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POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 3:27 PM
Filed Under: City Life | Faith | Media
Supporters of St. Laurentius School march through their Fishtown neighborhood. Some say the archdiocese relied on outdated information in its decision to close the school. (LAURENCE KESTERSON / Staff Photographer)

This just in: St. Laurentius Catholic School will stay open after all, the the delight of Fishtowners who fought valiantly and against great odds.

As my colleague Martha Woodall reports, Holy Trinity (in Morrisville) and St. Laurentius got the good news today.

In all, at least 21 parish schools and three high schools had appealed the commission's recommendations for closure, Woodall writes. The archdiocese is expected to announce Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's appeal decisions Friday.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 5:59 AM

News that the Steel Pier's famous/infamous diving horse shows won't be brought back from the dead has refreshed my Boardwalk memories.

In the Atlantic City of the late 1970s, what was left of the past was awaiting demolition.

But as venerable hotels fell and casinos rose, my friends and I -- refugees from Syracuse, NY -- walked the boards in search of artifacts.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 12:02 PM

NJ Senator Jim Beach shared his yes vote on marriage equality with one of his harshest critics Monday.

"I just thought it was the right thing to do," the Camden County Democrat says, referring to his decision to support the bill -- and to invite liberal activist Jay Lassiter to sit beside him as the roll was called in the Senate. The measure was approved 24-16; the state Assembly is set to take up the matter Thursday.

Beach and several other key Democrats abstained when marriage equality last came before the Senate two years ago. 

POSTED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 9:42 AM

The proposal to force a divorce between Rutgers-Camden and the rest of the statewide university is predicated in part on a “profoundly inaccurate” perception of the campus as a stepchild.

Rutgers-Camden is not a minor-league version of the “real” Rutgers in New Brunswick, but instead shares equally in the human capital, library databases, and other resources of a “seamless” system, says Andrew Shankman, associate professor of history.

He notes the system already has research university status -- a goal cited by South Jersey political leaders pushing the proposed absorption of Rutgers-Camden by Rowan University.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 9:29 AM

For those of you still scrambling to find the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your sweetums, the team at The Chris Stigall Show has a swell idea: A verbal smackdown from the Governor of New Jersey, because "nobody says 'love' like Chris Christie."

I caught the biting mock commercial for "Christie Cards" driving to work while listening to the WPHT 1210 AM radio talk show. Think Hallmark, but with instantly classic Christie-isms like "Numnuts" and "You must be the thinnest-skinned guy in America." (Stigall's producers kindly shared the clip below.)

Listening to the bit, I thought of an easy way Christie could have fun with his tough-guy image and raise much-needed new revenue for his cash-strapped state: Record custom voicemail for a fee.

POSTED: Monday, February 13, 2012, 1:54 PM
Filed Under: Art | City Life
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art's "Van Gogh Up Close" is a terrific show.

Alas, so are the crowds, especially on Sundays. Turns out lots of people had the same great idea on a bitterly cold February afternoon.

The result is "Van Gogh Kind of Up Close," though it's wonderful to see the museum that packed, and with all ages.  Here's the Inquirer's Stephan Salisbury's smart piece on the continuing allure of the tortured artist.

POSTED: Monday, February 13, 2012, 9:01 AM

As New Jersey considers amputating Rutgers-Camden from the rest of statewide university system, one legislator wants to rewrite the Rutgers alma mater.

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, the fearless old-school liberal Democrat from Bergen County, has introduced a bill urging Rutgers to modernize “On the Banks of the Old Raritan” so it sounds less like a rah-rah ditty from the school’s prehistoric all-male past and more like, you know, a paean to the panorama of diversity that is Rutgers today.

Weinberg’s bill suggests the song drop “My father sent me to old Rutgers/ And resolv'd that I should be a man” in favor of something more “gender neutral,” although the latter isn’t specified. The bill makes no suggestion about what to do with the spellcheck-challenging “resolv’d,” either.

POSTED: Friday, February 10, 2012, 9:22 AM

The sweets on a new school breakfast menu are getting a sour reaction from at least one Woodbury, NJ parent.

Morning treats for Evergreen Avenue Elementary School students include a “super donut” (yum!), “muffin loaf” (?) and even “Pop Tarts” (yuck).

“Me and my husband both have Type-2 diabetes, so we’re very aware of the problems an improper diet can cause,” the mother of a second-grader tells the Gloucester County Times.

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