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“The Tiger Woods scandal, because people don’t put God in their lives and allow their selfish acts to affect those close to them.” Dolores Marino, Ninth and Mountain streets

“The inauguration of President Barack Obama, as it seemed improbable for him in overcoming a position held by the Republican Party for two consecutive terms and becoming the first African-American president.” Dave Sinkovits, 10th and Dickinson streets

“Medical reform. It’s definitely needed, yet isn’t being handled right, as was shown last week when it was snuck in on Christmas Eve.” Matt Woosley, Sixth and Ritner streets

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To the Editor: To the people who shovel out their cars and then put a trash can or lawn chair in the spot to prevent people from parking, there a couple of salient points: 1) The street in front of your house is public property where all people have the right to park. You don’t own the spot in front of your house despite the presence of your crappy lawn furniture. 2) There is no Constitutional right to park in front of your house. (I know this will surprise some people — probably the same people who think there is a Constitutional right to smoke.) 3) The fact you broke your back shoveling out your car entitles you to be able to move your car out in to the street — and nothing else. Give yourself some credit for the elbow grease. Don’t ruin it by being a shmuck. 4) The person who might park in the spot you shoveled also shoveled out his/her car and probably couldn’t park in that spot because someone else parked there. 5) If you have a parking spot in your rear driveway and you put a chair in front of your house to preserve that spot, you are officially an idiot. 6) If you don’t want someone to park in front of your house, then don’t move your car and take the bus or train for a change. It’s cheap and you don’t have to pay for parking. 7) People have been shot over parking spots after snowstorms. Putting out a chair tempts many unbalanced people into a confrontation with you. Think about that when you put a chair out. On a serious note, there are many examples of neighbors helping neighbors in a snowstorm by shoveling out their neighbor’s car or helping the elderly get to doctor’s appointment, etc. Let’s follow their example instead. Richard C. DeMarco South Philadelphia

O holey nights To the Editor: On Christmas morning, the neighbors of the Moyamensing AvenueBigler Street area woke up to slashed tires. Then it happened again the day

after Christmas. I want to thank those wonderful children and their parents for such a lovely gift! I wonder if they would like to pay for all the damage done. Silvia Puglia Velykis South Philadelphia

Furry face of bravery To the Editor: With regard to Michael Vick and The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, I would like to invite all Philadelphians to witness a real profile in courage. I invite them to meet my 15-year-old pit bull, Sarge, who was rescued in 2008 from a dog-fighting/ breeding operation in South Philadelphia. Sarge was used as a bait dog to train other dogs to fight and he still carries the scars, disfigurations and fractured teeth of his horrific past. Yet despite this, Sarge is now a certified therapy dog for Pals for Life ( and he visits elderly people in nursing homes throughout Philadelphia. He also visits schoolchildren in Germantown to educate them on the humane treatment of animals, especially pit bulls. That’s a real profile in courage. I challenge Michael Vick to walk a mile in Sarge’s shoes and see how a true hero behaves. Kim Wolf Roxborough

Glee: The Sequel To the Editor: One of the goals Osama bin Laden hoped to achieve in the scene of the World Trade Center unraveling was crisis and collapse in the American economy. The economy, fueled by real money that stayed in the private sector assuring investors the economy was healthy, shook it off. From the governmental, the-sky-will-fallif-we-do-nothing theft of Americans’ money, ostensibly for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, to the current unraveling of the American economical empire, Osama bin Laden must be smiling with glee. In addition to reckless disregarding and pilfering the earnings of Americans, after the Senate voted “no” to

giving Americans’ money to General Motors and Chrysler, President George W. Bush unconstitutionally usurped the Senate’s authority and gave TARP money to the car companies, which made them worse instead of helping them. This made it easier for President Barack Obama to acquire majority shares in the car companies, bringing a final end to these American institutions, and use the assets to pursue his goal of economic parity for all Americans. Government-owned enterprises like Amtrak, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and now General Motors and Chrysler, can never go bankrupt because they always have the taxpayers’ pocket to pick when they make no profit or waste money foolishly. They have perpetual bailout. Such would be government health care in place of the efficient health system we have now. As more companies and industries are owned by the federal government (unconstitutionally) and companies close, jobs are lost and markets and all tax revenues shrink, the end of disparate wealth is being accomplished through thievery (excessive taxing) and the dismantling of industries and the labor force. Obama’s hope of social justice (economic equality) will ultimately be realized through his wealth redistribution and Osama’s goal will be achieved through Obama. Alfred Essex South Philadelphia Comment on these letters or topics at

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28-year-old was shot to death and a 21-year-old injured at about 2:30 a.m. Monday on the 2700 block of Marshall Street. Ggon Goods, from the 1000 block of South 12th Street, took a bullet to the chest and was pronounced dead at 4:48 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Officer Jill Russell of the Police Public Affairs Unit said. The 21-year-old from Coatesville took a bullet to her left hand and was transported to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in stable condition. Homicide detectives cited an argument as the motive for the shooting, but it is unclear how the victims were involved, Russell said. To report information, call the Homicide Division at 215-686-3334/5.

Bump leads to stabbing An 18-year-old was knifed three times in the back by a woman she accidentally bumped into on the street, police said. The victim transported herself to HUP, where she was in stable condition with three puncture wounds to the middle of her back, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. At about 12:10 p.m. Christmas Eve, the teen was walking on the 1800 block of Manton Street when she passed three females, brushing the shoulder of one. The victim told police the woman she bumped then pulled a kitchen knife, placed her in a bear hug and started to stab her in the back. The knife-wielding attacker and her friends ran from the scene in an unknown direction. The armed woman was described as black, about age 25, about 5-foot-7 with a medium build and a light complexion. She had on a blue winter jacket with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old Navyâ&#x20AC;? embroidered on the front. The victim was unable to provide police with a description of the other two females. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.

Shot once An exchange of insults between a group of Asian and white teens led to one of the

latter being shot, police said. The 18-year-old was outside on the 200 block of Sigel Street smoking a cigarette with some friends when about six to eight Asian males entered the vicinity. The insults started to fly shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, with the Asian males taking off, only to be allegedly tailed by the others. One of the Asian teens allegedly produced a gun and fired a round at the group that was believed to be trailing them, striking the 18-year-old once in his buttocks, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detectives said. The Asian males took off on foot, going west toward Moyamensing Avenue, while the wounded party was transported to HUP, where he was treated and released. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-686-3013.

OfďŹ cer injured A man allegedly attacked a 4th District cop who was arresting him for a suspected DUI on the 2600 block of South Sixth Street. The incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detectives said. While the officer was affecting the arrest, the suspect, Brian Conde, aka Keith Conde, allegedly punched her in the face, causing both parties to fall to the ground. The officer sustained a head injury when she hit the sidewalk, Tolliver said. Responding officers arrived, subdued the man from the block where the incident took place, and took him into custody, charging him with DUI, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and resisting arrest. The officer was taken to Methodist Hospital, where she was treated for a concussion and a laceration to the back of her head, as well as bruises to her thighs and scrapes to her arms. She was released at 3:30 a.m. Sunday. SPR All Review police-, court- and ď&#x192;&#x17E;re-related items are collected from or veriď&#x192;&#x17E;ed by ofď&#x192;&#x17E;cial sources. Items are roughly prioritized by urgency or news value. If you have already reported an incident or missing person to police and would like to inform us, call crime reporter Lorraine Gennaro at Contact Staff Writer Lorraine Gennaro at or ext. 124. Comment at




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esidents not only proved they could survive in 2009, they thrived. No matter what came their way, South Philadelphians rolled with the punches, from fighting for City services, including libraries, engine companies, pools and parades, that were being eyed for cutbacks and closures to saying goodbye to people and places that were woven into the fabric of the community. The Big Economic Meltdown of 2008 bled into 2009, but each and every turn was handled with a single-minded approach: We will make it through this and we will make it better. Even the loss of the World Series crown, no matter how heartbreaking, was tinged with a “we’ll get ’em next time” attitude — something the City hasn’t seen in ages. Here is the a recap of South Philly’s big bounce back from 2009’s throes of woe:

Annunciation B.V.M. student Saadiq Jones was invited to Washington, D.C., to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Rebound January In the face of last-minute budget cuts that plagued the City, the Mummers’ Parade managed to march on the coldest New Year’s Day in 11 years. Donations for the Save the Mummers movement came from Geno’s Steaks, Verizon, the Delaware Valley Regional Economic Development Fund, Forman Mills and everyday fans who visited President Barack Obama took office and became the nation’s first African-American president. George W. Childs Elementary student Nina Wilson traveled to D.C. for the inauguration, as did Annunciation B.V.M. student Saadiq Jones. Other students in the city watched the historic event on television during class.

Three locals competed in the 2009 Wing Bowl after proving their might over the airwaves during a local radio morning show. Daniel “The Big Bambino” Carpino, from the 2500 block of Sartain Street, scarfed down 24 large raviolis, while Steven “The Gavone” Mangini, from Sixth and Reed streets, tore through a pound of ravioli in

three minutes. John “Stormin’ Norman” Tiska, from the 2400 block of South Front Street, inhaled a 16inch pizza in seven.

February After months of controversy, Judge Idee Fox dismissed the City’s request to close 11 libraries. Another hearing took place in June, where the judge ruled in the libraries’ favor once again. Scenes for “Law Abiding Citizen,” a film that premiered in October, were shot on the west side of the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge. Jamie Foxx, Richard Portnow and Gerard Butler starred in the film. The Neumann-Goretti Saints took the Catholic League crown in an 86-53 victory over Roman Catholic. This was the fifth time this decade the basketball team fought the Cahillites for the title, and the third time they won. The third public budget forum drew about 500 residents, who voiced their ideas to counter the City’s money woes, to host-site St. Monica’s Catholic School, 16th and Porter streets. Some were concerned about City-paid cars, while others wanted to know about pensions.

March More than 400 protesters from the United Steelworkers Union marched from City Hall to Sunoco’s corporate headquarters at 1735 Market St., demanding the company keep jobs at the refineries at 3144 W. Passyunk Ave. and Marcus Hook it had planned to cut. The two parties eventually came to an agreement that avoided all proposed layoffs. The federal corruption trial against Vincent Fumo ended after five months. The


At left, Daniel “The Big Bambino” Carpino, left, and John “Stormin’ Norman” Tiska take a bite out of the competition prior to the Wing Bowl. Above, center, a scene for “Law Abiding Citizen” was shot on the west side of the Platt Memorial Bridge. Above, right, family members and friends of Dominique Smith and Harvey Lewis mourned the loss of the teens and joined the community at a peace rally at the location of their murders. File photos

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May Fifteen Edward Bok Tech students continued to spend their after-school hours making over a home at 907 Cantrell St. into a suitable living space. The teens painted over graffiti, added plumbing and installed lighting fixtures in the one-time drug house that was confiscated by the City. Members of the Coalition to Save the Libraries, including representatives from the Fumo and Queen Memorial branches, testified before City Council in the last public session before a vote on the budget. Although the mayor withdrew his appeal to close 11 libraries, the budget crunch imposed 111 system-wide layoffs forcing some locations to unexpectedly close early or open late. A few residents in Universal Companies homes on the 2300 block of Cross Street said their two-year-old abodes were in need of repairs, while others battled to be rid of back taxes on their newly acquired properties they said were not of their making. A representative of the community revitalization company based at 800 S. 15th St. said the nonprofit was working with homeowners to address the issues. continued on page 11

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Talk of a new hiking/walking/biking trail along Columbus Boulevard and the Delaware River got under way with PennPraxis hired by the Central Delaware Advisory Group to revamp the waterfront into a scenic, seven-mile path stretching from North Philadelphia’s Allegheny Avenue to Oregon Avenue. Citizens’ Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, based at 1137 Wharton St., planned to hit the brakes on its street and sidewalk sweeping, graffiti removal, bulk trash pickup, vacant lot abatement and the like in the wake of the Vince Fumo guilty verdict. Former Citizens’ Alliance head Ruth Arnao was tried with the former state senator and found guilty of 45 counts of defrauding the nonprofit. The 70th anniversary of contralto Marian Anderson’s historic Easter show at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was celebrated inside the Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, 762 S. Broad St., with a concert that featured five Marian Anderson scholars. More than 1,000 people came to the Bra Buddha Ransi Temple at Sixth and

Ritner streets to start off the Cambodian New Year. Participants danced and grilled food, while children fired off Silly String to celebrate the Year of the Ox. The alleged killers of Harvey Lewis and Dominique Smith were arrested using Harvey’s Philadelphia Police Explorer Cadet Program handcuffs. The 15-year-old from the 1100 block of South 20th Street, who took a bullet to the back of the head along with his 17-year-old friend from the 1400 block of South 32nd Street, was enrolled in the program that works with teens interested in a career in law enforcement.

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REBOUND continued from page 9 Many, including The American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., were worried about cuts to the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission’s History and Museum Grant Program as lawmakers were hashing out the state budget and grant applications were put on hold. The Philadelphia Job Corps Life Science Institute, which offers job-related training and high school diploma or GED courses, belatedly celebrated its grand opening at 2800 S. 20th St. after a move the previous year from its West Philadelphia home of 20 years.





Those with ties to the area, including St. Maria Goretti alum and DJ Angel Donato and CAPA grads Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, recalled, with a mix of admiration and shock, the life and unexpected death of Michael Jackson. Just as quickly as proposed cuts that would change the hours of Medic 11, Engine 49, 13th and Shunk streets, and Medic 35, Ladder 5, Broad and Fitzwater streets, circulated, City officials reversed their decision after calls from residents, firefighters and paramedics poured in expressing concern. Vince Fumo was sentenced to 55 months in federal prison and Judge Ronald L. Buckwalter ordered the ex-senator to pay more than $2 million in restitution to lo-

Animal activists brandished signs that read “Vick is sick” and “Vick gets $1.5 million, dogs get death” outside Lincoln Financial Field, but fans cheered Michael Vick, who served 19 months in federal prison for dogfighting, as he made his debut as an Eagle. Passyunk Avenue is not new, but new groups of consumers have discovered its eclectic shops and diverse eateries. “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Nightman Cometh Live” sold out its two show at the Tower Theatre fast, but it wasn’t the only stop for the FX comedy’s creator, Rob McElhenney, formerly of Dickinson Street and Moyamensing Avenue, and his cast. The hit went to New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles all while launching its fifth season. The Passyunk Square Civic Association wrapped up a pilot program to remove trash continued on next page

The mayor urged the passing of the state budget — as well as the approval of a 1 percent sales tax hike — in order to avoid the activation of Plan C, aka the Doomsday Budget, which threatened the loss of 3,000 workers and the closure of various departments throughout the city. The nonprofit Mighty Writers opened up at 1501 Christian St. with the goal of helping kids age 7 to 18 tame the written word through free workshops such as “Girl Power Poetry” and “Write Change.” The post office at 1713 S. Broad St. was under the microscope as the U.S. Postal Service tried to close a potential $700 million budget gap. It was one of 677 being looked at by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The economic downturn affected backto-school shopping and local shoppers scouted deals at Target, 1 Mifflin St., WalMart, 1675 S. Columbus Blvd., and Ikea, 2206 S. Columbus, relying heavily on store brands and sales.

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The area’s second farmers market opened up shop on Broad and South streets and the fresh strawberries were a hit with the urban crowd. Packer Park residents lashed out during a meeting with American C&D Logistics LLC representatives over a possible construction and demolition waste transfer facility that was eyeing 26th Street and Penrose Avenue. Angry parents rallied outside A.S. Jenks Elementary School, 2501 S. 13th St., after rumors of numerous employee transfers circulated. The protest started a dialogue with the district about changes at the school. Empty pools as schools prepared to close and summer heated up prompted protests at Chew Playground, 19th Street and Washington Avenue, and Stinger Square, 3200 Reed St., which were both victims of budget cuts. Other pools expected to stay dry were Barry Playground, 18th and Bigler streets; O’Connor Pool, 26th and South streets; and Sacks Playground, Fourth Street and Washington.

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Above, in-season strawberries were a hot seller for Amos Stoltzfus, an Amish farmer from Quarryville, at a new farmers’ market at Broad and South streets. At left, former state Sen. Vince Fumo was sentenced to 55 months in a federal prison after being found guilty on 137 corruption charge.

cal organizations. Kids flocked to Uncle David’s Universal Playground at 15th and Catharine streets. The $750,000 park, a collaboration of Universal Companies Chairman Kenny Gamble and philanthropist David Pincus, is an environmentally friendly area with a jungle gym, swing set, merry-go-round, gazebo and hippopotamus water fountain. Philadelphia Peaceful Surrender at True Gospel Tabernacle, 1606 Mifflin St., allowed those with outstanding arrest warrants to clear their cases and get their lives back on track. Comcast-Spectacor revealed its blueprints for Philly Live! to the city’s Planning Commission. The complex will house restaurants and retail stores.

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stepped up at South Philadelphia High after student fights ended in 10 suspensions and a boycott of classes by some AsianAmericans, who said they felt unsafe at the school. The students did return to class after an eight-day walkout, but not before countless meeting with school officials, parents and community leaders. In these tough economic times, the Mummers came up with cost-saving strategies for their shows to go on. By picking themes that called for less expensive props and costumes, using material from years past for floats and props and trimming costs wherever they could, such as eliminating phone and cable bills at club houses, many groups were able to reduce their overall budgets. SPR

October The Columbus Day Parade was called off, though the Marconi Plaza festival went on. Parade organizers raised almost $20,000 for the 53-year-old tradition along Broad Street, but fell short of the required $52,000. The library system launched new hours to counter staff shortages brought on by a hiring freeze. To reach the largest number of citizens, a five-day week and paired branches, including all those in South Philly, were put into motion so people could use alternative locations when their closest branch was closed. All branches remained closed on Sundays. Fresh For All came to Front and Tasker streets to give away donated fruits and vegetables to residents in need. Headed by hunger relief organization Philabundance, 3616 S. Galloway St., the latter wanted to make sure healthy eating wasn’t cut out because of money woes. Every building at the sports complex was filled to capacity with the Phillies facing the Yankees in the World Series at Citizens Bank Park, Pearl Jam wrapping up four nights at the Wachovia Spectrum, which was also the venue’s final show, the Eagles hosting the New York Giants, and Sixers and Flyers games at the Wachovia Center.

November Local fans kept their hopes high during

Above, patrons dined al fresco on a summer night at Mexican eatery Cantina Los Caballitos, 1651 E. Passyunk Ave., and enjoyed the growing nightlife along the strip. At right, Pearl Jam rocked over four nights and was the final act to play the 42-year-old Spectrum. The final two concerts by the Seattle-based band were part of a dizzying roster of events at the sports complex.

Though the Marconi Plaza Festival went on, the Columbus Day Parade failed to make its annual trek down Broad Street due to a lack of funds. the World Series, but in the end, the Phillies lost the best-of-seven match-up to the Yankees. Passionate and ready to defend their respective teams to the death, the Series was relatively quiet with fans happy to be able to hit games so close to their home stadiums. Holiday giving was alive and well with a 24-hour canned food-a-thon at the McDonald’s at 2851 Grays Ferry Ave. and Philabundance hosting its Annual Turkey Round-up. Horace Furness High School, 1900 S. Third St., Southern Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., and Edwin H. Vare Middle School, 2100 S. 24th St., were labeled Persistently Dangerous Schools by the state. All 25 schools on the list were in Philadelphia. Dorothy and her companions from “The Wizard of Oz”

were splashed on an 8-by-12-foot canvas outside of the Charles Santore Library Branch, 932 S. Seventh St. The artist — Charles Santore — is the son of the library’s namesake and a fundraiser was held following the unveiling at the Saloon, 750 S. Seventh, which his younger brother Richie Santore owns.

December Movie star Kevin Bacon and his Emmy-winning composer brother Michael — musically known as The Bacon Brothers — performed a benefit concert for the Mummers. The two-man band, the local strutters and Philadelphia songwriter/producer Walter “Bunny” Sigler also recorded a fresh version of the brothers’ “New Year’s Day.” Police and security were

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LIFESTYLES continued from page 13 for opening day. Though she is used to the spotlight, the arena is a new outlet for the performer and one she is thriving in. “In the college or university setting for dance, you don’t necessarily get as many performance opportunities because I used to compete and perform with a number of companies locally,” McCloskey said. “Also, I had never worked in sports or entertainment and that [prospect] was exciting.” AS ONE OF the four original teams in the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League that began play in 1987, the Wings have withstood multiple reassignments and have managed to maintain their name, logo and distinction as the only group to play all of its seasons in the same city. Additionally, the squad has the most championship titles in combined league history. This year, as a 12-year member of the National Lacrosse League, the Wings are embarking on their 22nd season in the City of Brotherly Love. “The team is relatively new in terms of the league as a whole,” McCloskey said of lacrosse’s still-burgeoning status as a spectator sport. “But in that short amount of time, to establish such a professional

[dance] group is amazing.” Indeed, the Wings may not draw Eagle- or Phillie-size crowds — yet — but they have long been the gold standard in the NLL, averaging a league-high 12,000 in attendance for their opening-season matches. Local fans take the same spirit expressed for the football field and baseball diamond to the inside of the Wachovia Center, causing one former Wing, Geoff Snider, to comment to in 2007, “The Philly fans are great. They are very loyal and they get behind it. I got a standing ovation once for a roughing penalty. I’d never seen anything like that before.” To soften the brutal play, and perhaps make things a little easier on the eyes, the Angels take the field when the Wings are on the sidelines. Their signature white boots and shorts with a red, black and white top complemented by silver pompoms have become a mainstay at games. “Last year, I knew two girls who auditioned and were a part of the squad, but I wasn’t old enough to audition,” McCloskey said. “I always kind of kept the idea in the back of my mind.” When auditions rolled around for the 2010 season, McCloskey was ready and set out in the morning hours to get a head start. “Well, my roommate and I got there really early … and of course we walked around the

whole building to find the entrance,” McCloskey said of her first trip to the Wachovia Center. “They had veterans auditioning alongside you. It wasn’t intimidating at all. They were talking with the potential candidates and they were super-nice.” After Stephanie, the captain, taught a typical Wings-style number, the hopefuls performed and were evaluated on their technical execution and overall performance by a panel of judges that included Wings’ player Bill McGlone, Angels coaches Dana Theil and Debbie Lynch and members of the Wings front office. The girls awaited the decisions and 20 lucky dancers — which included McCloskey and her roommate Rachael Keppel — were told they made it to the interview round. “At the interview, I was really nervous. I went in and tried to present myself well. I got to talk to Debbie and Dana, maybe 10 minutes at the most,” McCloskey, whose interview was a few days after the tryout, said. “They were so nice and they made sure I’d be comfortable with the whole process.” With both Keppel and McCloskey making the squad, the roommates jumped right in to ready themselves for the season. “It was kind of scary since shooting our calendar was the first thing,” McCloskey said of the $5 date-keeper that will be available for purchase in early January. “It

hasn’t been too large of a time commitment. We’ve only had a few appearances. There are eight or nine games for the season. I’m excited for the games.” With practices at the Pennsport School of Dance, 1632 S. Second St. — as Theil is part owner of the studio — and rehearsals set to begin at Sweat, 1509 E. Passyunk Ave., in the near future, McCloskey has been getting a good look at her new home. “It seems like my location is right in the middle of everything,” the Graduate Hospital area resident said. “You can walk to the shops on Chestnut and Walnut or you can walk down South Street. “I’ve been trying to explore the city this year and since [South Philly] is the direction I always enter and exit the city, I have my sights set on a few places.” Despite the fact she has yet to try a cheesesteak (though it’s a priority on her to-do list), McCloskey thinks her new neighborhood and new team fit her like a glove. “It’s been amazing. The team has been so nice and so able to welcome the new girls with open arms,” McCloskey, who aspires to be a Broadway dancer, said. “It’s so much fun and the process is a really fun, creative outlet where you can let loose and forget the stresses of school.” SPR Comment at

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Questions for 2010

14) If gay marriage really threatens your straight marriage, did you ever consider you might be gay? 1) Just what is there about the old year that 15) Why do we revile Tiger Woods and worship Derek Jeter? Answer: Tiger is makes you think the new one will be married. happy? 2) Do you think Alan Greenspan wears 16) Why is it we can catch Roman Polanski but not Osama bin Laden? a silly hat and toots a horn on New Year’s Eve? 17) Why is it easier to crash a White House party than board a plane? 3) Isn’t the Mummers’ Parade really the Gay Pride Parade with string bands? 18) If you were an intern, would you reNot that there’s anything wrong with ally be attracted to David Letterman? that. 19) Who do you think 4) Do folks get drunk is more talented — Did you ever think you on New Year’s Eve Paris Hilton or Kim because they: Kardashian? would get nostalgic for a) Hate their date? 20) At which is Andy John Street? Reid more successb) Miss Guy LomTell me again how bardo? ful: Answering quesc) Fear Sarah Palin Michael Vick is contributing tions at his Monday press conferences or is getting ready to the community? losing weight? to run for president? 21) Should the Phillies require a cardiologist on the premises on Dollar Dog d) All of the above? Nights? 5) If Texas and Alabama are playing for the National Championship Jan. 7, 22) If Ed Snider’s teams never win a championship, why is it we still call what the hell are all the other Bowl him “Mr. Snider?” games about? 6) Do you know anyone who gets excited 23) Will Kanye West and Taylor Swift ever record a duet together? about the Parade of Roses in Pasadena? 24) Regarding the latest recording trend 7) Just how many people do you think will in duets, have the lines been crossed really have a “Happy” New Year? when Andrea Bocelli is teamed with 8) Have we lost something as a nation Mary J. Blige or the Muppets? when we trade Dick Clark for Ryan 25) If Bruce Springsteen gets any older, Seacrest? will he have to change his anthem to 9) How do you think we South Philadel“Born to Limp?” phians decided on roast pork instead of 26) Did you ever think you would get nosturkey on New Year’s Day? Was it just talgic for John Street? the pig’s turn? 27) Tell me again how Michael Vick is 10) Is the fact New Year’s Day is a holy contributing to the community? day of obligation requiring attendance at Mass just an example of the church’s 28) Did you get turned on watching Tom DeLay doing the pasodoble on “Dancfinely tuned sense of irony? ing with the Stars?” 11) If a person is bisexual, is their sex drive twice as strong or is it the same 29) Are we really ready for Gov. Rendell to present a new budget to Harrisburg as everyone else’s except it’s split 50lawmakers in February? 50 between the sexes? 12) Are the Vegas odds higher that Allen 30) Will the current trend of BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurants be folIverson makes it to practice on time lowed by BYOFs (bring your own or we really begin withdrawing troops food)? And wouldn’t this benefit resfrom Afghanistan by July 2011? taurants that serve lousy food? 13) If you’re an agnostic, do you get to celebrate all religious holidays or none Comment at them? Maybe they’re not sure. styles.

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr., center) and faithful Dr. Watson (Jude Law) team up with Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams) to foil a world-domination plot.

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s the cheeky title character in “Sherlock Holmes,” iron man Robert Downey Jr. beefs up his already-substantial likability, playing the detective as a delightfully mischievous mad genius, while spinning campy dialogue into gold with his pitch-perfect delivery. Sporting a thick, tousled coif and an even thicker English accent, the 44-year-old Golden Globe nominee is the No. 1 reason to fork over the ticket price — which many did as the film opened at No. 2 at the box office last weekend — for this fun and funny action-comedy, a stylized rebirth of the super-sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Reason No. 2 is the technique of director Guy Ritchie, who brings both polish and his signature Brit grit to his first major Hollywood movie. Not since “Snatch” has a Ritchie film been this enjoyable, and he’s probably looking at a very fruitful franchise. His “Holmes” is dark and rough, with plenty of raucous mayhem and reckless abandon, as well as light and humorous, with more than a few laughs hinged on a rather unambiguous bromance between the legendary detective and his faithful sidekick, Dr. Watson (Jude Law). Ritchie guides his actors through his murky vision of 1890s London, its exteriors cloud-covered and highly industrial, and its interiors strewn with a carefully detailed hodgepodge of trinkets and gadgets. The color scheme is decidedly monochromatic, thrown off only by the flamboyant garb of Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), a cunning American seductress from Holmes’ past. Fights, chases and suspenseful tight spots are energized by the strums and thumps of Hans Zimmer’s distinctive

score, and streamlined by James Herbert’s slick, nimble editing. In formal terms, “Sherlock Holmes” is exquisitely put together. I didn’t much care about the outcome of the story, which concerns a Dan Brown-esque conspiracy and a death-defying dark lord (Mark Strong). It’s the game that makes this movie rollicking entertainment. That, and of course, Downey Jr., whose career comeback keeps getting better.

Sherlock Holmes PG-13 Three reels out of four In area theaters now

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Glee: Season 1, Volume 1 –Road to Sectionals Not Rated Available now Forget “High School Musical.” Co-created by Ryan Murphy (“Nip/Tuck”) and co-starring funny gal Jane Lynch (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”), the hit Fox series “Glee” is the ultimate venue for tuneful teens, especially since these teens are portrayed by such extraordinary vocalists as Broadway starlet Lea Michele and newcomer Amber Riley. Sure, the plot details are preposterous, but the musical numbers are sensational, often surpassing the classic and contemporary pop songs on which they’re based. Like Journey? The Rolling Stones? Rihanna? Wait’ll you hear the “Glee” kids. SPR Comment on these movies or reviews and see the trailers at

National Constitution Center presents “Diana: A Celebration” through Dec. 31. 525 Arch St. 215-409-6700. www. “Scapin” ends its run Jan. 3. Tickets: $20-$35. St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets. 215-829-0395. www. Philadelphia Art Alliance features “State of the Union: Contemporary Craft in Dialogue” through Jan. 3. 251 S. 18th St. 215-545-4302. “The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon” colors the world through Jan. 3. Tickets: $15-$27. Prince Music Theater, 1412 Chestnut St. 215893-1999. Gen. Meade’s Birthday Celebration and Champagne Toast raises a glass noon Dec. 31. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave. 215-228-8200. www.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 3-Movie Marathon hits the screen 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Tickets: $52.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. Muse Gallery showcases “Horses” Jan. 1-30. Receptions are 5-8:30 p.m. Jan. 1 and 9. 52 N. Second St. 215-627-5310. Hype!’s Recovery Day Jam kills the pain 7 p.m. Jan. 2. Tickets: $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. Soulfege brings its hip-hop, reggae, funk and west African highlife sound to town 8 p.m. Jan. 3. Tickets: $13-$15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-2221400. Philadelphia Sketch Club displays “Society of Illustrators, New York” Jan. 4-30. 235 S. Camac St. 215-545-9298. www.


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Absence of Worry: 7 p.m. Jan. 9. Tickets: $15. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215-922-6888. Nick Jonas and The Administration: 8 p.m. Jan. 9. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877598-8696. Mario: 9 p.m. Jan. 9. Tickets: $40-$43. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. www. Marc-Andre Hamelin: 8 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets: $23. Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. 215-569-8080. www. D.R.I.: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets: $16.50-$18. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215-922-6888. War and the Average White Band: 8 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets: $35-$45. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Bronze Radio Return: 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215222-1400. Travia: 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Tickets: $15. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215-9226888.

Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven: 8 p.m. Jan. 16. Tickets: $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. Satisfaction: A Rolling Stones Experience: 8 p.m. Jan. 16. Tickets: $28.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. Nile: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Tickets: $18.50-$22. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215-922-6888. Brian Fallon: 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Tickets: $15. First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St. 215-922-6888. www. Anvil: 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Tickets: $20-$52. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. www. Arch Enemy: 8 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets: $15-$23. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. www. Transistor Rodeo: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215222-1400. Elvis Birthday Bash: 8 p.m. Jan. 22. Tickets: $34.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Matt Hires: 9:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Tickets: $13-$15. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www.

Shawn Mullins and Jeffrey Gaines: 8 p.m. Jan. 26. Tickets: $30-$40. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Epica: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets: $17-$45. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215922-6888. Wale: 8 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets: $18-$21. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. www. Expendables: 8 p.m. Jan. 29. Tickets: $11.25-$18. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. Angela Meade: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 2930. Tickets: $28-$48. Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce streets. 215-7351685. Musical Box: “Trick of the Tail,” 8 p.m. Jan. 29-30. Tickets: $39.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Sting and The Philadelphia Or3.25” chestra: 7:30 p.m. Jan.x30.4” Tickets: $200. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets. 215-893-1999. www. State Radio: 8:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Tickets: $28-$30. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215-336-2000. www.

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School of Rock Suburban Best of Season: 1 p.m. Jan. 31. Tickets: $12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215222-1400. Between the Buried and Me: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Tickets: $17-$19. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215-9226888. Elon Gold: 7 p.m. Jan. 31. Tickets: $25-$37.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Xande Cruz: 8 p.m. Jan. 31. Tickets: $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. Mariah Carey: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Tickets: $59.75-$135.75. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877-598-8696. www. Scary Kids Scaring Kids with The Sleeping and The Scenic: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Tickets: $9.75-$16. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. Anti-Flag: 7 p.m. Feb. 3. Tickets: $15. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215-9226888. Galactic: 9 p.m. Feb. 4. Tickets: $18.75-$25. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. Kansas: 8 p.m. Feb. 5. Tickets: $37.50-$47.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650.

Classic Albums Live: Bob Marley’s “Legend,” 8 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets: $19.50-$32.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Residents: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Tickets: $25-$38. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Trace Bundy: 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Tickets: $10. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. Michael & Michael Have Live Tour: 8 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets: $24. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215-9226888. Murder City Devils: 9 p.m. Feb. 12. Tickets: $20-$23. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-5988696. Rebelution: 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Tickets: $17-$20. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. www. Kathleen Madigan: 8 p.m. Feb. 13. Tickets: $22.50-$27.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Solid Gold Memories: 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Tickets: $42.50-$52.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Peekaboo Revue: 7 p.m. Feb. 14. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215222-1400.

Tegan & Sara: 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Tickets: $35-$38. Tower Theatre, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877-598-8696. Citizen Cope: 9 p.m. Feb. 18-19. Tickets: $27.50-$30. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-5988696. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Tickets: $29-$45. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Editors: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Tickets: $16-$18. Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. 215922-6888. John Mayer: 8 p.m. Feb. 21. Tickets: $51-$76. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. www. Verve Pipe: 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets: $21-$23. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Omara Portuondo and The Roberto Fonseca Quartet: 8 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets: $38.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Flogging Molly: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets: $28-$30. Electric Factory, 421 N. Seventh St. 215-336-2000. www.

Medical Research Studies To advertise in this section contact Deidre Simms 215-599-7663 or email If you are HIV positive and doing well on your current HIV medications, the Therapeutic Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Pennsylvania is looking for people with HIV to enroll in a new study. The purpose of this research study is to evaluate genetic modification of your T cells that may help you fight HIV. Monetary compensation for your time and effort is provided. For more information, call Larisa Zifchak, RN at 215-349-8091 Or view information found online at and search for “SL9 gag” or trial identifier NCT00991224

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“Wicked,” the Tony-winning musical about the witches of Oz, casts its spell Jan. 6-24 at the Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-8931999. >Congregation Rodeph Shalom: “Wimpel! Wrapped Wishes,” through Feb. 21. 615 N. Broad St. 215-6276747. >Da Vinci Art Alliance: “50 Years of Realism to 5 Years of Abstraction,” Jan. 3-31. Opening reception is 4-8 p.m. Jan. 3. 704 Catharine St. www. >Fleisher Art Memorial: “Neapolitan presepio,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Jan. 16. 719 Catharine St. 215-922-3456. >Franklin Institute: “Body Worlds and the Brain,” through Feb. 21; “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” June 5-Jan. 2, 2011. 20th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215-448-1200. >Independence Seaport Museum: “Skin & Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor,” through Feb. 7. 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 215413-8655. Institute of Contemporary Art: “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World),” Jan. 15-June 6. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Jan. 14. “Video Art: Replay, Everyday Imaginary,” Jan. 15-March 21. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Jan. 14. “Video Art: Replay, Part 3,” April 23-Aug. 1. 118 S. 36th St. 215-5739975. International House: Filmmaker Julie Dash visits 5:30 and 8 p.m. Jan. 12 and also 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at Scribe Video Center, 4212 Chestnut St., where Dash hosts a 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13 writing and production class; “Homeland,” Jan. 17-March 5.

Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Jan. 20. 3701 Chestnut St. 215-235-3405. >James Oliver Gallery: “Borders,” through Jan. 10. 723 Chestnut St. 267918-7432. Laurel Hill Cemetery: Tour, 2 p.m. Jan. 17; “Finding Edgar Allan Poe: By the Light of the Full Wolf Moon,” 5 p.m. Jan. 30. 3822 Ridge Ave. 215-228-8200. Mario Lanza Museum: 712 Montrose St. 215-238-9691. www. Mummers Museum: Second St. and Washington Ave. 215-336-3050. >Nexus/foundation: “Supergirl!,” through Feb. 5. 1400 N. American St. 215-684-1946. >Open Lens Gallery: “Lost Futures: Journeys Into The Jewish Diaspora,” through Jan. 15. Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St. >Painted Bride Arts Center: “Shelter,” through Dec. 31. 230 Vine St. >Philadelphia Folklore Project: “Tatreez: Palestinian Women’s Embroidery in Philadelphia,” through Dec. 31; Storytelling Workshop: Cultivating Wisdom in Hard Times, Jan. 13 and Feb. 24. 735 S. 50th St. 215-7261106. >Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Common Ground: Eight Philadelphia Photographers in the 1960s and 1970s,” through Jan. 31; “Cai Guo-Qiang: Fallen Blossoms,” through March 7; “Notations/Bruce

>Vox Populi: “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Demo,” “Aloof Hills (Episode 1: Family Meeting),” “if/then,” “Proof Against The Prying,” and “Ballroom,” through Jan. 3; gallery talk with Lucy Gallum, 3 p.m. Jan. 3. 319 N. 11th St. 215-238-1236. www. Wentworth Gallery: Jane Seymour showcases her artwork, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 12 and 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13. Court at King of Prussia, 160 N. Gulph Road. 610-337-8988 or 800-732-6140. Wood Turning Center: 501 Vine St. 215-923-8000.

Special events Jerry Blavat Oldies Night is 7 p.m.-midnight Jan. 23. Tickets: $40. Stella Maris, 2929 S. 10th St. Carol Tempesta, 215-463-3410. Elizabeth Gilbert headlines a fundraiser for the Spells Writing Center Feb. 18. Tickets: $50-$125. Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St. www.

Theater/Dance/Opera >Red, White and Tuna: Through Jan. 3. Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St. 215-5743550. >This Is The Week That Is: Through Jan. 3. Tickets: $20$35. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St. 215-592-9560. >Oliver!: Through Jan. 10. Tickets: $10-$75. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215-574-3550. www. >Peter Pan: Through Jan. 24. Tickets: $16-$32. Arden Theater, 40 N. Second St. 215-922-1122. www. >Becky Shaw: Through Jan. 31. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215546-7824. >Flashpoint DNA, Dynamic New Art: Through May 3. Tickets: $35$45. Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-665-9720. The Irish and How They Got That Way: Jan. 7-April 14. Tickets: $35-$47. Innovation Studio, 260 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. Tru: Jan. 8-31. Tickets: $15-$20. Adrienne Theatre Second Stage, 2030 Sansom St. 215-923-8909. The Threshing Floor: Jan. 8-31. Tickets: $15-$20. Adrienne Theatre Second Stage, 2030 Sansom St. 215-923-8909.

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>Academy of Natural Sciences: “George Washington Carver,” through Feb. 28; Animal Logic: Richard Barnes, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20; Looking at Animals, March 13-May 16; Creatures of the Abyss, June 5-Sept. 6. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215-299-1000. >African American Museum: “Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 17761876,” ongoing; “Walkin’ with Walker: Narrative Photography of Barkley L. Hendricks,” through Jan. 3. 701 Arch St. 215-574-0380. www. >American Swedish Historical Museum: “First Impressions: A Children’s Printmaking Program,” noon-3 p.m. Jan. 18 for ages 7-12; “Nudes by Anders Zorn” and “Material Matters: Samples from the Textile Collection,” both through spring; “Printscapes: Impressions of Nature,” Jan. 17-May 2. 1900 Pattison Ave. 215-389-1776. AxD Gallery: “Arabesque Expressionism,” Jan. 8-Feb. 6. Opening reception is Jan. 8. 265 S. 10th St. 215-627-6250. Burrison Gallery: “Snow Traces” Jan. 11-Feb. 19. 3611 Walnut St. 215-898-5994. Bridgette Mayer Gallery: “High Light Rhythm,” Feb. 2-27. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 5; “New Works,” March 2-27. Opening reception is 6-8:30 p.m. March 5; “New Ceramic Works,” March 30-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. >Center for Emerging Visual Artists: “Alumni Travel Grant Exhibition,” Jan. 5-22. 1521 Locust St. 215-546-7775. >Chemical Heritage Foundation: “sLowlife,” through Dec. 31. 315 Chestnut St. 215-925-2222. Clay Studio: Gallery Talk with Nate Prouty, 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 14; Electric Kilns: Maintenance and Firing, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 30; Valentine’s Day Date Nights, 7-10 p.m. Feb. 12-13; Clay and Mimosa Valentine’s Day Brunch, noon-3 p.m. Feb. 14; Let’s Get the Wheels Rolling, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 19; Elements of Function, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 29-30. 137-39 N. Second St. 215-925-3453.

Nauman: Days and Giorni,” through April 4; “Marcel Wanders: Daydreams,” through June 13; “Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal” through July 25; “Arts of Bengal: Wives, Mothers, Goddesses,” through July; Midnight Masquerade Winter Gala, 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Cost: $100-$140; “Picasso and the AvantGarde in Paris,” Feb. 24-April 25; “Late Renoir,” June 17-Sept. 6. www. 26th St. and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215-7638100. Philadelphia Zoo: Great Backyard Bird Count Guided Walks, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Feb. 13; Lovin’ on the Wild Side, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb 13-14; Family Overnight: Who’s Awake in Winter?, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27-10 a.m. Feb. 28; Reader’s Club for ages 2-6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 28; Bunny Hop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 27-28. 34th St. and Girard Ave. 215-243-5336. www. >Plastic Club Art Gallery: “Red, White and Green,” through Dec. 31; new members’ show, Jan. 10-31. Opening reception is 2-5 p.m. Jan. 10. 247 S. Camac St. 215-545-9324. >Please Touch Museum: “The Building Show,” through Jan. 25; Exploring Trees Inside and Out, Jan. 23-May 2; Scat Cat’s Junior Jazz Jamboree, Feb. 1-26; Rhythm Romp, March 5-7; “There’s Something Under My Bed,” March 5-May 9; Puppet Play Date, March 21. 4231 Avenue of the Republic. 215-963-0667. www. >Rosenbach Museum & Library: “Too Many Thoughts to Chew: A Sendak Stew,” through Jan. 17; “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. >Salsita Studio and Gallery: Works by Don Hughes and Mikey Madnez, through Jan. 23. 1624 South St. 267-687-6886. www. >Smile Gallery: “Asian Vision,” through Jan. 5. 105 S. 22nd St. 215564-2502. Sub Octo Gallery: “Val Cushing,” March 29-April 25. 2202 Alter St. 215-893-8812. >University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: “His Golden Touch: The Gordion Drawings of Piet de Jong,” through Jan. 10; “Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya,” through Jan. 31; “Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America” and “The Goodlands: Young Photographers Inspiring Hope in North Philadelphia,” both through May; “Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania,” through July 11. 3260 South St. 215-898-4000. www.

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Twiztid: 9 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets: $20-$23. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. www. Muse: 7 p.m. March 2. Tickets: $35-$59.50. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. www. Black Eyed Peas: March 3. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-2984200. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: 7:30 p.m. March 3. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Bob Mould: 8 p.m. March 3. Tickets: $25-$35. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Ronan Tynan: 8 p.m. March 6. Tickets: $29.50-$49.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. One: 7:30 p.m. March 10. Tickets: $13. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215222-1400. Joe Henry: 8 p.m. March 10. Tickets: $25. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Alice in Chains: 8 p.m. March 13. Tickets: $40-$43. Tower Theatre, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. 877598-8696. Phil Vassar: 8 p.m. March 13. Tickets: $32.50-$39.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Irish Rovers: 7:30 p.m. March 15. Tickets: $29.50-$35. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Taylor Swift: 7 p.m. March 18-19. Tickets: $25-$69.50. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian: 8 p.m. March 19. Tickets: $69.50-$79.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. America: 8 p.m. March 20. Tickets: $39.50-$49.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-5727650. Bon Jovi: 7 p.m. March 23-24. Tickets: $26.50-$132. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200. George Thorogood & The Destroyers: 7:30 p.m. March 24. Tickets: $39-$59. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215572-7650. Jonatha Brooke: 8 p.m. March 25. Tickets: $40. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215-222-1400. www. Mike Snow: 9 p.m. March 25. Tickets: $18-$21. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 877-598-8696. Michael Bublé: 8 p.m. March 26. Tickets: $49.50-$95. Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St. 800-298-4200.

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W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g Blue Door: Jan. 14-March 21. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. 215-922-1122. The Prince: Jan. 19-Feb 7. Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. The Eclectic Society: Jan. 19-March 7. Tickets: $10-$60. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. Golden Age: Jan. 22-Feb. 21. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215-985-0420. Respect, A Musical Journey of Women: Jan. 27-April 18. Tickets: $40-$45. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. Eighth St. 215-925-3769. www. Rain, A Tribute to The Beatles: Feb. 2-7. Tickets: $35-$85. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-8931999. The Breath of Life: Feb. 4-28. Tickets: $10-$35. St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets. 215829-0395. If You Give a Pig a Pancake: Feb. 6. Tickets: $10-$14. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber: Feb. 9-14. Tickets: $20-$80. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215893-1999. Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue: Feb. 23-March 14. Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. www. Romeo and Juliet: Feb. 25-April 11. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. 215-922-1122. Annie: Feb. 26-28. Tickets: $20-$70. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. Language Rooms: March 3-April 4. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St. 215546-7824. Pennsylvania Ballet: “The Four Temperaments,” “Carmina Burana” and “Rodeo,” March 4-13. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-5517000. Peking Acrobats: March 7-10. Tickets: $17.50-$27.50. Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. 215-572-7650. www. Groovaloo, The Hip Hop Sensation: March 9-14. Tickets: $25-$59.50. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. www. Pennsylvania Ballet: “The Crossed Line,” “In the Night” and “The Concert,” March 10-14. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-551-7000. Fallen Angels: March 16-May 7. Tickets: $10-$60. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550.

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins: March 19-April 18. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. 215-985-0420. The Gnadiges Fraulein (Gracious Lady): March 19-April 3. Tickets: $20. Second Stage at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St. 215-285-0472. Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ “Away He Flew” and “Monster Butterfly:” 11 a.m. March 20. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. 215-665-9226. The Lion King: March 23-April 24. Tickets: $23-$95. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St. 215-893-1999. www. How I Became a Pirate: March 26-27, April 3 and 8-10. Tickets: $10-$14. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. www. Travels With My Aunt: March 30-April 18. Walnut Street Theatre Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St. 215-574-3550. www.

COMMUNITY Civic associations/ Town Watches Avenue of the States Association serves S. Broad St., Washington to Oregon avenues, 13th to 15th streets. Bella Vista Town Watch serves Sixth to 11th streets, South St. to Washington Ave. 215-627-0057. Bella Vista United Civic Association serves South St. to Washington Ave., Sixth to 11th streets. 267-8724686. CCP Townwatch serves Eighth to 13th streets, Snyder Ave. to Ritner St. Meetings held the second Wednesday of the month. Jason, 215-271-2424. Columbus Square Park Advisory Council holds meetings 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month. 12th and Wharton streets. Dickinson Narrows Civic Association holds meetings 7 p.m. the third Monday of the month. George Washington Elementary, Fifth and Federal streets. Dickinson Square Town Watch serves Front to Sixth streets, Reed to Mifflin streets. Diane Doiel, 215336-2451.

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. St. Agnes Continuing Care Center, Broad and McKean streets. 215-339-0400. Friends of Dickinson Square Park general meeting is 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month; Winter Solstice Celebration, 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 19. Dickinson Square Park, Fourth and Tasker streets. 215-6851885. GENA-Girard Estates Neighbors Association serves 17th to 22nd streets, Wolf St. to Oregon Ave. PO Box 20116, Philadelphia, PA 19145. www. GEAR (Girard Estate Area Residents) serves 17th to 22nd streets, Wolf St. to Oregon Ave. 215-334-6673. Grays Ferry Community Council covers 27th and Wharton streets to Moore St. to 34th St. and 24th and Moore streets to Passyunk and Penrose avenues. 1501 S. 29th St. 215336-5005. Guerin Residents Organizing Urban Pride (GROUP) meets 7 p.m. the last Monday of the month. 16th and Jackson streets. www. Hawthorne Cultural Center holds meetings 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. 1200 Carpenter St. 215-685-1848. Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition serves 11th to Broad streets, South St. to Washington Ave. 215735-1225. Lower Moyamensing Civic Association services Snyder to Oregon avenues and Broad to Eighth streets. Town Watch walks every other Monday, except Dec. www. Neighborhood Stakeholders Advisory Committee holds meetings 6-7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. United Communities, 2029 S. Eighth St. Keith Watkins, 215-468-1645 ext. 226. Newbold Neighbors Association meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month. South Philadelphia Library, Broad and Morris streets. Packer Park Civic Association: 215-336-4373. 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 offers a tutoring program for ages 7-12 in reading, math and English. 1518 S. 22nd St. 215-755-6628. Queen Village Neighbors Association serves Lombard St. to Washington Ave., Delaware River to Sixth Street. 215-339-0975. Southeast Community Association Town Watch serves Front to Sixth streets, Tasker to Wolf streets. Raymond Glenn Baranowski, 215271-6548. Southend Town Watch serves Broad to 20th streets, Oregon Ave. to Walt Whitman Bridge entrance. South Fourth Street Town Watch serves Fourth Street from McKean to Jackson streets. 215-389-8864. South Philadelphia Community Center Town Watch serves I-76 to Snyder Ave., Broad to Eighth streets. South of South Neighborhood Association serves the area from Broad St. to the Schuylkill River, South St. to Washington Ave. Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month. Stadium Community Council Inc. serves Broad Street east to 13th Street and Packer Avenue to Geary. 215-271-8454. United Communities Southeast Philadelphia serves east of Broad St. 2029 S. Eighth St. 215-467-8700. West Passyunk Point Neighborhood Association meets 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Cafe con Chocolate, 2100 S. Norwood St. 215-498-6891. Wharton Neighbors Civic Association serves Tasker to McKean streets, Eighth to 13th streets. 215205-9023. Whitman Council Inc. holds board meetings 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. EOM, 138 Moore St. 215-468-4056.

Community and senior centers Barratt-Nabuurs Center: 2738 Dickinson St. 336-1158. Christian Street YMCA: 1724 Christian St. 215-735-5800. Community Outreach Services Center: 1941 Christian St. 215-7325922. Dixon House: 1920 S. 20th St. 215336-3511. Gershman Y: 401 S. Broad St. 215545-4400. JCCs Stiffel Senior Center: Thrift shop sells used clothing 10 a.m.noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. 604 Porter St. 215-468-3500.

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W h a t ’s H a p p e n i n g Kings Ferry Square: 3125 Reed St. 215-334-7170. Marconi Seniors Program: 2407 S. Broad St. 215-218-0800. 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. Point Breeze Performing Arts Center: 1717 Point Breeze Ave. 215465-1187. Point Breeze Satellite Center: 2100 Dickinson St. 215-684-4891. St. Charles Senior Community Center: 1941 Christian St. 215790-9530. Samuel S. Fels Community Center: Free exercise program Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 2407 S. Broad St. 215-218-0800. Single Parents Society holds senior dances Fridays, 8-11 p.m. 1430 S. 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. Tolentine Community Center: 1025-33 Mifflin St. 215-389-0717. 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.

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. 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.

Education/hobbies/ volunteering ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships is looking for volunteers to lead enrichment activities for children one hour a week. 215545-2727. Center for Literacy offers multilevel ESL classes for adults 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Francis Scott Key Elementary School, Eighth and Wolf streets. 215-474-1235. Job Corps STARS Initiative is looking for volunteers to tutor students two hours a week. Darvin, 267-386-2890. Point Breeze Education Center offers “The Point Breeze Charm and Etiquette program” for ages 8-13 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays. 1518 S. 22nd St. 215-755-6628. Programs Employing People seeks volunteers to help disabled classes as well as literacy tutors. Broad and Federal streets. 215-952-4292. marnie. Saints in Training, offered by Neumann-Goretti, is a free enrichment program for fifth- to eighth-graders who want to excel in academics and become more involved in school activities. 215465-8437, ext. 250. Salvatore Terruso Lodge Sons of Italy meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. The Prudential Building, 20th St. and Oregon Ave. Rich Vinci, 215-389-7799. Triangle Park needs volunteers for watering and cleaning sessions 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Meet at Sixth and Christian streets. 215-704-7466. 215-5745050.

Lemon Ball with American Idol Jordin Sparks is 7 p.m.-midnight Jan. 9. Tickets: $250. Proceeds benefit the battle against childhood cancer. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St. www. Red Ball, hosted by The American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, is 8 p.m.-midnight March 6. Tickets: $175-$275. Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park. 215-299-5491.

Libraries Central Library: Children’s Prints Exhibit, Feb. 15-March 12. 1901 Vine St. 215-686-5322. libwww. 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. Fumo Family Library Branch: Cuddly Bear Stories, 7 p.m. Jan. 23 for ages 15 months-6 years. Wear pjs and bring a toy. 2437 S. Broad St. 215-685-1758. Queen Memorial Library: 1201 S. 23rd St. 215-685-1899. 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. Whitman Library: 200 Snyder Ave. 215-685-1754.

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Churches and congregations New Greenwich Light Baptist Church is open for prayer noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays. 121 W. Oregon Ave. The Lighthouse gives away clothes and food 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays. 30th and Wharton streets. 215-463-2434.


Health Zumba Boot Camp and Hatha Yoga Flow classes are Jan. 9. Cost: $5-$10. Bring a yoga mat or towel. Arts Parlor, 1170 S. Broad St. or

Child Care Information Services offers funding and services to help parents find, select and pay for childcare and school-age programs. 1500 S. Columbus Blvd. 215-271-0570. Community Labor Refinery Tracking Committee works on environmental and health issues related to living near the Sunoco

Refinery. Meets the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. Mercy Wellness Center, 2821 Island Ave. 215-640-8800. Diversified Community Services/Point Breeze Family Center offers information/referral services, counseling, parenting and education/computer classes. Dixon House, 1920 S. 20th St. 215-336-3511. Face Your Giants Rap Sessions features group meetings to discuss life experiences and develop relationships 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. 2144 S. Broad St. 267-582-1667. Prancing Paws Animal Rescue is dedicated to saving street cats and kittens.

Recreation centers and playgrounds Marian Anderson: Better Days offers HIV/AIDS counseling, contraception, teen workshops and more. 17th and Fitzwater streets. 215-685-6594. Barry: 18th and Bigler streets. 215685-1886. Burke: Second and Jackson streets. Capitolo: After-school program for ages 6-13 3:30-6 p.m. MondayFriday. Cost: $10/week. Ninth and Federal streets. 215-685-1883. Chew: 19th St. and Washington Ave. 215-685-6596. Columbus-DiProspero: 12th and Wharton streets. 215-685-1890. Dickinson Square: Fourth and Tasker streets. 215-685-1885. DiSilvestro: After-school program for ages 5-12 3-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Cost: $25/month. 1701 S. 15th St. 215-685-1598. Ford P.A.L.: Seventh St. and Snyder Ave. 215-685-1897. 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 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Students must provide their own supplies and will be given a list. 1200 Carpenter St. 215-685-1848. Herron: American and Reed streets. 215-685-1884. >Murphy: Aerobic classes 6:307:30 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 after-school program 3-6 p.m.

Mondays-Fridays for ages 6-12. Cost: $7/week.; “Feed Your Future … Developing Our Next Generation” hosts a free information session 7 p.m. Jan. 7 for the monthly meetings focusing on building and strengthening skills in teaming, branding and leadership. During the first session, the program will be discussed in depth. Light refreshments follow. RSVP for the Jan. 7 meeting to Jessica Porco, 215-6851874. 300 Shunk St. 215-685-1874. Palumbo: 10th and Fitzwater streets. 215-686-1783. Ridgway: Broad and Christian streets. 215-685-1594. Sacks: Fourth St. and Washington Ave. 215-685-1889. Seger: 10th and Lombard streets. 215-686-1760. Shot Tower: Front and Carpenter streets. 215-685-1592. 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; Indoor Soccer at McCall School Gym, 6-7 p.m. Jan. 4-March 17, Mondays, for ages 5-6 and Wednesdays for ages 7-8. 60044 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. Weccacoe: Fourth and Catharine streets. 215-685-1887.

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 individuals and family recognize and address an addiction problem in a spouse, parent, child or other loved one. 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.

Travel St. Maria Goretti High School graduates for a three-night cruise in January. Mary Ann, ezebrowski@cfl. or 386-789-0748.

Veterans Marine Corps League Tun Tavern Detachment meets 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. Coast Guard Station, Washington Ave. and Columbus Blvd. 610-5835308. SPR

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rap Shack Kitchen & Bar, 120 S. 18th St., has moved South Philly roasted pork and sharp provolone into a different culinary world. The new take on the traditional sandwich offers 6 ounces of roasted pork layered with provolone, sautéed spinach and hot peppers and/or horseradish on a white, wheat, spinach or tomato-flavored wrap. To celebrate the new version, Wrap Shack is tagging Friday Happy Hours throughout December as Roast Pork Fridays. From 6 to 8 p.m., the wrap will be available for $5, down from its regular price of $7.95. For more information, call 215569-1666 or visit www.wrapshackpa. com. SPR Dinner is on us

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The Adobe Cafe: 1919 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-551-2243, $$ Restaurant La Lupe: 1201 S. Ninth St., 215-551-9920, $$ Taqueria La Veracruzana: 908 Washington Ave., 215-465-1440, $$

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JC Chinese Restaurant: 748 Morris St., 215-334-1056, $$

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Bomb Bomb Bar-B-Que Grill & Italian Restaurant: 1026 Wolf St., 215-463-1311, $$ Caffe Valentino: 1245-49 S. Third St., 215-336-3033, $$ Johnnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: 12th and Wolf streets, 215334-8006, $ La Cucina Varallo: 1635 S. 10th St., 215-952-0504, $$ Pastaria at Franco & Luigiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: 13th and Tasker streets, 215-755-8900,, $$ Ralph & Rickeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: Seventh St. and Oregon Ave., 215-271-6622, $ Ristorante Pesto: 1915 S. Broad St., 215-336-8380,, $$

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


dward slipped on the ice last week and broke his ankle. He’s getting around on crutches and in a wheelchair. Cousin Carl is in Florida and all the people I called to accompany me to Zama were busy with holiday preparations. I never did mind dining alone. I usually bring along a book for company or sit at the bar, where I can enjoy friendly banter with the barkeep or with the person next to me. I chose to visit the Japanese eatery Zama just steps from Rittenhouse Square. The space that housed Loie for years has been completely gutted and transformed into one as blond and serene as Princess Grace. The lighting was just right, the music soft and the staff most accommodating. I sat at the sushi bar, where I watched chef/owner Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka and his staff select fresh ingredients and transform them into colorful, tasty, edible art. I sipped a glass of Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($9) and studied the menu. Because the master sushi chef, who once worked at Pod, was standing before me I asked him for suggestions. Dinner began with seaweed salad ($7), which arrived in a deep white bowl filled with assorted seaweed topped with sesame seeds and dressed in a soy vinaigrette. It was light and refreshing. From the small bites I selected kirin ichiban braised short ribs ($10), which warmed me up. Although it was a “small bite,” it was not a tiny tapas. My waiter placed the deep white bowl in front of Coffee/Café/Sweets

Caffe Chicco: 2532 S. Broad St., 215-334-3100, $

Fast Break Brunic’s Luncheonette: 17th and McKean streets, 215-755-7645, $ Celebre’s Pizza: 1536 Packer Ave., 215-467-3255, $ Millie’s Luncheonette & Ice Cream: 15th and Shunk streets, 215-467-8553, $ Moe’s Hot Dog House: 2617 Grays Ferry Ave., 215-465-6637, $ Simonetta’s Italian Hoagies: 2510 S. Broad St., 267-324-5758, $ Southview Pizza: 367 Durfor St., 215-467-2050, $ Talk of the Town: 3020 S. Broad St., 215-551-7277, $ Texas Weiners: 1426 Snyder Ave., 215-465-8635, www.texasweiners. com, $

me and I found a tender boneless pork rib nestled in crispy noodles. I picked up my clear acrylic chopsticks and dug in. The beef was redolent with an aroma and flavor I could not identify. “What is this marvelous flavor?,” I asked. “Cloves and star anise,” the sushi master replied. He had the perfect hand in enhancing the short ribs with these spices. The salad, short rib and dessert would have been a sufficient meal, but I wanted to see what else was in store. I like sushi, but I do not enjoy all that sticky rice. “I will create something for you,” Zama said. He peeled thin slices of cool, crisp daikon radish that became the sushi wrapper. He filled the roll with a little rice, ripe bits of avocado and top-quality tuna ($10). When a chef can create something so eyeappealing and tasty on the fly, any patron will be delighted. Torrontés is a flowery, light white wine from Argentina. Similar to a dry Riesling, I knew it would drink well with my next course. Whoever chose San Huberto Torrontés ($8) for the cellar hit the mark. I liked it from my first sip. There are just seven entrees at Zama: four fish, a pork dish, a chicken dish and an Angus New York strip. The Berkshire pork chop tonkatsu ($24) was a big rib coated in crumbs and sautéed until golden brown. 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, $$ Scannicchio’s: 2500 S. Broad St., 215-468-3900, www.scannicchio. com, $$

The sushi bar at Zama is lively and the line of talented chefs routinely includes master sushi chef and owner Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka. Photo by Sabrina Jacot

It was sliced and served with a homemade, Japanese-style slaw that added crunch to my dinner. I do not like miso sauce, but this one was light and blended with katsu, so it was not overwhelming or strong. The portion was so generous, I brought much of it home for Edward to enjoy. The Chestnut Baked Mont Blanc ($8) caught my eye on the dessert menu. I love this sweet. It is French, but has roots in Hungary. This marvelous concoction is made with lightly sweetened chestnut cream placed in a pastry bag and piped beside a slice of vanilla chiffon cake adorned with sticks of caramel. It’s unusual to find European desserts at a Japanese eatery, but I say throw culinary caution to the wind and enjoy because this sweet was a fitting end

Tony D’s Italian Bar and Restaurant: 3540 Wharton St., 215-463-6424, $$

Turkish Dining Divan Turkish Kitchen: 918 S. 22nd St., 215-545-5790,, $$ Cafe Fulya: 727 S. Second St., 267909-9937,, $$. Pennspor t

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

Fast Break New York New York Pizzeria: 1400 Columbus Blvd., 215-463-6205, $ Southview Pizza: 367 Durfor St., 215-467-2050, $ Tony Luke’s: 39 Oregon Ave., 215551-5725,, $

to a delightful dinner. Rittenhouse Square needs a quiet, peaceful place like this. So many restaurants are dark and loud. As soon as Edward is up and around, we’ll mosey over to Zama — even if I have to push him in a wheelchair — and I will simply ask the chef to make us dinner. Three tips of the toque to Zama. SPR

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Dmitri’s: 795 S. Third St., 215625-0556, $$


New Wave Cafe: 784 S. Third St., 215922-8484,, $$ The Irish Times: 629 S. Second St., 215-923-1103, $$


Ava: 518 S. Third St., 215-9223282,, $$$ Frederick’s Italian Cuisine: 757 S. Front St., 215-271-3733, $$$


La Creole Restaurant & Tavern: 775 S. Front St., 215-467-5044,, $


Anthony’s Saloon: 2351 S. Front St., 215-468-5222, $$ Snockey’s Oyster House: Second St. and Washington Ave. 215-3399578,, $$

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Diner on the Plaza: 43 Snyder Ave., 215-755-7899, $$ Melrose Diner: 1501 Snyder Ave., 215-467-6644, $ Morning Glory Diner: 10th and Fitzwater streets, 215-413-3999, $ Oregon Diner: 302 Oregon Ave., 215-462-5566, $$ Penrose Diner: 20th St. and Penrose Ave., 215-465-1097, $$ South Street Diner: 140 South St., 215-627-5258, $ SPR

T h e To q u e S t o p s H e r e


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Place the garlic and parsl ey in the cavity of the bird. Roast for one hour. Serves two to three.

By Phyllis Stein-Novack Food Columnist


■ Roast Chicken ■ with Garlic and Parsley

■ Beef Braised in Red Wine

Ingredients: 3 pounds of beef chuck, pa with paper towels and cu tted dry t into 2-inch cubes Vegetable oil, to coat the bottom of a 4-quart pot 4 heaping tablespoons of Kosher salt and freshly flour ground black pepper, to taste 2 bay leaves 4 Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into chunks 3 carrots, peeled and cu t into chunks 1 bottle of dry red wine, such as Cotes du Rhone or Pinot Noir 1 32-ounce package of beef stock Directions: Preheat the oven to 30 0 Heat the oil over mediu degrees. m-high. Sauté the beef, using a wo oden spoon, until browned. Add the flour and stir well until the beef is co ated and the flour is cooked. Add the remaining ingred ients and bring to a boil. Remove the pot from Cover and cook in the ove the heat. n for three hours. Serves three to four.

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. n Thoroughly pat the chicke ce Pla . els tow er pap dry with . in a shallow roasting pan paprika. and per pep t, sal Sprinkle on the

Note from Phyllis : The red wine gravy shou ld be a bit thick. If you need to make it thicker, mix 2 ta blespoons of flour with 2 tables poon of butter. Add to the pot and blend well.

sh : I usually use fre Note from Phyllis pe. Since I did not reci green beans in this during the blizzard, nd have some on ha frozen haricot verts of I used my stash n in s. They are grow e’ Jo er g. from Trad ba d .99 for a poun France and cost $1

■ Green Beans ■ with Caramelized Shallots Ingredients: 1 pound of green beans, trimmed Olive oil, to coat the bottom of a 3-quar t pot 1 large or 2 smal l shallots, sliced 2 fat cloves of ga rlic, sliced Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste Directions: Bring a large pot of water, enough to cover the gree n beans, to boil. Ad d the beans, lower the heat to mediu m and simmer for about 10 minutes . Drain immediate ly in a colander an d run under cold wa ter. Drain well. Heat the oil over medium-high in the 3-quar t pot. Ad d the shallots an d sauté for about four minutes. Ad d the garlic and sa uté about two m inutes more. Seas on with the salt an d pepper. Add the gree shallot mixture an n beans to the d sauté for abou t five minutes. Ch eck for doneness , as the beans shou ld be a bit crisp. Serves four.

■ ■ Winter Salad es Ingredients: ne, torn into piec 1 head of romai a baby arugul 2 big handfuls of of frisee and ch ea 1 small head radicchio rs, peeled and 3 Israeli cucumbe diced freshly ground Kosher salt and taste black pepper, to l oi 1/2 cup of olive on m le 1 of e ic Ju ing Directions: tables in a serv Place all of vege on with the salt Seas bowl. Toss well. . er thand pepp lemon juice toge Whisk the oil and d and toss well. sala er. Pour over the . ur fo Serves rm : This is a free-fo Note from Phyllis on hand during a ient recipe. Any ingred ded to the bowl, inad be n ca rm snowsto redatoes, radishes, sh ts, m to e ap gr g in ud cl ar he ke ho tic n of ar ded carrots or a ca well. Meyer lemons d ne ai dr d an ber. rinsed kets since Novem have been in mar ith juice and contain w They are bursting r lemons. SPR la gu re an th less acid

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Ingredients: n, 1 free-range, organic chicke at least 4 pounds ck Kosher salt, freshly ground bla et swe ed ort imp and pepper Hungarian paprika, to taste 1 head of garlic, separated into cloves 1 large handful of Italian parsley leaves

Note from Phyllis: No the garlic in this recipe. need to peel You can use a lemon, cut into quarters, and some fresh rosemary leaves in place and parsley. But do not useof the garlic They will not work here. dried herbs.

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When outside is a sheet of snow, inside can provide a blanket of comfort via the kitchen.


By Mystic Terry Psychic Reader

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): A pleasant h time is had at home. Domestic amusements are for those who like to keep busy. Meditating nourishes those

who like to keep still. Lucky number: 113. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): Get out the mementoes and knickknacks. This is the time to decorate and reminisce about holidays shared with family. Reflect on what is valued. Lucky number: 720. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Hang out with friends and neighbors today. Express yourself, as chitchat will be warm and enjoyable, but remember to listen, too. You might discover things that increase these bonds. Lucky number: 404. ARIES (March 21 to April 20): It is easier to genuinely relate to others. Somebody may want to borrow something. It’s the season to enjoy and share. Lucky number: 846. TAURUS (April 21 to May 20): Revel in being yourself. A focus on pursuits takes a brief backseat to relaxing and socializing. Meeting for coffee and conversation is a good way to spend the morning. Lucky number: 932. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): A seemingly exotic group not in your social scene becomes enticing. You can explore a different way to be in the world, just make sure it isn’t a fantasy world. Lucky number: 508. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): Money received through a business partnership should flow. Ponder life’s direction and whether it is allowing you to fulfill talents and abilities. Take your time until you arrive at a clear answer. Lucky number: 214. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): A romantic relationship is exalted. Someone will be on a pedestal — perhaps both of you. Revel in the bliss, but remember you will have to land back on earth. Lucky number: 647. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Keeping everything in makes people think you have something to hide. Open up. Your standing can only improve. Lucky number: 354. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): You aren’t going to feel like focusing on professional concerns this morning. Ease into the day and spend time musing on your inner life. Get in touch with feelings and thoughts. Lucky number: 266. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): Enjoy the company of your closest companion early on. Pleasant chitchat invigorates you for the rest of the day. If single, get together with friends for a leisurely breakfast and gabfest. Lucky number: 774. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): Find time for a pleasurable activity with a soul mate. Leave gripes for another day. Watch a comedy, go bowling, take a walk — do whatever makes you both relax and laugh. Lucky number: 037. SPR To inquire about a personal reading, call Mystic Terry at 215-467-5162.

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Congratulations to

Ashley Noelle Catalano-Leckerman



SAMUEL SEMERARO Who celebrated on December 30, 2009. You have blessed our lives so much this past year. You bring us Joy & Happiness, WE LOVE YOU! Jer. 29:11

Miss Ashley Noelle Catalano - Leckerman

Love, Mommy, Daddy, Gianna, Jose, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and Charlie xoxo


Proudly, Mommy, Daddy and Nanny

Annetta (Hilsee) Mooney

BRIDAL DIRECTORY Vocalist Carl The Baritone Professionally Trained Operatic, Jazz, Standard and Pop Vocalist Available for Weddings, Serenades and all Occasions No Celebration too Big or too Small Available Upon Request: DJ Punzo and or Pasqual, Professional Accordionist Roger, Professional Guitarist, Gloria Collins, Professional Pianist


Mom, In June we celebrated your 80th birthday with all your friends and family. Now we celebrate your 80th Christmas. Mom, you are the best gift I can ever receive. Happy New Year! Love, Your Son Jack




Looking for a pup to warm your lap this holiday season? Ozzie would be happy to oblige! Ozzie is a year-old pit bull mix who is a social butterfly. He loves people of all ages, and would be happy to run around the yard with your kids. Ozzie also loves other dogs and would be happy to have a canine sibling. If you think Ozzie is a good match for your lifestyle, come to the Pennsylvania SPCA, 350 E. Erie Ave., and meet him today! Or, for more information, visit or call 215-426-6300.

Love your Great Grand Kids Juli, Jaime, Laura & Andrew & your Great Great Granddaughter Gabriella.

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was escorted by Mr. Richard Brewster Wickersham III to the Charity Ball held at the Union League of Philadelphia. Next year Ashley Noelle will be presented as a debutante at the 2010 Charity Ball.

On her acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania. Ashley will graduate The Baldwin School for Girls in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in June.



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HAPPY 23RD BIRTHDAY 12-30-86 • 2-19-2009

Love Always, Mommy, Family & Friends

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Happy BirtHday Mommy, Missing you on your birthday and everyday. We miss you and will love you forever. Love, Susan and Chris, Thomas and Peggy, Anthony and Frank, Ronnie and Rodger, Jimmy and Jill, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren


This is the third Christmas without you. Words can’t even come close to explain how much we miss you. Things will never be the same without you here. Watch over us down here. We love and miss you so much.

Love, your Little Princess Alyssa & Your One and Only Eileen

CARMEN SEVERINO 2-15-61 • 4-9-07

THIRD YEAR ANNIVERSARY Dad, We look back on yesterday and you. Sadly missed and forever loved. Love, Susan and Chris, Thomas and Peggy, Anthony and Frank, Ronnie and Rodger, Jimmy and Jill, Grandchildren

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If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again. No farewells were spoken No time to say “Goodbye”. You were gone before I knew it and only God knows why. My heart still aches with sadness and secret tears still flow, what it meant to love you no one can ever know.

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8-11-20 · 1-1-02 It’s been 7 long years without you. I miss you and love you dearly. Wife Marie


Sunset 6-27-2003 Missed very much by Mom Eileen, Sister Tiesha, Brother Davey, Niece Kierra, host of Cousins, Aunts, Uncles and Friends

In loving memory of

ANGELA NEGRO (Barabuscio)

11-27-57 – 12-30-08 It’s been one year since God called you to Heaven. I miss you every day and will love you forever.

In my heart always, your husband Frank



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Tony Chennault, left, led his Saints to Catholic League and City titles during the 2008-09 season, while Lamar Speller, right, scored for the Rams in a PIAA Class AAAA game.

Comings and goings When crowns weren’t being won or lost, athletes were returning home or getting ready to spread their wings beyond our borders. By Rachel T. Halkias Review Intern


Everybody expected defending Super Bowl champs the Giants to still be playing, but not the Eagles. The Philadelphia team turned things around and faced their New York rivals in a divisional showdown. The Neumann-Goretti Saints boys’ basketball team pulled double-digit victories

Neumann-Goretti girls’ basketball point guard Ashley White was surprised to find out she was closing in on 1,000 career points. Averaging 20 points per game, the senior was ready to lead her Saints into the Catholic League playoffs. The Saints boys’ basketball team looked like a favorite to win it all, including being a top contender for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association AAA


Boys’ basketball team champ NeumannGoretti made its Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association debut in the AAA bracket. For the Saints, the final undertaking on their list of preseason goals was to remain standing later in the month when the winner was decided at Penn State University. Four area teams took the court in PIAA state tournament action, but only two remained in championship pursuit: The Neumann-Goretti Saints and the Prep Charter Huskies. For the Southern boys’ basketball team, a loss to PlymouthWhitemarsh marked the end of its PIAA Class AAAA championship aspirations. Division I men’s basketball teams from Boise, Idaho, to Shaquille Gaskins, center, played a big role in the South Philadelphia, with faSouthern win over Bartram that secured the Public miliar faces Neumann-Goretti League District 12 AAA championship. grads Rick Jackson and D.J.

Rivera in the mix, came out for the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The national champ was crowned in Detroit in April. As it came down to the Sweet 16, four local athletes remained in the hunt for a spot in the Final Four. Jackson helped his Syracuse Orange advance. Prep Charter grads and twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris both recorded points and rebounds for the Kansas Jayhawks, while Jason Love, of 22nd and Tasker streets, helped his Xavier Musketeers score a postseason victory over Portland.

April Mike Koplove ends a solid spring training with the Phillies, but when the regular season opens, the Packer Park native reports to Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs. After transferring from St. Joe’s to Binghamton, Neumann-Goretti grad Derrick Rivera is turning into a win-win in basketball for player and team as the America East Conference’s leading scorer. Neumann-Goretti junior Al Baur is a nice addition to the Saints starting rotation, pitching four complete games with 47 strikeouts over 28 innings of work. Lincoln Financial Field transformed into a battlefield for checkmates when more than 200 of the city’s top young playcontinued on next page

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crown. Hard work and dedication finally paid off for South Philadelphia High’s boys basketball team as it defeated the Bartram Braves, 69-65, for the Public League District 12 AAA championship. It was no surprise the Neumann-Goretti and Roman Catholic boys’ basketball teams were the final two standing for the fifth time this decade in the race for the Catholic League crown. Heading into the latest round, the Saints were the hotter of the two, riding an 11-game winning streak.

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t was a year of homecomings and heartfelt goodbyes. The Phillies may have fallen short of becoming back-to-back world champs, saying so long to the World Series crown, but a slew of local high school teams stepped up, setting up winners for the next generation of play. Fans said farewell to the 42-year-old Spectrum that once was home to the Sixers and Flyers. The fabled arena closed its doors in October to pave the way for entertainment district Philly Live! But home is where the heart is as the return of stellar talent in just about every sport proved. From Point Breeze’s Rasual Butler and his LA Clippers playing at the Wachovia Center during one of the biggest snowstorms in city history to Mike Koplove’s bid to play for the Phils after coming from the Las Vegas 51s to Bishop Neumann grad Pat DiPilla becoming the new Saints athletic director, the returns were just as popular as leaving the nest seemed to be. High schools’ top talent called their college picks, the Neumann-Goretti boys’ basketball team headed to Hawaii for the Iolani Prep Classic and Rogers Mtagwa went to The Big Apple to fight for the junior featherweight crown in a year that saw a lot of action.

on a routine basis. For their efforts, the squad was ranked No. 1 by the HarrsiburgPatriot News in its Class AAA poll. The Prep Charter girls’ basketball team chased the ultimate goal: Winning their first district championship. The Lady Huskies used the 11-game non-league schedule as preparation for more meaningful matches down the road. With 1,942 career points and counting, Coppin State University guard Tywain McKee, from 12th and Bainbridge streets, left his mark on the school’s Division I men’s basketball program.

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Bok junior Khyrie Benton squared off against Eagle Akeem Jordan during the Sixth Annual Eagles Youth Partnership/After School Activities Partnership Chess Tournament at Lincoln Financial Field. continued from previous page ers, including Bok junior Khyrie Benton and Bregy Elementary fourth-grader Eric Clopp, competed in the Eagles Youth Partnership/After School Activities Partnership Chess Tournament.

May After four seasons and a career .367 batting average, the Cavaliers softball team had a major void coming with the Cabrini College graduation of Kristie Sandefur. The resident of 17th and Jackson streets was a three-time First Team all-conference selection. After missing the playoffs the two previous seasons, opportunity finally knocked for the Bok Wildcats when they squared off against the Furness Falcons in a Public League Class AAA opener. Senior Joey Ferlaino shined with an 11-strikeout, fourhit performance in the come-from-behind 3-2 victory. The Girard Academic Music Program baseball team advanced to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament, thanks to a 5-4 victory over Masterman in the Public League District 12 Class A championship game. However, the Pioneers lost to Washington, 9-7, in the quarterfinals. Roman Catholic senior and four-year member of the school’s crew team Giovanni DiSalvatore, of the 2600 block of Rosewood Street, helped his squad complete one of its finest seasons, which included a third-place finish in the national championships at Mercer Lake, N.J.

June Following a 49-year hiatus, NeumannGoretti boys’ baseball fans, players and coaches celebrated not one, but two crowning achievements. The first, and the biggest, came in the form of the Catholic League title game against La Salle, which

Huskies shooting and point guard Raven Jones capped off her high school basketball career by competing in her first Public League championship game against Central.

the Saints won 3-1 in eight innings. Making it to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state semifinals is a huge accomplishment and the Neumann-Goretti baseball team wanted to be the last one standing in the Class AAA bracket. They may not have gotten their wish as they suffered a 9-4 defeat at the hands of Abington Heights, but they were one of only two District 12 squads to advance to the final four. After playing two years for Rutgers, former All-City and All-Catholic star Earl Pettis, of the 1500 block of South 15th Street, joined La Salle University’s basketball team. Neumann-Goretti baseball coach Lou Spadaccini helped his Saints end a nearly five-decade championship drought. At the end of an disappointing 2007 season, in which the Saints finished 3-18, he told his team it would have a successful ’08, which it did, ending a 11-year playoff drought.

July After racking up his share of individual accomplishments, Tony Chennault led his Saints to Catholic League and City titles during the 2008-09 season. Raven Jones, the athlete who helped put the Lady Huskies on the Public League

Junior infielder Nick Copppola and his GAMP teammates were the last baseball squad standing in the Public League’s Elite Eight.

The Rams got physical prepping for their contests, which included clinching the Public League Blue Class AAAA title.

map, received the Review’s Female Athlete of the Year Award. During her last season at Prep Charter, the girls’ basketball squad competed in its first league championship. Talented local athletes, including Neumann-Goretti grad and Syracuse University guard Antonio “Scoop” Jardine, Tywain McKee, Jason Love and Neumann-Goretti senior Mustafaa Jones, gathered at La Salle University’s Tom Gola Arena to stay in shape during the off-season with an invitation-only conditioning regimen. The daily three-hour sessions included everything from drills to full- and half-court games. Nine-year-old Alex Podagrosi, of the 2500 block of 19th Street, was one of the six participants from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation chosen to participate in the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation Got Skills competition in Brooklyn, N.Y., which is part of a youth-oriented community outreach program. He and his fellow players were divided into two teams, with his Eastern squad winning, 7-5. Former 76er and current team ambassador World B. Free visited Fels Community Center, 2407 S. Broad St., as part of the team’s Summer Hoops Tour. Free and other staffers gave the campers helpful hints on dribbling, conditioning and shooting.

August Former Neumann-Goretti head coach Bill Sytsma went semi-pro with the Philadelphia Liberty Belles, a team in the Women’s Football Alliance. Along with winning the Northeast Division title, the players racked up a number of awards and titles in their first year, including two First Team and two Second Team All-Americans, as well as two honorable mentions. Bishop Neumann grad Pat DiPilla returned to his roots to replace Chip Reitano as the Saints athletic director. He began by helping hire Rich Garfagno as head football coach to replace the departing Bill Sytsma. The Los Angeles Clippers introduced its newest acquisition, former New Orleans Hornets veteran Rasual Butler, formerly of 20th and Manton streets. Butler is a career 37-percent three-point shooter and was coming off his most productive season. The Philadelphia Comets girls’ basketball team returned from the national Amateur Athletic Union tournament in Buena Vista, Fla., with a top-20 performance under its belt. Despite being defeated 38-26, the team rose to the challenge during a 308 halftime deficit, allowing their opposition to score just eight second-half points.

September This month marked the official kickoff of high school football. The Southern Rams and Bok Wildcats went head-tohead in a non-league contest, followed by the Furness Falcons hosting Episcopal Academy. Cardinal Dougherty faced Neumann-Goretti, while Prep Charter played Imhotep Charter. Even with its solid 8-3-1 league mark in 2008-09, the Neumann-Goretti girls’ soccer squad missed the cut for the second postseason spot by a just one point. This year, the target was the division crown, which came with a first-round bye and a home playoff game.

Sports The Bok Wildcats and Furness Falcons were looking to build on recent victories, while the Southern Rams, Prep Charter Huskies and Neumann-Goretti Saints were trying to end an early drought. League games later in the month would determine which teams made the playoffs. Rogers Mtagwa, of Taylor Street, headlined a pay-per-view card at Madison Square Garden against undefeated junior featherweight champ Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez. Rated No. 15 by the World Boxing Organization, Mtagwa was ready to prove he had what it takes to stand among the 122-pound weight class elite.

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tempts for 276 yards and three touchdowns in a victory over Kings College, Neumann-Goretti grad Mark Hatty, now a junior quarterback for Delaware Valley College, was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Player of the Week. Before even playing the first basketball game of the season, Neumann-Goretti seniors Tony Chennault, Tyreek Duren, Mustafaa Jones and Daniel Stewart gathered in the school’s conference room to announce their respective college decisions. Chennault is heading to Wake Forest University, Duren to La Salle University, Stewart to Rider University, and Jones to the University of Hartford. Even though the turnout has dwindled over the years, the annual Turkey Bowl between Neumann-Goretti and Southern still brings out the faithful Thanksgiving morning. The event dates back to 1934 in a game Southern won 26-0. The squads have squared off 73 times since then, with Neumann-Goretti holding a decisive 5219-3 advantage.

December In the final minutes of the Turkey Bowl Thanksgiving morning, the NeumannGoretti Saints beat the Southern Rams for a 12-8 victory. Prep Charter grad Rodney Green and his La Salle Explorers faced Green’s former classmates and teammates Marcus and Markieff Morris in a game against the brothers’ Kansas Jayhawks. The Neumann-Goretti boys’ basketball team was the sole Pennsylvania squad to attend the 16-team Iolani Prep Classic in Hawaii. Roman Catholic High and La Salle University grad Rasual Butler stopped by the Wachovia Center, as he and his Clippers were in town to play the Sixers. SPR Comment at






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The Bok Wildcats successfully defended their Public League Class AA title with a 32-8 victory over Imhotep Charter, while the Southern Rams were shutout, 42-0, in Friday’s Class AAAA Public League quarterfinal against Washington. The Neumann-Goretti Saints finished 0-4 in the Catholic League AAA standings. Adriana Sciascia, Jennie Filippello, Karla Masciotro, Tonia Russo and Bianca Giorgio of the Neumann-Goretti girls’ soccer squad earned All-Catholic Blue Division recognition. After completing 16 of his 22 pass at-

Bok’s Jihad Ward takes air as he catches this 41-yard touchdown pass from Andre Frazier, leaping over Imhotep defender Leland Smith.

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The Southern Rams finally obtained their first victory of the football season with a score of 28-26 after going into overtime, while Furness Falcons running back Sharif Smith dominated the game over Esperanza with a 46-0 victory. It took four games, but Neumann-Goretti finally earned a spot in the winners’ circle with its 34-7 victory over Prep Charter. The world champion Phillies played Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park. Fans were able to celebrate the Spectrum with the Sixers one last time as the team invited them to say goodbye to the arena by way of a free, open-to-the-public practice. Players stretched, ran drills and let the elementary school-aged ball boys take shots while the pros covered them. After starting the year 0-3, the Rams secured a playoff spot in the Class AAAA quarterfinals. The Wildcats had a rematch with Franklin, after recently defeating the team 34-6. For Furness, meeting with Imhotep again gave the team a golden opportunity to avenge its recent 8-0 loss. The Neumann-Goretti girls’ soccer squad made history by making the postseason, while the Saints boys’ soccer team, who also qualified, lost 7-0 against ConwellEgan in the opener. Later in the week, the Southern Rams football team celebrated after clinching the Public League Blue Class AAAA title with a 4-0 mark.

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