Mari A. Schaefer, Philly Inquirer

Mari A. Schaefer

Philly Inquirer

Upper Darby, PA, United States

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Past articles by Mari:

This photo could be a painting

The Spanish refer to the Andalusian horses as Pura Raza Espanola. → Read More

For single parents, Mom’s House is a helping hand, not a handout

In its 33 years, this Phoenixville charity has provided assistance to 300 parents and 330 children. → Read More

Tulips are always worth a second glance

No virus is stopping Mother Nature on Dilworth Plaza. → Read More

Geese hold Main Line woman hostage. Well, sort of.

The geese eventually declared a truce. → Read More

Soaring to the heights

The 20-foot-high web of interlocking bronze curves is located at 15th Street and South Penn Square across from City Hall. → Read More

A shiny green bike, a blue-sky day, a head-on crash, and a mother’s new mission

Ever since the accident, just as those first spring flowers begin to bloom and before kids hit the streets, Nudy Pecora will “go crazy” posting her story on social media, sending hundreds of texts and talking to every parent and teen she can find about bike helmets. → Read More

That time that a Marcus Hook kitchen renovation led to a historical treasure and a pirate festival

A Marcus Hook man thought he found Blackbeard’s hidden treasure. Instead, he unearthed his love of history. → Read More

Her tropical vacation was cut short by a text message: You need to come home to save a life

Bone marrow transplants are used to help patients with cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, and other life-threatening diseases. → Read More

Group marks Philly flag’s 125th anniversary

Henry Christopher McCook designed the original coat of arms. → Read More

Chalk it up to boredom or fear, but victory gardens are growing again

The concept of a "victory garden" dates to World War I, when food shortages in war-torn Europe put the burden of feeding millions on the United States. → Read More

LOVE is alive on the plaza

Artist Robert Indiana's iconic status withstands the test of time. → Read More

After 39 years and more than 30,000 hours in the air, a pioneering female pilot retires

“It was love at first flight,” Marsh said of flying. “I just took to it and never turned back." → Read More

Three Philadelphia-area teens are headed for the circus Big Top

PSCA, one of about 400 circus schools in the U.S., is located in the former St. Madeleine Sophie Church on Greene St. → Read More

How volunteer fire, ambulance companies are facing the coronavirus pandemic in Philly suburbs

In 2018, 1,258 EMS agencies statewide with 36,655 certified emergency medical technicians and paramedics responded to more than 2.1 million emergency calls. → Read More

Forget dog vs. mailman. These dogs have nothing but puppy love for delivery people.

These dogs have a love for delivery drivers — and people can't get enough of the photos. → Read More

Pet-food delivery is a lifeline for homebound seniors and their animal companions

Sam's Hope has donated more than 600,000 pounds of pet food to those in need in the Philadelphia region. → Read More

Flower show reminds us to help out butterflies

The annual Philadelphia Flower Show draws thousands to the city every year including at least one butterfly. → Read More

Jefferson student-athletes break a sweat for others

Meet some local do-gooders giving from their hearts. → Read More

Jefferson student-athletes break a sweat for others

Meet some local do-gooders giving from their hearts. → Read More

Catholics are turning to Communion Closets to borrow those white dresses and suits for their kids

St. Katherine of Sienna, 9700 Frankford Ave., in Philadelphia, will hold a Communion Closet Community Day on Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The event is open to the public. → Read More