Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

Saddle up for a surprising vacation
Does "dude ranch" conjure up images of office workers doffing their Dockers in favor of denim? Do you envision time in the saddle or sleeping under the stars, and think it might be fun for a day or two, though you're not sure about an entire vacation? What -- you haven't seen "City Slickers"? (Billy Crystal proving, of course, that...
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Fred D. Snitzer, JE Feature
If you're eager to ruin the next party you go to, stand in the middle of the room and, at the top of your lungs, scream out: "What will be better for the economy -- a Democratic or Republican president?" Shockingly, the answer you receive will depend on who answers -- a Democrat or a Republican. Let's face it: Most...
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Jared Shelley, JE Feature
With a seemingly endless line of championship banners hanging high above its court, the Abington Friends School boys basketball team worked out in much the same way past squads have prepared over the last 29 years -- with a tough, physical practice under the watchful eye of coach Steve Chadwin. When two offensive players couldn't seem to score against just...
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Mara Sokolsky, JE Feature
I was sitting in our synagogue library cataloguing books when Joanie Hirsch poked her head in. "Do you have anything on Jewish weddings?" she asked in a stage whisper. Something in her tone caused me to think the answer she wanted was not so much "Yes" as "Why?" And sure enough, when I replied "What for?" she drew herself up...
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When Gelt Financial Corporation -- a commercial lender founded by Northeast Philadelphia native Jack Miller -- purchased a small bank in 2006, it did so in the hopes of implementing a specific business model. According to Miller, the plan involved turning the Public Savings Bank -- founded in the 1920s in Willow Groove -- into a virtual bank. The idea...
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