August 28, 2016 |
Summer symphony audiences are supposed to be easy. Just give them pleasant weather, a nice picnic, craft beer, the 1812 Overture with a few cannons . . . If only. Summer audiences can be more easily discouraged by weather than, say, regular season crowds at the Philadelphia Orchestra. And summer crowds, for example, don't take as well to reruns as you might think. Not even the 1812 Overture , cannons blasting, is fail-safe. So summer concert presenters are looking for new ways to attract and hold audiences.
August 27, 2016 |
James Austin, 80, of Sewell, the labor-union leader of an estimated 1,000 pressmen at the Inquirer, the Daily News, and other newspapers in the region from 1994 to 1997, died of complications from sepsis Tuesday, Aug. 23, at his home. "Jim was a very outstanding guy, firm but fair," said Joseph Inemer, president of Local 16-N of the Graphic Communications Conference-International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who succeeded Mr. Austin as the union's chief. Mr. Austin was a pressman at the Bulletin and, after it closed in January 1982, at the Daily News.
August 21, 2016
Angela Richman, Death Investigator, Book 1 By Elaine Viets Thomas & Mercer. 320 pp. $15.95 Reviewed by Oline H. Cogdill Best known for her humorous, light mysteries, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., author Elaine Viets confidently strides into darker terrain with Brain Storm , the launch of a new series about death investigator Angela Richman. Angela is doing quite well at her job investigating any death that doesn't happen under a doctor's care in wealthy Choteau County, Mo., near St. Louis.
July 17, 2016 |
Q. I've heard summer heat is especially dangerous for seniors. Why, and how can I protect myself? A. After age 50, one starts to become more susceptible to the effects of heat stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat stroke occurs when the body's temperature rises so rapidly that it loses the ability to sweat adequately to cool down. Common symptoms of heat stroke include dehydration, nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and, sometimes, loss of consciousness or coma.
June 30, 2016 |
Olivia Walters Miller worked after high school as a waitress and cosmetologist, as well as a dealer at casinos in Atlantic City, Connecticut, and Michigan. Then, in the year she turned 31, she earned her nursing degree. "She tried finding her niche, and then she found her passion," daughter Onya said. Mrs. Miller, 43, of Willingboro, a nurse-practitioner there, died Sunday, June 19, of complications from a stroke in May 2016. Mrs. Miller died after a week at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Charlotte, N.C., her daughter said.
June 12, 2016 |
The difficult Wissahickon course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and the wind that has made club selection a challenge have combined to send the scores a little higher at the Constellation Senior Players Championship. With the wind dying down a little bit Friday, the scoring average dropped more than a stroke from the day before, to 72.763. But the pacesetting 36-hole score of 2-under-par 138 by Brandt Jobe is the highest 36-hole score to lead a PGA Tour Champions event since the 2008 Senior PGA, when the top score was par 140 by Tom Purtzer.
June 11, 2016 |
The temperature was in the mid-50s and the wind was howling Thursday when Jay Don Blake teed off at 7:30 a.m. in the first group of the Constellation Senior Players Championship, wondering what havoc the weather was going to create in the opening round of the PGA Tour Champions major. "We had about three, four holes right in a row just dead into the wind and it was cold, ball was going nowhere," Blake said. "It was just kind of survival. " Blake somehow survived to the tune of a 2-under 68 over the Wissahickon course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and, to his surprise, saw that score hold up the entire day, allowing him to take a 1-stroke lead over four players.
April 18, 2016 |
READING, Pa. - Dylan Cozens looks like a football player. He is 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds. The hulking rightfielder is the tallest position player in the entire Phillies organization. And for a moment, it seemed as if football was where he was headed. Cozens played just one season of high school football. Randy Cozens wanted to keep his son off the gridiron after a pair of knee surgeries in the late 1970s ruined his NFL career before he even played a regular-season snap with the Denver Broncos.
April 3, 2016 |
Not long ago, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra's leadership wrote me with an insight. In talking to musicians after concerts, he had gleaned that interpretation came from the musicians themselves, and not the conductor - and in fact the orchestra was able to play brilliantly without any podium guidance at all. The idea that a conductor could stand in front of an orchestra and have little or no impact seemed especially fanciful Thursday night...
March 26, 2016 |
At a coffee shop, Brian Mottolo will allow other customers to go ahead of him. He'll wait in the back, practicing his order in his head. When it's all clear, he'll approach the counter and say, "Medium dark roast. Cream and sugar. " When Mottolo, 52, shared that story during a meeting at Magee Rehab recently, his audience lauded him. "You've been practicing!" speech language pathologist Sarah Lantz said. "That's good. That's real good. " Mottolo has aphasia, the loss of the ability to use language because of damage to the brain.