October 21, 1997 |
Jean Shaw, wisps of gray hair flying and stepping lively with the help of her colorful cane, showed up yesterday at the Housing Authority of Chester County,, ready to sign on the dotted line. The attraction? The opening in late December or early January of the Denney-Reyburn Building, a former factory at the edge of the borough's historic district that the authority is converting into 63 one-bedroom apartments for low-income senior citizens. It's a project that Shaw said she had been following closely since it was announced last year.
July 2, 1987 |
Sweet little Lucy de Barbin says she can't believe so many people are attacking her autobiography, "Are You Lonesome Tonight" ($15.95, Villard Books). The romantic melodrama recounts a secret, 24-year on-and-off relationship de Barbin claims to have had with the late, great King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Complicating matters, de Barbin says her affair of the heart produced "a daughter Elvis never knew," Lucy's offspring Desiree. This pretty, flat- faced woman of 28 does bear a marked resemblence to Presley - down to the deep tan and dyed-black hair affected by both.
July 28, 1990 |
In this town, where high-rollers are routinely wooed by those who run the casinos, big spenders of a different breed began arriving late Thursday. They came to buy art, and they, too, were being pampered. Specifically, they arrived to check out the art of Donna Summer. Yes, that Donna Summer, who in 1975 became the queen of the discos with a hit titled "Love to Love You Baby. " Covering one entire side of an LP, it amounted to a marathon orgasm. But the number sure did have a beat.
April 20, 2000 |
The state Supreme Court has barred a Montgomery County judge from hearing the custody dispute involving a mother who fled the country with her two children and the millionaire father who searched the world to bring them home. The high court issued the order last week in response to a petition filed on behalf of the mother, Ellen Dever, by her attorneys, Richard A. Sprague and William H. Lamb. The justices, who did not state a reason for removing Judge Rhonda Lee Daniele, also barred any other Montgomery County judges from the case.
January 15, 1994 |
Ralph C. Reedman Jr., whose used-car business in Langhorne mushroomed over five decades into one of the largest and most innovative new automobile dealerships in the country, died Thursday at St. Mary Hospital in Middletown, Bucks County. "He was a legend and innovator in this business," said Bob Ebert, who worked with Mr. Reedman for 39 years and now is the firm's operation manager. Mr. Reedman began operating the mall concept of selling cars - several showrooms in close proximity - decades before it was successfully imitated by others.
November 8, 1995 |
As Delaware County folklore has it, Pulsations Nightclub is built on sacred Indian burial grounds. Given the history of the once-glitzy joint on Route 1, the spirits seem to have had their revenge. First, there was an accidental death on opening night in 1983. Later came court battles with the Liquor Control Board and the neighbors. And there are plenty of unmistakable signs that the party is over. Pulsations representatives did not return repeated telephone calls. The glass front doors are jammed shut with a broom and some wire.
July 1, 2005 |
He was hailed as an icon of Philadelphia's black community, a groundbreaking radio personality, and an impresario who brought the nation's best rhythm-and-blues artists to the landmark Uptown Theater, and a champion of racial equality and social justice. At a church on a street named for Cecil B. Moore, a civil-rights leader with whom he often collaborated, Georgie Woods was remembered yesterday by about 2,500 people who attended his funeral as, above all else, his radio handle: "The Guy with the Goods.
May 15, 1997 |
Tisha Campbell, singer and star of the new movie Sprung, has a lot to say about Martin. "We just got married Aug. 17," she says of her husband, Duane Martin, a basketball player and actor she met at an audition almost seven years ago. Not that Martin. "The best thing about Martin is that Tichina and I became even closer than we were," says Campbell, referring to her best friend, Tichina Arnold, who played Pam on the Fox sitcom and is Campbell's duet partner on the Sprung sound track.
July 6, 1998 |
Whether you are people-watching at a South Street sidewalk cafe, lounging under a beach umbrella in Atlantic City, or buying water ice or hot dogs from a Philadelphia street vendor, you can thank S. Frankford & Sons Inc. for the pool of shade that takes the edge off a sweltering summer day. The venerable and scrappy Philadelphia company supplies table umbrellas to John's 606 Bar & Grill, at Third and South Streets; beach umbrellas to the Showboat...
June 29, 1997 |
In these lean economic times for municipalities, there's still one thing that's free: Entertainment. Several Burlington County towns are offering easy times this summer, despite cutbacks in other parts of municipal budgets. "Municipalities have had to cut back on so many services, but not on summer entertainment," said Suzanne Veitengruber, Tabernacle's township administrator. "Municipally sponsored movies and concerts are big summertime traditions in Burlington County. " To help pay for movie and concert series, many municipalities are following the lead of Tabernacle and Burlington City and asking civic groups or businesses to help them defray the costs.
October 19, 1991 |
Aaron Jones, leader of the Junior Black Mafia, and one of his top lieutenants ordered and planned the execution-style slaying of a West Philadelphia food store owner, according to testimony yesterday in Municipal Court. The slaying was ordered in retaliation for the murder of the JBM's head of operations in Southwest Philadelphia, according to Christopher Anderson, 21, who testified at a preliminary hearing. Anderson said that under orders from Jones, 29, and JBM boss Samuel Brown, 30, he and another gunman burst into Mommie's Food Market, on 54th Street near Master, Aug. 18, 1990, and opened fire, killing the shop owner, Bruce Kennedy, 26. Anderson, who said he was a JBM enforcer at the time, testified that Jones ordered Kennedy's murder and Brown helped plan it to avenge an killing of Leroy "Bucky" Davis.
March 13, 1997 |
The man who was caught on surveillance tape bragging that he could control Michael Francis, the former chairman of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, was charged yesterday with being a leader in the Genovese crime family. Anthony Rizzo, 53, is also accused of conspiring to control the garbage industry in parts of the state. The New Jersey Attorney General's Office charged Rizzo, four other men and three companies with using threats, extortion and intimidation to control prices and business in the solid-waste industry for 15 years.
October 31, 1990 |
Typewriter Warehouse, located on a side street off Springfield Road in Westbrook Park, sits in a windowless, cinder-block structure that looks abandoned. But the building is alive inside with imagery from the past: Glossy photos of stars of the golden age of Hollywood stare down into the showroom. And, somehow, Clark Gable and John Wayne seem right at home with vintage Royals and Remingtons. Typewriter Warehouse, owned by Joe Haig - who also happens to be a movie buff - is one of the few outposts of the manual typewriter in Delaware County.
July 27, 2000 |
Betty Dudas is 81 years old, and she's covered in powdered sugar. She scratches at her skin, because the sugary coat makes her itch. As she wipes her hands on her blue apron, she leaves a trail of white. She looks down and flicks away the sticky stuff under her fingernails. It's hard to tell where her gray hair ends and the sugar begins. That's what happens when you powder more than 70,000 doughnuts in six days for the Kimberton Community Fair, where the Firemen's Auxiliary is churning out doughnuts as if they were dollar bills.