November 19, 2015 |
At age 88, John Rountree said, he had long resigned himself to the fact that sons Jacquell and Dominic did not get along. "Ever since they were little kids, they were always arguing and carrying on, even up to 8 and 10 years old," Rountree said. "I got so I didn't pay attention. " At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Rountree told a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge about Sept. 21, the day that decades of sibling rivalry and smoldering enmity ended with 31-year-old Jacquell Rountree shot to death.
October 28, 2015 |
Question: My husband and I recently moved to a small, one-and-a-half-bedroom apartment in a new city with our young child. Our infant's room is about the size of a walk-in closet. Despite the lack of room, we love it here. The problem is dealing with requests from family, particularly the grandparents, to stay with us. They've asked if we could put them up overnight when they visit - but we have about two feet of walking space in the living room. The only other rooms are the dining room and galley kitchen.
October 24, 2015
Q: My husband and I can't agree on something we need to deal with very soon. We have a lot of dinner parties but are having more than usual the number of people over for Thanksgiving and can't fit them all in the dining room. My husband wants to make our living room the dining room, and not just for the holidays. He wants to put a couple of picnic tables in the middle of the living room, even though we rarely use the living room. I prefer a more formal setting. Please help. - Nita A: Are you against switching the rooms, or you just don't like the casualness of picnic tables?
October 9, 2015 |
Brian Sirhal and Tim Spinner - the duo behind the Mexican trio of Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz, and Taqueria Feliz - are spinning pizzas with their new suburban project, Pizzeria Felici . Pizzeria Felici (see what they did with the name?) is in the Elements Horsham at 303 Horsham Rd. (215-323-4530). Specialty is Neopolitan-style pizza cooked in a double-hearthed, wood-fired oven. Menu, designed by chef Jim Burke (ex-James), includes starters/antipasti, pastas, and entrees. Michael Brenfleck, last at La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount, is chef.
October 5, 2015 |
Bonnie Berch and John Landis moved to Philadelphia from Oakland, Calif., in 2007, so he could join the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, where he is now chairman of the Department of City and Regional Planning. The couple bought a 160-year-old German farmhouse in the middle of Chestnut Hill that had lots of history but not enough sunlight for the two West Coast transplants. "We were happy to find the house in Chestnut Hill, but found there was no place to sit and read or eat in natural light," said Berch, a native Californian.
September 28, 2015 |
When he was growing up in Wyndmoor, Jeffrey Dean Soulges would pass a brick-trimmed white stucco house that intrigued him. He knew it was a dentist's office, and that was about all he knew. "But I did admire the house, even all those years ago," said Soulges, who is now 53. After graduating from Vassar as an English major, he studied design at the University of the Arts and Drexel University and found his real calling. Today, the interior designer lives in that circa 1890 house with his husband, Stephen Rene Freret, 42, a graduate of Mississippi State University and an architect working at Gensler in Philadelphia as a project manager.
September 6, 2015 |
Designing an improved version of the Chestnut Hill house he shares with his family proved to be a more difficult assignment than designing homes for his clients, architect Jeffrey Krieger says. "In some ways, it is harder to work for yourself. There are no clients to bounce things off," he says. "We had three different plans before we hit on the final one, and it took us 15 years to perfect the plan. " Jeffrey and wife Kim, a college-application counselor at a private school, live at the border of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy in a house built as a rental by Henry Houston, who developed northern Germantown in the late 19th century.
June 15, 2015 |
Everyone knows the chef's name. After all, this story began at a ristorante called Vetri. But behind every Marc Vetri success, and the company's growing roster of Italian concepts, the chef's longtime business partner and dining room alter ego, Jeff Benjamin, has been there every step of the way. He's Mr. Logistic to the Pasta Maestro, making sure the inspired plates are delivered with hospitality and grace. Multiple nods from the James Beard Foundation as one of America's best service teams attest to that achievement.
April 16, 2015 |
DOLORES CLARK, 86, bowls on Friday afternoons at Liberty Lanes with her Nifty Fifty's seniors team and line dances on Tuesdays at the Older Adult Sunshine Center on 58th Street near Walnut. She lives a fiercely independent life in the Mantua rowhouse that her father bought in 1939, a former grocery store on Melon Street near 39th that he turned into her beloved childhood home. When Clark's adult children tried to persuade her to move into an assisted living community, she refused.
April 3, 2015 |
A new heritage Heritage , a rustic combination of bar, restaurant, and jazz/funk venue, and arguably the boldest restaurant project ever in Northern Liberties, opened this week at 914-22 N. Second St. (215-627-7500), across from Cescaphe Ballroom. Owners Jason Evenchik and Terry Leach (Time, Bar, Vintage, Growlers, Garage) have completely redone the workaday building that housed Feast Your Eyes catering. Wide-open, warehouselike interior, reminiscent of the new La Colombe in Fishtown, has greenery everywhere: ringing the ceiling, behind the bar, and outside on the roof, as well as in a side garden that will have seating.