith, For The Inquirer
In 1957, John A.H. Shober returned to his parents' home in Philadelphia after a harrowing stint in the Army during the Cold War, taking part in missions that would haunt him for years to come. "I saw things and had to do things and had some experiences that were just difficult for me," says the 82-year-old Shober, who confesses he hasn't had a good night's sleep since then. One place eased the distress he could not express: Morris Arboretum. Though neglected at the time, the Chestnut Hill public garden provided a haven from the very real, but little talked about, post-traumatic stress that followed Shober's military service.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
The long: They're 2. They're 4. They're 6 . . . or thereabouts. Large-scale versions of TV-star steamies Percy, James, Emily and Toby, cheeky Thomas and coaches Annie and Clarabel make a Saturday-Sunday appearance at Morris Arboretum's train exhibit. The short: Really useful weekend diversion. The demo: All ages. Obsession with model trains and/or horticulture a plus. Garden Railway: Quarter-mile track has 15 lines, nine bridges, seven loops and tunnels, two cable cars (all donated by Philly-founded Bachmann Industries)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
What everybody remembers about Geppetto's famed puppet is that his nose grows when he's untruthful - his elongated proboscis has even become a symbol pasted on those who lie habitually, such as, say, politicians. It's kind of unfortunate, because what's really touching about the little wooden fellow's story is that he wants to be a real boy. The incident with his nose is just a step in the moral learning process leading to his goal, which means there's more to Pinocchio than meets the eye. The Storybook Musical Theatre's production of Carlo Collodi's tale of the mischievous marionette ends its run this weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Head over to Morris Arboretum as it begins the unofficial start of summer with its Garden Railway Grand Opening. This year's theme is "Art and Architecture," featuring familiar Philadelphia landmarks - all created from nature. Miniature trains roll on a quarter mile of track through the tiny enchanted town made from natural materials such as bark, leaves, acorns, and twigs on 15 different rail lines. There's even a trestle bridge you can walk under. Look out for some familiar landmarks such as Independence Hall.
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