To save orchestra, go hear it

The financially troubled Philadelphia Orchestra is kicking off a campaign aimed at rallying both classical-music devotees and novices to support the ensemble by attending concerts and making donations.

The "Listen with Your Heart" initiative will include public events, fundraising and public-awareness campaigns in restaurants, hotels and shops.

A key message of the "Listen with Your Heart" effort is that the orchestra, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization last month, is essential to the city's cultural climate.

Kendrick's ring recovered

Police in Mount Vernon, Wash., have recovered Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick's 2008 World Series ring. Burglars had broken into his home in Mount Vernon in March and stolen it along with other memorabilia and personal property.

Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said officers arrested the first of six suspects on April 12 and in that arrest recovered Kendrick's 2009 National League Championship ring.

Besides the ring, Cammock said police found some of Kendrick's old baseball gloves, along with autographed baseballs and jerseys.

SRC delays building vote

The School Reform Commission has postponed a vote on two policies the school district proposed that would allow it to close, sell or demolish old or underused buildings deemed "unnecessary" under the district's facilities master plan.

The SRC had been slated to vote on the Adaptive Reuse Policy and the revised Rightsizing Policy during yesterday's planning session, but at the behest of a parent, voted to table the resolutions until June.

Parent Cecelia Thompson pleaded with the board to give the community more time to have its say.

- Staff and wire reports