March 12, 2015 |
Few Philadelphians are as unequivocal in their praise for the city as Frank Steele. What is surprising, however, is that Steele is a native New Yorker, and still lives with his wife, Mary Jo, and three daughters on the "Queens side of the Whitestone Bridge. " "We are in love with Philly," said Steele, a consultant for the New York City school system, citing "the tradition and landmarks, and especially the Reading Terminal Market. " The Steeles' connection to Philadelphia is a condo in the Peninsula building at Waterfront Square that they bought in June 2014.
February 20, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Inside Bright House Field Wednesday morning, Ryne Sandberg was trying to put a happy face on a grim situation. On the eve of his second spring training as Phillies manager, he talked about how eager he was to get a longer look at some of his younger players. He called this a "transition" period rather than a rebuilding one. "You never know in baseball," he said. "You get the right guys together on the same page, you just never know. " Meanwhile, in Tampa, the staff ace the Phillies tried to trade this offseason was telling a reporter from USA Today how badly he wanted to turn the page.
February 16, 2015 |
For the first time in the seven years Goodwill Industries has held its annual blow-out, line-up-before-the-sun-rises bridal sale extravaganza in New Jersey, the event landed on Valentine's Day. This calendrical coincidence, this alignment of the stars and sweetheart necklines, this convergence of warm hearts and cold cash - oh, yes, oh, yes, it was meant to be. And so it was that four bitterly cold hours before the doors opened at 9 a.m., Pat...
January 6, 2015 |
Jackie Smith is offering her Coatesville home for rent for $15,000 during the week of the papal visit in September. She envisions her guests will be a few out-of-state families who opt to share the postwar bungalow an hour's drive from Center City. If Smith, a single mother who works at Wegmans, has her way, she hopes to use the money to go on a cruise with her mother and daughter, all still coping with the death of her 16-year-old son three years ago. "It'd be nice, just us three girls, to get away," she said.
December 12, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - With much at stake, lawyers for the School Reform Commission on Wednesday asked a panel of five Commonwealth Court judges to affirm their power to cancel the Philadelphia School District teachers' contract. The law that created the SRC acknowledged that in times of distress, the commission must have at its disposal special powers, argued commission attorney Mark Aronchick. "The polestar is the children, not the protection of some collective bargaining interest that protects the interest of teachers," Aronchick told the judges.
November 30, 2014 |
There are savvy shoppers. Then there are holiday crazies - expert, rabid consumers who combine coupons, compare online vs. in-store bargains via smartphone, and put us all to shame. Edgar Dworsky, proprietor of nonprofit consumer advocate ConsumerWorld.org, is among the latter. Here's what he does before buying anything, most especially during this season of shopping insanity, along with tips from some other parties: Chart price history. Start by visiting sites like Shopping.com, Shop.pricespider.com, Pricegrabber.com, and TheFind.com, as well as Google Shopping, Amazon.com, and eBay.
November 2, 2014 |
After living in London, Rome, Brussels, and New York, where he was a photography editor for the Associated Press for the last two years of his career, Michael Feldman, a native Philadelphian and Temple University graduate, came home. Feldman, now 71, retired in 2008 after more than four decades as a photojournalist for such organizations as Reuters and United Press International, covering major events in Europe and the Middle East. Why, after selling their New York apartment, did he and wife Mary Ann move here?
October 9, 2014 |
ONE DAY AFTER effectively blindsiding the teachers union by unilaterally canceling its contract, School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green said the SRC waited to take the action to avoid jeopardizing passage of the cigarette tax in Harrisburg. Green's admission came in response to speculation that Monday's action by the SRC - imposing major health-care benefits changes on thousands of teachers, counselors, nurses and other Philadelphia Federation of Teachers members - was done to aid Gov. Corbett's floundering re-election efforts.
August 4, 2014 |
Not everyone has a million dollars to buy a fabulous house down the Shore. But don't despair - there's still a sandy place for the rest of us. Just ask Joe and Jane Santo, who last year purchased a $132,000 second home in the Villas, Cape May County. In a decade or so, they may move there full time and make the house their retirement retreat. It helps that it's situated on Spruce Avenue, on the bay side and three blocks from the beach. These days, forecasts of rising sea levels, in addition to the higher prices, taxes, and maintenance costs, are making oceanfront Shore properties less a draw than they might once have been.
July 2, 2014 |
TRY AS HE might, Ron Hextall could not rid the Flyers of any of the numerous onerous contracts bogging down their salary cap. Hextall could not find a taker for center Vinny Lecavalier, despite the fact he gave agent Kent Hughes more than 2 weeks to work out a landing spot. He will be paid a $2 million signing bonus today, which hampered negotiations. Hextall did not budge in buying out winger R.J. Umberger, despite the fact he is the Flyers' second-highest paid forward after Claude Giroux.