July 30, 2016 |
When Andee Hefler refurbished her farmhouse in Lower Gwynedd, she kept the outside walls intact but gutted the inside. The result: Housed in a 17th-century home is a contemporary kitchen complete with a smorgasbord of automated elements. "My husband, Brad, loves automation, so we put some really fun things in the house," said Hefler, owner of Andrea Lynn Interiors. The smart home's Control4 system operates everything from lighting to raising and lowering the shades to controlling the TV, all by touching buttons on a wall panel in the kitchen doorway.
July 2, 2016 |
At farmers' markets this season, alongside the kale and radishes, there are unaccustomed local offerings. Think tulsi bitters for digestion and relaxation, elderberry syrup for immune support, or raspberry leaf tea for pregnant women. Also new to farmers' market shoppers: disclaimers - that the wares are "not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. " This is an offshoot of the farm-to-table movement: Call it the farm-to-medicine-cabinet movement. It's powered by a new generation of farmer-herbalists like Amanda Midkiff, 26, who last year started Locust Light Farm in New Hope, one of a growing number of farm-based apothecaries in the area.
February 20, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney has named veteran Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner as deputy managing director for criminal justice. Announcing the appointment Thursday, Kenney cited Lerner's decades of work in the criminal justice system, which includes 16 years as the judge who supervises pretrial matters in every homicide case in the city. "I am confident his passion and expertise will give him the ability to build on our current momentum surrounding the MacArthur grant proposal," the mayor said in a statement.
November 19, 2015 |
AS THE OLD saying goes: You can judge a man by the company he keeps. Using that as a guide, we have to say that Mayor-elect Jim Kenney is keeping very good company so far. Although he's only partway through the process of filling his Cabinet and key positions in city government, so far Kenney has come up with a strong list of public servants to assist him over the next four years. We can begin with Kenney's earliest appointment: his decision to keep Amy Kurland as inspector general.
November 19, 2015 |
FIVE YEARS AGO, Nolan Atkinson Jr. made headlines when he successfully petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to posthumously admit his great-grandfather to the state bar. After being denied admission on the basis of race in 1849, George Boyer Vashon drifted north, becoming the first African-American to practice law in New York, and later the second in Washington D.C. He taught at what would become Howard University but again was denied admission...
November 14, 2015 |
Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia's parks and recreation czar and a longtime cabinet appointee to two mayors, is Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's choice to be his managing director. Kenney is to announce the choice of DiBerardinis for the top cabinet post at a news conference Friday, a city hall source with knowledge of Kenney's decision said. The source spoke on condition of anonymity. DiBerardinis will be one of three high-level appointments to be announced Friday. Currently parks and recreation commissioner and a deputy mayor in the Nutter administration, DiBernardinis will be moving up to a post that the mayor-elect has said will take on more authority.
August 5, 2015 |
Richard Schultz Schweiker, 89, a political novice who rose from the unlikely incubator of Norristown to become a U.S. congressman, senator, and secretary of health and human services, died Friday, July 31. Mr. Schweiker died of complications from an infection at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in South Jersey. He had lived in McLean, Va., since 1969. "I am very, very sad to hear that the former senator has passed away," said Frank R. Bartle, former Montgomery County Republican chairman.
June 13, 2015 |
A motion-sensing toilet that lifts the seat and flushes was just what was needed for the Magladry family of Voorhees - two parents and four kids younger than 9. Installed eight months ago, its incorporated night-light was especially appreciated by mom Heather when she was pregnant. "None of my boys remember to flush the potty - ever, it seems - so that's one of the nice things," she said. Most smart toilets ($3,000- $5,000) come from Japan and require their own electrical outlet.
May 14, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf's nominee to serve as secretary of state faced resistance Tuesday from Republican lawmakers who said he deserved blame for not stopping Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. After a hearing, the Senate State Government Committee declined to take a position on Pedro Cortes - an unusual step - and instead moved his nomination to the full Senate floor for consideration. The committee chairman, Mike Folmer (R., Lebanon), said after the hearing that the panel was split on Cortes, but that he wanted to give all senators the chance "to make the decisions based on their own conscience.
April 22, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A onetime Philadelphia public-school teacher and principal enters the spotlight Tuesday as one of the first of Gov. Wolf's cabinet nominees to face scrutiny from legislators. Acting Secretary Pedro Rivera will face questions on his policies and educational approaches from members of the Senate Education Committee. But any hurdles shouldn't be large ones. "I have not heard any concerns that would rise to the level of him not being confirmed," the committee chairman, Lloyd Smucker (R., Lancaster)