February 9, 2003 |
When St. John of the Cross parish was founded in 1953, parishioners waited nearly two years for a permanent place to worship. To bide its time, the fledgling Catholic parish held services in a very secular locale - a local beer distributor. The Easton Road storefront became a makeshift chapel - with pews, folding chairs and an altar - for the 100 or so congregants. "In those days, you had to build a school first because the church was in the auditorium," said first-generation parishioner Anne Smith, 80, who remembers attending Mass at the "beer store" while awaiting construction of the school building.
September 21, 2005 |
THE PROTESTERS stopped updating a wooden board in front of a closed takeout beer store at 55th and Larchwood when the protest reached 995 days. Dozens of neighbors who took turns walking the picket line and keeping the store closed for three years have reduced their vigil to an on-call protest that gets activated only when there is movement in the store. But if the owners of the nearly vacant store thought the vigil would eventually stop-n-go away, they couldn't be more wrong.
February 22, 2002
WHEN THE economy was booming, we couldn't cut the wage and business taxes faster because, according to the politicians, "we needed the money. " Now that the economy is slowing, we can't cut them because - you guessed it -we need the money. If we can't cut taxes when we're growing, and we can't cut them in a recession, when should we expect tax cuts? Jonathan Goldstein, Philadelphia City Council, here are a few suggestions from a taxpayer that just might bring you some respect from your contituents: Start buying your own cars, you make too much not to. Stop acting like royalty.
May 10, 2012 |
Here are tasting notes on some of my favorite Italian beers tasted recently in the Philadelphia area. Prices are retail, unless otherwise noted. Bruton Bianca , 750 ml, $19 at Pizzeria Stella (Second and Lombard) — similar to a Belgian wit, but creamier in texture due to the use of Tuscan spelt, with finely woven coriander, orange peel, and white pepper. Bruton 10 , 750 ml, $28 at a.Kitchen (135 S. 18th St.) — a big barley wine with 10 percent alcohol, but stunning lack of burn, rich with licorice, tobacco, and caramel.
December 7, 1993 |
Residents are finding it easier to buy flowers. They know what movie is playing at the Yeadon theater. And it's just a short trip to the 7-Eleven. Since the repaired Church Lane Bridge opened two weeks ago, traffic has been flowing through the borough's commercial district. And to the relief of business owners on Church Lane, many drivers are falling back into their shopping patterns of a year ago. Drivers had been detoured around the 10 businesses in the 500 block of Church Lane since the 65-year-old bridge that connected Yeadon and Upper Darby was closed for major improvements in October 1992.
April 17, 1996 |
Outside the Kensington Beer Distributorship were two carloads of gang members - backup for the extortionist inside demanding "protection" payments. "I've got the power," the young extortionist told the beer store owners. "You got to pay me month to month. " The demand: $400 a month. Unlike nearby Vietnamese businesses, partners Manny Tran, 45, and Ngu Nhan, 46, have refused to pay. Both men spent seven years in the South Vietnamese military. Tran was a military police sergeant and Nhan, a soldier.
November 27, 1994 |
Businessman Manuel Guss and some Nicetown residents envision his proposed Playarama as a sorely needed family fun spot in a struggling section of the city. But Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco fears it will turn into a hangout and neighborhood headache. According to Guss, Playarama would be a combination restaurant-arcade on Germantown Avenue just south of Erie Avenue, and resemble popular children's party places like Chuck E. Cheese, where youngsters munch pizza and amuse themselves with skeeball and pinball machines.
June 22, 1989 |
Middletown and Lower Southampton police are investigating a rash of counterfeit bill-passing that may be related to February incidents in which more than $4 million in counterfeit money was found in Lower Bucks. Lower Southampton police said several hundred dollars' worth of bogus $20 bills were used June 17 and 18 to make purchases at seven stores in the T.J. Maxx Mall at Street Road and Bustleton Pike. According to Det. Charles J. Borchick, the stores involved were Thrift Drug, The Beer Store, USA Video, Trevose Shoe Store, McCrory's 5 & 10, Foot Fads shoe store and the Hit or Miss clothing store.
February 6, 2012 |
Peter Vitale envisions a place in Lower Merion where local beer connoisseurs and novices alike can choose among craft, import, and other specialty brews when they want to take a break from the pricey beer cases or the easy Bud Light purchase. "You can get a huge selection of wines from California to France, and vodkas now come in various flavors, such as cherry or even a cake flavor," Vitale said. "The palate today seems to be leaning toward variety, so why not have a place that does that for beers?"
October 3, 2003 |
IF A TWISTER drops Dorothy and Toto's farmhouse on the northeast corner of 55th and Larchwood, look for the 18th Precinct Town Watch to be under it. They do not move for twisters. They do not move for blizzards. They do not run from rain, hide from hail or seek shelter from storms. They say they shall not be moved and they have not been for 336 days according to the wooden sandwich board that they update as a daily ritual. That's how long the neighbors have been in continuous protest of a deli-and-beer-takeout that has been trying to do business on their corner since this time last year.