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DAILY DOSE: Is Little League in danger?

Last week, The Wall Street Journal published a story on the decline of organized youth sports that used as its narrative focus a struggling Little League system in the town of Newburgh, New York. Newburgh, a city of some 28,000 people up the Hudson River from New York City, managed to produce only 74 kids to play […]

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Crews cross to Camden for SRAA Regatta

by Tom Utescher For area crews, winning a gold medal at last weekend’s Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championships Regatta proved to be a singular experience. Among the five local schools who sent their athletes out on suburban Camden’s Cooper River in the annual two-day event, there was just one first-place finish, and it […]

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Germantown Friends School seniors Oliver Mitchell-Boyask and Marielle Issa in a scene they adapted from Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” for the Poley Festival – an annual theater showcase in which ninth- through twelfth-grade students write, direct, design, produce and star in dramatic productions of their choice.

GFS students take center stage in annual drama festival

At Germantown Friends School’s recent Poley Festival, students had the leading role in dramatic productions – both on the stage and behind the scenes – having dedicated a quarter of the school year to works they selected, wrote, acted in, designed and produced. “The most exciting aspect of Poley Festival is that it is student […]

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GA graduate named 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for music

by Len Lear Julia Fink Wolfe, a 1976 graduate of Germantown Academy, has just been named the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for music. Wolfe, 57, who grew up in Montgomeryville, is a composer associated with the New York music collective Bang on a Can. She won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for her composition, “Anthracite Fields,” […]

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A new birthday tradition: burning candles in the face

by Mike Todd If your family is anything like ours, sometimes everything will go according to plan, and other times, your three-year-old will put out his birthday candles with his face. When my wife Kara put the cupcake in front of Zack with the three lit candles, she held his hands to make sure he […]

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Chestnut Hill resident Cristian Macelaru is currently  conductor-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He led the ensemble in a trio of concerts May 7-9 in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. (Photo by Sorin Popa)

Hill music director captures college song competition

by Michael Caruso And the winner is…Erik Meyer! The music director of the Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, won a competition to compose a new college song for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Meyer is a 2002/2004 graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a part of Johns Hopkins. He majored in […]

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