August 21, 1992 |
When she was a coed in the Great Depression, she had a raccoon coat and a black Buick. When she died last year, she had a half-million dollars. In between, Doris Virginia Broome taught third grade for 40 years and lived a quiet, conservative life, with few frills and fewer confidences. So nearly everyone who knew her was surprised when she willed her small fortune to a college whose reunions she had stopped attending. Doris Virginia Broome has made Glassboro State's bright summer a little brighter.
December 5, 1990 |
Dad, sporting his fave crimson cardigan, looks lovingly into his wife's eyes. Their five children gleefully gather around the dinner table as the smell of roast turkey wafts through the house. Hallmark Cards' poinsettia-lined vision of the holidays is usually conjured up by a Norman Rockwell print, but this time, there's a twist: Mom, Dad and the kids are black. Although Hallmark has been selling Christmas cards for black consumers for 25 years, an increasing number of stores, including the local majors like Wanamaker's and Strawbridge and Clothier, are offering a wider selection of black-themed cards.
December 21, 2013 |
Veronica Marché Miller's "Fabulous Brown Girls" Christmas cards speak to the yuletide spirit of every woman's inner girly-girl. The Philadelphia-area fashion illustrator's flirty holiday greetings, also available on wine sleeves and gift bags, show coquettish women of color donning fit-and-flares (with real sequins) and knee-length boots carrying armfuls of perfectly wrapped presents. She may be dressed in a red, off-the-shoulder dress and poised to place a star on top of a tree.
January 15, 1991 |
Here's a space-age, sure-fire method to cut your Christmas card writing time in half. I realize that a lot of you are thinking, "Aren't we past this now, it being January and all?" Well, maybe you are, but I'm not. I've got a stack of these cards just sitting in my in-basket waiting to be addressed and mailed. Despite evidence entirely to the contrary, I permit myself to suppose that there are millions of others in the same condition as myself, people who have not yet done their holiday cards.
September 26, 1993 |
Christmas cards for township employees add up, says Supervisor Mary K. Smithson. Her get-tough proposal: that the township not send Christmas cards to its employees and save $192.25. "We are in hard economic times, and we haven't given employees a salary raise. I would expect that they would rather have a raise than get a card," Smithson said. Smithson's proposal was voted down, 4-1, at Wednesday night's supervisors meeting, but the proposal was a sign of the times in Newtown Township, as it begins to grapple with next year's fiscal budget.
November 3, 2001
From the mouths of kids: A thoughtful and sensitive reader wrote a letter to the editor this week suggesting a way America could get around this anthrax mail problem. Mike LaRosa is just 11, but despite his young age - or perhaps because of it - he proposed a remedy that is impressively straightforward. Send more postcards, Mike said. The young man was talking about Christmas cards, and his special concern is postal workers and their potential exposure to spores lurking within sealed envelopes.
December 21, 1986 |
Eight days before Christmas, Maureen Reyes wandered among the red-and-green festooned aisles of Spain's Card & Gift Shop on Chestnut Street - looking for a birthday card. "I send out a lot less Christmas cards than I used to. I used to do a big mailing, but now I just send them to the people who are important, good friends and relatives," says Reyes of Juniata Park. Another Spain's customer, Leon Schoenhell, a hairdresser at Nan Duskin's, concurred: "I cut down to about half because it was getting way out of hand.
December 23, 1997 |
Police Officer Aisha Perry was working the 4-to-midnight shift and had just come on duty when she received an assignment to check on an elderly woman whom a friend had been trying to contact all day. Perry had gotten dozens of similar calls in the past. It was nothing out of the ordinary - at the time. But it evolved into one of Perry's saddest, and most tenderhearted, assignments. Arriving at the house in the city's Olney section, Perry discovered that the woman, 77-year-old Margaret Taylor, had died of natural causes, a part of the job that Perry experienced many times in the past.
December 9, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Walking into federal court each morning, Alyson Borgesi, wife of reputed Philadelphia mob consigliere George Borgesi, has made a habit of greeting those present with a now familiar refrain. "Enjoying the show?" she asks, cracking a sardonic smile. But as her husband's racketeering retrial entered its second month last week, she increasingly found herself cast as his unwilling costar. The trial came to an early halt Friday after four jurors accused the petite, 38-year-old brunette - a woman whose resumé includes stints as a travel agent and candy saleswoman - of trying to intimidate them from the court gallery, Borgesi family members said.
December 20, 1989 |
In the spirit of the season, state Sen. M. Joseph Rocks, Philadelphia Republican and erstwhile city controller candidate, has sent out Christmas cards to 3,000 people. At least they look like Christmas cards, although they may be as much in the spirit of state politics as in the spirit of the season. Rocks didn't pay for the cards himself. Rocks said yesterday that he dipped into his campaign accounts for $1,300 to help pay for the cards and postage, even though, in his words, the cards are not meant to be a "campaign piece.