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Archive: September, 2010

POSTED: Monday, September 13, 2010, 9:47 AM

I attended the viewing for 5-year-old Kyler VanNocker this past weekend, and it was overwhelming to see him in his pint-sized coffin, dressed in dinosaur pajamas, in a room decorated with all his favorite things - stickers, toys, bottles of colored water, countless photos of his parents and siblings.

As I told his dad, Paul, how very sorry and sad I was about Kyler's death, Paul refused to go there.

POSTED: Friday, September 10, 2010, 11:33 AM
Caption: Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino with members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, whose Nicetown branch will be renovated thanks to a $900,000 pledge Victorino has made through his new foundation. Mandatory photo credit: Heddy Bergsman

My family is lucky enough to have tickets to the Phillies' Sunday home games. So during baseball season, I get to see a swell bunch of guys, a couple times a month, make the city proud out there on the field.

I admit having a soft spot for center-fielder Shane Victorino, whose new foundation aims to support kids' causes in Philly and in his native Hawaii.

So I'm casting my vote for "Vic," as he's known to his teammates, to win Chevrolet's 2010 Roberto Clemente award in recognition of his humanitarian urges.

True, there's a Chevy tie-in, and you're required to give your name and address to cast a vote. So I expect there's junk-mail in the future of anyone who casts a ballot. But I think Vic, one of 30 contenders, is worth it. Besides,  voters  get a shot at winning World Series tickets, so it's all good, right?

POSTED: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 11:05 PM

The carbonated host of "Countdown" on MSNBC invited me on his show this evening to discuss my column today about the death of Kyler VanNocker. Thanks, Keith, for caring.

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When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.

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