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    South Philly Stromboli

    “I think I was born with a rolling pin in my hand,” I declared as I wielded the instrument of flat destruction across the pizza dough, flattening the lump into one, very thin cover for a Stromboli extraordinaire. We were making a Stromboli — my sister-in-law, Denise, and me. It would be our family’s last visit to Atlanta to see Nanny, my husband’s mother, who was in at-home hospice at Denise’s house. Denise wanted to learn how to make Stromboli. But who can do that without a rolling pin? A previous phone conversation had disclosed that we would be without that necessary tool, so I brought mine along on our trip from Philadelphia.


    Lifelong devotion

    Local activist is dedicated to battling AIDS epidemic.

    When the annual AIDS Walk Philly takes place this Sunday, Oct. 20, Robb Reichard of Wissinoming will be there — just as he’s been every year since his first walk in 1988.


    Trips: October 9, 2013

    GETAWAY TRAVEL CLUB Oct. 10. “Broadway Now and Forever” at the American Theatre. $68 includes lunch at Shady Maples. $71 for guests. 215-698-8762. ALSO: Nov. 10. “Sugar Babies” at the Ritz Theater. $69 includes brunch buffet at the Coastline Restaurant. $73 for guests.  215-698-8762.


    Trips: October 2, 2013

    G.E. RETIREES Oct 5 to 12. Caribbean cruise on Oasis of the Seas, sailing from Ft. Lauderdale. Prices from $1,399, include $75 per cabin shipboard credit. 610-892-1166.  


    Trips: September 25, 2013

    GIBBONS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION Sept. 28. New York. Package includes transportation, free time, the new musical “Kinky Boots” and dinner in New York. 215-722-8825, 215-674-3863.


    Trips: September 18, 2013

    HOLY INNOCENTS CHURCH Sept. 22. Feast of San Gennaro, New York City. $40, includes bus and Mass at the National Shrine of San Gennaro. Bus leaves Holy Innocents Church at 8:30 a.m. 215-535-8597, 215-535-1510.


    Trips: September 11, 2013

    HOLY REDEEMER VILLAGE Sept. 16 to 20. Pine Dude Ranch. $384 per person, double occupancy or $484 single, includes bus, meals, cocktail party, entertainment and more. 215-947-3542. 


    Trips: September 4, 2013

    MAKIN’ MEMORIES WITH KAYE & MATERNITY BVM SENIORS Sept. 5. Dutch Apple Dinner Theater, Lancaster. $92, includes “Menopause, the Musical.” 215-342-5038.


    Trips: August 28, 2013

    MAKIN’ MEMORIES WITH KAYE & MATERNITY BVM SENIORS Sept. 5. Dutch Apple Dinner Theater, Lancaster. $92, includes “Menopause, the Musical.” 215-342-5038.