October 20, 2015 |
American playwrights not only have mastered the family drama, they've also beaten it to death. Whether moaning about glass animals, Osage County in August, or a salesman who died, each instance seems hell-bent on proving Tolstoy's axiom that "happy families are all alike, while every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. " Most of these attempts can make for a meaty, if maudlin, evening of theater, and while Laura Schellhardt's Auctioning the...
October 17, 2015 |
Saying that he's better equipped to create and build a business than scale it up, Vertex Inc. chief executive Jeff Westphal told his 900 employees Thursday that he would step aside as CEO in favor of the tax software company's executive vice president, David DeStefano. The change will occur in phases, starting Jan. 1, when DeStefano, 52, becomes president and Westphal, 53, takes over as chairman of the Berwyn company founded in 1978 by his father. The following January, DeStefano will become chief executive.
September 18, 2015 |
WHEN IT comes to staple condiments, some like it hot - and in the United States, the sum of that "some" is growing at a tongue-singeing pace. American hot-sauce sales now top $600 million annually, with the potential to crack $1 billion in the next four years, according to figures cited by Reuters earlier this year. Take it as a sign that our tastes and eating habits, as a nation, are de-wussifying at a fiery clip. (Happy, Ed Rendell?) And they're going global, too. Don't tell Donald Trump, who apparently eats his steaks well-done, but this chili-laden uptick might have something to do with America's burgeoning immigrant populations.
August 27, 2015 |
John J. Gardner, 75, of Tabernacle, owner of Tuckerton Turf Farms since he opened it in 1977, died Sunday, Aug. 23, at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly after a fall. The business has grown Kentucky bluegrass and turf-type tall fescue near the Pinelands, its website states, and sold the grass to Rider, Rowan, and St. Joseph's Universities, and Cherokee and Gloucester City High Schools. The farms trace their origins to the late 1800s, when the first John Gardner, at one time an Atlantic City mayor, began growing crops there.
August 7, 2015 |
THE BLOCK of Seybert Street, where generations of Juan Padilla's family called home for 50 years, can be hard to find in the Sharswood section of North Philly. Seybert is unmarked where it meets North College Avenue, behind the looming stone walls of Girard College. The narrow street winds north, almost snakelike, beneath the gaze of a mural of Henry Ossawa Tanner's "The Banjo Lesson. " Then, Seybert bends west toward 21st Street. On Padilla's side of the block, the sidewalks are crumbling but the houses appear well cared for and colorful.
August 7, 2015 |
A PHILADELPHIA MAN was charged with murder yesterday after allegedly plunging a sword into his father's abdomen, police said. Eli Goodrich, 26, visited his parents' home on Trappe Lane in Langhorne - where the family runs an antiques business - every Tuesday to spend the night with them, police said. But when he arrived about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, he argued with his father, according to a criminal complaint that detailed parts of their conversation. "You're not going to control my mind anymore," Goodrich told his father and employer, Alan Goodrich, 67. "I have to kill you. " Eli left after that and took the dog for a walk, police said.
May 22, 2015 |
SOUL DEFENSIVE lineman Uriah Grant was 11 years old when his dad walked into the virtual lion's den. It was 2000 and they were in Detroit. His father, Uriah Grant Sr., was about to fight Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns, one of the great multiweight champions of the latter part of the 20th century. Though both boxers were in the twilights of their careers, Hearns was still a legend in the Motor City. "I remember the fans booing my dad," said Grant, recalling the bout in which Hearns was forced to retire in the third round with an ankle injury.
May 11, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It isn't as well known as Haddonfield or as hip as Collingswood, but these days Haddon Township is much more than a pass-through from one borough to the other. This Camden County community has a life of its own - from the businesspeople, retirees, and friends who start the day with breakfast at the Westmont Diner at Haddon and Maple Avenues to the long line for sticky buns Sunday mornings at the venerable McMillan's Bakery at Haddon Avenue and Cuthbert Boulevard.
April 13, 2015 |
John S. Middleton, the billionaire part-owner of the Phillies, is battling in court with a younger sister over a 2003 deal in which he bought her and others out of the family's conglomerate for about $200 million and then sold part of the firm four years later for $2.9 billion, according to documents filed in Montgomery County Orphan's Court last week. The sister, Anna K. Nupson, has yet to make specific claims of wrongdoing in court. But she said in a court document last month that she may bring "substantive claims that pertain to possible self-dealing" by her brother.
April 11, 2015 |
When he was a child, George H. Phillips worked in the kitchen of his family's restaurant in Sea Isle City, N.J. "He opened clams, got a penny apiece," his wife, Linda, said. When ownership of the business - Busch's Seafood Restaurant - passed to him from his mother, Anna Busch, he was back where he started. "He was the cook; he kept the back of the house going," his wife said. Though the restaurant employed as many as 120 workers at its peak, she said, "he sweated like everybody else in that kitchen.