April 29, 2014 |
IT WAS ANYTHING but an offensive outbreak at Temple's annual Cherry & White game at Cardinal O'Hara High on Saturday. The beautiful afternoon featured an opportunity for Temple fans, parents and alumni to get a sneak peak of the Owls in their first live action of 2014. The intersquad battle ended with the White team earning a 10-9 victory over the Cherry squad. "I think when [the fans] come out and watch us practice more than when we scrimmage they see how we do things and it's good for the school; it's good for the program," coach Matt Rhule said.
April 27, 2014 |
SHAMONG New Jersey's pine forests are considered by experts to be among the most flammable landscapes in the United States. So it was no surprise when flames licked the pines and oaks, and sizzled the underbrush, in a small section of the vast Wharton State Forest on Friday, within three days of four other wildfires in the region. The wind was not quite as blustery as it had been, the humidity was increasing, and the region was expecting a good soaking rain overnight, the National Weather Service said.
April 25, 2014 |
A YEAR IS supposed to make a difference. Last spring, Temple had a first-year coach in Matt Rhule, a former Owl assistant. And a bunch of young players who were learning new systems. There's still only a handful of scholarship seniors on the roster. Now the team is coming off a 2-10 season that included way too many near-misses. Along the way it at least saw the next quarterback emerge in true freshman P.J. Walker, who made everyone around him look better. You have to start somewhere.
April 25, 2014 |
As the weather warms and the days lengthen, the long-awaited glory of spring has arrived with splashes of pink and yellow in the trees, with green leaves and buds bursting out all over. The gentle breezes beckon us outside, and colorful lighter fare beckons at the table. Paschal lamb and spring chickens are available at the market, but my tastes turn to veggies, especially the tender shoots, sprouts, and spears of spring. At this time of year, it's a snap to add a splash of brightness and pizzazz to every plate at every meal.
April 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The bad news for Philadelphia bicyclists: A bike-sharing program, like ones other cities have, won't be launched here this fall, as previously hoped. The good news: Officials plan to announce Thursday that it will happen next spring. Mayor Nutter's office has chosen the contractors who will operate the fledgling system. B-Cycle, a Wisconsin-based firm that supplies bike-share systems around the nation, plans to provide 1,800 bikes and 185 stations for Philadelphia.
April 24, 2014
SO, what, you didn't lose those 20 pounds, you made it to the gym only twice this month and you're still struggling with the portions. Does that sound familiar? If so, ditch the negativity and focus on what you did accomplish and vow to slam dunk those resolutions this spring. Don't sweat it, nearly everyone threw in the towel on those New Year's resolutions this year. The good news: Spring is here, and with spring comes renewal. Spring offers us yet another chance to slam dunk it, baby.
April 21, 2014 |
Spring has been here for more than a month, and I'm just getting to seasonal cleaning suggestions. From Robin Wilson, described as a healthy-space designer and "ambassador" for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, come the following tips: In the bathroom, get rid of your vinyl shower curtain, because it holds mold more easily and off-gases. Use a nylon curtain instead. Use nontoxic cleansers, and always lower the toilet seat when flushing to ensure that spraying particles do not land near or on your towels, toothbrushes, or soaps.
April 14, 2014 |
Saturday was a bad time to be a record in Coatesville. Athletes were smashing marks left and right during the 44th Track and Field Association of Greater Philadelphia Spring Invitational. Five individual meet records fell in the boys-only event, including in the 100-meter dash, a race in which two runners broke the old mark. La Salle's Charles Headen won the 100 in 10.87 seconds. Randall Johnson of Central Bucks South came in right behind at 11.13. Cardinal O'Hara's Kevin James broke the 1,600 record by less than a second when he crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 16.86 seconds.
April 14, 2014 |
LANSDALE On the first beautiful spring weekend of the year, it was hard to tell who was enjoying the day more - all the kids running around from one activity to another, or their parents, just glad to be out of the house. "Being inside all winter was not the best," said Gena Ortega, 34, of North Wales, who came with Lily, 6, and Laila, 22 months, to the Peter Wentz Farmstead's annual Sheep Shearing Day. About 1,000 visitors came to see the farm's five ewes and one ram get their spring haircuts at the public park in Lansdale.
April 12, 2014 |
Why wait? If you're the group that oversees the Philadelphia Film Festival, the annual fall movie marathon, and you've Kickstarted and fundraised, restored and retrofitted an old Center City moviehouse, why not throw a festival there whenever you want? Why just October? No reason. And so, to show off the Roxy Theater near Rittenhouse Square, and bring to town top-tier titles whose release schedules don't jibe with the main fall program, the Philadelphia Film Society offers its first Spring Showcase - 25 films in seven days.