After 10 years, Mt. Airy rock band on path to stardom

Arts, Local Life | December 14th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear They may not be the Rolling Stones, but the Mt. Airy-based rock band, Restorations, just may be a household name if they maintain momentum on their uphill trajectory. According to local music writer Matt Cohen, “It’s been 10 years since Restorations formed, and in that time they’ve accomplished more than most bands […]

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Hiller’s recommendation for holiday dining a home run

Local Life | December 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear I must admit this is a pretty threadbare “local angle,” but here goes: Our super-talented production manager, graphic designer and illustrator at the Local, Ray DeJohn, a joie-de-vivre gentleman who seems to know someone in every center city club and fine dining establishment, gave me a full-throated recommendation of Scarpetta, the two-years-old upscale […]

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Chestnut Hill’s multi-talented scholar: A Rose by any other name is still a Renaissance Man

Arts | December 6th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear The term “Renaissance Man” has become a cliché for those who excel at several disciplines, but I cannot think of a more appropriate expression for long-time Chestnut Hill resident Dan Rose, who has published myriad publications, including academic work, poetry and artist books; received national and international acclaim for exhibits of his […]

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‘Boomer1’ is yet another stunner by Mt. Airy novelist

Books | December 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear A few years ago I had the pleasure of reading two wonderful novels by Mt. Airy author Daniel Torday, “The Last Flight of Poxl West” and “The Sensualist,” which won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. Both received absolutely rhapsodic reviews from major publications. Torday’s stories and essays have […]

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50 years in area, ‘Designing Woman’ exhibits artwork

Arts | November 30th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Normally, when I ask an article subject for his/her age, the individual either mentions a number (most of the time) or declines to answer. But Joselyn Kinstler Ney, who says that answering my questions about her personal history is “like writing my eulogy,” gave me more than I bargained for. “Biologically I […]

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