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Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
A hidden treasure in Wayne A local store sells “fruitful” items
By Melanie Greenberg Staff Writer A tiny corner shop in Wayne is easy to pass by but The Pear Tree is a shop worth stepping into. Warm and welcoming are the first words that come to mind. Deanna Muth, winner of the 2008 Best of Philly award, completely renovated the store and opened in early 2007. Muth worked for Vanguard before finding her passion for selling meaningful gifts. Each of her employees is like family and contributes to the shop in different ways. One of the women is a photographer who sells her art and another woman is an interior decorator. “If I have to be away from home, I’d like it to feel like home,” Muth said of the homey atmosphere. The Pear Tree is a shop filled with endless amounts of gifts for every type of person. Customers could spend hours browsing and still find something new and exciting. Among some of the items sold are jewelry, many collections made by local jewelry makers, photos, blankets, vases, home décor, novelty shot glasses and the list goes on and on. Before renovations, the space was in extremely bad shape although a customer would never guess that only four years ago there was barely a floor.
Many of the windows are original pieces from the same time the building was built in 1922. The modern feel mixed with a touch of history makes the store a unique setting. Each season, the shop is overhauled and redecorated to fit the occasions. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, candy hearts and the color red are scattered about the store. Muth opened The Pear Tree after her youngest daughter left for college. She had worked in a shop in Stone Harbor, N.J., while vacationing in the summers. Muth discovered a passion for helping people find the perfect gift. “I don’t sell anything I don’t love,” Muth said. “No matter what side of the track people are from, I wanted them to feel joy no matter what they can spend.” The idea for the name came to Muth in a dream. “It sounds corny but I envisioned a pear tree one night and had no idea what it meant until we signed the lease,” Muth said. The shop features a painted pear tree on the wall, done by an artist friend of Muth’s as well as paintings of pears and a poem in the shape of a pear. Each customer is treated as a friend. The sense of ease and friendliness Muth exudes makes a customer want to come back even just
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The Pear Tree sells many different household items and also some other unique pieces of jewelry and art. to say hello and browse. “There is a quote by Maya Angelou I live by,” Muth said. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Once you step into the shop, the thought of what new items could appear will draw you back in time and time again. Located next to the Wayne train
station and surrounded by restaurants, The Pear Tree can take you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by simply stepping in and taking time to view all it has to offer. The Pear Tree 610-688-7202 133 N. Wayne Avenue Wayne, PA 19087 email@example.com
Resolving for a better year By Ariel Crawford Staff Writer New Year’s resolutions: frequently made, rarely kept. Once the holidays are over, many people turn their attention inwards and try to focus on what gifts they can give to themselves in the new year. Most people do this in the form of making New Year’s resolutions, which is when people resolve to commit to making a change that
will affect their lives for the better starting on the first day of the new year. A recent study from The University of Scranton of 282 people found that after one month only 64 percent of people were still committed to their resolutions a month after making them and only 46 percent were still committed to their resolutions after six months. This begs to ask many questions. Why do so many New Year’s resolutions fail? How can people
Resolutions are made for the new year in hopes for a better tomorrow
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make more attainable resolutions? And how can we assure such resolutions are kept? Members of the Cabrini community had a lot to say about New Year’s Resolutions. “New Year’s resolutions should be relevant to your life and help you; if so, kudos. But if it’s trivial and materialistic it probably won’t work,” Adrienne Keer, sophomore English major, said. Other people also agreed that making resolutions that are practical are ultimately also more beneficial. “If it’s something easy and attainable people will stick to it,” Matt Stewart, senior communication major, said. According to Yahoo!’s Associated Content, some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include quitting smoking, losing weight, becoming more organized, reducing stress and finding ways to save money. Some, like Megan Hawkinson, junior special and elementary education major, stick with these more traditional resolutions. “I always say that I’ll eat healthier and exercise and I do, for the first week or two but then I get busy and I end up going back and forth,” she said. Still, others make more unconventional resolutions. “The only New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever
kept thus far was at Christmas when my husband bought me a book filled with 365 Sudoku puzzles. I do one a night. Now if only I could incorporate exercise,” Diane Devanney, Cabrini math professor, said. There are some people who have shunned the practice of making New Year’s resolutions all together. The same study from The University of Scranton reported that only 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions and people at Cabrini College are no exception. “I honestly don’t have any New Year’s resolutions. I don’t have the time,” Megan Conroy, manager of the Cabrini College bookstore, said. Lisa Ratmansky, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning said, “I don’t think I believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think instead I believe in resolving to focus on what one cares about each and everyday.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever wanted to sling shot a bird at a pig? If you have, then Angry Birds is the game for you. It is the No. 1 paid game and app in over 50 countries and one of the most addicting games out there. Angry Birds was first released in December 2009 and for Apple’s iOS and is now designed for any type of touch screen smart phone. The object of the game is for players to try to get back golden eggs that were stolen by a group of evil pigs while using a sling shot that launches the bird. On each level, the pigs are enclosed by different structures made of things like stone, ice or wood. To get to the next level and retrieve the eggs, the gamer must destroy the structure and eliminate the pigs. As the levels get higher, more and different types of birds are used. For example, in the beginning levels, only the basic red bird is used but as the player advances, so does the type of bird. It could have more powers or there could be more of them. Points are awarded for each pig defeated and bonus points are awarded for any birds not used. Players can attempt the level as many times as they want to get a better score. When the game was released in 2009, it had just only one episode called “Poached Eggs,” which contained three themed groups of levels each with 21 levels. Since then, it has come out with four other episodes. The newest one was released right before Christmas to celebrate the game’s first year in the Apple Store. Angry Birds is free for most phones, but can be purchased for $.99 for the upgraded version. In December 2010, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the release of Angry Birds, Rovio Mobile announced that the game had been downloaded 50 million times, with more than 12 million on iOS devices and 10 million on Android. email@example.com
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
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The psychological thriller that allows audiences to delve into the world of fine arts By Justin Sillner Features Editor Ballet is known for beauty and gracefulness. The ability to move with confidence and projection without any flaw is the goal for any performer. In the new movie, Black Swan, striving for the goal of perfection pushes a young performer to be perfect by any means that she can. Ballet is a dance that requires a lot of dedication, enduring practices and strenuous physical discipline. For all of the hard work, the end product is very rewarding. From the director, Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan focuses on a young performer Nina Sayers, portrayed by Natalie Portman. Sayers is a hard-working dancer and finds the opportunity to dance in the ballet classic, Swan Lake. The artistic director of the New York City Ballet Company, Thomas Leroy, portrayed by Vincent Cassel, pushes Sayers to her highest potential. He uses sexuality to direct Sayers through her dancing. Although her dancing is perfectly timed, practiced and well thought through, Sayers is lacking the emotional connection to her dancing that could later inspire audiences. Leroy tells Sayers to perfect her dance, to let impulse and flaw into it. Sayers is a timid, uptight, prim and a polished individual, which makes her a perfect choice for the white swan.
Her downfall? A history of constant scratching, an act caused from a belief of her own imperfections. She lives with her retired ballerina mother, Erica, portrayed by Barbara Hershey, who heavily supports her daughter’s career. Leroy finds that Sayers, although perfect for the white swan, is having difficulties mastering the black swan, which represents a darker image. Leroy points out the newest member of the company, Lily, portrayed by Mila Kunis. Thomas suggests that Lily is more seductive and devious like the black swan. Thomas’s talk of Lily’s seductiveness is to trigger Sayer to loosen up and to imply possible competition for her. Sayer sees Lily as a rival but also as the key to finding out what she has to do to perfect the black swan character. An easy-going Lily tells Sayer she needs to simply relax. The two expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship. Soon, Sayer begins to become more in touch with her dark side losing all grasp on reality, going through a wild night of partying, drugs and imaginative girl on girl with Lily. She finds herself stopping at nothing to be perfect. Sayer finds freedom within self-destruction and loses herself to find perfection for her role in the production. Aronofsky directs a without-a-doubt masterpiece.
His vision of the ballet company may be close to unrealistic but he creates a story of determination and insanity through his twisted visuals, sounds and precise editing. Aronofsky has also directed Golden Globe winner, The Wrestler, and is working on two new titles, The Wolverine and Machine Man. Portman delivers an amazing performance playing both the villain and the victim. She puts the viewers in Sayers head and makes us feel what she is thinking. The audience will follow the steps of Sayer’s journey from being an ambitious young ballerina to a crazy woman striving to be the perfect performer. Aronofsky helps show the audience the paranoia and the rising insanity in Sayers’s character. The movie’s final scene is that of the opening night performance of Swan Lake. Sayer pulls off an equal mix of both the white swan and the black swan and delivers a memorable performance; one that you could say is perfect. Black Swan is nominated for four Golden Globe Awards including Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Picture. The film is also nominated for 12 Critic’s Choice Awards, more that any movie in history. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Black Swan is now playing at theaters near you.
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Reality Check: Friends with benefits By Elizabeth Krupka A&E Editor It’s a common winter scenario: you’re snuggled up watching a movie with a significant other. Potentially getting a little something something (if you know what I mean) before, during or even after. This describes the seemingly perfect world of friends with benefits. Typically, people who fall into the friends with benefits category were either friends before and don’t want to ruin the friendship, they are both attracted to each other but don’t want to date or they dated and broke up. The cycle of a friend with benefits relationship goes a little something like this: talk a little, hang out occasionally and get down to business often. This usually repeats as often as both people agree to it. This type of friendship is something that happens more often than not (like that is hard to believe.) However, this type of “friendship” also ends badly, more often than not. It isn’t impossible to have the benefits of a relationship without the emotional attachment from either party, but it usually doesn’t happen that way. To hang out the way a couple does without the emotional support of an actual relationship is hard to balance. It takes someone who can unattach themselves from their emotional connections to the person they are “benefitting” from. One party usually gets more attached to the other and multiple heated arguments about how that wasn’t how it was supposed to go. Then the question of if the relationship was worth all of the pent up emotions arises. However, the same hurt feelings happen in dating relationships as well, making a friends with benefits relationship seemingly identical to a serious relationship. Friends with benefits has both it’s pros and cons, however, if you do choose to embark on this road. Remember to try and keep feelings out of it, because with the outspoken feelings everything gets messy. Then all you have to do is get down to business. email@example.com
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011
Welcome to theWest By Eion O’Neil Staff Writer To the younger generation, the film True Grit may seem like a new take on the Western genre but in fact the Coen brothers’ (Fargo, The Big Lebowski) latest film is an updated and impressively produced adaptation of the novel and John Wayne film of the same name. Unlike most other Western films, the protagonist is a 14-year-old girl named Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) who sets out to avenge her father’s death. While in town in Arkansas, wrapping her father’s affairs in which she heckles with businessmen and carries out seemingly masculine tasks for the time of the film, she also looks to find the perfect U.S. Marshal that will find her father’s killer, a ruthless man named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) who killed him and stole his horse and possessions. She is given a few names of marshals that could take up the case and ultimately decides that she is going with an equally ruthless, one-eyed marshal named Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) whose sight problem is not his only character flaw. Also in town is Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) who is searching for Chaney for committing a crime in that state. After twisting Cogburn’s arm and paying him a $50 fee, the U.S. Marshal takes on the case, reluctantly, with Ranger
LaBoeuf and Mattie in tow. The two men brush off the girl
True Grit is a modern Wild West movie that has blown away fans and is a must see. until she ultimately proves herself to them and they bond. The film’s trailer makes it out to be a shoot ‘em up kind of film but in reality it is more of a novel come to life than a stereotypical gun-drawn western. The film itself is drawn out and moviegoers who are looking for constant moments of excitement
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might get bored rather quickly but if they stick with the story, they’ll
be rewarded. The ending of the film is also a bit of an emotional surprise. This is a warning to the members of macho nation, you will cry and it’s okay to do so. The final scenes don’t exactly depict the cowboys going off into the sunset in a stereotypical way. The acting in the film is solid,
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although at some points, Hailee Steinfeld’s performance is exaggerated and it seems like she is acting more in a middle school play than a blockbuster film. Those moments, however, are few and far between and it appears that Steinfeld will be a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood in the coming years. Damon, who has done wonders in films such as The Departed and The Bourne Supremacy, is hardly present in his role as Ranger LaBoeuf. Damon, undoubtedly, is the arrogant, pompous ranger that his counterpart despsises. Bridges, who also worked with the Coen Brothers in the 1998 film, The Big Lebowski, is back with the sibling team for a reason. What’s that reason, you ask? He’s fantastic as Rooster Cogburn and highlights his flaws to a “T.” Cogburn is an alcoholic and Bridges certainly puts on a show with his antics. Everything from shooting at the glass bottles in the air to the stupor is believable. Anyone can be drunk but it takes a special type of acting to play drunk and Bridges nails it. While the film has been out since before Christmas, local theaters such as Clearview’s Anthony Wayne and the UA King of Prussia still have showtimes available. If you do ultimately miss this film in theatres, add it to your Netflix or rent it at Blockbuster. It’s worth every moment even if right away it does not seem it.
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Published on Jul 16, 2011