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​ JS Jenks Academy for Arts and Sciences Teacher Jon Tietz is motivated to have his students produce good art. And to do that, he regularly integrates math concepts of patterns and perspective into student lessons and projects. He recently showed off eye-catching student works of art in a variety of media, some inspired by Greek classics, Alexander Calder or M.C. Escher, dramatically on display along the school's first floor corridor. Tietz has built 12 large collapsible wooden frames with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Street musicians Tahir Jamal and Carty Brown (above) both grew up in Northwest Philadelphia. On a temperate fall day Jamal was outside Kilian Hardware improvising on his keyboard while Carty Brown, on the guitar, tried out instrumentals he just recently composed outside the Chestnut Hill Coffee shop. Watch music video and interview of Chestnut Hill street performers. Tahir Jamal (drums) and Eddie Flotte (guitar) entertain passersby on Germantown Avenue. Watch video of street musicians playing What a Wonderful World. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Charlie Gangloff of Top of the Hill market and a helper hoist the first Christmas tree of the season onto an upright the Monday before Thanksgiving. They expect to receive 1000 trees this season, all grown in Bloomsburg Pa, 90 miles northwest of the city. This one is a 9.5 foot Frasier Fir weighing from 75 to 100 pounds. At the end of the season, Gangloff says customers can drop off their trees through a program of the CH Business... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Ken Nichols teaches how to sword fight for the stage and screen (movies) in his swashbuckling course. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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​ I finally got around to having my car's defective Takata airbag replaced and driving into the dealership, discovered that the service area had been completely renovated into a covered structure with multiple lances. Conicelli Honda in Conshohocken is one of the first in the nation to be equipped with new Hunter Engineering automated technology according to service advisor Russ Hauer. As explained by Hauer and demonstrated by Assistant Service Manager Marc Varallo, as you drive into the service area... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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​ "Welcome to the Northwestern stables Haunted Horses Event 2017. Today we're inside because it's raining but it's still a lot of fun. As you can see we have pumpkin decorating here, we have cupcake decorating and then the feature of our event is always the horse and rider costume contest which I believe is starting soon! Northwestern Stables is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. We do a lot of equine-focused programs for children and adults. We have a riding program.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Jesus Sect angrily confronts "slut witches, faggots" attending Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival warning HELLFIRE awaits. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Eigthy-one year artist old trash picks mattress, enlists athletic looking pedestrian to help her move it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Vendor selling flowers works long days outside, sandwiched on narrow concrete between two very busy traffic lanes. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Hearing that WAWA convenience stores were giving out free coffee in celebration of International Coffee Day, on Friday morning your correspondent headed over to the Mt Airy store to grab a cup. The scene in the coffee area was crowded, festive- and a touch frenzied. The barista, who was refilling large coffee canisters non-stop, expected the store would serve about 4000 free cups that morning and said WAWA observes NATIONAL Coffee Day each year. He wasn't sure where WAWA coffee... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Near Gettysburg, PA Carrie Eastman lovingly raises fainting goats, who due to a genetic condition, fall over sideways when their muscles stiffen when they are excited or startled. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
Iraqi war veteran commemorates fallen battalion comrades on Memorial Day with long solo march carrying large US flag accompanied by PTSD therapy German Shepherd dog. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Wissahickon naturalists harvest monarch butterfly eggs from milkweed leaves, feed the caterpillars until they pupate, then release the butterflies for their two thousand mile journey to Mexico forest. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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High schoolers host bean bag toss to promote racial harmony and benefit social justice efforts of Southern Poverty Law Center. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
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Exhibition curators discuss iconic historical photographs of the Wissahickon Valley, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
Funny Vaudeville poet also preaches, blows up balloons with her oversize camera contraption, paints your faces on them, serenades and, astoundingly, whistles at a professional level. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
Senior citizen volunteers from AARP display big sign and gather petition signatures against government medicare and healthcare cuts at neighborhood ice cream store. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
Bullied in school for his shrunken arm disability, this young man lashed out at classmates but when he grew up, channeled his anger into fighting mixed martial arts with a focus on American Kenpo. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
Colombian, former owner of a pasofino horse, seen admiring the horses at the Saul Agricultural School pasture, believes everybody should horseback ride because it is so wonderful. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
The artist, as a child on her family's farm villa in Italy happily exploring the ruins of Roman civilization on its expanse, naively thought that were the Allied Forces to bomb her villa, they would make more interesting rubble for her to explore- until the bombing became real. Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
Honduran nature educator is enthusiastic about identifying birds and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
School art teacher starts t-shirt (wearable art) business featuring images of a wolf and and pig together, "wolfpig," to promote political and social change, explore mythology and express spirituality. Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
Philadelphia missionaries raise funds for a trip to repair school buildings in Haiti damaged by 2010 earthquake and conduct bible study in an orphanage. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
She bhangra danced all week long at her stepsister's wedding in India and loved it so much that when she returned she took up Bollywood dancing lessons. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
Save A Lot grocery stores will drive shoppers who buy sixty dollars or more of food and products home with their groceries within a three mile radius. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews