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Author Archive | Joseph Myers

What's Happening in:  Marconi 

David the Goliath

Melaragni in his Cowichan Valley Capitals uniform. Photo provided by David Melaragni.

Having scored MVP honors for his Canadian junior team, a Marconi East ice hockey star will soon enter the college ranks.

By Joseph Myers

This Post sponsored by the Triangle Tavern

When preparing for a new challenge, some athletes might find themselves hesitant to hold great expectations for obtaining immediate success. Thanks to his recent commendation as the Most Valuable Player for the Cowichan Valley Capitals, and distinction as the third-leading scorer among British Columbia Hockey League defensemen, David Melaragni is not in that league.

“I want to dominate,” the 21-year-old product of Marconi East said of his next stop, Canisius College, to whom he committed in the winter. “I want to dedicate myself to becoming better every day and further my goal to play professional hockey.” Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Lower Moyamensing 

A Measured Approach

An East Passyunk Crossing poet will appear at a favorite haunt to celebrate National Poetry Month.

By Joseph Myers

Maria Famà is a nationally-renown poet who has read pieces across the country. This Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m., she’ll celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading at the Fumo Family Branch of the Free Library, 2437 S. Broad StreetFamà has participated in more than 10 readings at the Lower Moyamensing-based library. She enthusiastically accepted the invitation of Fumo Branch Manager Abbe Klebanoff. “It’s such a wonderfully inviting space,” she said of the site, where she also enjoys yoga lessons and meditation instruction. “I’m thrilled to be able to present some of my work there for this celebration…because of the sense of belonging that the Fumo Branch exudes.” Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  Whitman 

Festive Farewells

A Whitman-based funeral home supervisor often calls on Mummery to create touching sendoffs.

By Joseph Myers

As Brian Donnelly sees it, death need not be a somber matter to face. Instead, the passing of an individual can serve as a chance to laud that person’s legacy. Donnelly, one of the namesakes behind Murphy Ruffenach Brian Donnelly Funeral Home, 2237-41 S. Third St., does just that roughly 225 times a year. Nearly half of those farewells are festive, Mummers-infused celebrations that rival the reverence and extravagance of famous New Orleans jazz funerals.

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Dishes and Dances

Photo by Mata Independen.

St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Point Breeze will host an Indonesian Food Festival on March 23rd

By Joseph Myers

While roughly 10,000 miles separate Jakarta and her Montgomery County residence, Mutia Riasinta Penyami Storms, known by the nickname “Sinta,” never finds herself far from her Indonesian roots. She has been recognized as a central figure in the Indonesian cultural community since she founded Modero & Company, an Indonesian dance company, in 2011. On March 23, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., she will oversee the Indonesian Food Festival at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, 18th and Morris streets.

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