May 6, 2015 |
William Wooden is a Philadelphia resident and registered voter. With two weeks until the mayoral primary election, he has no idea whom he is voting for. He is not alone. Like most of a dozen people interviewed during the lunch hour Monday at Dilworth Park, Wooden didn't know much about the candidates - even their names. Wooden said he had seen the television ads for a female candidate who said she would sue the state for not providing enough money for the schools. That would be Lynne M. Abraham, the former district attorney.
February 25, 2015
The short: "A family dance party with a DJ," said event co-founder Andy Blackman-Hurwitz. The long: Began one afternoon in 2004 at a Bella Vista hot spot, now a national force in daytime kiddie clubbing, complete with juice boxes, bubbles and pop tunes. The demo: Kids 6 months on up; best suited for toddlers to tweens. Adults permitted with kid(s). The deal: Two-and-a-half hours includes nonmusical distractions (face-painting, crafts), encouragement from MC Alphabet and . . . The bangers: Hits that get even grandma dancing: "Cha-Cha Slide," "Cupid Shuffle," anything Black Eyed Peas or Michael Jackson, spun by Lower Merion sophomore DJ Avious.
January 6, 2015 |
WHERE DOES a vice president choose to toast his granddaughter's 21st birthday? Philly, of course. Veep Joe Biden stopped by Dandelion (124 S. 18th St.) before the new year to celebrate what my spies tell me was his granddaughter's big day. I figure my source was referring to Naomi Biden , who is a student at the University of Pennsylvania. Biden is a regular at the city's restaurants, but his favorite joint is Bella Vista's Saloon (750 S. 7th St.), where he regularly orders the angel-hair pasta with spicy tomato sauce.
March 1, 2014 |
DESIGN: Laundry Punch Bag DESIGNER: Jason Lempieri of ReThinkTank L.L.C., Bella Vista WHAT'S NEW HERE: A hybrid of three products - hamper, laundry transporter, and workout equipment - creates an entirely new product. Jason Lempieri went to design school at the Pratt Institute in New York, where the emphasis was on the beauty and purity of the form. He always craved more depth - what does a design do and mean beyond its beauty? Can it have both function and style? In his work as an architect and industrial designer, he has focused on incentive-based design, the idea of creating a product that encourages someone to change his behavior - a highly challenging prospect.
December 28, 2013 |
A man suspected of stealing a pizza-delivery car in South Philadelphia was shot in the arm Thursday night when he allegedly tried to run down officers in an attempt to evade arrest, police said. Shortly after 9 p.m., the 29-year-old man allegedly stole the car, a Honda, at 10th and Catharine Streets in Bella Vista, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The deliveryman had left the Honda running with the keys in the ignition, and the man just drove off with the car, Small said. At 22d Street and Snyder Avenue, police saw the Honda driving north and tried to stop the vehicle, Small said.
November 19, 2013 |
FORMER FLYER Max Talbot is officially leaving Philly behind, putting his Bella Vista home on the market. Talbot was traded from the Flyers to the Colorado Avalanche last month for Steve Downie . Located on 9th Street, right below South, Talbot's former abode was a three bedroom/four bath beaut complete with a tricked-out kitchen, Jacuzzi and a walk-in closet that is bigger than some of the apartments I've lived in. Too bad Talbot and...
September 3, 2013 |
The man arrested in one of two alleged sexual assaults of women who attended Day One of the Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia has been identified as Ankara Demir, police said. Demir was arrested in connection with an attack police said took place in his home on the 2400 block of Arch Street at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, a short walk from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where the concert continues until 11 p.m. Sunday. According to police, a 22-year-old woman met Demir, 26, at the concert and asked to use his cellphone.
May 31, 2013
MICHAEL BULBOFF, 32, of Bella Vista, owns a one-stop accordion shop on 2nd Street near South in Queen Village. He acquired the three-story former salon in January to house his growing business. Liberty Bellows sells, repairs and rents accordions, and gives accordion lessons. Its motto: "We aim to squeeze. " Bulboff, a Princeton alumnus and Wharton master's grad, founded the business in 2009, and it has five full-time employees. He plays piano accordion in the band Polkadelphia. Q: How'd you get into the biz?
May 12, 2013 |
For the last two years, family and friends have asked Anna Del Vecchio when she'll be moving from her trinity in Bella Vista. The answer is always the same. "I'm not going anywhere. Everything I need is here . . . my baker, the Ninth Street Market, and my bank is on the corner," says Del Vecchio, 75. She does readily concede, though, that she wanted nothing to do with the run-down shell that the property was when she first saw it. She was a young housewife with three preschool-age children in 1966, when her husband, Anthony Del Vecchio, said he had found a house for them.
April 26, 2013
FOR THOSE OF US who don't have a prahok -slinging Phnom Penh grandma on standby, real Cambodian food is a little hard to find here, especially in comparison to the Vietnamese, Thai and Laotian options available to hungry fans of Southeast Asian cooking. Luckily, that's starting to change, with sit-downs like South Philly's Khmer Kitchen and Lawncrest's Angkor spreading the charms of the cuisine beyond the city's strong Cambodian population. While those restaurants build followings, a new venture - a little sweeter, but still fluent in Khmer - is taking shape.