Hill volunteer helps connect families separated by war

Local Life | September 15th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Lou Mancinelli In 2012 an Afghani militia burned down the house, killed the father and youngest sister of an Afghani refugee now living in Philadelphia, whom a Chestnut Hill resident is working to reconnect with his sister in Afghanistan. The man’s father worked in special forces with the American military, but when the U.S. […]

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Squash champion also a spectacular photographer

Local Life | March 4th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Lou Mancinelli When Julieanne Harris first came to the Philadelphia Cricket Club (PCC) in March of 1992, its squash program was an informal group that consisted of Harris and a few kids who played on two hardball squash courts that no longer exist. Since then, Harris has turned the Cricket Club’s squash club into […]

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Local dancer waltzes into career of recycled textiles

Local Life | January 4th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Lou Mancinelli Before a knee injury halted her young career as a professional dancer, and before devoting her energies full-time to her newer Kitchen Garden Series, a line of textiles made from reclaimed materials, sold to support community agriculture, Heidi Barr earned her living for almost 20 years in dance and theater costume design […]

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Old World attention to detail at Wissahickon Pottery

Local Life | December 17th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Lou Mancinelli Old World attention to rustic aesthetic. A well-lit studio close to Wissahickon Creek. A connection with materials, product and people. For Roxborough resident Nick Corso, owner of Wissahickon Pottery, this is the rubric of making pottery. For Corso, the craft of pottery is a process rooted in connection. Corso digs up the […]

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Ex-Temple U. chemistry dept. head sails into the sunset

Local Life | November 6th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Lou Mancinelli In the 1980s, Bob Salomon, Ph.D., and former Temple University chemistry professor, who has lived in Germantown for the past 15 years, was sought out when nuclear meltdowns in the U.S. and abroad occurred. At the time he served as a consultant for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Now retired, Salomon’s biggest […]

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After 60 years, Boyd Antiques moves down Bethlehem Pike

Local Life | October 8th, 2015 | Leave a comment

by Lou Mancinelli Nashville, Cincinnati, Cleveland. Add Boston, Washington, D.C., and parts of Connecticut, and the list resembles a small tour for a rock band. Instead, it’s only some of the 25 antique shows Priscilla Boyd Angelos used to attend each year. When her parents first opened Meetinghouse Antique Shop at 509 N. Bethlehem Pike […]

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