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Old-timers group presents honors

The Oldtimers Bats and Balls Association last week presented its William “Pickles” Kennedy Memorial Award to a longtime volleyball official and a successful fast-pitch softball team.Kennedy was a former star basketball player at Abraham Lincoln...

Emotional attachment for fighting AIDS

For the TimesEver since he was a teenager, Philadelphian Jon Garvey has been an eager volunteer. At 15, it was the Red Cross, and all through high school he signed up for community service projects.Then,...

You’re covered! Independent bookstores are doing just fine on their own

Jonathan Sipes, manager at The Next Page on 722 Chestnut St., looks up the value of books online.Kevin Cook/for the TimesAmy Dougherty and Jonathan Sipes have a simple message for those who lament the extinction of...

Partners in song at the Hancock School

They didn’t have TV, so they didn’t play video games. Their neighborhood, they felt, was a big family, and they didn’t text their friends; they talked to them. Written messages didn’t flash across tiny...

Gritty Philly film had to fight for its ‘Big Break’

In 2009, Norristown native Sean Kirkpatrick and a handful of others gathered in the river wards to tell a story.Setting up shop in a house on Richmond Street, they scraped together whatever money and resources...

The summer sounds of Penn’s Landing

Keeya Branson-Davis has been lining up free riverfront entertainment for Philadelphians for 14 years.As director of programming for the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. (the successor to Penn’s Landing Corp.), she mixes crowd favorites with new acts.For...

Actress is indebted to ‘Miss Saigon’

Melinda Chua is appearing in her eighth production of Miss Saigon, opening May 25 and running through July 17 at the Walnut Street Theatre.But don’t think for one moment that this actress/singer ever grows tired...

Music Row: Festival gems in Fishtown

There’s a running joke in Philly that, at some point in the 1960s, all of Kensington and Fishtown picked up and headed north, seeking refuge in the bucolic sprawl of the Great Northeast, where...

Mayberry might make a difference

John Mayberry Jr. should be the Phillies’ starting rightfielder.If for no other reason than to shake this lineup up a bit to see if this offense can get going, Mayberry should be given the...

At the Movies: ‘Bridesmaids’ not the typical wedding flick

Bridesmaids is another entry in the “weddings make women act crazy” movie genre. However, unlike many of the others, it’s actually very entertaining and not filled with clichés.If you’ve seen any Judd Apatow movie (The...
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