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April 15, 2005
Do you have warm memories of your prom? Were you the prom king or queen? Or were you a prom victim, forced to take a date you didn't want? Tell us your stories in 200 words or less. Send your response by April 22 to Pa. Commentary Page, Philadelphia Inquirer, 800 River Road, Conshohocken, Pa. 19428, Fax: 610-313-8243, E-mail: suburbanletters@phillynews.com, putting "Prom story" in the subject line. Include your name, home address and day and evening telephone numbers.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2016
Long before prom queens became a focus of reality TV, South Philadelphia's Zinni family was outfitting young women for the big dance. What Jennie and Louis Zinni did not have to contend with when they opened for business on South 12th Street in 1946 was social media. In the retail business, it can be both a blessing and a curse, said Carolyn Zinni, the daughter who carries on Zinni's of Philadelphia, albeit in Springfield, Delaware County. Lousy reviews on Yelp or snarky remarks on Twitter can reach thousands in no time and ruin a business.
NEWS
June 12, 1992
It seemed an open-and-shut case. A half-dozen seniors at Highland Regional High in Blackwood, N.J. are arrested after setting off firecrackers in the middle of the night on their science teacher's front lawn. It was their third such visit of the season - the first two times they had draped the front yard in toilet paper. The science teacher wisely decides not to press charges, and the school suspends the boys for a day and bars them from attending the prom. Most of us would say they got off easy.
NEWS
July 16, 1989 | By Barbara E. Sorid, Special to The Inquirer
Dorothy Kownacki of Willingboro got a second chance - at age 93 - to dress up and dance at a prom. She and 34 other senior citizens at Zurbrugg Adult Medical Day Center in Riverside participated last month in a "senior prom" and luncheon sponsored by the center. Each month, the center prepares a special event for the 65 older adults who live with family but come to the center for special care during the day. Because their emotional needs are just as important as medical and physical needs, a prom was arranged to arouse happy memories of younger, healthier days, said Barbara Batson, the center's director.
NEWS
June 26, 2008
UPPER Darby has suffered another black eye, this time at the prom of Upper Darby High School. I know that a rule is a rule. I also know what it is to be young, and the time that's necessary for a lady to get ready for any date, let alone her promenade. I also know that myriad factors, including finding the ballroom, could be responsible for a couple arriving after the stated time for a function. Given the expense involved in attending a prom, one cannot blame the student's parents from going to her defense.
NEWS
May 3, 2013
DON'T TELL HER I said this, but I'm happy that my daughter isn't overexcited about her senior prom. "I'm going, but only because I don't want to look back years from now and think I've missed out on something," Olivia said as she discussed her budget for this rite of passage for which many students and parents spend way too much money. My daughter isn't fawning over dresses. She's still looking and rejecting pricy frocks. She grumbled about the price of the prom - $90 a ticket.
NEWS
May 23, 1995 | by Anderson Jones, Daily News Staff Writer
The prom is not the best party of the year for everyone. Just ask John Libertz, 22, who graduated from Roman. "I hate proms," he says. "They sucked then and they suck now. " Libertz is here with Jamie Gault, 18, who had to beg him for two months to come to South Philadelphia High School's Junior-Senior Prom. It's the fifth prom they've each attended, but not together. "This one I wasn't really looking forward to," she says. Yet the prom is the only party where guys will hold beaded purses, bouquets of roses or orchids, a pair of dyed-to-match pumps or a prom queen's crown and not look positively weird.
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BUSINESS
January 4, 2016
Long before prom queens became a focus of reality TV, South Philadelphia's Zinni family was outfitting young women for the big dance. What Jennie and Louis Zinni did not have to contend with when they opened for business on South 12th Street in 1946 was social media. In the retail business, it can be both a blessing and a curse, said Carolyn Zinni, the daughter who carries on Zinni's of Philadelphia, albeit in Springfield, Delaware County. Lousy reviews on Yelp or snarky remarks on Twitter can reach thousands in no time and ruin a business.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Clark DeLeon
'If we had met in high school," Jim Cole was saying a few days after he and his wife, Ellen, celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on Dec. 15, "she wouldn't have given me a second look. " "I wouldn't have," Ellen confirmed matter-of-factly. In the social caste system comfortably in place at Northeast Philadelphia High School in the mid-1960s, a drop-dead gorgeous Jewish American in-crowd goddess like the former Ellen Blum would have been as approachable to a fast-talking Irish Catholic disciplinary transfer student from Father Judge High School like Jim Cole as Princess Leia would have been to a Wookiee.
NEWS
October 12, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Clients of the Youth Consultation Service live with foster families or in group homes. They attend alternative schools. And like their mainstream peers, they love to get their groove on. "The kids just want to dance," YCS southern regional vice president Michael Preston said, or rather, shouted, above the boom-bastic digital din of the "Cha Cha Slide. " "We decided to give them what they asked for. " The result was "A Night in Paris," the first-ever formal dinner-dance for juveniles and young adults under YCS care in South Jersey.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
LIZ LOPEZ went to her prom last month. She wore a dress. She brought a date, a guy. And then she mostly stood around. She didn't feel totally comfortable, the 17-year-old told me. Not at the prom. Not in the dress. Tonight, Lopez, who is bisexual, is headed to the alternative prom for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens hosted by GALAEI, a queer Latino social-justice organization in Norris Square. When we talked Wednesday, Lopez still wasn't sure what she'd wear; maybe a dress, she said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
If you're under the impression that only Kim Kardashian's backside can break the Internet, clearly you're not in the know about online happenings. The fashion world's latest cyber-slayer is 18-year-old Kyemah McEntyre of East Orange, N.J., who is dazzling social media Solange Knowles-style in a brilliant red and stained-glass print prom dress made of kente cloth. The series of photos McEntyre posted of her June 4 senior prom at the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts has since been retweeted more than 5,000 times - complete with flaming emojis that represent fiyah (or fire)
NEWS
June 7, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
This will be a weekend that senior Ryan Shinn and his Northern Burlington County baseball teammates will never forget. It's also one that requires discipline, along with the type of clutch play that has characterized the Greyhounds' 27-4 season. Northern Burlington will face South Plainfield (23-8) on Saturday in the state Group 3 championship at Toms River North. The Greyhounds will compete in its first state baseball championship in school history. The NJSIAA has been conducting a state baseball tournament since 1971, so it's been a long time.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The long-awaited Winslow Township High School's junior/senior prom was supposed to be a night dreams are made of. For months, a committee of juniors worked long hours to craft a fitting send-off for the seniors, who had looked forward to the gala for four years. The theme was Old Hollywood "Glitz & Glam," and for the close to 400 students who turned out at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, it was an absolute star turn. But just about two hours into the May 15 prom, as the DJ was playing Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen," the power went out. Some thought it was a senior prank.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Steve and Mia
Q: We're newly married. My husband and I have a great sex life, but the last couple of times he complained afterward of having awful headaches. What's that about? Mia: Sex headaches aren't all that unusual. Typically, they happen after an orgasm, but they can also start in the pre-orgasmic phase. Sometimes they go away on their own. But instead of waiting for that, see a doctor to rule out a possibility of an aneurysm or hemorrhage. Meanwhile, your guy should relax a little more while you're getting busy - at least until you figure out what's what.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
The guests of honor at the St. Christopher's Hospital for Children "prom" hit the red carpet on Saturday well after the paparazzi - staff, family members, and a few professional photographers - had staked out key vantage points along the red velvet ropes. Finally, 55 children with cancer strode out or rolled in as their names were announced one by one. The girls wore frilly, shiny dresses. Most of the boys were in black suits. Little Liam, who had just turned 1, went first, in his father's arms.
SPORTS
April 26, 2015 | Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jacob Hafer was in a hurry on Friday. He wanted to get the Berks Catholic 4x100 relay team off to a fast start in its race at the 121st Penn Relays. He also wanted to get back to the Reading area in time to prepare for his senior prom. Hafer has a busy life. A good life. A miraculous life. "Someone died so I could live," Hafer said in a stark and poignant description of his special place in this world as the recipient of a heart transplant. Hafer, a thoughtful 19-year-old, will be the first to say that every day is special for him. But some days are more special than others.
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