July 3, 2015 |
In these days of flag-related controversy, one thing's for sure: Old Glory, born in Philly, flying from poles and gates and kids' streamer-covered bikes from Old City to Sea Isle City, DelCo to the Poconos, is one banner we can all get behind. And if the Stars and Stripes are made of sugar and butter and other good stuff? All the better. Gus Isgro, of 111-year-old Isgro Pasticceria , at 10th and Christian streets, has been baking flag cakes since before the Bicentennial. His longtime favorite version is vanilla layer with strawberries or raspberries and white whipped cream or buttercream stripes, and a square of summer blueberries with whipped cream/buttercream stars.
November 6, 2014 |
Nerlens Noel remained as the first-unit center Tuesday when the 76ers returned to practice. In a 104-93 loss to the Houston Rockets on Monday, Noel slid from the power forward position to starting center because Henry Sims had an upper respiratory infection. Sims was healthy Tuesday, but he ran with the second unit during the team's practice in front of the troops at the McGuire Fitness Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. "I'm personally in a mode where we can experiment with some things," coach Brett Brown said.
June 13, 2014 |
Lorie Surnitsky's husband likes to call her the flag police. She wouldn't go that far. But at 74, she's someone who still takes the time to look up at a flag and remember what it stands for. Two American flags in particular are hurting her sense of national pride. They fly on the 2100 Parkway Apartments on 21st and Winter Streets - a gateway, she says, to the historic city. And they're torn and tattered, barely recognizable, more like tissue paper than the Stars and Stripes.
September 17, 2013 |
CHERRY HILL Nineteen thousand feet above sea level was far from the wet and wind where John MacCausland likes to play. But the champion sailboat racer from Cherry Hill had always wanted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, just as he had set his sights for decades on another goal: the world championship in the Star class of sailboats. He had won 19 East Coast championships and six North American championships since he began racing Stars as a teenager. He even crewed on the America's Cup winner, Stars and Stripes, in 1987.
July 2, 2013 |
SUPPOSE WE threw a party and everyone came. That's the aim of the "America's birthday" celebration "Wawa Welcome America," which takes over Center City every July Fourth holiday week. This year, the dream could come true as never before. The talent lineup for the Philly 4th of July Jam on the Parkway extravangaza - billed as the "largest free concert in America" - is exceptionally strong, and the most contemporary and diverse in Welcome America history. We're talking John Mayer, J. Cole, Demi Lovato, Jill Scott, Ne- Yo, Grace Potter and Ben Taylor , with backing throughout by the Roots (who'll also get their own set)
June 29, 2013 |
Remember when Independence Day was just that - a day? One that kicked off with Sousa bands and stirring orations, progressed through charred hot dogs, sunburns, and sparklers, and came too quickly to its razzle-dazzle end in the early night sky? Over the years, as American holidays are wont to do, the Fourth of July ballooned into the long weekend, and the even-longer weekend, until it became a mini-season crammed with more goings-on than Uncle Sam could shake his famous forefinger at. This year across the region, the nation's birthday celebrations - its 237th, arriving Thursday - will commence almost a week ahead, and last a good three days after.
November 1, 2012 |
In Hurricane Sandy's hellacious rampage across the New Jersey shore, she destroyed homes, businesses, lives and dreams. And among the ravages, certainly not the most grave, but surely among the most weirdly beloved, was The Shack. "It's gone," said Chet Atkins, who owns the land where the revered, collapsing pile of sunbleached cedar and pine planks stood defiantly for decades. "I saw it with my own eyes. There are some pilings sticking out, but it's gone. " The small building had survived nearly 80 years on its sandy ground.
August 3, 2012 |
Like most of you, I'm spending some time these days watching the Olympics. It's especially fun to see more obscure sports like fencing, table tennis, and beach volleyball get their moments in the sun, and there are always a few upsets and feel-good stories to keep us riveted. But given my day job as a professor, I can't help but see the Olympics as a sublime lesson in nationalism. Every Olympic year, I ask my students whether they get a subtle thrill when one of their countrymen wins or are disappointed when one loses.
May 25, 2012 |
"I want to say, ‘Thank you for your service,'?" said Marissa Colbeck, 14. "?‘What you do is brave, and I wouldn't be all right without you, so thanks for taking care of us.'?" Said fellow eighth-grader Kevin Calhoun: "It's the least we can do. " What they did was pretty impressive. Right in time for Memorial Day, "Hearts for Heroes" was the name given to the effort organized by Patty Watson, a patriotic volunteer, mother and former nurse from near Buffalo, N.Y., who has a New Jersey connection.
November 10, 2011 |
A LITTLE BOY in pajamas enters the living room where his parents are watching TV late at night and says, "I don't feel so good. I think I need a hug. " Is there a dry eye in the house? Bil Keane's famed comic feature "Family Circus" had many such tender moments, as the cartoonist sought to portray American family life as it is, or at least once was in more innocent times, over the 50 years it appeared in about 1,500 newspapers around the country. The little boy who needed a hug was patterned after Bil's son Jeff, who has been drawing the one-panel comic with his father's help for the last several years.