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August 29, 2016 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Just as they had given up on vacation-house hunting for the day, Maryellen Cammisa and husband Peter Flaherty spotted a cottage on an unusually large lot in Margate. They were instantly intrigued. Homes in that area typically had very limited grounds. There was a sale sign on the lawn, the owner was on the porch, and before going back home to East Falls, the couple were able to get in with the Realtor to see the house. It would be simplistic to say it was love at first sight, but it surely was something akin to that.
TRAVEL
August 5, 2012
We remember fondly the bygone days of traveling with backpacks and staying in crowded hostel dorms or sleeping under the stars in crude tents. But as the years passed, comfort became a little more important and money a little more plentiful. Backpacking gave way to B&Bs with in-room facilities, and camping accommodations went from tents to tent cabins to RVs. Today, a new comfort travel chapter is unfolding, aimed at travelers who like to be close to the earth and its beauty but require a modicum of comfort and convenience.
REAL_ESTATE
February 1, 2016 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Back in August 2007, when Susan Schroeder went to look at a home in Hainesport, she got out of her car, took one look at the front porch, and told the Realtor there was no need to go inside. "That porch did it for me - it just felt like this was the place I'd been searching for," Schroeder says of that life-changing moment. She did go inside, of course, and was delighted by what she saw in the Craftsman-style cottage: It was in pristine condition, and a prior history-buff owner had painstakingly chronicled its past, right down to the colors of the rooms.
REAL_ESTATE
September 18, 2011 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
From her second-story deck, Jean Bell used to be able to watch Ocean City's annual Night in Venice boat parade on the bay. These days, that view is blocked by the trees growing in her backyard - a backyard that is guarded by gargoyles, as is the front door of her post-World War II cottage. "It was just a summer cottage when I bought it," says Bell, 74, who moved to Ocean City from Philadelphia in 1973. The Shore was familiar territory. When Bell was growing up, her family took vacations in Atlantic City.
NEWS
September 1, 1993 | by Gar Joseph, Daily News Staff Writer
It was a simple choice. Weather a Category 3 hurricane on a narrow spit of sand five miles off the North Carolina mainland, or spend the next six hours in an impenetrable traffic jam with a pre-schooler and his 6-year-old brother, not yet off their sugar highs. I choose to stay. But the wife, who listens too much to the news media, insists we go. The Dare County Commissioners has ordered a mandatory evacuation. But our cottage in Duck is 900 feet from the beach, built on pilings 10 feet above the ground and designed to withstand hurricanes.
NEWS
July 7, 1998 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A fire destroyed a key outbuilding at the Absecon Lighthouse yesterday, sharply setting back plans by officials to begin using the beacon this summer to bring economic development to the city's depressed Inlet section. The fire began about 5 a.m. in the light-keeper's cottage, a newly rebuilt structure that was to have served as the visitor center for the tourist attraction, which was tentatively scheduled to open early next month. Steve Schluntt, Atlantic City's acting deputy fire chief, said the blaze was brought under control about 20 minutes after the first firefighting units arrived, but that the cottage, which was unoccupied, could not be saved.
REAL_ESTATE
July 5, 2009 | By Jen A. Miller FOR THE INQUIRER
The Drosts do not run a seafood restaurant, though there's a "Lobster Lair" sign over the front door of their three-story house in North Beach Haven. The only lobsters served there are prepared by Adrienne Drost for family and friends - at no charge. "It's the name of a game we played. The good dolphins were chased by an evil lobster," Drost, 47, said. She and daughter Samantha, now 21, were the dolphins; her husband, Joe Drost, 47, pretended to be an evil lobster, keen on capturing and whisking them to his dreaded Lobster Lair.
REAL_ESTATE
December 7, 2014 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
After passing through the property's security gate, rolling up the long drive, finding the 65-foot-long cobblestone courtyard (with pond and waterfall), and seeing what frames that courtyard - a transformed barn with adjacent (also transformed) farmer's cottage, all stone, all picture-perfect - a visitor wonders: Is there a dress code to get in? The answer: No. Linda Thatcher Raichle greets the caller wearing denim. Husband John Duda is barefoot. In their 60s and with previous marriages behind them, the couple are, it seems, as delighted with their Media, Delaware County, home as they are with each other.
LIVING
August 22, 1997 | By Susan Caba, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
From the porch of her mother's summer cottage, Alix Cheston Thorne enjoys a spectacular view of boats bobbing in sparkling Penobscot Bay, against a backdrop of the verdant Camden hills a few miles across the water. She watches as a young boy - he could be a nephew, or maybe a third cousin, it's hard to tell because her familial roots are an incredible tangle - scrambles into a dinghy for a quick trip across the protected cove. "It's like a rite of passage, when you first get to go back and forth across the cove by yourself," she says, eliciting nods from the others on the porch - her mother, a cousin, a great-uncle and various others.
LIVING
July 1, 2005 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Up there with the piping plover, one of the most endangered species at the Jersey Shore just might be the modest beach cottage. With some lots fetching million-dollar prices, small abodes built for simple family escapes have fallen victim to the teardown phenomenon - demolished to make way for bigger, flashier places built to impress or reel in rental dollars. Yet there are still those who believe a seashore retreat doesn't require multiple decks, a two-car garage, or an air-conditioning unit the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.
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August 29, 2016 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Just as they had given up on vacation-house hunting for the day, Maryellen Cammisa and husband Peter Flaherty spotted a cottage on an unusually large lot in Margate. They were instantly intrigued. Homes in that area typically had very limited grounds. There was a sale sign on the lawn, the owner was on the porch, and before going back home to East Falls, the couple were able to get in with the Realtor to see the house. It would be simplistic to say it was love at first sight, but it surely was something akin to that.
NEWS
August 27, 2016 | By Olivia Exstrum, Staff Writer
By her estimate, Stacey Wilson has spent more than a week of her life traveling to and from prisons to visit her son Derron, who is serving 7-and-a-half  to 15 years for attempted murder. He formerly was imprisoned at Graterford and Camp Hill, and she visited as often as twice a week. But these days, Derron Wilson, 25, is incarcerated at the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Mercer - a 722-mile round-trip to Western Pennsylvania from Wilson's Wissinoming home. The trips take a toll, financially and physically.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Preservation diehards aren't going to like Penn's new Perry World House . As part of his design for the research institute, New York's David Piscuskas has painstakingly renovated the outside of a charming 19th-century workers' cottage on Locust Walk by the influential Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan . Everything from the metal ice guards on its faceted mansard roof to its carved wooden porch columns has been polished to perfection....
NEWS
June 13, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Dede Long, 65, past director of the Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington, who while leading nature hikes taught children to look under rocks for salamanders and not to disturb the fox kits nestled in their den near the trail, has died. After fighting cancer for 11 years, Ms. Long died Saturday, April 23, at the retirement home she shared with her husband, Gary Peil, on St. Simons Island, Ga. As word of her passing spread north, the center reacted with a statement on its website.
REAL_ESTATE
February 1, 2016 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Back in August 2007, when Susan Schroeder went to look at a home in Hainesport, she got out of her car, took one look at the front porch, and told the Realtor there was no need to go inside. "That porch did it for me - it just felt like this was the place I'd been searching for," Schroeder says of that life-changing moment. She did go inside, of course, and was delighted by what she saw in the Craftsman-style cottage: It was in pristine condition, and a prior history-buff owner had painstakingly chronicled its past, right down to the colors of the rooms.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joan Kelly Beele, 61, of Springfield, Delaware County, who fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse, died Thursday, Nov. 26, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at home. As a girl in West Philadelphia and then Havertown, Mrs. Beele received medical treatment at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The experience instilled in her the desire to take up nursing. She trained at Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing in West Philadelphia and graduated in 1975.
REAL_ESTATE
October 26, 2015 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
This may be one of the few compliments Hurricane Sandy has ever received: John Schucker and Paul Gorrell can credit the disastrous storm of 2012 with the events that led to development of the beautiful, bucolic site of their wedding last year. Schucker, a symphonic pianist and music teacher, and Gorrell, a human-resources consultant, had been a couple for 20 years when they celebrated their union in front of a newly renovated, 600-square-foot cottage on their two green acres in Stockton, N.J. Originally, the celebration was organized only around the successful conclusion of the cottage renovation and the addition of more than an acre to the property.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
What are you going to do with all your stuff ? Baby boomers amassed serious assets during their lifetimes. Say you want to leave your children and grandkids some personal belongings - art, furniture, books, sterling silver and collectibles. Often that's done through a will. But it's best to have "the talk" while you're alive. Perhaps more than one child wants something with memories: mom's cookie jar, dad's pipe, or grandma's overstuffed chair. Welcome to an inheritance minefield.
REAL_ESTATE
December 7, 2014 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
After passing through the property's security gate, rolling up the long drive, finding the 65-foot-long cobblestone courtyard (with pond and waterfall), and seeing what frames that courtyard - a transformed barn with adjacent (also transformed) farmer's cottage, all stone, all picture-perfect - a visitor wonders: Is there a dress code to get in? The answer: No. Linda Thatcher Raichle greets the caller wearing denim. Husband John Duda is barefoot. In their 60s and with previous marriages behind them, the couple are, it seems, as delighted with their Media, Delaware County, home as they are with each other.
REAL_ESTATE
July 14, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
There's a small sign in Vicki D. Lachman's kitchen in Avalon. It bears four words: "No hurries, no worries. " What power and meaning those words have for Lachman, newly retired from her job as a professor of professional ethics at Drexel University, but hardly idle as she makes the transition to a less active professional life. Down in Avalon, near a stretch of boardwalk and beach and close enough to hear the sound of the ocean, Lachman, 68, looks back on a fulfilling life, and forward to a new chapter she is writing as she goes.
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