Office of Oz: American Heritage Federal Credit Union turned its Bustleton campus into the “Land of Oz” on April 9 as part of its Employee Appreciation Day. Employees enjoyed games throughout the day while competing for the title of Employee Appreciation Day Champions. At lunch, employees enjoyed Toto dogs and Cowardly Lion chicken cooked and served by managers and also received gift bags. MARIA POUCHNIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO
The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day was on March 3. Due to weather, Kennedy Crossan Elementary School participated on March 7 instead. Local volunteers, parents, and politicians came to the school to read different Dr. Seuss books for several hours in the morning to 10 different classes. PHOTOS BY MARIA POUCHNIKOVA
In a career that spans six decades, singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka has gone from fame to obscurity, then back to fame again. A teen idol of the 1950s and early ’60s, Sedaka will perform in the Arena at Trump Taj Mahal on Nov. 30. Following in the footsteps of his grandmother, a concert pianist, Sedaka showed such musical promise that at age 9 he was accepted as a scholarship student to the Juilliard School of Music, studying to be a classical pianist.
The Book Thief removes all the horrors from the Holocaust and Nazi Germany to tell the story of a little girl who loves to read. It all seems a little too superficial, like a sanitized, simplistic version of the Holocaust. There are German children wearing swastikas and singing Hitler Youth songs, and Jews are marched through the street assumedly being taken to concentration camps (though the words are never uttered). But, the brutal war is mostly a backdrop to the story.
The first installment of a superhero series always has it quite easy. It’s usually a fish-out-of-water tale with a regular guy getting some superhero powers, figuring out how to use those powers and saving the world from some raving lunatic.
A Flyers fan and his cohort may have felt home free after they broke into an unoccupied Bustleton home on Nov. 3 and made off with jewelry and cash. But they apparently didn’t realize that a well-placed surveillance camera had filmed their fully exposed faces, according to police.
Some people never watch foreign films, no matter how good they may be. An English-language adaptation can open a movie to a wider audience, which is precisely the case with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.