Esteemed English choir at St. Paul’s Church on Sunday

Note-Worthy September 19, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, will host the Schola Cantorum of Oxford Sunday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m. The concert is free and open to the general public. This intercollegiate choir from Oxford, England, has a long-held reputation as one of the oldest and finest chamber choirs in the United Kingdom. Its […]
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Baseball season not over at local theaters

Curtain Call September 18, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Last week two baseball-themed plays opened a day apart. They are very different plays, but both are blessed with strong productions. They almost make you forget about the futility of the Phillies season. Rounding Third Two Little League coaches with differing points of view about the purpose of their team’s activities bicker […]
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‘Qualifying’ for marathons and everything else

Out and Back September 18, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala Ryan Hall is fast. He is qualified. He’s the only American marathon runner to break 2:05, accomplishing that at Boston in 2011. So when he toed the line at the same event in 2014 with the world’s best, you’d have to believe he deserved to be there; except that he hadn’t actually […]
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Common sense missing in sports management

From the Sidelines September 18, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome After watching the goings on in the NCAA and NFL the last couple of weeks it’s clear that common sense is missing in action or, in the case of the NFL, non-action. When Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games for dragging his unconscious fiancée from an Atlantic […]
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That’s my partner! Don’t shoot!

Opinion September 18, 2014 0 Comments

by Susan Karol Martel Eighteen years ago, the 5’6” nut-brown woman searching the streets of the white Main Line suburb where I owned a home could have been shot. In time that woman who faced silent danger became my partner. Today, if she walked those same suburban streets, instead of long companionship she might be […]
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Gambling is always a big loss

Opinion September 17, 2014 1 Comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro In 1976, in what was thought to be an important measure to breathe new life into a seaside resort in serious decline, the state of New Jersey legalized gambling in Atlantic City. The casinos appeared to do their job. Through the ’80s and into the early ’90s, tourism in Atlantic City boomed, […]
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Black-and-white musical ‘diamond’ discovered in G’tn

Note-Worthy September 11, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Germantown’s Cunningham Piano Company was recently named by the legendary Viennese piano-maker Bosendorfer as its official destination for restoring pianos of owners living in North, Central and South America. For many years, Cunningham has been the region’s sole franchise for selling new Bosendorfers, instruments likened to a Rolls Royce for their peerless […]
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Body surfing or running: Finding the ‘right’ spot

Out and Back September 11, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala A few days ahead of Labor Day, summer was trickling away in Wildwood. The crowds on the boardwalk were thin. The neon had lost its luster. Even the T-shirts didn’t overly offend. The best one I could find read, “Obama can’t take these guns” with two arrows pointing towards the wearer’s biceps. […]
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Going where no man has gone before (the ladies’ room)

Opinion September 11, 2014 1 Comment

by Bruce Yasgur In the mid-1990s, baby DB, Janice and I lived in Spring Garden. The nearest Toys R Us was in South Philly. As they had the best prices on diapers and baby formula, the three of us spent quality family time every few weeks shopping the Italian Market and the Oregon Avenue big […]
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Scenes from his childhood for my son Colin’s Sept. 10 birthday

Enemies of Reading September 11, 2014 4 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore One summer night when he was about six, Colin and I were sitting in the backyard together, listening to the crickets trilling. I asked, “Do you know what that sound is?” “Yes, that’s the sound of crickets,” he said. “I wondered if you knew that.” He said, “You know what I used […]
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