June 14, 2015 |
So far, what has passed for spring in the Philadelphia area this year has been relatively calm and much too dry. Yet Farmers Insurance reports that examined claims in 2013 and 2014 showed that spring accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners' claims nationwide during that two-year period. April, May, and June saw a 52 percent increase in homeowners' claims over January, February, and March, the claims showed. Twenty-five percent of all homeowners' claims filed during the spring in Pennsylvania were for water-related issues.
June 4, 2015 |
Though some may know Atglen is home to Schiffer Publishing, how many stylistas among us had any inkling that the company - known for producing books on subjects from antiques to military history - is behind a 320-page coffee-table tome featuring 69 shows from 2015 spring New York Fashion Week? Exactly. Who'da thunk it? This month, the company's fledgling imprint, Schiffer Fashion Press, will release its fifth edition of The SFP LookBook: From Atelier to Runway , this time by 34-year-old blogger-turned-author Andrea Kiliany Thatcher.
May 21, 2015 |
Minutes before his Harriton team did battle with Radnor in a District 1 semifinal Tuesday, a hopeful George Dick hoped aloud for one more upset. "I thought there would be one upset tonight, but I was hoping it would be us," he said. "We'll see. " Great Valley had already knocked off top-seeded Conestoga in the first game of a District 1 girls' lacrosse semifinal doubleheader at Haverford High. Thanks to a five-goal effort from Jane Henderson, No. 3 Harriton completed a night of upsets with a 13-11 win over No. 2 Radnor.
May 18, 2015 |
Lucas Spence scored five goals to lead Springfield (Delco) past Spring-Ford, 9-8, in a District 1 boys' lacrosse quarterfinal at Harriton. Zach Hare led the Rams with three goals. In another District 1 quarterfinal at Harriton, Tommy Sopko's goal gave Conestoga a 9-8 win over Penncrest. John Roulston had eight saves for the Pioneers. Girls' Lacrosse Maddie Lally returned from a concussion to make nine saves, helping Radnor defeat Garnet Valley, 12-9, in a District 1 lacrosse quarterfinal at West Chester East.
May 12, 2015 |
WHAT IS THIS academic world coming to? Tom Brady gets caught with his air compressor on so now they're going to be teaching a four-credit course on "Deflategate" at the University of New Hampshire. UNH sports law professor Michael McCann designed the course, which according to its description, will be about "the interplay between those footballs . . . and the legal, regulatory and journalistic systems governing sports. " So, got to thinking: If courses can be offered in that, why not have some Philadelphia sports officials teach a course?
May 9, 2015 |
Get ready for the spring bugs. High on everybody's watch list: the dreaded azalea scale. This looks like mealybugs, and sometimes like very tiny gray turtles. They don't move around much, but spend their time well-protected under waxy covers, sucking the juice from the branches and making the stems sticky with honeydew, which in turn encourages mold to grow, which is ultimately what kills the plant. But the young will be moving out from under cover in the next few weeks, and will be vulnerable to sprays of insecticidal soap.
May 8, 2015
RICH LANDAU and Kate Jacoby, owners and executive chefs of Vedge, provided this recipe for Gene Baur's new book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day. Baur writes, "I love this robust 'catch-of-the-day' tomato soup, because here the catch isn't fish, it's wild mushrooms, peas, leeks and fennel. Served with a slice of toasted sourdough bread, this is a compassionate version of a San Francisco classic.
May 7, 2015 |
Zach Hare was about 8 years old when he stumbled across what would become his ticket to collegiate athletics. After Spring-Ford dominated Methacton, 12-4, Tuesday in a Pioneer Athletic Conference semifinal at Owen J. Roberts, the senior midfielder recounted the day he found buried treasure. "I actually found a lacrosse stick in my garage one day," said Hare, who scored two goals and added an assist. "I asked my dad what it was, and he said it was his stick from college. And it kind of all took off from there.
May 6, 2015 |
DON'T expect songs about the undead from Emily Kinney, but the singer has taken inspiration from her time acting on the apocalyptic AMC drama "The Walking Dead. " As she gears up for the August release of her debut album, "This Is War," Kinney is taking her musical chops - already familiar to "Dead" fans from her soothing, songs-around-the-campfire scenes with head zombie fighter Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - to stages across the country. She'll play a sold-out show Friday at MilkBoy.
May 4, 2015 |
A FISTFUL OF FREE comics, an earful of 40 live bands, a street full of 100 vendors, an eyeful of 27 artists, a mouthful of 30 eateries, a mugful of German beer and a pop-up lawn of family fun stuff may draw crowds of 30,000 to today's free South Street Spring Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. "South Street is like the boardwalk of Philadelphia," said restaurateur Daniel Christensen, who co-owns Copabanana and Redwood bistro, and chairs the South Street...