January 25, 2016 |
Dave and Carol Spacht could be living in a bygone era. Several mornings a week, the couple lock the Dutch door of their early-19th-century farmhouse and go to work - he to his nearby sawmill, she to her job as a seamstress, wearing a ruffled cap, a long dress, an apron, and a shawl. Instead of traveling from their Blue Bell home by horse and wagon, though, Carol Spacht hitches up her skirt and gets behind the wheel of a Toyota Corolla. Dave Spacht drives a Dodge truck. Still, this is a couple who value age. "We've never owned a new car," Carol says.
March 10, 1991 |
Some words of advice to the folks at the new Ritz-Carlton: Less is more, guys. Trust me on that one. At two recent review meals at the new Center City hotel, I kept hoping that the young and enthusiastic staff would just back off a bit, leaving us to enjoy our meals relatively uninterrupted by their eager attempts to please. And that the talented kitchen crew could do a little less in the way of decorating every plate to the point where I wasn't sure whether I should eat or frame some courses.
July 5, 2013 |
It was five years ago that a man and a woman were shot to death in the dining room of a Coatesville home. Authorities still are looking for the killer or killers. To mark the crime's anniversary, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Wednesday that Coatesville and the Citizen's Crime Commission are offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Carnell Parker, 24, and Shontae Peterson, 21. "The Chester County Detectives and Coatesville Police Department continue to seek justice for the victims in this senseless, violent murder," Hogan said.
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.
October 17, 1991 |
The lunch menu featured angel-hair pasta bolognese, with a side dish of marinated peppers that dazzled the palate. The wine was exquisite, the salad top-notch, and the bread as fresh as can be. The patrons, well-dressed professionals, seemed to push aside their workday concerns in the elegant but friendly atmosphere of a tastefully decorated dining room. Another chic Center City eatery serving three-martini lunches to expense- account yuppies? Wrong. None of these people would even consider going out to lunch on Friday, no matter who was paying.
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.
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.
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.