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Members of the Mt. Airy – Nippon – Bryan – Cresheim Town Watch had a chance to meet and discuss issues with at-large City Council democratic candidates Derek Green and Helen Gym on Thursday, Oct. 1. From left front row: Monica Peters, Helen Gym, Helen Lambwendell and Steve Stroiman. From left second row: Josh Buchs and Derek Green. (Photo by Sue Ann Rybak)

Two democratic candidates for council-at-large urge residents to vote in November’s election

by Sue Ann Rybak Democratic candidates for Council-at-large — Derek Green, a former special council for Councilwoman Marian Tasco, and Helen Gym, a former Philadelphia public school teacher and education advocate — urged members of Mt. Airy-Nippon-Bryan-Cresheim Town Watch to not be complacent about the election in November. About 35 members of the town watch […]

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PC loses a roller-coaster game to Lawrenceville on late touchdown

by Jonathan Vander Lugt There were three different football teams on the field last Saturday afternoon at the South Philly Supersite. No, it wasn’t some kind of experimental future-football against more than one opponent. Nor was it that Penn Charter was playing Lawrenceville School with another team waiting for the field’s use. With those options […]

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OMC students the Bischoff brothers, Ben, Jake and Zach, show off their blue ribbons.

OMC named a Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Education Dept.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Our Mother of Consolation Parish School (OMC) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for 2015 based on the school’s overall academic excellence. The school will be honored at a formal ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. […]

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John is seen in front of the Alcazar castle in Segovia, Spain. John has traveled to Spain 18 times.

Mt. Airy art therapist brushing up for life memoir

by Fred P. Gusoff A picture is worth a heck of a lot more than a thousand words to John Sappington. The longtime Mt. Airy resident recently called it a career after 35 years as an art therapist and is beginning the next chapter in his life as he prepares to write his memoirs that […]

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A monk’s life consists primarily of prayer, contemplation and silence, so they probably do not want to be interrupted by mindless intruders on cell phones.

Brain-dead cell phone users invading silent monastery

by Janet Gilmore Sometimes you get to visit a place that doesn’t actually exist. The wonderful, beloved Canadian author Louise Penny set her eighth Inspector Gamache book, “The Beautiful [murder] Mystery” in the imaginary monastery of St. Gilbert des Loups in Quebec Province. The setting sounded spectacular. I discovered, however, that St. Gilbert des Loups […]

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An outstanding production of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" is currently running through Nov. 7 at Quintessence, 7137 Germantown Ave. (Photo courtesy of Quintessence Theatre)

Wherefore art a fine production of ‘Romeo?’ In Mt. Airy

by Hugh Hunter Quintessence opened its season with a stunning production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Using the same fine troop of actors, “Romeo” will run in rotating repertory with Machiavelli’s “The Mandrake.” After 400 years, “Romeo” still shines brightly, the world’s foremost paean to romantic love. The acting performances in this show are striking, […]

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