August 22, 2016 |
Sharon and Armen DiFilippo's spacious stone Colonial features a center hall and an elegant staircase. On the wall of the second-floor landing are large framed photos of the three DiFilippo children in First Holy Communion finery - the girls in white dresses and veils, the boy in a white suit. Memories of yesterday installed in the house the family live in today. They took up residence here in 2008, a few years after the photos were taken, when Sharon and Armen and the children moved from Collegeville to Ashbourne Estates in Schwenksville.
August 15, 2016 |
In 2003, George Funkhouser and Susan Nitka drove to Bridgeton, N.J., where George, who buys and sells precious metals and antiques, was going to meet with a client. At the time, the couple were living in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section in a home she had inherited from her parents. They had been together for a decade and were considering buying a larger house. That day in Bridgeton, they drove down streets lined with mansions built in the 19th century, when the city was a center for industry in South Jersey.
July 9, 2016 |
When police arrived at the Feasterville home of Lee Kaplan last month, he led them to five children assembled in the dining room. Then police found more girls hiding - on the second floor, in the basement, and in the chicken coop outside, where a 17-year-old girl was holding her sister's 6-month-old baby. Lower Southampton Township Detective Sgt. Shane Hearn gave that account at a Bucks County Court proceeding Thursday, where the District Attorney's Office was requesting an order to bar Kaplan, who is being held on rape charges, from selling the rundown home where the 12 girls were found in June.
June 27, 2016 |
In 2007, Mark Alter and Margi Shah, who had been living in Brooklyn, began looking for a larger home in suburban Philadelphia, near her family. Margi had two stipulations: "I didn't want a sideways house or a house without a mudroom. " Side entrances, common in area homes, seemed awkward to Margi, who grew up in Newtown Square. She favored a front door facing the street. And a mudroom was essential because she and Mark have two young daughters. The couple, both psychiatrists, house-hunted for a year.
June 20, 2016 |
Their two-story Craftsman-style stucco cottage grew just like their family for Christine and Geoff Buhn, who bought the Narberth house 18 years ago, before their children were born. At first, the 1,800-square-foot house was perfect for the couple. It included an apartment on the second floor, and the whole package was a bargain. "We kept the rental apartment for three years, and the rent was helpful," Christine says. In the succeeding years, however, the family outgrew the house.
March 2, 2016 |
THE THOUSAND or so hand-painted faces looking down from the buttery walls of the Palm restaurant are full of smiles, for the most part. Mr. T isn't happy, of course, and it's hard to tell how the collies (Dixie and Pumpkin) feel, but most faces are beaming, from Rob Lowe's brother, Chad, to former Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones and the actor Lorenzo Lamas, who played Lance Cumson on the 1980s TV show Falcon Crest . Chad who? Falcon what? Isn't Donnie Jones the Eagles' punter? That's been the problem lately at the Palm.
February 29, 2016 |
Worcester Township one recent winter day: a landscape of neo-Colonial homes with white siding and stone façades on large lots piled with snow. But then, down a bucolic road, a Tuscan villa appears. Has the traveler been transported to sunny Italy? The pale-amber stucco structure with arched windows and an elegant portico belongs to Bill and Donna Minor, who built the house nine years ago. "I didn't want just another box," Bill says. Donna had been to Tuscany and was fond of the Spanish- and Tuscan-influenced homes in Southern California, where she lived for 20 years.
February 17, 2016 |
The Palm, one of Center City's longest-running steakhouses, will close for what is billed as a major renovation after business on Feb. 29. The restaurant, in the Hyatt at the Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets, is due to reopen late in the fourth quarter of 2016 or early 2017. The parent company said the Philadelphia restaurant will be the seventh to receive a new design. The Palm opened in 1989 and quickly became a power room that helped usurp the city's private clubs. Of late, though, it has been upstaged by newer competitors.
February 7, 2016 |
Timing is everything for Josh and Jen Hilbert. They lived in their 3,500-square-foot Radnor home for about seven years before renovating it. "We received three sets of plans from our architect, Jim Cassidy, soon after we moved in 2007," Josh says, "but we didn't proceed until we thought it was the right time and we were comfortable with the proposed changes. "I think it is important to get to know a house before you change it," he says. "We tweaked the plans over the years, but last year decided to finally go ahead and do it. " The couple, who met at Council Rock High School in Bucks County, have two children.