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August 7, 1992 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With family values a big issue in this year's presidential election, Unity Day, the centerpiece for Unity Weekend, seems especially timely. An annual event whose aim is to bring all Philadelphians together, this year's Unity Day is set for next Sunday on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The day's activities will mix the serious with the silly. Besides local organizations displaying family-related information at dozens of booths, there'll be live music, myriad munchies and more.
NEWS
March 24, 1999 | By Karen Masterson, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Mayor Rendell told a packed house of the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce that the two sides of the Delaware River would succeed or fail together. He said a joint waterfront project, a planned tramway connecting the sides for tourists, and the Republican National Convention were proof of the inextricable economic relationship and signs of a positive future. "We are one region, and we all know that," he said during his 20 minutes as keynote speaker for the chamber's Pinnacle Awards Dinner at the Hilton of Cherry Hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1995 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, FOR THE INQUIRER
Valentine's Day. Candlelit dinner. Champagne. Soft music. . . . Followed by a sweaty, steamy - 5-mile run? The Valentine's Day Couples run, in New Castle, Del., is for couples who want to bond while pounding the pavement. Held on Feb. 12, the 5-Miler is something of a relay race: Each couple splits the race distance, with the man running the first 2 1/2 miles and the woman finishing up. But singles need not despair: The race is also open to singles as a straight 5-mile run. (Or meet someone there: You may end up a couple by the finish line.
NEWS
May 10, 1987 | By Tom Fox, Inquirer Editorial Board
When the Philadelphia Public Relations Association honors Frank G. Binswanger, the realtor, with its coveted Gold Medal Award at a luncheon on Tuesday, it will honor a Philadelphia family that is steeped in a romantic sort of togetherness as remarkable as it is rare. The medal is awarded annually to a Philadelphian whose service to the community has enhanced the image of the city. And, God knows, few can stack up to Frank Binswanger in that category. Frank Binswanger loves Philadelphia the way an adolescent loves his first girl.
NEWS
April 19, 1987 | Inquirer photographs by Bill Wunsch
Winners by the numbers are celebrating their lucky $13 million pick in the Pennsylvania Lottery's Super 7 game, which carried a record $26 million jackpot. The group effort at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Rising Sun and Cheltenham Avenues in Lawncrest, included 29 teachers, secretaries, noontime aides, custodians and the principal and netted them after-tax payments of $13,818 for the next 26 years. While none of them will be financially set to retire early, they all are quick to admit that the winnings will sweeten the load.
SPORTS
January 21, 2006 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Maybe that paintball outing from the previous day helped the 76ers last night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Maybe they can use their 89-86 overtime victory as a turning point in their season. Oops. That's what the Sixers said last week, when they prevailed in triple overtime against the Boston Celtics. They followed that dramatic win with two of their more putrid performances of the season and figured Thursday's paintball party would bring them together. Perhaps the Sixers were more together last night as they gave one of their best defensive efforts of the season.
NEWS
June 14, 1992 | For The Inquirer / SEAN PATRICK DUFFY
A line of legs. That's all that is left at this point at the Pennsbury Falconettes synchronized swim team's annual show. The 20 girls, ages 7 to 17, showed their togetherness June 6 at Pennsbury High. Coach Betty Hess says hers is the only synchronized swim team in Bucks County, so it competes outside the county
NEWS
August 21, 1995 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
WDAS-FM's annual Unity Day festivities brought thousands to the Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City yesterday to share in music, art, eating and dancing. The fun day celebrates African-American family togetherness and winds down WDAS' Unity Week of festivals, walkathons, concerts and other outdoor public activities. A Days of Unity festival tonight at the Dell East concludes the 11-day event.
NEWS
August 19, 1996 | ALYSSA BANTA/ DAILY NEWS
Raymond Jones and his wife of 35 years, Mary Jones, relax in the midst of yesterday's Unity Day festivities on the Parkway. The mega-gathering, which is largely an African-American community affair and which was sponsored by WDAS AM/FM, promoted harmony among all people and family togetherness. The event provided information on social services and African-American art, and a variety of entertainment.
NEWS
September 16, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for six years. We finally moved in together a year ago. Things have been going pretty well, with the exception of an unusual habit of his that has become more evident since living together. He spends anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours in the bathroom every day. A couple of times he has even fallen asleep in there. He takes his computer in the bathroom because he claims he gets a lot of work done. Some days I barely get to see him because he works late and then spends the rest of the day you-know-where.
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August 7, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
GIVEN THAT they're changing a lot of key personnel, including at least nine starters from last season, how quickly can the Eagles pull all this together? Are we going to see some sort of trainwreck when the preseason starts Aug. 16 against the Colts, or much more to the point, when the regular season kicks off Sept. 14 against the Falcons? Not surprisingly, the answer from the Eagles, four days into training camp at NovaCare, is no, it's all going to work out just fine. Some Eagles acknowledge the task is daunting but say they're well on the way to accomplishing it. Others say the whole thing is no big deal, that every team deals with change, every year, and the Eagles aren't undertaking anything unprecedented.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2015 | By David R. Stampone, For The Inquirer
Should it surprise anybody that Elvis Costello and his rugged yet nuanced backing trio the Imposters worked so well on a bill with the urbane, sophisticated Steely Dan on Monday at Camden's Susquehanna Bank Center? Hardly. There are degrees of undeniable jazz-tinged commonality between the two veteran rock-rooted acts, more apparent through the years. Even a taut Costello track like 1981's "Clubland" was well-nigh Dan-ish at times on Monday, with longtime keyboard accompanist Steve Nieve's expansive Latinesque piano swells and Costello's spicy guitar work on the now more open-spaced live tune.
NEWS
August 3, 2015 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
The food offerings told much of the story: Dog treats in bowls near the picture windows, and a buffet for humans along the back wall. The third annual "Best Friends Bash" last month at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine brought together dogs and kids with at least a couple of things in common: All of the kids and most of the dogs have had craniofacial surgery, and they all enjoy being around each other. "I like to meet people like us," Connor Loescher, 13, of Merchantville, said, glancing up from the handheld device he was using to Skype with a friend who couldn't be there in person.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
A wide range of styles typifies the annual Come Together Festival, opening Wednesday at Suzanne Roberts Theatre. The brainchild of Roni Koresh and brother Alon, the festival began in 2013 and has expanded rapidly, jumping from 26 companies presented last year to 33 this year. That includes a few out-of-towners: 10 Hairy Legs (Highland Park, N.J.), Ballet Inc. (New York), and Donald Byrd's Seattle-based Spectrum Dance Theater. Byrd has achieved international visibility for his creation of the Harlem Nutcracker and his choreography for the Broadway smash The Color Purple . In between rehearsals and coffees in the cafés surrounding his Rittenhouse Street studio, Roni Koresh stopped to chat about the festival.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart, reunited as Floetry, play the Theatre of Living Arts on Friday  and July 26. The British duo, who released three albums from 2002-05, were poetic queens of neo-soul, a hip-hop sound steeped in late-20th-century Philadelphia culture. Ambrosius (the sultry singer) is from Liverpool, England, while Stewart (the serious poetic "floacist") is from London, but both lived in Philly for a time, hanging out with the influential Black Lily crew of singers, rappers, poets, and players.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2015 | By Zoë Miller, Inquirer Staff Writer
Communiy development and independent cinema combine in Movies on the Block, a series of free outdoor screenings sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society and backed by local foundation Fierce Advocacy Fund. PFS established Movies on the Block to increase access to films across the city, adapting existing urban spaces to meet the needs of areas with "chronic concerns," such as gun violence and health issues such as obesity and diabetes. "When movie houses started, it was always a community gathering place," said Allison Koehler, education and programs director at PFS. Now, "a lot of us feel that going to the movies is an individual experience, and we want to bring back movie-going as a gathering place.
NEWS
July 1, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The $30 billion budget the Pennsylvania legislature's ruling Republicans are catapulting through the Capitol is going to miss the mark. The plan dusts off one-shot gimmicks and a pledge of allegiance to gas drillers while offering no relief to property tax payers and ignoring the state's schoolchildren. This bucket of bad ideas can hardly be seen as a serious proposal. One can only hope that Harrisburg's reckless tone will change after Gov. Wolf inevitably vetoes the proposal and the state slips past the budget deadline Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The Happy Together Tour that sold out the Keswick Theatre on Wednesday was stuck - gleefully - in the American flower-power 1960s. Flo & Eddie of the Turtles (whose 1967 hit lent the show its name), the Buckinghams, the Association, the Grass Roots, the Cowsills, and Mark Lindsay (from Paul Revere and the Raiders) rippled through sunshiny harmonies, dewy rhythms, and lilting melodies. But beneath those lovely surfaces were depths of darker loveliness. The bubblegum psychedelia of the Summer of Love was but the prettier harmonic sister of weightier, inward-looking '60s jams from Dylan and Hendrix.
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A FAMILY is unfolding in a rented flat in Los Angeles for the first time right now - six sisters and their big brother, crying, laughing, confiding and bumping shoulders in all the bathrooms they never got to fight over. They have the same parents, similar features and talents, and some even had shared the same weird dreams about their teeth falling out. Sometimes they'd lie awake at night under different roofs in adoptive homes in South Jersey or out in Oklahoma with a loving grandfather, wondering where the others were and why it had to be this way. The woman who gave birth to all seven is smiling in South Jersey, knowing that her children are together for the first time.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Marlton jeweler Angelo Breaux got his first taste of the business half a century ago in South Philly. His grandfather Angelo Calapristi, who owned a jewelry store at 22d and Snyder, would bring Breaux along while collecting payments on credit accounts in the neighborhood. "We went door-to-door, and when people didn't have the $10 or whatever it was, they'd pinch my cheeks and feed me," Breaux, 57, recalls. "They'd give me pizzelles and biscotti, and candy. " Now a grandfather himself, Breaux is the patriarch of Family & Co. Jewelers on Route 70, where his son and two daughters work side-by-side with him in the business they all were born into.
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