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Archive: November, 2010

POSTED: Monday, November 22, 2010, 9:30 AM

Got this photo from Tom Glennon, the retired firefighter I interviewed last month for my column about Lawncrest, where beloved, long-time jeweler Bill Gllatz was murdered in his store on Oct. 21.

Saturday, on the eve of the one-month anniversary of the slaying, the neighborhood turned out for a prayer vigil. Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Temple's urban-reporting lab, has a nice multimedia piece on the event. Click here to see it.

Rest in peace, Mr. Glatz. Your neighbors miss you.  

POSTED: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 1:01 PM

In my column today, about the shenanigans going on at the Independence Visitor Center, I repeatedly referred to the place as "the IVC."  However, the proper acronym of the entity is actually "IVCC" - which stands for Independence Visitor Center Corporation.

Who cares, right?

Actually, Nancy Gilboy does, very much. She's president of Philadelphia's International Visitors Council, which uses the acronym IVC. She dropped me a worried e-mail to tell me how her heart sank as she read the negative things I wrote in relation to the "IVC" - instead of the "IVCC."

POSTED: Friday, November 12, 2010, 9:39 AM
Todd, right, gets down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend Meaghan.

Got this fun e-mail from the people at the city's Mural Arts Program, about a surprise marriage proposal the program's folks helped arrange (a sweet video follows):

"A Canadian couple, Todd and Meaghan, learned about the Mural Arts Program's 'Love Letter Tour' and coordinated an extended layover in Philadelphia (en route to Paris) to experience this wildly popular tour.

"Todd contacted the Mural Arts tour office to let them know he wanted to propose to Meaghan on the tour, and the Mural Arts Program offered a clever idea in making his marriage proposal extra special.

"This video is a result of Mural Arts Program's partnership with The University of Pennsylvania  - Penn Singers Light Opera Company and Penn Glee Club. We're excited to share with you the biggest surprise of Meaghan's life!"

About this blog

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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