December 7, 2012 |
WHEN IT CAME to being a mother, Stacey Newkirk-Smalls was a supermom, say those who know her best. The licensed-practical nurse taught her 18-month-old twins - Adam and Eve - a form of sign language so she could communicate with them before they learned to talk, recalled Newkirk-Smalls' mother, Yvonne Newkirk. Newkirk-Smalls, 41, of Tacony, bought a membership at Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum to expose the twins regularly to enrichment activities, Newkirk said. She enrolled another daughter, Stacey, now 5, in ballet classes.
November 25, 2012 |
We're selling the house our parents bought for $8,500 in 1956. My five siblings and I moved out many years ago, but we've always been able to come back - from college or the military - for a celebration or crisis to the modest house in North Adams, Mass. So it's hard to imagine that soon, no one named Riordan will be living there. Perhaps you have, or had, such a house yourself: the backdrop for those first-day-of-school photos, the setting for the family's favorite stories. Like the one about our youngest brother breaking his collarbone on Mother's Day two years in a row. Or our mother somehow getting between two of her sons as they had a fistfight - over a doughnut.
May 12, 2012 |
All aboard as Amtrak celebrates the 5th annual National Train Day on Saturday at 30th Street Station. The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale will perform at 11 a.m. During the celebration, kids can rock out at the celebration's Ernie and Neal concert and also visit the AmtraKids Depot, where there will be giveaways and prizes. Visitors can take tours of private trains and Amtrak equipment. Amtrak ambassadors will discuss their experiences working with the trains. French chef Michael Richard will give cooking demonstrations.
May 11, 2012 |
The sun finally regains dominance as days of dreary, rainy weather moves out and warmer temperatures returns. The forecast still calls for a sunny, pleasant day of 67 with a slight breeze. The low tonight should dip to 48, but most of the weekend looks to be near perfect, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. Friday should see full sun and high of 72. Saturday is expected to see a high of 80. And Mother's Day is likely to be partly sunny, with a high of 80. Then, the unsettled weather pattern returns with a chance of showers Sunday night and through Monday, which will see a high of about 75. So, all in all, Mother's Day should be okay.
May 11, 2012
Q: My husband's ex-wife always guilt-trips her daughter into going all out for her on her birthday and on Mother's Day. My stepdaughter gets a very small allowance, so her dad is the one who has to pay. I think this is his ex-wife's way of sticking it to my husband, above and beyond the hefty child support and alimony she already gets. I want to put a stop to this, but I don't want to be a wicked stepmother. Please respond quickly. I overhead my stepdaughter tell my husband that her mother wants a certain Michael Kors watch, and the thought of that going on the credit card we both pay for makes me want to scream.
May 10, 2012 |
MOMS LOVE GIZMOS. They have a kitchen full of them—and several floating in their purse and plopped on the night table. And if you're looking to add to their pleasure (and, OK, the clutter), Gizmo Guy has some good last-minute suggestions for gifting this Mother's Day. Pad that tab A thoroughly modern mom is never without her tablet computer. If yours is toting the new, third generation iPad, she could happily wrap it in the Belkin Keyboard Folio. Unusually slim, light and versatile, this protective polyurethane cover can either flip behind the screen or form a stand on which the iPad can rest at different viewing angles.
September 19, 2011 |
THE FAMILY of murder victim Iris Tyson, 23, of South Philadelphia, who was found dead in a Point Breeze lot in May, has posted a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who committed the horrific crime. The $2,000 reward is being administered by the Citizens Crime Commission. Tyson was reported missing by her family on Mother's Day. Joe and Kelly Tyson have said that their daughter walked out of the house at 1 p.m. that day to buy a card to surprise her mother.
June 20, 2011
DEAR ABBY: Because my 90-year-old mother is homebound, she qualifies for a meal program through a senior charity service. The program is free of charge for those in need. She didn't like some of the meals, so she asked me to give them to my father-in-law, "Louis. " Louis is 88. He still drives and is well-off, so he doesn't qualify for the program, but he accepted the meals that were offered. My mother has now decided she can no longer eat any of these meals, so I told her we should discontinue the program.
June 8, 2011 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My girlfriend of four years is behaving in a way I can't understand, and I can't decide whether it's a fatal flaw. Recently, after dinner and live music, we ended up at my house. The next morning - Mother's Day - my teenage daughter called asking if I could bring flowers from my garden for the vase she'd bought her mom. When I told my girlfriend where I was going and that I would be back in a few minutes, she said, "Well, then I'm leaving.
May 12, 2011 |
It was a senseless killing compounded by a cruel twist. Yvette Saunders, 39, a mother of six from Southwest Philadelphia, was killed the day before Mother's Day by a bullet meant for one of her children. She died trying to protect her 18-year-old son, Willie Sumpter, in a May 7 daylight drive-by shooting on the 5200 block of Reinhard Street, her family said. On Thursday, police said they had charged Isaac Porterfield, 22, of the 500 block of North Vogdes Street, in the killing.