January 16, 2016
The Palace Hotel in Cape May has been sold to Icona Resorts in the Chester-based developer's third Cape May County, N.J., beach-front hospitality acquisition. Icona, which closed on the purchase Wednesday, will renovate the 54-guest-room property into a luxury hotel to be called the Icona Cape May, with work beginning this month, spokeswoman Molly Mita said. Icona paid $15 million for the 155-room Golden Inn in Avalon last month, according to records filed with the Cape May County clerks office.
December 5, 2015 |
The Golden Inn in Avalon was sold Thursday to a Chester-based hotel-management company that plans to transform the family beachside resort into luxury lodgings. Icona Resorts declined to discuss the purchase price for the 155-guest-room property, but spokeswoman Molly Mita said it was the biggest hotel transaction in Cape May County history. The company will spend "tens of millions" on renovations, to be completed by development affiliate Achristavest by July 2016, Mita said. Icona renovated Diamond Beach's Pier 6600 into Icona Diamond Beach in 2013.
October 23, 2015 |
Singer and actor Frankie Avalon returned to his Italian Market roots last year to gather ingredients from the likes of Cannuli's Meats and Claudio's with his childhood pal Jerry Blavat for his first cookbook, Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook (St. Martin's Press, $24.99). In the book, Avalon shares recipes from his mother's repertoire and his years in the kitchen, from stuffed artichokes to crab gravy to icebox cake. In between filming spots for QVC, Avalon talked to The Inquirer about growing up in the Italian Market and learning how to cook because he missed his mom's home cooking.
August 1, 2015 |
Jack Snyder was having one of those days you don't forget. Freckle-faced Jack and his crew-cut dad, Andy, were deep-sea fishing a few miles off Wildwood, N.J., on the 78-foot party boat Miss Avalon. Nine-year-old Jack had never dropped a line in the ocean before, and the fish were giving him a big welcome: In all, Jack brought about nine of them to the surface (it was hard to keep track after a while), sometimes with his own rod, sometimes with the rod of a neighboring angler who let Jack reel in a hooked fish.
June 12, 2015 |
Efforts to replace a crumbling mural of famous South Philadelphia musicians gained momentum Wednesday when officials learned that Frankie Avalon had pledged money to help find a new home for the endangered creation. The $5,000 donation from the crooner and movie star added to $5,000 committed earlier in the week by longtime disc jockey Jerry Blavat in an effort to raise an estimated $80,000 for the project, said Jane Golden, founder and chief of the Mural Arts Program. Also this week, officials identified two potential locations on South Broad Street for the replacement mural.
June 7, 2015 |
STONE HARBOR, N.J. - Pick-up basketball is a simple thing, you would think - a throwback pleasure where the interior play-by-play obscures whatever exterior reality might or might not measure up this season. You would think, then - first weekend back on the 96th Street courts, the net on one end torn and hanging like it's in some inner-city playground and not the toniest beach town this side of Amagansett - that the intrigue would be minimal, strategy irrelevant. And then you see big Charlie Naddaff, 57, 6-foot-10, drafted by the Indiana Pacers back in the day, sidle over to local Stone Harbor real estate dude Jack Binder, 33, by the fence.
April 17, 2015 |
RAY BONINA couldn't even walk on a beach in Mexico without someone calling out, "Hey, Ray!" And probably adding, "Remember me?" "To Ray, strangers were simply friends he had not yet met," his family said. In fact, it was kind of a family joke that Ray Bonina couldn't go anywhere without running into someone he knew, from that beach in Mexico to a street in New York City or a restaurant in Chicago. "Hey, Ray, remember me?" Raymond Joseph Bonina, retired president of the Garrett Buchanan Paper Co., passionate ice-hockey fan, active alumnus of St. Joseph's University and devoted family man, died Saturday.
April 14, 2015 |
AVALON, N.J. - Residents of Avalon and visitors to the borough should expect to begin hearing the sounds of dredging early next month as a $6.3 million beach-replenishment project gets underway. The work on the borough's north-end beaches is expected to be completed by the Fourth of July, and it will cost far less than initially anticipated, officials said. Under the contract Avalon Borough Council unanimously awarded last week to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. L.L.C. of Oak Brook, Ill., 700,000 cubic yards of sand will be pumped from Eighth Street south to 26th Street, according to Mayor Martin Pagliughi.
March 29, 2015 |
AVALON - It seems everyone wants to save Armacost Park. But just how to accomplish the continued preservation of the 11-acre maritime forest - which experts say has been deteriorating for decades because of invasive vines and other non-native plant species - may be debatable. So a handful of residents, who say they want nothing done to change the park, carried handmade signs and held a news conference Friday afternoon in the rain and biting wind to make their point. "If the environment of the park is destroyed, the migrant birds won't be able to use it for nourishment and a stopover point," said Terry Master, an ornithology expert and professor of biological sciences at East Stroudsburg University, who was brought in by the residents to investigate the issue and speak to the media.
February 3, 2015 |
Bruce A. Irvine, 76, of Newtown Square, a Delaware County lawyer, died Monday, Jan. 26, of coronary artery disease at home. Mr. Irvine was a partner in the Media law firm Fronefield & deFuria for 40 years. He also was a successful prosecutor in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office under Stephen McKeown. Mr. Irvine was Newtown Township's longtime solicitor and enjoyed practicing municipal law. Community service was important to Mr. Irvine. He was past president of the Jaycees, Optimist and Rotary International Clubs.