May 31, 2016 |
Richard Harling has written a number of works populated mainly by female characters that show a deft understanding of his subject matter. While the "not about us without us" crowd might frown upon a man writing fairly exclusively about women, Bucks County Playhouse's engaging, star-studded production of Harling's 1987 Steel Magnolias teems with realities that transcend the localized, historical flair of this play. Steel Magnolias obliquely refers to the six women of Harling's cast, three generations of resilient Louisiana small-town wives and mothers that congregate regularly at Truvy's beauty salon.
March 20, 2016
A fire that broke out at a beauty salon early Saturday morning in Kensington injured one person, authorities said. The 2 a.m. fire at the Bamboo Beauty Salon on the 3000 block of Kensington Avenue was placed under control about 20 minutes later, a fire dispatcher said. One man was taken to Temple University Hospital in stable condition. 6abc reported that the man lived in an apartment above the business and was being treated for smoke inhalation. It said firefighters were investigating the blaze as suspicious.
December 15, 2015 |
WHEN GREGORY Garcia met Kim Annette Shepherd she had to teach him that it was OK to take a vacation. Greg, a longtime postal worker, apparently enjoyed his work because he didn't like to take a break from it. Kim assured him that the sky would not fall on him if he left the job for short stretches. Kim also taught Greg how to work in her beauty salon, not exactly second nature to a manly man. In return, Greg taught Kim how to drive, and she got her driver's license. When Kim was stricken with multiple sclerosis and years of slow decline followed, Greg was there every day to care for her. He had a simple explanation for why he did it: "I loved her. " Obviously, their relationship was the epitome of quid pro quo. Kim Annette Shepherd-Garcia, whose beauty salon, Studio 13, at 13th Street and Erie Avenue, was a neighborhood asset, died Dec. 2. She was 57 and lived in Willingboro, N.J. Through her long illness, Kim never complained and never lost her enthusiasm for life.
November 4, 2015 |
PAT NOLAN'S HOME was the scene of typical old-fashioned South Philadelphia values - dinner on the table every night, big family get-togethers, excursions to Wildwood and Atlantic City, church on Sunday. And the one ingredient that was always present was family love. It filled the rooms with warmth, good humor and laughter. The matriarch who kept the family intact and the love and goodwill flowing was Sarah Frances Nolan, known as Pat, a talented, hardworking, God-fearing woman who gave her children the foundation on which to build meaningful lives.
January 25, 2014 |
Celestine S. Braxton, 87, a longtime teacher and civil rights crusader, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, of liver failure at Prince William Medical Center in Manassas, Va. Mrs. Braxton, mother of NBC10 reporter Monique Braxton, was born on a farm in Ahoskie, N.C. She graduated from C.S. Brown High School in 1944 and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1949 from Elizabeth City State Teachers College. She moved to Manassas to accept a teaching job with Prince William County's school system in 1950 and devoted the next 33 years to her elementary and middle school students.
July 13, 2013
Strangler case: Body exhumed PEABODY, Mass. - Boston police confirm that they have exhumed the remains of the man suspected of being the Boston Strangler. Workers dug up the grave of Albert DeSalvo on Friday. A spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney's Office says DeSalvo's casket will be taken to the medical examiner, where tissue or bone samples will be taken. District Attorney Dan Conley said he believes the samples will tie DeSalvo to the death of Mary Sullivan, possibly the Strangler's last victim.
March 13, 2012 |
Some call it a jewel on Germantown Avenue. Others see the new apartment and retail complex on a struggling multi-block strip of Nicetown as another sign of the nascent revitalization of the neighborhood. "I believe this building is going to bring more life, more energy, and more people taking pride in the neighboring blocks," longtime resident Curtis McAllister said of the Nicetown Court complex in the 4300 block of Germantown Avenue. The 60,000-square-foot building, which features 37 apartment units, a community medical office, and a beauty salon and spa, opened in December after a year of construction.
November 17, 2011 |
I was examining our old piano the other day, a 1924 Sohmer that we bought when my father-in-law died and we wanted something lasting to remember him by. Through its serial number, we tracked its provenance to the piano department of Strawbridge & Clothier at 801 Market St. Why shouldn't Strawbridge's sell baby grands? It had everything else: an employee chorus and radio station. Uniformed doormen and elevator ladies. Cash boys to run between the counters and registers, which is how the venerable emporium came to hire the 13-year-old W.C. Fields.
November 11, 2011 |
WOMEN WHO WENT to Daisy Brewer's beauty salon got more than treatment for their hair. They also got a boost for their souls. "The added benefit to each person coming to her shop was the spiritual atmosphere that prevailed," said her daughter, Sharlyn McMillan. "Daisy listened to everyone, counseled and prayed with them, even taking time to anoint them with oil if allowed to do so. "Anyone who came through her door would receive a blessing. " Daisy Willie Lee Brewer, who ran her beauty salon at her home on Irving Street in West Philadelphia for about 40 years, a devoted churchwoman, a world traveler and dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Nov. 4. She was 86. Daisy was well-known not only for her spiritual endeavors, but also for her style: She was always fashionably turned out, with hats that bordered on the spectacular.