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ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Song of the summer prognosticating has become a growth industry. Cultural observers aim to nail down which so-ubiquitous-you're-sick-of-it-already song will sum up the collective pop-fan experience, or at least become as hard to get out of your head as Pharrell Williams' "Happy" or Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe. " The song list that's annotated below and accompanied by a streaming Spotify playlist makes mention of some of this year's contenders, from Justin Timberlake to Rihanna and Drake, among others.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
SURF CITY, N.J. - Ninety-eight. Hundred. Not $98 - $9,800. That's the price for one of artist Jeffie Brewer's exceedingly cool and whimsical steel sculptures, featured in the sculpture garden of m.t.burton gallery on Long Beach Boulevard, part of an exhibit titled "Days Like This. " But don't let that put you off, or, alternatively, if you can afford it, and have a driveway or pool deck or garden or even just a front door that needs artistically evocative and colorful and very tall rain clouds or birds or whale tails adorning it, drop on by. Truly, at m.t.burton, these are not art snobs, even on LBI. Owner Matt Burton's a local, and a potter, and he's equally likely to serve you coffee or wine in one of his mugs, which by the way he's churning out at much more affordable prices by the dozens, as well as his socially conscious and intricately sculpted, comically bas-reliefed tattoo- and mermaid-theme ice bucket and mugs, which show a little influence from American cartoonist R. Crumb.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, For The Inquirer
In name, Margate's Beachstock, happening all day Saturday, recalls a much wilder musical gathering in the late 1960s. Yet the free, family-friendly festival, now going seven years strong, has a kinetic verve all its own. "The neat thing about this event is that it really exposes you to the day-into-night-on-the-beach effect," said Anna Maria Courter, the Margate Business Association's executive director. From athletic activities in the early morning - yoga, volleyball, and paddle-boarding are on the agenda - to a beachside bonfire and film screening ( The Peanuts Movie )
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, STAFF WRITER
CAPE MAY - The hundreds of bright marine-blue "beach boxes" and the dozens of matching pup-tent-like cabanas of Steger Beach Services that line the waterfront of this southernmost New Jersey Shore town are almost as ubiquitous as the ornate Victorian structures along its streets. So beloved is that color, to year-round residents and summer visitors alike, that the local hardware store offers a paint shade called Steger Blue. The service has its own one-block beach, between Jackson and Perry Streets, called Steger's Beach.
SPORTS
June 26, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
The 76ers will begin play in the first of two summer leagues on July 4, and there is a question whether their main attraction will be there competing. Ben Simmons, the point forward from LSU whom the Sixers selected No. 1 overall Thursday in the NBA draft, wouldn't commit Friday to joining the team in action this summer. "My agent is handling all that, and when it is finalized I will be able to talk about it," Simmons said to a few reporters after a well-attended news conference Friday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2016 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
Reading Terminal Market will host a monthly summer outdoor flower market, a new offering for the 125-year-old retail collective. Starting Saturday, and continuing on the last Saturday of each month through September, one block of the street that borders the market's south wall will be closed to traffic and transformed into the Filbert Street Flower Market. On Filbert Street between 11th and 12th Streets, vendors will sell plants, flowers, seeds, and garden supplies. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a partner on the project, will staff a booth to answer garden and agriculture questions, big and small.
NEWS
June 23, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
Maybe it is their generally aloof nature, independence streak or somewhat surly expression that gives cats the reputation for not wanting to listen. But apparently they do like to hear a good story. The Pennsylvania SPCA has launched a new summer reading program that will pair gregarious grade schoolers with friendly felines and is aptly named "Cat Tales. " The program will run every Tuesday from July 5 to August 30 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the shelter located at 350 E. Erie Ave., in North Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Lauren Feiner, Staff Writer
DURING THE school year, Manuel Walker and his 8-year-old son start their day at 4:40 a.m. when they leave the shelter where they live in West Philly for school in Mount Airy. Two trains, a bus, and an hour and a half later, Walker leaves his son at the before-school child care and continues to travel for another hour to work. For homeless parents like Walker, relief in the summer months comes not from a reprieve from the school commute, but from knowing their kids still have somewhere to go. Walker will gratefully shuttle his son to and from camp this summer - thanks to funding from Child Care Information Services of Philadelphia with the help of their shelter, Families Forward Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2016 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Summertime. A lake, quiet woodlands, mini-golf. Ah, sleepaway camp in the Poconos. Philadelphia natives Joanne Thomas, 65; her twin sister, Diane Colf; and their mother, Anne Thomas, 91, had long wanted to travel together. When Colf retired from her corrections job, they chose Camp Ladore in Waymart, Pa., operated by the Salvation Army. "And there's no sleeping in tents," Joanne Thomas said with a laugh. The senior- friendly summer camp has comfortable quarters, and a swimming pool.
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