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Archive: June, 2011

POSTED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 1:56 PM
Emily Guendelsberger's leg was broken in Saturday's mob attack on North Broad St.

Emily Guendelsberger doesn't have health insurance, so she will be wholloped with medical bills associated with the surgery she needs to fix her leg, which was broken in last Saturday night's stampede of marauding teens down Broad St.

Guendelsberger is the local arts and entertainment editor for The Onion, the satirical news and entertainment site, and she is not covered under its health-care plan. My colleague Dan Gross asked an Onion spokeswoman if the company would help Guendelsberger with her bills anyway.

Here was the cagey answer.

POSTED: Friday, June 17, 2011, 4:44 PM
Vanita Young beat out 600 other girls to earn a chance to represent the state at an important chess tourney in Texas. (Jarid Barringer / Staff photographer)

You know the best part of my job? Calling someone who's been in a pickle and letting them know that their troubles are over.

That was my happy task today, when I phoned Vanita Young and told her to pack her bags, she was going to Texas.

"Oh, my God! That's crazy! Thank you!" said Vanita, 17, when she learned that a benefactor had stepped forward to pay Vanita's way to the prestigious Susan Polgar Chess Invitational next month in Lubbock, TX.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 3:18 PM

Congrats to the good people at The Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence on North Broad Street, where a nifty new"'teen room" was unveiled yesterday. The renovation of the room from a dark, dull, institutional-looking hole in the wall to a sparkly fun center was the result of a “Pay it Forward” hands-on project by Leadship Philadelphia's Class of 2011, which will graduate tomorrow.

"We celebrated the unveiling of the new space with the volunteers, shelter residents and staff, project leaders and community representatives," spokeswoman Jamie Bartolino wrote in an e-mail yesterday that including stunning before-and-after phoots of the room. "With over $24,000 raised to fund the project, the room is a spectacular addition to the shelter, and one that will keep teens in a safe environment while granting them independence and sparking creativity."

She wrote that teens at the shelter  are already making fast use of the room's new computers, electric guitar and Wii game system. 

POSTED: Friday, June 10, 2011, 3:40 PM

Many thanks and many more chuckles to an e-mailer, who prefers to be identified only as "a devoted reader from Fishtown," for sending along the truly epic video below.

"You won't be able to get this out of your head after you watch it," he wrote.

So here's your only warning - watch this thing at your own risk.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 4:50 PM

Today's Inquirer has a nice story about the Arrow Swim Club on Germantown Ave. in Northern Liberties, described on the club'swebsite as "Philadelphia's only over-21 private poolside oasis."

"You're paying for a more mature crowd," the Inky quotes an Arrow supporter, who lives at The Piazza at Schmidts, across the avenue.   "Kids aren't running around, screaming and cannonballing right in front of you."

Somehow, I think neighbors on little W. Allen St., directly across from the club's north wall, would prefer the sound of active children to the blare of club music they had to endure on Monday night, when the Arrow held a party that was so loud, windows on Allen St. were rattling.

POSTED: Friday, June 3, 2011, 1:45 PM

Today's column about shenanigans at The Piazza was accompanied by a video featuring neighbor Mike McCandless. While I was interviewing Mike, he told me about a fundraiser being held tomorrow, June 4th, for his daughter Kaitlynn, who was diagnosed in February with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Kate, who graduates this month from Little Flower High School, has already had three surgeries and faces extensive chemotherapy, Mike told me me. Mike and his wife, Sandy, have medical insurance but it won't cover all of the medical costs related to Kaitlynn's treatment.  So family and friends are hosting a beef-and-beer fundraiser to help defray expenses.

If you want to attend, here's what you need to know:

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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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