January 20, 2016
'CONSTRUCTING PLAY: CLASSIC BUILDING TOYS' The long: Each winter, the Center for Architecture exhibits 50-plus antique, vintage and modern toy building sets. This go-round, the center gallery is closed for renovation, so the smallish show goes on in City Hall. The short: Lotsa little LEGOS, and friends. The demo: Budding builders old enough to resist touching the displays. The oldie: Friedrich Froebel's 175-year-old wooden building blocks, considered the first of their kind, inspired Frank Lincoln Wright the kid to become Frank Lloyd Wright, architect.
December 31, 2015 |
At least Gov. Wolf is acting like an adult. The same cannot be said of Republican legislators who passed the "garbage" budget that includes expenditures that Wolf says he will selectively veto. The governor plans to leave intact funding for schools and charities, which have suffered the most during the six-month budget impasse. Wolf's words dripped with anger Tuesday as he discussed the budget stalemate, but he remained dignified in rejecting the "pretend" budget dumped on his desk by the Republican-led legislature last week.
December 27, 2015 |
INSIDE EVERY CAT is a lion. Or a tiger. Or a lynx. Or, really, all of these great hunters. And in your cat's mind, he's a wild predator, too. In fact, all cats are. They love to lurk, prowl, chase and pounce. An indoor cat doesn't have the opportunity to go after real prey (unless you have mice in your home), but he still has strong hunting instincts. This genetic coding doesn't disappear just because he lives a royal lifestyle in your home and has his meals delivered on the feline equivalent of a silver platter.
November 3, 2015 |
PENN STATE (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten), whose losses were at once-beaten Temple and at top-ranked Ohio State, toyed with visiting Illinois (4-4, 1-3), 39-0. It was a season high for points for the Nittany Lions, and the most they've scored since Sept. 26 (37-21 against San Diego State). Christian Hackenberg (21-for-29) threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns (both in the first 11 minutes) and also caught a 14-yard TD from running back Nick Scott that made it 22-zip early in the third period.
October 25, 2015 |
The Turbo Wheels monster truck with a checkered racing flag on its side stood upright in the blue box, still unopened, on the short concrete wall behind D.J. Creato's Haddon Township apartment. His son, Brendan, loved monster trucks. Below it, a stuffed-toy Hulk, the character 3-year-old Brendan wanted to be for Halloween, lay against a white teddy bear, surrounded by candles and a Halloween container with "Fun Size" M&M packs inside. The memorial, growing behind the seven-unit building, marks the area where Brendan was last seen before he mysteriously disappeared from his father's apartment, from which Creato told a 911 dispatcher early Oct. 13 that he had woken up and found Brendan gone.
September 13, 2015 |
Tommy Wyatt is like a kid with a new toy. So is Brian Furlong. The two senior quarterbacks will be at the controls as their teams unveil no-huddle spread offenses when Overbrook visits Audubon Saturday at 11 a.m in a Colonial Conference Liberty Division game. "It's going to be a lot of fun," Wyatt of Overbrook's new offense under first-year coach Frank Wilczynski. "It's going to help me a lot. " Furlong feels the same way about Audubon's change in offensive philosophy under fifth-year coach Dom Koehl.
September 5, 2015 |
More than 20 books into her career, best-selling children's book author and illustrator Judy Schachner has finally written a memoir. Sort of. Her newest book, Dewey Bob , out Tuesday, is ostensibly the story of a raccoon with a knack for turning junk into art. But, she acknowledges, "Dewey and I are one and the same. I thought it would be a great idea to have a raccoon who obsessively collects trash and repurposes it - which I have done my whole life. " Schachner, best-known for her now eight-books-strong Skippyjon Jones series, isn't exaggerating.
May 29, 2015 |
THANKS TO A Philly vending-machine company, customers can pay a small price and get more than just a sex toy in a box. The company is called PinkBox and its machines offer adult toys ranging from condoms to vibrators - making it the first vending machine of its kind in the United States, its owners claim. Items range in price from $4 to $99, and PinkBox takes cash or credit cards. PinkBox's first machine debuts tonight at Underground Arts, 12th and Callowhill streets, as part of the Philadelphia Burlesque Festival, which runs until Sunday.
February 18, 2015 |
TECHNO-CIZE or be trampled! That's a theme repeated often in exhibitors' booths at Toy Fair 2015, the international trade show of children's playthings heating up the Javits Center, in New York, through today. LIONEL'S NEW TRACK: "Young children have a natural fascination with trains, but as they grow, flashy gadgets distract them," noted Howard Hitchcock, president of 115-year-old Lionel. So, his venerable toy company, one of the first to harness electricity, is freshening its game with train sets that run on dedicated (LionChief)
February 16, 2015 |
| Lola Figueroa Clark doesn't have her advanced degree in marketing yet. But at 8 years old, the Mount Airy third grader already knows why construction toy manufacturers like K'nex Brands L.L.C. in Hatfield become so frustrated when marketing to girls. "Boys and girls both like" construction toys, Lola said. "But if you want to look for them in the toy stores, you have to look in the boys' section. " The result? In the growing $1.8 billion building and construction toy market, nearly half the potential buyers (i.e., girls)