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.
August 9, 1996 |
Here's an Olympic event many parents would just as soon forget - the Diaper Dash through the canyons of Toys R Us. True, the diapers are deeply discounted. But in most Toys R Us stores, the Pampers were far from the front door. And pity the poor parent towing a whining child past shelves stocked with every cool toy. Not a gold-medal winner in the shopping derby. But, nonetheless, a good way to explain how Toys R Us is changing its look. Nowhere is the "new" Toys R Us more evident than at a retrofitted Langhorne store on East Lincoln Highway.
July 20, 1989 |
When John and Mindy Chirico of Lansdale traveled to Central America, they took passports, luggage and 240 diapers. They ran out of diapers. On Sunday, the Chiricos and other parents of adopted foreign children met at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Lower Gwynedd and exchanged foreign travel and first-time parent anecdotes. Many of these couples - all alumni of Adoptions International Inc., a Philadelphia-based agency - have experienced miscarriages and stillbirths, failed in-vitro fertilization attempts and years on adoption waiting lists.
September 20, 2007 |
Helping Phil's jury LOS ANGELES - The judge in record producer Phil Spector's murder trial decided yesterday not to allow the deadlocked jury to consider a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. But he asked them how the court might help them break the impasse - a 7-5 split, according to the foreman, who has not said which way the panel is leaning. Ex-astronaut's lawyers say she was just having a bad day ORLANDO, Fla. - Accusations that the former astronaut Lisa Nowak had made a diaper-assisted, 1,000-mile drive to confront a woman vying for the affections of the same space shuttle pilot turned into water-cooler and late-night TV punchlines.
August 12, 1994 |
What would happen," Slats Grobnik asked, "if the bartender in this place went on strike? Would I die of thirst?" Of course not. If such a crisis occurred, we could walk down the street to another joint. "Yeah, but what if every bartender in the city went on strike and no replacements were hired, what would happen then?" Then we'd go over to your house or mine and get something out of the refrigerator or pantry. "Yeah, and my wife wouldn't have to phone and ask if I left yet, because I'd be home.
April 8, 2007 |
Ten minutes into the ride, Melanie Styer, 17, chased Faith Lily into the back row of the minivan, where she changed the lamb's diaper. The rest of the 45-minute ride to Chester Springs, where the lamb would be moving, was not eventful. Even if it had been, Melanie's parents, Robert and Peggy Styer, didn't look as if the 4-week-old, 18-pound lamb could upset them. "It's sort of like a dog. Sheep are so easy," Peggy Styer said, but then speculated on why they aren't sustainable pets.