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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
A large crew works with a pneumatic paver laying down a new asphalt street surface in Northwest Philadelphia Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
​Watch video here. Our immediate neighbors' leaf blower landscape man is our bane. I know when he and his crew has visited: our front side and back walk areas are much covered in grit and leaves. We live in very modest size twin houses on an urban street graced with large sycamore maple trees. We have very little land area and about 15 feet between non-adjoined houses. The landscaper makes heavy use of a gas powered leaf blower At times... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
Clockwise from top left. Teens from Wordsworth Academy, a special needs school assist children in making recycled bottle planters. An activist with Sea Shepherd talks about the group's efforts to save endangered porpoises and whales. From the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ, a horseshoe crab. FEMA is ready to assist in disasters, this representative from the flood mitigation unit assures. Evergreen Lane farm sets up aquaponics systems. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
​ Zak Zaklad leads Mount Airy Tai Chi one early spring day outside at Ned Wolf Park. The group is learning the 37 form Cheng Man-Ching Simplified Yang Style Tai Chi. A self-desribed martial arts guy who began to find Karate's fast explosive moves hard on his aging joints, he's being doing Tai Chi for twenty years. "To my mind, Tai Chi is the most wonderful healing practice-body mind and spirit. Watch video here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
​When a thunderstorm kept the J S Jenks kindergartners from visiting the Chestnut Hill Library for a program, the library came to them. Author Cynthia Kreilick read aloud in Spanish and English with the children from her book "Lucha y Lola," illustrated by her daughter Alyssa. The story, about travel and change, is inspired by the Calveras (skeleton depictions) associated with the Day of the Dead that Kreilick encountered on a family trip to Mexico. It concludes with the protagonists... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
​Sarah Mitteldorf's physical theater ensemble, Kaleid ("As in Kaleidoscope. As in Collide") had a work in progress last fall and then, as she tells it, "November 8th happened" and they had to scrap the piece. In response to the nasty and violent rhetoric directed against women, people of color, and the LGBT community that led up to President Trump's election and in response to what Mitteldorf calls a developing "national narrative" of disconnect and exclusion, they are using the tools... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
John Kromer, Philadelphia Housing Director under former Mayor Ed Rendell is out gathering signatures on petitions in support of Rich Negrin, City Managing Director under former Mayor Nutter, for Philadelphia District Attorney. Kromer, who ran for Philadelphia Sherrif in 2011 on the platform of abolishing the office, personally attests to Negrin's integrity and is confident Negrin would not support local law enforcement cooperation with ongoing U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) roundups of illegal aliens absent warrants for their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews
​Each day, Lisa Backe, "Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator" of the Goose Squad, LLC travels 100 miles and opens the door to her car at 28 different sites to allow her dog to chase away unwanted Canada geese. Your correspondent ran into Lisa and her small, friendly, rescue dog, Rita, on their second trip that day to the Morris Arboretum in Northwest Philadelphia, zipping around in a small car to the geese hotspots. It's a matter of harnessing the dog's natural... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at CLOSE UP Video Interviews