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Focusing on community Even with a low turnout District Attorney Seth Williams shared his vision with local residents at the first of six Town Hall meetings. By Amanda L. Snyder R e v i e w S ta f f W r i t e r


hile his staff combined with police officers and other city officials may have outnumbered residents at last week’s first Town Hall meeting, newly sworn in District Attorney Seth Williams introduced his staff and future plans for the office. Williams arrived prior to the 6:30 p.m. scheduled start time and mingled with See DA MEETING page 10


Tasty Baking Co. expects to complete the move from its old Hunting Park facility to its new 345,000-square-foot LEEDcertified home in the Navy Yard by next year.

Everything under the sun A new solar panel manufacturer and Tastykake join the growing list of tenants at the environmentally conscious Navy Yard.

One win away

The 2009-10 boys’ basketball season has been an exciting one for Neumann-Goretti with trips to Hawaii and Springfield, Mass. By Bill Gelman................Page 46

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en years ago this month, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., (PIDC) acquired the Navy Yard site in the hopes of ushering in a new era on such historic grounds. As the saying goes, history has a way of repeating itself. Some big-named tenants are now calling the 1,200-acre site home, and to some

city officials, the news is cause for celebration — or perhaps, reason to consume a Tastykake Krimpet. The Tasty Baking Co., which produces the delectable pastry and other Philly favorites, has invested more than $1 million in the construction of their new environmentally friendly distribution complex and bakery, which is expected to be fully operational by next year. Retailer Urban Outfitters is expanding operations, and HelioSphera, a Greek manufacturer of solar panels, recently

announced the Navy Yard will house its U.S. production facility. “Green” is the new buzzword at the Navy Yard, which now employs 7,000 people and has 5.5 million square feet of building space. Complementing the manicured lawns and LEED-certified buildings is the notion of a Clean Energy Campus, a consortium combining academia, the private sector and federal See NAVY YARD page 9

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Lifestyles: Boxed in

After seeking donations for a hunger drive, a NeummanGoretti senior racked up a total that won her a cameo on the back of a famous cereal. By Jess Fuerst


Police Report: Black out

A Pennsport man and his brother beat and sodomized a friend’s boyfriend at her Northeast home. By Amanda L. Snyder

Four decades after its last voyage, the SS United States finds its future in rough waters. By Joseph Myers


Cardella: The price of beauty

Just when you thought the future of civilization was bleak, Jessica Simpson has saved the day. Simpson has made the startling discovery that women should be judged by their inner beauty. By Tom Cardella

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An open letter to the community: You have received your 2010 Census form in the mail. On behalf of your family, friends and fellow Philadelphians, I’m asking you to do one thing with it: Fill it out and mail it back. Every 10 years, we take a count of everyone residing in the United States. The population numbers generated by the census count determine our representation in Congress. Equally important, the census is used to determine how more than $400 billion in government money is distributed to states and cities each year for schools, hospitals, public transit, job training, head start, health care, LIHEAP and much more. For every person not counted, Philadelphia could lose nearly $2,800. That’s $2,800 per person – per year – for ten years. We have to do all we can to make sure we get our fair share of these critical resources. I know that some of you may be reluctant to complete the Census because you’ve heard doing so could bring the IRS, police or immigration agents to your door. That will not happen. Federal law prohibits the Census Bureau from sharing your answers with anyone — the IRS, law enforcement, the parking authority or any other person or agency. Furthermore, the form doesn’t ask for your social security number or immigration status. Not only is it important and safe to fill out your census form, it is easier than ever before. For the first time, the form has only 10 questions and should take you about 10 minutes to complete. If you need help filling out the form or didn’t get one in the mail, call 866-872-6868 or for Spanish, 866-928-2010. Or, you can visit one of several hundred Questionnaire Assistance Centers, staffed with census experts, located throughout the City. Just call 311 and an operator can find one near you. Let’s show the country that Philadelphia is a growing, diverse city and a great place to live, study, work and raise a family. Make sure Philly counts! Mayor Michael Nutter City of Philadelphia

No sugar tonight To the Editor: Now the mayor wants to tax soda

and other sugar drinks under the guise of obesity. If for that reason you want this tax, then why not tax all these fast food restaurants. Let’s not stop there. Let’s go after the pizza shops, hoagie shops and restaurants anybody that serves any kind of food that if eaten excessively would make you, as the mayor puts it, “obese.” Then you want to charge homeowners $300 to pick up their trash. Isn’t that what our taxes are already for? How are you going to charge the owners of apartment buildings who have as many as six families living there? Will they be charged the same as a single family or as a senior citizen? If you can’t get some owners to pay what’s due now, how are you going to enforce this? By not picking up their trash? This is a tax increase no matter what type of spin you put on it, How about all the businesses that have their trash picked up by the city? Most law-abiding businesses have dumpsters, but some just put it out with their regular trash and it’s picked up. Anyone who operates a business that needs a license to operate and generates trash should have a dumpster. If we wait long enough, only God knows what may come out of all of this. The mayor said he needs this tax increase so he won’t have to lay off any of our police and firemen. Why is it always on the backs of the people who protect us? I have an idea. Why not make all those who use a city-owned vehicle and takes it home at night and on the weekend pay for their gas and insurance. They’re not paying for the car just its use. Everyone else pays their own way to and from work. If they’re in a position to have a city car they’re probably making a nice salary and they could afford to chip in a few bucks a week. A lot of people are going without raises this year, so everyone is having a hard time. The mayor said snow removal cost more than $11 million. Maybe that’s because you had two or three men in the plows. You wouldn’t know it on my street. It wasn’t touched during the first two storms and then we got a whooping two inches. I had one plow in the morning and then two more after 6 p.m. just drive through my street. Go figure. Either you get none or too many just like snow. Mayor, go after these deadbeat landlords who aren’t paying their

taxes and utilities and who owe the city millions. Build the casinos, you know its going to happen anyway. Look at all the revenue lost by the city with the delays. If people want to gamble they will. They can catch a bus to Atlantic City or Chester and get their money back plus some. Lastly, but not least, think about the possibilty of the jobs that can be lost in the four bottling companies in our area. If that happens, that will be more taxes you’ll lose. Then you’ll want another increase of some kind. Mario Marchetti South Philadelphia

Moving Foxwoods is the real win-Wynn To the Editor: As conversations heat up over Steve Wynn and Foxwoods, here are some points to consider: • The Gaming Act does not require independent impact studies of critical issues such as traffic, infrastructure, air quality and public safety. No independent studies have been produced to date. • The Gaming Act does not allow any community input. • The City needs jobs and revenue, but not at the expense of waterfront neighborhoods. • More jobs and revenue will be generated at an appropriate location for Foxwoods away from our densely populated neighborhoods. • The City then could incorporate Foxwoods’ current site into the master plan for the Central Delaware. This would be the best community benefit agreement. Moving Foxwoods will create more jobs, more revenue and better development for Philadelphia and the Commonwealth. Now that’s a win-Wynn. Susan Patrone Margaret Kalalian South Philadelphia For the record In the March 18 issue, Lou Cool is pictured with the staff of Beach Tanning. Comment on these letters or topics at

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A Pennsport man and his brother beat and sodomized a friend’s boyfriend at her Northeast home. By Amanda L. Snyder R e v i e w S ta f f W r i t e r


29-year-old thought he was going over to girlfriend Renada Williams’ house for sex, but when he met her in the Northeast around 10 p.m. March 14, she had other plans for him as well. During intercourse between the man and Williams, 28, at Williams’ home on the 1400 block of Church Street, two men — Renada Williams Shawn Aiken, 20, of the 1800 block of E. Moyamensing Ave. and his 16-year-old brother, Harold, of the 2100 block of Granite St. in the Northeast — entered the home. Williams allegedly called the younger of Shawn Aiken the two, who is believed to be having a baby with Williams’ roommate, and told him that the 29-year-old had raped her, Detective Erica Ortiz, of Northeast Detective Division said. Williams allegedly told police later that she had not been raped, but was mad that the man might return to his “main girlfriend,” Ortiz said. The man was allegedly beaten by both brothers who struck him in the face and body with wooden boards, electrical cords, broom sticks and toys including a Barbie convertible, Ortiz said. The men also used Pine-Sol to lubricate a mop handle before violating him with it and pouring the cleaning liquid on his open wounds, police said. The victim blacked out within one or two hours of the beating, and woke up alone in the house almost 23 hours after it initiated, Ortiz said. Although Ortiz was unsure how long the assault went on, police found some items that were bloody and that Williams had allegedly told police he was struck with that the man did not recount. He was transported to Aria Health’s Frankford Campus around 8:40 p.m. March 15. His injuries included a broken nose and eye sockets, swollen shut eyes, numerous missing teeth, two broken ribs and numerous lacerations across his body,

Ortiz said. As of Sunday, when Ortiz last spoke to him, the victim was still in the hospital and expected to be there until today or tomorrow, Ortiz said. Ortiz arrested Williams and the younger brother at William’s Northeast residence while the older Aiken, who is currently on probation for firearm violations from 2008, turned himself in at Northeast Detectives at 6 p.m. March 17. The three were charged with sexual assault, indecent assault, criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, simple assault, possession of an instrument of crime and related offenses.

Fifth flash Another flash mob formed on South Street Saturday night — the fifth in the city within the last 10 months. An unknown parent called the Police Department’s South Street Mini Station, 917 South St., that evening to report a large group of teens and young adults would be meeting on the street, according to the Police Public Affairs Unit. Police officers and special units were dispersed to assist with the larger crowds, but would not speculate how many teens were present. Around 11 p.m. a 27-year-old woman told police that a large group of young men and women filled the 1500 block of South Street, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The woman reported that some of the young people kicked and punched her in the head and face as they passed her knocking out teeth and causing bruises, abrasions and a large cut to her upper lip, Tolliver said. She was transported to Hahnemann Hospital for treatment. No arrests were made in her case, but there were three arrests that night including a 17-year-old for a firearms violation on the 1200 block of South Street, another juvenile for obstructing the highway on the 400 block of South Street and an adult for disorderly conduct on the 500 block of South Street, according to Police Public Affairs Unit. A flash mob previously formed on South Street on May 30, 2009 when an estimated 30 to 300 teens allegedly assaulted several people, in addition to robbing and carjacking them, and ransacked a conve-

Police Report nience store. Three others formed in Center City — mainly near the Gallery at Market East — Dec. 18, ’09 as well as Feb. 16 and March 3 of this year. Twenty-eight teens were charged with felony rioting between the latter two incidents. Yesterday morning Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey held a press conference at Headhouse Square, Second and South streets, to respond to the most recent incident. Nutter may expand curfew and the police department will utilize rapid response teams to react to any future disturbances, officials said. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013. Ramsey encourages anyone with information or a tip regarding a potential flash mob to call 215-686-TIPS (8477).

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Derogatory comments Two men commented on a teen’s sexual orientation before pointing a gun at the his head and demanding his cell phone under the South Street bridge Saturday evening. Around 7:30 p.m. a 19-year-old was walking across the bridge near the 600 block of South Columbus Boulevard when he passed Byron McLeod, 21, of the 2200 block of South Lloyd Street, and Fahmee Shabazz, 20, of the 2200 block of Titan Street, who allegedly made comments regarding his sexual orientation, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The 19-year-old responded with profanity and the two men stood up from a bench and approached him as he neared the east end of the bridge where McLeod allegedly said, “Let’s got downstairs.� The teen walked down the stairs and the duo followed him until they reached a parking lot where McLeod allegedly pointed a small black semi-automatic gun at the victim’s head and demanded his phone. After McLeod allegedly snatched his phone, the 19-year-old ran across the boulevard, Tolliver. Shabazz allegedly pursued him until the teen reached a nearby restaurant. The duo was apprehended by police on the bridge and charged with ethnic intimidation, aggravated assault, harassment, robbery, theft, firearm violations and related charges. SPR Contact Staff Writer Amanda Snyder at or ext. 117. Comment at

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Police responded to shots fired near West Passyunk Sunday, but who the shots were aimed towards remains a mystery. Police reported to 20th and Jackson streets after receiving a radio call around 5:34 p.m., Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. While officers recovered ballistic evidence at the scene and witnesses reported hearing six shots and seeing two armed offenders flee south on the 2200 block of Lambert Street and west on Passyunk, no one saw the intended target, Tolliver said. The first was described as a black male with red hair and a light complexion, age 17 to 22, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10 and wearing a gray hoody and blue jeans. He had a silver handgun. The second man was described as a black male with a dark complexion, 6 foot, thin and wearing a gray hoody and dark pants. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.

with a retractable black baton and Nicholas Corazl, 18, of the 2400 block of South Marshall Street, allegedly struck people with a metal pipe, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. Meanwhile, Robert Brady, 18, of the 100 block of Mercy Street, and a 17-yearold from the 2500 block of South Phillip Street are believed to have punched and kicked some of the partygoers. The suspects fled the scene leaving the weapons behind, but were later stopped blocks away, Tolliver said. Stewart and Corazl were arrested at 10th and Dickinson streets while Brady and the juvenile were arrested on the 900 block of Wilder Street. A 21-, three 22-, a 23- and a 26-yearold were transported the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for lacerations from the baton and/or the pipe while a 19-, two 22-, a 25- and a 26-year-old received minor injuries from the punches and kicks, Tolliver said. The teens were charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, criminal conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person.

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he appearance of the SS United States is both its quintessence and distress signal. Stretching 990 feet, yet caked in rust, the ship epitomizes 20thcentury ingenuity and 21st-century neglect. Berthed at Pier 82 on the Delaware River, it has resided in South Philadelphia since 1996 and will need immediate good fortune to avoid becoming scrap. Since its decommissioning in 1969, the ship has been in aquatic limbo. The work of Philadelphia native William Francis Gibbs, the ship has been for sale by the Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line since February 2009. NCL claims that upkeep of the ship costs $800,000 an-

‘The ship is fundamentally and structurally sound. It could still be incredibly useful.’ —Susan Gibbs, SS United States Conservancy board president Docked at Pier 82, the SS United States is in limbo as it awaits its fate. nually. Recently, the line has intensified its search for a buyer, which is likely to be a scrapper. Maritime law mandates that the buyer must be an American entity. But the SS United States Conservancy — with roughly 4,000 members and supporters — envisions refitting the ship as possibly a conference center, casino, hotel or museum. The group hopes to raise $3 million to buy the ship and to use the next two years to craft a public/private partnership to raise more funds for its refitting. “Our private sector partners would determine the scope of the renovation,” Susan Gibbs, board president, said. Within the last decade, advocates for the ship have valiantly sought to sustain its existence. “I first viewed the ship in 2001,” Gibbs, the granddaughter of the ship’s architect, said. “It was almost like being in a mausoleum, but I knew that beneath her haggard look, she still had importance.” The Washington, D.C. resident has found many who share her view of the ship as indicative of an “era of imagination.” Through its Save Our Ship campaign, the Conservancy has begun to amass the funds to give its vessel a lifeline. A July 2009 gathering at IKEA, 2206 S. Colum-

Four decades after its last voyage, the SS United States finds its future in rough waters. bus Blvd., garnered local and regional attention, as did a $300,000 matching grant pledge from H.F. Lenfest, Chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Area politicians have offered their voices to save the ship, which would remain in Philadelphia or venture to New York once restored. City Council President Anna Verna has endorsed the restoration of the ship as a waterfront attraction via a letter of support, while 1st District Councilman Frank DiCicco issued a December 2009 resolution to ensure the ship’s survival. Time, however, is dwindling. Gibbs expects news by next week. Though hopeful, she said there is some anxiety. Historical consultant Steve Ujifusa, who is writing a book on the ship and William Francis Gibbs’ vision, also is pushing to save the SS United States.

“This ship highlights achievements of prior generations. There was a time when even I forgot her contributions. We can’t let her disappear.” Ujifusa said. “The SS United States is the vision of a brilliant man. It would be a tragedy for it to go.” WITH ITS SPECTRAL look, the ship dominates the vista of Columbus Boulevard much like it ruled the Atlantic Ocean’s waters from 1952 to ’69. On its maiden trek in July ’52, the ship set the record for fastest westbound crossing of the Atlantic by traveling from Bishop Rock off the Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom to the Lightship Ambrose in New York Harbor in just more than 84 hours. Its speed of roughly 40 miles per hour earned the ship a Blue Riband, a prize for the passenger liner crossing the Atlantic with the highest

speed. The record remains intact. Gibbs prays that the ship will, too. “The ship is fundamentally and structurally sound. It could still be incredibly useful,” Gibbs said. In its heyday, the ship never lacked use. “The Big U” required 28 months of construction at a cost of $78 million, most of which the U.S. government underwrote. With the Korean War waging, the government hoped to use the Virginia-made craft as a troopship when necessary, but the liner became somewhat of a cruise ship. It covered nearly three million miles and transported more than a million passengers. Many entertainment icons including Milton Berle, Bob Hope, and Marilyn Monroe used its services, as did Presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. In its glory days, the ship booked at 90 percent capacity, but increases in air travel, union impasses and rising operating costs signaled its decline. As the largest liner ever designed and constructed in the United States, the ship contains two engine rooms, at least one of which Gibbs hopes to retain. New Jersey businessman Edward Cantor receives the credit for bringing the ship to South Philadelphia. From ’69 through ’96, the ship had stays in Norfolk, Virginia; Turkey; and Ukraine, the last for asbestos removal. In ’96, Cantor had it towed to Philadelphia. Knowing its precarious status, the SS United States Preservation Society successfully fought for the ship’s placement on the Pennsylvania Register and the National Register of Historic Places in ’99. Shortly after Cantor’s death in 2002, NCL purchased the liner, hoping to add the ship to NCL America, its American-flagged Hawaiian passenger service. The company, however, chose to use three other vessels, leaving the SS United States in deeper trouble. But Gibbs and Ujifusa have tossed out a life preserver in hopes of finding a buyer who provides the ship a renaissance. “This ship is the ultimate example of America’s industrial might and has had an amazing quest,” Ujifusa, a new Conservancy member, said “Many people complain that Americans don’t make anything. Right here in Philadelphia, we have evidence against that claim.” SPR People can make donations to the Conservancy’s campaign by visiting www., Comment at news/features.

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THE COMPANY WILL use its $5 million investment to create a 350,000-square-foot facility that produces 1.2 million solar modules per year. Construction is expected to begin within the next 12 months and is in line with Mayor Michael Nutter’s goal of transforming Philadelphia into the country’s greenest city. The Greenworks Philadelphia initiative aims to reduce the city’s vulnerability to rising energy costs, assess its environmental footprint, deliver more equitable access to neighborhoods and support sustainability. “Consistent with our Greenworks Philadelphia plan, the [HelioSphera] project expects to bring as many as 500 new entry, manufacturing and professional level jobs,” Nutter spokesman Doug Oliver said. “The city and PIDC will continue to work with HelioSphera to refine their financing and construction plans and do our part to see that they are up and running as soon as possible.” HelioSphera “looked all over the country to establish their U.S. headquarters,” Grady added. “They chose this site because

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entities with a focus on smart grid energy, energy-efficient buildings, as well as power distribution and management. “The idea is to attract federal research, private investment and commercialized new technologies,” PIDC Senior Vice President John Grady said. “HelioSphera is an outcome of those sets of partners coming together.”

of all the assets we have at the Navy Yard — access to university research, access to a diverse workforce and the ability to distribute their product nationally through the city’s distribution network.” Further greening its image, the Navy Yard’s west end will also house a “solar center” on a seven-acre Brownfield site. The 5,500 solar panels will produce approximately 1.5 megawatts of electricity (enough to power several hundred homes) that will feed back to the city’s electrical grid. And Penn State University’s College of Engineering also is placing the environment at the forefront thanks to grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy last year. The college has established two research centers at the Navy Yard; one in particular—the Mid-Atlantic Solar Workforce Center—aims to support the workforce needed to manufacture, produce and maintain solar technology. “The big picture here is that the federal government will be investing billions of dollars into research and commercialization of energy-efficient technologies,” Grady said. “The set of partners that has coalesced at the Navy Yard … give the city and region a real powerful chance to attract a lot of that federal money into Philadelphia and develop an economy around engineering and energy.” Also taking a greener approach to construction, Tastykake, which is still in the process of transitioning from its Hunting Park location to its new site, has constructed a LEED-certified, 345,000-square-foot


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DA MEETING continued from page 1 those who came out to Vare Rec Center, 26th and Morris streets, March 18. “I’ve come to recognize as a result of either the beautiful weather and people being cooped up because of all the snow for so long, or that we chose to have this on the night that the NCAA Tournament began or that the water ice place is having a sale right now — any or all of these reasons — there are more Philadelphians out having fun somewhere else than coming to listen to this old, fat, bald guy speak,” Williams said of the small turnout. Therefore he promised to reschedule the South Division meeting, although his office could not provide that date as of press time. Williams will visit Southwest Philadelphia 6:30 tonight at Kingsessing Rec Center, 4901 Kingsessing Ave,, followed by the four remaining police divisions through May. The district attorney aimed to erase any real or perceived barriers by showing residents how his office will serve the community and oversee justice fairly for both sides, he said. “We have to break down the barriers that exist between the District Attorney’s Office and the people,” Williams said. “For far too many people, they believe that the District Attorney’s Office is a oppressor of the community and not a protector of the community.” He also wants to reverse heartbreaking statistics that not only puts Philly atop the list of most felonies dismissed at the preliminary hearing, but also the city with the lowest conviction rate among the 40 largest urban areas. “That should be unacceptable,” Williams said of stats. “These police officers are risking their lives jumping over fences, dodging pit bulls and all types of stuff. That’s a tremendously high number.” Williams introduced members of his staff that head programs such as the Public Nuisance Task Force and the Repeat Offenders Unit, which Williams spearheaded as an assistant district attorney in 2000, and gave an overview of some of his goals for his first term in office. From smaller goals that will lead to fewer continuances and quicker trials such as not requiring a victim who had his or her car stolen to be present for preliminary hearing to a loftier goal that will streamline cases based on their police division, residents were pleased that the district attorney had shared that information as was City Council President Anna Verna who attended the meeting. “We — all of us together — can make this a better area than we have if everybody works together,” Verna, whose first government job was in the District Attorney’s Office, said to the crowd. “I know there have

District Attorney Seth Williams chats with a resident prior to last week’s town hall meeting at Vare Rec Center, 26th and Morris streets, where he shared his mission for the District Attorney’s Office.

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been a number of shootings in this district. us being community leaders [and] commuI don’t have to tell you. You know, but as I nity people …. Getting the word out is imsaid, working together and cooperation with portant. We have a good way of doing it,” he the police and said noting giving District Attorney’s out hot dogs and Office, it will defi‘We have to break down the pretzels. “That’s nitely make a difbarriers that exist between the the old South ference.” Philly style.” Residents were District Attorney’s Office and impressed with his SINCE CRIME OCthe people. For far too many day job as well. CURS geographipeople, they believe that the The meeting cally, Williams has was very inforproposed assignDistrict Attorney’s Office is a mative, Sylvia ing attorneys geooppressor of the community graphically, which Wilkins, a resihe has done when dent of 17th and and not a protector he assigned disFederal streets and of the community.’ trict attorneys in chair of the 17th the Repeat OffendDistrict Advisory —District Attorney Seth Williams ers Unit 10 years Council, said. ago and it has been “I don’t know implemented citywide in D.C. that people realize the department is that “Where I grew up there was one family diverse,” she said. “They think it’s just city that if your car was stolen, everyone knew it prosecutors.” was that family that probably stole your car. “It’s fantastic. The people he has — he’s … When we were little kids, they stole your out running. He has his people out and Nerf football. When we got bigger, they proactive,” Eddie Wright, of 16th and Por- stole your bicycles. When we got older, they ter streets, added. stole cars,” the West Philly native said. And as the executive director of the Community-based prosecution has the South Philadelphia Business Associa- ability to impact the criminal justice system tion, Wright has ties to the community acquainting district attorneys more closely and will help spread the news of the re- to the communities. The plan has two posscheduled date. sible options and neither will cost more “I think he needs to get the word out to money, he added.

“The Toyota [version] is just the District Attorney’s Office,” he said. “I try to find a way that all the cases are handled geographically. The Mercedes-Benz version or my favorite car is the Suburban LTZ, so the Suburban version is that the courts work with us.” The community-based system will hopefully launch by the fall if not earlier, Williams added. This would not only assigns some district attorneys to cases only in the South Division, but also streamline who attorneys work with and help them understand the common threads of the cases in the area. “We can align maybe like an entire floor in the court house will only handle cases from South Division,” he said. “So then the DAs who are handling those cases know where all those police officers are going to be, it will help us know where the police officers are, it can also help us reduce times cases get continued [and] help us reduce overtime that I know the captain and inspector and the commissioner talk to us about everyday, so I’m very glad. “[Capt. Anthony Washington of the 17th District] is looking forward to the day in which the DAs assign the assistant district attorneys geographically,” Williams added. SPR Contact Staff Writer Amanda Snyder at or ext. 117. Comment at



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ayor Michael A. Nutter announced the official launch of the “Philly in Bloom” promotion and contest featuring special discounts, offers and free prizes from businesses and organizations across the Philadelphia region. Celebrating the spring season, offers include discounts and deals on dining, regional attractions, entertainment, shopping, services and hotel stays. A contest for free prizes donated by local businesses, organizations, SEPTA and the Philadelphia Parking Authority will be open to participants who answer the following question: “Why do you love Philadelphia?” The promotion runs through May 31. “Philadelphia’s business community has come together once again to offer the public a variety of fantastic deals and prizes,” Nutter said. “There are plenty of reasons to love Philadelphia and I think the much needed spring weather will inspire people to submit some really creative and enthusiastic contest entries.” “Philly in Bloom” follows on the heels of the successful “Spread the Love” promotion that was launched on Feb. 11 in re-

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“When she puts her mind to something, Nina strives to succeed,” Rachubinski said. “She has the ability to bring out the best in everyone.” The drive to succeed comes from mom who always encourages Nina to do her best. “My mom is my role model. She takes care of her three kids: me, my brother and my dad,” Nina said with a laugh. The youngster has picked up on some of mom’s winning traits that she takes with her to school everyday. “Nina is always willing to help others and attends to any task thrown her way,” the teacher said. “Nina enters the classroom everyday with a smile on her face and leaves the same way each afternoon.” SPR

Outside of the classroom, Nina enjoys dancing a variety of styles ranging from hip-hop to ballet. Weekends are spent helping dad at the Philly Pretzel Factory, 22nd Street and Oregon Avenue. Leaving time to play with younger brother Jake also is a priority.

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After seeking donations for a hunger drive, a NeummanGoretti senior racked up a total that won her a cameo on the back of a famous cereal. By Jess Fuerst Review Contributor


any famous faces have graced cereal boxes, including Michael Jordan, Mary Lou Retton and Willie Mays. Once the pinnacle of stardom, it is still an honor bestowed on a select few. One of those people is Amanda Frattari. “I think it’s really cool — that is something that not a lot of people are able to do,” the 17th-and-Ritner streets resident said of her current cameo on the back of a Cheerios box. “When [my boss] asked if I wanted to do it, I was so excited. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” The ShopRite of Snyder Plaza employee — who celebrated her one-year anniversary last week — was one of two workers selected to represent the 29 Snyder Ave. supermarket for the success of a six-week long contest as part of ShopRite Partners In Caring. As a charity that annually supports hunger relief and nutrition programs throughout select Eastern-seaboard states, ShopRite Partners In Caring kicked things up a notch to honor September National Hunger Awareness Month with a six-week contest. Forty-three ShopRite stores were tasked with selling $1 donation cards to patrons upon checkout. Frattari was the second-highest grossing employee on Snyder Avenue behind Southwest Philly’s Teresa Smith. “I’m not really sure [how much I raised],” the 17year-old said. “All together we raised about $2,500. I asked every single person to buy one and by the time I started I was already on the register for five months and I had my regulars who would come in. So, they would buy them.” The $2,500 raised locally was put in the nearly $500,000 pot accumulated from the contest and will be distributed to sanctioned charities of ShopRite Partners In Caring. Since the not-for-profit’s inception continued on page 21


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LIFESTYLES continued from page 18 in 1999, a long-standing partnership has persisted between the supermarket and key partner General Mills. Subsequently, a limited edition Cheerios box featuring 86 select employees — two from each participating market — will be carried in ShopRite stores through March. “My mom bought like 16 of them,” Frattari said of the boxes featuring her likeness. “We have family in Ohio and they don’t have ShopRite out there, so she got them to give away. “She’ll probably keep a few.” Frattari, however, was handed a plexiglassincased Cheerios box with a plaque on the front with her name engraved. The picture featuring the 86 employees standing next to a Photoshop-inserted dirt road with the title “Leading the way to end hunger” was printed on the back of 150,000 signature yellow breakfast boxes. In addition, each participating supermarket was given $1,000 to donate to a hunger charity of its choice. “I think [the contest] is awesome. I would love if I could actually afford to give $50 out of my paycheck to go buy food for these people; I would,” Frattari said. “I’m so proud of myself that I was

able to do that and actually help people.” THE SENIOR AT Neumann-Goretti, 1736 S. 10th St., is set to graduate this June. With acceptances and scholarship offers to multiple schools, the history fanatic has narrowed it down to two frontrunners. “I’m picking between Widener and Lock Haven,” Frattari, who is paying for school herself, said. “Lock Haven is far away, it’s like three hours out of the city and I need to get out of the city.” The ShopRite gig is the teenager’s first real job, and one she took to help finance her extra expenses — like a May senior trip to the Bahamas and her aunt’s upcoming nuptials in Cancun, Mexico — and then eventually her long-term education goals. “I want to be a lawyer and law school is going to cost me a fortune,” Frattari said. The price tag is an obstacle but far from a deterrent, as the dream was set long before finances could sway the ambitious young girl. “In about the second grade, I watched ‘Legally Blonde’ and I fell in love with being a lawyer,” Fratari said of the 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon about a ditzy fashion-merchandising major who takes Harvard Law School by storm. “Then I started watching law stuff.

“I’m not really sure what type of lawyer. I’ll probably end up going into prosecution and I want to get in to family law.” For now, the Mock Trial club president and Spanish club secretary is putting in after-school and extensive weekend hours on the ShopRite registers to help make her dream a reality. Part of that dream includes broadening her horizons and stepping outside her comfort zone. “[Where I live] is a really Italian neighborhood and I like the sense that that’s my heritage, but I don’t know, I’m not a city girl… Widener, lots of [my classmates] are going there. And I feel like it won’t be a change at all,” Frattari said, adding that at Lock Haven, where she wouldn’t know anyone going in, she would enjoy the challenge. “I get along with people really well … I don’t feel like it will be a problem to fit in,” she said. Staying close to home is important, too, so her college and law school prospects do not stray too far. “ … they are still my family. I love them to death and I don’t want to hold myself responsible if I need to be home and I can’t get here ’cause I went too far away,” Frattari, who shares her home with mother Debbie, father Louis and 19-year-old

brother Louis, said. “Family is a really big part of my life” Appreciating the things she has been able to share with family by being in the neighborhood — like attending the same grade school as her parents, St. Monica, 1720 W. Ritner St. — Frattari realizes it’s time to spread her wings. As her mother, a building manager, and father, a nearly two-decade officer in the Philadelphia Police Department’s 12th district, have instilled a proper work ethic in both children, they shouldn’t mind them branching out on their own. “My brother is starting school this fall, too,” Frattari said. “He took two years off to get his stuff in line and so he’s starting with me.” Eager to carve her own path, Frattari knows that wherever she goes her connection with home will remain strong. As for the opportunity her brief stint at ShopRite afforded her: It is something she will never forget, though not something she plans to tote along. “I’m going to keep it at my house when I go to school,” Frattari said of the housed Cheerios shrine. “It’s not like I’m gonna take it with me!” SPR Comment at news/lifestyles.

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By Tom Cardella Columnist

The price of beauty

J Married couple Joyce (Julianna Marguiles) and Vince Rizzo (Andy Garcia) try their hardest to keep secrets hidden in “City Island.”

By R. Kurt Osenlund Movie Reviewer


ity Island” is a movie about secrets, lies and the silly ways people make things worse when they’re afraid to buck up and be honest. As if suckered into the behavior of its waggishly irresponsible characters, the film puts up a front of its own. Written and directed by New York-based filmmaker Raymond De Felitta, it purports to be a loose exploratory study of the tiny Bronx fishing village of the title, a setting not often captured on film. Creating a minimal sense of place, it is instead a madcap melodramatic farce involving a dysfunctional family that just happens to live there. It is the first of many inconsistencies. Wildly uneven, yet still oddly watchable, the movie shows De Felitta had a mishmash of ideas and decided to cram them into one schizophrenic narrative. The main character is Vince Rizzo (a terrific Andy Garcia), a prison guard who secretly takes acting classes in Manhattan. Joyce (Julianna Margulies), his not-sogood wife, secretly pines for the estranged son (Steven Strait) who he brings home from the joint. His younger son (Ezra Miller) secretly fetishizes fat women, and daughter (Dominik GarcÌa-Lorido) secretly strips for tuition money. Nearly all the family members smoke on the sly as well, There’s a degree of poetic intimacy to certain slices, but in no way do they complement the screamy, sitcom-ish nature of the rest of the pie, and rarely do they feel like real slices of life. Different characters seem to be in different films, and De Felitta, though a gifted writer of dialogue, lingers on the more interesting storylines while slighting the others (Vince’s humble

quest for a small role in a Scorsese picture is a hoot, but it’s conspicuously superior). Some redemption comes via an inevitable climax of genuine, if exaggerated, laughs and tears, in which everyone finally starts telling the truth. Among other things, I wish De Felitta could have done more of that himself.

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Recommended Rental An Education PG-13 Available Tuesday Like “Precious,” but set on the other side of the pond and, certainly, the other side of the tracks, “An Education” is a 2009 coming-of-age tale about a teenage girl which lets us watch the blossoming of not just a bold and beautiful character, but an exciting new actress. Bright young Brit Carey Mulligan earned an Oscar nomination for her breakthrough performance. Mulligan plays Jenny, an Oxford-bound bookworm whose dying to live a little and gets her chance when she meets older bon vivant David (Peter Sarsgaard). Nick Hornby’s script is far too safe for such a stylish, built-on-nerviness import, but director Lone Scherfig intoxicates us with the aroma of David’s posh world. SPR Comment on these movies or reviews and see the trailers at

ust when you thought the future of civilization was bleak, Jessica Simpson has saved the day. Simpson has made the startling discovery that women should be judged by their inner beauty. This revelation was so stunning that Jessica visited women all over the globe just to share her valuable insight. By happy coincidence, television cameras were there to record her personal journey. Luckily for us, Simpson will share her experiences with us on a new cable show titled “The Price of Beauty.” The reality show promises to further enhance the reputation of the “The Dukes of Hazzard” star. Simpson recently appeared in an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.” Given her newfound enlightenment on the value of inner beauty, you might have expected Jessica to show up in a sackcloth and sandals sans makeup. Instead, she wore a dazzling red dress with red pumps that likely cost more than a week’s salary for most women viewing the show. Inner beauty apparently has its limits. Simpson explained her epiphany occurred when she gained a whole 10 pounds last year and became the butt of jokes for latenight comedians. Roberts commiserated with Jessica about her terrible ordeal. First, getting dumped by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and then becoming a punch line for David Letterman, is there no end to one’s misery? Simpson, recently returned from the devastation in Haiti, agreed that “it was a rough year for me.” And the Haitians think they have it rough. Jessica says she learned beauty comes in all sizes, which is when she apparently decided to shed her extra pounds. I would have thought she would have celebrated her newfound knowledge by sharing a package of Twinkies with Kirstie Alley. Instead, Simpson was kind enough to trek off to exotic places to comfort oppressed women and to film her new reality show. In astonished tones, she told Roberts in one country, the lighter your skin, the more prized your beauty. Dark-skinned women actually bleach their skin, she said in wonder. Cut to a clip of Jessica with her arm around a woman with badly bleached skin. Luckily, said the porcelain white Simpson, that is not the case in America. Roberts did not bother to remind her of Michael Jackson and the entire history of prejudice in this country against coal-black skin. There is a wee bit of irony in the title of

Jessica’s new show “The Price of Beauty.” Simpson has her own line of high-priced beauty products. She has been sued twice within the year because the products apparently don’t work. I guess if the beauty products don’t work, then it is time to concentrate on your inner beauty ... “American Idol” also is finding out about the limitations of inner beauty. It has been reported that “Idol’s” producers are in a tizzy because their teeny-bopper female fans keep casting their votes for — are you ready for this — the cute boy singers instead of the best talent. Females of my generation, who still have photos of Frankie Avalon and Fabian adorning their bedroom walls, will be absolutely shocked by this observation. Imagine that the show’s voters pay little or no attention to the insightful comments offered by Simon Cowell and keep voting for boy-toys. This is undoubtedly painful to Mr. Cowell, but poses the problem of how to ever get another female contestant to become the next “American Idol.” This columnist prides himself on his ability to make helpful suggestions. Why not accept only ugly boy singers as contestants in the future? Surely, ugly boys can’t be difficult to find. I was once one myself. Personally, I find myself shallow enough to still be attracted to outer beauty. In my mind, the female contestants are cute enough to warrant my attention. That opinion plus my enthusiasm for this year’s edition of the Temple cheerleaders, have earned me the unfair label of “dirty old man.” The other alternative is to rename the show “American Male Idol” ... If the goal is to liberate women from the tyranny of beauty, we might start at home by banning beauty by Botox. If anything, Botox women all resemble Joan Rivers, and that is not especially good, unless you are a comedienne or have a successful line of jewelry. I, for one, have had enough of women whose puffy looks appear almost painful, and whose skin has the appearance of one of Madame Tussaud’s wax figures. Age lines can give a face character. I give you as an example Kathryn Bigelow, the Oscar-winning director of “The Hurt Locker.” I’ve always felt “Avatar’s” director, James Cameron, is a bit of an ass, but his split from Bigelow years ago just confirms my opinion. There is nothing more attractive than an older woman with articulate opinions of her own, and a few age lines to show that she will not be a slave to cosmetic surgery. Note: A friend has just pointed me to a Web site that indicates some plastic surgeons suspect Bigelow may have had really good plastic surgery or just has great genes. Leave me with my illusions. Kathryn, you have really great genes. SPR Comment at

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Disney’s “The Lion King” continues its Philly run through April 24. Tickets: $23-$95. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999.


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Highlights this Week “Take Me Out” is on stage through March 27. Tickets: $10-$25. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630.

“Confluence” is on display through March 28. Da Vinci Art Alliance, 704 Catharine St. “Happily Ever After” runs through March 28. Tickets: $20-$35. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. 215-592-9560. Mike Snow is 9 p.m. March 25. Tickets: $18-$21. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. “Home: Far & Near” is showcased 7:30 p.m. March 25-27 and April 3. Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St. 215-557-0455. Sugar Town comes to Philly 9 p.m. March 27. Tickets: $7. Tritone, 1508 South St.

Easter Egg Hunt is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 27. 1929 E. Passyunk Ave. 215-336-1455. Los Lobos and Leo Kottke perform 8 p.m. March 27. Tickets: $42.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Easter Workshop is 2-4 p.m. March 28. Admission: $6. American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave. 215-389-1776.

“Soulful Line Dancing” hits the floor 7 p.m. March 31. Essene Market and Cafe, 719 S. Fourth St. 215-9221146.


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>Jonatha Brooke: 8 p.m. March 25. Tickets: $40. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. >The Blue Method: 8 p.m. March 26. Tickets: $15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. >HIM: 7:30 p.m. March 26. Tickets: $21-$31. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. >Mint Condition and Ledisi: 8 p.m. March 26. Tickets: $44. Keswick Theatre. 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. >Lamentation of Jeremiah: 8 p.m. March 27. Tickets: $35. Old St. Joseph’s Church, 321 Willings Alley. 8 p.m. May 22. Tickets: $35. St. Mark’s Church. 1625 Locust St. 215-755-8776. >Carlon: 11 p.m. March 27 and April 17. Tickets: $5. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. >Zechs Marquise: 8 p.m. March 28. Tickets: $16. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. >Francis Dunnery and The New Progressives: 8 p.m. March 28. Tickets: $20. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400.

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>Buddy Valastro: 8 p.m. March 29. Tickets: $29.50-$45.50. Keswick Theatre. 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Overkill: 7:30 p.m. April 1. Tickets: $21-$64. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215-922-5483. Keith Emerson and Greg Lake: 8 p.m. April 2. Tickets: $35-$75. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Jo Dee Messina: 8 p.m. April 3. Tickets: $25. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Norah Jones: 8 p.m. April 3. Tickets: $43-$63. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877598-8696. The Temper Trap: 9 p.m. April 3. Tickets: $16-$19. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-5988696. Florence & the Machine: 9 p.m. April 3. Tickets: $20-$23. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877598-8696.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 8 p.m. April 6. Tickets: $20. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877598-8696. Doug Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, Saeka Matsuyama and Susan Babini: 7:30 p.m. April 7. Tickets: $5-$30. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. 215-893-1999. The Wailers: 8 p.m. April 8. Tickets: $25. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. Krishna Das: 8 p.m. April 9. Tickets: $35. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. YeďŹ m Bronfman: 8 p.m. April 9. Tickets: $23. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. 215-569-8080. Cinderella: 8:30 p.m. April 9. Tickets: $30-$32. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215-627-1332. www. Fab Faux: 8 p.m. April 10. Tickets: $46.50-$66.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Jupiter Quartet: 3 p.m. April 11. Tickets: $23. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 215569-8080.

Fourplay: 7:30 p.m. April 11. Tickets: $29.50-$39.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Angie Stone and Leela James: 8 p.m. April 16. Tickets: $39.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. Chelsea Handler: 8 p.m. April 17. Tickets: $55-$85. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877598-8696. Edie Carey: 11 p.m. April 17. Tickets: $5. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Gaelic Storm and Carbon Leaf: 7:30 p.m. April 18. Tickets: $29.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Colin Hay: 7:30 p.m. April 20-21. Tickets: $35-$45. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Curtis Chamber Orchestra: 8 p.m. April 21. Tickets: $23. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. 215-5698080. Richard Goode: 8 p.m. April 22. Tickets: $23. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. 215-569-8080.

One Night of Queen: 8 p.m. April 22. Tickets: $32.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood: 8 p.m. April 23. Tickets: $38.50-$48.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Cowboy Junkies: 7:30 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $40-$50. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. Joe Bonamassa: 8 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $27.50-$40. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Steve Harvey: 8 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $42.50-$49.50. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 800-2984200. Thirty Seconds to Mars: 8:30 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $31-$33. Electric Factory, 421 N Seventh St. 215-6271332. Echo and the Bunnymen and Hatcham Social: 7:30 p.m. April 25. Tickets: $30-$35. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Hot Chip: 8 p.m. April 25. Tickets: $30-$33. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. www.

Discovering Einsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s God: An Evening With Krista Tippett: 7-8 p.m. April 27. Tickets: $24-$29. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St. 215893â&#x20AC;&#x201C;1999. Hagen Quartet: 8 p.m. April 28. Tickets: $23. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. 215-569-8080. Rodrigo Y Gabriela: 8 p.m. April 28. Tickets: $36.50-$46.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Belcea Quartet: 8 p.m. April 29. Tickets: $23. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 215569-8080. Roberto DĂ­az and Meng-Chieh Liu: 8 p.m. April 30. Tickets: $23. American Philosophical Society, 104 S. Fifth St. 215-569-8080. www. Bill Cosby: 4 and 8 p.m. May 1. Tickets: $49-$67. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Corinne Bailey Rae: 9 p.m. May 1. Tickets: $27.50-$30.50. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877598-8696. Johnny Mathis: 7:30 p.m. May 2. Tickets: $40-$61. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. www.

Sia: 8 p.m. May 2. Tickets: $2-$23. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. Mark KnopďŹ&#x201A;er: 8 p.m. May 7. Tickets: $39-$85. Tower Theatre, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877-598-8696. Tommy James and The Shondells: 8 p.m. May 7. Tickets: $39.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Love Songs and Doo Wop: 8 p.m. May 8. Tickets: $42.50-$52.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Pat Metheny: 8 p.m. May 18. Tickets: $52.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Railroad Earth: 7:30 p.m. May 20. Tickets: $24-$34. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Buddy Guy: 7:30 p.m. May 21. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Nique: 8 p.m. May 21. Tickets: $39.50-$59.50. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 800-298-4200. Animal Liberation Orchestra: 9 p.m. May 21. Tickets: $10.50-$17. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696.



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W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g Delbert McClinton: 8 p.m. May 22. Tickets: $36. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Toad the Wet Sprocket: 8 p.m. May 26. Tickets: $27.50-$32.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer: 8 p.m. May 27. Tickets: $38.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Randy Hansen’s tribute to Jimi Hendrix: 8 p.m. June 4. Tickets: $29-$32. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Brian Jonestown Massacre: 8 p.m. June 8. Tickets: $16-$19. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. Carole King and James Taylor: 7:30 p.m. June 10 and 22. Tickets: $39.50-$350. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. www. The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 8 p.m. June 18. Tickets: $27-$32. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Maxwell and Jill Scott: 7 p.m. June 19. Tickets: $57-$152. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-2984200. “Weird Al” Yankovic: 8 p.m. June 25. Tickets: $29-$39. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Dave Matthews Band: 7 p.m. June 30-July 1. Tickets: $75-$40. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. 800-7453000. Joan Armatrading with Shawn Colvin: 7:30 p.m. July 7. Tickets: $35-$55. Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road. 800-745-3000. Boz Scaggs: 7:30 p.m. July 8. Tickets: $49.50-$59.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Craig Ferguson: 8 p.m. July 10. Tickets: $49.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. U2: 8 p.m. July 12. Tickets: $33.50$253.50. Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave. 877-598-8696. Chris Isaak: 7:30 p.m. July 13. Tickets: $39.50-$69.50. Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road. 800-745-3000. ZOSO: 8 p.m. July 15. Tickets: $25. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Levon Helm: 7:30 p.m. July 22. Tickets: $39.50-$59.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www.

Dion: 7:30 p.m. July 28. Tickets: $39.50-$49.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: 7:30 p.m. July 31. Tickets: $52-$128. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. Jimmy Buffett: 8 p.m. Aug. 7 and 10. Tickets: $36-$136. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. Guitars and Saxes 2010: 7:30 p.m. August 12. Tickets: $37-$47. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. American Carnage Tour: with Slayer, Megadeth and Testament, 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Tickets: $39-$57.50. Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. www. Bob Marley’s Legend: 8 p.m. August 20. Tickets: $19.50-$32.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Lady Gaga: 8 p.m. Sept. 14. Tickets: $49.50-$175. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes: 8 p.m. Nov. 27. Tickets: $39.50 Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650.

Museums/Exhibits/ Galleries >Academy of Natural Sciences: “Looking at Animals,” through May 16; “Creatures of the Abyss,” June 5-Sept. 6. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215-299-1000. >African American Museum: “Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876,” ongoing. 701 Arch St. 215-574-0380. >American Swedish Historical Museum: “Printscapes: Impressions of Nature,” through May 2; “Nudes by Anders Zorn” and “Material Matters: Samples from the Textile Collection,” both through spring. 1900 Pattison Ave. 215-3891776. >Bridgette Mayer Gallery: “Nightlife & The Divided Plane,” through March 27; “Explosive Relationships,” March 30-May 1. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. April 2; “New Ceramic Works,” March 30-May 1. Opening reception is 68:30 p.m. April 2; “New Works,” May 4-29. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. May 7; “Group Show Benefit” for Back on My Feet, June. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. June 4; Gallery Artists Group Show, July.

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The Business performs at GAMP with students and fellow alumni 7-9:30 p.m. March 27. Tickets: $10$15. 22nd and Ritner streets. 215-952-8589. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. July 2. 709 Walnut St. 215-413-8893. >City Hall: “PDDC Artists with Disabilities Exhibition,” through May 23; “Wind Prints: It’s in the Air,” through April 9. Broad and Market streets. 215-686-9912. www.phila. gov/ >Clay Studio: “Elements of Function,” March 29-30. 137-39 N. Second St. 215-925-3453. www. >Fleisher Art Memorial: Works by George Ferrandi, through April 23. 705 Christian St. >Franklin Institute: “Electricity” and “Changing Earth,” both opening March 27 then ongoing; “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” June 5-Jan. 2. 20th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215448-1200. >Ice Box Gallery: ”Medium Resistance-Revolutionary Tendencies in Print and Craft,” through April 4. Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American St. >Institute of Contemporary Art: “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” through June 6; and “Video Art: Replay, Part 3,” April 23-Aug. 1. 118 S. 36th St. 215-573-9975. >International House: “Selected Portraits,” through July 2; Timothy Carey film screening, 7 p.m. April 9. 3701 Chestnut St. 215-387-5125. >Laurel Hill Cemetery Tour: “Unearthing Laurel Hill: A History Written in Stone,” 2 p.m. March 27; “The Moving Finger Writes: Laurel Hill in Words So Written,” 2 p.m. April 17; “A Note Suspended in Time: The Musical Masters of Laurel Hill,” 2 p.m. April 25; “Designing for the Dead: Laurel Hill’s Art & Architec-

ture,” 2 p.m. May 22; “Unearthing Laurel Hill: By the Rise of the Full Flower Moon,” 7 p.m. May 27. 3822 Ridge Ave. 215-228-8200. www. >Laurel Hill Mansion: “We the Women 2010,” 2-4 p.m. March 28. East Edgley Drive and Fairmount Park. 215627-1770. LaurelHillMansion@verizon. net. >Magic Gardens: “Tell-Tale Tiles & Fractured Fantasies,” through April 19. 1020-22 South St. www. >Mutter Museum: “Corporeal Manifestations,” through Aug. 2. 19 S. 22nd St. 215-563-3737. www. >National Constitution Center: “Ancient Rome & America,” through Aug. 1; five-course dinner “Vino Vitae,” 5:30-9:30 p.m. March 25. Tickets: $129-$149. 525 Arch St., Independence Mall. 215-409-6700. >Nexus/foundation: ”Extra-Dimensional Printmaking Invitational,” through April 2. Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. March 26. 1400 N. American St. 215-684-1946. www. >Painted Bride Arts Center: “Home,” March 31-May 15. Opening receptions are 5-7 p.m. April 2 and May 7. 230 Vine St. 215-925-9914. >Philadelphia Art Alliance: “Convergence: Pottery from Studio and Factory” and “En route,” both through May 3. 251 S. 18th St. 215545-4302. >Philadelphia Folklore Project: “Under Autumn Moon: Reclaiming Time and Space in Chinatown,” through May 8. 735 S. 50th St. 215726-1106.

>Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Notations/Bruce Nauman: Days and Giorni,” through April 4; “Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris,” through April 25; “The Platinum Process: Photographs from the 19th to the 21st Centuries,” through May 23; “Marcel Wanders: Daydreams,” through June 13; “Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal” through July 25; “Arts of Bengal: Wives, Mothers, Goddesses,” through July; “Late Renoir,” June 17-Sept. 6. 26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215763-8100. >Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art: “Judith K. Brodsky: A Memoir of an Assimilated Family,” through July 30. 615 N. Broad St. 215-627-6747. Philadelphia Sketch Club: Small oil paintings, April 9-24. Opening reception is 2-4 p.m. April 11. 235 S. Camac St. 215-545-9298. www. >Philadelphia Zoo: Spring Break Camp: I Want To Be a Zookeeper, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 31-April 2; Junior Nature Journey: Sounds of Spring, 7-9 p.m. April 9; Zoo Keeper Evening, 6-8 p.m. April 10; Creatures of Habitat Opening Weekend, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 10-11; Family Overnight Adventures: Slumber Party for the Planet, 6:30 p.m. April 24-10 a.m. April 25; Creatures of Culture Series: Asia & Pacific Islands, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 8-9; Keeping Up with the Keepers, 9-11 a.m. May 16; Family Overnight Adventures: Roar and Snore Under the Stars, 6:30 p.m. May 22-10 a.m. May 23. 34th St. and Girard Ave. 215-243-5336. www. >Please Touch Museum: “Exploring Trees Inside and Out,” through May 2; “There’s Something Under My Bed,” through May 9; celebrate Maya Angelou’s birthday, 1 p.m. April 4; Cherry Blossom queen appearance, noon April 11; Book Awards ceremony, April 23; Storybook Ball, 6-9 p.m. April 24. 4231 Avenue of the Republic. 215-963-0667. >Print Center: “Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious,” through April 11. 1614 Latimer St. 215-7356090. >Rosenbach Museum & Library: “Moore Adventures in Wonderland,” through June 6; “Friend or Faux: Imitation and Invention from Innocent to Fraudulent,” through July 11; 2008-2010 Delancey Place. 215-7321600. >Sam Quinn Gallery: “Silent Spaces,” through April 19. 4501 Spruce St. 267-408-5769. www. >Simone Museum: “Demonstration Day: Tribute to Sebring,” March 27. 6825-31 Norwitch Dr. 215-3657233. >Sol Mednick Gallery: “Drawing the Time in Between,” through April 2; “Fall River Boys,” April 9-May 2; Sophomore photography exhibit,

May 7-21; “Brace for Impact: The Aftermath of Flight 1549,” May 28-Aug. 7. University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad St. 215-717-6300. >Space 1026: “Separations Anxiety,” through March 27. 1026 Arch St. >Sub Octo Gallery: “Val Cushing,” March 30-April 25. Opening reception is 5-9 p.m. April 1. 2202 Alter St. 215-893-8812. >University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: “Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America” and “The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia,” both through May; “Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania,” through July 11; “In Citizen’s Garb: Southern Plains Native Americans, 1889-91,” March 26-June 20; Belly Dance Course, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays March 30-May 4.; “Thieves of Baghdad,” the story behind theft, looting and recovery of Iraq Museum Artifacts, 6 p.m. March 31. South St. 215-898-4000. www. >Vox Populi: “Dead Flowers,” through May 2. 319 N. 11th St. 215238-1236. Wood Turning Center: “Magic Realism: Material Illusions,” April 2July 17. Panel discussion is 3-5 p.m. April 2. 501 Vine St. 215-923-8000.

Special events >Philadelphia Invitational Furniture Show unveils 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 27-28. Cost: $12-$15. Navy Yard, 5100 S. Broad St. 215-387-8590. Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview is April 9-11. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 215253-3599. Jerry Blavat Night rocks with the Geator 7 p.m. April 10. Tickets: $45. Roman Catholic High School, 301 N. Broad St. Contact Lisa, 215-6013333 or Settlement Music School’s 102nd Anniversary Gala celebrates 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. April 10. Hyatt at the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St. 215-320-2685. www.smsmusic. org/events. Philadelphia Antiques Show arrives April 17-20 with loan exhibit “A Call to Arms: Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the British and American Markets, 1700-1850.” Navy Yard, 5100 S. Broad St. 215-387-3500. Flavors of the Avenue is noon-5 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $20-$25. East Passyunk Ave. between Dickinson and Morris streets. 215-336-1455.

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W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g Philly Beer Week is June 4-13. Taste of the Nation, benefiting Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger, takes place June 21 with food, alcohol and auction. Admission: $85-$135. Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St. Philadelphia Fashion Week: Oct. 6-9. 23rd Street Armory between Market and Chestnut streets. Tickets: sales start in June. Philadelphia Film Festival: Oct. 14-24. Venues to be announced. Submissions being accepted. 215253-3599.

Spring things >Peddler’s Village: Quilt competition and display, through April 11; Strawberry Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 1-2; fine art and contemporary crafts show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 5-6. 41 Peddler’s Village Road, Lahaska. 215794-4000. >Hayrides to Bunnyland: March 27-April 3 with storytelling, face painting, pony rides and free photo ops with the Easter Bunny. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road. 610-876-7116. >Bunny Hop: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27-28. Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. 215-243-1100. www. Easter Egg Hunt: 1 and 3 p.m. April 3. Reservations required. Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St. 215-329-7512. Egg Hunt: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 4. Discovery Children’s Museum, 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, N.J. 856-424-1233. Easter Lunch Cruise: 1-3:30 p.m. April 4. Cost: $28.45-$56.90. Pier 3, Columbus Blvd. and Lombard St. 866-455-3866. “Compost Matters:” Conference on the state of composting in the Delaware Valley, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215-988-8869. www. Family Fun Fishing Derby: 9 a.m.-3 p.m April 10. Fee: $14.99 per fisherman. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road. 610-876-7116. www. Camden Children’s Garden: Dino Day and Bug Bonanza Family Festival, noon-4 p.m. April 10-11; “Getting Started in the Garden” adult workshop, 10-11:30 a.m. April 21. Reservations required; Earth and Arbor Day Family Festival, noon-4 p.m. April 24-25; Beautiful Butterflies, Birds, and Cinco de Mayo Family Festival, noon-4 p.m. May 8-9; Fit and Fun Family Festival, noon-4 p.m. May 22-23; StrawBEARy Surprise and Nature in Art Day Family Festival, noon-4 p.m. June 12-13. 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J. 856-365-8733. www.

“A Garden Well Placed-A Designer’s Harmony between House and Garden:” lecture 6:30 p.m. April 12. Fee: $25-$70. Union League, 140 S. Broad St. 212480-2889. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: “The Solitude-A Celebration 225 Years in the Making” lecture, 6 p.m. April 13. Fee: $10-$20; “Pollination Biology” lecture, 6:30 p.m. Mondays, April 5-May 10; “BrownBag Lunch: Southeast Asia,” noon April 19. Fee: $5. 100 N. 20th St. “Designing and Maintaining Spring Planters:” 6:30-8 p.m. April 19. Fee: $25. Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St. 215-751-8381/8531. www. “Kitchen Garden in a Pot:” 6-7 p.m. April 21. Philadelphia City Institute Free Library of Philadelphia, 1905 Locust St.

Theater/Dance/Opera >On Your Toes: 8 p.m. through March 28. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215-545-1664. www.uarts. >The Gnadiges Fraulein (Gracious Lady): Through April 3. Tickets: $20. Second Stage at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-285-0472. >Language Rooms: Through April 4. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215546-7824. >Romeo and Juliet: Through April 11. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. 215-922-1122. www. >The Irish and How They Got That Way: Through April 18. Tickets: $35-$47. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. www. >Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins: Through April 18. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215-985-0420. >Respect, A Musical Journey of Women: Through April 18. Tickets: $40-$45. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. 215-925-3769. www. >Flashpoint DNA, Dynamic New Art: Through May 3. Tickets: $35$45. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-665-9720. >Fallen Angels: Through May 7. Tickets: $10-$60. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550.

>Some Assembly Required: March 25-April 17. Tickets: $25. Red Room at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. 215-923-0210 www. >Absurd Commentaries: a partiformance: 8 p.m. March 26-27. Tickets: $10-$15. Arts Parlor, 1170 S Broad St. >How I Became a Pirate: March 26-27, April 3 and 8-10. Tickets: $10-$14. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. www. >Travels With My Aunt: March 30-April 18. Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. www. Henry IV, Part I: April 1-May 2. Tickets: $10-$35. St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets. 215829-0395. Step On A Crack: April 2-3, 10-11 and 17-18. Tickets: $10-$30. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215735-0630. Playwrighting Class: Master class with Lee Blessing, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 3. Cost: $295. Theatre Alliance, 1616 Walnut St. 215-242-2813. www. Playwrighting Class: Playwriting Fundamentals Or Facing The Blank Page with Bruce Graham, Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. April 5-May 31. Cost: $265. Location: TBA. 215-242-2813. Laughter on the 23rd Floor: April 7-May 8. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630. Shining City: April 7-25. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215735-0630. Cirque Du Soleil’s Ovo: April 8May 2. Tickets: $24.50-$112. Big Top at The Avenue of the Arts, Broad St. and Washington Ave. 800-450-1480. When We Go Upon the Sea: April 9-May 10. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-123-4567. Philadelphia Young Playwrights: “Temple High” and “Falling Apart,” 11 a.m. April 10. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. 215-665-9226. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: April 14-May 30. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. 215-9221122. Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake): April 15-May 8. Tickets: $35-$45. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-665-9720. www. Girls Night: The Musical: April 20-May 23. Tickets: $49. Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St. 215-8931999. Our Show of Shows: April 21-May 15. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630. www.

American Mud: April 22-May 9. Tickets: $21-$25. Red Room at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. 215-923-0210. August, Osage County: April 27-May 2. Tickets: $34-$126.50. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. 215893-1999. Playwrighting Class: “Comedy Tonight” with Michael Hollinger, Tuesday 7-10 p.m. April 27-May 18. Cost: $245. Theatre Alliance, 1616 Walnut St. 215-242-2813. www. Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family: April 29-May 2. Tickets: $45-$70. Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad St. 800-298-4200. www. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!): May 4-June 27. Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. Pennsylvania Ballet: “Square Dance,” “Afternoon of a Faun,” “Requiem for a Rose” and “In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated,” May 5-9. Merriam Theater, 240 S. Broad St. 215-551-7000. Lord of the Dance: May 14-16. Tickets: $20-$70. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. www. Fiddler on the Roof: May 18-July 18. Tickets: $10-$70. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215-5743550. The Screwtape Letters: May 19-30. Tickets: $25-$35. St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets. 215829-0395. Leaving: May 19-June 20. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215-5467824. Philadelphia Young Playwrights: “Sent to Me Was You” and “Apollo 64,” 11 a.m. May 21. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. 215-665-9226. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: May 21-June 20. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215-985-0420. www. Carousel: May 27-June 12. Tickets: $10-$30. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630. Sunday in the Park with George: May 27-July 4. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. 215-922-1122. Black Pearl Sings!: May 28-June 29. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-123-4567. info@adriennelive. org. Storytime Live!: June 4-6. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215-8931999. Pennsylvania Ballet: “Romeo and Juliet,” June 4-12. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-551-7000. www.

Jigsaw Jones: June 5. Tickets: $10-$14. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215-574-3550. www. Avenue Q: June 18-20. Tickets: $25-$100. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. www. Rain: The Beatles Experience: June 19-20. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. Dreamgirls: June 22-27. Tickets: $25$100. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. Grease: 8 p.m. July 11. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. The Second City: July 13-25. Tickets: $20-$41. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard streets. 215-985-0420. Jersey Boys: Sept. 30-Dec. 12. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. www. Why I’m Scared of Dance: Oct. 7-31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630. www. This Is the Week That Is: Dec. 2-31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630. www.

Tours African-American Historical Tours: 215-768-8157. All About Philadelphia Tours: 215-389-2510. American Jewish Committee Historical Tour: 215-665-2300 . Amish Country Tours: 215-7688400. Architecture and History Walking Tours of Elfreth’s Alley: 215-574-0560. Artisanal Beer, Cheese & Prosciutto Tasting: 3:30 p.m. the first, third and fifth Saturday of the month. Tickets: $45. Meet inside Old City Cheese, 160 N. Third St. 800979-3370. Art Tour of the Pennsylvania Convention Center: 215-418-4728. Brandywine Tours: 610-358-5445 . Chef’s Tour of the Italian Market: 215-772-0739. City Hall Tours: 215-686-2840. Decadent Gourmet Tour: 3 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays with cheeses, chocolates and teas. Tickets: $29. Meet inside Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. 800-979-3370. www. Flavors of Philly Tour: 1:30-4 p.m. Mondays-Sundays with cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, hoagies and more. Tickets: $29-$39. 800-9793370. PECO Green Roof Tours: 5-6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month April-October. Fee: $5-$10. 2301 Market St.

>Theater Tours: Participants receive the script and/or readings and discuss the materials with a docent. After each show, there is a roundtable with an artist from the show. Productions are: “Gnadiges Fraulein,” through April 3; “Nerve “516,” and “Sunday in the Park wit George,” May 27-July 4. Cost: $64. Wine, Chocolate & Tea Tour: 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays. Tickets: $5 Meets inside Tbar, 117 S. 12th St. 800979-3370.

COMMUNITY Civic associations/ Town Watches

CCP Townwatch serves Eighth to 13th streets, Snyder Ave. to Ritner St. Meetings held the secon Wednesday of the month. Jason, 215-271-2424. Columbus Square Park Adviso Council holds meetings 7 p.m. th third Thursday of the month. 12th and Wharton streets. Dickinson Narrows Civic Association holds meetings 7 p.m. t third Monday of the month. Georg Washington Elementary, Fifth and Federal streets. East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch serves Broad to Eighth streets, Tasker St. to Snyder Ave. Meetings are 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month. Cafeteria of Ss. NeumannGoretti High School, 1736 S. 10th S 215-339-0400. www.epcrossing.or Friends of Dickinson Square Park general meeting is 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. Dog Run Committee of FDSP will present master plan to community 7 p.m. April 13: “Earth Day in Pennsport,” 9 a.m. April 17; Cityw Clean-Up 9 a.m. May 8. Parsons Building, Dickinson Square Park, Fourth and Tasker streets. 215-685 1885. >Grays Ferry Community Coun cil covers 27th and Wharton stree to Moore St. to 34th St. and 24th and Moore streets to Passyunk an Penrose avenues. Nominations fo board members can be made at th office, 9 a.m.-noon, March 25-26 and 29-30. 1501 S. 29th St. 215-336 5005. >Guerin Residents Organizing Urban Pride (GROUP) meets 7 p.m. the last Monday of the month 16th and Jackson streets. www. Hawthorne Cultural Center ho meetings 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. 1200 Carpenter 215-685-1848.

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W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition serves 11th to Broad streets, South St. to Washington Ave. 215-735-1225. Lower Moyamensing Civic Association services Snyder to Oregon avenues and Broad to Eighth streets. Town Watch walks every other Monday. Neighborhood Stakeholders Advisory Committee holds meetings 6-7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. United Communities, 2029 S. Eighth St. Keith Watkins, 215-468-1645 ext. 226. >Newbold Neighbors Association meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month. South Philadelphia Library, Broad and Morris streets. Passyunk Square Civic Association serves Washington to Tasker, Sixth to Broad streets. General meetings are 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, Passyunk Ave. and Dickinson St. Gold Star Park Clean Up is 10 a.m.-noon the second to last Saturday of the month. Pennsport Civic Association meets 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. EOM, 138 Moore St. 215-462-9764. Point Breeze Civic Association is registering ages 7-12 for tutoring in reading, math and English. 1518 S. 22nd St. 215-755-6628. Queen Village Neighbors Association serves Lombard St. to Washington Ave., Delaware River to Sixth St. 215-339-0975. Southeast Community Association Town Watch serves Front to Sixth streets, Tasker to Wolf streets. Raymond Glenn Baranowski, 215271-6548. South Philadelphia Community Center Town Watch serves I-76 to Snyder Ave., Broad to Eighth streets. South of South Neighborhood Association serves the area from Broad St. to the Schuylkill River, South St. to Washington Ave. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month. Stadium Community Council Inc. serves Broad Street east to 13th Street and Packer Avenue to Geary. 215-271-8454. United Communities Southeast Philadelphia serves east of Broad St. 2029 S. Eighth St. 215-467-8700. West Passyunk Point Neighborhood Association meets 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Cafe con Chocolate, 2100 S. Norwood St. 215-498-6891. Wharton Neighbors Civic Association serves Tasker to McKean streets, Eighth to 13th streets. 215205-9023. Whitman Council Inc. holds board meetings 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, 2329 S. Third St. 138 Moore St. 215-468-4056.

Community and senior centers >Gershman Y: Stand Up comedy class, 6-9 p.m. March 25 and April 1, 8, 15, 22. Cost: $310; “Barbie and Ruth: Working Women’s Lunch,” noon March 25. Cost: $20-$25. 401 S. Broad St. 215-545-4400. >JCCs Stiffel Senior Center: Thrift shop sells used clothing 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; Book Club meets 10:30 a.m. March 25; “Navigating Life’s Changes,” 12:45 p.m. March 25; “Words in Bloom” Poetry Project, 10:30 a.m.-noon April 12, 19 and 26. 604 Porter St. 215-468-3500. Philadelphia Senior Center: Digital photography class, 1 p.m. Mondays; diabetes support group, 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month; Silver Sneakers fitness classes, 2 p.m. Tuesdays; T’ai chi, 1 p.m. Mondays; Rev Up, 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; yoga, 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. 509 S. Broad St. 215-546-5879. www. Point Breeze Family Center: McDaniel Elementary, Room 102, 22nd and Moore streets. 215-952-0625. Samuel S. Fels Community Center: Free exercise program Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 2407 S. Broad St. 215-218-0800. Single Parents Society holds senior dances Fridays, 8-11 p.m. 1430 Passyunk Ave. 215-465-2298. South Philadelphia Older Adult Center: Socials every Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., with live music and refreshments. Cost: $7. 1430 Passyunk Ave. 215-952-0547. United Communities Houston Community Center: Emergency energy assistance, ESL and computer classes. Free clothing giveaway 1:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Emergency food cupboard. Houston Center, 2029 S. Eighth St. 215-467-8700. United Communities Southwark House: Bingo, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursdays; karate classes for ages 14 and up, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 101 Ellsworth St. 215673-1484.

Churches and congregations >Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church hosts a book club 7 p.m. the last Monday of the month. 916 S. Swanson St. 267-304-3424. The Lighthouse gives away clothes and food 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays. 30th and Wharton streets. 215-463-2434.

Mount Enon Baptist Church holds a free lunch program 12:30 p.m. the third and fourth Wednesdays of the month. 500 Snyder Ave. 215-334-2844. >Mount Hebron Baptist Church offers free clothing and items 10-2 p.m. March 26-27. Bring shopping bag or cart. 1415-19 Wharton St. 215-217-1991.

Flea market Guerin Recreation Center: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 10. Rain date is April 24. Spots are $20. Must have own tables. 1600 Jackson St. 215-380-8987. St. John’s Baptist Church: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 17. Table rentals available. 215-334-1282.

Health “Tone up for the Spring” is 7 p.m. April 7. Essene Market and Cafe, 719 S. Fourth St. 215-922-1146. Boot Camp Demo is 6:30 p.m. April 13-15. Marconi Plaza, Broad St. and Oregon Ave. 267-773-7346. Legal Clinic for the Disabled offers free legal advice and representation for low-income people with physical disabilities. Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, 1513 Race St. 215-587-3350. Intercultural Family Services Inc./PHACE provides free HIV counseling and testing, contraception and workshops. 2317 S. 23rd St. 215-468-4673.

Libraries >Central Library: Marilyn Johnson speaks on “This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All,” 7:30 p.m. March 25; Free Library Festival, April 17-18. 1901 Vine St. www. >Donatucci Sr. Library: Preschool story time, 10:30 a.m. March 25 with craft program following; Spring Teen Fashion Show auditions for boys and girls ages 12-18, 1-4 p.m. April 10; computer tutorials for adults and seniors, noon Thursdays; LEAP After-School Program, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and

Wednesdays; homework and computer assistance, 3-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; yoga for adults and seniors, 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Chess and Board Game Club, 4 p.m. Fridays; arts and crafts, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and Teen Gaming Club, 4 p.m. Thursdays. Hours: Noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; closed Sundays and Mondays. 1935 Shunk St. 215-685-1755. Santore Library: Smoking cessation six-week course, 1 p.m. Mondays. 932 S. Seventh St. 215686-1766. South Philadelphia Library: ESL classes, 12:30-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 1700 S. Broad St. 215685-1866.

Mummers Hog Island N.Y.A. holds preteen dances 7 p.m. Fridays. Donation: $7. 2116 S. Third St.

Recreation center and playgrounds Marian Anderson: Better Days offers HIV/AIDS counseling, contraception, teen workshops and more. 17th and Fitzwater streets. 215-685-6594. Capitolo: After-school program for ages 6-13 3:30-6 p.m. MondayFriday. Cost: $10/week. Ninth and Federal streets. 215-685-1883. Columbus-DiProspero: 12th and Wharton streets. 215-685-1890. Dickinson Square: “Flowers for the Urban Garden,” 10-11 a.m. April 10. Fourth and Tasker streets. 215685-1885. DiSilvestro: After-school program for ages 5-12 3-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Cost: $25/month. 1701 S. 15th St. 215-685-1598. >Guerin: Art classes for rubberstamping and an Easter/spring favor box, 6:30 p.m. March 29; Pinochle, 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; Ballet, tap and jazz/hip-hop lessons, 5 p.m. Thursdays; After-school program 3-6 p.m. weekdays for ages 5-10; Girl Scouts meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; Ceramics are 7:30 p.m. Mondays. 16th and Jackson streets. 215-685-1894. Hawthorne Cultural Center: Linedancersize, 6:15-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and kung fu classes 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays; after-school program for ages 5-12 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost: $5/week; drawing, and painting classes 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Students must provide their own supplies and will be given a list. 1200 Carpenter St. 215-685-1848.

Murphy: Aerobic classes 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Cost: $6; Ceramic classes for adults, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $2; sculpture/ceramics classes for ages 12-18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays; Murphy Recreation Center holds an afterschool program 3-6 p.m. MondaysFridays for ages 6-12. Cost: $7/week. 300 Shunk St. 215-685-1874. www. Starr Garden: Yoga for Everyone, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; Chess Club for ages 5-12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays; Capture the Flag Games, 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays; Children’s Film Workshops for ages 7-10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays; Children’s art classes 10 a.m.-noon every other Saturday; and Intro to French classes for adults, 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays. Cost: $35. 600-44 Lombard St. 215-686-1782. Tolentine: After-school programs for ages 5-13 Monday-Friday. Van service as well as full- or half-day coverage available. 11th and Mifflin streets. 215-389-0717.

Reunions Ss. John Neumann & Maria Goretti class of 1975, 7 p.m.-midnight April 16. Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort, Boston Ave. and The Boardwalk. Cost: $75. Maria Montone Polillo,; Joe Sarnese, 800-962-5373, ext. 2. St. Richard’s, classes of 1950-60, 6:30-11 p.m. May 1. St. Richard’s School Hall, 19th and Pollock streets. John Gipprich, 866-6895063 or; Carmela Germana Karns, 215-538-8895 or All Grade School, Class of 1970 , Sept. 17 with Jerry Blavat. Galdo’s, 3211 S. 18th St. Denise LaRosa, 215 334 7667 or

Support groups Al-Anon meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. John’s Evangelist Church, Third and Reed streets; 7:30 p.m. Fridays at 1605 E. Moyamensing Ave.; and 11:15 a.m. Saturdays at Episcopal Church of the Crucifixion, Eighth and Bainbridge streets. 215-222-5244. Alzheimer’s Association holds a support group for families of people with Alzheimer’s 2-4 p.m. the third Saturday of each month. St. Agnes Continuing Care Center, 1900 S. Broad St. 800-272-3900.

Codependents Anonymous meets at Methodist Hospital, 2301 S. Broad St., 6:30 p.m. Sundays. 215-333-7775. Debtors Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Thursdays. William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. Susan, 610-203-3200. Gamblers Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Methodist Hospital, Broad and Ritner streets. NARANON for families and friends of addicts meets 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 910 Watkins St. 215-808-7422. Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group meets 1:303:30 p.m. the second Saturday of the month (except August). Ralston House, 3615 Chestnut St. 215-9471730. Smoking cessation is 4-5 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. the first two Tuesdays and Thursdays of the month. Pennsylvania Hospital, 800 Spruce St. www. Philadelphia Access Center holds Jobs for Life, a biblically based job training program; and Moms’ Group, a biblically based study with free childcare. 1832 S. 11th St. 215-389-1985. Pennsylvania Recovery Organization–Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) hosts a family program to help recognize and address addiction 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. 444 N. Third St. 800-221-6333. Recovery International for those with stress, anger, sadness, fear or depression meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1831 Bainbridge St. 215-732-2787. Supportive Older Women’s Network for ages 60 and over meets 1 p.m. Mondays. JCCs Stiffel Senior Center, 604 Porter St. 215-468-3500. Mercy LIFE (Living Independently For Elders) for caregivers for ages 55 and over meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. 215-339-4157. Substance Abuse Program meets 9 a.m.-noon and 11 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 1021 S. 21st St. 215-790-9942. Voice It Sistah for HIV-positive women meets 11 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month. Similar sessions held during coffee hour noon-1 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays. YOACAP, 1207 Chestnut St. 215-851-1898. Women in Transition for women hurt by a partner or coping with addiction counsels 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday or 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 215-751-1111. www.

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sins (here is Sicily again) and Parmesan. It was baked in the oven and served in the gratiné dish. The grilled cauliflower was a triumph. We could not get enough of it. The dolci menu takes unusual twists and turns. Coppa di Saronno ($8) looked like a hot fudge sundae. It consisted of Amaretti semifreddo drizzled with rich hot fudge sauce and topped with toasted almonds. We were in dessert heaven. Olive oil torta ($8) was just that. A rich slice of cake prepared with olive oil was not overly sweet. It was enhanced by whipped cream and homemade apple butter. Our server also brought us a plate of complimentary cookies. I reached for the pignoli biscuit and munched away. Grant sipped a cup of English breakfast tea ($2) which was served in a French-style café au lait cup. He turned the cup over and

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told us the colorful cup and saucer were made in Australia. Service was excellent. By 6 p.m., the place was packed. People were dining at both bars as well. The only flaw: Hot food served on cold plates. Kathryn, Grant and I always heat up the plates when cooking at home. Three tips of the toque to Amis. SPR

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with sweetness. I did not mind the zucchini, and the fries were homemade. From the pasta we selected gnocchi alla roman with oxtail ragu ($14) and veal cannelloni with porcini béchamel ($14). Vetri is celebrated for his light melt-inyour-mouth little pillows which he usually makes with fresh spinach. At Amis, they were prepared simply and topped with shreds of oxtail that were braised and tossed with fresh tomato sauce. The cannelloni were outrageous. Order these fresh pasta crepes filled with tender veal and sauced with a rich béchamel. The addition of porcini was an inspired choice. They imparted a heady flavor in this dish. Next up, were the turkey cutlet alla Milanese ($16) and tagliata di tonno ($18). The inexpensive twist on veal alla Milanese fits in just right at Amis. A boneless turkey breast was pounded thin, dipped in beaten egg, coated with seasoned bread crumbs and quickly fried. A mound of fresh, spicy lightly dressed arugula sat on the side of the plate. It was topped with shards of parmigiano-reggiano. The tuna was a little odd. It was way too rare for Kathryn. Grant took a bite and he found it too rare. I did not mind it because I eat raw tuna at sushi bars. The immaculately fresh fish was served with fennel tossed in a citrus vinaigrette. From the contorni, we chose escarole ($6) and grilled cauliflower ($6). The escarole lacked the bitter flavor I sometimes find it to have in restaurants. This version was done up gratinéed with a sprinkling of rai-

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he 2009-10 boys’ basketball season has been an exciting one for Neumann-Goretti with trips to Hawaii and Springfield, Mass. — home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. But the 29-1 squad — currently rated No. 7 by USA Today — can complete its championship trifecta 8 p.m. tomorrow night at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center where the team from 10th and

Tony Chennault tallied 14 points in Tuesday’s victory over Eastern York. P h o t o s b y A m a n d a T h u r l ow

Moore streets faces District 7’s Chartiers Valley for the PIAA Class AAA championship. So far, the Saints have successfully defended their Catholic League and City crowns. Tuesday, they advanced to the final with an 81-73 victory over District 3’s Eastern York. The Saints were led by Danny Stewart who finished with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tyreek Duren (18), Tony Chennault (14), Lamin Fulton (14) and Mustafaa Jones, pictured left, (13) also contributed to the balanced offensive attack. This is the team’s first state final appearance. In 2009, they fell to eventual champion Archbishop Carroll in the quarterfinals. The team avenged that defeat in Friday’s quarterfinal, 53-38. SPR — Bill Gelman


Point Breeze Civic Association is hosting a boys’ basketball tournament for ages 12 to 15. Registration is 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Vare Middle School, 24th Street and Snyder Avenue (enter on Snyder). Call 215-755-6628 or e-mail


DVYAA is accepting registrations for its spring baseball program at Barry Playground, 18th and Johnson streets, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday. Age divisions are: T-ball for ages 5 to 7; pee wee for ages 8 to 9; majors for ages 10 to 12; and senior for ages 13 to 15. Call 215-468-1265.


EOM, Front and Moore streets, is holding registrations for its baseball/softball program 7 p.m. Thursdays. The age divisions are: pitching machine for ages 9 and under; live pitch for ages 12 and under; travel baseball for ages 8 to 10 and 13 and under; and girls’ travel softball for ages 12 to 14. Travel teams will have

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EOM, Front and Moore streets, is holding T-Ball registration for ages 3 to 7. Games are 10 a.m. Saturdays starting April 3. The $30 fee includes shirt, trophy and five games. Call 215-271-1994 weekdays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Philadelphia’s Division I women’s basketball coaches from Drexel, La Salle, Penn, St. Joe’s, Temple and Villanova will be on hand at the Philly Girls Got Game clinic for girls ages 8 to 13, parents, as well as middle and high school coaches 9 a.m. to noon April 24 at Neumann-Goretti, 1736. S. 10th St. The group will focus on how to run an effective practice, develop young players and how to be a successful girls’ basketball coach. Visit


Guerin Rec Center, 16th and Jackson

streets, is holding T-ball registration for ages 4 to 6. Games start in April. Call 215-685-1894.


A men’s softball league is looking for teams to play weeknights at Murphy Recreation Center, Fourth and Shunk streets. Contact Charlie, 267-784-7599.


The Palumbo Recreation Center, 10th and Fitzwater streets, is accepting registration in person only through April 19 for its in-house T-ball instructional league for ages 5 to 7. The season starts April 12 and runs 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays for eight weeks. The cost is $25. Call 215-686-1783.


Registration is under way at Seventh Street and Packer Avenue for Sabres baseball and softball. Baseball divisions are: T-ball for ages 4 to 6; coach pitch for ages 7 to 9; and live pitch for ages 10 to 12 and 13 to 15. The organization also is hosting 13-and-under and 15-

and-under Memorial Day tournaments. Softball divisions are 10 to 12 and 16 and younger. Coaches are needed, as well. For baseball, call Coach Bob, 215-8680860. For softball, call Coach Kim, 609820-2662. Visit spsabres.


SEYAA is accepting registrations for coed T-ball for ages 4 to 6; pitching machine for ages 7 to 8; live pitch for ages 8 to 10 and 10 to 12; Babe Ruth Baseball for ages 13 to 15 and 16 to 19; and girls’ softball for ages 12 to 14 and 15 to 18. The season begins April 18. Register at the Taggart School gym, Fifth and Porter streets, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays or download the form at Call 215-463-8802 or visit


Stella Maris baseball is holding a reunion of former players during the noon April 10 Neumann-Goretti/Roman Catholic game. Call Joe Messina at 215-8161238 or e-mail SPR —By Bill Gelman

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                                                           



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