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esidents were not pleased when they saw area high school baseball teams warming up and practicing at 10th and Bigler streets two weeks ago as they feared foul balls would launch into the community and potentially hurt someone or damage their property. “We didn’t agree with that,” John Di Giorgio, attorney for the South Philadelphia Communities Civic Association, said of the high school teams practicing. “We are kind of surprised [the School District of Philadelphia] did that. Hopefully that See SUPER SITE page 11


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ust across the street from the Grays Ferry Shopping Center sits a rather unremarkable gray building involved in a remarkable business — the business of saving lives. At the newly-opened Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society’s (PAWS) Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic, cats and dogs that would not normally be in the position to

receive primary veterinary care are given a fair chance. “This is health care for our four-legged friends,” U.S. Rep. Bob Brady said at the clinic’s ribbon-cutting ceremony March 22. On the day of its opening, the inside of the facility at 2900 Grays Ferry Ave. displayed the welcoming polish of newly-tiled floors and fresh paint. The walls were lined with PAWS memorabilia, as well as plaques honoring donors. In addition, the lobby boasted dozens of in-

formational brochures on events and pet care, as well as seated enclosures to allow pets and their owners to wait in comfort and semi-privacy. The clinic will focus on servicing two groups. The first includes pet owners who have trouble affording proper medical care for their animals. “They are left feeling like they have no other options but to leave their pets See PAWS page 10

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How do you think the Phillies will fare this season? “Definitely going to the World Series just because of the hype from the past two seasons. It’s going to boost their morale and give them an edge against competitors. They know South Philly is behind them 100 percent.” William Caraballo, 19th and Ritner streets “I have a lot of faith in them and I love [Shane] Victorino; he’s my favorite. I was disappointed last year, but they have a great support system of fans and I think they’ll have a good season.” Nichole Reed, Front and Ritner streets

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To the Editor: Soon, we will all be paying for something we already pay for with our taxes. But it’s the price we have to pay for the environment we live in. It’s nothing new to us, so we shouldn’t be so shocked to hear about it. The trash pick-up fee is supposed to keep the city’s services operating as was stated by a City Council member who is a good friend of the mayor. We all must understand we live in a city which is controlled by one political party faction, or in laymen’s terms, a controlled system of representation. This same group has shown us that they would go as far as pass a ban on the people just because a friend of theirs asked them to. So, what makes you think it would happen now with the trash fee. The mayor has too many voters on City Council who can’t wait to raise their hands to vote “yes” for every one of the mayor’s desires. Sure we will have one or two members who will oppose the trash pick-up fees. But this will be their 15 minutes of fame and glory. The trash fee is for city services, or is it City Hall’s way of making us pay for their controlled system of representation? Patrick Dio Sr South Philadelphia

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Trash talk to offshoot Independent/Libertarian or any other legitimate party in accordance with regulations and political organizations who could re-light and bring back the faded American dream of democracy that once served as a beacon and light to the world. These are not the ideas or ideals that democracy and freedom were built on and they are being discarded. We should not have a group that was elected to make laws that are made to serve them in their quest for no other reason but to keep securing their position long after they have outlived their usefulness, productivity and languish unendingly in office much to the detriment of the citizens they were meant to serve. Regardless of their affiliation with any other party, give us back our right as a democracy and as free people to choose who we want to serve us instead of elected officials deciding who should serve us — that’s what dictators have done. It ultimately strips away democracy and freedom. Give us back our American rights to choose for ourselves freely. If you think that politicians don’t depend on the lethargy, unconcern and involvement in our political process — you had better guess again. Frank Cavallaro South Philadelphia

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To the Editor: It is truly a damned shame what Americans are condemned to live with and are how they are given no real choice as to how and who represents and serves us in our most important and crucial political and civil needs. Both the Democratic and Republican Parties make it an absolute certainty that no one else can ever wrestle any kind of control from them by the elimination of the American voters of newer, better, younger and much wiser candidates seeking the never-ending and mostly, unproductive tenure that will go unceasingly while they sit so comfortable and confidently in office knowing that because of the laws deliberately orchestrated by them. For instance, the Electoral College and how it consistently squeezes out prospective candidates from public office who belong

To the Editor: Government need not be complicated. Over the generations since money came to Washington, D.C. with the passage of the income tax amendment in 1913, greed and tyrannical power hungriness have reigned in the federal government. Thieves, vultures and the worst kind of selfexalting individuals have constructed an anti-democratic complicated maze of legislation, policies and processes, bureaucracies, departments and branches, to overwhelm, bamboozle and continuously fleece the American people. Eighty percent of the mess called the federal government with its laws, codes, agencies, etc., could be disposed of and no good thing would be lost; the quality of American life would improve. We do not need mountains of policies with uncommon words and language that leave

the people befuddled and the politicians who created the nonsense at an advantage, dazzling us with their command of their facts, figures and policies. God made human life basically simple. Live free, love, be productive. One of the first things that the people should do to be rid of an oppressive government is to insist that an amount of their taxes be returned equal to the private education costs of their children, and “no” as an answer will not be tolerated. Let the millions of jobs bloom in private education. We should not tolerate a government dictating what we can’t have and what we must have and forcing anti-American and anti-moral indoctrination on us and our children in a monopolistic system of education. We are a free people, not slaves. Kick them out of office if they obstruct you. Go out and work hard against them. Select, run and elect candidates from among yourselves. Another people’s mandate that should be revised is the income tax amendment so that it is a flat 10 percent rate for everyone. Don’t be fooled, talked out of it or intimidated. The power in America is in the people. The 10th Amendment of our Constitution, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people” demands that we act. More than one-hundred-thousand of our troops have died fighting communism, and its freedom-crushing totalitarianism in Korea and Vietnam. We fought the Soviets for half a century around the world to preserve freedom. Shall we now sit and watch our country be consumed by this evil? Alfred Essex South Philadelphia Comment on these letters or topics at

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a detailed voice mail, one that modern technology now allows me to do-over in the event it doesn’t turn out just right. Brilliant! Of course, you must always be willing to face the wrath of the lowest of the low — the VMB (voice mail blocker). You know, that friend who picks up just to tell you that they’re too busy to talk and they’ll call you back later. No good comes out of the VMB conversation. All it does is force you to fess up and let them know, “dude, I had this killer voice mail prepared and you just ruined it by picking up to tell me that you’ll call me back.” I know I’m not alone. I can guarantee that a vast majority of you share my sentiments. Ironically, one of my close friends — a convicted VMB himself — recently (somehow) got me to pick up after a few days of phone tag. Halfway through the “hey, how ya beens,” he said, lacking the proper segue decorum, “listen buddy, I have to go. I just wanted to catch up.” I had to call him out on it, responding, while letting on that he had beat me at my own game, “you were so hoping that voice mail picked up, weren’t you?” We just chuckled and called it a convo. Somewhere, Mr. Bell is frowning upon us. SPR

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Shot in the leg A man only heard gunshots coming from a block north when he fell down taking a shot to the leg in Lower Moyamensing Friday. Around 11:30 p.m. the 22-year-old heard a popping sound and felt pain in his left calf as he was walking on the 800 block of Jackson Street, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. He fell to the ground, but got up and walked two blocks to his home where a family member drove him to Methodist Hospital in stable condition for treatment of a small puncture wound. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.

Custody battle A woman tried to regain custody of her 3-month-old child and threatened to kill her cousin inside her Grays Ferry home where the child has resided since birth. A 47-year-old woman was home with her daughter and grandchildren around 8:40 p.m. March 25 when Luchee Scott, 32, of the 2300 block of North Smedley Street, in North Philly, allegedly damaged the door as she entered the home on the 1500 block of Stillman Street where she was not permitted. Scott allegedly started the physical quarrel with the 47-year-old, who was holding the child, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. “I’ll kill you over mine,” Scott is believed to have said before allegedly stabbing the woman in the top of the head with a 5-inch knife from the kitchen sink, Tolliver said. The woman was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in stable condition and received three stitches. Scott fled in an unknown direction, but was apprehended by police and charged with criminal trespassing, burglary, encontinued on page 8

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waiting for the bus alongside the Walmart, Tolliver said. Police recovered scissors from his coat pocket while the employee recovered the drill behind the Walmart. Middleton was charged with simple assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangering another person, robbery, retail theft and receiving stolen property.

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After attempting to sell a person drugs, a North Philly man threatened his uninterested buyer if he didn’t give him money early Sunday. On the 500 block of McKean Street, a 44-year-old male turned down Jamie Steward, also known as Andre Stewart, 39, of the 2300 block of North Broad Street, who allegedly tried to sell him drugs at 3:15 a.m., Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. Then Steward allegedly threatened to shoot him if he did not hand over any money. Steward along with another offender acted as if they had weapons behind them and Steward is believed to have reached in the victim’s left pant’s pocket, Tolliver said. When the man tried to get away, Steward allegedly punched him three times on the right side of the face. The man fell to the ground in an attempt to escape, but his pocket ripped and his identification and debit cards also fell to the ground. Upon seeing a police car, the man ran to it and the duo fled in an unknown direction. Police located Steward at Eighth Street and Snyder Avenue where he was arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, robbery and theft. The other male has not been arrested. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.

A landlord was held up for a mountain bike as he was cleaning out a home where the occupants were evicted. As the 39-year-old man emptied out the property on the 1600 block of Lawrence Street around 1:20 p.m. March 24, Robert Richards, 45, of the 1800 block of Sixth Street, approached the man and told him he was going downstairs as he tried to push pass, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. When he was not able to pass the man, Richards allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it toward the man’s chest. He is believed to have said, “We are going to get the bike right ******* now.” The man and a witness retrieved a black and yellow Fear Factor mountain bicycle from the basement and gave it to the man, who fled in an unknown direction, Tolliver said. Police later stopped Richards near Sixth and McClellan streets, arrested him and charged him with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, robbery, theft, firearm violations and related offenses. The bike was recovered in Richards’ backyard, Tolliver added.

Bus stop arrest A man trying to steal a drill was confronted by a Home Depot employee and arrested at Pier 70 while waiting across the street for a bus Monday afternoon. The loss prevention agent at Home Depot, 1651 S. Columbus Blvd., allegedly saw Reginald Middleton, also known as Alonzo Middletown, 58, of the 1000 block of West Oxford Street in North Philly, take a drill from a box and place it under his jacket around 2:07 p.m., Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. When the employee stopped the man at the door, Middleton allegedly threatened him with scissors, Tolliver said. When police arrived, they saw Middleton

Tagged A man, who was punched and mugged before the robbers fled in a SUV in Passyunk Square, helped police nab the suspects by writing down their car’s license plate number. Once the 28-year-old realized he was being trailed around 11:45 p.m. March 23 as he walked to work, he turned around and was allegedly punched in the face at Ninth and Reed streets by Trent Riggins, 20, of the 6300 block of Allman Street in Southwest Philly, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. Riggins is believed to have taken his wallet after the man fell to the ground, Tolliver said. During the encounter, Chauncy Mercer, 21, of the same block in Southwest Philly, is believed to have stood outside the driver’s side of the 1995 burgundy Dodge Durango while Felix Ector, 23, of the 500 block of Titan Street was a lookout.

N E W S B R I E F S The trio sped off in the SUV on Ninth Street toward Passyunk Avenue, Tolliver said. Police observed the vehicle traveling south on the 1500 block of South Broad Street. They arrested the three men and charged them with criminal conspiracy, simple assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, robbery and theft. Police recovered $140 on Riggins, but did not find the man’s wallet. The 28-year-old was transported to Methodist Hospital with minor injuries.

Dating scam A man was arrested March 22 for stealing the identities of three women and racking up more than $40,000 in credit card bills in their names. Police identified two 26-year-olds — one from Center City and one from the Graduate Hospital area — and a 28-yearold from Vorhees, N.J., who reported being scammed by Jaitass Dhanoa a.k.a. Jay Dhanoa Singh, of India, Police made an attempt to arrest him on Jan. 29, but he had fled the country, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. On Monday, the Center City resident, who was allegedly taken advantage of by Dhanoa, informed detectives that he had returned to the country, Tolliver said. Police arrested Dhanoa inside her home after he arrived at 6:30 p.m. Dhanoa had gifts for the woman, $210, a fake international driver’s permit and a room key to a Center City hotel. Upon obtaining a search and seizure warrant for his hotel, detectives recovered his luggage along with various currencies along with credit cards and identifications in the names of the three women, Tolliver said. Dhanoa has since been charged with three counts of criminal attempt, theft, identity theft, forgery, unlawful use of a computer, defrauding creditors and related offenses. Dhanoa’s motive was to meet females of Indian decent on Internet dating sites, Tolliver said. When he got romantically involved, he allegedly exploited them financially by opening up credit card accounts in their names and purchasing airline tickets to London, India, Morocco, Canada and throughout the United States, Tolliver said. Detectives are continuing the investigation to find other possible women who were scammed. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013. SPR Contact Staff Writer Amanda Snyder at or ext. 117. Comment at

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he Food Network series, “Worst Cooks in America,” will be casting in Philadelphia 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St. Nominations for someone who is a hopeless home cook, but willing to learn how to improve may be made by emailing For more information, visit

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ayor Michael A. Nutter announced the City of Philadelphia applied to become a Google Internet test site. Google will select one or more locations from across the country to be a test bed for developing a network that could provide Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than usual. The City encourages anyone interested in supporting the “Google Fiber for Communities” project to visit

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ony Enos, of Third and Durfor streets, performs in his own backyard as a part of his 2010 national tour, “Did it Rite.” The opening night is 7 p.m. April 23 at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased at Giovanni’s Room, 12th and Pine streets, or online at A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tony Enos Our Lady of Fatima & Our Lord Foundation for HIV and AIDS.

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he city will hold its third annual Philly Spring Cleanup April 10 with the theme, “Keep the Sweep Up.” In its inaugural year, the event was recognized as the largest single day, citywide cleanup in the nation by Keep America Beautiful. The cleaning effort aims to keep the momentum going by continually picking up litter and encouraging neighbors to be responsible for a cleaner city. “It’s about our residents taking ownership of their neighborhoods and maintaining a beautifying environment not just for one day but every day of the year,” said Department of Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson. For more information, visit

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PAWS continued from page 1 at shelters or abandon them in the streets,” Dana Spain, president of PAWS, said. As outlined on the PAWS Web site, a spay/neuter procedure for cats at the clinic costs $50 to $60 while dogs less than 40 pounds cost $90 and those more than 40 pounds cost $125. Other services include vaccinations as well as examinations and treatments for common conditions like worms and fleas. The second consists of PAWS’ rescue partners. “There are 30,000 animals that end up in an animal control shelter every year. There are tens of thousands more animals living on the streets every year that never make it to the shelter,” PAWS Executive Director Melissa Levy said of her hopes that the clinic will become an important factor in significantly reducing the amount of strays in the Philadelphia area. ROUGHLY 40 PEOPLE, mostly donors and supporters of PAWS, attended the opening ceremony for the facility. In celebration of

the success, Brady joined City Councilman-at-Large Jack Kelly in cutting a red ribbon stretched across the clinic’s brightly-polished entryway. “It’s my honor and my duty to be here,” Brady said. The congressman strongly relates to the organization’s mission thanks to his love for his own dog, Tian Sho Minzhu, which means “sweet little democrat.” He hopes the one message pet owners took away from the opening is simply to “take care of their dogs and take care of their cats, especially now that they have a facility that will help them do this at a minimal charge,” he said. Afterwards, toasts were offered up in hopes for the site’s future success, as well as in commemoration of Levy’s birthday, which fell on the same day. “I’m just unbelievably excited and really hopeful that this place will make a true difference in the number of homeless animals in Philadelphia and for pet owners who love their pets and are having a hard time taking care of them right now,” Levy said. Also in attendance was Sally, a 3-yearold American pit bull terrier mix. Quietly sporting a bright orange vest that read

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“Adopt Me,” she acted as a modest reminder of those for whom the facility exists. “We do this not for the money, but we do it for those just like Sally who have been recovered from the streets and are going to find a new home,” Spain said during her welcome speech. Currently, the site includes examination rooms, maternity wards, isolation rooms for sick canines and felines, as well as housing space for the animals. Sometime in the near future, Spain hopes that the clinic will be able to afford an X-ray suite and a dental room. The 6,200-square-foot clinic, which took eight months to build, received no city or state funds and remains completely donor sponsored. Donors included private individuals, as well as foundations such as the Philadelphia Eagles’ Treating Animals with Kindness (TAWK) grant program, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia among many others. “Every penny counts,” Spain said while entreating everyone to do what they can to support the mission of PAWS. While the clinic possesses a modest staff of five full-time and two part-time work-

ers, it expects to perform upwards of 100 spay/neuter surgeries a day, as well as servicing approximately 10,000 households within the year. By providing such a resource to low-income families as well as those confronted with rescuing stray animals, PAWS hopes to multiply the number of animals saved yearly. The opening of the clinic was just one important step in PAWS’ much larger goal of making Philadelphia a no-kill city, Spain said. “The top priority for a [stray] that you find on the street is getting it spayed or neutered,” Levy said. “That’s the other reason that this place exists: easy access, affordable access for those services that are so badly needed. ... People are trying to do the best that they can, but we’re hoping we can enable them to do more by providing lower-cost services for them.” SPR The clinic is open seven days a week, but appointments must be made by calling 215-298-9680. Donations can be made at or mailed to PAWS, 100 N. Second St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Comment at news/features



The super site at 10th and Bigler streets hosts the annual Thanksgiving Day football game between Southern and Neumann-Goretti.

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Greco said. The site’s revamp broke ground in September ’06 allowing a grand opening for the ’08-’09 school year, but the outstanding problems lingered after its completion, Greco said. Within the last year, even City Councilman-at-Large Jim Kenney’s office has stepped in as a mediator, administrative aide Rich Lazor said. “It is a beautiful facility and the neighbors have valid points,” he said. “There are issues that need to be addressed.” The association plans to oppose the netting for the field until a compromise is made via a written agreement addressing the majority of the requests along with reinstating a working committee that can address any future issues. According to Greco, the zoning board pushed off their decision until later this month to give both parties time to settle their issues. “Our bottom line is we’re ready to negotiate, but they have to be in good faith,” Greco said, “they can’t be pulling any backhand moves like they did [two weeks ago] with the baseball field.” “What we’d like to do is reach an agreement with them — a written agreement

— that sets out all the particulars with the relationship between SPCCA and the school district relative to the use of the site. It would govern all the issues involved,” Di Giorgio added. While a settlement seems likely with the constant meetings between the two parties since the board meeting, if it were to fall through, a lawsuit from the association could come. “We hope to resolve it [outside of court], but we do have the duty to protect the residents there from the results of congestion and traffic and all of the issues that result from excessive use of the site,” Di Giorgio said. “If we cannot resolve the issues and we feel there is still a serious danger to the community, then we will fulfill our duty to the residents and file a lawsuit. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.” Greco said a resolution can be reached between the two parties. “We’re not going wild trying to get everything under the sun,” he said. “Some of these things should have been done already. … None of it is earth shattering.” SPR Contact Staff Writer Amanda Snyder at or ext. 117. Comment at

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Prior to the makeover, the field was “a dust bowl” with a rusty fence and no irrigation system, Greco said, adding it was frequented by drug users. “We had an opportunity here to clean up the entire facility and add to the value of the neighborhood,” he said of the super site proposal. After four community meetings that allowed residents to provide input on the approximately $10-million project, the civic association provided three conditions to the school district, including the inclusion an office for the civic on the second floor of the field house, which the SPCCA paid for with a $50,000 state grant, as well as allowing Neumann-Goretti to use the fields for games and when not in use and Stella Maris, 814 Bigler St., students to use the facilities for recreation, which were agreed upon verbally with Vallas and his staff prior to his ’07 departure for a new role as superintendent in New Orleans. The association also obtained a $300,000 grant from the Sports Complex Special Services District for the project, Greco added. “Before everything was done and I could get everything down in writing — all these arrangements and conditions … everyone I was dealing with was out of the loop,”

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continued from page 1 won’t be a flash point.” The association’s offices are based at the site. The Zoning Board of Adjustment told both the association and the district when they met March 10 that the fields were off limits until the three met again at this month’s board meeting, Tony Greco, president of the association, said. The district agreed to install netting around the baseball fields to prevent foul balls from flying into the neighborhood, but the civic association decided to fight the school district over additional quality-of-life demands at a meeting before the Zoning Board of Adjustment until the district agreed to make good on its word, Greco said. After a change in leadership within the district, promises were not kept, he noted. “We do want the netting, but we had no other option than to contest it,” Greco said. The School District of Philadelphia communications office did not return calls or emails requesting a comment by press time. A full list of complaints were listed in a Feb. 17 letter from Di Giorgio to the Susan J. Costello and Thomas P. Witt of the Center-City based firm Cozen O’Connor that is representing the school district. It included complaints of the site being overbooked with sometimes two or three games scheduled for the same day causing traffic congestion around the location. During the fall it serves as the home football field for several high schools, including Bok, Eighth and Mifflin streets, Southern, 2101 S. Broad St., and Neumann-Goretti, 10th and Moore streets. An irrigation system that was promised during construction has yet to be installed, nor has a curtain to prevent people and cars from blocking the pavement. The public address system is not maintained at a volume level of one as the district indicated it would. Nearby neighbors have noted it’s causing a noise disruption to their community. Neumann-Goretti also is treated as a “stepchild,” Greco said. While many of the neighborhood children attend that school in addition to public schools like Southern and Bok, Greco said the district charges $2,200 per use. “It’s a public facility,” Greco said. “It’s not a private company and they’re trying to squeeze every cent out of it.” FIVE YEARS AGO with former Superintendent Paul Vallas at the helm, the district created four super sites as opposed to revamping fields across the city. South Philly’s followed similar projects in the Northeast, Germantown and near North Philly’s Simon Gratz.

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here are lots of expressions of love. A ring or roses are a few ways people might get the point across. Perhaps even a flirtatious push on the playground is the first sprouting of that overwhelming feeling. For Susan Barr-Toman, love is clean underwear. “It was actually my sister who came up with [the title]. In the end of the first chapter, [the main character] says love was clean underwear, not hugs and kisses,” Barr-Toman said of her debut novel “When Love Was Clean Underwear.” The 27th-and-Dickinson-streets native started working on the 165-page book in the 1990s, spring boarding the idea from a true story told to her. “The inspiration actually started from a story of a couple that moved into South Philly and they weren’t from the area. They moved into this house and it was really affordable and it needed a lot of work,” the 42-year-old author said. “It had been owned for generations and they were real excited and doing heavy restoration. “On either side were two sisters, and the house they had bought was the third sister’s. Every time they did something, they came over and asked, ‘What are you doing?!’” With the influx of close friends to the desirable properties south of South Street, Barr-Toman set out to crystallize their experiences in the story of 30year-old Lucy Pescitelli. After helping her mother commit suicide, the part-time funeral home employee moves out on her own for the first time and into a South Philadelphia neighborhood. “I probably started writing in the late ’90s, ’97, maybe,” Barr-Toman, who set Lucy’s story in the same continued on page 18

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LIFESTYLES continued from page 16 decade, said. “I had just been working on short stories. I just kept taking notes and the ideas kept coming to me. I had about 80 pages of notes and I realized it wasn’t a short story anymore.” After penning the manuscript, BarrToman sent the pages to the Many Voices Project, where the entrants were read and chosen by Ann Hood, author of “The Knitting Circle.” As the contest winner, Barr-Toman had her novel published by the Minnesota State University’s New Rivers Press and her stories were able to reach a larger audience. “While I hadn’t gotten published, writing had really enriched my life and [an editor] calls on April 15 and he just leaves a message and he says ‘I need to talk to you and I have some good news,’” the mother of two said of the notification call of her selection that fell just after her 40th birthday. “I have ideas that come to me and I want to make them good compelling stories and when something comes together it’s a great feeling. It’s addictive.”

BARR-TOMAN’S FATHER STILL owns and operates the Grays Ferry bar Bailey’s Place, though the Barr family moved to the Northeast when Barr-Toman — the fourth of five children born just seconds after her twin sister Sarah — was age 3. “I went to Fordham in the Bronx and studied English. When I moved back, I moved to Pennsport. My friend found the house and it was a great house, three bedrooms,” Barr-Toman, who teaches creative writing at Temple University, said. “I really love Philadelphia. You can afford to live here, you can walk here, you can afford to buy food here.” With her undergraduate degree in hand, Barr-Toman was met with the same struggle of today’s post-grads and bounced around to jobs ranging from administration for the Cancer Society to a job with MTV that brought her back to New York and saw the show cancelled — and her out of a job — before her first day. “When I had my son, it prompted me to have a plan,” Barr-Toman said of son Ian, born in 2000. “I was working at U. Penn managing computer support. I was going to go back to school part-time, but I just couldn’t see not being with him. “I didn’t want to be a stage mom,

where I was like, ‘I was going to be a writer and you have to be one now.’” Barr-Toman enrolled in a low-residency program, which consists of a 10-day stretch on campus at Vermont’s Bennington College and then six months of self-directed coursework at home before another 10 days on campus in June. Graduates earn an MFA by completing five of the residency cycles. “I took a year off in between, so I graduated in January of ’05,” Barr-Toman, who took the hiatus for the birth of her daughter, Oona, in ’03, said. Her time at Bennington gave her the push to put the final touches on her manuscript that was about a decade in the making. Reading about the Many Voices Project competition in a magazine, Barr-Toman sent out her fledgling novel two years after she had put down the final draft. The win boosted her morale, but her love of writing was more than enough to keep her pursuing her dreams. Teaching at various colleges around the area, Barr-Toman made her way to Temple University as an adjunct professor two years ago and has blossomed from sharing her craft with the graduate students.

“I’m teaching creative writing this semester. I had such a good time I just love it so much. And they really seem interested in it,” the 21st-and-Naudain-streets resident said. “I’m very passionate about writing and helping people express their thoughts. It’s a labor of love.” Having found her groove and settled into the permanent home she shares with husband, Peter — whom she met at a 1992 Halloween Party on League Street — her stories’ inspirations continue to come from the rich history she’s uncovered at her multiple South Philly homes, including 27th and Dickinson streets; Second and League streets; and Second and Monroe streets. “My family is fourth- and fifth-generation – they got off the boat and stayed in Philadelphia,” Barr-Toman said, adding with a laugh, “We had a crazy uncle that moved to Jersey and we’re still recovering from that!” SPR “When Love Was Clean Underwear” is available at Barnes and Noble; and on and Comment at news/lifestyles.


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ow to Train Your Dragon,” DreamWorks Animation’s latest kid-friendly creature feature, benefits greatly from its ability to replicate — and, in some ways, enhance — the core emotions and sensations brought on by old school dragon flicks (you know, the ones that weren’t equipped with 3-D technology to sate spectacle-hungry eyes). A fantastical spin on the boy-and-his-dog tale, the quietly charming film establishes a solid, adorable bond between young Viking Hiccup (the voice of Jay Baruchel) and his pet dragon, Toothless, calling to mind the live-action-meets-animation favorite, “Pete’s Dragon.” It also takes viewers soaring through the air in awesome sequences reminiscent of those with Bastian and his Luck Dragon in “The Neverending Story.” The movie’s tried-and-true merits outweigh its copious clichés, which have an especially degenerating effect on the power of the relationship between Hiccup and his father (the voice of Gerard Butler), a burly, bearded super-Viking who’s long felt embarrassed that his scrawny son can’t quite fit in among the axe-wielding townsfolk in their mystical Nordic homeland. Like his fellow Vikings, Hiccup wants to slay dragons, which come in many nifty types and colors and ravage the village on a nightly basis, but it’s not in his nature — something he comes to embrace when he befriends Toothless, the most elusive of the beasts. Hiccup’s coming-of-age is believable enough, but the circumstances with both dad and a plucky love interest (the voice of America Ferrera) are way too screenwriting 101 to be regarded fondly. There are some lively arena-set skirmishes, a showdown with a satisfyingly nasty queenbee dragon, additional voice work from funnymen Craig Ferguson and Jonah Hill and an extraordinary, bagpipe-suffused score by John

Powell, but the strength of the film ultimately rests on the scaly black shoulders of its chief fire-breather, a unique-looking, well-realized critter with endearing facial expressions. Of course, on those shoulders also is where our hero sits, and, despite the flaws, as we watch this unlikely pair ascend above the clouds, we get the feeling there may just be a new kids’ classic taking flight.

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In Guy Ritchie’s stylized new take on the story of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s dashing detective, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) doesn’t don the famous deerstalker hat, but he does adopt a thick British accent, convey a manic brilliance and dispense a flood of campy dialogue with deliciously cheeky delivery. Thediabolical-villain-seeks-world-domination plot is hardly engaging, but that doesn’t diminish the rollicking action scenes, the detailed industrial production design, the exciting and distinctive music by Hans Zimmer or the amusing bromantic rapport between Holmes and Dr. Watson (Jude Law). Rounding out the cast is Rachel McAdams who plays a mysterious woman from Holmes’ past and literally adds color to the proceedings. SPR Comment on these movies or reviews and see the trailers at

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Viking Hiccup (the voice of Jay Baruchel) experiences all the normal troubles that come with being a teenager and in love with Astrid (the voice of America Ferrera), with pet dragon Toothless along for the ride.

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really never expected that you would get to read this column. The Republicans had predicted that Armageddon would befall us right after health-care reform became law. Maybe the Apocalypse moves slower than Congress. One small consolation is that if the end is near, John Boehner will greet his demise with a nice tan. I’m still trying to figure out what is in this law that could cause Fox News to break out in boils. I don’t know if the Republicans read the legislation or merely counted the pages (they keep telling us it’s 2,700). Actually, I sympathize with their desire for brevity. That is why I suggested a simple one-sentence law: “All Americans, regardless of age, shall be entitled to Medicare.” Unfortunately, all the Republicans are philosophically opposed to a government takeover. They are not opposed to the current takeover by the health insurance industry. The Tea Party also is anti-government. I think that a true test of their convictions would be to require each Tea Party member to dump their Medicare card into the Boston Harbor while drinking a keg of Sam Adams. I assume you know Medicare is a government-run program. Do I assume too much? My lack of confidence stems from seeing some anti-government protesters holding up signs that read, “Don’t touch my Medicare.” Even the Republicans seem confused. They are now fighting to increase Medicare benefits while ranting against socialism. I am disappointed that the new law isn’t even remotely close to being a government takeover. My quarrel is not with our government, flawed as it is. I trust the president much more than any banker, Wall Street broker or credit card company. As far as I know, Barack Obama wasn’t running Enron or even Goldman Sachs. I don’t think I’d want Halliburton running the police or fire departments. My concern is that it might help their profit margin to just let my house burn down. I want my government to run the military too. We tried outsourcing some of our security to private firms such as Blackwater. How did that work out? The conservative columnist George Will worries that Americans are becoming addicted to government. I worry that he is ad-

dicted to private enterprise. I am happy to admit my government addiction. I not only like my Medicare coverage, I also like the monthly Social Security checks my wife and I receive. I am even in favor of the government supporting the arts and cultural institutions because they not only enrich my life, but they keep me from being a 71-year-old corner hanger. This might shock you. I also am in favor of helping poor countries. That’s called foreign aid. As the richest country on earth, we give a tiny 0.1 percent to help the less fortunate around the globe. That seems a bit stingy to me, but it just might be my addiction talking. There is a thing called a safety net that helps me sleep at night. Republicans like to call it the “nanny state.” Actually the word nanny conjures up the image of a sweet older woman who offers me her shoulder during times of crisis. I kind of like having a nanny. I am old enough to remember the conservatives protesting when Medicare was passed. Armageddon was supposed to befall us then too. At that time, Ronald Reagan was in his formative years. He predicted Medicare would cause the destruction of our freedom. I wonder if when Reagan became president, he thought he would be running a socialist country? Reagan was also able to afford his own nanny in his later years. I realize expecting government services means paying taxes. This might be heresy, but I don’t believe you ever get something for nothing. I also am well aware that government, at times, can be inefficient and wasteful. Contrary to popular conservative myth, the profit motive has not insulated the private sector from also being inefficient and wasteful. Conservatives like to say government doesn’t do anything well, but that is a bit of an overstatement. Medicare’s administrative costs run about 3 percent while private health insurance companies are more than 30 percent. Some polls claim that Americans don’t like big government. What Americans really mean is they want their neighbor’s pet government programs cut, but don’t dare touch their own. It’s the American way. I’m afraid that there is only one way to cure my addiction to government. Make me rich. SPR

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Highlights this Week “The Gnadiges Fraulein (Gracious Lady)” runs through April 3. Tickets: $20. Second Stage at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-285-0472.

Hayrides to Bunnyland, with storytelling, face painting, pony rides and photo-ops with the Easter Bunny, hop around through April 3. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road. 610-876-7116. “Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious,” continues through April 11. 1614 Latimer St. 215-7356090. “Dead Flowers” is on display through May 2. Vox Populi Gallery, 319 N. 11th St. 215-238-1236. www.

Norah Jones performs 8 p.m. April 3. Tickets: $43$63. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877-598-8696. Jo Dee Messina takes the stage 8 p.m. April 3. Tickets: $25. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. “How I Became a Pirate” is April 3 and 8-10. Tickets: $10-$14. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. Childen’s Easter Egg Hunt takes place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 3. Free. Donate a non-perishable food item to the Philabundance food drive. Capitolo Playground, Ninth and Federal streets. 215-685-1883. “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” delivers humor April 7-May 8. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630.


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Live shows >Overkill: 7:30 p.m. April 1. Tickets: $21-$64. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215922-5483. >Keith Emerson and Greg Lake: 8 p.m. April 2. Tickets: $35-$75. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. >The Temper Trap: 9 p.m. April 3. Tickets: $16-$19. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. >Florence & the Machine: 9 p.m. April 3. Tickets: $20-$23. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. >Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 8 p.m. April 6. Tickets: $20. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. >Doug O’Connor, Saeka Matsuyama and Susan Babini: 7:30 p.m. April 7. Tickets: $5-$30. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. 215-8931999. 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. 215-572-7650.

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can 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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“It Sprang from the River! Everyday Objects with Maritime Secrets,” an interactive exhibit featuring great inventions that have crossed over into everyday life, runs through Jan. 3. Independence Seaport Museum, 215-413-8655. 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. >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. >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. >Sub Octo Gallery: “Val Cushing,” through April 25. Opening reception is 5-9 p.m. April 1. 2202 Alter St. 215893-8812. >University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: Belly Dance Course, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays through May 4; “Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America” and “The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia,” both through May; “In Citizen’s Garb: Southern Plains Native Americans, 1889-91,” through June 20; “Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape

in Pennsylvania,” through July 11. 3260 South St. 215-898-4000. www. >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 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, 215-601-3333 or e-mail leez63@ Settlement Music School’s 102nd Anniversary Gala takes place 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. April 10. Hyatt at the Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St. 215320-2685. Bride’s Day Out, presented by the South Philly Review and Penns Landing Caterers, is noon-4 p.m. April 11 with more than 20 vendors, live entertainment, a light sampling of food and discounted beverage bar. Tickets: $5. 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. 215-336-2500. Philadelphia Antiques Show arrives April 17-20 with loan exhibit “A Call to Arms: Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the British and Ameri-

>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. >Easter Egg Hunt: 1 and 3 p.m. April 3. Reservations required. Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St. 215-329-7512. 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. “A Garden Well Placed-A Designer’s Harmony between House and Garden:” 6:30 p.m. April 12. Fee: $25-$70. Union League, 140 S. Broad St. 212-4802889. Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: “The Solitude-A Celebration 225 Years in the Making,” 6 p.m. April 13. Fee: $10-$20; “Pollination Biology” lecture, 6:30 p.m. Mondays, April 5-May 10; “Brown-Bag Lunch: Southeast Asia,” noon April 19. Fee: $5. 100 N. 20th St. www. “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. “Kitchen Garden in a Pot” 6-7 p.m. April 21. Philadelphia City Institute Free Library of Philadelphia, 1905 Locust St.

Theater/Dance/Opera >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. >Some Assembly Required: Through April 17. Tickets: $25. Red Room at the Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. 215-923-0210 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. >The Lion King: Through April 24. Tickets: $23-$95. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-8931999. >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. >Travels With My Aunt: Through 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. >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. 215242-2813. >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.

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>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. 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,” through May 15. Opening reception is 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: 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. 215243-5336. >Please Touch Museum: “Exploring Trees Inside and Out,” through May 2; “There’s Something Under My Bed,” through May 9; celebrate

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icans 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. 215-389-1776. >Asian Arts Initiative: “Home: Far & Near,” is showcased 7:30 p.m. April 3. 1219 Vine St. 215-557-0455. >Bridgette Mayer Gallery: “Explosive Relationships,” through May 1. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. April 2; “New Ceramic Works,” through May 1. Opening reception is 6-8:30 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. 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/ >Fleisher Art Memorial: Works by George Ferrandi, through April 23. 705 Christian St. >Franklin Institute: “Electricity” and “Changing Earth,” ongoing; “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” June 5-Jan. 2. 20th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215-448-1200. >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: “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 & Architecture,” 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: East Edgley Drive and Fairmount Park. 215-627-1770.

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W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g 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, Tuesdays 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. 215922-1122. Black Pearl Sings!: May 28-June 29. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-123-4567. adriennelive.

COMMUNITY Civic associations/ Town Watches CCP Townwatch serves Eighth to 13th streets, Snyder Ave. to Ritner St. Meetings held the second Wednesday of the month. Jason, 215-271-2424. >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 St. 215-339-0400. 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; Citywide Clean-Up 9 a.m. May 8. Parsons Building, Dickinson Square Park, Fourth and Tasker streets. 215-6851885. Lower Moyamensing Civic Association services Snyder to Oregon avenues and Broad to Eighth streets. Town Watch walks every other Monday. >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. www. 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. 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. 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.

Community and senior centers >Gershman Y: Stand-up comedy class, 6-9 p.m. April 1, 8, 15, 22. Cost: $310. 401 S. Broad St. 215-545-4400.

>JCCs Stiffel Senior Center: Thrift shop sells used clothing 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; “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. 215-5465879. Samuel S. Fels Community Center: Free exercise program Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 2407 S. Broad St. 215-218-0800. Single Parents Society: 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 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.

Flea market Guerin Recreation Center: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 10. Rain date: 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.

Libraries Central Library: Free Library Festival, April 17-18. 1901 Vine St. www. Donatucci Sr. Library: 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. 215-686-1766. 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.

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and playgrounds Marian Anderson: Better Days offers HIV/AIDS counseling, contraception, teen workshops and more. 17th and Fitzwater streets. 215-685-6594. Capitolo: “Philabundance Food Drive,” through April 3; After-school program for ages 6-13 3:30-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cost: $10/week; Ninth and Federal streets. 215-6851883. 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: 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; Ce-

ramics 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. 215685-1848. 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, bchbunny1105@; Joe Sarnese, 800-9625373, 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, eighthgrade class of 1970 , Sept. 17 with Jerry Blavat. Galdo’s, 20th St. and Moyamensing Ave. Denise LaRosa, 215-334-7667 or martini121856@

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. 215389-1985. 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. www. 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. SPR

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Hoof & Fin By Phyllis Stein-Novack R e s ta u r a n t R e v i e w e r


sometimes wonder how chefs come up with a name for a new restaurant. A few weeks ago, someone on Twitter wrote Hoof & Fin is now open. It sounds like a disease. My insatiable curiosity was tweaked. I invited my friend Dan, who has a delicious sense of humor and a deep appreciation for fine food and wine, to join me for dinner. The BYOB is housed in the former Gayle. The bare-bones interior features simple wood tables and chairs, hanging lights and artwork of sailboats and horses. The menu is a mix of Italian/SouthAmerican dishes. Our server told us the owners are from Argentina. Dan brought a 2005 Trinitas Cellars Old Vine Cuvee from California — a rich blend of several grapes including Zinfandel — one of my favorites. Hamachi ($10) was a glistening slice of immaculately raw fish bathed in a lime vinaigrette and enhanced by a touch of jalapeno pepper and creamy avocado. Dan and I do not like truly hot, spicy food, but the right touch of heat worked well in this appetizer. Sweetbreads ($12) have been popping up on restaurant menus since last fall. These were nicely seasoned and simply grilled. A mound of baby greens were tossed in a light dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and fragrant thyme. Our server saw we were sharing each dish, so she kept the side dishes coming to our table. We also Coffee/Café/Sweets Caffe Chicco: 2532 S. Broad St., 215-334-3100, $

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nibbled on slim, homemade crunchy breadsticks, which we dipped into a garlic mayonnaise concoction. Pastas and risotto are made at Hoof & Fin. The small plate is $11 and the entrée portion is $18. We opted for two small plates. The gnocchi were prepared with fresh ricotta. The sauce was an absolute culinary bliss. It was made with truffle brown butter, sage, slightly salty capers and topped with shards of Grana Padano. These little pillows were light and exceptional. They melted in my mouth. Warm weather may arrive in a month, so it’s a good idea to feast on short ribs before the heat waves hit us. Short ribs are a cold weather comfort food. The sauce for pappardelle, or ribbon pasta, was prepared with short ribs which were braised in Malbac. The wine added a rich flavor which Dan and I especially liked. The base for the sauce was putanesca, which was created by Italian “ladies of the evening” when they craved a light meal. It is made with tomatoes, capers, olives and anchovies. Although the sauce had capers and anchovies, it was not a bit salty. From the entrées we selected short ribs with polenta ($18) and grilled scallops ($21). Both dishes were winners. Dan said the polenta was light — almost fluffy. The menu described it as creamy and spicy, which was accurate. The meaty short ribs were braised in the same Malbac and served in a pomodoro sauce. Not-at-all bitter broccoli rabe came with the entrée. Italian

Criniti Pizzeria and Ristorante: 2601 S. Broad St., 215-465-7750, $$ Barrel’s Fine Food: 1725 Wolf St., 215-389-6010,, $ Italian Bistro: 211 S. Broad St., 215-731-0700, $$ L’Angolo: 1415 Porter St., 215389-4252, $$ La Stanza: 2001 Oregon Ave., 215271-0801, $$ Medora’s Mecca: 3100 S. 13th St., 215-336-1655, $$ Popi’s: 3120 S. 20th St., 215-7557180,, $$ Royal Villa Cafe: 1700 Jackson St., 215-462-4488, $$ Scannicchio’s: 2500 S. Broad St., 215-468-3900, www.scannicchio. com, $$

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The portion was so generous that much of Dan’s dinner was boxed to go. The scallops were a triumph of flavor and texture. They were grilled and retained a bit of translucency, which means they were done to perfection. Items from the grill portion of the menu come with a choice of two sides. I selected the parsnip puree because they will soon go out of season and roasted Brussels sprouts tossed with almonds. I do not usually like pureed vegetables because it reminds me of baby food. But this one’s silken texture put a smile on my face. Since they were roasted, the Brussels sprouts had a slightly smoky flavor. We shared a light, thin crepe ($6) filled with tre leche and juicy, ripe strawberries. Service was just about as fine as it

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American/Continental International House of Pancakes: 3 Snyder Ave., 215-339-5095,, $$

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could be. Two servers kept Dan and I quite content. Although Hoof & Fin’s dining room is long and narrow, the decibel level was fine. Dan and I enjoyed the fine fare, good conversation and a succession of tunes by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones playing softly through the sound system. Three tips of the toque to Hoof & Fin. SPR

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recipe hunt Some prefer a taste of Italy for Easter dinner. Anna Teresa Callen’s ‘Food and Memories of Abruzzo: Italy’s Pastoral Land’ offers a palate-pleasing option. By Phyllis Stein-Novack Food Columnist

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Directions: Place all of the salad ingredients in a pretty serving bowl. Season with the salt and pepper. Whisk together the oil and lemon juice. Pour over the salad and toss well. Serves six to eight. Note from Phyllis: If the salad seems a bit dry, simply add a little more oil and lemon juice.

Ingredients: 3 slices of Proscuitto di Parma 2 cloves of garlic 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary leaves 2 teaspoons of fresh oregano 3 sprigs of fresh parsley 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves 6 tablespoons of red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons of water and an additional 3/4 cup for the bottom of the roasting pan 1 teaspoon of sugar 1 5 to 6-pound leg of lamb, trimmed of fat 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil Freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt, to taste 3/4 cup of fresh bread crumbs 1/2 cup of fresh parsley, finely minced Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the first five ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until finely chopped. Remove from the bowl and set aside. In the same processor, combine the next

nine ingredients. Process until the mint is finely chopped. Remove from the bowl and set aside. Pierce several holes in the leg of lamb and lard the lamb with the prosciutto mixture. Pour the oil into a roasting pan. Roll the lamb in it so it is well-coated. Grind a good amount of the pepper over the lamb and pour 3/4 cup of the water into the bottom of the pan. Roast for 20 minutes to seal in the juices. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees. Season with the salt. Roast for approximately two hours. Combine the bread crumbs and the parsley with the mint and vinegar mixture. Spread this mixture on a cookie sheet. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and grab the lamb by the bone and roll it in the bread crumb mixture. Return the lamb to the oven and roast for about 10 minutes. Allow the lamb to rest for about 10 minutes before carving. Serves eight. Note from Phyllis: Callen writes Italians do not like medium-rare lamb. That’s why this leg roasts so long. If you prefer medium-rare, check for doneness 90 minutes after you have reduced the oven temperature to 350 degrees. SPR Comment at

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Ingredients: 2 romaine hearts, torn into pieces 1 large head of frisee, torn into pieces 1 large bunch of arugula 4 Belgian endives, sliced 2 pounds of baby spinach leaves Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1/2 cup of olive oil Juice of one lemon

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he Neumann-Goretti boys’ basketball team has received plenty of attention this season as a top-10 team in several national polls. The roster includes four future Division I players. But the results in the win column are what truly puts a squad over the top. What the team from 10th and Moore streets has accomplished is something that will be talked about for decades to come. Friday, the squad traveled to Penn State University and defeated Chartiers Valley, 65-63 for its first-ever PIAA Class AAA state championship. It capped off a memorable run that also included defending Catholic League and City championships. The 30-1 squad actually came within a point of finishing the year undefeated. The lone blemish came against Houston-based Yates — rated No. 1 in the nation by USA


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-andunder; travel baseball for ages 8 to 10 and 13-and-under; and girls’ travel softball for

Today — 97-96 at a national tournament in Hawaii. It makes up for last season when Neumann-Goretti, who was one of the favorites to win the state crown fell to eventual champs Archbishop Carroll in the quarterfinals. It left a sour taste with the players and coaches after winning Catholic League and City crowns. The defeat provided the fuel for this year’s run. “I felt a lot of pressure myself because I didn’t want it to end any other way than the way it ended,” coach Carl Arrigale said. “They’ve been smiling ever since [the state championship win].” The Saints avenged 2009’s season-ending loss by defeating Carroll for the league crown, 75-59, as well as in the state quarterfinals, 53-38. “We played with a certain toughness, had a great will to win and most of all, a great deal of chemistry,” Arrigale said. With seniors Daniel Stewart (Rider), Tyreek Duren (La Salle), Mustafaa Jones ages 12 to 14. Travel teams will have open tryouts and cuts will be made if necessary. Call Matt Holmes, 267-767-0230.

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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


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(Hartford) and Tony Cheannault (Wake Forest) all heading off their respective Division I schools next fall, who knows if or when NeumannGoretti will be able to match this season’s triple-crown performance. The Saints closed out the year ranked No. 5 in the nation Tony Chennault, with ball, and his Saints eliminated Archbishby USA Today. “If it can ever op Carroll in last month’s state quarterfinal contest. P h o t o b y A m a n d a T h u r l ow be duplicated, I can’t wait for it to Contact Managing Editor Bill Gelman at bgelhappen again,” Arrigale said of the or ext. 123. Comment rable run. SPR at league is looking for teams to participate. Games are played Mondays through Fridays at the Lakes, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue. Season begins April 26. Call Vince Vitola, 267-254-4201.


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-andunder 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 SEYAA sports complex, Seventh and Bigler streets, 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights 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 -By Bill Gelman

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