June 14, 2016 |
John Pierce, 74, of Philadelphia, a retired elementary school physical education teacher, died Thursday, May 26, of cancer at a hospice in Christiana, Del. Known to family as "Johnny," Mr. Pierce was a native of Chester, Md., on Kent Island, the largest island in the Chesapeake Bay. He was the sixth of eight children born to Lina Pauls and Percy Pierce Sr. Mr. Pierce graduated from Kennard High School in Centreville, Md., in 1959, and earned...
April 11, 2016 |
Washington Township High School quarterback Mike Piperno passed for 1,563 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. But he's not the only Minuteman with a good arm. "A couple of these kids could really throw," Piperno said of participants in a Project Unify clinic on Wednesday. "I was getting nervous for my [starting quarterback] spot. " Piperno and fellow juniors Austin Hacking and Ryan Brady led the way as about 50 football players teamed with schoolmates with and without disabilities in a clinic designed to teach youngsters about passing, catching, and taking handoffs.
January 26, 2016 |
Ten cups. There always has to be 10 cups. That's the way Rachel Grace, the manager for the North Penn girls' basketball team, likes it. Or rather, that's what coach Maggie deMarteleire prefers, and similar to the mind-set of a successful player, Grace does what her coach asks of her. Over the course of a game, the conscientious Grace immediately greets each player who is subbed out with water. During timeouts, she supplies the cups as soon as the whistle blows. Then she's back, meticulously filling the cups throughout the entirety of the contest.
January 24, 2016
Eagle-eyed idea Connecticut . Cold, clear days are good for spotting bald eagles, hawks, and kestrels from the Shepaug Dam overlooking the Housatonic River. Observation area run by volunteers, open Wed., Sat., Sun. Reservations required. Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle Observation , Southbury, through first weekend of March. Hard stuff Delaware . Tours of a craft distillery give an inside look at making gin, vodka, corn whiskey, and experimental spirits. Set in a 1940s-era movie theater.
September 19, 2015 |
Lovable Lyle the Crocodile was discovered lounging in a bathtub in a Manhattan brownstone in 1962. First by the Primms, the family that bought the building from the acrobatic reptile's performing partner, Signor Valenti, and then by readers of Bernard Waber's classic children's book The House on East 88th Street . What followed was a series about the cosmopolitan croc - he shops the Upper East Side, picnics in Central Park, skates at Rockefeller Center...
August 28, 2015 |
DARRYL DAWKINS was more than a court jester. More than a supplier of monikers for dunks. And more than the guy in the loud, pastel or snakeskin suits. I was fortunate enough to know Dawkins on a personal level. On four occasions, he came to speak at the basketball camp I operate and no distance was too far. One time he left his home in Allentown an extra hour early (6:30 a.m.) because he was afraid he might run into traffic on the Turnpike and be late for his 9:30 engagement in Willingboro, N.J. That's the Darryl Dawkins I was fortunate to know.
July 28, 2015 |
THE SPECIAL Olympics World Games kicked off in Los Angeles over the weekend, and the Opening Ceremonies included an inspiring speech by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Charles, who won a national title at Texas and has gained over 1,000 yards each of the last three seasons - and five of his seven with the Chiefs - shared a story that resonated with the crowd. "When I was a boy, I had trouble reading," Charles said. "I found out I had a learning disability. People made fun of me. They said I would never go anywhere.
June 24, 2015 |
TAILGATERS AT Penn State football games will have a new brew to wash down all their 'dogs and ribs next season. The Latrobe City Brewing Co. is producing the Paterno Legacy Series of beer in honor of the late Joe Paterno, who died in January of 2012. JoePa spent 62 seasons with the Lions, 46 as their head coach, before he was fired amid the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The idea for the beer came from Jay Paterno, Joe's son, who was his father's assistant for 17 seasons.
June 20, 2015 |
Channing: Not so good Channing Tatum , who continues to grow as an artist - and no doubt as a human being - tells fans in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session that some of his early performances weren't exactly worthy of an Oscar. "How many times is too many times to see Step Up ?" one fan asked TC of his 2006 romantic dance film co-starring Jenna Dewan Tatum . "Hahahahaha! I guess you need to see it as many times as it takes you to realize how bad my acting is in it," says TC. "And fast-forward to the dancing parts after that.
June 6, 2015
ISSUE | SPECIAL ATHLETES Relay a message Despite advances that have been made over the years, men, women, and children with disabilities face negative stereotypes on a daily basis. This summer, Special Olympics and Bank of America are providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people to join the movement for equality. We're bringing the Unified Relay Across America to cities and towns throughout the country, including Philadelphia, where it continues Friday. The relay will give Philadelphians an unprecedented opportunity to show their commitment to inclusion and respect for all by simply getting involved.