March 11, 2014 |
WILLINGBORO Jim Ayrer, an early homeowner in the suburban experiment conceived by developer William J. Levitt, has witnessed the changes that defined the community these last five decades. As a longtime resident, Ayrer watched the cookie-cutter houses and winding streets sprout from farmland and grow into a thriving township with 33,000 people. As an elected town councilman for 34 years, he also has seen the town's challenges: the deterioration and reimagining of the town's bustling shopping center and the empty houses that appeared on the landscape due to the recent real estate crash and recession.
March 7, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brad Lidge was knee-deep in an ancient Roman bath last summer, about an hour north of Rome, when he uncovered a piece of history. "Probably 15 minutes into it," Lidge said, "I found this really cool ancient Roman coin. " Such is the retired life of Lidge, the team MVP of the 2008 world champions who bowed out of baseball after his right arm gave out in the seasons that followed his perfect, first season in Philadelphia. Lidge is getting his Master's degree in Roman archeology from the University of Leicester in England, taking online courses that also involve annual excavation excursions in Italy.
March 3, 2014 |
For one night, the spirit that used to accompany more-successful teams was pervasive through the sold-out crowd of 20,856 at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers fans came to honor Allen Iverson, who had his No. 3 jersey lifted to the rafters. Even though the 38-year-old Iverson is four years past his last NBA game, he can still draw and inspire a crowd. Another Sixers loss was by far the secondary story, this time a 122-103 defeat to the Washington Wizards. It was the 13th consecutive defeat.
March 3, 2014 |
He wore black from top to toe. Black fedora. Black jacket. Black jeans. Black shoes. He even wore black-rimmed glasses, the sort of concession to age that he was never willing to make as a player. You had to look at him. It was stark. It was arresting. It was Allen Iverson. It was perfect. He came back to the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night for a ceremony to retire his Sixers uniform No. 3, for a night thick with nostalgia, much of it genuine, much of it carefully crafted and cherry-picked.
March 2, 2014 |
The 76ers interrupt this drab season to introduce a high level of excitement with the retirement of Allen Iverson's jersey during halftime of the game against the Washington Wizards at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center. Entering Friday, the Sixers were 29th out of 30 NBA teams in attendance, averaging 13,456. Iverson is once again bringing out the fans. The Sixers said that only a limited number of tickets were available. For a Sixers team that is 15-43 and has lost 12 in a row, an event with such a big-game feel will be a welcome diversion.
February 28, 2014 |
If we're judging strictly by box office numbers, Mamma Mia! marks a watershed for women in theater. Produced, written, and directed by women, since its 1999 London premiere the show has been everywhere, done everything, and raked in billions of dollars to the tunes of an Abba soundtrack. This still-surprisingly feminist plot set on a romantic Greek isle is the Aphrodite of all jukebox musicals: a work so pleasing to the eye and ear that none can resist its charms. Except we're not judging by numbers, we're judging this particular tour (the show's third U.S. tour, and seventh pass through Philadelphia)
February 23, 2014 |
How coaches "do things" has always held the attention of Downingtown East's Bob Schnure. The X's and O's, the strategy involved in the sport of basketball. Whether Schnure was watching a game at home with his wife, Fran Baliotti, and making her rewind so he could jot down the play they had just witnessed, or listening to countless coaches such as John Wooden and Pat Summitt at clinics, his curiosity for basketball has never waned. A paragon of success in his 35-year coaching career at Downingtown High School and then Downingtown East, Schnure still has that curiosity.
February 20, 2014 |
A Port Richmond man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing and wounding a recently retired Philadelphia police officer after a night of drinking at a neighborhood bar. Joseph Fitzgerald, 31, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a weapons count in a deal with prosecutors in which he was immediately released from prison to start six years of reporting probation. Fitzgerald was arrested in the Aug. 19, 2013, stabbing of George Orth, 56, who had retired five months earlier after 24 years with the Police Department.
February 12, 2014 |
It's time for some financial housekeeping in 2014. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you prepare: Can you still contribute to your individual retirement account (IRA) for 2013? Yes, definitely. For the 2013 tax year, the last day to open a new IRA or contribute to an existing IRA is Tuesday, April 15, 2014, according to local investment giant Vanguard. Be sure to indicate to your brokerage or investment firm whether your contribution is for 2013 or 2014. What's the maximum you can put away?
February 11, 2014 |
AS JAKE BERGEY walked onto the Wells Fargo Center turf and looked up to the rafters Saturday night, emotions and memories from his 10-year playing career in Philadelphia began to come back. The son of former Eagles linebacker Bill Bergey earned one accolade not found on his father's résumé Saturday, 6 years after playing his final game for the Wings. The second leading scorer in team history was recognized in a pregame ceremony as the team retired his No. 66 jersey prior to its 8-6 loss to Edmonton.