June 15, 2015 |
If someone had told me three months ago that the hundreds of thousands of books I saw sitting unused and going to waste in the basement of Philadelphia School District headquarters would by now be almost fully catalogued, ready to be shipped to the kids who need them, I probably wouldn't have believed it. I might have even laughed. The task at hand seemed simple enough: There were a lot of unused books and a lot of kids who need books. Sort the books and give the kids any they could use. But in a drowning district, nothing's simple.
March 30, 2015 |
The only constant Saturday afternoon at the Wesley Bishop turf field in Moorestown was the wind - persistent, freezing, and blowing in the same direction, toward the same net, for the entire game. Whichever team had the wind in its favor, had momentum in its favor. When it was over, the Moorestown girls' lacrosse team walked away a 5-3 winner over Mountain Lakes, the defending state Group 1 champion. And though the box score might suggest otherwise, the Quakers shone brightest in the second half.
February 15, 2015 |
It's not easy belonging to a snowboarding club at a snowless, landlocked urban university - with no hills to speak of. So Temple students brought the mountain to their campus. Armed with a dozen shovels, two cases of Monster energy drinks, and a 40-foot U-Haul, the students trucked 10 tons of snow from the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest skating arena at Penn's Landing onto the heart of their flat North Philadelphia school. They shoveled the shavings in and they shoveled the shavings out. Three times in all. It took more than eight hours - almost an all-nighter.
November 4, 2014 |
John B. "Jack" Hagner, 83, of Bala Cynwyd, a longtime public accountant, died Monday, Oct. 20, of dementia at Symphony Square Assisted Living & Memory Care. His wife of 27 years, Mary Ellen Yuhas Hagner, said Mr. Hagner started suffering memory loss in 2011 and was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. In 2013, he was admitted to Symphony Square. Mr. Hagner worked as a public accountant for 41 years at Ratke, Miller, Hagner & Co. in Philadelphia. It was formerly known as Hagner & Co. after his grandfather and father, who founded the company during the 1930s.
July 28, 2014 |
Philadelphia in the Rockies? "It'll be so beautiful there!" Amy Aldridge says, thinking of dancing with a tall, dark stranger among the pines. Aldridge and nearly every other Philadelphia professional ballet dancer will be dancing outdoors in Colorado this week at the Vail International Dance Festival. The Pennsylvania Ballet and BalletX were invited to perform in one of the season's most prestigious summer dance festivals, which opens Sunday night. "It's sort of our Philadelphia story," says Damian Woetzel, artistic director of the festival and a retired star from the New York City Ballet.
July 4, 2014 |
Hello there John and what seemed like all the other orthopedists in Philadelphia were at the gate for the first morning flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco, site of the 2012 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons conference. Talking with Rothman Institute colleagues, he saw a beautiful woman laughing with her traveling companion. "I remember thinking that I'd never be that lucky to sit next to her on the plane," John said. But he was. As John hoisted his bag into the overhead compartment, he told himself: "Don't be that guy who sits down and immediately starts chatting up the pretty girl.
June 30, 2014 |
UMIKOA, Hawaii - We begin on a rutted, red-dirt trail in this tiny hamlet populated by ranch hands and their families, some 3,500 feet up Mauna Kea, the dormant volcano that - measuring 31,100 feet from its oceanic base to the top - is the world's tallest mountain. Guide Richard Lindberg is driving a taxi-yellow Kawasaki Terra-X, an all-terrain vehicle that looks like a golf cart on steroids. He stops at a gatehouse, gets out and signs a clipboard. "This way if we don't come back, they'll come looking for us," he explains.
June 21, 2014 |
Over the last four years, Upper Providence Township's tax collector had a history of sloppy bookkeeping and late payments, Montgomery County officials say, finally forcing them last month to freeze her accounts and seize her records. The county and the Spring-Ford Area School District are now combing through the records of Beverly Nohl, who served from 2010 through 2013, to reconcile undeposited checks, duplicate payments, lost receipts, and other issues. She "kind of stopped, in the fall of last year, performing the job adequately," said Bill Caldwell, a deputy tax collector for the county.
May 18, 2014 |
SLIGO, Ireland - "The landscape isn't, strictly speaking, necessary," said Helen Vendler of Harvard University. She has written about and teaches about Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet William Butler Yeats and other great writers and had some advice about the presumed pleasure of combining place with poetry - a lure to which all too many literary junkies fall prey. My librarian wife and I knew the wordy part about Ireland fairly well, and where to find some of its low-land temples.
April 21, 2014 |
LANSFORD, Pa. - "Don't leave me! Don't leave me!" So says the ghostly voice, heard clearly and periodically in the No. 9 Coal Mine here, apparently from the spirit of a miner who didn't get out alive. Whether buried or asphyxiated, the names of killed and injured miners are the starting point of Anthracite Fields , the hour-long choral work to be premiered Saturday and next Sunday by the Mendelssohn Club. Its unlikely composer? The cutting-edge New Yorker Julia Wolfe. Thus this brainy, fiftysomething strawberry blonde, a founding member of downtown Manhattan's experimental Bang on a Can composer collective, found herself heading into a rustic Carbon County coal mine on a recent Sunday.