March 28, 2015 |
Ruby Smith Marshall was known at William Allen Middle School in Moorestown as the leaf book lady, said a daughter, Robbin Williams. At the beginning of each school year, her students would have to go out and get leaves on field trips to nearby Strawbridge Lake Park or down in the Pine Barrens. They would then arrange and identify their findings in booklets, as part of the Leaf Book Project, for Mrs. Marshall's life science classes. "Many of her students credited her for their accomplishments" in later life, her daughter said, some of them developing careers in sciences themselves.
March 26, 2015 |
DRESSED IN A STETSON HAT with his best girl, Ruby, by his side, wine-cellar designer Scot Ziskind attended the state House of Representatives hearing on medical marijuana in Center City yesterday for his health - and his livelihood. Ziskind, 57, has a seizure disorder and relies only on Ruby - his service dog - and marijuana to manage his illness. Although nobody denies that Ruby belongs in Ziskind's life, the little green plant he also depends on, which he is forced to obtain illegally, is a different story.
November 6, 2014 |
WHAT'S NEW on Twitter? Am I doing well enough at work? Where are my kids? What's the latest on Putin - I'm going to a party tonight and I don't want to look stupid. Sound familiar? Comedian Ruby Wax said that humans "don't have the bandwidth" mentally to survive the demands of 21st-century life. With our brains constantly stimulated, many of us are on the verge of a mental breakdown - whether we are among the one in four people living with a mental illness or not. Wax tackles this issue, as well as methods to combat the chaos, in her book, Sane New World , a bestseller in Britain that came out yesterday in the U.S. She'll bring a stage companion to the book to Christ Church Neighborhood House on Nov. 13 as part of the 13th annual First Person Arts Festival, which began yesterday and runs through Nov. 15 at locations troughout the city.
September 30, 2014 |
Philadelphia's Unified Dispatch Unit is shoehorned into a nondescript office on the seventh floor of City Hall. With its stained drop-ceiling panels and fluorescent lighting, the office hardly looks controversial. Duct tape covers tears in the industrial-gray carpet. On one dingy buff-colored wall is a map of the city. On another is a poster: "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part. " Managing Director Richard Negrin describes it as the city's nerve center, a hub that allows Philadelphia's public servants to communicate with one another day or night.
June 14, 2014 |
Ruby Dee, 91, the trailblazing actress, activist and American social conscience, died Wednesday night of natural causes at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., surrounded by her three children and seven grandchildren. She had outlived soul mate Ossie Davis, her husband of 56 years, by nearly a decade. On Broadway, in movies, and as a civil rights activist, the birdlike woman with the stirring alto voice was a change-maker and also a beneficiary of the changes she helped make. "I didn't have the kind of talent or personality that kept me dreaming about Hollywood," she reflected late in life.
December 13, 2013
WHAT HAPPENS when the classic strains of Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky are blended with a cartoon show that is a hit with the preschool crowd? The answer can be found tomorrow at Upper Darby's Tower Theater, which is hosting two performances of "Max & Ruby in the Nutcracker Suite. " While most folks are probably aware of "The Nutcracker," you likely don't know Max and Ruby unless you are the parent of young ones. For the uninitiated, the two are the stars of "Max & Ruby," which airs on cable's Nick Jr. channel.
November 23, 2013 |
The picture book Tea for Ruby is transformed into a stage production by the Metropolitan Ballet Company on Saturday and Sunday at Abington Friends School's Josephine Muller Auditorium. Children can also have a queen's tea with the book's New York Times best-selling illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser. Ruby is having trouble learning good manners, but she is determined to succeed. She receives a surprise invitation to have tea with the queen at the palace and works hard to learn etiquette befitting a princess.
November 1, 2013 |
On Thompson Street in Bordentown, Halloween is usually over the top. This year, it's over the rainbow. Residents inspired by an accomplished pair of design professionals in their midst have transformed the charming block of 19th-century wooden houses into a Wizard of Oz fantasy. Ruby slippers are suspended like sneakers from utility wires. Witches' hats, gnarled "talking" trees, and other decorative riffs on the classic 1939 movie adorn facades and front steps; a yellow-brick pattern is painted on the pavement.
September 10, 2013 |
Ruby is a beautiful and sweet bilingual (Spanish and English) 14-year-old. Talented and creative, she is interested in music and plays the clarinet for her school. She also enjoys various arts and crafts, including drawing and sketching. Her favorite foods are rice, beans, chicken, and pizza. Ruby describes herself as shy, but once she is comfortable in a setting, she warms up and has fun. She recently graduated from the eighth grade and was eager to attend high school this fall.
October 12, 2012 |
RUBY IS in limbo. She's fine with it, until it dawns on her that she's not fine at all. Directed by Ava DuVernay, "Middle of Nowhere" follows Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) as she wallows in her own inertia, eventually allowing her to break free. Once a promising medical student, Ruby drops out of school so she can be at the beck and call of her incarcerated husband, Derek ("Dark Blue's" Omari Hardwick, who starred in DuVernay's directorial debut "I Will Follow"). She takes the night shift at her nursing job so she can be home for Derek's phone calls, willingly goes into debt to fund Derek's defense, and rides the bus two hours every weekend for the short time she can visit him. Ruby is constantly in motion - on public transportation in several scenes - but she never goes anywhere.