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Sipping limoncello and sangria in a country-like setting, listening to live performances on an open mic, nibbling on cheese and olives — I was whiling away a summer evening at Sunday’s Italian Night at the Rose Hip Barn in Thornton. Hosted by “Ciao Bella Living Italian Style,” the event was …

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Delaware County resident Judith Hill had enough outrageous stories to tell after trying out online dating for six months that she could write a book! After Judith hung up her cyberspace search for a soulmate, she got out a pen and did exactly that.

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On Saturday night, I had the honor to attend an Italian cabaret fundraiser hosted by Ciao Delco and Widener University at the Delaware County Bar Association in Media. The event was a sellout, which wasn’t surprising because it featured a couple hours of yummy Italian food and wine, dancing,…

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Here at the newspaper, there are always certain local events that signal for us that spring has definitely arrived. One, of course, was last Tuesday when local residents, despite the wintry weather, hit up Rita’s for their free cup of water ice. This is a Delaware County tradition that we co…

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When I was a little kid growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, many parents, including mine, didn’t limit television watching. I guess they figured that we ran around and played outside constantly, so having us inside quietly glued to the tube was a good way to have us stay out of mischief and fi…

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I’ll be the first person to admit that I suffer majorly from FOMO. For those who don’t know, FOMO is the acronym for “fear of missing out.” My FOMO affliction propels me to RSVP affirmatively to most invitations and encourages me to check out new places, trends and events so that I don’t fee…

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Every once in a while, just for fun, I step back to look at new trends that have popped up around me. Take, for example, The Fidget. Who hasn’t seen the kids — and even some grownups — playing with one of these new little gadgets that appeared in the last few months? It’s a little plastic gi…

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Every May, we can count on the same things. We celebrate and observe Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Spring flowers bloom, the grass grows, the sun shines and flea markets, fairs, 5K runs and outdoor festivals seem to pop up everywhere. Our weekends get filled with graduations,…

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It’s a known fact that most people don’t explore the touristy sites right in their own backyards. If you took a random poll of people who live in this area, many would likely say they’ve never been to see the Liberty Bell or Carpenter’s Hall, the Betsy Ross House, the Rocky statue or the Phi…

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The link between feelings and food is almost unbreakable, given our cultural norms. Food is central to times of celebration and to times of mourning. Birthday parties must have birthday cake; a good caterer is crucial for a successful wedding. Similarly, funerals are followed by wakes or oth…

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A few weeks ago, my son was vacationing in Jamaica with a dozen of his friends. On the day when they were ready to leave, my son went to his hotel room’s safe to get out his wallet and passport, and the passport was not there. Knowing he had definitely put it there, he went into a panic. His…