0 Politics & Government The Skating Club of Boston WIll Host a "Celebration on Ice" featuring Olympic-caliber skaters on Feb. 26. A town banquest will be on Feb.23 Mary Ellen Gambon , Patch Staff Posted Reply NORWOOD, MA - Norwood residents have two big reasons to celebrate next month, when two major events will be held to honor the town's 150th anniversary of incorporation. Ernie Paciorkowski, vice chair of the Planning Board and member of the Norwood 150 committee, announced at recent School Committee and Board of Selectmen's meetings that the Skating Club of Boston will host a family-friendly skating exhibition on Feb. 26 from 6-8:30 p.m. for $10 a ticket to benefit future Norwood 150 events. Gates will open at 4 p.m., and masks will be required. "Celebration on Ice" will feature several Olympic-caliber competitors, including Maxim Naumov, Audrey Lu and Misha, Jimmy Ma, and pairs skaters Emily Chan and Spenser Howe. … [Read more...] about Norwood 150 Sponsors Two Marquee Events In Feb. For Anniversary
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Should I go? Last summer I'd agreed to deliver the toast to Sherlock Holmes at the annual banquet of the Baker Street Irregulars in New York. But as Friday, Jan. 14, approached, the omicron variant was, as they say, raging. Still, I'd been boosted and everyone attending was required to present proof of vaccination. How, then, could I let the team down? Happily, I didn't get sick and tested negative after returning home. Perhaps it wasn't happenstance that the Westin Hotel on East 42nd Street, where most Irregulars were staying, is directly across from the Pfizer World Headquarters. Signs on its building proclaimed, "Science Will Win." This year, socializing got underway on Thursday afternoon at the Grolier Club, the country's leading society for bibliophiles. Opening that week, and running till April 16, was "Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects," an exhibition drawn from the fabled collection of Glen S. Miranker. Fabled? As I once wrote, "If the Great Agra Treasure - from 'The Sign of … [Read more...] about Book World: Sherlock Holmes through the eyes of an ultimate fan
CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — A former South Jersey teacher found a new calling that keeps her close to both schools and the wider community. It’s a cold winter morning outside Veterans Memorial Family School in Camden, but there’s no stopping Michele Pilla. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Confidence Growing Major Storm Could Bring Significant Impacts To Delaware Valley This Weekend “That’s a good day for me when I get my hands dirty,” Pilla said. Pilla is a former teacher who started the nonprofit Wholesome Riches in 2019. She started small, dropping off a few dozen bags of food for students who would otherwise go hungry on weekends. “We were packing it in my garage and dropping it off to one school and then two schools, and then when the pandemic hit, we could not go to schools anymore,” Pilla said. Pilla reached out to the Food Bank of South Jersey. Thanks to them, and in partnership with the Camden City School District, Wholesome Riches started drive-thru food pantries … [Read more...] about Brotherly Love: Wholesome Riches Nonprofit Helping To Feed Camden Community
Whatever you’re doing, pause, take a breath and come back to your body, said Brother Chan Phap Dung, recalling a lesson he learned from his teacher, revered monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who died Saturday . “Drinking a cup of tea, you can do it mindfully,” Phap Dung said. “When you’re really present with a cup of tea, you’re not wanting anything else, you see the miracle of drinking a cup of tea. I learned that from my teacher.” Known as the father of modern mindfulness and one of the key figures in popularizing Buddhism in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh's death was confirmed by Plum Village, the monastic community he founded in France after being exiled from Vietnam. Those who knew him are paying homage to a man whose kind and unassuming demeanor was coupled with a strong social justice mindset. But it was his focus on the little things that rocketed his teachings to fame in the U.S., experts said. “He had this way of being accessible, particularly to Asian American Buddhists who … [Read more...] about How Thich Nhat Hanh pioneered modern mindfulness in the West
Many Ukrainians appear more concerned about the potential economic fallout of panic over a Russian invasion – including a decline in the value of the national currency and potentially soaring natural gas prices – than any military activity on its own, locals told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) on Tuesday. Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014 and colonized its Crimea region, and is still illegally present there and attempting to legitimize its presence through measures like distributing Russian passports to residents of Ukraine. In the east of the country, pro-Russia “separatists” have waged war on Kyiv since 2014, as well. Russian officials claim to have no ties to the war in eastern Donbas, but the Ukrainian government and other international observers have documented extensive evidence of Russian government support for the war there. Fears of a further Russian invasion into Ukraine escalated last week after President Joe Biden appeared to indicate that America would not … [Read more...] about Ukrainians Shrug Off Biden War Panic: ‘People Are More Worried About Gas Prices’
Photo: Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that she would run for a 19th consecutive congressional term in California’s June 7 top-two primary. There is certainly no one in her San Francisco district who can deny her that opportunity, though some ambitious Democrats might have fantasized about it. Some observers who recall her 2018 pledge to step down as Speaker after the 2021-2022 117th Congress may have been surprised by the announcement. But Pelosi never said she’d leave the House just because she’s handing over the gavel and the role of Democratic leader. Yes, it’s become common for big-time Washington powerhouses to go home altogether when they lose their lofty perches (two of her recent predecessors, John Boehner and Newt Gingrich , both resigned their seats in the middle of terms upon giving up the Speakership under intra-party pressure). But it’s not necessary, and Pelosi’s explanation that she wanted to stay in office to deal with the … [Read more...] about Pelosi to Run for House Again … But Not for Speaker?