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 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.
April 12, 2014 |
CAMDEN The homeless living in tents throughout Camden are facing new problems with trash piling up, as local authorities prepare for spring cleaning. Residents said they hope the garbage is removed, but are concerned they could lose their campsites. In recent days, officials bulldozed away from the highway trash that blocked the main entrance to the "backwoods," an encampment off Admiral Wilson Boulevard near North 12th Street. Throughout Camden, there are at least six sites where people live outside - 50 to 60 people overall.
April 11, 2014 |
Picture new grasses poking through soil, the first wildflowers sending out buds as thin as crepe paper. Then picture a barn animal let loose on the first spring pasture. Picture its eyes widening at the sight and smell of so many jewel-colored edibles - after four or five months of hay. The flavors of spring flora are tender and herbaceous - which is why cheese made from spring milk lives in a rarefied realm. Over the next few weeks, local cheese counters will set out an array of the supplest cheeses imaginable.
April 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA The mean streets of Philadelphia? Do you mean the clean streets of Philadelphia? Nearly 20,000 volunteers joined in the seventh annual Philly Spring Cleanup on Saturday, organizers said. "We want to start off cleaning season with a bang," said Donald Carlton, deputy commissioner of the city's Streets Department. "We put our best foot forward. . . . We want to do something symbolic. " The symbolism included Mayor Nutter, officials from various sponsoring groups, and Connor Barwin, an outside linebacker for the Eagles.
April 6, 2014 |
CHICAGO – Someday we might be able to extract Chase Utley's deepest thoughts and most pleasant memories from a career that still might land him in the Hall of Fame. Like his Hall of Fame manager, however, there's little chance the Phillies second baseman is going to reveal much of anything about himself until his career is over. In his mind, Utley has too much to do, too little time to do it and he'd rather spend his time trying to get it all done instead of talking about it. Ryne Sandberg understands his second baseman because that's exactly what Ryne Sandberg was like when he made a living playing baseball for the Chicago Cubs here in the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.
April 4, 2014 |
Since the early 1970s, all-news radio KYW-AM (1060) had been broadcast from "here on Independence Mall" - a touchstone for the region. KYW anchors peppered the radio waves daily with that location as they fired off news bulletins that informed listeners of "the world" in 22-minute stretches. "We had a gorgeous view," morning anchor Carol MacKenzie said recently of KYW's 10th-floor studios at Fourth and Market Streets. "The sunrises there were spectacular. I had so many pictures on my cellphone.
April 3, 2014 |
Master limited partnerships are increasingly profitable and popular investments - particularly if you're playing the energy boom in Pennsylvania's backyards. But come tax time, these MLPs can also delay the filing of your returns. MLPs invest in oil and gas exploration and production, shale drilling, pipelines, and energy transport. Each year, these partnerships issue for investors income statements for tax purposes known as K-1s. But often the statements don't arrive until late March or early April, local financial planners say. John Nealon, Wilkes-Barre-based northern Pennsylvania regional managing partner at the accounting firm ParenteBeard, says there is widespread confusion among investor clients about who is responsible for finding the K-1s.
April 3, 2014 |
The intrepid sun has finally beaten the frost into reluctant retreat. The croci have gathered enough confidence to venture their tender shoots outside the earth's blanket. After months of hibernation, you step outside to take a deep breath of warm, sweet, fresh air and ... Hack. Wheeze. Gasp. Shiver. Moan. Back to bed you go. Influenza B, the annual spring flu, is on the rise. With its cruel sense of timing, the virus has hit the Delaware Valley - and the nation - with slightly more virulence than usual.
April 3, 2014 |
THE SWALLOWS come back to Capistrano. The monarch butterflies flutter away from Pacific Grove. Every spring. And every spring, the new baseball books arrive, polished and scrubbed, brimming with promise, kids on the first day of school. Have the Phillies ever had a bleaker spring? OK, 1960 comes to mind. Maybe '61, the year they wound up losing 23 in a row. You are going to need a good baseball book or two or three to get you through the summer. Leading off, "Where Nobody Knows Your Name.