You’ve heard of a ‘shaggy dog story;’ – well, here is a ‘shaggy raccoon’ story

From the Belfry August 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore I’m a city girl. Because there weren’t any woodland creatures where I grew up, I assumed that most animals were either animated, like Bambi and Thumper, or stuffed, like the ones in the dusty dioramas at the Academy of Natural Sciences. So I was surprised as a grown-up when I looked out […]
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Put statues of corrupt Philly judges outside Art Museum

Life So Far August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Jim Harris Corruption and mismanagement have been discovered in the court system, the police department and several other municipal departments in Philadelphia. Federal investigations are ongoing. Sound familiar? Well that’s the news from 1947, but it could have been 1927, 1867, 1987 or, of course, today. The only difference now is that a Democratic […]
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Local group works to raise gun violence awareness

Opinion August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Gail B. Hicks In 1963 I thought that the assassination of President Kennedy was the worst thing in the world. Then Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Bobby Kennedy lost their lives to gunfire. Little did I know that gun violence would become a commonplace occurrence. Gun deaths in malls, schools, movie theaters, […]
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Ex-ballet dancer 30 pounds heavier but still hopeful

Opinion August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Mary Gulivindala “Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley I am a dancer. Well, I WAS a dancer. I have a BFA in Dance. OK, I graduated in 1991 but still, I do have the degree. I had a successful career for 20 years. I do not […]
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School begins

Opinion August 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro This week, half way over by the time most of you read this piece, is summer’s last hurrah. University students are already back on campus, most attending their first classes already. Next week, most public and independent schools also begin. Before we know it, we’ll be buying Halloween costumes, raking leaves and […]
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Up in Maine: A mystery concert and a change of heart

Enemies of Reading August 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore A guy who couldn’t sing worth a damn floated into hearing range on the pond last night and though he annoyed me at first, I wound up envying him so much I wanted to holler him ashore and make his acquaintance. What annoyed me is that I was out on the screened […]
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The effects – good and bad – of a media frenzy

Out and Back August 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala The wooden chairs in the courtrooms at City Hall are harder than cement. I fruitlessly tried to find some comfort in one. My legs were pretty well shot. I had just strung together a set of runs to mimic the stress of the marathon – 10 quality miles one day and then […]
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Home Sweet Home-Schooling; should your children do it?

Everyday Matters August 21, 2014 0 Comments

by Elise Seyfried For someone who loved learning as much as I did, I wasn’t a very happy camper in school. Part of the problem was that we moved around so much; I was ALWAYS the new kid in town, with all the attendant social issues. Part of it surely was my gnat-like attention span, […]
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All in on Taney Dragons

Opinion August 20, 2014 1 Comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro City residents and nearby suburbanites are saying it out loud: “We finally have a successful baseball team in Philadelphia.” The Philadelphia Taney Dragons Little League team, which as of this writing is two wins from the U.S. Little League World Series title and three from a world title, have captured the imaginations […]
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Running on a trail of memories

Out and Back August 20, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala On the night of Aug. 5, 2009, Kevin McShea started his shift at the Northwest Detectives unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. He was presented with a case. A young girl had died on Forbidden Drive when, inexplicable even to fate, a tree branch fell and struck her while she was running. […]
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