June 13, 2015 |
Four years ago, on the day before their 15th birthday, Marissa Hacker was heartbroken to find her autistic twin brother, Matthew, crying, because, he said, no one wanted to be his friend. Marissa put her arms around him and told him not to worry. She was going to start a group, and he would have lots of friends. "I always had the idea, but that was the driving force," said Marissa, now 18, a Voorhees resident and Stockton University student. "I always had the spark, but that lit the spark.
May 3, 2015 |
A set of young twins entered my office as though they were there to be executed - silent and grim-faced. In fact, they were there merely for a psychological evaluation. And my office is bright and filled with toys - hardly a dungeon. Nonetheless, their mother had to drag them in. I couldn't make them laugh, smile, answer my questions - or even look at me. Their mother explained their strange silence was the main reason she had brought her twins to the appointment. Although they were "chatterboxes" at home, talking easily to both parents, other family members, and each other, they had never talked at their elementary school.
April 19, 2015 |
Kim Lewullis and Nikki Watts have a lot of things in common. They live on the same block in the same style house in Collegeville. They both teach at the YMCA. They both have three children. This makes sense because they were born minutes apart. They're twins. They do one more thing together, too: They run. On Monday, they'll run their second Boston Marathon. "We try to do all of our long runs together," said Lewullis, 40, who is older by two minutes. "Knowing that we're in this together provides strength and just peace of mind.
April 19, 2015 |
Nick and Rob DePersia have been playing basketball together for their whole lives. They have decided to continue in college. The DePersia twins, four-year varsity players for Haddonfield High School, have decided to attend Rowan University to study engineering and play basketball for the Profs. "We had some opportunities to do some other things individually," Nick DePersia said. "But we feel like we bring out the best in each other. " The twins both scored more than 1,000 career points and led Haddonfield to four consecutive Colonial Conference Liberty Division titles.
March 22, 2015 |
The astronaut Scott Kelly is about to take off for the International Space Station, and if he is like some space travelers, he may temporarily feel a bit foggy or disoriented once in orbit. Scientists have not had much luck measuring this subtle effect with standard cognitive tests, but now, a group of University of Pennsylvania researchers is trying a new tack. While Kelly is in space, they will compare his mental performance with that of a uniquely qualified individual who stays behind on Earth.
February 21, 2015 |
It was a typical game for the DePersia twins and the Haddonfield boys' basketball team. Nick DePersia was raining three-point jumpers. Rob DePersia was buzzing around the court, playing with "unmatched energy," according to coach Paul Wiedeman. It was all so familiar as the DePersia brothers led the way in host Haddonfield's 53-51 victory over Paulsboro in a Colonial Conference interdivision clash of Top 10 teams before a near-capacity crowd on a frigid Thursday night. But it also was something different.
December 15, 2014 |
Identical twins Deborah and Sandra "Sam" Fanelli have dual careers, both of which started in the kitchen. In the 1960s, they harmonized around the dinner table with their older brother, Leonard; later, as "the Fanelli Twins," they became stars of The Al Alberts Showcase on WPVI-TV. The statuesque pair - they were 5-foot-9 and classmates called them the "Jolly Green Giants" - went on to sing for 15 years in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and the Catskills, where a crowd at the Concord once gave their Rocky -themed dance number a standing ovation.
December 8, 2014 |
Dick Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him with the plays. Bob Eastwick remembers his twin brother helping him in other ways. "It would be hot at practice, say in September," Bob Eastwick recalled. "They didn't let you drink water back then. You would be feeling sorry for yourself and I'd see my brother looking at me like, 'What the hell is the matter with you?' " Bob Eastwick would tough it out, thanks to his brother, Dick, thanks to legendary Haddonfield coach Russ Spicer and his assistants, and thanks to the sense of responsibility and camaraderie that swirled around that special football team.
November 23, 2014 |
Back in 2007, Marcus and Markieff Morris played basketball in Philadelphia in the shadows of Scoop Jardine, Rick Jackson, and Brad Wanamaker. At the time, Wanamaker was The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania player of the year as a senior at Roman Catholic High School. Jardine and Jackson were Syracuse-bound seniors at Neumann-Goretti. Meanwhile, the Morris twins were regarded as good but not great seniors at Prep Charter. Of the five, the Morrises were the least likely to play in the NBA. Or so we thought.
September 26, 2014 |
For at least six girls on the Williamstown field hockey team, there's always someone special on the field they can count on. With three sets of sisters playing for the Braves - Allie and Jamie Trimble, Kamryn and Kate McKinney, and Gloria and Deborah Adebowale - the team dynamic and chemistry on the field have been an incredible sight for coach Kellyn Riley in her first year with the team. "It's nice to see them develop and push each other," Riley said. "The younger siblings kind of look up to the older siblings.