February 1, 2016 |
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.
December 5, 2015 |
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.
October 26, 2015 |
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.
April 20, 2015 |
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.
December 7, 2014 |
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.
July 14, 2014 |
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.
June 16, 2013 |
When he was about 12 years old, Robert Segal and his uncle used to sail into a lagoon in Margate to visit his uncle's friend. Decades later, Bob, now a seasoned attorney, still can remember dreaming of someday owning a home in Margate on a lagoon - maybe that very cottage. Remarkably, the dream came to pass. And though the original house, reportedly owned by a rum runner during Prohibition, has been replaced, it's safely stored in his memory. "We've actually had three homes on this site," said Ann Segal, also an attorney.
December 12, 2012 |
BRIGANTINE, N.J. - The small yellow cottage has always been more than a house to Bob Bratek and his family. It was their tiny slice of oceanfront heaven, a repository of family memories built in the '60s with the hands of three generations of Brateks and any materials they could find. "It was made of pieces and hearts and souls and emotions and memories," Bratek said, remembering how he would ride there as a teenager in the family station wagon, its freight of free siding and donated wood causing the back to practically scrape the highway.
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.
July 21, 2012 |
It's not as if we were going to Antarctica. Our friends were vacating their seashore cottage in Surf City, Long Beach Island, for three days, and had invited us to occupy it in their absence. We'd be the cottage-sitters and enjoy all the perks, including that most cherished of all LBI luxuries, a two-car driveway. So there we were on a recent morning, getting ready to dash on down to the seashore, just like we used to in the early days of our marriage. Just the two of us. Except that this time, there were lists.