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Young people from many countries meet at Springside

Gys Van Suchtelen, a young Dutch international delegate, pointed to a dutch cake that resembles pound cake.

 “Ontbijtkoek – in Holland, we eat this for breakfast,” he said.

Van Schucthlen was one of many international children at a Friday evening dedication ceremony for the Power of Love Village hosted at Springside School for four weeks this summer.



Neighbors line up to block farm plan

More than 100 neighbors in Roxborough and Whitemarsh township filled the auditorium of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education last week to voice their concerns over the creation of 10 commercial farming plots on Manatawna Farm, which straddles Upper Roxborough and Whitemarsh Township.

Community members raised questions about the project, ranging from the protection of natural habitats to maintenance and oversight of the plots. The plan is part of Mayor Michael Nutter’s citywide initiative, Greenworks Philadelphia, a plan to “remake how the city consumes energy, handles trash and nurtures green space,” according to its website.


Mt. Airy student can claim 2 N.Y. Times crosswords

The crossword kid: Joel Fagliano. (Photo by Pete Mazzaccaro)

Most crossword puzzle creators spend years trying to get published in The New York Times. But Joel Fagliano isn’t your average puzzle-maker.

For starters, Fagliano hasn’t had just one puzzle published, but two (he’s also had two published in the Los Angeles Times). And at 18, he holds the designation as the ninth youngest person to complete the feat, making his Times crossword debut in 2009 at 17 (the youngest to date was 15).

The Mt. Airy resident said he started solving The New York Times crossword puzzle shortly before starting high school. He’d watched his father, Jerald, wrestle with the puzzle for years and figured he’d give it a try. It wasn’t long before the two were working out clues together.

But it wasn’t until his sophomore year, at J.R. Masterman High School, that Fagliano said he made the transition from puzzle solver to puzzle creator. He said it was during chemistry class that he constructed his first crossword corner, a 5x5 area of squares.

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