Great new crash diet: lick a few toys in daycare center

Over the Top March 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Mike Todd “It’s here! It’s here!” I yelled, nose pressed against the window. Our dog Memphis went berserk barking, which is what she does to alert us to things we already know about. It’s an annoying habit, but at least it comes from a good place. A good, stupid place. This time, at least […]
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The crying of lot 49 changes cabin fever to auction fever

Enemies of Reading March 6, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore Weeks of snow and split-level fever made us want some relief from being perpetually indoors, like Purgatory dwellers. “Let’s go to an auction,” I growled to the wife last week. “Okay,” she barked back. And so we drove out to Alderfer Auctions in Lansdale. The sale didn’t start till 12 noon, a […]
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Neil Simon comedy in Ambler almost a suite success

Curtain Call February 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Laughter being, as it is, the best medicine, there is lots of theatrical evidence why Neil Simon’s nickname is “Doc.” Simon’s “Hotel Suite,” Act II Playhouse in Ambler’s current offering (through March 23), is actually a compilation of scenes from his three “Suite” plays: “Plaza Suite,” “California Suite” and “London Suite.” In […]
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St. Paul’s Church continues to stage exemplary concerts

Note-Worthy February 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the third in its series of “Five Friday Concerts for Community” on Friday, Feb. 21. In collaboration with Astral Artists, the local parish presented flutist Juliette Curenton and guitarist Jordan Dodson in a program that spanned more than two centuries of repertoire. Franz Schubert composed […]
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Columnist hootin’ about Putin, who was pollutin’ Olympics

Life So Far February 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Jim Harris The events described as happening in Sochi are true. Vladimir Putin wanted the Olympic games to be a showcase of modern Russia’s arrival on the global stage. So how’d that go? Well, let’s see; fog, humidity, slushy slopes, feral dogs, terrorists’ threats, Ukrainian athletes leaving the games to join protests against their […]
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City snow removal missing on Hill’s side streets

Opinion February 26, 2014 3 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro It’s no secret that Philadelphia has a reputation for being less than resourceful when it comes to snow removal. While main streets tend to be kept clear, those who live on side streets are lucky if a plow ever comes near the snow as it piles up in front of their homes. […]
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The Olympics: Pluses and minuses

From the Sidelines February 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome So, what did the world get for Vladimir Putin’s $51 billion? It depends on your perspective. If you wanted the United States to dominate the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, you’re likely to be disappointed, The Americans came in second in the overall medal count with 28 (9 gold, 7 silver, 12 bronze), […]
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