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Mt. Airy’s Broadway ‘Cinderella’ marries her real-life prince

By Len Lear Millions of little girls probably dream or being Cinderella one day and marrying a prince. Jessica Hershberg Fontana, 30, who grew up in Mt. Airy and graduated from Germantown Friends School, has done exactly that. In real life. In 2014 Jessica, who has a face on which emotion can play like a […]

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PA Girlchoir hires its first full-time music director

By Michael Caruso The Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY) has chosen Melissa Keylock as the first full-time music director of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG). The girls’ choir partners with the Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) to form the Commonwealth Youthchoirs. PG’s home base is the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill (PCCH). The church’s […]

Flourtown’s Katie Eagleson at Dino’s Backstage this weekend

  By Len Lear When I asked Katie Eagleson, a terrific singer from Flourtown who will beperforming at Dino’s Backstage in Glenside on Aug. 18 and19 with her band — Lenny Pierro, Madison Rast and Grant MacAvoy — what was her greatest achievement in life, I expected the answer to be about her musical accomplishments. […]

More than 240 steps in making a bow – Great bowmaking in Mt. Airy with no strings attached

By Constance Garcia-Barrio “The hills are alive with the sound of music,” the famous song says, and more Philly homes will be too, if Elizabeth Vander Veer Shaak has her way. “Music can add such joy to life,” said Shaak, 62, a Mt. Airy bowmaker. “It can make an enormous difference.” Shaak took a roundabout […]

An aMusing little restaurant, best you never heard of

by Len Lear If fine dining is as much theater as it is memorable food served in splendid surroundings, then aMuse, which is probably the best restaurant you never heard of, is the Forrest Theater, or even the Academy of Music of dining. Our recent experience at aMuse, tucked away behind the hotel lobby at […]

Music for nothing? That’s called stealing

by Christopher Marsceill There is a great store up the street from my apartment called Mango. They sell this adorable “Philly Girl” shirt, one that can be bought elsewhere around the city, but locally it is a Mango exclusive. Imagine someone going into Mango and informing, not asking, but informing the staff that he or […]

My candidates for Phillies’ Wall of Fame

by Clark Groome The annual Phillies Alumni celebration, held last weekend, honored previous winners and paid tribute to Jim Bunning, Darren Daulton and Dallas Green, all of whom died since the 2016 event. The issue of who should, and who should not, be included on the Wall was a hot topic. Until this year the […]

A time for candor on the future of the School Reform Commission

by Jay A. McCalla “Promises are like pie crust, made to be broken” is a phrase widely misattributed. Some credit Vladimir Lenin and others may have first discovered the phrase in the writings of Jonathan Swift. A tiny bit of research reveals its first recorded use was on Aug.16, 1681, by one Heraclitus Ridens, a […]

Stained-glass murals installed in Lovett Library

by Sue Ann Rybak  As part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, a project financed by a $25-million grant from the William Penn Foundation, two new stained-glass works of art were installed in Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy, on Aug. 10. Lovett was one of […]


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Stained-glass murals installed in Lovett Library

by Sue Ann Rybak  As part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, a project financed by a $25-million grant from the William Penn Foundation, two new stained-glass works of art were installed in Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy, on Aug. 10. Lovett was one of […]

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GFS’ Wright rows for junior national team

by Tom Utescher For most high school rowers, the season ended near the end of May or, at the latest, in early June at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships. For James Wright, a rising senior at Germantown Friends School, the crew campaign continued right through into August. After competing at the Youth Nationals in […]

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OMC students raise funds for school programs

by Sue Ann Rybak Our Mother of Consolation elementary school students Eve Laurito, Abigail Leckrone, and sisters Taylor and Summer DelliCarpini know that even the smallest acts of kindness can make a difference. The girls took to heart Mother Teresa’s words, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the […]

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Mt. Airy’s Broadway ‘Cinderella’ marries her real-life prince

By Len Lear Millions of little girls probably dream or being Cinderella one day and marrying a prince. Jessica Hershberg Fontana, 30, who grew up in Mt. Airy and graduated from Germantown Friends School, has done exactly that. In real life. In 2014 Jessica, who has a face on which emotion can play like a […]

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Music for nothing? That’s called stealing

by Christopher Marsceill There is a great store up the street from my apartment called Mango. They sell this adorable “Philly Girl” shirt, one that can be bought elsewhere around the city, but locally it is a Mango exclusive. Imagine someone going into Mango and informing, not asking, but informing the staff that he or […]

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Flourtown’s Katie Eagleson at Dino’s Backstage this weekend

  By Len Lear When I asked Katie Eagleson, a terrific singer from Flourtown who will beperforming at Dino’s Backstage in Glenside on Aug. 18 and19 with her band — Lenny Pierro, Madison Rast and Grant MacAvoy — what was her greatest achievement in life, I expected the answer to be about her musical accomplishments. […]

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