August 29, 2016 |
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.
August 27, 2016 |
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.
August 6, 2016 |
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....
June 13, 2016 |
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.
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.