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POSTED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 3:11 PM

On Jan. 1st, PhillyCarShare launched a pilot program that offered Philly cancer patients free rides to their hospital appointments. The goal was to recruit 100 drivers, using CarShare vehicles, to transport patients two and from treatment.  The 10-week pilot program, called PhillyPatientRide, was to be coordinated by PhillyCarShare and the American Cancer Society and funded by four Philly hospitals: Hahnemann, Temple, Jefferson and Penn.

Five months later, PhillyPatientRide has been such a boffo success, a fifth hospital - Pennsylvania - has been added and the program will now be permanently funded by the American Cancer Society.

PhillyCarShare's Gerald Furgione tells me that, as of today:

  • 1,000 rides have been fulfilled
  • 111 volunteer drivers have been trained and are ready to drive (interestingly, about 50%  are university students)
  • 202 additional individuals have inquired about the volunteer opportunity
  • 100% of patients served by PhillyPatientRide said that they would recommend the program to other patients
POSTED: Friday, May 27, 2011, 12:52 PM
Judge Ronald Buckwalter

My column yesterday about the need to send letters to Judge Buckwalter was missing an important item: Buckwalter's address! Sorry for the slip-up - I accidentally deleted the address in the version I sent to my editor for print. Argh - hate when that happens.

So if you want to tell the judge that you think he was off-base when he gave disgraced former state senator Vince Fumo is measly 55-month jail term, here's where to send your letter:

The Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter

POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 2:03 PM

Today's column about Arnold Schwartzenegger's need to tattoo pictures of his kids faces onto his penis didn't sit too well with a few readers.  They were too chicken to leave their names, but not their vitriol!



POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 12:25 PM
Conan the Barbarian needs a tattoo to save his kids from himself.

Something went haywire on the comments section following my column today, in which I suggested that Arnold Schwartzenegger tattoo pictures of his kids faces - on his penis. That way, when he's about to put his organ where it doesn't belong, he'll remember who he's really screwing and maybe zip up and leave.

A few readers have e-mailed that they find this suggestion offensive. I think it's more offensive to have a secret love child with your maid, keep her around the house for the next 13 years, have the secret exposed and bring shame next your family.

But that's just me.

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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