May 10, 2013 |
Sometimes opportunity is three sheets to the wind when she knocks. That's how it was for comic Joe DeRosa, who has his second stand-up special on Comedy Central late Friday night. DeRosa always thought he was headed for a career in music, until he and a buddy were scheduled last on an open-mike night at the New Road Brewhouse in his hometown of Collegeville. "We spent the whole night drinking. We were drunk, and the audience was drunk," he says. "We started improvising all these songs about what [jerks]
April 23, 2013 |
A teenager says his parents treated him badly, hassling him about little things until they finally kicked him out of the house, forcing him to sleep in a culvert. His parents describe a willful young man who ignored house rules, disrespected teachers and others, and chose to leave. It's a scenario that plays out in communities across the United States. In this instance, the troubles between a Collegeville couple - Jackie and Steve Salotti - and their son became an international incident when Russia framed it as an example of Americans mistreating adoptive Russian children.
March 31, 2013
In the Region Frontier to suspend flights Frontier Airlines will suspend flights from the Trenton/Mercer Airport in Ewing, N.J., from Sept. 9 through Nov. 7 because of a scheduled runway project. Airport officials say the project involves safety upgrades required by the Federal Aviation Administration . Frontier, which began scheduled service at the Trenton airport in January, called the suspension temporary and thanked county officials for moving the work to the "lowest demand period of the year.
March 4, 2013 |
The Penn women's gymnastics team defeated Ursinus, 189.425-185.375, in Collegeville on Sunday for its third dual meet victory of the season. The Bears' Kristina Steffenhagen (Boyertown) finished fifth in the vault. Teammate Allison Patton (Moorestown) was seventh. Baseball Gettysburg 4, St. Mary's (Md.) - Junior Nate Simon (Abington Friends) doubled in the go-ahead run and Drew Felsenthal induced a bases-loaded, game-ending 6-4-3 double play as the Bullets defeated the host Seahawks in their season opener.
February 28, 2013
We're still clearing out the sour-cherry Valentine's hearts so we can restock the candy dish with Irish potatoes for St. Patrick's Day. Over at Max Brenner cafe and candy store (1500 Walnut St., 215-344-8150, maxbrenner.com ), though, they're clearly thinking spring in a new line of flower-powered tins filled with Brenner faves. Try the Spring Praline Box, 18 sweets for $23.90. Or go crazy with the $89 Large Premium Collection Box, wich has everything from caramelized pistachios rolled in hazelnut cream and cocoa powder to the aptly named Addiction, milk chocolate cubes filled with hazelnut cream and caramelized pecan bits.
December 12, 2012 |
A Collegeville man who authorities said was convicted eight years ago of causing a death in Alabama when he was behind the wheel has been charged in an accident that killed a 16-year-old Pottsgrove High School student last month. Robert Norman Sitler Jr., 43, and his girlfriend, Denise Dinnocenti, 42, also of Collegeville, were charged in the death of Timothy Paciello Jr. The Lower Pottsgrove Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office announced Monday that Sitler was driving the vehicle that hit Paciello as the high school junior crossed High Street at Sunnyside Avenue on the night of Nov. 12. Sitler, who had told police he had been a passenger, faces charges of homicide by vehicle, insurance fraud, unsworn falsification to authorities, false reports, corruption of minors, conspiracy, reckless driving, speeding, and other counts.
September 12, 2012 |
Superior Group Inc., of West Conshohocken, sold two companies, Superior Tube Co. Inc. in Collegeville and Fine Tubes Ltd. in England, to the Watermill Group, a private investment company in Lexington, Mass., the buyer said. The price was not disclosed. The manufacturers' products are used in the energy, aerospace, and medical device industries. Fine Tubes employs around 380 people, according to its website. Watermill did not immediately respond to a request for more details on the Collegeville operation.
June 30, 2012 |
Taking advantage of vacated drug-research labs and offices about 15 miles away, Dow Chemical Co. will relocate 800 employees in its Spring House campus in Montgomery County to a Pfizer facility in Collegeville. The plans had been rumored for months, and employees will begin moving in January. Dow, based in Midland, Mich., purchased Rohm & Haas in a highly contentious deal in the midst of the financial crisis of 2009. Rohm & Haas' research labs had been based in Spring House since 1963.
June 16, 2012 |
"What a dump!" If Bette Davis' perpetually parodied line from Beyond the Forest (1949) describes any room in your house, you know you have a problem. With clutter, of course. No matter how much storage a house has, the supply of stuff always seems to exceed demand by at least two bays of a one-car garage. We buy new without tossing old. When we do try to cull, we often find that no one wants the old stuff, except, perhaps, for the scavengers who troll the streets the night before trash collection to cart off perceived treasures.
February 1, 2012 |
Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, reported Tuesday that its profit fell 50 percent in the last quarter of 2011, partly because of declining revenue from the cholesterol drug Lipitor. The company's situation for all of last year - nearly flat revenue, a declining workforce, but a 21 percent profit increase - points to the tumultuous changes in the industry, globally and locally. One of the "key takeaways" in the slide presentation that Pfizer promoted to Wall Street analysts was that the company "achieved total cost reduction targets associated with the Wyeth acquisition one year ahead of schedule.