December 5, 2013 |
Dewaine Osman digs Dixieland banjo. Sanford "Sandy" Catz has a thing for swing. But what these two Tri-State Jazz Society volunteers really love to hear is applause - for the rootsy, traditional jazz performers they present in the Philadelphia area. "We're helping keep something alive," says Catz, 70, a retired engineer who is the society's president. Adds Osman, the vice president, "Without promotion, this music would probably disappear into history. " The monthly concerts feature local, national, and occasionally international artists whose music echoes the early 20th century sound of New Orleans, as well as subsequent jazz forms that flourished before bebop took off in the 1940s.
November 1, 2013
STU Bykofsky wrote, regarding gay marriage: "First one change, then another?" Your point is that allowing gay marriage risks polygamy and all sorts of sordid damage to our society. Since you say you focus on the argument, not who raises it, let me ask about the following changes in our society in the past 50 years: * Allowing African-Americans to eat lunch at Woolworth's and drink at "white" fountains? (Remember: For millennia, slavery was traditional and even sanctioned in the Bible.)
October 23, 2013 |
AN ATTEMPTED robbery in Society Hill early yesterday ended with a man taking a bullet in his back. The 33-year-old man left Blurr Nightclub, on Banks Street near Chestnut, about 1:20 a.m., police said. He got to his SUV on Walnut Street near 2nd, placed the key in the door and bent over to pick up an iced-tea bottle. Suddenly, the man felt a handgun on his neck, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. He turned and saw two teens in dark sweatshirts, one of whom held a black handgun, police said.
October 18, 2013 |
Melinda Kurkian Gaffney, 71, of Pennsauken, who retired in the late 1990s as director of patient services for the Greater Delaware Valley chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, died of heart failure Sunday, Oct. 13, at Virtua Voorhees hospital. Mrs. Gaffney had a 25-year career with the chapter, her son, Christopher, said. Born in Merchantville, she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at Lycoming College in 1964 and pursued graduate studies at Rutgers-Camden.
October 16, 2013 |
It has 21 million documents squirreled away - and now the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has room for more. On Wednesday the society will celebrate its just-completed $5.7 million renovation, which will allow for another decade of squirreling, by opening its doors for free tours, refreshments, info sessions, discounts (everything but amazing Ginsu knives, although there will be a raffle), from 12:30 to 8 p.m. Most spectacular, the renovation ushers in an era of public showcases of material from the vast archives.
September 22, 2013 |
Robert T. Trump will turn 80 "around Turkey Day," as he puts it. Even though nearly five decades have passed since he began restoring houses in Society Hill, he can remember virtually every detail without a pause. A call to his house in Rhode Island finds him eager to chat, but he keeps an eye on the clock, so he won't miss picking up his son at the airport. "You know, Californians can't wait," Trump says. The genesis of our chat was Bell's Court, a stretch of trinities built in 1813-15 in Society Hill.
September 20, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - He may not have actually fallen off the turnip truck, but before he was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Gene DiGirolamo's world pretty much revolved around vegetables. By the early 1990s, with subdivisions and strip malls sprouting up throughout lower Bucks County, his family was working the last farm in Bensalem. "The demand for spinach went down at the same time there was an open House seat," said DiGirolamo, sitting at a conference table in his Capitol office in shorts and a T-shirt, just back from a midday run. When he first won the election in 1994 at age 44, he'd never even been to the state Capitol.
July 29, 2013 |
The real estate market is dominated by buyers looking for as much space as they can afford. One in which the average house size tops out at 2,400 square feet. Still, there are those - namely, the residents of tiny Bell's Court in Society Hill - who believe smaller has its advantages. In an almost 200-year-old brick structure about 50 feet wide and 14 feet deep, there are four 3½-story trinities, each 681 square feet, tucked into a courtyard along a pedestrian walkway starting from Spruce Street.
July 3, 2013 |
Stanhope Stryker Browne, 81, a man of refined tastes, dry wit, intellectual precision, progressive political ideals, and physical grandeur, died Saturday at a retirement home in Philadelphia, the one city he loved almost as much as Paris. One of the pioneering residents during Society Hill's revival in the 1960s, Mr. Browne was a key figure in the fight against an elevated stretch of I-95 that, he believed, would destroy the character of one of the country's most historic neighborhoods.
June 29, 2013 |
Edward W. Tawyea spent more than 20 years in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia nurturing a hillside garden with seven tiers. "Every one was its own little room," he says. Three years ago, in search of more city in the city, he moved to a circa 1827 Society Hill rowhouse. No tiers there, and not as much room, but lots of amenities: A walled garden 30 by 30 feet square, a small pond and basalt column fountain, one curvy raised bed, star magnolia and crape myrtle trees, and Tawyea's singular sensation: a green wall he built himself.