October 10, 2013
E D STROJAN, 29, of West Philadelphia, co-owns the Victoria Freehouse, a pub/restaurant on Front Street near Market, in Old City. The business, which took over a space in March previously occupied by the Swanky Bubbles bar, serves all-British draft beer, including casks, and all-British food. It sells 200 pints of Wells Bombardier beer a week. Q: What made you decide to open this place? A: We always wanted to be in the city and have a liquor license, and thought it would be awesome to do really good English beer.
June 25, 2013 |
VICKY GADSON didn't hear her teenage son sneaking out of the house on those long-ago summer evenings, opening the garage door and wheeling her motorcycle out to the street. Or, at least, she pretended not to. Her son, Richard, would borrow Mom's bike regularly to race through city streets with his buddies. Maybe she was able to rest more securely in the knowledge that Rickey knew what he was doing. After all, he had been riding two-wheelers since age 5. Mother and son were part of a family tradition that saw motorcycles as a normal mode of transportation - and fun. Her husband was Richard "Suicide" Gadson, a legendary biker who was the only civilian in the New York City Police Department allowed to ride in its thrill shows.
June 3, 2013 |
Victoria Colvin, who had dominated junior weekend, and Kelley Farmer, who had dominated the hunter divisions, reigned in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Colvin, 15, of Loxahatchee, Fla., won the two-round Derby on Betsee Parker's Inclusive. She won the first round with 187 points and the second round with 189.5 for a total of 376.5. Farmer was second on Commentary with a score of 373, third on Skorekeeper with a score of 364.5, and fifth on Mythical with 361. Hope Glynn on SVS Caremunde Z was fourth, also with a score of 361, but she won the tiebreaker for third.
April 19, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES- "Simon Killer" is an amoral tale, and a cautionary one, that reminded me my mama was right when she said, "Never talk to strangers" and "Looks can be deceiving. " What is so disturbing about this contemporary noir is that Simon could easily be mistaken for just another American college boy wandering around Paris on break, one of those troubled, slightly broken intellectual types that women are forever trying to save. The truth takes shape over time, like a shadowy figure slowly emerging from the darkness.
March 7, 2013
Inquirer staff writer Virginia Smith is writing this week from the Philadelphia Flower Show. These posts appeared on her blog, "Kiss the Earth," at philly.com/kisstheearth. Read her stories at philly.com/ginny, and other Flower Show coverage at philly.com/flowershow. Victoria: The Seductress Got your attention, did I? "The Seductress," in this case, is the Victoria water lily, an "aquatic marvel" that is on display in the show's central feature. A hefty new book about this amazing plant - 468 pages, $69.99 - is making its debut here.
January 8, 2013
Defending champions Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus are the top-seeded players for the Australian Open announced Monday. The year's first Grand Slam tournament starts next week. Djokovic is followed by Roger Federer of Switzerland, U.S. Open champion Andy Murray of Britain, and David Ferrer . He replaces fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal , who withdrew because of a stomach ailment. On the women's side, French Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is seeded second.
November 9, 2012
NEW YORK - Rihanna rocked lingerie at Wednesday night's Victoria's Secret fashion show in New York, providing the highlight of the live-music soundtrack and holding her own on the catwalk with some of the world's top models. And those models even had props, including Adriana Lima's ringmaster wand, Doutzen Kroes' body cage and several pairs of the oversized wings that the retailer has made its signature. It would be a close contest who got the biggest wings: Toni Garrn's giant poppy pair or Miranda Kerr's swan-style feathered pouf.
November 9, 2012 |
Victoria P. Lombardi, 64, of Newtown, a teacher, editor, and volunteer, died of breast cancer Sunday, Nov. 4, at the home of friends in Bucks County. Her husband, Thomas Francis Lombardi, had hoped to honor his wife's wishes to die at home, but as Hurricane Sandy approached, he moved her to dodge the expected power outage. The move was prescient. "On Saturday, my house lost power," he said. Mrs. Lombardi died peacefully after spending the previous two weeks receiving friends. Her husband, emeritus English professor at Holy Family University, said the two met when she signed up for his seminar on Shakespeare.
October 28, 2012
Karen Rile teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania Earlier this month, I got a call about a 13-year-old poet growing up in a chaotic, challenging environment in West Philly. The caller was an eighth-grade math teacher, an algebra and geometry kind of guy. He told me that he didn't know much about poetry, but he was moved by the young girl's expressive words and wanted to support her development as a writer. So I shot out an e-mail to the Kelly Writers House community at Penn, where I teach.
August 28, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open Monday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Melinda Czink. The third-seeded Russian needed just 67 minutes to beat the 88th-ranked Hungarian lefthander. Sharapova won the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam and added an Olympic silver medal this year but pulled out of hard-court warm-up tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati because of illness. She had 24 winners to eight for Czink Top seed Victoria Azarenka needed only 50 minutes to defeat Alexandra Panova, 6-0, 6-1. Azarenka, the Australian Open champion, is trying to become the first top-seeded woman to win a Grand Slam tournament since Serena Williams captured the Wimbledon title in 2010.