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January 25, 1987 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alot has changed in 100 years at Avon. The lipstick line now includes grape freeze and cappuccino. The sales territory now extends to 70 countries on six continents. The company has diversified into nursing homes and drug rehabilitation centers. But for Arlene Reilly, the big news is that she doesn't ring doorbells anymore. "I've found that most doorbells don't work," says Reilly, an Avon representative for the last 25 years in Bucks County. There's another reason she prefers to knock: She doesn't like the image that emerged from Avon ads. "We are the No. 1 beauty company," she says firmly.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1997 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Back in the days when cornflakes were strange and "In-Er-Seal" cracker boxes triggered anxiety, when new-and-improved companies such as Kellogg and National Biscuit were forging the way into the 20th century, an obscure, doughy-faced book-peddler named David McConnell decided to ditch publishing and embrace odors. Overnight in 1892, McConnell's New York-based Union Publishing Co. became the California Perfume Co. - a name that bore the aura, he said, of coastal blossoms - and another marketing epic began.
NEWS
February 27, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
AVON, N.J. - This Jersey Shore town, facing the threat of a boycott over its plan to use rain forest wood to rebuild a boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, isn't backing down. Avon, in Monmouth County, says it will stick with its plan to use ipe wood. At a meeting Monday night, several environmental groups asked the Borough Commission to reconsider but were rebuffed. "There is a consensus to move ahead," Commissioner Frank Gorman said after hearing nearly two hours of objections from residents and out-of-town environmentalists.
NEWS
September 24, 1999 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
Harriette E. Herdelin, a dedicated family woman with humble beginnings who became a millionaire and the largest property owner in the University City area, died of pneumonia Tuesday at Lankenau Hospital. She was 87 and lived in West Philadelphia for 35 years. Born Harriette E. Corgee in Grays Ferry, Herdelin dropped out of the Mitchell School in eighth grade to help support her family. "She started out selling Avon," said Robert Herdelin, her son. "She went from door to door giving demonstrations for $100 a week in the late 1930s and '40s, which was pretty good money back then.
REAL_ESTATE
August 31, 2008
$3.2 Million 819 Pennstone Rd. Lower Merion Montgomery County 108 Avon Rd. Lower Merion Montgomery County 360 Penn Rd. Lower Merion Montgomery County 234 Maple Hill Rd. Lower Merion Montgomery County 2148 Fox Creek Rd. Easttown Chester County All sales recorded May 12-16
NEWS
April 5, 2012
Police are seeking the killer of a man gunned down Wednesday afternoon in Camden's Lanning Square neighborhood. Lee Adams, 30, of Camden, was shot several times around 2:15 p.m. at Avon and Royden Streets, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden police said Thursday. Friends took him to Cooper University Hospital, where he died about two hours later. Contact Lance Saunders, an investigator with the Prosecutor's Office, at 856-225-8513, or Camden Detective Sean Donlon at 856-757-7420 with any information on the case.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Starting a business of your own sounds like a do-it-yourself proposition. But entrepreneurs will tell you this secret to success: It takes a village. When Francine Griesing left "Big Law" to start her own firm, she needed some key things: a few clients, a business plan, and some savings in the bank. She had worked at Greenberg Traurig and networked extensively during her time there, serving on professional organizations such as the Philadelphia Bar Association. Today, her firm, Griesing Law, represents Fortune 500 corporations in high-stakes litigation, intellectual property, and employment matters.
NEWS
August 19, 1989
DIFFERENT TESTS In his letter (July 8) concerning Avon's elimination of animal testing, S. "Rockie" Rockenbach makes the incorrect assumption that the harmless tests Avon will perform on humans are the same conducted on animals. They are not. Avon will not, for example, pour full-strength deodorants into human eyes, nor force-feed humans foot powder until they die, nor make humans breathe hair spray. More than 52,000 animals died in Avon's laboratory between 1981 and 1987.
NEWS
May 11, 1986 | By Claudia Capos, Special to The Inquirer
Hockey-puck hamburgers and sweet-and-sour shrimp. "I love Ontario" ashtrays and Royal Canadian Mounties hurricane lamps. For years, that was about the best theatergoers could expect to find when they visited Stratford to see a performance of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Othello or Romeo and Juliet. The restaurateurs and shopkeepers in this backwater town - home of the Stratford Festival since 1953 - were unimaginative. There weren't many restaurants or shops, let alone boutiques, bars or nightclubs.
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NEWS
May 28, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Perkiomen Valley's Emily Oltman and Avon Grove's Maggie Balint were so good Tuesday that only the rulebook was going to beat one of them. The District 1 Class AAAA semifinal was scoreless heading into the 10th. Because of the international tiebreaker, both teams began the inning with a runner on second. Oltman worked out of a first-and-third jam in the top half. In the bottom, Erin Hallahan delivered a two-out RBI single to send the Vikings to a 1-0 victory at Downingtown West. Oltman struck out 10 in a four-hitter.
NEWS
May 24, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Alyssa Herion made a decision. It was 2013, and she was a sophomore on the Avon Grove softball team. The Red Devils had a freshman pitcher named Maggie Balint. But she wasn't the Maggie Balint yet. Not the ace who struck out 358 batters in a single season, becoming Gatorade player of the year in Pennsylvania. No, not yet. Back then, Balint was just a first-year varsity player who had a lot of potential but was at times erratic. Back then, the Red Devils didn't win many games, either.
SPORTS
May 16, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whether it was kickball in the backyard, races by bonfire or all-you-can-eat free-for-alls at the dinner table, Maggie Balint has always been extremely competitive. Perhaps that's why the junior pitcher for Avon Grove had second thoughts after committing to Delaware during her sophomore year. "I'm a person who wants to play the most competitive softball I can play," the righthanded slinger said. After backing out of her commitment earlier this season, Balint is contemplating offers from Ohio State and James Madison while also fielding interest from Kentucky, Missouri and Penn State.
NEWS
April 26, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Maggie Balint called it, "a batter's day to hit one out of the park. " On a Friday afternoon with gusts of wind blowing in the pitcher's face, the Avon Grove junior's assessment seemed accurate. Especially knowing the personnel on both sides. "It was not going to be a pitcher's day," Balint said. Her stats tell a different story. She struck out 15, allowing four hits, walking none, and hitting one batter, as the Red Devils defeated visiting West Chester Henderson, 4-2, in a Ches-Mont National softball game.
NEWS
April 19, 2015
SOFTBALL CHES-MONT Avon Grove 12, Octorara 0: Maggie Balint struck out 14 of the 15 batters she faced and tossed a five-inning perfect game at Octorara. Courtney Coppock scored four runs. Great Valley 3, West Chester Henderson 2: Leah Rizzi drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth. Bridget Taylor tied it with an RBI single earlier in the inning. West Chester East 10, Unionville 2: Olivia Rogers struck out five in a four-hitter to lead the hosts. Leah Ritchey went 4 for 5 with three runs.
SPORTS
April 19, 2015 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrew Brady didn't have to do much to get Avon Grove a win Friday afternoon. Really, all he had to do was watch. Brady worked a bases-loaded, walk-off walk to help Avon Grove earn a 3-2 nonleague baseball win over visiting Octorara. After Dan Hazewski struck out the final two batters of the top of the seventh to strand two runners, Luke Ferkler led off the bottom half of the frame with a base hit. Ferkler made it to third after a walk, a sacrifice, and an intentional walk before he scored on Brady's free pass.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Kate Harman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first time Olivia Rogers remembers facing against Avon Grove's Maggie Balint, it was snowing. Rogers and the West Chester East softball team saw Balint staring down at them again on the pitcher's mound Tuesday. It was a balmy 70 degrees. Twenty-four hours later, in conditions closer to their first meeting, the Ches-Mont League foes met again. Wednesday's weather didn't make a difference. For the second time in as many days, West Chester East defeated host Avon Grove, beating the defending District 1 Class AAAA champions, 2-0, in dramatic fashion.
NEWS
October 26, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
Starting a business of your own sounds like a do-it-yourself proposition. But entrepreneurs will tell you this secret to success: It takes a village. When Francine Griesing left "Big Law" to start her own firm, she needed some key things: a few clients, a business plan, and some savings in the bank. She had worked at Greenberg Traurig and networked extensively during her time there, serving on professional organizations such as the Philadelphia Bar Association. Today, her firm, Griesing Law, represents Fortune 500 corporations in high-stakes litigation, intellectual property, and employment matters.
SPORTS
October 22, 2014 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Gould helped Avon Grove pull the first stunner of the District 1 Class AAA field hockey playoffs on Monday afternoon. Gould scored with 1 minute, 37 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the 23d-seeded Red Devils to a 1-0 victory at No. 10 Methacton. Avon Grove's Emily Carroll and Methacton's Sammi Steele were putting up dueling 13-save shutouts before Gould's winner. In other first round action: No. 7 Phoenixville survived an upset bid when Bailey Quinn scored her second goal on a stroke in overtime to lift the Phantoms past visiting No. 26 Quakertown, 5-4. Adriana Pero scored the winner as visiting No. 18 Mount St. Joseph outlasted No. 15 Owen J. Roberts, 3-1, in strokes.
NEWS
September 20, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alice Davidson Rinear, 83, of Gloucester City, a saleswoman for Avon Products from the early 1950s into the 1990s, died of heart failure Monday, Sept. 15, at the Masonic Home in Burlington Township, where she had lived since January 2012. "She loved going door-to-door, she loved talking with people," while being known as an Avon Lady, son Garry Sr. said. A resident of Gloucester City for 79 years, Mrs. Rinear first worked at the Security Restaurant on Route 130 there from 1947 to 1949, her son said.
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