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November 29, 1992 | By Kathi Kauffman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Starting in January, junior and senior high school students in the Upper Merion Area School District will again be working one-on-one with teachers to improve their writing. The Upper Merion school board voted Monday night to reinstate the district's theme readers program, which was cut in June to reduce this year's budget. Under the program, students in grades seven to 12 would write themes about once a week. The themes were read by part-time teachers who would sit down and discuss them with students, individually, about twice a semester.
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February 3, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
If we had a dollar for every time someone said, "Brilliant!" That was the word of the hour (and the day) Friday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Center City, where the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, producer of the Philadelphia Flower Show, officially introduced the 2013 theme. That's it - Brilliant! The theme represents a bit of a horticultural grab bag, designed to attract lovers of the old-fashioned English cottage gardens as well as more adventurous types, who prefer their designs contemporary, sleek, and minimalist.
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September 26, 1993 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAMP WRITER
Kittens and cats are the theme of the 53d annual Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition next weekend at the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia. The U.S. Postal Service will help promote the show by issuing a 29-cent stamped envelope depicting kittens. First-day ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Several special pictorial cancellations will be available. The show is sponsored by the Associated Stamp Clubs of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Inc. (SEPAD)
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May 22, 1997 | by Ted Taylor, For the Daily News
A subtle change in the way many hobby shows are being run has evolved the past nine months, and it is becoming clear show promoters are adapting to the changing interests of collectors and prospering. In recent months, we've seen examples of one new direction - the theme show - in which a certain sport, team or specific group of players is brought in as autograph guests and an event is structured around the theme. South Jersey promoter Brad Messenger brought in most of the 1980 Phillies recently.
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January 6, 2000 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
As Philadelphians looked towards the future with the arrival of the new century, the Jokers Fancy Brigade slipped back into time for the theme that earned them a first-place finish in the 2000 Mummers Parade. They found it in a book written in 1895 by the British writer considered to be the father of modern science fiction, H.G. Wells. Their theme was borrowed from one of Wells' most chilling fables, "The Island of Dr. Moreau. " "It was one of six themes submitted. Our costume committee knew we were onto something because the Doctor Moreau fable was so creative and so original," said Jokers Captain Fred Keller.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 12, 1995 | By Peter Dobrin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A strange and sad thing happened as Robert Maggio was finishing a composition that dealt with the idea of searching for one's roots: Maggio's grandfather, his most significant personal connection to his own roots, died. "It was striking," says Maggio, 31, who lives in South Philadelphia. "His name was Basilio Basili. He was born in Italy, and came over in his 20s. I was in the process of exploring my roots with this piece, and his dying - that really just added another layer of meaning.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 1997 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A saint who yields to temptation, a sinner purified by love, a fundamentalist gone mental and a con man who markets miracles tangle in Touch, Paul Schrader's so-so adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel about the varieties of religious experience. Skeet Ulrich is charismatic as Juvenal, a reluctant saint who heals the sick. Bridget Fonda likewise is lovely as Lynn, the babe he spiritually renews. But their shy and quiet characterizations are on an entirely different plane - make that a different planet - from the broad caricatures supplied by Tom Arnold as upright, uptight fundamentalist August Murray and Christopher Walken as loosey-goosey con man Bill Hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2011
Presented by Simpatico Theatre Project through Oct. 23 at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio, Ninth and Walnut Streets. Tickets: $8-$17.50. www.simpaticotheatre.org .
NEWS
May 1, 2011
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. - The National Park Service has set up a panel to devise an interpretive theme for the Flight 93 National Memorial. United Airlines Flight 93, one of the four jets hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, crashed here, killing the 44 people on board. The panel includes scholars, residents, and relatives of the victims, said Keith Newlin, Park Service supervisor for Western Pennsylvania. The service's website says thematic frameworks are necessary, in part, "in enhancing park interpretive programs to provide a fuller understanding of the nation's past.
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April 4, 2012 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
And now, the theme for the 2013 Philadelphia International Flower Show: "Brilliant!" What the heck does that mean? According to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), which produces the show, it means "smart, outstanding, magnificent, glorious, shining, innovative. " The main exhibit will focus on modern London, but the other major exhibitors have a larger source of inspiration - all of Britain, which comprises England, Scotland and Wales. This is the first time a single word (and exclamation point)
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August 27, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
In recent years, Philadelphia Flower Show themes have whisked visitors to far-flung destinations from Ireland to Hawaii and the fictional Arendelle (the kingdom in Frozen , as part of last year's blockbuster "Celebrate the Movies" show, featuring a Disney partnership). But the 2016 show, from March 5 to 13, will draw inspiration from closer to home. As an ornate, national parks-theme cake melted under the afternoon sun on Tuesday - Founders' Day to the National Park Service - officials from the Park Service and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society gathered on Independence Mall to unveil the theme, "Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service.
SPORTS
August 10, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
WILDWOOD - Summer, the Shore, and sports. Until last week, when my grandchildren and I watched a dreadlocked teen in a Dikembe Mutombo jersey launch basketball after basketball at an unyielding Wildwood boardwalk rim, I'd never combined those three evocative nouns in a single thought. That's the power of this resort town's boardwalk, a two-mile-long stretch where dreams and nightmares are as redolent as the salt air. You can't walk it without thinking. One moment you're conjuring sweet memories, the next you're pondering its blatant vulgarity.
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June 24, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a would-be superhero lurking in lots of us. "The Marvel Experience" hopes to exploit that potential in its Philadelphia engagement at Lincoln Financial Field from June 24 to July 5. This first-of-a-kind, highly interactive event is part movie, part electronic arcade and Comic-Con gathering. It aims no less than to reshape touring entertainment for the 21st century. The goal is to please a multimedia, seen-it-all audience that craves to live in the moment. "This isn't a static, museum-style exhibit," said the project's spark plug, Doug Schaer, of Hero Ventures.
SPORTS
June 6, 2015 | By Jesse Dougherty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Having grown up in Bethesda, Md., before enrolling at Penn State, Lee Cary was used to being one of the only NASCAR fans around. But when Jeff Gordon visited State College on April 14 to unveil the Penn State-themed car he'll drive at Pocono Raceway this weekend, others trickled out of the woodwork. "It was actually kind of funny; I didn't think there was much of a fan base in State College," said Cary, 21, who recently graduated from Penn State. "And there were a lot of people there.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Get ready to roll: The city will kick off summer by opening a beach-themed, outdoor roller-skating rink on the Delaware River. The first day will be May 22, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and the day the pop-up Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for a second season of urban boardwalk fun. Both will be open every day through the end of September. "The summer of 2015 is really going to be cool," said Mayor Nutter, who helped announce details of the plans at City Hall on Thursday.
NEWS
March 27, 2015
THE BASEBALL season doesn't commence in South Philadelphia until April 6, when the Phillies host the Boston Red Sox. But in New Hope, Thursday will be Opening Day as "National Pastime" debuts at the Bucks County Playhouse. "National Pastime," which runs through April 19, is billed as a musical love letter to baseball. The plot of the set-in-Depression-era-Iowa comedy centers on a struggling radio station that broadcasts the "games" of a make-believe team in order to boost ratings.
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March 21, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Hillary Rodham Clinton said the nation's political leaders could use some time at adult sleepaway camp to learn how to cooperate across the partisan divide, and decried the nation's "huge fun deficit" during a speech Thursday to a conference of professionals who run children's summer camps. "The red cabin and the blue cabin have to come together and actually listen to each other," Clinton told about 3,000 attendees at the Tri-State Camp Conference, run by the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey.
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March 10, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the final hour of the Philadelphia Flower Show, Barbie Carr soaked it in, knowing that winter was on its way out but that she still had a while to wait before her own flowers bloom. "I need this," she said. "I need the smell of the hyacinth before they pop up in my yard. It's like my drug. " Thousands got their own flower fix as the nine-day show came to an end Sunday. The crowd pushed the total attendance to 250,000, about 10 percent more than last year. Most noteworthy: visits among children and students doubled, according to organizers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2015
THE GENTLEMEN stationed at the Disney princess tribute at the Philadelphia Flower Show were doing their best to be patient with me. Not only did I not know the names of any of the flowers ("Is that an orchid?"), I often could not decode the most basic design clues. To my shame, since I'm the movie critic, and I was dispatched to evaluate the flower show on that basis. I was stymied, for instance, by the meaning of artfully constructed bunches of red carnations, until State College florist and designer Daniel Vaughn gave me a tactful prompt.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Flower Show opened to the public Saturday, and while it wasn't exactly Disney World at the Convention Center, it was darned close in some corners. The 2015 theme - "Celebrate the Movies," with an emphasis on Disney - appears to be speaking to families in a way that past shows have not. Many more children were in evidence throughout the day, especially little girls with endless love for princesses. "This is really cool," said Kate Abbey, 11, of East Lyme, Conn., who was scheduled to compete in a gymnastics meet elsewhere in the Convention Center on Sunday but came to Philadelphia a day early, with her mother, Karen, to take in the Flower Show.
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