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November 11, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SERVING UP BANANAS laced with marijuana to rhesus monkeys on an island in the Caribbean - all in a day's work for Jon Greene. Well, not exactly, but Jon was the cameraman recording the effect of this unusual repast on the unsuspecting primates as part of a study. Jon, who spent most of his life behind a camera, mostly with Philadelphia's Channel 10, had been hired for this project by a researcher from the Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital in Raleigh, N.C. It involved lugging heavy cameras onto the island off Puerto Rico, tramping through the jungle, dodging an irate ape that threatened to attack, and setting up the cameras to record the pot-eating monkeys' reactions compared with a control group that got a regular monkey diet.
NEWS
October 26, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
After decades of parades for all reasons, Philadelphia will hold its first citywide veterans parade on Nov. 8. "In some ways, it's strange that Philly didn't have one, but now we do," said Scott Brown, director of the city's Veterans Advisory Commission. With the backing of U.S. Rep. Robert Brady (D., Pa.) and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Brown and a committee of about 50 organizations planned the inaugural parade. It will be held Nov. 8, in advance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11. "We didn't want to interfere with Veterans Day celebrations either," Brown said.
NEWS
October 23, 2015
SHORTLY AFTER his appointment last year as director of the Veterans Advisory Commission, Scott C. Brown noticed something that was missing. Philadelphia had no veterans parade. As a Navy veteran, Brown found that puzzling - and disheartening. He did some research and found that despite the lip service we always pay vets, "there never was an official veterans parade in Philadelphia" - ever. In his bones and in his job, Brown knew that was just wrong and nominated himself to raise the flag.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Go in peace. Organizers are assuring the hundreds of thousands, even millions, of people who will throng Philadelphia for Pope Francis' visit in September that they need not worry about bathroom access. Porta-potties will abound, about one for every 250 people. And they'll be cleaned three times a day. More than 3,000 porta-potties and about 350 urinal stalls will be set up for the papal crowds. Organizers say the fleet, plus area restaurant and public restrooms, will provide for the 1.5 million people expected.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
AT JOSEPH BLASS' funeral, the family got into a discussion about the ranking of his passions. All agreed that family came first. But after that? There was some disagreement about what was second. The Ferko String Band, of which he was past captain, had to be up there. But what about his country? Joe was devoted to the country he had served in fire and death on a bombed ship in the South Pacific in World War II. OK. A compromise was reached. After family, second place in Joe's hierarchy would be divided equally between Ferko and his country, Joseph H. Blass Jr., award-winning captain of the Ferko String Band, whose idea of a great time was to march with the band on Broad Street in the Mummers Parade, blasting away on his saxophone, General Electric toolmaker for 42 years, Navy veteran of World War II, and devoted family man, died May 13. He was 94 and was living in Havertown, but had lived most of his life in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 11, 2015 | STU BYKOFSKY, Daily News Columnist
THE MUMMERS Parade broke with tradition and marched the "wrong way" on Broad Street on New Year's Day. The (remaining) fans seemed to like it. The crowds were somewhat larger in Center City (which is what happens when you contract the parade route). As a veteran parade watcher and reviewer, I liked it, even knowing the reversal of direction was born out of necessity. Doing everything the "old" way was turning into a funeral procession for this Philadelphia tradition, one that should be embraced.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cars still were barred from Main Street an hour after the first-ever Mummers Parade in Manayunk concluded. The crowd inside Pitcher's Pub swelled at noon Saturday, and the Pennsport String Band had an idea to engage the revelers. One strut. Outside. Three contestants. Winner collects $100. "Everyone points at me," said Kate O'Reilly, a Mummer's daughter and Manayunk resident. "I say: 'Done. It's in the bag. I dare you.' The rest is history. " There was something different about this intimate Mummers gathering.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
MANAYUNK will be mobbed by Mummers on Saturday when all 17 string bands march down Main Street in the first Philadelphia Mummers Mardi Gras Parade. Postponed last weekend by wintry weather, the free, family-friendly, two-hour parade from Shurs to Green lanes is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. under forecasted cold, sunny skies. The string bands will then serenade and schmooze with fans from noon to 4 p.m. in Manayunk restaurants. A $10 contribution to the cash-strapped Mummers buys a bracelet to all after-parties plus food and drink discounts.
NEWS
February 25, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT BROKE Joe Bryson's heart when he couldn't participate in the last New Year's Mummers Parade. As a former captain of the Bryson New Year's Brigade, Joe lived and breathed the exotic culture of Philadelphia Mummery. "New Year's Day was his favorite day," said his daughter, Colleen Judge. "But he was just out of the hospital and the weather was bad. His doctors said he couldn't go. " But Mummers culture is in Bryson blood, and his fellow paraders knew it. So, on the morning of the parade, they gathered outside Joe's house and serenaded him with some favorite Mummer airs.
NEWS
January 3, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortly after 10:30 a.m., with the pretzel-eating spectators jammed four deep in front of the Union League, there was an only-in-Philly moment. The Oregon wench brigade was marching up Broad Street from South Philadelphia - a squadron of burly fellows who, despite the pastel frocks, were not really going for the feminine look. Headed the other direction was the LGBT Liaison Committee, which included a half-dozen glittery drag queens - or, as some prefer to be called, female impersonators.
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