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.
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 |
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.