June 12, 1998 |
Howard Griffin was watching his 2-week-old quintuplets sleep at Abington Memorial Hospital the other day when an ugly thought crept into his mind: college tuition. "I have a 401(k) plan at work," he said yesterday. "We'll play it by ear and see what happens. " It had better be a high-yield investment. If Austin, Evan, Miranda, Lindsay and Dillon all go to four-year public universities when they turn 18, the Griffins will pay about $500,000 in tuition and room and board costs, according to the Student Loan Marketing Association.
January 2, 2014 |
COLLINGSWOOD Toni Meriweather sat beside a pile of donated diapers, toys, and baby books Tuesday, rubbing her very pregnant belly and holding back tears from behind a shy smile. "I try not to think about what I'm going to tell her, because it's hard, because I really don't know what to say. " Meriweather, 19, was due New Year's Day, less than four months since Carlington "Cally" Britton, the father of her unborn daughter, was struck by a bullet that wasn't meant for him while playing cards with a friend in Camden in broad daylight.
July 4, 1992 |
BUG OFF Summer shoppers should avoid those bug sprays, lighter fluids and other products that contain harmful chemicals, says the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group. Consumers should read product labels and choose nontoxic, environmentally-friendly alternatives instead. In a report "Summer Toxic, Some Are Not," the NJPIRG and the National Environmental Law Center in Princeton name culprits, including bug sprays containing DEET, a chemical commonly found in insect repellents for humans and pets; lawn pesticides made with Diazinon, an insect killer linked to bird kills and cancer, and lawn fertilizers containing ammonia.
June 11, 1986 |
Dear Polly: How can I eliminate the unsightly flakes and specks that come from my ice cubes when I serve ice water? The last time I had guests I bought new ice cube trays, but there were still specks from the melting ice. Help! - Sue B. Dear Sue B.: Although you don't exactly describe these flakes and specks, my guess is they're white flecks. These are probably minerals in the water that solidify out of the water when it freezes, and then appear in drinks when the ice melts.
November 23, 1992 |
Patricia Burke Henss, 64, who practiced law while raising five children - and sometimes joked that she should write an autobiography called "Diapers in My Briefcase" - died Saturday at home in Philadelphia. After graduating from Temple Law School in 1953, she set up as a single practicioner in Havertown, specializing in family law. There were only a handful of other female lawyers in the county, and few if any colleagues who were balancing careers and families. "Back in those days, there were not many others for her to learn from," said her husband, Norman C. Henss, a lawyer in Philadelphia.
December 31, 1986
That spruce, balsam, fir or pine that provided so much pleasure in your living room this Christmas deserves a good resting place when it leaves your home after the holidays. And that's not in an expensive landfill someplace, along with bald tires, junked refrigerators and disposable diapers. In an effort to cut down on the volume of trash, the City of Philadelphia will follow the lead of many other communities and recycle Christmas trees. The evergreens will be ground into wood chips for use in home gardens or for public use in Fairmount Park and elsewhere.
September 28, 2007 |
Felt has become a perennial favorite in home decor. Why the staying power? Its ability to serve a variety of functions. Get ready to fuel the fire (and store surplus wood) with FELT Studio's handy Log Tote ($80). Available at www.feltstudio.com . Josh Jakus' Eggflat ($60) unfurls to hold an assortment of fruit, or your keys and loose change. Available in November at Bruges Home, 323 Race St., or now at www.joshjakus.com . Add some cushion to all that sitting with Blu Dot's woven-felt Cozy Cozy ($39)
April 25, 1995 |
BROWN WRAPPER, PLEASE: Greta Buffinton, co-owner of the direct mail catalog called Brown Wrapper Bookstore, says men are her best customers by 65 percent and climbing. Men, more than women, are buying books on how to get married, how to meet people, and what to do on a date. The Buffintons' catalog was designed for folks too embarrassed to buy self- help books in a bookstore. Here's their list of the top 10 books that people are most embarrassed to buy: 1. "How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time . . . And Have Her Beg for More," by Naura Hayden.
July 6, 2008 |
LaToya Askew was never much of a coupon clipper, but having two children under two years of age means diapers, diapers, diapers. And to make that more affordable, she's all about coupons, coupons, coupons. "I don't care if it's 50 cents off or a dollar off; if it's diapers, I'm cutting it out," said Askew, 26, of West Philadelphia. She's also looking for ways to save on staples, scanning store circulars for sales and spending time each Sunday with newspapers and scissors in hand.
February 12, 2007 |
Neither casino workers nor their bosses seem to be happy with the compromise that the Atlantic City Council came up with in the dispute over curbing smoking on the gambling floors. The council voted to restrict smoking to 25 percent of casino floor space. The casinos had wanted at least 40 percent of the space for smokers, fearing a loss of revenue from a ban; the workers had wanted zero percent, fearing for their health. Let me suggest a better compromise, based on sound economics and health policy.