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Escape the Rain and take your Kids to the Garden State Discovery Museum!

Posted in Arts and Entertainment, Community News, Local Treasures, Neighborhood Noir, sports with tags , , , on August 19, 2011 by laurarobbprh

By Laura Robb

With this month of August now becoming “the rainiest month” many parents are looking for ways to keep their kids occupied, and out of the house.

Located in Cherry Hill New Jersey, The Garden State Discovery Museum, is a sanctuary for children of all ages. Whether you have a crawling baby or an eight year old, every child will find something to play with.

This is not your average museum. Here, children are expected to touch and play with everything that is in front of them. At the Garden State Discovery Museum, each exhibit is set up to allow kids to use their imagination and pretend to be whomever they choose.

Enter the Silver Diner, a life-size diner where kids can serve the parents for a change! They can pretend to cook and serve their “guests” in whichever fashion they like. Kids can challenge their own creativity by creating dishes that can be as traditional or untraditional as they want. Never worry about the clean up, all the food is plastic!

After your “meal” head on down to the news station, the Action News Desk to be exact. Here your child can be a reporter, a camera man, or predict the weather. Answer phones, and update the world about what is going on. The camera is actually real, and will broadcast your children across the museum.

Next you can work out and be the professional athlete in you. Go “Get Fit” in this exhibit fully equipped with golfing, basketball, and even The Flyers mini rink! This promotes healthy lifestyles for children and parents.

If adventure is what you want, go see the turtles and reptiles! Here in this exhibit there are ten different turtles, along with Chinese Water Dragons, Australian Bearded Dragons, millipedes, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, snakes, and Tarantulas.

All this fun  is perfect for yet another rainy day, or even a sunny one. Fees for entry are only 10.95 a person, 12 months and up.

The hours are 9:30- 5:30 with plenty of free parking available.

The address is 2040 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill NJ, 08003. For more information please call 856-424-1233.

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Four Phillies Earn All-Star Status

Posted in sports, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 4, 2011 by mariamprh

The Philadelphia Phillies maintain an active presence on the National League All-Star team, with the possibility of center fielder Victorino joining four already selected All-Stars.

By MARIA MURRAY

As Major League Baseball’s 2011 season reaches its halfway point, fans of both National and American League teams await the final lineup for the 82nd Annual All-Star Game. Shortly after the MLB’s Home Run Derby on July 11th , the All-Star Game will be held Tuesday, July 12th at 8 p.m.. Also referred to as the “Midsummer Classic,” the All-Star game will take place in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field.

While the Phillies have represented the National League at a consistent level over the past few seasons, this year’s All-Star game will feature a highly sought-after aspect of this Word Series winning clubhouse: its pitching.

Phillies who have already earned spots on the National League All-Star team include Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels, who make up three-fifths of the Phillies’ pitching rotation. Until this year, three Phillies pitchers have never been selected for one All-Star game. Halladay, Lee, and Hamels will be joining Phillies’ third baseman, Placido Polanco, who has also earned a spot on the All-Star team.

Lee will make his third All-Star appearance next week, continuing what was a godlike performance during the month of June (which included three consecutive complete game shut-outs). Alongside him is eight-time All-Star Roy Halladay, who has earned eleven wins and only three loses so far this season. With Hamels potentially pitching on the final Sunday prior to the All-Star break, the Phillies could miss an appearance from their third All-Star (Major League Baseball dictates that Sunday starters cannot appear in the All-Star game).

Phillies’ center fielder Shane Victorino also has a chance at making it on the roster, as polls in the Final Vote are open until 4 p.m. Thursday. Leading the Phillies in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, Victorino may likely win the Final Vote for his seond year in a row.

To send Victorino to the All-Star Game, go to the 2011 All-Star Final Vote Ballot online.

Sticking true to the title “City of Brotherly Love”

Posted in Community News, sports with tags , on October 27, 2010 by daniellerosatiprh
Philadelphians still show love to their beloved team, regardless of the devastating loss.
By: Danielle Rosati

Unfortunately Philadelphia will not be hosting the 2010 World Series this year.  Hearts broke all over the City of Brotherly after the devastating loss on Saturday night against the San Francisco Giants.  But regardless of the heartbreak, many ‘phans’ hearts still swell with pride for their Phillies and the love for them will never die.  

“Saying the Phillies’ loss was a shock is an understatement. Even though they had trouble scoring runs all season, I just felt as if they would come through with that big hit and things would turn around. My whole life revolves around this team. Needless to say, the next five months are going to be incredibly boring. I will always be a dedicated fan despite what the team does on the field because the team is like my second family. It might sound stupid or weird but after watching every night for six months, you begin to feel like you know them. The Phillies have always prided themselves in not only getting talented players, but good hearted players, which makes them lovable.” – Kirsten Swanson, Temple University Student

“The Phillies are an all around great team. From Ben Francisco to Ryan Howard, they aren’t called the “Phightins Phils” for no reason.” – Jonathan Girardo, Philadelphia City Employee

“They were the best team this year, but the best team doesnt always win.  Sometimes the other team gets lucky.  But next year luck won’t help anyone, the phils will be the champions!” – Roy Stewart, Community College of Philadelphia Student

“I will always remain dedicated to the Phillies no matter what. Though this is a difficult time and a horrid ending to a promising season, the future is as bright as it’s ever been. This team has the money to compete now and will continue to improve. Game 6 was painful to watch as was this entire series for many reasons. This wasn’t the same team we saw all season long. It was a bizarre ending to say the least. But I have every confidence that we will be back stronger than ever in 2011.” – Andrew Kearney, Temple University Student

“So I watch every single game from the beginning of April until the end of October. People in Philadelphia have a sort of loyality to their city and their teams, though they don’t always show it at times. I think that the spite we feel is genuinely out of love. It’s kind of like parenting. No parent likes to see their child perform less than what they are capable of. That is exactly what the Phillies did. All of the sports casters in the world who predicted them to win the World Series could never account for that. The Phillies offense simply did not deliver. The Bullpen looked incredible and is not to blame by any means. On that note, neither is Ryan Howard. At least 9 or 10 runners were left on base throughout game 6. If you cannot bring runners in scoring position in, you cannot win games. The Phillies put runners on and then left them there. I think fans are disappointed but more than that shocked. No one could have expected the end result- especially based on statistics alone. But it was certainly a wake up call for us Phillies fans. No, our boys are not invincible. Because they are just like us. And sometimes…they fall short.” – Catie Duffield, Temple University Student

“I still love them and know that they will come back strong next year. I expect big bounce back years from Chase, Jimmy, and Ryan. They will have something to prove after losing in such a bad way and all having down years.” – Alexis Marsella, Temple University Alum

So there you have it! Although the Phillies unfortunately fell short, they still have the undying love from their ‘phans’. Great Season Phils! See you in 2011!

Get In Shape

Posted in sports, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 14, 2010 by jennifercooperprh

A new season is approaching (oh how I love you, fall), which means skinny jeans, over the knee boots, leggings and tunics are back in! It’s time to get motivated so you feel great in your fall fashion favorites.

courtesy of: buzzle.com

 By: Jennifer Cooper

As I feel the weather getting cooler, I can’t help but smile thinking about bringing out all of my favorite fall pieces. Although it is a daunting task, I am looking forward to reorganizing my closet and replacing all my summer favorites (see you next year!) for my new fall favs. And after just purchasing my copy of “Body by Bethenny” (see link below), I am ready to go. Give me some of that if she can look that amazing 3 months after having a baby!

Every season I promise myself that I will get in shape so that I feel comfortable and confident in all the looks I want to wear. And although I love taking chances with my fashion statements, feeling confident is of utmost importance in pulling them off. How do we achieve that, you ask? Get in shape! (Duh.)

Easier said than done. It is common knowledge that eating healthy and exercising are key to getting in shape; however, the sugar and carb gods are out to get each and every one of us. How easy is it to grab a muffin or donut at work in the morning? Let’s face it- we all run late in the mornings, and they are so sweet and delicious and right there! Even harder is it when you miss breakfast, don’t have time to pack lunch and have to go to your work cafe in between meetings. While your mind is busy thinking about when, where and who that meeting is with, it most likely isn’t spending time considering your healthiest options (that piece of pizza or those chicken fingers will be quick and easy). Sound familiar?

I have found that the best way to stay motivated is to set a goal and include a friend. It is so much easier when you have someone there to remind you not to eat the fries, to hit the gym after work, or to take a walk with you on the weekends. By switching up your routine, it is harder to get bored and easier to stay motivated. Nothing to do Saturday afternoon? Walk around the city (you could incorporate shopping in this exercise!), walk to the park or play a sport with your friends. Not hungover? Hit up the gym nice and early and get your workout out of the way.

Whatever works for you, remind yourself that it will eventually pay off. Pack your lunch the night before (you’ll save money and calories by packing yourself). Can’t make it to the gym? Turn on Exercise TV and choose a fun work out whenever you have time. Although the odds are against us, with a little motivation and discipline, we can make it work! And if you are still desperate for motivation, just print out the picture above. Who doesn’t want those abs?!

Hey, its worth a shot…

Think about it: Can you get in shape? I triple dog dare you.

Body by Bethenny: http://amazon.com/bethenny

P.S. Looking for quick, easy and healthy recipes? Consider purchasing a copy of any of the Hungry Girl books. You can also sign up for their emails and new, delicious recipes will be sent to your inbox daily!

Website: http://www.hungry-girl.com/

Temple vs. Villanova in the Mayor’s Cup

Posted in Community News, sports with tags , , , , on August 23, 2010 by danielferrarelloprh

College football season in Philadelphia kicks off in a big way on Friday, September the third at Lincoln Financial Field.

By Daniel Ferrarello

Temple Running Back, Bernard Pierce. Photo courtesy of http://www.owlsports.com

For the second straight year the Temple Owls will begin their season facing off against the Villanova Wildcats at Lincoln Financial Field.  Last year’s match was the first game of what would become historic seasons for both programs.  Temple ended its year with a nine and four record, its first winning season in over a decade and qualified for its first bowl game since 1979.  Villanova, the winner of last year’s Cup, enjoyed their finest ever football season, winning the National Championship in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.  While Villanova’s season ended in ultimate success, Temple must succeed in the 2010 season to remove the bad taste left from their loss to UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl.  The Owls hope to not only qualify for, but to win a bowl game this year, and they have a good chance to do so if they get continued stellar play from their running back and Heisman Trophy hopeful, Bernard Pierce who is now entering his sophomore year with the Owls.  With both Philadelphia teams the best they’ve been in decades, now is the time to get excited for college football in Philly.

http://www.owlsports.com

http://www.villanova.com/sports

The Soft ball Era

Posted in Community News, sports on August 12, 2010 by miacprh

A once considered woman’s sport,Soft Ball is sweeping over Philadelphia parks as more than six different soft ball leagues have been sprouting up.

by Mia Cammisa

Ever since the Phillies won the world series in 2009 Philadelphians have had the baseball crazies but even before then they were playing soft ball. About ten years ago there were two soft ball leagues. One, the Palumbo league located at 10th and Fitzwater and the other the Capitolo League at 9th and Wharton. Since then four more leagues have popped up two of which are co-ed all located in south Philadelphia. The great thing about soft ball is that anyone cal play. The age range of the leagues go from 18-50 and because the ball is bigger and moves slower it’s easier to play but is still a fun game.

The games are run by the various parks they are played in and are sponsored  by local bars. One such Bar is the Devil’s Den who sponsors a team of the same name. The Bar gets it’s name out and the team gets sponsored. “It’s to the point where I can walk into a bar and say ‘I’m selling a double wall bat’ and people will know what I mean,” says Louis Cammisa who plays for the team Devil’s Den. The whole process is a symbiotic relationship. The parks get money, the teams get to play and the bars get their name out there. Teams usually name themselves after bars and sport shirts with the bar’s logo on it and bar patrons usually attend the games.

This doesn’t stop at Philadelphia either; leagues have been started in Fairmount and Roxborough. Neighborhoods  are playing against each other and getting out and active.

With time this trend may spread into all areas of Philadelphia. Baseball continues to be America’s past time and because of it soft ball is thriving in Philadelphia.

9th Annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge

Posted in Food, sports with tags , on August 6, 2010 by daniellerosatiprh

Try some of Philadelphia’s best barbeque down at the ballpark!

garrysbbqchallenge.org

By: Danielle Rosati

Tomorrow, August 7, there is an event taking place that is open to anyone who would like to attend. On Citizens Bank Way right outside of the Phillies ballpark, Hatfield Quality Meats is sponsoring an event with Philadelphia area restaurants taking part in showing off some of their finest barbeque cuisine. Some of the restaurants include McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, Bomb Bomb BBQ Grill, Carolina Blue Smokehouse & Taproom and Great American Pub, just to name a few!

To taste some of these delicious BBQ treats, all you need to do is buy tickets from the vendors which cost $15 for three tickets. All of the money collected from ticket sales is being donated to charity.  Also there will be raffles sold to win a Jimmy Rollins autographed bat, restaurant gift certificates, and many other fun prizes.  A few local celebrities will be present at the barbeque including Larry Anderson.

So before you head down to Citizen’s Bank Park to watch the Phillies vs. Mets game at 7:05 p.m., go enjoy some of Philly’s favorite barbeque outside of the ballpark!

More details can be found on the Barbeque Challenge’s website at http://www.garrysbbqchallenge.org/.