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June 13, 1995 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Staff Writer
Talk about a production: The Wilma Theater is pulling out all stops for the groundbreaking of its new digs at the northeast corner of Broad and Spruce streets. In grand showbiz tradition, the Wilma has promised "a plethora of local actors" and a 110-piece marching band - plus a brief dramatic spectacle of unspecified authorship - for Thursday morning's historic shovel-tilting, to which you and I have been cordially invited. Historic? You betcha. The new Wilma will be the first new theater built in Center City since the Forrest went up in 1928.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 1987 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Theater Critic
The Wilma Theater is "deep into negotiations" for a new address on Broad Street. Managing director W. Courtenay Wilson confirms that talks have been under way for some weeks with an unnamed developer to place a new 300-seat playhouse in a multi-use complex proposed for the northeast corner of Broad and Spruce streets, adjacent to the Hershey Hotel and diagonally across from the site of the new Philadelphia Orchestra concert hall. The Wilma would occupy some 22,000 square feet of space located on three floors, to include, in addition to the theater, offices, studios, a technical shop and a lobby.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2004 | By Diane Goldsmith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You don't have to spy a stand of daffodils to catch spring fever. It starts with the first hint of balminess and continues as the urge to refresh and renew our homes becomes overpowering. To help you focus on the months ahead, consider that: March is a good time to think of what you'd like your home to be. More versatile? Perhaps your rooms can multitask. A home office can double as a guest room, a dining room as a crafts space. Consider versatile furniture, such as sleeper sofas and consoles with storage, to get you there.
NEWS
November 30, 2000 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For the Reeds, a 1986 Mother's Day snapshot suddenly has more poignancy. There's mother Kathy standing with Michelle, then 5, and Bob, then 1 1/2. And there, just behind them, in front of the porch, is a scrawny little blue spruce, less than five feet tall. Over the years, the children grew. Michelle, 20, is in college. Bob is 16. But the tree grew faster. It got to be a lush 25 feet high. Its branches began to block the front walk. Its roots were surely threatening the septic system.
NEWS
March 19, 1998 | By Tanyanika Samuels, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Driving along Clements Bridge Road, toward the Deptford Mall, there's not much to see. "Right now when you look at the area, it's generally blah," said Township Manager Joe Picardi. The township is planning to spruce up the area. In the coming weeks, the township will be installing 32 old-fashioned lights, 50 feet apart, along the concrete median that divides the strip off Route 42. "Clements Bridge Road is one of the main thoroughfares in the township; it's one of the first look-sees that you get of [Deptford]
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
MOMENTS AFTER his birth, Gary Chilutti was left for dead. Fifty-seven years later, the sadness of that fact pales in comparison to what happened next: He was found, he was loved instantly and he was wanted desperately by two wonderful couples before finally being adopted by a third wonderful couple. "I hit the jackpot with my parents," says Chilutti. "I couldn't have asked for better people. But learning about all this," he says, sifting through photos of one of the couples who'd hoped to adopt him long ago, "is just incredible.
NEWS
May 15, 1998 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / TOM GRALISH
With the weather finally permitting, Port Richmond residents spruce up the Veterans of Foreign Wars memorial at Somerset and Aramingo, getting it ready for Memorial Day. Kathleen Boyce (right) planted petunias yesterday while Dom Guarracino watered them.
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REAL_ESTATE
July 25, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Space & Co. agent Kent Reichert checks out most of the properties that go on the market in Mount Airy, and the house at 209 Pelham Rd. started out as just another on his list. These days, however, 209 Pelham is right at the top of it. Acting as buyer's agent for his brother, Christopher, and two other investors, Reichert put in an offer of $325,000 for the 4,700-square-foot, eight-bedroom house in December, and it was accepted. "It was in solid condition, but it just didn't show that well," Reichert said, standing in the front yard as roofers worked above him, mature shade trees shielding them from a blazing sun in early July.
NEWS
July 23, 2016
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we've got you covered. KIDS 10:30 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, Gratz College Theater, 7605 Old York Rd., Melrose Park. $14; $12 ages 12 and under. 215-659-8550 . Abington's Storybook Musical Theatre presents Patricia Goldberg and Kevin Arruda's musical adaptation of the classic tale of a selfless young woman betrothed to an arrogant prince transformed into a hideous creature - and the true meaning of love.  - Michael Harrington 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Historic Fair Hill , 2901 Germantown Ave. Free.
NEWS
June 22, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The flags along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway have started to fray. The sidewalks around the Convention Center are showing cracks. And Center City construction sites block sidewalks along main pedestrian routes. A little more than a month out from the July 25-28 Democratic National Convention, it's time to tidy up. With that in mind, the convention's host committee over the last few months has deployed a crew of volunteers to canvass the areas around the Convention Center and the Wells Fargo Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2016
Friday-Sunday Love and death Sophie Treadwell's grimly expressionistic 1928 drama Machinal reflects the playwright's other career as a journalist. It's based on the era's sensational murder trials of young women, ritualistically telling the story of a downtrodden stenographer who marries her boss, kills him when she falls for a younger man, and ends up on death row. The EgoPo Classic Theater production goes on at the Latvian Society, Seventh and Spring Garden Streets. Times: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2016
SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK The long: You weren't one of the 750,000 who stopped by this psychedelic, LED-lit, half-floating, free Penn's Landing pop-up last summer? What were you waiting for? An early opening? The short: How's this Friday? The demo: Philadelphians. Nearly all a' dem. The games: Shipping-container arcades have Skee-Ball, air hockey, claw cranes, and racing games; grounds have bocce, ping-pong, shuffleboard . . . Come hungry: "Top Chef" Kevin Sbraga is serving brisket, pulled pork, hot fish sandwiches (The Little Fat Ham)
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Spruce Street Harbor Park will soon reopen for a third summer of hammocks, food, views and more on the Delaware riverfront. The wildly popular park will open May 6, according to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. That's about three weeks earlier than the so-called pop-up park opened last year. The park made its debut in late June 2014 and quickly drew fans from Philadelphia and elsewhere, with one travel publication calling the riverfront oasis one of the "world's best urban beaches.
NEWS
February 22, 2016
A New York City high school senior is giving Gloucester City residents a chance to help create an imaginative work of public art on their downtown waterfront. Fish sculptures hand-painted by students and adults in the city will be affixed to a sinuous, 20-foot-long "wave wall" to be installed in Proprietor's Park along the Delaware River. The transparent, 7-foot-high wall is the first step in a $30,000, privately funded effort to improve the appearance of an imposing but rather stark waterfront landmark known as the Betsy Ross Pavilion, as well as its surroundings.
SPORTS
September 9, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The recent Philadelphia University graduates, all cross-country runners at the school, were trying to figure out what they were doing back here on a Sunday morning at Belmont Plateau. Stockholm syndrome, they finally came up with, realizing what they were about to put their bodies through. "Here we're paying to run," said 2015 Philly U. grad Eric Lacy of being back at the place where he had run so many college races. They were laughing, of course. The course itself is a Philadelphia icon, for generations a communal gathering spot for athletes of all speeds and sizes and ages.
NEWS
August 15, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
Equipped with power tools, city crews swept through Center City and West Philadelphia this week to pick up abandoned bicycles ahead of Pope Francis' visit next month. Workers from the Mayor's Office and the Streets Department collected 73 bike frames in the semiannual cleanup, said Denise Goren, director of policy and planning at the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities. The sweep, with the aim of clearing sidewalks and parking areas, began Wednesday morning in West Philadelphia and continued Thursday in Center City.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Installation of scaffolding began Monday in preparation for repairs to the roof, skylights, gutters, and stone facade of the Frank Furness-designed Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts building on North Broad Street. Academy officials said that slate on the mansard roof of the 1876 National Historic Landmark needed replacement, and that deteriorating flat roof surfaces, skylights, and gutters also needed repair. Some leakage into the interior has occurred, leading to plaster ceiling damage above the central stairwell.
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