December 15, 2014 |
Under a spotlight amid the medieval splendor of Bryn Athyn Cathedral's pillars and vaulted ceilings, Brant Pitcairn last week practiced cradling what was supposed to be a box of frankincense. This is the Bryn Athyn electrician's fifth year playing a wise man in the tableaux services, the Christmas story reenactments to be performed in the cathedral Sunday. But Pitcairn, 49, has been attending the tableaux services for decades. "It's a really great way to get into the Christmas spirit," he said.
December 10, 2014 |
Peggy McDaniels walked into the center of the room where she taught Oaklyn second graders more than 50 years ago. "My desk was right here. The piano was here, and that wonderful old clock hung right up there. " McDaniels, 76, paused. "Oh, my goodness," she said, beaming. "This is so cool. " The Berlin Township resident was among a half-dozen retired teachers who gathered Monday at Oaklyn's former Mary A. Finney School as special guests of the borough's holiday luncheon for seniors.
December 9, 2014 |
Chick's is a watering hole as old as the New Deal and cozy like your buddy's semi-finished basement. Lighted beer signs hang on the darkened windows, and its buckets of mussels are a favorite in Bridgeport, a riverside borough tucked between Upper Merion and Norristown. But the regular crowd thinned this year when a few older patrons died. "They were all great guys," said bartender Alexandra Dombroski as she gazed at a bar ringed by empty seats. "You heard great stories. " Right across Fourth Street, the borough's main drag, sits Taphouse 23, a new gastropub that offers 12 local craft beers and an outdoor patio with an artificial waterfall and fire pits.
November 6, 2014 |
When Abraham Weitzenkorn opened his family clothing store in Pottstown, Abraham Lincoln was president, and stovepipe hats were the new black. Weitzenkorn, a German immigrant who had peddled his wares from a covered wagon, had saved enough to open a clothing shop, marketing his brand of overalls and work boots to farmers in the area. Over a century later, Weitzenkorn's family still owns a men's clothing store on a main street of the Montgomery County borough. Weitzenkorn's, now offering everything from black tie to beachwear, is celebrating its 150th anniversary, still standing after a shifting retail landscape and a decline of Pottstown's manufacturing base squashed other small businesses.
November 2, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. To real estate agent Patricia Settar, Wenonah is a "Norman Rockwell kind of place. " To agent Mark Honabach, the one-square-mile borough is "the Haddonfield of Gloucester County. " Add close-knit and family-oriented , throw in a beautiful lake, ponds, hiking trails, a teahouse, a restored train station, and 800 houses of almost every size and style, and you've got Wenonah.
October 13, 2014 |
Yardley Borough By the Numbers Population: 2,431 (2010). Median income: $75,777 (2012). Area: One square mile. Settlements in the last three months: 12. Homes for sale: 32. Days on market: 59. Median price: $178,000. Housing stock: Older homes, infill, and new construction. Historic district has 200 buildings listed. School district: Pennsbury. SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; City-Data.com; Sharon Ermel Spadaccini, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors; Martin Millner, Coldwell Banker Hearthside.
October 13, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There isn't a lot of real estate for sale in Yardley: only 30 houses, and all but four on the market for less than $400,000. But what the borough lacks in listings it makes up for in other ways. So if you're good with a knife and know your way around a pumpkin, you might want to volunteer for Carve-A-Thon Oct. 26 at Rivermawr Green at Maple and Morgan Avenues. The event, sponsored by the Yardley Business Association, kicks off the borough's Canal-O-Ween festivities, which run through Nov. 1. Jack-o-lanterns, lighted each evening by volunteers, will illuminate the Delaware Canal towpath for those who stroll the quarter-mile from East Afton Avenue to the end of the paved road.
October 9, 2014 |
The recent repeal of a juvenile curfew in a North Jersey town has renewed questions about the constitutionality of such measures, prompting some local officials to review their laws. The widespread effects were clear Tuesday night, when Paulsboro's borough council approved rescinding its curfew, a measure in place since 1983. The decision to ax the law has brought at least a temporary end to nights when a siren's wail at 10 p.m. signaled those under 18 should be home. "It's going to be a problem," Police Chief Chris Wachter said Tuesday afternoon.
October 6, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Conshohocken, the Montgomery County borough at the bend of the Schuylkill, is hot. So hot that Keller Williams Real Estate's Blue Bell office will open a Fayette Street satellite in 30 days. "We were doing so much business in Conshohocken that we needed to do it," says agent Gary Segal, who has been selling houses here for 26 years. So hot that local redevelopment officials widened the sidewalks on Fayette Street to accommodate outdoor dining, says Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach agent Danielle Tucciarone.
October 2, 2014 |
WEST CAPE MAY - On a bucolic 50 acres at Willow Creek Winery, where the cross breezes of the bay and the ocean mingle, over a vineyard of soil of salt and sand, an enviable microclimate and a unique terroir has been created. And with a visually stunning villa and a nearby 7,800-square-foot post-and-beam "tasting room," the site more resembles a vineyard on the hillside in Bordeaux or California wine country than a winery on the southernmost peninsula of New Jersey. "This place has meaningful roots in the community, with a focus on sustainable agriculture," said Kevin Celli, Willow Creek's winemaker.