June 5, 2011 |
"We have one more stop before heading back to Izmir," said Ahmet, our tour guide. I was surprised, because I was ready to go back to the hotel. We had been touring the Turkish countryside for 10 hours, and my sweaty clothes and the dirt between my toes were making me very cranky. A shower was calling me and I needed a tall glass of cold water. No historical site or shop could be worth visiting at this time of day. I glanced at Amy, my college-age daughter sitting next to me in our chauffeur-driven car. I rolled my eyes, but I didn't say anything because I didn't want to insult the driver and our guide with my refusal.
October 10, 2010
Mayor Nutter took a walk in the park Saturday to promote Philadelphia parks. It was the start of a series of citywide programs to highlight Philadelphia's commitment to teaming with community groups to maintain the bounty of its 25 parks and recreation centers. Joining Nutter for a stroll along the Marshall Trail in Cobbs Creek Park were Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross and Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardi-nis. Nutter said preserving Cobbs Creek was a shared responsibility for the city and community.
May 10, 2010 |
Relatives of a 4-year-old girl awoke this morning to find the child missing and called police in a panic. But police had good news: The little girl was safe and sound. A Good Samaritan had spotted the child wandering on Germantown Avenue near Daunton Street about 3:30 a.m., police said. The citizen put the child in a warm car and called 911. The police Special Victims Unit began an investigation and at 6:09 a.m., they got a break in the case. A family living on a street a few blocks from where the girl was found called 911 to report she was missing.
April 21, 2010 |
WE IN PHILADELPHIA may soon have an opportunity to reshape one of our most important streets. While other parts of Center City were transformed in the last two decades, Philadelphia's main street - Market East - has been painfully slow to rebound from the loss of seven of the eight department stores that thrived there 50 years ago. At one end, more than a billion dollars has been invested in the Pennsylvania Convention Center and related hotels....
December 9, 2009
ON MAY 13, 1975, an intimate crowd of 11,634 fans gathered in Veterans Stadium to watch Phillies lefthander Tommy Underwood shut out the Reds, 4-0. The next night, a Wednesday, 30,908 turned out to watch Steve Carlton blank Cincinnati by the same score. So what happened to put an extra 19,274 fannies in the seats? Was Lefty that big of a draw? Apparently not. In Carlton's previous home start, April 30 against Montreal ace Steve Rogers, the crowd was 8,750. The spike, of course, was the same reason the moribund Sixers sold out the building Monday night - and probably could have sold it out twice.
October 20, 2009
THE SPECTRUM. OCTOBER 24. Pick a year, any year. On that date in 1972, the Moody Blues performed. In '74 it was Van Morrison. In '77, Frank Zappa took the stage. In '80, The Kinks and John Cougar Mellencamp rocked the place. And in '97, Motley Crue showed its wild side. Over the years, there were also games involving the Flyers, Sixers and Phantoms on that date. This Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, fans can relive those memories - as well as any of the hundreds of events that happened on other dates - as the Spectrum opens its doors for "The Last Stroll.
September 7, 2009 |
Ronn Shaffer is not an authority on the history of labor, and he's never belonged to a union. But the 71-year-old semiretired businessman does know a thing or two about the landmark 1806 trial, Commonwealth v. George Pullis, et al., in which a band of brazen shoemakers who organized to demand higher wages were convicted of criminal conspiracy. He also has a great story about the time he wrote a letter to Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley in the 1970s and how he learned the power of treating union workers with respect.
June 5, 2008 |
Each summer, the Chester County Town Tours and Village Walks offer residents and visitors an intimate look at places that are often seen but dimly by motorists driving through. From June 12 to Aug. 21, strollers will be treated to free tours of 10 sites on Thursday evenings. Now in its 14th year, the tour attracts around 2,500 people to county hamlets and historical sites. Most of the tours are led by knowledgeable locals like Bill and Florence Supplee of Marshallton, who've lived there for more than 50 years, and Pat Gaines, head of the Uwchlan Township Historical Commission, who will lead a Lionville walk.
March 21, 2008
In Stephanie Cohen's garden, you'll find all sorts of plants, not just perennials and not just flowers. She's turned a small part of her half-acre in Collegeville into a meadow with a grass strip down the middle, so she can walk through it with her granddaughters. There are native grasses, asters, baptisias and several kinds of rudbeckias (black-eyed Susans). "I did it on the small side. I wanted to show people who want a natural habitat that they don't need a lot of ground. " Cohen grows certain herbs because they're pretty: A variegated basil called 'Pesto perpetuo'; African blue basil, which has a big blue spike like veronica or salvia and smells like cloves; and the aromatic southernwood, or Southern wormwood, which has feathery, gray-green leaves.
December 7, 2007 |
Move over, Christmas stockings. These lights will knock your socks off. Some homeowners believe that displaying three singing Homer Simpsons beats just one single singing chipmunk, and that supercalifragilisticexpialidocious lights rule. So one evening, take the kids to visit neighborhoods with sparkling stars to spare. You could start in South Philadelphia, where traditions are often born. On the hidden 1700 block of South Smedley Street, the holiday lights are so bright, you could read a newspaper inside your car at midnight.