A chance meeting of like minds and hearts

As they enjoyed the view, Rita Lynn told Justin about the hotel’s history, but he was more intrigued by the woman telling the stories.

After nine decades, happy because they are together

“He is hardworking, and we work well together,” Yolanda said of Joe. “No matter what we had to do, so long as we did it together, there was never a problem."

After nine decades, happy because they are together

“He is hardworking, and we work well together,” Yolanda said of Joe. “No matter what we had to do, so long as we did it together, there was never a problem."

They were lifelong best friends for 80 years. Then one died of COVID-19.

The two met as toddlers in 1939, shortly after Brandt’s parents bought a house four down from the Krumines. The girls’ nannies would take 2-year-old Jane and 3-year-old Susy on walks.

They were lifelong best friends for 80 years. Then one died of COVID-19.

The two met as toddlers in 1939, shortly after Brandt’s parents bought a house four down from the Krumines. The girls’ nannies would take 2-year-old Jane and 3-year-old Susy on walks.

Laurie Butera and Paul Green pull off their grand wedding plan

“Laurie!” shouted Paul to get her attention among all the activity. She turned toward his voice, he knelt, and she said yes.

Laurie Butera and Paul Green pull off their grand wedding plan

“Laurie!” shouted Paul to get her attention among all the activity. She turned toward his voice, he knelt, and she said yes.
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For Breanna Amborn and Ian Peltier, always together, always united

Bonding over a shared love of modern rock and indie folk and excitement about working with young people and exploring Philadelphia, they were friends when the night ended.

A long, quiet year at the party house has kept them planning for the future

They stopped hosting Memorial Day in 2018, after the 40th annual bash, but every birthday and holiday becomes an instant party when you have six children and a growing gaggle of grandchildren.

40 years of love, loss, friendship, and joy

They have together celebrated so many joys: a slew of births and birthdays, weddings, career triumphs, retirements

An unexpected move to Philly — and a wedding

When Justin saw Shae forging relationships not only with his siblings, but with their children, he knew that he and Shae would one day marry.

They share time - and family history - together

She knew her Aunt Pat – technically her mother’s cousin – needed help that the family was struggling to find.

They bonded over a Chewie koozie, kissed at a ‘Star Wars’ movie

Alex also had a good feeling about this woman who appreciated Chewie, and a conversation started during the Flip Cup portion of the festivities.

These are the questions you should ask before going on a date during the pandemic

Asking about social distancing particulars can feel uncomfortable when you’ve met only through Zoom. But do you really want to risk getting COVID-19 from someone you might never see again?

Asha George-Guiser and Kim Guiser, still working together to improve the world

“There were not a lot of brown or black people in Fishtown, but that is where we started our lives,” Kim said.

A couple got engaged in the middle of West Philly protests for Walter Wallace Jr.

Maurice Small, 32, proposed to Tanesha Pennington, his girlfriend of 8 years, in the intersection of 52nd and Chestnut, as a line of police officers with riot shields looked on.

Only four months into their relationship, they took a gamble and quarantined together

In mid-March, they gambled on potential and committed to quarantine together rather than ride out the pandemic alone.

For Alex Macnow and Nathan Renner-Johnson, ‘the moment when we are creating our family’

“But after we were together, we gravitated toward adoption,” Nathan says. “We wanted to be on equal footing, without the idea that one of us was the ‘real’ father.”

As always, Sunnie Baron-Freeman makes the most of it

“Our biggest concern was that she would still want to go out, go shopping, and live the life she loves to live in Center City,” said daughter Suzy.

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