August 18, 2016
THE PARENTS: Jenny Lunstead, 35, and John Pappas, 38, of West Philadelphia THE CHILD: Samuel Ray Lunstead, born May 7, 2016 JENNY'S THEORY ABOUT WHY SHE FINALLY GOT PREGNANT: A "good luck" votive candle lent by some neighbors and lit on the night of her successful embryo transfer. At some point in her simultaneous quests for partnership and pregnancy - though not necessarily in that order - Jenny decided to reboot her OkCupid profile. She wrote that she was seeking a "real adult," someone with emotional intelligence.
August 17, 2016 |
If he were a younger, more sentimental man, Vin Scully probably would have accompanied the Dodgers to Philadelphia for the Citizens Bank Park series that begins Tuesday. But the sport's most eloquent, mellifluous and beloved broadcaster is 88 now and happy for any respite from the spotlit hoopla that has accompanied his 67th and last season. A final visit here would have brought Scully full circle, back to the city where, in the third inning of a Dodgers-Phillies game at Shibe Park on April 18, 1950, his long and distinguished career officially began.
August 15, 2016 |
Just two years ago, Shreyas Parab was such a shy, unassuming teenager that it pained him to make eye contact. Now the 15-year-old from Aston, Delaware County, wears ties declaring himself a chick magnet and a stud muffin. And he's running a company that has sold nearly 600 of those novelty ties for close to $17,000 in its first 14 months of business, tapping into a market where whimsy is popular. Parab also makes pitches to investor panels, and has met with Sam's Club executives in Bentonville, Ark., hoping to get his Novel Tie line in their stores.
August 13, 2016 |
In November, Zachary Bird was hanging out in the 'burbs with his dad, Bill, when he saw the light. The handsome, 10-foot, cast-iron Victorian lamp with a crown in the motif of acanthus leaves sparked a conversation - and that led to a quest, more modest than Sir Galahad's, but no less epic for the 46-year-old Zack. Traveling deep into the web, Zack learned intimately about Victorian gas lamps (down to the 1891 Welsbach patent for the gas mantle), discovered connections to Disneyland and a dentist/pilot/businessman/collector, followed leads to Cape May County, and traversed a field of dreams in South Jersey.
August 13, 2016 |
As a pregnant faculty member at Community College of Philadelphia six years ago, Kristy Shuda McGuire would walk through "clouds of smoke" to get into her building. "It really bothered me," said McGuire, an associate biology professor. The college had a ban on smoking inside buildings and near entrances, but that left a lot of areas of campus vulnerable. McGuire got herself on the college's business affairs committee, which deals with building usage, and pushed for tighter restrictions.
August 13, 2016 |
The calls for Carson Wentz came in the first half of the Eagles' preseason opener Thursday night from fans who endured a 100-degree heat index in Philadelphia to catch their first glimpse of the Eagles' future franchise quarterback. "We want Wentz! We want Wentz! We want Wentz!" The original plan was to keep them waiting until the start of the second half, but coach Doug Pederson altered course and sent Wentz onto the field to run a two-minute drill with 79 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
August 9, 2016 |
Replacing Andre Watts in a high-profile engagement has long given young pianists a career boost. Watts' Aug. 17 cancellation with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga (N.Y.) Performing Arts Center, however, comes with extra gravity: The long-admired 70-year-old pianist has prostate cancer. "It's Andre's wish that we be straight about that," said his manager Linda Marder, whose talent roster at CM Artists includes numerous pianists who are guests of the Philadelphia Orchestra. "Men of a certain age have this problem.
August 4, 2016 |
Standard & Poor's Global Ratings cut the Philadelphia Housing Authority's credit rating by one notch, to A+ from AA-, citing three consecutive years of operating losses. The outlook is stable. PHA's operating loss for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, the latest audited financial information available, was $37.9 million on $368 million in operating revenue, most of it from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. S&P attributed the financial weakness to declining federal subsidies, though federal revenue increased 5 percent in fiscal 2015 from the year before.
August 2, 2016 |
STEVE WHARTON stood in the belly of 15th Street station, waiting for the Broad Street Line, wearing a green Eagles jersey and a matching hat. He was among the first Eagles fans to arrive at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday morning, for the Eagles' first open training camp of the year. Fans began to stream into the stadium just after eight o'clock. Wharton was born and raised in northeast Philly. His jersey, number 32, has his last name stitched across his shoulder blades. It used to be a Ricky Watters jersey, he explained, but Watters' final season with the Eagles rubbed him the wrong way. "For who, for what?"
August 2, 2016
The Free Library of Philadelphia said Mayor Kenney has appointed Maria Arias, Doug Carney, and Anuj Gupta to its board of trustees. Arias is vice president of diversity and inclusion at Comcast Corp. Carney, a registered architect, is the senior vice president for facilities, real estate, energy, design and construction at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Gupta is general manager of Reading Terminal Market. Daemion Counseling Center, a 45-year-old nonprofit mental-health agency in Berwyn, has named the following board members: Kenneth Chen, director of digital marketing at BTC, Wayne; Joseph Koebele, research analyst at West Capital Management, Philadelphia; Jean Hughes, senior producer-director at Vanguard Media Services, Malvern; and Emily Magee, supervisor of Flagship Services at the Vanguard Group, Malvern.