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REAL_ESTATE
July 17, 1987 | By Sheila Dyan, Special to The Inquirer
Peachtree Point Moorestown (609) 235-1950 Finely detailed, custom-built houses, with the accent on custom woodwork, are offered at Peachtree Point in Moorestown. Maines & Simpson Inc. (Steward "Gub" Maines 3d and Paul Simpson) and Robert Maines are building houses that exceed 3,000 square feet of living space and $350,000 in price. Forty houses on two- to five-acre lots are planned for the site, which includes a section of the Rancocas Creek. To date, the largest house is close to 5,000 square feet, and the most expensive cost about $425,000.
REAL_ESTATE
January 24, 1986 | By Sheila Dyan, Special to The Inquirer
Longview Lane, Marlborough Township, Chester County 459-5500. In the midst of the historic Brandywine area of Chester County, custom, single-family houses are under construction at Longview Lane. The 44-acre development is adjacent to, and takes its name from, the renowned Longwood Gardens. The site plan calls for the 23 houses of Longview Lane to be located along one slightly curving lane that ends in a cul-de-sac. Surrounding the site are horse farms, other single houses and about 108 acres of Longwood Gardens, including a bird sanctuary.
REAL_ESTATE
July 19, 1998 | By Sheila Dyan, FOR THE INQUIRER
Estates at Stone Ridge, Buckingham Township, Bucks County To say that 12 standard designs are offered by DeLuca Enterprises Inc. at the Estates at Stone Ridge is misleading. In fact, calling any home at Stone Ridge "standard" is understatement at the least. Priced well above a half-million dollars each, the homes in this new community are really custom designed - even the "standard" ones are being completely customized to each buyer's needs and desires. For example, the Aspen design proved to be but a starting point for the home of Chanchal Khanna, a pathologist, and her husband, Om, a surgeon.
NEWS
April 27, 1990 | Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
When Attorney General Ernie Preate Jr. looks for clues, he usually looks under the rug. In his latest case, he examined the rug itself. Such diligent detective work was what helped break The Case of the Tricky Toupe, in which an establishment selling hair replacements called The Hairmakers wasn't, well, making hair. Preate's office said yesterday that The Hairmakers, with stores in Center City and King of Prussia, stated in sales contracts that its hairpieces were "custom-made" when in fact they were stock hairpieces previously manufactured to standard sizes.
NEWS
March 21, 2013
M ELISSA D'AGOSTINO, 32, of Germantown, uses hand-dyeing techniques to create her artsy women's-wear line. D'Agostino Fashion Textile Design also custom-made Philadelphia first lady Lisa Nutter's formal dress for President Obama's inaugural ball. Q: What's your background? A:I'm a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design. I was formerly a hand-block fabric printer at a textile-and-lighting studio. My textiles started as works of art and wall hangings, and the fabrics evolved into products I could sell.
SPORTS
October 17, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Steve Behrle will some day work for his father. Yesterday, he went to work on Malvern Prep's offense. Behrle, a 5-10, 185-pound senior linebacker, collected eight tackles and two sacks and forced a fumble - recovered by lineman Mark Muraglia and converted into the game's final touchdown - as Episcopal Academy, the heavy preseason favorite, muffled the host Friars, 24-0, in an Inter-Ac League opener. Actually, Behrle - it rhymes with Merrill - already works for his father.
NEWS
February 21, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Robert A. Hopf, 75, a retired custom-home builder who had a great interest in sports, died Saturday at his home in Jenkintown after a long illness. Mr. Hopf founded Robert A. Hopf Builders in 1950, and built customized houses in the Somerton and Bustleton sections of Philadelphia, Huntingdon Valley in Montgomery County, and Newtown Township and Washington Crossing in Bucks County. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was a member of the Jenkintown Zoning Hearing Board. Mr. Hopf was born in New York City and reared in Philadelphia, graduating from Frankford High School in 1940.
NEWS
August 12, 1987 | BY DAVE BARRY
As a widely respected foreign correspondent, I recently felt the need to travel to Germany so I could observe firsthand the front lines of this dangerous all-dominating worldwide struggle we have come to know as the Cold War. At least that's what I'm going to tell the Internal Revenue Service. The truth is, I went to Germany because this is the year I turn 40, and I felt the need to be surrounded by the largest possible quantity of beer. They are very good at beer, the Germans, and what is more, they tend to serve it in vessels the size of municipal stadiums.
NEWS
July 14, 1994 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Guido B. Muscelli, 101, one of the owners and operators of Muscelli Brothers Clothing Manufacturers, in South Philadelphia, for 70 years, died Sunday at Zurbrugg Hospital, Willingboro. Mr. Muscelli died on his birthday and had enjoyed sound health until about a month ago. He had lived in South Jersey for the last 10 years and at the Burlington Woods Convalescent Center, in Burlington Township, for the last five years. Mr. Muscelli was born in Italy, where he learned to sew. He came to the United States at age 16. He entered the country through Ellis Island and settled in the Philadelphia area.
NEWS
October 3, 1986 | By MICHEL MARRIOTT, Daily News Staff Writer
Rafeal "Flash" Vasquez is in the driver's seat of a sleeksilver Nissan he calls "La Cura," which in Spanish means The Cure. Trembling with hundreds of iron horses under its hood, the car nudges forward, block by block, turning heads and drawing crowds. Finally, it parks at the corner of Cambria and Franklin streets in the heart of North Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community. Vasquez, 23, steps out of the car's blue-steel interior and slowly lifts its hatchback. Almost instantly, the neighborhood of rowhouses, corner groceries and auto body shops is transformed into an open-air nightclub beneath the setting sun. Under the hatchback of Vasquez's heavily customized 1984 Sentra, in a handmade wooden cabinet, is a bank of 10 public-address-system-sized speakers, each electronically screaming the Latin strains of Frankie Ruiz, Raphy Leavitt and an assortment of New York rappers.
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NEWS
August 29, 2014
  MOLLY HAYWARD, 26, of Swarthmore, is founder of Cora, a startup that distributes customized packages of organic feminine hygiene products to college women in the U.S. and Canada. Part of the proceeds are used to buy sanitary pads for schoolgirls in India. Cora won the Philly Geek Award for Startup of the Year on Aug. 16.   Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Cora? A: I learned girls were missing school several days of every month in some countries because they couldn't afford sanitary pads.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IT DOESN'T MATTER how many successful silicone butt injections the "Black Madam" performed, her lawyer will not be allowed to call any of those happy customers to testify during her February murder trial, a Philadelphia judge ruled yesterday. Defense lawyer David Rudenstein, who represents the transgender goth singer/butt injectionist whose legal name is Padge Victoria Windslowe, argued during a motion hearing that being allowed to question satisfied customers would help prove that his client did not act with malice in the February 2011 death of a British woman.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
In 2004, Richard and Vicki Steel's bodies failed them. He quit practicing dentistry when three surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome did not relieve his suffering. Already compromised by a serious lung disorder, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Nearly two years of surgeries and radiation treatments left her thinking that "it would be better to check out. " A decade later, the couple from Edgmont, Delaware County, face another test of survival - as small-business owners.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another European firm has signed a deal to buy Marcellus Shale gas liquids, advancing plans to build a second Pennsylvania pipeline to supply an export terminal in Marcus Hook. The Austrian petrochemical company Borealis said Thursday it had signed a 10-year contract to buy ethane produced from the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. The liquid, a raw material in plastics production, would be piped across Pennsylvania and loaded onto ships bound for Sweden at a Sunoco Logistics Partners terminal in Marcus Hook.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
THINKING "back to school" already? Gizmo Guy's been testing some useful new gadgets that could make your kid's school year better - if you don't keep and use them yourself!   Exercise your rights Collegiates can ward off the "freshman 15" (pounds) weight gain and otherwise keep stress in check with help from a Misfit Shine , a very cool, wrist-worn activity and sleep monitor. The Shine ($99) tracks walking, running, swimming (waterproof) and sleep patterns, showing your level of activity and also the current time with a minimalist halo of lights on its otherwise blank monitor "face.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
R ANDY RAYESS and Pratham Mittal, both 23, are Penn grads and co-founders of VenturePact, a Center City firm that provides clients with outsourced software development. The firm started in fall 2012 building software services, and evolved into a marketplace last year. I spoke with Rayess, who lives in Old City. Q: How did you come up with the idea for VenturePact? A: We worked at startups and realized they couldn't build software and were always looking for developers.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AN IRATE FATHER delivered a knuckle sandwich to a Wawa customer at a touch-screen kiosk on Sunday because he believed the man was ogling his daughter instead of the food, police said. Now, Upper Darby police are asking for the public's help in identifying the furious father or his darling daughter. The incident occurred about 5:20 p.m. at the Wawa on 69th Street near Patterson Avenue. The victim, 47, was ordering a sandwich when the diligent dad approached him, accused him of eyeing his daughter and then coldcocked him, police said.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Customer satisfaction with the region's electric utilities improved last year for the third consecutive year, according to J.D. Power & Associates, the market research firm. PPL Electric Utilities, of Allentown, Pennsylvania's second-largest utility, was the top-ranked company among 17 large East Coast electric utilities, according to the data. Peco was ranked third, and Public Service Electric & Gas Co. in New Jersey was ranked fifth. All three utilities were above the average score of 626 for large Eastern utilities on J.D. Power's 1,000-point scale.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
After almost 66 hours without air-conditioning, or use of the stove or microwave, the Moock family of Yardley finally got the power back Friday afternoon. "It was getting a little hot, and it was just frustrating not knowing when we would get it back," said Jimmy Moock, who endured the prolonged outage with his pregnant wife, Cairssa, and 19-month-old daughter with some help from a generator. The Moocks, who live off Main Street, were among the last to have power restored after fast-moving, wood-whacking storms Tuesday night knocked it out to 260,000 Peco customers.
NEWS
June 10, 2014
IT IS a comfort, albeit one of small caliber, to learn that there are actions people can take in the cause of gun rights that are so extreme they give pause to some poor soul within the headquarters of the National Rifle Association. Recent demonstrations in Texas in which proponents of open-carry gun laws have toted rifles into fast food outlets en masse got a written reprimand from the NRA - until a spokesman apologized for the criticism. Got that? NRA says don't go so far, gun demonstrators, then apologizes because, well, somebody went too far in suggesting that scary tactics are ill-advised.
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