July 25, 2014 |
THE SOFT sell when Ron Hextall was promoted to the post of Flyers general manager in early May was that it was a natural evolution. Paul Holmgren repeated that he would not have lured Hextall away from Los Angeles the previous summer if he didn't anticipate this day; Hextall humbly contended that he would lean on Homer's counsel, and work alongside him. And while yesterday's casual interview in his Skate Zone offices contained all those subtexts (and...
July 5, 2014 |
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, 89, father of the Jewish Renewal movement and a towering figure in Philadelphia's Jewish community for 20 years, died Thursday, July 3, at his home in Boulder, Colo. He had endured bouts with bladder cancer and other illnesses, and had been battling pneumonia. He died in his sleep, said Rivkah Walton of the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. Known to friends and followers as "Reb Zalman," he was born in Poland but fled Hitler with his family, coming to America in 1941.
June 27, 2014 |
Madelyn B. Tripp, 93, of Bryn Mawr, a professor, author, and passionate leader of the women's movement of the 1970s and 1980s, died of cancer Wednesday, June 18, at the Beaumont at Bryn Mawr retirement community. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Tripp, known as "Maggie," was proud to have taken classes at Penn's Wharton School of Business, said Alan Tripp, her husband of 73 years. Ms. Tripp was an entrepreneur, owning a flower delivery service, an international gift shop, and a Philadelphia art gallery.
June 8, 2014 |
AT HISTORIC St. George's United Methodist Church in Old City, visitors may be distracted by tiny flashes of light outside the south-facing windows. It's the sun glinting on cars that zoom by on the nearby Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Or they may notice the rumbling thunder of buses and the PATCO trains. As the service continues, however, there is peace and quietude in the sanctuary. Piano music, or a duet of a clarinetist and a guitar player, lifts the voices of worshippers seated in white-painted pews.
May 12, 2014 |
There's a bitter wind whipping through the streets, and the sun is just starting to creep up behind the mounted bronze George Washington overlooking the intermittent traffic of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Yet Dan Layo and Suzanne Allaire are already running determinedly up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since October, through the polar vertex, and including workouts on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Philadelphia's chapter of the nonprofit fitness group November Project has held a free, open-to-all workout at 6:25 a.m. every Wednesday on the Art Museum steps.
April 15, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Early in their marriage, Laura and Nishon Yaghoobian would wake up in the night to dote over a tiny bundle that filled them with hope for the future - their sourdough bread starter. The batch had to be "fed" every four hours, so the new business owners shuttled it from home to the bakery. Once, it went along to a wedding. "It was a little sourdough baby. It was an extension of our lives. It still is," Laura Yaghoobian said Sunday, scanning a gingham-draped table of her porter pumpernickels, crisp flatbreads, and smooth challah rolls tempting visitors at the Philly Farm and Food Festival.
March 18, 2014 |
FOR the past two years, Sean Caldwell, of Mount Airy, has been struggling to support himself and raise his children on his $8-an-hour part-time salary on the maintenance crew at McDonald's at Broad and Allegheny, in North Philly. It just hasn't been nearly enough - so he scrounges for whatever else he can. Caldwell, 35, started a neighborhood lawn-mowing business and takes other odd jobs, such as cleaning out garages, but when he did his 2013 taxes he still saw that he'd made only $9,000.
February 27, 2014 |
Last May, a Brooklyn-based do-it-yourself craft school and "makerspace" called 3rd Ward came to Philadelphia. The 27,000-square-foot temple to DIY in Northern Liberties was hyped as a new creative engine for the city, and the first step in the New York institution's nationwide expansion. Then, five months later, it shut down. But those who long for a place to brew beer, screen-print T-shirts, sew aprons, build terrariums, and make pickles have a second chance - albeit on a much humbler scale.
February 15, 2014 |
BalletX took a chance adding a fourth series to its 2014 lineup: on the weather, on the 4 percent of Americans that even see ballet, and on world premieres by two young choreographers. The gamble paid off. Two pieces by Joshua L. Peugh kicked off the evening Tuesday. Slump playfully mocks gender differences in courting. Men in chinos and shirts strut to mambo music (one spits a handful of feathers!), women in ruffled cocktail dresses stomp their heels and turn away. In meandering movements, men take long, lazy lunges.
January 30, 2014 |
KAIN COLTER, the quarterback at Northwestern, joined union leaders yesterday in Chicago to announce the creation of the College Athletes Players Association. He says the NCAA currently dictates conditions and added that athletes need "a seat at the table" to guarantee safeguards against injuries and to ensure adequate financial compensation. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association and a former linebacker at UCLA, filed the petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern, submitting the form at the regional office of the NLRB.