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Shoe-in for Shubin: Lower Merion High alum Neil Shubin, author of Your Inner Fish, has found his, reeling in a major honor by being installed a member of the National Institute of Science in Washington, D.C. The U of Chicago alum also addressed the gathering; indeed, the world is spinning his way as the author awaits publication of his next tome,The Universe Within, coming out in January. Making the trip to the capital -- and rightfully tripping the light fantastic over Neil's honor -- are parents Seymour and Gloria. ...

Apple for the teacher: Andrew Saltz, an English teacher at Paul Robeson High, has been named one of the Distinguished Teachers/Philadelphia School District High School by the Lindback Foundation. Relax and celebrate, Andy; grab some chewing gum. ...

Bruce Aronow and Andrew Kaplan are new board members of the Please Touch Museum. Does this mean unlimited carousel rides? ...

Rock violinist Lily Haydn, never one to hide her Philly roots, has fans eagerly awaiting her first CD in four years. She's been busy, doing TV, playing L.A. clubs and scoring the film The Manson Girls, starring Eric Balfour. ...

Take us to your leader! They did just that when AJC presented its 2012 Community Leadership Award to Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake at a dinner/tribute saluting her "social conscience, devotion to philanthropy and dedication to the community." An associate minister at the Vine Memorial Baptist Church, the honoree -- president of Independence Blue Cross Foundation and veep of community affairs -- has counted among her civic activities the United Negro College Fund and Urban Affairs Coalition. ...

It was big bimah doings at Germantown Jewish Centre recently as Rabbi Adam Zeff was officially installed at the synagogue. It's been a much lauded 10-year trek as Zeff arrived at GJC in 2002 as a student rabbi. ...

Odd job being a dramatist? Not for Jackie Goldfinger, one of those with the Midas touch serving as an expert adviser -- the playwright and former Philadelphia Theater Company dramaturg's got the creds -- for the upcoming PTC ActOut Summer Conservatory for teens. ...

Then came Jennifer: The next best thing to reading Jennifer Weiner's The Next Best Thing, which doesn't come out until July? Seeing and listening to her as she's been giving area speeches and appearances in support of her current tome, Then Came You, including a recent stop at the Gershman Y. ...

It's Hammer time! Native sons/producers Mike Tollin and Glenn Rigberghave rounded the bases with this one, scooping up rights to turn Howard Bryant's The Last Hero: The Life Story of Henry Aaron into a flick about Hammerin' Hank. Making it a local triple play: Philly's Adam Mazer is scripting. ...

Meanwhile, read into this what you may: Larry Weiss and Tobey Dichter have been named to the board of the Free Library of Philadelphia. ...

A Scherr thing: Art and Linda Scherr were feted at the just-held 10th annual Leadership Award Celebration of Martin's Run. ...

They must have RSVP'd on time: The Retired Senior and Volunteer Program at the Klein JCC is presenting its Community Leadership Award to Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers and his solidly run Philadelphia Fire Department on May 24 at the Philmont Country Club.

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