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A Way of life A large contingent from Furness rallied together at last weekend’s donor dash to commemorate the memory of a former student. By Erica J. Minutella Review Intern


resh from the motivation from last Thursday’s pep rally that took place last Thursday in their school auditorium, more than 300 Furness High School students filed out of school buses before 10 a.m. Sunday near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It more than quadrupled 2009’s 60 participants from the school at 1900 S. Third St. A big reason behind the large surge of Furness students involved in the 15th annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness was to commemorate Alvin See DONOR DASH page 8


Three Stella Maris students made the trek home from school Monday afternoon. This will be their final year there as the Archdiocese of Philadelphia officially announced its closure April 9 due to low enrollment.

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Stella Maris parents must find a new school for their children and will have the opportunity to sign up for two designated schools Tuesday.

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’m sad. I cried,” Stella Maris seventh-grader Jason Burris, of Sixth and Johnston streets, said following last Thursday’s dismissal. Burris, 13, and his classmates were slated to graduate from Stella Maris next year. Instead, that final year has come

early as they scurry to find a new school. “I don’t know yet,” classmate Wence Vargas, 13, of Eighth and Bigler streets, said of which school he will attend. “I’m really sad,” he added. “It really affected me. It really shocked me. I’m going to miss the teachers.” While Vargas was one of the 69 registrants at the school who was scheduled to receive a refund since the announcement,

some did not even bother to sign up, including seventh-grader Gary Carlile, 12, of Ninth and Johnston streets, whose mother registered him at Holy Spirit prior to the official closing of Stella Maris. A mother of a third grader, who chose not to give her name, picked Holy Spirit, 1845 Hartranft St., for her daughter too. See STELLA MARIS page 12

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Proposing a healthier outlook To the Editor: Recently, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter proposed a 2-cent-perounce tax on sugary drinks and sodas. In a time of budget shortfalls, the mayor thinks the tax will help raise revenue, as much as $77 million, according to city officials. Called the Healthy Philadelphia Initiative, the tax might be a good way to raise money, and other cities have already done it. But there is another reason to consider such an initiative: It could improve public health by lowering the consumption of soft drinks. Sugarsweetened beverages offer little or no nutritional value. They are relatively inexpensive compared to healthier alternatives like fruits and vegetables. This is particularly appealing to children, but filled with added amounts of table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and concentrated fruit juice, sweetened beverages are linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as studies have shown. Drinking a 12-ounce can of soda every day for a year adds up to 55,000 extra calories, or 15 pounds a year. A child who drinks one soda and two glasses of Kool-Aid every day is consuming 142,000 extra calories a year. That’s 40 pounds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity among children has more than tripled over the past 30 years, currently affecting 19.6 percent of children ages 6 to 11, and 18.1 percent of children ages 12 to 19. In Philadelphia, half of the children are either overweight or obese, with soft-drink consumption rising and milk consumption falling. So, all of us should be concerned. A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is a first step towards halting this growing epidemic. Today, African-Americans are in a health crisis in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. They disproportionately suffer from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other ailments. For example, the CDC reports that obesity is 51 percent more prevalent among blacks than whites, and 21 percent more prevalent among Latinos than whites. According to the American Diabetes Association, blacks are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes than whites. One in four African-Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 has diabetes, and 25 percent of black women

older than 55 have the disease. In addition, diabetes is linked to a higher risk of a heart attack, kidney failure, stroke, blindness, nerve damage and amputations for African-Americans. Type II diabetes, a form previously seen only in adults, is becoming more common in children because of rising obesity. In the end, the mayor’s proposed soda tax provides a good opportunity for us to look out for our health. I know that such a tax will play a role in my decision when I purchase a beverage. Let’s get serious about this major health crisis we are facing today. We are up to the challenge, and this is a battle we can win. State Rep. Ronald Waters Chairman of Health and Human Services Subcommittee on Health

A dog-eat-dog world To the Editor: I am sending this on behalf of my mother Diane-Marie Mahlman who lives on the 2400 block of South Bancroft Street. We took our 1-year-old pitt bull, Molly, into the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after another dog attacked her and bit up her head and ear pretty badly. She was bleeding and had a piece of her ear torn. My parents arrived and waited two hours for someone to even call them back to see her. After arriving in back, they said that it would be $600 just to look at her. That’s a disgrace! My parents told them that they didn’t have that kind of money and that the other dog’s owner (who was paying for it) also didn’t have it right then and there. They told my parents they could apply for credit at 11 percent interest. After my parents asked if they could at least clean the wound and give a prescription, they said they were “afraid to clean her wound because she might bite.” First, this dog was just attacked, so clearly she’s not a biter. Second, and more importantly, she was muzzled. And finally, you’re kidding right? You’re a vet and you’re afraid to get bitten? What a joke. They then told my parents since they couldn’t pay they had to leave, no treatment, no cleaning.

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hat first pitch. The opening kickoff. Drop of the puck. Opening tip-off. Whatever your sport of choice, its respective season opener is cause for celebration. For me, it happens to be baseball. There is nothing quite like the start of the Major League Baseball season. The smell of the grass, the crack of the bat, the promise of warmer weather — and a season of unknown — are all reason enough for me to become giddy like a child. Who can blame me? Baseball is still America’s pastime in my eyes. Having a winning team in our city helps, of course. Regardless, fans

of those perennially in the playoff hunt, as well as the habitual cellar dwellers, come out in droves to support their squad — at least on opening day. For if only for one day, there lies hope for everyone. After day one, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in first-place, and on pace to go 162– 0. Ironically, the New York Yankees were in last place, and on pace to go 0–162. The Phightin’ Phils? First-place! On pace for a perfect season! Not only that, with his six RBIs, third baseman Placido Polanco was on pace to drive in a whopping 972 runs for the season! I told you this was a special day. Unfortunately, three games into the season, none of the above is a remote possibility, but at least for one day, the impossible can be imagined. How can you not love opening day? It has national holiday written all over it – and it’s a helluva lot more interesting than Earth Day. Here’s to another magical season full of peanuts, Cracker Jacks and Phillies victories! SPR

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olice do not have a description of the shooter or shooters, but did collect ballistics from the scene on the 2000 block of South 20th Street. At about 4:05 p.m., a 24-year-old woman received a graze wound to her head as she exited the corner store at 20th Street and Snyder Avenue, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. Meanwhile, a 27-year-old mother of a 2month-old boy and 2-year-old girl was walking down the street when a bullet struck her right arm. The children were unharmed. Both women were transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in stable condition and have been released, Tolliver said. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.

Shooter arrested A man allegedly retrieved a gun and shot another who told him to shut up as he was trying to impress nearby girls last week. A 23-year-old man was installing strobe lights on his girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s car and talking to a friend on the 500 block of Moore Street around 5 p.m. April 11, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. A friend of the friend, Kenneth Richard aka Saasir Richards, 35, of the 500 block of Titan Street, allegedly began to bad mouth him because girls were around, Tolliver said. When the man told him to shut up, Richard allegedly left the area and returned on a green mountain bicycle. At this time, the 23-year-old man was on his front steps when Richard allegedly said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up?,â&#x20AC;? and, according to reports, fired several shots at him with a silver handgun. The man tried to retreat into his home, but was struck once in the stomach. The officer who arrived on the scene at about 10:55 p.m., transported him to HUP, Tolliver said. He was then transferred to Jefferson Hospital Trauma Center in critical condition and underwent surgery to his stomach. Through interviews, police learned the Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name and the victim positively identified him in a photo array, Tolliver

said. He was arrested 3:10 p.m. April 15 inside a residence on the 400 block of Dickinson Street. He was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, firearm violations and related offenses.

Held at gunpoint A Grays Ferry man, who has since been arrested, and an accomplice held up a man at gunpoint for almost 20 minutes Friday. As the 21-year-old walked home from his girlfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home at 1 a.m., a man on a red mountain bike rode alongside him and asked for change for a $20 on the 2100 block of Marston Terrace, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. When the victim said he did not have it, he was asked if he had change for a $10. As he replied with the same answer, Kevin Copes, 21, of the 2100 block of Etting Terrace, approached him on a blue mountain bike, allegedly pointed a silver revolver at him and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;well, why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you give up everything?â&#x20AC;? The two men emptied his pockets and escorted the victim to K Laundromat, 2710 Snyder Ave., Tolliver said. On the way, the unknown man asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;do you know what kind of gun he has? What kind of gun do you think this is?â&#x20AC;? As he showed him a black semiautomatic handgun and its shells, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this is a .40 caliber.â&#x20AC;? The duo allegedly walked inside K Laundromat with the man and demanded he withdraw $500, Tolliver said. While he swiped his card, he was unable to withdraw any money. The men asked if he could get funds from anyone else, but he said he could not and eventually fled on foot. The men were still in possession of his identification and insurance cards. The man positively identified Copes from a photo array, Tolliver said. His home was searched and evidence linking him to the robbery was recovered. He was arrested 1 p.m. the following day at South Detectives, 24th and Wolf streets. He was charged with robbery, theft, aggravated assault, firearm violations and related offenses. His accomplice has not been identified, but was described as black, 6 foot, with a dark complexion, medium build and a beard. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.

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A Cherry Hill man was arrested after intentionally vomiting on an off-duty police captain and his 11-year-old daughter at the April 14 Phillies game. After his two friends were ejected for spewing foul language and spitting on the family around 9:30 p.m., Matthew Clemmens, 21, of the unit block of Matthew Hassemer Ave., Cherry Clemmens Hill, N.J., allegedly put his fingers down his throat and threw up on an Easton police captain and his youngest daughter, Officer Jill Russell, of the Police Public Affairs Unit said. His 15-yearold daughter also was in attendance at the game against the Washington Nationals. Clemmens also allegedly struck the offduty cop on the left side of the face causing injury to his ear and vomited on the arresting officer. It was not clear when or how Clemmens received his black eye, Russell said. Clemmens was charged with corruption of a minor, two counts of stalking and three counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and disorderly conduct, according to court documents.

After trying to steal $675 worth of merchandise from Home Depot in Quartermaster Plaza, the alleged thief was found lying under a tarp in the backseat of a car in the parking lot. The Loss Prevention Manager at the 2200 Oregon Ave. location is believed to have witnessed Craig Cole, 47, of Upper Darby, concealing merchandise from the store, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The employee confronted the man and tried to escort him back inside the store, but Cole allegedly attempted to flee. The man held Cole’s wrist, but released it when the suspect allegedly pulled a silver and gray object from his pocket, which appeared to be a screwdriver, and said, “I’ll cut you,” Tolliver said. Cole fled into the parking lot, but the employee kept an eye on his location while maintaining a safe distance, Tolliver said. Upon police arrival, the man directed police to Cole’s location and officers are believed to have found him inside a parked vehicle hiding under a tarp, Tolliver said. Police also recovered a 6-inch screwdriver from the backseat. Cole was charged with robbery, theft, aggravated assault and related offenses.

Unwanted follower While driving in Grays Ferry, a woman sped off when another driver, who was following her, pulled up beside her with a gun. The 51-year-old was driving near 32nd Street and Grays Ferry Avenue when she drove past a car making a Uturn around 4:20 p.m. April 12, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. After she turned right on Ellsworth Street, she saw the tan Ford Caravan tailing her, Tolliver said. While stopped at 25th Street, the man driving the Ford pulled up beside her and said, “Oh, I’m a take care of you” and lifted the butt of a gun from his car’s center console. In fear, the woman left the area and drove to the 17th District police station, 20th and Federal streets. The driver was described as black, in his mid-60s, 170 pounds, with a goatee, salt and pepper hair, glasses and wearing a gray and black sweater and a black cap. 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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A man was mugged at gunpoint after one of the robbers asked for a cigarette last week. The 30-year-old was walking west on the 1600 block of Tasker Street when he noticed a man cross Tasker and two others between 16th and 17th streets, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The first man asked for a cigarette, but he did not have one, Tolliver said. A second male pointed a chrome automatic gun at his stomach and removed $200 from his pockets. Before the trio fled north on Bancroft Street, he struck the man in the face with the gun. The man did not seek medical treatment. No description was provided for the first male. The second was in his late 30s, 5foot-8, 230 pounds, bald with a graying full beard, tattoos on both arms and wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and Timberland boots. The third was black n his late 20s, 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, with a small scruffy mustache and beard and wearing a white T-shirt, dark jeans and Timberland boots. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.


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Patricia Nelson, back left, and more than 300 Furness students walked in honor of Nelson’s son, David Jr., who passed away in 2006, and Alvin Way, a Furness student who died after participating in last year’s dash. S ta f f P h o t o b y G r e g B e z a n i s

DONOR DASH continued from page 1 Way, the first student to join the school’s Gift of Life Club. While running in last year’s event, Way collapsed at the finish line of the 5K. Despite being rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, the 19year-old senior, who planned to enlist in the Marine Corps. with brother Steven, passed away. His death was the result of heart failure, aggravated by the effects of a previously undetected irregular heartbeat. Members of the team sported pins and necklaces in memory of both Way and David Nelson, Jr., an organ donor, who passed away in ’06 at the early age of 26. Patricia Nelson, David’s mother, credited student members of the club for taking a large part in organizing team participation. Furness Principal Timothy McKenna, as well as the Regional Superintendent Michael Silverman, demonstrated their support by attending the dash. Eight teachers also joined the students in running to commemorate Way. “The message and the legacy I think he’s leaving behind is to all be compassionate and kind to each other,” Patricia Nelson, David’s mother, school operations officer, and group organizer said. Even several Furness alumnae, who were former classmates of Way, traveled from their college campuses in order to be

a part of something in which their friend strongly believed. “He was a really compassionate person, always there to lend a hand,” Tazhe Cooper, 19, one of the club’s original members, said of Way. “Alvin was wonderful — nice, tall, handsome, respectful. There aren’t enough words to explain him,” added fellow ’09 grad Anitra Harrison, who first met Alvin in the ninth grade. SATURDAY, THE LOCAL participants joined more than 6,000 Philadelphians — sporting bright T-shirts in every color imaginable — of all ages along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in support of a serious purpose: Organ and tissue donor awareness. The event, sponsored by the Gift of Life Donor Program, offered participants the option of taking part in a 5- or 10K run, or a 3K walk, down West River Drive and along the banks of the Schuylkill River. But this day wasn’t about finishing first, second or third. On this day, spreading the word about donor awareness was priority No. 1. Somewhat apart from the main group, gathered around a tent next to the Washington Monument in Eakins Oval, a team calling itself David’s Parrot Party prepared for the race. The team was founded by the family members of Nelson. “My son was a Jimmy Buffett fan: That’s

how we got our name, David’s Parrot Party. It’s part of a Parrot Head tradition.” Looking to get students involved, she started the Gift of Life Club, a student group that works on promoting organ and tissue donor awareness. That year, 32 students joined the original members of David’s Parrot Party for the dash. “In 2007, me and my family members came and had a small group — about 30 people — that attended and really had a great time,” Nelson, who also is a board member of the David Nelson, Jr. Memorial Fund, — which provides educational scholarships for children of organ and tissue donors — said. “We decided the next year to extend it.” This year’s dash also commemorated Way, who remained a key coordinator during his two years in the Gift of Life Club. His sister, Traisha Way said she hopes others will learn from his example. Foremost, she hopes that people will educate themselves regarding the benefits of becoming an organ donor, rather than focusing on the myths that propagate around this issue. According to Marie Way-Harris, Alvin’s grandmother, the message Way would want to leave behind is “that there’s still love to go around.” “He always knew to help somebody if they needed it,” she added. SPR Comment at news/features.

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ational Free Comic Book Day will be held in more than 2,000 stores nationwide May 1. Special edition comics from top publishers such as Marvel and DC will be distributed for free at South Philly Comics, 1621 E. Passyunk Ave. and Atomic City Comics, 642 South St.

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rom 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month through November, the Mural Arts Program is holding two-hour bike tours led by trained and experienced guides through Center City and neighborhood murals. Participants must bring their own bicycle. Tickets are $17. Call 800-537-7676 or visit

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he 2010 Philadelphia Asthma Walk, benefitting the American Lung Association, is taking place at 10 a.m. May 1, at Headhouse Square, Second and Lombard streets. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the walk kicking off at 9:30 a.m. The seventh annual event is an effort to increase awareness about asthma and other forms of lung disease while also trying to raise $100,000 to fund programs, research and advocacy in the prevention of lung disease. For more information, call 800-LUNGUSA or visit SPR



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STELLA MARIS continued from page 1 “I registered at Holy Spirit, who has a lot more to offer than this school and the priest gets along with all the kids,” the resident of 11th Street and Oregon Avenue said. However, Stella Maris will only provide a tuition subsidy to two of the neighborhood schools. “Children who attend either Epiphany [of Our Lord, 1248 Jackson St.,] or St. Monica [1720 Ritner St.] will have a portion of their tuition paid through the generosity of their fellow parishioners at Stella Maris,” Donna Farrell, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said via e-mail. “The amount will help to bridge the gap between what the parent would be expected to pay and what it costs the receiving school to educate the child.” However, the lack of a subsidy does not bother the third-grade mother, as Holy Spirit is about $30 cheaper a month already and provides busing, she said. While the students are able to register at any school they wish with permission from Pastor Peter J. DiMaria, the two schools were chosen to prevent separating the current Stella Maris students as much as possible, Farrell said. “It is to continue the sense of community for the parish, keeping the children together at fewer schools; for example, so that they come together for the Sacraments,” she said. “Often, it is only one school that is designated.” Parents who have not yet registered their children will be able to do so Tuesday

night at Stella Maris where parents will be able to sign up for one of the two designated schools, she added.

they are not enough to keep the school afloat, Farrell said, adding that tuition and parish support typically funds the schools. “That is for the needs of the parish,” she ALTHOUGH SOME PARENTS and parishio- said of parishioner’s weekly donation. ners have pointed their fingers at DiMaria “Now the parish might decide that its needs for the closure, he did propose that Stella include helping to support the school.” Maris become the site of a regional school, Claims from parents that the rectory had Farrell said. been renovated and a new organ had been “The other parishes in the area were not purchased for the church were not conready to move to that model,” she said. “In firmed by the archdiocese by press time. a letter to parents, With the funds not Father DiMaria said at the level needed, that he has requestStella Maris stu‘When [Pastor Peter J. ed and been assured dents and their parthat there will be no DiMaria] sent out the initial ents were saddened consideration for to hear the official letter stating he was alternative use of announcement of the school buildings recommending [Stella Maris] the school’s closing and property at this by Cardinal Justo close, he lost everyone time. Stella Maris tin Rigali April 9. right there,’ will continue to be The recommenda—Mother of a Stella Maris third part of the regional tion from DiMaria planning to ensure to the archdiocese grader, on reason for low enrollment quality Catholic came in February education in South before alerting the Philadelphia.” parish and the stuA meeting was planned for Feb. 18 to dent body, which resulted in some losdiscuss options and the — at that time ing faith in the school staying open past — possible closure, but it was soon can- this year. celled due to a death in the vicar’s fam“When he sent out the initial letter statily. The archdiocese did not provide a ing he was recommending it to close, he reason for it not being rescheduled as of lost everyone right there,” another mother press time. of a third-grader, who also did not wish to The third grade mother said, DiMaria give her name, said. chased a lot of parishioners out as fundNow her two sons (the younger would raising options were declined and tuition have started pre-kindergarten next year at was raised. Stella Maris) are in limbo. “Money, money, money you’re giving to “I still don’t know what I’m going to God,” she said. “God is in here – in your do,” she said. heart.” The school currently has 181 students While fundraisers do help fund the school, enrolled with 27 set to graduate in June.

At dismissal, students, who must now register at another school for next school year, filed out of Stella Maris, 814 Bigler St. S ta f f P h o t o b y Greg Bezanis

However, it only enrolled 69 for next year before the March 30 deadline – well below 175 needed to remain open, according to the archdiocese. She had not even bothered signing up her kids at Stella Maris for next year as the school requested a $250 deposit by the deadline, the mother said. While $200 of that would go toward next year’s tuition, the amount was on top of the monthly $270 tuition payment she owed, which was too much money for her to come up with in three weeks, she said. She asked for an extension, but it was not granted. “He’s unreasonable,” she said of DiMaria. “He doesn’t work with anyone. I won’t even attend his Mass.” Now, her oldest son will enter the fourth grade at a new school. “He’s sad because now all his friends will be broken up,” she said. “He’s been with them since pre-k. It’s the saddest part.” But the closure hasn’t only affected the students. Principal Sister Lawrence Elizabeth is equally upset, the parent said. “She couldn’t even have a conversation with me,” she said of the principal. “She broke down.” SPR Contact Staff Writer Amanda Snyder at or ext. 117. Comment at

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Justin Cautilli but his favorite subject is math. Outside of school, he is a student with multiple interests. He joined the Cub Scouts last fall and has earned two badges.

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s the first warm sunrays tickle the streets of South Philadelphia, area residents are looking forward to everything the new season brings: Farmer’s markets, the “Italian Market Festival” and many more events. This year’s lineup has a new addition that will be setting up shop around the Tasker Street Fountain, ushered in by Jessup-and-Morris-streets resident Amy Blasco. “I didn’t see anything like [a hand-crafted arts fair] in the area. I knew that there were people interested in it in the area. There were stores like Sweet Jane that had a little sort of art opening or showed some work, but I didn’t see anything substantial and I know there are a lot of creative people in the area and I wanted an outlet and I wanted them to come and see everyone else’s work,” the jewelry maker said. What came of her observations is Crafty Balboa, a boutique-style art fair that consists of vendor-operated booths where local artists can showcase and sell their crafts. With three under her belt — the first of which was part of 2009’s DooWop Car Show and Street Festival — Blasco is gearing up for the fourth installment noon to 5 p.m. April 24. “DooWop got completely rained out, as did all of us standing under our tents!” Blasco said at her first attempt to stage the event supported by the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District. “We did it Sept. 12 — it actually ended up being about half the vendors … There were a lot of people walking through

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Lifestyles and I had a lot of people come up to me and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Are you doing this every week?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lots of artists coming up and asking when was the next event.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;April Showers,â&#x20AC;? as this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth event is ironically monikered, will have approximately 35 vendors from around the area and outside of Philadelphia setting up booths at Tasker Street and Passyunk Avenue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I make jewelry. I have two different types of jewelry, mainly really fun, bight colorful enamel pieces and laser-cut and engraved acrylic jewelry. For â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Crafty,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I brought more of my enamel things,â&#x20AC;? Blasco, whose event will feature everything from handmade clothing and jewelry to photography to bath and body products, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tried to pick a really good selection of people with quality work that I find interesting.â&#x20AC;? Original promotions for last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, which were aptly boxing-themed, flew off local stores shelves and led Blasco to feel she had stumbled on something exciting to area residents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been really surprised â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with the first show we had in the area, it was mainly foot traffic and I was surprised at how much foot traffic [there] was,â&#x20AC;? the 26year-old said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My third event was in Center City â&#x20AC;Ś I did a lot of marketing down

here for it because I wanted to bring the same customers out, wanted them to know we were still alive and doing this. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And I had people e-mailing me saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Can you drop more [flyers] off? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gone. Can I give you my menu, my business cards?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious people in the area are interested in this. BLASCO WAS RAISED in Northeastern Pennsylvania, around Scranton, from which she commuted two hours by bus weekly to attend classes at Moore College of Art & Design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started coming to Philadelphia when I was 15 to take art classes at Moore. A lot of drawing classes â&#x20AC;Ś Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come down every Saturday morning,â&#x20AC;? Blasco said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Basically I came when I was comfortable enough to get on a bus by myself.â&#x20AC;? Blasco had always let her creative streak shine and she chose to continue her studies at the University of the Arts after high school, focusing on crafts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; specifically jewelry and medals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After I graduated the University of the Arts, I went to New York to study at the Gemological Institute of America to study diamonds,â&#x20AC;? Blasco, who later worked at various fine jewelry stores for a few years, said. Boring of the luxury retail life, Blasco

sought further educational opportunities and focused her search on European institutions. She was accepted to the Creative Academy in Milan, Italy, where she received a full scholarship and spent a year learning the finer points of luxury design with an emphasis on accessories. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had been in a program before in Florence and I studied Italian and photography,â&#x20AC;? Blasco said. Her time abroad secured her a post-graduate internship in Paris with Van Cleef and Arpels where she spent three months working on special orders, designing from the pre-existing collection. Moving back State-side, her South Philly neighborhood was a natural choice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Cause I came from Milan â&#x20AC;&#x201D; It was South Philly, I mean, how Italian can you get?â&#x20AC;? Blasco, who lived in an apartment at Passyunk and Moore Street before moving to her current townhome that she shares with her boyfriend and dog, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was such an Italian vibe in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a lot of friends in the area, we were familiar with it.â&#x20AC;? The finished basement in her current spot is the perfect studio for her handcrafted designs and freelance work for a Port Richmond company that specializes in menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessories.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really like that [South Philadelphia] has such an array of people, young people, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an eclectic group of people that really work together. I really like that there was a sense of community,â&#x20AC;? Blasco said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the area things were happening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the area there was a lot of new coming in and there still is to this day, which is so nice to see â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that everything here has been here for a long time, we are still traditional and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sort of this two worlds coming together.â&#x20AC;? One of the additions to the area, thanks to Blasco, is Crafty Balboa, which the founder hopes to keep going for many years and incorporate into the pre-existing South Philadelphia mainstays like â&#x20AC;&#x153;DooWopâ&#x20AC;? or the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian Market Festival.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that is the reason that I like Crafty Balboa so much: It has the ability to change and each event is entirely different depending on the people coming in and the crafters coming in. It will be forever evolving and changing. Maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have food and music, maybe weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have it where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a workshop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to put it in a box and say what it is. I want to let it evolve on its own.â&#x20AC;? SPR Comment at news/lifestyles.

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ear reader, don’t be shocked by the concept that there are a few good Republican ideas out there. I realize those of you who have read this column for the past 46 years or so believe that my idea of a good Republican is Abraham Lincoln. But here are some worthy ideas fostered by Republicans that either have been adopted or should be considered.

Jeanne (Émilie Dequenne, left), the daughter of Louise (Catherine Deneuve), causes a media storm when she makes a controversial accusation.

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MANDATES FOR HEALTH INSURANCE — This might surprise you but the idea that the government require all Americans to get health insurance originated with the Republicans. In 1993, Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Charles Grassley of Iowa broached the idea of mandates that would form the basis of health-care reform. Then Republican Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney, incorporated them into law in his state, which led to our new federal health care law. THE STIMULUS — Most of the attention on the stimulus package has been focused on what it has not done, but folks tend to have

NUCLEAR POWER AND OFFSHORE DRILLING — President Obama shocked his Democratic constituency by acknowledging the limited use of nuclear power plants has a place in a plan to make America energy independent. These were ideas pushed by mainly Republicans in the past. Critics link nuclear waste disposal problems and the potential vulnerability of such power plants to a terrorist attack. These are legitimate concerns that must be addressed, but should not result in rejecting nuclear power use. If France can safely use nuclear power, I don’t see why American ingenuity can’t do the same. In the same way, the president recently realized that while we should develop alternate renewable energy sources, we can’t ignore our offshore oil reserves. Limited drilling has a role in a hybrid approach designed to free us from dependence on foreign oil. There have been considerable improvements in drilling that more effectively safeguard against environmental hazards. We will not drill our way out of our energy dilemma, but we should not ignore our own oil reserves. I have outlined five good essentially Republican ideas. What’s the catch? Today’s Republican Party has mainly turned its back on its own ideas. Take the federal mandates for health insurance. Republican attorney generals across the country, including our own Tom Corbett, are suing to rid the mandates, calling them “unconstitutional.” Even the originators of the idea, Hatch and Grassley, now reject the idea. Health-care reform, the brainchild of Romney, is now just “socialism.” The stimulus, which began under Bush, is also rejected by Republicans as a socialist plot. Obama’s proposed use of nuclear power and offshore drilling is not enough in Republican’s minds. It seems that all it takes for Republicans to reject their own ideas is for Obama to propose them. SPR Comment at

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Nancy Meyers doesn’t exactly stand out as a tasteful, graceful screenwriter, but she’s an essential filmmaker, presenting entertaining mainstream movies about and for the oft-ignored 50-plus crowd. Her latest, the freewheeling romp “It’s Complicated,” stars Meryl Streep as a well-todo California restaurateur who falls into an affair with her married ex-husband (Alec Baldwin), while also being wooed by atimid architect (Steve Martin). “Complicated” has its flaws, but its extremely funny, and proves a romantic comedy can work without bright young things in the leading roles. SPR

TORT REFORM — While it is true the net savings of tort reform appear to have been overhyped by its mostly Republican proponents, it is an idea whose time has come. The legal profession obscenely profits from our current tort laws just as the health insurance industry does with the laws governing health care. Democrats have trouble admitting as much when it comes to tort reform just as Republicans are wedded to the big health insurance companies. In both cases, it is less of a difference of political philosophy than who contributes to their political campaigns.

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ndré Téchiné lets viewers fill in a great many gaps. This is typically a merit of French cinema, and a welcome alternative to the American tradition of force-feeding plot. But there’s a fine line between tantalizing the audience and stringing it along, and Téchiné crosses it one too many times, shifting focus and mood in ways both needless and spastic. The director and co-writer means to surprise and provoke, and sometimes he does, but he also frustrates. Adapted from a play by Jean-Marie Besset and based on actual events that incited a French media frenzy in 2004, the film concerns Jeanne (Émilie Dequenne), an unmotivated, redheaded 20-something who fancies rollerblading and ultimately cooks up an elaborate lie about being the victim of an anti-Semetic hate crime. That development doesn’t materialize until the first hour has wrapped, and the earlier portion, which mainly follows the non-Jewish Jeanne’s doomed romance with a shady aspiring wrestler (Nicolas Duvauchelle), neither prepares us for it nor provides Jeanne with sufficient depth so we may know or care why she turns to such behavior. The most we’re offered are vague chapter stops (“Circumstances” and “Consequences”) and coverage of similar crimes in casually integrated newscasts watched by Jeanne and her widowed mother, Louise (Catherine Deneuve), and discussed by the dysfunctional family members of a Jewish attorney (Michel Blanc), who Louise knows through her late husband. The subtle manner in which the characters’ stories connect provides a certain composure, as does the naturalistic acting,

but any larger statement Téchiné, is trying to make is lost in the telling. And while “Train” is a ride worth taking if just for Dequenne’s compelling presence, Deneuve’s sly performance quirks and a smattering of handsome scenery and formal techniques, it has a vexing tendency to fly off the rails.

SCHOOL VOUCHERS — Some of my liberal friends think a school voucher program is tantamount to abandoning the public school system. I believe vouchers actually could help. The dirty little secret behind much of the opposition is the belief that public schools can’t compete with private and parochial schools, yet in Philadelphia, Masterman High School not only competes, it exceeds them. Most organizations improve with competition as it breeds efficiency and innovation. How about the argument that vouchers would simply drain funds from the public school system? The main reason public schools fight a constant battle for adequate funding is their support base is too narrow. Would New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie so blithely use its public schools as the whipping boy for budget cuts if the interests of private and parochial school parents were joined with those of the public school parents? I don’t think so. Democrats have historically opposed vouchers. In recent months, Democrats in D.C. voted to cut off funding for a voucher system allowing low-income children to get a better education. That’s not a good policy nor is it good politics for a party that purports to care more for the poor. Voucher systems have been popular with middle- and lower-income parents who want more choices. Credit the idea of vouchers to the Republicans.

short memories. Only swift government action avoided a complete economic meltdown. Also forgotten is that the original stimulus bill was passed during the last days of the George W. Bush administration. The Democrats’ stimulus package was actually the second.

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Flavors of the Avenue returns with food samples from about 20 vendors, music, as well as fashion shows and craft shows noon-5 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $20-$25. East Passyunk Avenue between Dickinson and Morris streets. 215-336-1455.


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Highlights this Week 147th Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings is through April 24. Philadelphia Sketch Club, 235 S. Camac St. 215-545-9298. “The Lion King” runs through April 24. Tickets: $23-$95. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-8931999. “Shining City” runs through April 25. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630. www. “Wherever There is Water,” is showcased through April with a parade 7:45 p.m. April 24. Fleisher Art Memorial, 705 Christian St. 215-922-3456 x 310. Cirque Du Soleil’s “Ovo” swings through May 2. Tickets: $24.50-$112. Broad St. and Washington Ave. 800-450-1480. “Underground Art: Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper & artist BLADE,” is displayed 7 p.m. April 22. Drexel University Mitchell Auditorium, 3128 Market St. One Night of Queen hits the stage 8 p.m. April 22. Tickets: $32.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood keeps the crowd laughing 8 p.m. April 23. Tickets: $38.50$48.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. Thirty Seconds to Mars performs 8:30 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $31-$33. Electric Factory, 421 N Seventh St. 215-627-1332. “Earth and Arbor Day Family Festival,” keeps the world green noon-4 p.m. April 24-25. Camden Children’s Garden, 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J. 856-365-8733. “A Note Suspended in Time: The Musical Masters of Laurel Hill,” takes place 2 p.m. April 25. Laurel Hill Cemetery Tour holds 3822 Ridge Ave. 215228-8200.


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>Richard Goode: 8 p.m. April 22. Tickets: $23. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. 215-569-8080. >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. 215-572-7650. >Missa Latina pro pace: 8 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $30 and $20. The Baptist Temple, Temple University, 1837 N. Broad St. 800-298-4200. www. >Sugar Town, Tunnel, Frisky or Trusty, and Rumorosa: 9 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $7. Tritone, 1508 South St. >Echo and the Bunnymen and Hatcham Social: 7:30 p.m. April 25. Tickets: $30-$35. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. >Hot Chip: 8 p.m. April 25. Tickets: $30-$33. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. >Discovering Einstein’s God: An Evening With Krista Tippett: 7-8 p.m. April 27. Tickets: $24-$29. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St. 215-893–1999.

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Sia: 8 p.m. May 2. Tickets: $2-$23. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. Lucha VaVoom: 8 p.m. May 7. Tickets: $24. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St. 215-922-6888. Mark Knopfler: 8 p.m. May 7. Tickets: $39-$85. Tower Theatre, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877598-8696. 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. Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia: 7:30 p.m. May 10. The Baptist Temple, Temple University, 1837 N. Broad St. 800-298-4200. 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.

Mo’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. Delbert McClinton: 8 p.m. May 22. Tickets: $36. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Erykah Badu with Bilal: 8 p.m. May 26. Tickets: $39.50-$75. Tower Theater, 19 S. 69th St., Upper Darby. 610-3522887. 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.

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W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g >Asian Arts Initiative: “Carrying Across,” through Apr. 30; “The World Through Our Eyes,” May 7-June 25. 1219 Vine St. 215-557-0455. www. >Bridgette Mayer Gallery: “Explosive Relationships,” and “New Ceramic Works,” both through May 1.; “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. www. Chemical Heritage Foundation: 315 Chestnut St. 215-925-2222. >The Clay Studio: “Of This Century: Residents, Fellows and Select Guest Artists of The Clay Studio, 2000-2010,” through May 2. 137-39 N. Second St. 215-925-3453. www. >Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia: Sketches by members of The Philadelphia Sketch Club; Jewelry by Kathleen Scullion; and Pottery by Shawn Spangler; all through May 14. 1616 Latimer St. 610-0649-3174. >Da Vinci Art Alliance: “Out of Place: Clay and Context,” through April 30. 704 Catharine St. 215-8290644. > >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. >Independence Seaport Museum: “It Sprang from the River! Everyday Objects with Maritime Secrets,” through Jan. 3. 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 215-413-8655. www. >Institute of Contemporary Art: “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)” and “Video Art: Replay, Part 3,” both through June 6; “Queer Art,” April 22 - August 1. Opening Reception 6-8 p.m. April 22. 118 S. 36th St. 215-573-9975. >International House: “Selected Portraits: A video installation by David S. Kessler,” through July 2. International House Video Lounge 3701 Chestnut St. >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. >Open Lens Gallery: “Capturing Sky,” April 25-Aug. 15. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. April 29. Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. >Painted Bride Arts Center: “Home,” through May 15. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. May 7. Painted Bride Arts Center Café Gallery, 230 Vine St.

>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 June. By appointment. 735 S. 50th St. 215-726-1106. www. >Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Picasso in Context,” through April 25; “Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris,” through May 2; “Marcel Wanders: Daydreams Now,” through June 13; “Interactions in Clay: Contemporary Explorations of the Collection,” through July; “Celebrating Picasso,” through June; “Informed by Fire: Highlights of American Ceramics,” through Spring; “Notations/Bruce Nauman: Giorni,” through May; “An Enduring Motif: The Pomegranate in Textiles,” through Spring; “The Platinum Process: Photographs from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century,” through May 23; “Willem Kalf and the Sumptuous Still Life in the John G. Johnson Collection,” through June 5; “Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz and the Stella Kramrisch Collections,” through June 25; “Arts of Bengal: Town, Temple, Mosque,” through August; 26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215-763-8100. www. >Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art: “Judith K. Brodsky: Memoir of an Assimilated Family,” through July 30. 615 N. Broad St. 215-627-6747. >Philadelphia Zoo: 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. >Plastic Club Art Gallery: “Open Theme Show- ‘Black and White’,” through April 23. 247 S. Camac St. 215-545-9324. >Please Touch Museum: “Exploring Trees Inside and Out,” through May 2; “There’s Something Under My Bed,” through May 9; Book Awards ceremony, April 23; Storybook Ball, 6-9 p.m. April 24. Other highlights this spring include special programming during “Earth Week” April 22-30; the “Spring Strings” concert series, May 7-10. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia. >Rosenbach Museum & Library: “Moore Adventures in Wonderland,” through June 6; “For Ruthie: Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak, and Their Young Philosophers,” through June 21; “Friend or

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Steve Harvey’s “Tear Your Mouth Out” tour hits the Liacouras Center 8 p.m. April 24. Tickets: $42.50$49.50. 1776 N. Broad St. 800-298-4200. www. Faux: Imitation and Invention from Innocent to Fraudulent,” through July 11. 2008-2010 Delancey Place. 215-732-1600. >Sol Mednick Gallery: “Fall River Boys,” through 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. 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; “Ceramic Interactions: Steve Keister,” through June 27; “Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania,” through July 11. 3260 South St. 215-898-4000. >Vox Populi Gallery: “Dead Flowers,” through May 2. 319 N. 11th St. 215-238-1236. >Wagner Free Institute of Science: “Third Annual Natural History Road Show,” noon-4 p.m. April 24. 1700 W. Montgomery Ave. 215-763-6529. >Wood Turning Center: “Magic Realism: Material Illusions,” through July 17. 501 Vine St. 215-923-8000.

Special events >Philadelphia Bar Association’s Law Week is noon-2 p.m. April 26May 3. Fumo Family branch, 2437 S. Broad St. Second Chance: Ex-offenders Workshop, hosted by state Rep. Kenyatta Johnson, is 6-9 p.m. April 30. Dixon House, 1920 S. 20th St. 215-952-3378. www.pahouse. com/johnson. Happy and Healthy Mom Fair is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 8. IKEA, 2206 South Columbus Blvd. Breast Cancer Charity Luncheon, benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 p.m. May 16. Tickets: $55. Paradiso Restaurant, 1627 E. Passyunk Ave. 609-332-1035.

Spring things Peddler’s Village: 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. 215-7944000. “Primavera—Festival of Music,” hosted by Bob Pantano of WOGL 98.1 and featuring the live sounds of Philly, is 3 to 7 p.m. May 2. Tickets: $25. Holy Family, 226 Hurffville Road, Sewell, N.J. 856-228-1616.

>Henry IV, Part I: Through May 2. Tickets: $10-$35. St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets. 215829-0395. >ROOMS a Rock Romance: Through May 2. Tickets: $19-$30 Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 267-987-9865. www.11thhourthe >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. >Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake): Through May 8. Tickets: $35-$45. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-665-9720. >Laughter on the 23rd Floor: Through May 8. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630. >When We Go Upon the Sea: Through May 10. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-123-4567. >Our Show of Shows: Through May 15. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-735-0630. www. >Girls Night: The Musical: Through May 23. Tickets: $49. Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St. 215893-1999. >If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: through May 30. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. 215-9221122. >Playwriting Class: Playwriting Fundamentals Or Facing The Blank Page with Bruce Graham, Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. through May 31. Cost: $265. Location: TBA. 215-242-2813. >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. 215-8931999. >Playwriting 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. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: May 14-29. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sanson St. 215-568-8077. www. Fiddler on the Roof: May 18-July 18. Tickets: $10-$70. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215-5743550. The Screwtape Letters: May 1930. Tickets: $25-$35. St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets. 215-829-0395. 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. adriennelive. 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. www.

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>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. www. 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. 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.. 215-468-4056.

Community and senior centers >Gershman Y: Discover Opera Class, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays through May 11. Tickets: $130; Pinhole Camera Workshop, 1-3 p.m. April 25. Tickets: $5-$15. 401 S. Broad St. 215545-4400. >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 26; “Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris” slide lecture, 1 p.m. April 29; Stiffel Book Club, 10:30 a.m. April 29. 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. Point Breeze Federation Inc.: 1248 S. 21st St. 215-334-2666. 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. Wharton Street Recreation Center: 2300 Wharton St. 215-685-1888. Wilson Park Senior Center: 2508 Jackson St. 215-684-4895.

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. 215-4632434. >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. >St. Simon the Cyrenian Protestant Episcopal Church: holds a “Gospel Disciples Gospel Concert 4 p.m., April 25. Donation: $7. “Great Jazz by the Joe Stevenson Group,” 25 p.m. May 15. Donation: $20. 22nd and Reed streets. 215-468-1926.

Flea market Neumann-Goretti H.S.: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 8. Tables: $10. Contact Kathy, 215-334-1946.. The Friends of the Donatucci Family Fun Day: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 15.; Rain date: May 22. Spaces: $15. 215-685-1755.

Libraries >Donatucci Sr. Library: 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. 215-685-1866.

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.

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

Reunions Recreation centers 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. 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; 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 2:304:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Students must provide their own supplies and will be given a list. 1200 Carpenter St. 215-685-1848. hawthornerec@ 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.

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 South Philadelphia High, class of 1954, May 2. The Mansion, Evesham and Kresson Roads, Voorhees, N.J. Harvey Cohen, 856-232-0113 or All Grade School, eighth-grade class of 1970 , Sept. 17 with Jerry Blavat. Galdo’s, 20th St. and Moyamensing Ave. Denise LaRosa, 215-334-7667 or Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti, classes of 1980, planning a combined reunion for September or October. Frank Monte, reunion1980@ or Facebook group Neumann Goretti 1980 Reunion .

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. www. 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.


St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church to Branson, Mo.: May 13-17. 215463-4623. Annunciation BVM Church Trip to Northern Italy: Sept. 24-Oct. 4. 215-519-1495. SPR

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hen a craving hits for a thick and filling baked parmigiana dish, there are numerous options. Chicken and veal might be the most popular, but others prefer taking a healthier approach. Debbie Robb of the 300 block of Mercy Street has just the recipe for those seeking greens with her Baked Zucchini Marinara. It has just the right combination of sauce, cheeses and of course veggies. All the dish needs is a side of garlic bread to scoop up all the excess gravy. SPR

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tamarind were alongside julienned scallions and cucumbers. We took child-like pleasure in stuffing the pancakes and eating them with our hands. Alexander has an appetite for life and fine food. He wanted a few more dishes. Although I was slowing down, it was fine with me. If we stopped, we would not have sampled Schulson’s super over-the-top Korean barbecue short ribs ($10). They were succulent and accented with kim che. King crab satay ($14) were equally fine. Succulent tender crab was simply placed on wooden skewers and needed little embellishment. At this point, Schulson came over to greet us. “I made your matzo ball soup,” he said. During Passover, I tweeted about my Asian-style matzo ball soup. Schulson wanted the recipe, so I e-mailed it to him. He sent over a bowl of ham and egg-

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fried rice, which Alexander and I agreed was just so-so. He also sent us desserts. Alexander is not a dessert eater. He does not care for sweets, but adores honey. A strawberry tart topped with meringue was a bit sweet, but I loved the coconut tart made with a chocolate crust. Service was a little spotty. We arrived at 7 p.m. and by 8 p.m., Sampan was almost solidly booked. Three tips of the toque to Sampan. SPR

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edamame, adds truffles and purees them into the consistency of baby food. The wrappers were thin with a bit of bite. They were floating in a light sake broth laced with shoots. King crab egg roll ($15) was a first for me and Alexander. He does not like crab meat, probably because he sampled some from the Gulf of Mexico, which I do not like either. I suspect Schulson uses Atlantic crab to fashion two cool, crispy rolls topped with a spicy pineapple chutney, miso and scallions. They were gone within a few moments. Tuna sashimi ($14) was an eye-appealing presentation of small chunks of first-rate, raw tuna scattered on a large white plate strewn with bits of creamy avocado. Tuna and avocado is a fine culinary marriage. We placed the fish and avocado on crispy crackers similar to naan and enjoyed. The chicken dumplings ($9) were a surprise. The minced chicken was nicely seasoned and stuffed into light wrappers with a light broth and microscopic bits of potatoes and rice. This would make a delicious soup on a cool evening. Duck is one of my favorite foods. Schulson looked to France for its unusual style and presentation of Peking duck ($17). The meat was shredded and arrived in a glass jar much like pork rillettes you would find in France. It was cooked in its own fat and for some reason, emitted an aroma of cinnamon, which I liked. Two bite-size, thin pancakes prepared with

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he words of the great food writer M.F.K. Fisher on sharing food (“Table for one” April 15) resonated in my mind throughout a sumptuous multi-course feast I shared with my friend Alexander at Sampan, Chef Michael Schulson’s 4-month-old Pan Asian restaurant on 13th Street’s restaurant row. Each dish we shared — save one — was bursting with flavor and prepared with top-quality ingredients. Elizabeth, our server, advised us that Schulson creates small, but not tiny plates because he wants his patrons to share each dish. Two days before our dinner, I went to Sampan for lunch and was recognized. I had a pork bahn mi ($7), a juicy succulent pork belly sandwich served on a hoagie roll topped with pickled cucumbers and carrots with a spicy mayonnaise-like sauce on the side. It comes with a bag of Utz chips and a fountain soda. I do not drink soda so I ordered iced tea ($2), which was on the weak side. That said, it is back to dinner. An icy cold Bombay Sapphire martini was wellpriced ($8.50). Alexander ordered a large Shichi Hon Yari sake ($40), which we shared. It arrived in a French carafe. Alexander adores truffles. We began with a mushroom salad ($11) and edamame dumplings ($7). The salad was a simple mound of baby greens tossed in a heady truffle vinaigrette. Less is, indeed, deliciously more. The dumplings are a Schulson signature dish. He cooks

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y sister Sandy works in a card and gift shop. She has told me about the last minute rush during every holiday. We know the culprits who save their Christmas shopping for Dec. 23 and head to the card store to find the shelves almost bare. Dear readers, I know many of you are procrastinators. You wait until the last day to go foraging for gifts and cards. Mother’s Day is May 9. Here, I will give you more than enough time to search for a special gift. Simply tear out my column, set it on your desk or tape it to the fridge. Here are my suggestions. Since the success of “Julie & Julia,” “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” made No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller’s list for the first time last summer. Written by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck, edited by Judith Jones at Knopf, this tome is the bible for French cooking in America. Since its first publication in 1961, “Mastering” has gone through numerous printings. The most recent ones were updated for those of us who use food processors.

My copy holds sentimental value. I found it in a used New Hope bookstore. The handwritten inscription reads: “To Ted and Dottie, bon appétit for all the good things of life!” Freddie and Charles, February, 1970. Charles was Paul Child’s twin brother. Freddie was his wife. I also recommend “The All New, All Purpose Joy of Cooking,” by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker. It’s an all-around book and encyclopedia because it runs the culinary gamut from A to Z. The only downfall: I do not care for the way the recipes are written. I like to see all the ingredients listed first followed by directions. My favorite authors include: Marcella Hazan for Italian cucina; Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, for global contemporary cooking: books by the late Sheila Lukens, such as “The Silver Palate;” and ones by my friend and mentor, Barbara Kafka. Her book “Roasting” won a James Beard award. If Mom enjoys the culinary literary style, I recommend works by the brilliantly

funny M.F.K. Fisher, including “How to Cook a Wolf,” “The Art of Eating” and M.F.K Fisher: “A Life in Letters.” “The Man Who Ate Everything” and “It Must Have Been Something I Ate” by Jeffrey Steingarten also are worth considering. He is a frequent judge on “Iron Chef America” and mixes culinary scholarship travels with witty thoughts. I am not a mom, but I would adore anyone who handed me $500 to go on a shopping spree at Fante’s Kitchen Wares. Setting me free in there is like setting Liz Taylor free in Cartier. I have a super well-equipped kitchen with a Wolf double wall oven, Wolf halogen induction cook top and a sub-zero refrigerator. It does not matter what type of appliances mom has, she loves her kitchen. I do not own a KitchenAid but if Mom

bakes, go for it. I use my Cuisinart and immersion blender all the time. There are a number of items I do not own, but Mom may like. I intend to purchase a mortar and pestle, a top-quality mandoline, a digital kitchen timer, a round mesh hand strainer to fish foods out of pots, good steak knives, a stainless steel hand-held colander and a stainless steel ladle. You may want to put together a basket of goodies and gadgets. It could include a bottle of extra-virgin olive oil, imported red wine vinegar, a jar of raw honey, French preserves, imported dry pasta from Italy, a can of San Marzano tomatoes and a jar of white anchovies along with a microplane, a colorful vegetable peeler, oven mitts, an apron, a meat thermometer and a spoon made from olive wood. If you are taking Mom to brunch on Mother’s Day, I guarantee you will be hungry by 8 p.m. You could set up a small buffet of bread, cheese, crackers, fresh fruit and wine. If your brunch was more like lunch, have breakfast for dinner by scrambling some eggs, add some ham or bacon, toast and put on a pot of coffee. SPR Comment at www.southphillyreview. com/food-and-drink/features.

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AMERICAN LEGION TRYOUTS Al Baur, left to right, Michael Riverso, and Mark Donato with the guidance of longtime coach Lou Spadaccini, back, have helped to make Neumann-Goretti a serious threat on the PIAA scene. S ta f f P h o t o b y G r e g B e z a n i s

three players. “It’s kind of a bittersweet year for me. We have a really strong team, but every game we play we get closer to the end. “I’ve never had to coach a game without one of those kids there.” When asked if he was considering moving on to the college ranks, Spadaccini couldn’t help but let out a little chuckle. Donato, a first baseman and pitcher, and Baur, a third baseman and pitcher, are both planning to attend a Florida-based junior college, while Riverso is staying north to attend La Salle University. Riverso, of the 2200 block of Juniper Street, said his coach is “one of a kind.” “He taught me most of my game,” the outfielder, infielder and reliever said. “I’ve been playing with him since I was 8. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if I would still be playing baseball today.” Riverso broke the news to Spadaccini earlier this month that the Saints were nationally ranked. For Donato, the bond extends well beyond the foul lines. “He is like a dad to me,” he said of Spadaccini. “You can talk to him about any-

thing you want.” For now, a lot of the talk is about taking care of the unfinished business of winning a state championship. Last spring, in their first-ever appearance in states, the Saints advanced to the Class AAA semifinals, but lost 9-4 to Abington Heights. The defeat was all the motivation Donato and his teammates needed to turn things up a notch. “I would love to win a state crown,” Riverso said. “I guess because we are now the favorites to win, everybody is going to try to knock us down.” No matter what happens along this final leg of the journey, the players and their coach will have a tough time forgetting how they brought Neumann-Goretti baseball back up from the ashes as last year’s title run ended a nearly five-decade championship drought. “It just proves to everyone how good of a coach he is and how much time he puts in to get us where we are,” Riverso said. SPR Contact Managing Editor Bill Gelman at or ext. 123. Comment at

The Del-Val Senators baseball team is holding tryouts for ages 16 to 19 5 p.m. May 1 and 2 at McNichol Field, 26th and Moore streets. Players must attend both sessions. Call Anthony, 267-402-8142 or Tim, 215-206-5235.


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 n o o n 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 open trycontinued on next page

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BUT THE PLAYERS knew all along that their friend, mentor and coach had what it took to make the Saints a championship caliber program. “I knew with Lou as our coach we could easily do it all if we put in the hard work every single day,” Baur, of Second and Daly streets, said. Donato, the reigning Blue Division MVP, shared a similar opinion. “He is the best coach I’ve ever had for any sport,” the resident of Third and Ritner streets said. “He keeps us sharp, we practice everyday and he never lets us slip up.” Spadaccini, who previously coached them as members of the Senators 9-yearold travel team and in the Delaware Valley Youth Athletic Association, based at 18th and Johnston streets, finds himself experiencing mixed emotions. “They’re like my own sons,” he said of the

The City High School All-Star football game is taking place May 13 at Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at or www.Ticketmaster. com. Tickets also will be sold the day of the event for $10. Parking is free and concessions will be open. All proceeds from the event benefit the game and the City High School AllStar Classic scholarship fund, which has provided scholarships totaling more than $250,000 to more than 500 students. Visit www.PhiladelphiaEagles. com.

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ou Spadaccini has a tough time picturing what life is going to be like without Al Baur, Mark Donato and Michael Riverso in his lineup. Besides being the only three seniors on Neumann-Goretti’s baseball team, the trio has been with their same coach since age 9. Come June, while the coach is staying put at 10th and Moore streets, the three Catholic League all-stars are moving on to the college level. Over the past decade, they’ve compiled quite the scrapbook of diamond memories, with one of the biggest — winning a Catholic League championship — coming during the 2009 season. Fittingly, on this farewell tour, the seniors and close friends plan on taking things a step further this spring by going out with a school-first PIAA state baseball title. The 9-1 Saints, who suffered their first defeat of the season Monday against Archbishop Carroll, were recently rated No. 19 nationally in a recent ESPN Rise Fab-50 poll. The amazing run marks quite a reversal of fortune from the ’07 season — Spadaccini’s first year at Neumann-Goretti — when the squad recorded just three victories.


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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 South Philadelphia mixed softball 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.


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, 215868-0860. For softball, call Coach Kim, 609-820-2662. Visit www.infosports. com/spsabres. SPR —By Bill Gelman

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$525,000 New construction, 5BD/3.5BA, garage parking, landscaped garden, contemporary kitchen, bamboo floors!

$169,900 Adorable 2BD/1.5BA, full dining room, beautiful kitchen, stainless appliances, nice yard.

Check out my website,, for amazing property photos and the best virtual tours online! NEW THIS WEEK! WEST OF BROAD $129,900 Beautifully renovated, 2BD/1.5BA, crown moldings, Jacuzzi tub, semifinished basement. WHITMAN $169,900 Newly renovated 3BD/1BA, updated kitchen, bright bedrooms, granite and stainless kitchen. EAST OF BROAD $349,000 Gorgeous 3BD/2.5BA, finished basement, stainless appliances, deck, great custom features!

$134,900 Newly renovated 3BD/1BA, beautiful kitchen, new flooring and carpeting, large rear yard.

PENNSPORT 1536 S 2nd $319,900 Triplex, pergo floors, large EIKs, small yard, nice sized bedrooms.

time to buy! Interest rates are the lowest

WHITMAN 327 Roseberry $119,900 Well-maintained 3BD/1BA, cute kitchen, wall to wall carpet, spacious yard.

available until June

an $8000 tax credit 2010!! There are many great homes out there and many sellers will

EAST OF BROAD 1030 Winton $99,900 Nice 2BD/1BA, needs some TLC, EIK, nice sized rear yard.

pay closing costs!

924 Tree $184,900 Charming new rehab, 3BD/1BA, spacious kitchen, hardwood floors, new carpet.

financing available through our mortgage company, Trident Mortgage.

$74,900 1538 S 27th Nice 3BD/1.5BA, new kitchen, new carpets, nice bedrooms, full basement. 1533 S 20th $95,000 Well priced duplex, fully occupied, great investment property! 2117 Mifflin $99,900 Newly updated 3BD/1BA porch front w/ semi-finished basement, new kitchen, cherry cabinets, stainless appliances. 2024 S Garnet $143,500 European inspired 3BD/1BA, Victorian details, custom kitchen, family room.

$149,000 New construction 3BD/2BA, finished basement, stainless and granite kitchen, deck, lots of windows!

1528 S 20th $194,900 Great 3BD/2.5BA, large LR, granite counters, hardwood floors, whirlpool tub. 1429 S 19th $219,900 Totally redone! Duplex with new flooring, modern kitchens, new beds and baths. ITALIAN MARKET/AVE OF THE ARTS 1326 S Broad 4F $219,900 Unbelievable 1BD/1BA, deeded parking, roof deck, modern kitchen and bath. 526 Sigel



$169,900 Deep and wide 3BD/1BA, with garage, large living room, deck and lots of closets.

BUSINESS/INVESTMENT 2647 Reed $89,900 Fully occupied duplex! Great opportunity! 1226 S 3rd $650,000 25 seat bar w/ separate dining area, rear cooking area, powder rooms, 3BD living space upstairs, includes liquor license!

ASK FOR 1114-18 S Front $675,000 Great commercial opportunity in a high traffic area, 5200 sq ft, office MIKE MCCANN space, garage. $159,900 2030 Sigel $66,900 Nice 2BD/1.5BA, hardwood floors, RENTALS Great 3BD/1BA, new windows, large kitchen, small outdoor space, half 215-440-8345 415-17 Moore â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Garage $3195/mo modern kitchen, currently rented. finished basement with powder room. )7731)5+-:)5,51+-9-)9@)9, >15,6>.<33;13-,@)9,/)::;=/9-);36+)3-

-9*-9)97-;)5,+-5;9)3)1965,-:19)*3-*36+2 WEST OF BROAD 1540 S Marston $39,900 Great starter home 3BD/1BA, lots of light, modern kitchen and bath.


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827 Cross $229,900 Nice 2BD/1BA, original hardwood floors, EIK, great closet space.

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2635 Dickinson $72,900 Recently renovated 3BD/1BA, currently rented.

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817 Federal $199,900 Charming 3BD/1BA, cherry hardwood floors, patio/garden.

$369,900 Beautiful 3BD/2BA, den, custom kitchen, roof access, exposed brick, hardwood floors, finished basement.

Now is truly the

415-17 Moore $325,000 Huge garage â&#x20AC;&#x201C; runs street to street! Fits more than 20 automobiles, offices with bathrooms.

2320 S Lee $169,900 Beautiful, porch front 3BD/1.5BA, many upgrades, high ceilings, newer kitchen.

$149,900 Great 3BD/1BA, spacious LR, great light, new brick façade, good storage.


2644 Reed $69,900 Renovated 3BD/2BA, great starter, partially finished basement.

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