January 8, 1989 |
You can do a lot with a little cloth. The right tie transforms a rumpled, patches-on-the-elbow corduroy jacket into a natty statement of "lived-in" haute-iness. The wrong one makes a fellow in a $2,000 hand-tailored Italian suit look like an escapee from Podunkville. Some snappy fabric can dress up an entire community, too: For the 1984 Olympics, Los Angeles sprouted thousands of pastel canvas banners flapping in the balmy breeze on street lamps and signposts from one end of the basin to the other.
May 15, 1998 |
The Italian Market is in the final stages of a $3 million renovation, but the butchers and cheese makers on Ninth Street say you can hardly tell the difference. "I have people come in my store and say, 'What did they do?' " said a frustrated Charlie Cannuli, who sells beef, pork and chicken. "When you walk down the street in May of 1998, it doesn't look any different from May of '95. " The city has spent at least $1.2 million on new granite curbs, concrete-paved streets, and sewer and gas pipes in an effort to spruce up the historic open-air market and attract new customers.
May 29, 1997 |
Afia the baby elephant and an adult pachyderm from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus stop by the Italian Market yesterday as occupants showed off the $2.5 million in improvements that have been made at the 120-year-old South Philadelphia landmark. A repaved street and new awnings are among the improvements that are being made.
May 21, 1992 |
There will be shade and shelter on the horse show grounds, thanks to the work of John Whartnaby of Ehmke Manufacturers, which is providing awnings for the show. Visitors are urged to travel to the Devon area by public transit, if possible, as parking is limited.
November 19, 1989 |
High winds that ripped awnings off of three trailers at Warren Snyder Elementary School last week prompted Bristol Borough school officials to evacuate 240 students from the school wing next to the trailers. The storm, which swept through Bucks County on Thursday, struck the trailers at 9:30 a.m., causing $2,500 in damage, Superintendent James McCool said at the Thursday night school board meeting. No injuries were reported and classes were able to continue, he said. After the evacuation, 10 parents removed their children from school for the day, said Warren Snyder Elementary School Principal John Girotti.
October 15, 1992 |
The Gap, a San Bruno, Calif.-based clothing retailer, has filed plans with Doylestown Borough to take over the retail space now occupied by Woolworth's on Main Street. A combination Gap and Gap Kids store is planned. "We're sorry to see Woolworth's go," said Phil Ehlinger, borough code enforcement officer. "But we're happy to have them (the Gap) in. We're going to do everything we can to welcome them here. " Borough officials and merchants have expressed concern in recent months about Doylestown losing its viability as a retail center.
October 8, 1987 |
The F.W. Woolworth Co. is coming to Upper Darby's 69th Street, developer Morris S. Willner said Tuesday. The new Woolworth will move into the store formerly occupied by S.S. Kresge Co., which closed Sept. 12 after Willner terminated the store's lease. Willner told a meeting of the 69th Street Revitalization Committee on Tuesday that Woolworth had agreed to completely renovate the store at 92 S. 69th St. and to open in time for Christmas. Kresge had declined to put any money into its store, he said.
June 24, 1996 |
Walked down South Ninth Street in the Italian Market lately? Notice the torn-up streets? The piles of trashed boxes? Maybe the odor? By next year, all are supposed to be gone. Instead, you should see a new concrete street, new sewers, new awnings, overhauled facades, and new sidewalks with granite curbs. With receipts down and suburban shoppers who ventured into South Philadelphia a decade ago becoming scarce, market merchants have decided they need to clean up their act. And maybe, just maybe, the regular customers will be back, and then some.
May 13, 1994 |
A reputed drug kingpin who thinks so highly of himself that his name is emblazoned across the awnings of his North Philadelphia lair was locked up last night on charges he murdered a rival five years ago, police said. Steve Blount, 29, of Oakdale Street near 24th, surrendered to the police Homicide Division with his lawyer around 6 p.m. He awaits arraignment on charges of murder, conspiracy, criminal solicitation, intimidating witnesses and firearms violations. Police believe Blount masterminded a ruthless dope business in the 25th and Sergeant streets area for years.
May 20, 2014 |
SCOTT DeGIRALOMO, owner of Computer Guy on Torresdale Avenue near Disston, said he's very happy with the new, huge "Computer Guy" letters that light up in cool blue across the former Tacony post office that now houses his high-tech services business. "They replaced my hanging disaster of an old sign outside that was about to fall and crush somebody," DeGiralomo said dryly. Like Bull's Eye Dart Supplies next door, Computer Guy is one of 15 businesses along Torresdale Avenue that got a major face-lift, thanks to the Tacony Community Development Corp.