April 18, 2015 |
Wharton Esherick never missed the opportunity to turn one of his pieces into a functional work of art, be it in the form of a stool, a plate for a light switch, or perhaps most famously, a music stand. The Philadelphia-born artist, who died in 1970 at 83, hand-carved his one-of-a-kind pieces in his Paoli home studio, bringing back old-fashioned techniques, combining them with contemporary design - and influencing generations of craftspeople. "Any studio woodworker worth their salt from the 1950s onward would make a pilgrimage to visit him. It was a rite of passage if you were going to be anything of worth in the field," said Elisabeth Agro, an associate curator of American modern and contemporary craft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "He made one-off items, unique pieces.
February 1, 2015 |
The Delaware River Port Authority has filed charges against a part-time toll collector who allegedly stole $3,200 at the Walt Whitman Bridge this month. Earlier, the DRPA had said it was not sure it would prosecute, since the authority was being reimbursed for the missing money by the temp agency that hired the toll collector. Christopher McCoy of Philadelphia was charged with theft and removal of property, a third-degree felony, DRPA counsel Kristen Mayock said Friday. A court hearing has been set for Feb. 5 in Gloucester City Municipal Court.
January 25, 2015 |
A part-time toll collector at the Walt Whitman Bridge is suspected of stealing $3,200 this month, but he may not be prosecuted. Since the money will be repaid by the agency that hires part-time collectors, officials of the Delaware River Port Authority said they had not decided whether to seek the arrest and prosecution of the Philadelphia man suspected of stealing the money. "It appears a theft of that magnitude has occurred," DRPA chief executive John Hanson said Thursday. "No decision has been made about prosecuting.
October 27, 2014 |
Irvin Basil Boyd Sr., 87, of Fort Washington, a nationally recognized antiques collector and dealer for many years, died Monday, Oct. 20, of congestive heart failure at his home. In a previous business venture, Mr. Boyd was a Philadelphia funeral director. Mr. Boyd was born in Philadelphia and educated at Germantown High School. His classes were interrupted when, at age 17, he enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He served in the Pacific. On returning home in 1946, Mr. Boyd resumed his education and married Lillian Dolores Horn, a high school friend.
August 26, 2014 |
So rare and coveted is sea glass - the tiny pieces of discarded glass that wash ashore after being shaped and polished by years of tumbling around in the ocean - that it's been given the romantic name "mermaid's tears. " The roiling convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay has made Cape May a hot spot for finding the lollipop-colored shards, and next month, collectors from across the country are to gather there to display and talk about the treasures they have found. Besides offering plenty of after-season hotel space and a plethora of restaurants, the location at the southern tip of New Jersey is also particularly alluring because of the phenomenon of the "Cape May diamond," organizers of the North American Sea Glass Festival say. The stones aren't actually diamonds, but a locally sought-after, sea-polished white quartz found on the beaches of Cape May, which is hosting the festival for the first time.
August 23, 2014 |
Stock up on your favorite childhood items and autographed memorabilia, and catch sports figures in person at the Sports Card, Toy, Comic & Collectibles Show this weekend at Wildwood Convention Center on the Boardwalk. A wide range of items will be for sale, including Legos, Beanies, coins, and thousands of autographed cards of sports legends ranging from wrestling and baseball to hockey and football. There also will be appearances, and opportunities for memorabilia signing, with wrestling stars Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and King Kong Bundy, baseball player Bob Scott of the Negro Leagues' New York Black Yankees, and NFL Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti.
June 21, 2014 |
Over the last four years, Upper Providence Township's tax collector had a history of sloppy bookkeeping and late payments, Montgomery County officials say, finally forcing them last month to freeze her accounts and seize her records. The county and the Spring-Ford Area School District are now combing through the records of Beverly Nohl, who served from 2010 through 2013, to reconcile undeposited checks, duplicate payments, lost receipts, and other issues. She "kind of stopped, in the fall of last year, performing the job adequately," said Bill Caldwell, a deputy tax collector for the county.
September 28, 2013 |
Dorothy Ann Samartino, 48, a former Moorestown Township tax collector for 27 years, died Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Samartino died from breast cancer. Her husband, Gordon Samartino said she was diagnosed with the disease four years ago and underwent surgery in October 2009. She was being treated at the University of Pennsylvania. "She was in remission and had a reoccurrence in January of this year," he said Thursday. Mrs. Samartino was born in Willingboro and grew up in Delran.
August 31, 2013 |
A former longtime tax collector for Aldan Borough and the William Penn School District was arrested Thursday after admitting he stole $1.3 million from both, said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. Robert H. Park, 77, of Aldan, was charged with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and other offenses related to money taken between 2003 and 2012, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Whelan said Park has admitted that he took the money. The financially struggling school district lost $960,841.26 during that period, police said, and Aldan, $377,529.74.
July 22, 2013 |
A Horsham firm that Merrill Lynch & Co. once dubbed "the Wal-Mart of debt collection" has continued to expand, with help from Wall Street investors, despite running afoul of consumer-protection laws. NCO Financial Systems of Horsham last year combined with other outsourced-collection and customer-contact firms controlled by a JPMorgan Chase & Co. investment fund into a holding company called Expert Global Solutions, based in Plano, Texas. Expert Global claims $2 billion in yearly revenue, databases that track consumers' purchases and contact information, and 42,000 workers at 120 call centers in the United States, the Philippines, India, Canada, Barbados, and Panama.