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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
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.
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.
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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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.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2014 | By Bob Warner and Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writers
Century 21, the discount designer department store coming to the Gallery at Market East, will act as a catalyst for plans to renovate the Center City retail complex, says Joseph Coradino, chief executive officer of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the mall. "Century 21 is a tenant that is in sync with all those new customers we want to bring to the Gallery: the new residents of Center City, the commuters, the conventioneers, the visitors to the historic district, the office workers," Coradino told stock analysts in a PREIT earnings call Thursday.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly 50,000 Pennsylvania electricity customers have given up on competitive suppliers in the last two months in the aftermath of wild winter price swings for variable rate customers, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reported Wednesday. The PUC says that 2,177,499 customers were supplied by competitive suppliers, down 5,577 from the previous week, and down 49,368 or 2.2 percent from March 5. Much of the erosion has occurred in central Pennsylvania, where television news reports have focused on variable-rate customers whose bills quadrupled after the polar vortex.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
    Wawas weren't the only places to get free coffee on Wednesday. The Upper Darby Police Department hosted its first "Coffee with a Cop" event at the McDonald's on State Road and Landsdowne Avenue, where residents were invited to sit down over a cup of Joe and chat. "I loved it," said Jerry Karalis, 35, a morning regular at McDonald's, adding he believes police are doing a "fantastic job. " Jazzmyn Pruett leaned back as far as she could go to get a photo of Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood flanked by her daughters Brandi, 8, and Jordyn, 6, as they sat across from her in the booth.
NEWS
April 12, 2014
Cable and Internet customers should hope that Comcast Corp. can deliver on its prediction before Congress this week that consumers would be the "big winners" under any terms federal officials set for the Philadelphia company's planned $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Certainly no one who has spent hours waiting for the cable guy wants to be at the mercy of a combined Comcast/Time Warner whose "massive tentacles," in the words of a former Justice Department official, have strangled what little competition exists in pay-TV and broadband services.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peco Energy Co. says it will surpass the 500,000 mark for natural gas customers this month, up about 20,000 customers, or 4 percent, since 2008. The new growth is attributed to a combination of new construction and conversions of customers along existing Peco gas mains, said Cathy Engel Menendez, the utility's spokeswoman. Gas utilities like Peco typically offer incentives to induce customers to convert, but one of the principal marketing pitches for the last five years has been the relatively low cost of natural gas compared to heating oil, propane and electricity.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Barbara Baals of Gloucester Township, the closer was when a favorite Wawa cashier at the Washington Township store serenaded her with a rendition of Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately. " Ken Kropp was taken by the unsolicited care packages that arrived at his Aston home when the staff at his local Wawa learned he was ill. Lisa R. Bachart can't say enough about the over-the-top gift basket her Sellersville Wawa donated for a fund-raiser to aid her 10-year-old daughter, who is fighting a rare eye disease.
REAL_ESTATE
April 6, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
At age 77, Mark Semerjian says, his father, George, is winding down a long career as a custom builder on the Main Line that began in the 1970s. "He had a piece of land in Villanova and is building a spec house on it," said Mark, 41, of Semerjian Builders in Devon. He credits his father with teaching him many things about the business, especially the importance of being a "hands-on" builder. "He has always been hands-on, and everything was done in-house," including, after 1990, the drawings, "which he then would pass to a structural engineer," the younger Semerjian said.
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