June 10, 2016 |
A decade ago, Ben Wenk had a new diploma from Pennsylvania State University in agroecology and a decision to make: whether to strike out on his own or return to Adams County and join the family business, Three Springs Fruit Farm. Then, he saw an announcement about a new farmers' market in Society Hill. His family hadn't sold at farmers' markets. "It clicked: That's what I wanted to do. It was the chance to be a vendor here at Headhouse Farmers' Market that convinced me to come back to the farm," he said on a Sunday afternoon in May, manning his stand in the brick-paved arcade at Second and Pine Streets.
June 3, 2016 |
He had taken away a family business from her, and was living with another woman. That is why, prosecutors said, Hsiu-Chin "Linda" Lin murdered her ex-husband. But her attorney argued that she shot and killed her ex-husband last week in the garage of their North Wales, Montgomery County, home because she "snapped" under the strain of emotional and physical abuse she had suffered at his hands. At a preliminary hearing Wednesday a judge ordered Lin held for trial on first-degree murder and other charges.
May 8, 2016
The Excellent Lombards By Jane Hamilton Grand Central 288 pp. $26 Reviewed by Connie Ogle The Wisconsin apple orchard that belongs to the Lombard family in Jane Hamilton's hypnotic new novel is a beacon for the nostalgic and the hopeful, those who nurse their memories carefully and tend to them the way the Lombards care for their trees, their sheep, even their poor, doomed lambs. Narrator Mary Frances "Frankie" Lombard describes the appeal: "There were plenty of people who felt, the minute they started down our long driveway, that they were returning to a bygone time.
April 12, 2016
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I have been married for almost six years to a great guy and have three small children. My widowed mother-in-law, "Nancy," recently had a stroke and needs daily care, so she moved in with us. I love her and am glad to be there for her, but, even though I'm a stay-at-home mom and we have hired a part-time aide, it is a lot. My husband and his younger brother work long hours in the family business, plus there is a limited amount Nancy is comfortable having her sons do for her. I asked my sister-in-law, "Lena," whom I have a great relationship with, to pitch in with Mom's care.
March 10, 2016 |
AMONG THE CLATTER of beer bottles and old acquaintances chatting, the crowd at Dirty Franks raised their drinks "to Joe!" after every speaker shared a personal memory of Joseph Tiberino on Tuesday. Tiberino, 77, a stylish, well-known artist, died Feb. 19 after a yearlong illness, said one of his sons, Raphael. "He was always there for me, in good times or bad," said Joe Brenman, a sculptor, who spoke at the Center City bar at 13th and Pine Streets. "To Joe!" the crowd shouted.
February 4, 2016 |
There's a threat to local family businesses looming out there, and it's called succession-planning procrastination, according to a new study. A survey of 100 privately held businesses in the Philadelphia region, including South Jersey and northern Delaware, found that 62 percent of senior-generation owners plan to retire or move out of their leadership positions in the next 10 years, while 65 percent of respondents said they did not have clear retirement...
February 2, 2016 |
The charges that former city elections official Renee Tartaglione engaged in an especially low form of corruption - stealing government funds entrusted to a nonprofit clinic for the poor and mentally ill - suggest a familiar pattern. The Tartagliones once ran the city elections office like a family business, using the public agency to serve their personal and political agendas. Former City Commissioners Chairwoman Marge Tartaglione hired daughter Renee as her chief deputy. When Renee's husband, Carlos Matos, got out of prison, he was put on the Democratic Party payroll.
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.