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Quidditch: It’s not just for wizards

Wizards, seekers, keepers and chasers roamed the soccer fields on broomsticks at Chestnut Hill College last Saturday afternoon and competed in the first “Brotherly Love Cup,” a regional intercollegiate Quidditch tournament in which competitors play a real seven-on-seven version of the game played by Harry Potter and company in J.K. Rowling’s novels.

In the books the characters fly around on broomsticks, seeking a golden ball and compete against wizards and other fantastical characters in tournaments.

Tom Weigel (left) of Chestnut Hill College and his broom in last Saturday’s Quidditch Tournament.f
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West Nile virus found in Pastorius Park mosquitos

Chestnut Hill Academy Hall of Fame inducts 2 teams, 7 individuals

Eichler and Moffly anniversary pictures

Fall For Arts slideshow


Scarier then her confrontations with sharks, gorillas
Adventurous Hiller wins $61,600 on TV’s ‘Millionaire’

Lifelong adventurous Chestnut Hill area resident Diana Zalewski, 25, was once five yards away from wild gorillas in the mountains of Uganda; she played with tigers in Thailand, was in an underwater cage in South Africa surrounded by sharks and has gone bungee jumping, but her confrontations with huge, powerful, unpredictable wild creatures were not as scary as appearing on the TV show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”


Taking a swing at pessimism

Made a bet last week on the Phillies that I didn’t expect.

I bet on the local nine to win, but the circumstances around the bet were unusual. My bet was with a life-long Philadelphian who was certain that the San Francisco Giants would beat the Phillies in the National League Championship series this week (which is tied 1-1 as of this writing).

As a rule, in sports, you never bet with your heart. Died-in-the-wool fans should never bet on their team. Your allegiances will cloud your vision every time. But I didn’t grow up a Phillies fan. Growing up in Connecticut, I sided with the Red Sox long ago. To me the Phillies are objectively the better team.


GA goalfest comes at Charter’s expense

The scorekeepers for Germantown Academy’s field hockey and girls soccer teams got a good workout last Friday, kept busy as the Patriots logged a total of 10 goals in varsity contests against traditional foe Penn Charter.

The games were played side-by-side on the artificial turf of GA’s completely renovated “Sisters” fields (the ones back in the woods, for those familiar with the campus), where the host Patriots out-pointed PC 4-1 in hockey and 6-1 in soccer.


Jim Myers and Linda Schwartz, participants in Susan G Komen 3-Day for the Cure, Germantown Avenue, Friday, Oct. 15.
JM: The reason we’re doing this is for our sister-in-law who had breast cancer diagnosed three years ago. LS: She had a double mastectomy at 40. JM: She’s a survivor and we’re doing this in her honor.LS: We started out from Willow Grove Park Mall and we’re from New Jersey. JM: We got 40 more miles to go. 60 – miles total. We’re going to end up at the naval shipyard.



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