December 15, 1987 |
Motown - in the driving beat of a big brass band - roars from a boom box in the warehouse where the South Philadelphia Vikings practice for New Year's. Six kids who will turn into costumed spark plugs for the Mummers Parade listen for their song cue. They pop out of a plywood automobile engine and start gyrating. The spark plug dance, in rehearsal since September, is a clever gimmick for the Vikings in the highly competitive fancy brigade division. But what's really new is the music they'll dance to. The Vikings have hired a brass orchestra of 25 professional and college- trained musicians to play "Dancin' in the Streets," "I Feel Good" and the theme from "The Wiz" on their strut up Broad Street.
March 2, 1986 |
If you have an old house or collect antiques, you may have heard of Ball & Ball of Exton, makers of brass and iron hardware. The company's catalogue can be found in any shop that deals seriously in American or English antique furniture, and some of the hinges, door knockers, latches and hooks produced in Exton are sold by shops specializing in decorative hardware. What you may not know is that Ball & Ball welcomes the walk-in shopper and will reproduce virtually any piece of brass or iron hardware by the same methods used to make the original.
January 8, 1986 |
Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker has named 10 police officials to run three boards that would review the actions of the department's top brass and screen the qualifications of officers seeking promotions and transfers. Chief Inspector Frank Scafidi was named chairman of the accountability board, which also will include Chief Inspector Thomas Roselli and Staff Inspector James Gallagher. The transfer review board will be chaired by Chief Inspector Joseph Orbell and will include Inspector Jerrold Kane and Captain Willie Williams.
April 13, 2000 |
A two-day auction to clear the contents of five estates will be conducted next Friday and Saturday by Pook & Pook Auctioneers and Appraisers at Griffith Hall in Ludwigs Corner, Chester County. In the furniture phase of the sale, rare Lancaster County, Colonial Philadelphia, and New England desks, tall case (grandfather) clocks, cupboards and mahogany chest of drawers will be on the block. Featured as well will be a Georgian breakfront, a Chippendale mahogany slant front desk, a northern European highly carved oak settle, and a painted cottage bedroom suite.
December 9, 1990 |
Area residents can rub shoulders with nobility - as well as with assorted unicorns, angels, griffins and other interesting specimens - at the London Brass Rubbing Center exhibit that continues through Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 315 Highland Terrace, Pitman. Brass rubbing is a craft in which heavy paper is placed over an embossed brass plaque and rubbed with a special metallic crayon (silver, gold, copper or black in color) so the image on the brass is repeated on the paper.
July 7, 1993 |
Dear Anne and Nan: I have just spent weeks polishing my antique brass bed. How do I keep it "sparkling" and prevent it from tarnishing again? Are there any products on the market that will retard the tarnish? - M.L. The only way to keep your brass bed from tarnishing is to protect the surface of the brass from contact with air. The product that will accomplish this is plain-and-simple clear lacquer, available at paint and hardware stores. Lacquer only a small area first: If you decide you don't like the way it looks, remove the lacquer by rubbing with a soft cloth dipped in denatured alcohol.
May 18, 1990 |
Sneak thieves have taken a shine to the antique brass handrails in Broad Street Subway stairwells. In the past three weeks, rustlers have made off with railings from four North Philadelphia stations. "An inventory by SEPTA's Facilities Department revealed missing handrails at Spring Garden, Girard, Dauphin-Susquehanna and North Philadelphia stations," SEPTA spokeswoman Donna Alston said. And on Election Day morning, subway commuters who use the northwest stairwell at Erie station noticed their handrail had been removed.
July 8, 1989
The top brass of the Philadelphia Police Department are hitting the streets on night patrols to counteract the shortage of cops. It's not a perfect solution, and it doesn't make up for the fact that there are not enough officers, especially in summer, when so many are on vacation. But it seems like an honest effort to augment the force at a time when money and personnel are strained to the limit. Maybe Police Commissioner Willie Williams has come up with an idea others ought to try. It wouldn't hurt to see the streets commissioner out pushing a broom or the head of Licenses and Inspections doing a little licensing and inspecting.
March 3, 2009 |
Kurt Warner is being courted by an eager division rival of the Arizona Cardinals. The San Francisco 49ers sent a private jet yesterday for the two-time MVP quarterback, who traveled from Phoenix to the team's training complex for a physical exam and a meeting with top brass. Warner led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl last season, but became a free agent when he didn't re-sign with the club. Arizona has offered a 2-year, $20 million contract to Warner, who will be 38 when training camp opens.
May 30, 1997 |
"Brassed Off" is one movie that truly deserves to be called an ensemble piece. It's actually about an ensemble - an amateur brass band in the working-class English village of Grimley, where the factory bosses are preparing to close the coal mine that is the community's economic heart and soul. Most of the men who play in the band are miners, and as it becomes increasingly likely that the mine will close, their commitment to just about everything, including music, begins to wane.