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January 14, 1993 | By Marc Freeman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
This year's hotly contested race for mayor of Bensalem took off Tuesday when retired township farmer and businessman Joseph "Joey D" DiGirolamo announced his candidacy at his Hulmeville Road home. DiGirolamo, 55, a Republican and owner of D.G.'s Farms, ended months of speculation by entering the race to succeed GOP Mayor Edward F. Burns. Burns decided not to run for a second term. His first one expires at the end of the year. A former state representative, Burns became the first mayor of Bensalem in January 1990, when the township switched from a manager-supervisors system to a mayor-council form of government.
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April 9, 1996 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robert Henn, 60, a businessman who loved running and climbing mountains, died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at his home in Penn Valley. Mr. Henn was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Drexel Hill. He graduated from Upper Darby High School and received a degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1957. His daughter, Debbe Pavle, said that running was her father's passion. When he was 50, he ran in the New York City Marathon. He also enjoyed mountain climbing.
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June 24, 2000 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Louis Lieberman, 97, a businessman and former member of the Chester County Planning Commission, died of heart failure Wednesday at his home in Malvern. Mr. Lieberman worked as an insurance salesman and later as manager of a department store. He was active in the business community and in Democratic politics for 50 years. In the early 1940s, he was elected property tax assessor of Easttown when open fields and farms dominated the township. In the 1980s and 1990s, he served 15 years on the Chester County Planning Commission.
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October 4, 1999 | By Alletta Emeno, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
William L. Jacobs, 75, of Honey Brook, a retired insurance agency owner, died yesterday at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness. Mr. Jacobs lived in Elverson after graduating in 1946 from Muhlenberg College, where he received a degree in business administration. He was a native of Berks County. In the 1950s, he moved to Tucson, Ariz. where he lived for 41 years. Three years ago, he and his wife, Mildred, moved back to Chester County, becoming residents of the Tel Hai retirement community.
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January 31, 1988 | By David Raudenbush, Special to The Inquirer
Robert D. Starr, 62, of Mullica Hill, owner of Robert Starr Furniture, died Friday at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury. Born in Lisburn, Pa., Mr. Starr was an Army medic during World War II. After serving a full apprenticeship with Upholsters International Local 77 of Philadelphia, he started his own business upholstering furniture in Woodbury in 1955. He moved the business to Mullica Hill in Harrison Township in 1969 and began selling carpeting and furniture. He phased out the upholstering business in 1979.
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December 10, 1989 | By Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Skversky, 70, owner of a Philadelphia company that distributes fasteners, bolts and screws, died yesterday at the American Oncologic Hospital. A lifelong resident of the city, he lived in the Northeast. Mr. Skversky was a self-made man, his son, Jeffrey, recalled yesterday. He worked for another company "until he understood the business" and then started one of his own in the garage of his home. The business "just got bigger" with time, Jeffrey Skversky said, attributing the expansion to his father's "determination, hard work and charisma.
SPORTS
January 27, 2000 | By Michelle M. Martinez, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Theodore Francis Rutkowski, 64, a businessman who contributed to Phoenixville as a member of local civic groups, died Monday at Phoenixville Hospital. Mr. Rutkowski, a native of Bayonne, N.J., lived in Phoenixville for about 25 years. He had been president and a board member of the Poly Chem Corp. since 1995. Poly Chem, formerly part of the Budd Co., manufactures water-treatment systems in Phoenixville. "He was a fine man and not only an executive of this corporation, but he was very involved in the Phoenixville area," said William Crighton, vice president of Poly Chem, which employs about 100 people.
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April 11, 1989 | By Edith L. Dixon, Special to The Inquirer
Michael M. Baccellieri, 76, president of Baccellieri Manufacturing Co. in Berlin, died Saturday at his daughter's home in Merion Station, Montgomery County. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Baccellieri moved to Haddonfield in 1964, and then to what had been his summer home in Margate in 1982. The firm Mr. Baccellieri served as president was founded in 1924 by his father, the late Raffaele Baccellieri. At one time the company was the largest producer of macaroni and wine presses, cheese graters and tomato processors.
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August 3, 2016 | By Mark Fazlollah, STAFF WRITER
HARRISBURG - Former state Treasurer Barbara Hafer and Chester County businessman Richard W. Ireland told a federal judge Monday that they were innocent of corruption charges. Magistrate Judge Susan Schwab, who presided over the arraignments here, set a preliminary trial date for both defendants of Oct. 4 and released them on recognizance. Hafer is charged with lying to federal agents who were questioning her in a wide-ranging investigation to determine if government contracts were traded for contributions or bribes to politicians, commonly known as pay-to-play schemes.
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August 1, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
When Richard Burgess had a last-minute problem with his Star sailboat, he knew to go to his friend John M. MacCausland. "He was leaving the next day to go to Europe," to race his own Star in Kiel, Germany, Burgess said. "But he stayed all night" to repair the boat that Burgess himself needed for a pending East Coast race. "He was always there for you," said Burgess, who began sailing with and against Mr. MacCausland in 1966. On Saturday, July 23, Mr. MacCausland, 82, of Cherry Hill, a former owner of Marine Spars, a Star boat sales company there, died of complications from Parkinson's disease at Arden Courts of Cherry Hill, a memory care community.
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July 6, 2016
The progressive drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political "corruption" has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington, and last week, a unanimous Supreme Court, in this term's most important decision, limited the discretion prosecutors have to criminalize politics. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to prison for unseemly behavior. He accepted from a Virginia businessman gifts and loans valued at more than $170,000. The businessman wanted McDonnell to help promote his dietary-supplement business, including by helping him persuade state universities to study its products.
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June 4, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Robert W. Engle, 90, of Newtown Square, a businessman and avid sailor, died Friday, May 27, of a stroke at Dunwoody Village. A Lansdowne native, Mr. Engle graduated from East Lansdowne High School in 1944. During the summer, he worked at Combination Pump Valve Co., a specialized valve-making firm founded by his grandfather in 1915. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Engle joined his father, Warren, and brother, Cal, at the valve company, now called CPV Manufacturing Inc. Mr. Engle rose to become president and CEO and took the Kennett Square company international before retiring in 2013.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
Chinatown businessman Yong Quan Zheng, who operated construction and money services businesses, has been charged with dodging state and federal taxes by filing false documents and paying employees - some of them illegal immigrants - in cash. Zheng's attorney, Greg Pagano, could not be immediately reached for comment. The U.S. Attorney said that Zheng, 61, who owned Hong Fai General Contractors, later known as Yong General Contractors, hired employees and paid them in cash from October 2010 through June 30, 2012.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
Getting caught in a 2011 FBI sting apparently didn't prevent disgraced insider John Estey from grabbing for more. When the FBI gave him $20,000 to bribe Pennsylvania legislators as an undercover informant, he allegedly pocketed $13,000 of it. Estey, who served as Gov. Ed Rendell's chief of staff, is expected to plead guilty as a result of the same investigation that forced another prominent Democrat, former state Treasurer Rob McCord, to admit threatening...
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May 5, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Hilary Strauss, 88, of Haverford, a businessman, athlete, and volunteer, died Friday, April 29, of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital. In the 1940s, Mr. Strauss represented Central High School in the Penn Relays and also at city-sponsored swim meets. He was so physically fit that he ran a six-minute mile daily until age 70. He enlisted in the Army during World War II, and was selected for special training at the Virginia Military Institute, where he won the Seventh Army championship in swimming.
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April 30, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
B. Herbert Lee, 92, a businessman and philanthropist and grandson of the founder of the former Lee Tire & Rubber Co., died of respiratory failure Tuesday, April 19, at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne. Mr. Lee lived in Haverford and Bryn Mawr before retiring to Waverly Heights in 2008. He also maintained a winter home in Delray Beach, Fla. His family was once well-known as the largest employer in Conshohocken, according to the records of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. His grandfather J. Ellwood Lee created the tire manufacturing operation in 1912 as a spin-off from his J. Ellwood Lee Chemical Co., a maker of medical supplies that merged with Johnson & Johnson in 1905.
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April 20, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
As his family sees it, Mohammed Jabbateh is the very picture of an immigrant success story - a man who fled political turmoil in his native Liberia nearly two decades ago, and established a successful business in Philadelphia and a growing family in the suburbs. Prosecutors beg to differ. They say Jabbateh is hiding here, running from a past in which he led rebel commandos in acts of violence so horrific that a bridge bearing his nom de guerre - "Jungle Jabbah" - still stands in his home country at the site of a brutal attack.
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February 27, 2016 | By Brian X. McCrone, STAFF WRITER
A Pennsylvania businessman acquitted in a 2011 criminal case that involved a late-night drunken episode inside a hotel room is now suing the Ritz-Carlton near St. Louis where the bizarre incident took place. Daniel T. Hughes, 47, was on a business trip from Conshohocken to Clayton, Mo., when after a long night of drinking he got a key to the wrong room and climbed into bed with a 9-year-old girl. He was charged with child molestation and, three years later, acquitted. Now Hughes is suing the hotel and the company that runs it, Maritz, Wolff & Co., for negligence.
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