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NEWS
January 5, 1987
City Controller Joseph Vignola is asking the city Board of Ethics whether City Council members are being underhanded when they hire relatives as paid personal staff at frequently fat salaries. They're not being dishonest, but they are playing fast and loose with their own reputations. The real question ought to be why it took so long for someone to ask. There's something oily about elected Council members putting the bite on the city for additional paychecks for husbands, wives, sons, daughters and maybe even the family cocker spaniel.
NEWS
March 8, 2005 | By Elizabeth Zimmer FOR THE INQUIRER
Providence, R.I.'s only world-class dance company will touch down at the Painted Bride this weekend, making its Philadelphia debut with a 2004 show called Home Movies. For almost two decades, Everett Dance Theatre, named for Rhode Island-born tap dancer Everett Weeden, has been producing unique pieces on such subjects as flight, headline news, science, labor, education, and racial diversity and equality. Born out of Dorothy Jungels' relationship to her children's school, the troupe consistently comes up with shapely dance-theater projects that have charmed audiences of all ages.
NEWS
November 28, 1993 | By Sonia R. Lelii, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The stark white store stands in front of a peach orchard in a generally isolated area, except for the heavily traveled stretch of Route 322. Inside Damask's Candies, sweet smells surround employees laboring over tedious jobs as the 77-year-old owner oversees the process. Constantine Damask is the only one of 11 siblings to take on the nearly 80- year-old family business started by his immigrant father. Damask built this store in 1955 after his father, Arthur, died at 73. But it was the man with the Old World philosophy who made the family name synonymous with chocolate.
NEWS
May 3, 2000 | By Rusty Pray, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Austin Pomerantz, 86, the last surviving family owner of an office-supply business with deep roots in Philadelphia, died Thursday of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Pomerantz had been a resident of the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford, for more than 10 years. A native of Philadelphia, he also had resided in Elkins Park and Society Hill, both for many years. Mr. Pomerantz was the middle of three brothers who owned and operated A. Pomerantz & Co., an office-supply, printing and furniture business founded by their father, Amen, in 1888 as a variety store.
NEWS
March 21, 1990 | By Kathleen Martin Beans, Special to The Inquirer
A Navy pilot. A successful business executive. A farm market and orchard manager. Those are very different careers, but Ray Markloff, the new manager of Styer's Orchards in Langhorne, has done all three. Markloff is running Styer's Orchards with the help of two of his children, Bill, 29, and Mary, 24. The Styer family still owns the orchard, but all management decisions for the orchard and the store attached to it are made by Markloff. Eventually, he may buy it from the Styers, but there have been no sales negotiations yet, Markloff said.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1989 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
The genetic improbability of the strapping Sean Connery portraying father to runty Dustin Hoffman, who in turn plays father to average-sized Matthew Broderick, isn't an issue in Sidney Lumet's cockamamie tragicomedy Family Business, a felonious Crimes and Misdemeanors. Three generations of McMullens - patriarch Jessie (Connery), son Vito (Hoffman) and grandson Adam (Broderick) - share flinty eyes and a larcenous bent. Where they differ is in their various ethnicities (Jessie is 100-percent Scot, Vito half-Sicilian, Adam half-Jewish)
NEWS
October 26, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jami Schneider, 24, a Cherry Hill resident studying to be a massage therapist and planning on starting a business with her mother and sister, was killed Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she had been vacationing and visiting friends. Police said she had been shot to death. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Cherry Hill, Ms. Schneider was a 1989 graduate of Cherry Hill High School East, where she was a member of the Distributive Education Clubs of America program and Students Against Drunk Driving.
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BUSINESS
May 11, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
At Lower Merion's border with Narberth, where Montgomery and Haverford Avenues intersect and drivers for years could fill their gas tanks at an Exxon station, a family business helping to fill another need is doing so with a novel look and approach. GreenDrop L.L.C.'s business is collecting used clothing and household goods, but you won't find hulking metal bins anywhere in its ever-expanding footprint. Most of its 20 collection points - now in seven states along the East Coast and the District of Columbia - are in former gas stations, sites tailored for easy entry and exit in high-traffic areas.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Take SEPTA's No. 34 trolley along Baltimore Avenue to 47th Street, and it will deposit you at the doorstep of Lee's Deli, home to such unusual creations as the Game Over Cheesesteak (chicken topped with shrimp and broccoli or spinach) and Tanzanian Fries (an East Africa-inspired omelet stuffed with fried potatoes, cheese, green peppers, and onions, and topped with hot sauce). You also will witness a 22-year-old business in transition, changing in response to a West Philadelphia neighborhood itself taking on a new look as young professionals and families move in. And if you introduce yourself to owner Insuk "Scott" Lee, behind the counter six days a week since he opened the corner eatery in 1993, you will experience a South Korean immigrant's abundant gratitude and joy in fulfilling his American entrepreneurial dream.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bonnie Haas spent the bulk of her professional life in hospitals tending to some of the sickest patients as an intensive-care nurse. But it has been a lifesaving act of a far more personal nature that has preoccupied her for the last two years. The 57-year-old Bucks County mother of four has revived the family business. That it has come at tremendous professional and personal sacrifice, and tested her emotional fortitude, was as clear as Haas' tears during a recent interview at Kettle Creek Corp.'s workshop and warehouse in Warminster.
NEWS
October 27, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Uncle Jim and Anthony Giambri are looking down now, they're smiling. Their Giambri's Quality Sweets in Clementon was just named a New Jersey Family Business of the Year, an award now in its 22d year that is sponsored by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University, PNC Bank, and New Jersey Monthly. "It's quite an honor," said Dave Giambri, 51, Anthony's son and company president. He was nominated by his son David, 22, a recent Drexel University graduate and the fourth generation in the family business.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Dennis Berry said to his three kids a few years ago: "Which one of you wants this?" By "this," the longtime West Chester resident meant a home-based business that was more like a hobby - one that his children and friends had regularly razzed him about. In his spare time for more than 10 years, the chemical-industry career man had been selling monocles. Yes, monocles. Eyewear that fell out of fashion in the 1930s, only to be revived by the likes of Colonel Klink in Hogan's Heroes and an advertising mascot, Mr. Peanut.
NEWS
July 22, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joan H. Hummel, 83, of Philadelphia and Palm Beach, Fla., a businesswoman, died Sunday, July 20, of pneumonia at Temple University Hospital. Mrs. Hummel was married for 57 years to Dennis Hummel. Together, they built the family business, Metropolitan Reporting Bureau, which supplies information to the insurance industry from offices in Center City. Mrs. Hummel grew up in Yeadon and graduated from Yeadon High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Temple University, where she was a cheerleader and president of Alpha Sigma Pi. She and her husband met in the business world of Philadelphia.
REAL_ESTATE
June 16, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he lived on the 1300 block of North Sixth Street, near Thompson Street, Netanel Levi routinely awoke to the sound of horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping off to meet tourists in Center City. James Ludlow Elementary School and a 1998 Mural Arts Program scene formed another view. The neighborhood - Old Kensington, an area running from Front Street to Sixth, Girard Avenue to Berks Street - was experiencing a renaissance. And in 2006, Levi had a hunch that this was the block he should develop.
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