June 20, 2016 |
She was too young to be his wife. Too old to be holding his hand. But the Amish teenager - "gifted" to the scruffy, heavily bearded, and long-haired man when she was 14 and he was 47 - became his common-law wife, bearing him one daughter at the age of 15 and another girl just six months ago. They caught their neighbors' attention, raising concerns and eyebrows as they walked outside. Now 18, the young woman, her daughters - and nine other young girls who may be her little sisters - lived for several years with Lee Kaplan in his modest, three-bedroom white bungalow on Old Street Road in the Bucks County working-class community of Feasterville.
April 18, 2016 |
Since November, I have been taking lessons Saturday mornings to improve my swimming skills. I went from nonswimmer to sort-of swimmer at age 63, but the last few months of instruction and two days a week of practice have made me more comfortable in the water than I am out of it. You may think learning so late in life is strange, but my teacher, Kevin Banks, does not. Banks has been teaching even-older folks to swim, and the reason, he...
December 31, 2015 |
More than a decade ago, Kirby Bros. stopped blending corn, oats, and bran and topping the concoction with molasses to satisfy the cravings of horses that had long been part of the South Jersey landscape. The 100-pound bag of horse feed, priced at $13.60, was the biggest seller, said Chuck Kirby, who inherited the 140-year-old family business and mill in Medford and operated it with his wife, Jan, and their son, Chaz. As farms started to disappear, Chuck Kirby said, it made more sense to import livestock feed from Pennsylvania for their customers and to introduce a new line of food for pets, birds, and wildlife as suburbanites moved into the area.
October 7, 2015 |
Molly Buckley loves movies, so for the last four years, the Devon girl has hosted a backyard movie-night birthday party with popcorn machine, homemade cardboard "cars" to sit in, and yummy treats. After Molly turns 9 Sunday, she and her St. Katharine of Siena School friends and family will again enjoy a film - this year, Cinderella (the live-action version) - under the stars. It's been a no-brainer for mom Erin: She has a roomy backyard and can throw a big bash at a reasonable price.
August 16, 2015 |
Chris Ruder walked onto the set, and he looked a little nervous. But he didn't miss a beat and quickly broke into his pitch. "Spikeball is poised to be the next great American sport," he said. He was on the set of Shark Tank , the reality-TV series where aspiring entrepreneurs make pitches to a team of "shark" investors (with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban the most notable). The episode featuring Ruder, CEO of Spikeball, ran this year as the Season 6 finale. "Like all great sports, Spikeball is very easy to learn, but really, really difficult to master," he said in his pitch.
June 19, 2015
Improving the Hot Dog As meat preferences shift toward the free-range, the grass-fed, the hormone-free and local, the backyard BBQ must evolve, too. Enter the "Frankford'er" remix of the old hot dog, an all-natural beef and pork frank courtesy of the whole-animal butchers over at Fishtown's Kensington Quarters on (you guessed it) Frankford Avenue. No nitrates means these poached (unsmoked) links are gray, slightly firmer than industrial dogs, and with a shorter - three-day - shelf life.
June 18, 2015 |
Quiet was hard to come by on the second floor of 4740 Frankford Ave., where five apartments had been carved out of a former redbrick rowhouse. There was a bar next door, busy Frankford Avenue outside, and the Market-Frankford El directly across from the front windows on the second and third floors. And then there were the tenants. They could be loud. That's why Jamie Utter didn't call police the evening of March 20, when, moments after hearing a woman's screams for help and a thud, she answered the door and saw her blood-spattered next-door neighbor, Jeffrey Bowen.
April 8, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have charged a North Philadelphia man with murder in the death of a 39-year-old woman found buried in a yard in Frankford last month. Jeffrey Bowen, 30, of the 300 block of East Erie Avenue, was charged with murder, robbery, abuse of a corpse and related offenses. He was arrested March 24 after police were flagged down on the 4700 block of Frankford Avenue and led to a backyard where they saw a human foot protruding from the soil. Bowen was taken into custody nearby after a brief struggle with officers.
October 10, 2014 |
BACK IN 2008, as Philadelphians celebrated being No. 1 in baseball with a World Series win, Kryptonite, the bike-lock company that makes those U-bar locks that seem unbreakable and theft-proof, ranked us as the No. 1 city for getting your bike stolen. Six years later, the Phils have more losses than W's, and you can add two more bikes to Philly's stolen list. My first bike theft, and hopefully my last bike theft, happened 30 years and four traffic lights apart. For Christmas in 1983 I asked for a new bike, a dog and the miniature WWF Wrestling Ring with Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant figurines.
October 9, 2014 |
When the Higgins boys were younger, they often played soccer in the backyard. The games varied, but a staple competition was two-on-one keepaway. Because Ronan was the youngest of the three, he always seemed to get trapped in the middle. Now a freshman at Shipley, Ronan Higgins no longer is stuck in between his older brothers, Tommy and Conor, and having to chase them. Instead, the forward is a catalyst for the Gators (8-1-3) off the bench, and for the first time in his career, he is playing with Conor, a senior, in organized competition.