November 16, 2015 |
Sometimes we feel overlooked here in Philadelphia. Sometimes this is a crisis of our own making. Sometimes we refuse to see anything but our own shortcomings. Sometimes, though, we really are getting screwed. For example, anyone unfamiliar with the East Coast, driving north out of D.C. on I-95 for the first time, could be forgiven for feeling shocked when Philly appears on the horizon where - at least according to the road signs - a major city is not supposed to be. Yes, it's true.
October 31, 2015 |
The first verse of the title track to Like a Rose , Ashley Monroe's 2013 album that announced the singer as one of the very best songwriters in Nashville, goes like this: "I was only 13 when Daddy died, Mama started drinking, and my brother just quit trying/ I'm still bouncing back, heaven only knows/ How I came out like a rose. " "Like a Rose" was not a strictly autobiographical song for Monroe, who headlines the World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington on Friday in support of her new album, The Blade . For one thing, the song's heroine packs her bags and heads south from North Dakota, not Knoxville, Tenn., where Monroe grew up. But the song, which was the product of a cowriting session with Guy Clark and Jon Randall, is shot through with emotional truth for the now-29-year-old Monroe, who moved to Music City with her mother when she was 15, two years after her father died of pancreatic cancer.
October 14, 2015 |
None of the promising package that is Gerald Washington frightens Wilmington heavyweight Amir Mansour. Not the undefeated record (16-0, 11 knockouts), not the hype surrounding the fighter, and definitely not Washington's height advantage, which is about five inches. "I've been fighting bigger guys than me my entire life," said Mansour, who says he's slightly taller than 6-foot-1. "I'm not intimidated by height. For me, as long as I can reach your jaw or your head, you're just right.
October 12, 2015 |
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Exploring this city is like opening a time capsule. Many historic destinations embody a specific period in our nation's history: Philadelphia and Boston for colonial America; Natchez, Miss., for the South's antebellum heritage; even Honolulu for World War II. Wilmington provides an authentic glimpse into all these eras in one compact, walkable downtown. Founded in 1740, the city was an important port along the Southeastern seaboard during the 18th and 19th centuries.
September 26, 2015 |
Just a few weeks after it was founded in 2008, the Philadelphia architecture firm Digsau landed its first commission. It came from the Challenge Program, a Wilmington nonprofit that teaches construction skills to high school dropouts. What they wanted was a building that combined a workshop, where trainees could master table saws and lathes, with classrooms, where they could attend GED classes and counseling sessions. What could be more straightforward? Any half-decent architect could knock that out in a matter of months.
August 15, 2015 |
Avast, ye landlubbers! Keelhaul the mizzenmast, and take those scurvy doubloons and, uh, bury them someplace obscure, make a confusing map on crumbly paper, and then lose the map. Aaaaarrrrrr! We're just practicing our buccaneer-type lingo for Saturday's Pirate Day at Fort Mifflin , where a gang of freebooting corsairs will swoop in and battle with the fort's soldiers (11 a.m. and 3 p.m.), then pillage, loot, and - oh, wait, no. It says here they'll actually be helping visitors explore 18th-century history by, among other things, explaining the difference between a privateer and a pirate.
August 10, 2015 |
The Rev. John Franklin McCleary Jr., 87, of Havertown, a minister for 30 years at Llanerch Presbyterian Church, died Saturday, Aug. 1, of Alzheimer's disease at Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square. In 1955, Mr. McCleary was ordained at the New London Presbyterian Church by the Presbytery of Chester. He served at the Old Manokin Presbyterian Church in Princess Anne, Md., followed by the Elsmere Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. His longest ministry was at Llanerch Presbyterian Church in Havertown, where he was a respected leader and spiritual adviser starting in 1964.
August 9, 2015 |
The worst job commute I've ever had to endure was the one I made from Danbury, Conn., to Nyack, N.Y., for four months back in 1976. It was one of the few 9-to-5 jobs I've held in my 48 years in newspapers, and it meant that I had to be on the road (Interstate 84, I-684, and the Cross-Westchester Expressway) and over the Tappan Zee Bridge by 6 a.m. I would wait to come home until some of the rush-hour traffic subsided, but it still meant a 13-hour day, five days a week - five hours on the road.
August 1, 2015
Art Museums & Institutions African American Heritage Museum 661 Jackson Rd., Newtonville; 609-704-5495. www.aahmsnj.org . Tue.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm. The Barnes Foundation - Philadelphia 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-278-7000. www.barnesfoundation.org . Premier Tour. $75. Closes 8/25. Permanent Collection. ARTime Storytime. Closes 8/27. Wed.-Mon. 10 am-5 pm. Closed Tue. Open 6-9 pm every First Friday and select Fri. evenings. Brandywine River Museum of Art Rte. 1 & Rte. 100, Chadds Ford; 610-388-2700.
June 5, 2015 |
THE MYSTERIOUS clay bust found on the Ventnor boardwalk is of a dentist from Wilmington. Though some said the 20-pound sculpture found on the boardwalk last year looked like Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, Luca Brasi from "The Godfather" or comedian Tim Allen, Betsy Schwartz says it's her "Pop Pop," Samuel Shames. "He definitely was the patriarch of our family," Schwartz, a Wilmington native who lives in Connecticut, told the Daily News yesterday. Police in Ventnor found the sculpture on the boardwalk near Lafayette Avenue in November and assumed it had been stolen and discarded.