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Stunning Germantown dancer with PA Ballet defies gravity

  by Len Lear She has lived in Germantown for two-and-a-half years, but Pennsylvania Ballet dancer Oksana Maslova, whose divinely graceful leaps through the air seem to defy gravity, grew up in Nikopol, Ukraine, where her artistic development began early with rhythmic gymnastics. This led to an intensive ballet program with Irina Sycheva, former ballerina […]

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Mt. Airy actress’ bucket list: 6 pets, ‘Betrayal’ role

By Rita Charleston Kellie Cooper says appearing in Harold Pinter’s play,“Betrayal,” which was staged at Allens Lane, 601 West Allens Lane, for three weekends and then closed May 21, has always been on her bucket list. “As an actress, I typically do comedies,” says the 29-year-old Mt. Airy resident, “but this is one of those […]

Chestnut Hill conductor triumphant with Phila. Orchestra

by Michael Caruso The Philadelphia Orchestra brought its 2016-17 season to a majestic close with a series of four performances of Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 3 in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall May 18-21. But for local classical music lovers, it was the penultimate series of concerts that held the most local interest. Stepping […]

Is this librarian on the right track to find a boyfriend?

by Roz Warren A single woman should regard every train ride as an opportunity, I once read in one of those “How to Find A Boyfriend” books. “When boarding the train, don’t take the first available seat,“ the author advised. “Walk through all the cars looking for a cute guy sitting alone, then sit next […]

Fighting crime and racism for 136 years: Black cop pioneer pens ‘Black in Blue’

by Len Lear If I remember correctly (I could not find anything about it on the internet since it happened so long ago), a West Philadelphia insurance agent whom I had interviewed several times named Warren Scruggs, including when he ran for City Council, did about six to nine months in jail in or around […]

Retired senior citizen launched new career: jazz singer

By Leslie Feldman When asked how she got into jazz singing, Arlene Hilton will tell you “it kind of fell into my lap.” This Roxborough senior citizen, who requested that her age not be mentioned, has been “working” the jazz circuit in Philadelphia for the past five years and has truly made a name for […]

A flood of success, then hiatus, for local duo, City Rain

By Len Lear The music industry is a fickle friend. The highs and lows are unpredictable, and there is always someone new nipping at your heels, ready to knock you off your perch. But it can be a great natural high while it lasts. Take, for example, City Rain, made up of Springfield Township High […]

Me and my prostate: Checkin’ in

by Hugh Gilmore Folks who know me, but haven’t seen me lately, are surprised when we meet by how “good” I look. I guess they expected me to wear my illness more outwardly. Perhaps they expected me to look shriveled, or gaunt. But I’m not. Or, not yet. My cheeks remain rosé red (sometimes tomato […]

CHC Muslim crusader’s actions having ‘ripple effect’

By Brenda Lange When hearing details of the life story of Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, 39-year-old Mt. Airy resident and mother of three, it’s easy to feel somehow less-than. She has done so much in a relatively short time, one might wonder how — and why — others don’t do the same? And yet, that is […]


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A mother breaks the silence of family struggle with son’s addiction

  This is the first article in a series that examines adolescence and addiction. Instead of focusing on the growing problem, it attempts to make the public aware of some the programs that are attempting to address addiction and provide hope for those who struggle with addiction every day. by Sue Ann Rybak Mt. Airy […]

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Nine Stotesbury finalists among area scullers

Created with flickr slideshow.     by Tom Utescher Every year in the middle weekend of May, rowing course on the Schuylkill along Philadelphia’s Kelly Drive becomes the place that launched a thousand ships. Last Friday and Saturday the 91st Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the oldest and largest high school event in high school rowing, encompassed […]

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SCH House Tour on Friday

Learn more about “one of the Top Ten Great Neighborhoods,” as recognized by Forbes.com on the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Community House Tour and Boutique on April 21, 2017. The tour will offer guests special access to eight lovely and historic homes in and around Chestnut Hill while also weaving in significant local landmarks. Funds […]

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Fighting crime and racism for 136 years: Black cop pioneer pens ‘Black in Blue’

by Len Lear If I remember correctly (I could not find anything about it on the internet since it happened so long ago), a West Philadelphia insurance agent whom I had interviewed several times named Warren Scruggs, including when he ran for City Council, did about six to nine months in jail in or around […]

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Is this librarian on the right track to find a boyfriend?

by Roz Warren A single woman should regard every train ride as an opportunity, I once read in one of those “How to Find A Boyfriend” books. “When boarding the train, don’t take the first available seat,“ the author advised. “Walk through all the cars looking for a cute guy sitting alone, then sit next […]

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Mt. Airy actress’ bucket list: 6 pets, ‘Betrayal’ role

By Rita Charleston Kellie Cooper says appearing in Harold Pinter’s play,“Betrayal,” which was staged at Allens Lane, 601 West Allens Lane, for three weekends and then closed May 21, has always been on her bucket list. “As an actress, I typically do comedies,” says the 29-year-old Mt. Airy resident, “but this is one of those […]

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