July 18, 2015 |
When Helen Stainker Brown was in her 30s, in the 1950s, she was known as "Herbie" by high school boys who hung out at Pauley's, a bakery in Gloucester City, where she worked behind the counter. "They were very fond of Mom," a son, Harry, said. "They had an informal gang, they called themselves a gang," he said, describing the club. And, he said, "they couldn't have any girls in the gang, so they named her Herbie, like one of the guys. " On Saturday, July 11, Mrs. Brown, 95, died at Heath Village, a retirement community in Hackettstown, N.J. Born in Gloucester City, Mrs. Brown attended Gloucester City High School, her son said, "through 10th grade and dropped out to help support the family.
July 9, 2015 |
It is in the truest sense a family recipe, baked from ingredients of time, trial, and togetherness. Four generations. One business. One location. Haegele's Bakery turned 85 years old on Tuesday, celebrating with 25-cent treats, balloons, and rose-and-carnation bunting, but also in remembrance of departed relatives, and in gratitude to customers who have loved and supported the business since the days of the Great Depression. "Happy birthday," called out Delores Daly, 80, stepping to the glass counter where she has shopped for decades.
May 13, 2015 |
Realism. As-flat-as-a-pancake realism. Rachel Bonds' new play, Five Mile Lake , carries realism to such an extreme that you keep waiting for it to be about something, but, like life itself, it just continues without an intermission. If there's an idea here, it's some cliché, like finding diamonds in your own backyard. And then I saw that my friend sitting next to me was weeping. And that's why there are all kinds of plays. This one, under Emily Mann's direction, using all the bells and whistles that McCarter Theatre has to offer, is very skilled realism.
May 1, 2015 |
They do things the old-fashioned way at Pisker's, the Westville bakery that iced its first cake when Calvin Coolidge was president. "We still cut our doughnuts by hand," says Dave Critch, a third-generation baker, whose father bought Pisker's in 1998. "A machine makes them look almost too perfect. " The unpretentious shop in the blue-collar Gloucester County borough of 4,200 opened on Delsea Drive in 1925. The bakery still occupies its original quarters, which feature a 1937 Hobart mixer, a candy stove from the 1940s, and a vintage dough-sheeter that Critch says "runs like a champ.
March 31, 2015 |
OVER THE 22 YEARS she's been selling beautifully decorated cakes and other sweets from her North Philadelphia bakery, Denise Gause's loyal customers have consistently offered her kind words, she said. "People would say: 'Oh, I'm so glad you're here. I don't have to bake anymore,' " Gause said yesterday. Or, " 'Miss Denise, I don't know what I would do if you weren't here.' " That contingency plan may have to be revisited by customers of Denise's Bakery on 22nd Street near Cambria in Swampoodle, a neighborhood with few options for baked goods.
December 16, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It wasn't long ago that the ovens at Formica Bros. Bakery were going full blast - putting out 50,000 pieces of bread a day. As recently as 2007, the nearly century-old establishment in the city's Ducktown section employed 70 people. Owner Frank Formica recalls how orders from casinos were like yeast to his dough, lifting his bakery's bottom line ever higher. Then, pummeled by out-of-state competitors, the casinos began to fall into a swoon, and this year, as four of them closed, Formica lost a big chunk of his business "in the blink of an eye. " He is down to 35,000 to 40,000 pieces a day, employs 40, and is sending his trucks ever farther to find new customers.
December 1, 2014 |
A cookie roof, sweet-and-sour candy shingles, pretzel doors and chimneys, and snowdrifts of frosting. It's not a holiday fantasy - it's the recipe for a real, live gingerbread-house workshop in Chestnut Hill. Bredenbeck's Bakery at 8126 Germantown Ave. is hosting its third annual season of classes, teaching the art of making gingerbread houses. The tradition began in Norway for Christmas and Easter and was brought to America by immigrant bakers. "There's no wrong way to decorate a gingerbread house, and any age can do it, so it's great for families," says Bredenbeck's owner and operator, Karen Boyd Rohde of Fort Washington.
September 26, 2014
A story Thursday on Sweet Christine's Bakery gave an incorrect telephone number. The correct number is 610-444-5542. A story Tuesday about federal grants to SEPTA misidentifed creeks subject to flooding in the Jenkintown area. The creeks are Baeder Run, Tacony Creek, and Tookany Creek.
August 21, 2014
The South Jersey team of Al DiBartolo and Manny Agigian placed second in the TLC cooking show Next Great Baker, which revealed its winner on its fourth-season finale Tuesday night. DiBartolo, 39, of the family-owned DiBartolo bakery in Collingswood, and Agigian, 34, a pastry chef, competed again nine teams from around the country for a grand prize of $100,000 and an offer to work for a year with "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro at his new bakery at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
July 31, 2014 |
AFTER ALLEGEDLY fatally shooting a young husband and father during a botched robbery last September, Tyreek McNeil didn't lie low or keep his mouth shut. Instead, the day after the slaying McNeil, 22, allegedly told a group of friends that he was the one who pumped three bullets into the torso and upper back of Jose Gabino Aparicio, 22, at 8th and Watkins streets in South Philadelphia shortly after 4 a.m. on Sept. 26. Yesterday, after one of those friends, Jahmir Carney, testified about hearing the gunman's confession, Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan ordered McNeil to stand trial for murder, robbery and related crimes.