Hill resident has PhD from Harvard U. – Inspirational performances combine music and activism

Local Life August 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Constance Garcia-Barrio In the hushed archives of Harvard University, mistress of whimsy April James, PhD., found a playground of sorts. April was working toward her doctorate in historical musicology, taking a course called “Manuscript Sources” when the professor “pulled stuff off the shelves for the class.” Those manuscripts included Acts II and III of “Trionfo […]
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Mt. Airy dancer’s ‘Undoing’ at Fringe Festival – Breast cancer survivor ‘Chases’ away demons with play

Local Life August 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Len Lear Breast cancer survivor Susan Chase of Mt. Airy may be 50-ish, but in “Susan’s Undoing,” a show she wrote and will perform for the upcoming Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival, she will climb ropes and a ladder blindfolded, dangle and literally defy gravity. She will demonstrate that not only is cancer not necessarily […]
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Hill author’s ‘Tender … Brisket’ is very well done

Local Life August 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Yona Zeldis McDonough Chestnut Hill-based humorist and freelance writer Stacia Freedman has a knack for one-liners, and her snappy new novel, “Tender is the Brisket,” is peppered with them. The recession must have ended while I was on the crosstown bus, reflects one character. “Adorable” was the term Katya used to describe things that […]
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Leaping Lizards (or how to babysit ‘Bearded Dragons’)

Local Life August 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Barbara Sherf What did I do on my summer vacation? Well, this past week I spent more time that I care to admit on an array of Great Bearded Dragon websites preparing for and getting through my first (and perhaps last) lizard-sitting ordeal that started out just fine. But by Sunday evening I was […]
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Abandonment, from the cat’s point of view – ‘I was dumped on the streets, and I’m about to be killed’

Pets August 29, 2014 0 Comments

by Betsy (aka Gina DeNofa) My name is Betsy. And I needed to be loved. I was brought into the ACCT Philly animal control shelter as a stray. For unknown reasons, my family had dumped me on the streets. Being in the shelter was better than outside, but I was not far from danger. The […]
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Riding 3,756 miles in less than two months – Mt. Airy dad and son riding bikes all across the U.S.

Local Life August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Max Feldman Ed. Note: This series of articles was written by Max Feldman. His dad, Ken Feldman, has lived in Mt. Airy with his mother, Ruth, since 1980. Max, 29, grew up there but currently lives in Roxborough. Ken turned 64 on June 24 of this year, the same day that he and Max […]
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Local author weaves ‘Thread’ of fitness, pain reduction

Local Life August 28, 2014 0 Comments

by Len Lear In May of this year we wrote about Stephen Segal of Mt. Airy, an athletic 67-year-old who has played tennis two or three times a week at the Germantown Cricket Club for the past three decades in addition to assorted tournaments and league play. Segal, who is chairman of eReadia LLC, a […]
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Launching career as street musician on Hill at age 87

Local Life August 22, 2014 0 Comments

by Constance Garcia-Barrio Age and weight are mere numbers, one hears, but for Patricia Woods Sellers, they are most significant. At 87 years old and 95 pounds, Sellers, of Oreland, has launched a career as a street musician. Her Saturday performances outside Kilian’s Hardware Store have been eight decades in the making. “I started studying […]
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Tail-ented dog artist on Hill barking up the right tree

Local Life August 22, 2014 0 Comments

by Mary Nearpass Jay McClellan, a tall, bearded man with soft blue eyes, has created an impressive body of extraordinary art in his mere 38 years of life. He was born in Maumelle, Arkansas, a small town outside of Little Rock. After 10 years in the graphic design industry and his mother’s death due to […]
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It’s the yeast she can do – Jamison rises to every cooking occasion at Weavers Way

Local Life August 22, 2014 0 Comments

by Lou Mancinelli When baking dog biscuits, be sure to use collie flour. Always remember to placate any fresh sprig that you see. That is a sound policy of appease-mint. Through the years Valerie Jamison, 62, has worked at many Philadelphia restaurants, like the classic French Les Amis and Mezzanotte in the 1970s. She worked […]
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