Philly Mag Wins 6 National City and Regional Magazine Awards

Philadelphia won six 2014 National City and Regional Magazine Awards, the CRMA announced Monday night. Congratulations to the well-deserved winners!

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Travel Channel Names Atlantic City ‘Best Beach Boardwalk’ in World


When I first heard that the Travel Channel had said Atlantic City’s was the best beach boardwalk, I was a little confused. I figured I’d misread the category: Was it actually Best Beach Boardwalk Mentioned in a Bruce Springsteen Song? Because Atlantic City’s boardwalk certainly puts Asbury Park’s to shame.

But, no, it’s Best Beach Boardwalk in general — and since the list contains beaches from places like Fiji, it’s actually naming the Atlantic City boardwalk the best beach boardwalk in the world. Take that, boardwalks that I don’t know exist in, say South American and East Asian cities!

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2013 Barrymore Award Winners Include Actress Charlotte Ford

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On Monday night, the 2013 Barrymore Award winners were announced at Old City’s Arden Theatre. Philadelphia actress Charlotte Ford (pictured) came away the biggest individual winner, taking home the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. Ford conceived of and co-starred in BANG, the 2012 Fringe festival hit, and also won the 2012 Best of Philly award for Theater Talent from Philadelphia magazine. This was Ford’s third year in a row as a nominee for the Haas award, and it’s a well-deserved victory. Read more »

Penn Researcher, Camden Doctor Get Famed “Genius Grants”

A pair of locals have received the prestigious “Genius Grants” announced today:

— Jeffrey Brenner, 44, Camden, N.J. The physician founded a health care delivery model that finds, tracks and serves the city’s poorest and sickest residents.

— Angela Duckworth, 43, Philadelphia. Research psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania helping to transform understanding of just what roles self-control and grit play in educational achievement.

AP profiles Brenner:

The 44-year-old created the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers as a means to find and track the poorest patients with the most complex medical issues. Those patients are visited wherever they are — at home, in shelters — and escorted to doctor’s appointments.

“We cut, scan, zap and hospitalize (patients),” said Brenner, whose group is now working with 10 communities to develop similar systems. “But we forget we need to take care of them.”

House calls—which our grandparents took for granted—count as innovation these days. That’s OK! Good for Brenner!

Duckworth, meanwhile, recently wrote about her theory of grit in education:

One characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn’t social intelligence. It wasn’t good looks, physical health, and it wasn’t I.Q. It was grit.

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

There was one other “Genius” with a local tie; a writer who spend part of 2012 living near the Art Museum:

— Karen Russell, 32, New York City. A fiction writer and author of the novel “Swamplandia!” whose work blends fantastical elements with psychological realism.


Vote Now, Vote Local: Saveur’s 2011 Best Food Blog Awards

I know, Michael Solomonov has already grabbed the headlines today by walking away with a win in the Best Chef Mid-Atlantic category at last night’s James Beard Awards ceremony. But you know what? He’s not the only local guy with some skin in the food awards game.

No, ’tis the season for medals, plaques and certificates, after all. As a matter of fact,  right now, Saveur magazine is in the final days of their 2011 Best Food Blog Awards. As with Solomonov in Manhattan last night, Philly has got a couple locals in the running, and guess what?

They could use a little love from the hometown fans.

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