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Karen Asper Jordan (left) and Bernyce Mills-DeVaughn, who were both members of the “Young Militants,” an advovacy group that marched for seven months and 17 days to protest the segregation of Girard College, a free boarding school for poor white orphan boys, talk to eighth graders at Wissahickon Charter School about their experiences as “Freedom Fighters.” (Photo by Ken Weinstein)

Women recall 1960s protests to desegregate Girard College

by Sue Ann Rybak “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around Turn me around, turn me around Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around We’re gonna keep on a walkin’ Keep on a talkin’ Bringing up the Freedom Line” Freedom fighters Karen Asper Jordan, 67, and Bernyce Mills-DeVaughn, 68, clapped their hands and sang when […]

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Germantown Academy’s Gabe Alter helped GA secure the Inter Ac Title for 2016 (Photo by Jonathan Vander Lugt)

GA wins Inter-Ac basketball title

by Jonathan Vander Lugt They say that good things come to those who wait. In 2013, they sat, mostly on the end of the varsity bench, as Julian Moore, Nick Lindner, and Greg Dotson led the team to a conference title. In 2014, the team belonged to junior Timmy Guers, and Devon Goodman got his […]

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Katie Convey (center) poses with her first-place trophy with Sister Mary Helen Beirne, SSJ, (right) Head of School, and Judy Riviezzo, eighth grade Language Arts teacher. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Hayes)

NFA students: Spelling their way to excellence

Over the past few weeks, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy students have been striving for excellence in spelling through their grade-level bee competitions. The winners from the first through the fourth grade were awarded medals and the finalists from the fifth through the eighth grade advanced to the School Spelling Bee held on February 1. Sixth grader Katherine […]

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Mt. Airy artist riding wave of coloring book craze

by Len Lear Coloring books for adults are about as hot these days as the Carolina Panthers. According to, coloring books for grown-ups were one of the hottest trends in publishing last year, taking many by surprise. The numbers were so impressive, one major publisher advised, “If you want to be a bestselling author, […]

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What to do about lead

Flint Michigan has made significant headlines in recent months for being the site of what may be the worst public health disaster in recent memory. In a move to lower the cost of its water service, the city exposed its entire population to elevated lead levels and other toxins. The disaster is remarkable for what […]

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‘Purple Rain’ to screen at Woodmere

Prince stars in the influential 1984 musical “Purple Rain” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 16 at Woodmere Art Museum, 9211 Germantown Avenue, as part of Chestnut Hill Film Group’s film series, “Tuesday Night at the Movies.” Alternating between fabulous concert footage and gritty domestic drama, Prince’s movie debut is a fascinating time capsule into the […]

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