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.
July 16, 2013
D EAR HARRY : Back in 1998, I struggled to keep up with four credit-card debts. I was married with two kids, so it was tough. I managed to pay off two, but the other two were turned over for collection. I just could not make it. I then was sent to prison for four years for a minor crime. When I was released, I got a job and started to get back on my feet with help from a loyal and loving wife. I pay my bills on time, every time. Then, out of the blue, these two old bill collectors called and wrote and gave me 30 days to pay up. They were unbelievably rude and demanding.
January 3, 2013 |
The Delaware County district attorney is investigating what happened to as much as $1 million in tax funds missing from the William Penn School District and Aldan Borough. The inquiry is centered on the borough's tax collector, Robert H. Park, according to Jack Whelan, the district attorney. "He is cooperating," Whelan said, adding that Park, 76, and his attorneys approached the District Attorney's Office. The investigation is being handled by the economic-crime unit, Whelan said.
October 21, 2012 |
William Trost Richards, a Philadelphia landscape painter of some renown during the late 19th century, enjoyed a working situation that few artists today are lucky enough to fall into. A wealthy patron, Philadelphia industrialist and art collector George Whitney, not only subsidized Richards and bought dozens of his oils and watercolors, but he also promoted the work among other collectors. The two were friends who corresponded regularly for about 10 years when Richards was out of the city.