August 6, 1992 |
The materials scattered around the Barkley Elementary School classroom Tuesday morning were typical building blocks for school kids' projects: drawing paper, scissors, Magic Markers, glue. The people working with the supplies, however, were long out of grade school, with children of their own. Instead of first or second graders, the parents of summer school students had come to this classroom to make games for their children, games they could take home to help their children practice reading skills.
June 18, 1995 |
Claude Lemieux was the trailer. The New Jersey Devils were changing lines, and Lemieux, just off the bench, was gliding down the slot in case something happened. Something did. Detroit Red Wings goalie Mike Vernon blocked John MacLean's shot from the left circle, and the puck caromed out to Lemieux. The leading goal scorer of the NHL playoffs, Lemieux showed why he is also a leading candidate to be the tournament's most valuable player. The New Jersey winger fired a shot past Vernon for his 12th goal and third in three games, and the Devils went on to beat the Wings, 2-1, at Joe Louis Arena in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.
March 28, 2010 |
To understand the particular affection with which certain longer-term (but not necessarily old-time) Philadelphians regard Dmitri's, it is useful to step back 20 years to its debut at the corner of Third and Catharine. It is still right there, a bite-sized, big-windowed Greek cafe, its faded teak benches set out on the sidewalk. These were an important feature; waits for one of the 38 seats could stretch on toward an hour, and a plate of hummus and grilled pita, and a few glasses of white wine from your wine tote made the wait tolerable.
June 19, 1994 |
Carol Barylski, an art teacher at Shawnee High School in Medford, used to think the conclusion of the school's Spirit Week was depressing. That was when she had to throw away all the artwork made by classes that had competed to be named the one with the most school spirit. "It was such a shame to throw away such talented work," said Barylski, who has taught art at Shawnee for 13 years. So, two years ago, she said, "we decided to donate the artwork to someone who might enjoy it. " The pictures went to Memorial Hospital of Burlington County in Mount Holly, and pediatric patients there were delighted to find Peter Pan and Captain Hook on their walls.
February 28, 1992 |
Want to see some lobster babies? Or find out how your face would look covered with scales? And just how does James Brown's music feel to a fish? These questions and many more can be answered on the second floor at the New Jersey State Aquarium. About 20 exhibits, largely hands-on and interactive, explain how fish move, see, communicate and grow in the water. Keep in mind that none rivals the action of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. On that scale, an aquarium just can't compete.
December 28, 2015 |
What follows is a summary of the restaurants reviewed this year, primarily on Sundays, but also in Thursday Food features. As always, there were second chances and revisits to a handful of restaurants to check for improvement. I went back to six places that seemed within striking distance of a rating change - those are designated with an asterisk. Good news there: One stepped up from two to three bells (Aldine), one moved from one to two (Ardé), another climbed out of the no-bells basement (Bonchon)
October 16, 2008
Q: Is there a difference between calamari and squid? My whole family enjoys fried calamari and I was told that they are interchangeable. I use a mixture of egg and bread crumbs, dipping the calamari in egg first, then bread crumbs. Is there another method for crispy calamari? - Julie V. A: The word calamari is the plural for calamaro , which is the Italian word for squid. So anyone who hasn't had too many alcoholic beverages along with their calamari would obviously think that since calamari is the Italian word for squid, they must be one in the same.
January 10, 2016 |
Bruce Graham's Funnyman opens at the Arden Theatre on Thursday. The lead character, aging vaudeville slapstick comic Chick Sherman, speaks for Graham - Philly's most Philadelphia playwright - when he says, "Nobody takes comics seriously until they do something serious. " Much of Graham's theatrical output engages people, places, and events from his past. North of the Boulevard is a blue-collar affair set in the Darby auto garage his cousin owns. His first play, Burkie (now 35 years old)
April 6, 1986 |
"I'm a meat-and-potatoes man," said Tom Coppedge, 37, as he guided his 43-foot fishing boat by radar through the black of night at 4:30 a.m. on the Gulf of Mexico somewhere west of Key West. "I'd have to be stupid to pay $12 a pound for crab," quipped the lean and weathered fisherman. But he has nothing against fishing them, hauling heavy traps from the ocean floor for more than 12 hours some days. Plenty of people will pay, and Coppedge averages $4 a pound, making stone crabs the most lucrative catch in Florida.
April 15, 2010
As niches in the local food world go, the current demand for the Japanese street food takoyaki is as small as the takoyaki itself. It's a petite delicacy: a globe-shaped puff of pancake batter about the size of a golf ball. But Nicole Igarashi and her Tokyo-born husband-chef, Ryo, already knew the power of this treat before they opened their quirky Japanese street-food storefront dedicated to variations on the genre in February. A great takoyaki - its crust a delicate crisp, its center a melty core of savory batter scented with dashi, mountain yam, pickled ginger, and a chewy morsel of your choice (octopus is traditional)