February 23, 2015 |
Kristin Recchiuti was on maternity leave about five years ago when it occurred to her that the 3,000-square-foot house she and husband Ed purchased in North Wales in 1998 was no longer working out for them. "We bought the house as a bargain in 1998 for $318,000, but it needed a lot of work now that we had three kids and a different lifestyle," Kristin says. The Recchiutis both work in the health-care industry for major corporations. Both are involved in patient education. "Maternity leaves can be dangerous because you have time on your hands and time to think," she says.
July 31, 1998 |
MARIGOLD MAKES IT BACK The Marigold Dining Room, 501 S. 45th St. in University City, is up and running again under the new partnership of Richard DeMatt and Charles "Chaz" Covington. When Dish reported the deal in the spring, the guys weren't ready to reveal their identities till they quit their other jobs - DeMatt was a waiter at the Four Seasons' Fountain Room, Covington cooked at the Harbor League Club in New Jersey. Both were eager to see the Marigold restored to its long-running Americana style under previous owner Betty Rastelli, who still owns the quaint Victorian building.
March 15, 2015 |
Living in an 1835 Society Hill townhouse might spur some people to decorate to suit that period. Not Yvonne Novak and Aaron Weindling, who say they don't want to fill their 180-year-old home on South Seventh Street with Chippendale furniture and wingback chairs. "It is our home and not a museum. Antique sofas are hard to find, expensive, and not very comfortable," Novak says. "We have chosen to adopt a combination of previously owned and new things that fit our space and our lifestyle.
April 4, 1986 |
FOCUS ON HOUSING Blue Bell Woods Whitpain Township 646-2233 Blue Bell Woods, townhouses with three different floor plans, are under construction by Toll Bros. in Whitpain Township. Set on a 50-acre site, the townhouses are being built in three "villages" adjacent to large areas of woods and open space. Each unit, priced between $127,900 and $139,900, will have about 2,000 square feet of living space. Extra-cost options, including a basement and a loft, add considerably more living space.
December 20, 2014 |
Even before the front door is opened - even before one climbs the outside steps of the Spinelli home in Riverton - the dazzle begins curbside. The wraparound porch, the gazebo - and in this season, the lights and decorations - all suggest that something magical is unfolding. This is an exceptional place in any season, but at Christmas, the pre-Victorian home takes on a glow with an aura of yesteryears that blur present and future. The soaring ceilings, the woodwork, the fireplaces and arches and crown moldings all explain why 700 visitors poured in for a holiday tour sponsored by the Riverton Free Library last year.
June 11, 2012 |
Since 2000, 50,306 additional people between the ages of 20 and 34 moved into the city of Philadelphia, according to the 2010 Census. Meet two of them: David and Jackie Zavitz. This young couple, who met in Washington, where they were both living at the time, chose to move to Philadelphia when they married in 2003. "We wanted to put down roots," says Jackie, 34, a search professional with Korn/Ferry International. Philadelphia is "very accessible. I love city living. It's been a joy that way. " They bought, and renovated, their first home in Queen Village, and in 2007 hoped to buy a bigger place in the neighborhood but prices were too high.
February 6, 1993 |
To his CB buddies, Steven Boozer is known as "Clamdigger" - his handle the last 20 to 25 years because of his passion for fishing and his time spent with the merchant marine. But for two days in October, nobody heard from the spunky 71-year-old as he lay bleeding and dazed in his Clayton home. Boozer, who wears leg braces and lives alone, had been knocked unconscious in his kitchen the night of Oct. 3. A friend who stopped by two days later to deliver Boozer's mail found him drifting in and out of consciousness and bleeding from a head wound.
August 31, 1986
I write, as a taxpayer interested in waste of money, about the houses in the Logan neighborhood that were built on unstable land. Instead of spending $35 million to repair them, tear them down. Build a playground. Then look around Philadelphia, as I have, and you will find 100 homes for sale in very good condition, three bedrooms, two baths, kitchen, dining room, living room, finished basement and garage, for less than $60,000. If the U.S. government and the city are sincere, they could buy these homes for under $5 million and convey them to the owners of the homes in Logan; they would continue to pay whatever they now owe on their Logan homes.
October 25, 1989 |
"Ten-pound looks," a defense lawyer called them - the cold angry stares of victims confronting Ralph and Anthony Birdsong. The brothers are charged with two killings, several pistol-whippings, a rape and the wounding of four people in an orgy of violence inside an Oak Lane rowhouse in July 1988. As their murder trial continued yesterday, the brothers seemed to ignore the courtroom stares from victims of the bloodbath, but defense lawyer Dick Brown noted the hostility. Witness Kim Glenn was throwing "10-pound looks," Brown said, and asked her, "You're angry, aren't you?"
November 19, 1997 |
Villari's Lakeside is a popular place. It's sort of an all-purpose restaurant with a pretty dining room overlooking Lake Nash, a busy, lively lounge, banquet facilities and an outdoor bar and deck for whiling away summer evenings. Given all of that, we were surprisingly disappointed during a recent visit. Villari's offers a free Monday night football buffet and on this particular Monday night, the Eagles were the featured attraction, so the lounge was hopping, which seemed to have caught the restaurant off guard.