News & Gossip

» Do-gooder: Bryn Mawr’s Anne Hamilton joins the Phillie Phanatic as one of five recipients of the Please Touch Museum’s 14th annual Great Friend to Kids Award. It honors people and organizations making outstanding contributions to enriching the lives of children. A ceremony will be held Nov. 19 at Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall. All proceeds from the event benefit Please Touch Museum exhibits and programs for young children and their families.

» It’s a rap (as in rap sheet): Apparently, Bobby Rydell is still a “Wild One” around these parts. The 67-year-old former teen idol was arrested for DUI in late August after jumping a curb in his 1969 Bentley and hitting a wall. His blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of the accident. Rydell will go before a Lower Merion judge this month.

» Who needs Palm Beach? Attention empty-nesters: Money magazine has named Philadelphia one of its 10 Best Places to Retire, praising its big-city frills, small-town proportions and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Also among the positives: abundant cultural, dining, shopping and recreational offerings, including the 28-mile paved Schuylkill River Trail; excellent healthcare, thanks to many teaching hospitals; and tax-free pensions. Less flattering: The article did point out the city’s high crime rate.

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