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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Will Taney’s success attract city kids to baseball?

Opinion September 10, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome There have probably been a billion words written about the great kids who made up Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons and Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West, the two Little League teams that captured the country’s imagination and heart as they played in the Little League World Series last month. While all of what was written […]
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Promising year begins at MLK High School

Opinion September 10, 2014 0 Comments

by Shelly Yanoff At the end of August , the school was quiet, the office was receiving admission requests, the cheerleaders and sports-related folk were coming in after practice. They greeted this stranger heartily. Some members of the faculty were coming in to get ready for school. The promise of a new year was palpable. […]
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Working to save 415 W. Moreland

Opinion September 10, 2014 4 Comments

Shirley Hanson, Founding Director, Chestnut Hill Historical Society.* The Chestnut Hill Historical Society has been trying for the past several months to work towards a solution that would save 415 W. Moreland Ave. We are not alone. At this time more than 925 individuals have signed a petition to oppose the demolition of this property. […]
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Hill resident now heads Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Note-Worthy September 5, 2014 3 Comments

by Michael Caruso The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia recently announced the appointment of Janelle McCoy as its new executive director. Originally from rural North Carolina, the Chestnut Hill resident leaves a similar post at the Mendelssohn Club, one of America’s oldest choruses, and assumes her new position as the Chamber Orchestra begins the celebration of […]
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Do-it-yourself miracle from our self-proclaimed hero

Over the Top September 5, 2014 0 Comments

by Mike Todd “We are family now, you and I,” I said, watching the blood drip from my finger, forming an unbreakable bond with my silent compatriot. “What are you doing?” my wife Kara asked from the doorway behind me. “Just having a moment with the laundry machine,” I replied. I’d never felt closer to […]
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