January 24, 2014 |
Stanley "Mickey" Zolot, 83, of Merion, a Philadelphia businessman and philanthropist, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, of cancer at his home. Mr. Zolot owned Bilt-Well Furniture Co., a family business with design and decorator showrooms at 23d and Chestnut Streets. The firm was started by Mr. Zolot's father, Charles, and is now run by the third generation. Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Mr. Zolot attended West Philadelphia High School, and then briefly Syracuse University and Pennsylvania State University.
June 6, 2014 |
LOUIS AGNES didn't hesitate to get his hands dirty. From the time he was old enough to pick up a hammer, he worked in the small construction company founded in 1918 by his father, Pellegrino Agnes, an Italian immigrant. He worked side by side with his father as they sought to make a success of the struggling company, always keeping in mind the values of honesty and hard work that would characterize the family and the company through the decades. Today, P. Agnes Builders is one of the region's most prominent and busiest construction companies, with numerous multimillion-dollar projects.
August 18, 1986 |
The Dankses are worried. Having fled riots in Camden for the safety of Cherry Hill in the 1970s, they now fear they may have to flee a new kind of upheaval. Charles Danks, 48, pointed to the problem Saturday as he stood along Route 70 near the flow of traffic into the Race Track Circle. Before him in the concrete were two red paint marks that he said spell doom for his family business - marks that show where the State of New Jersey plans to chop 29 feet out of his Sunoco station property to widen the highway that is a main thoroughfare through the township of 70,000.
September 15, 2013 |
Robert J. Burns Sr., 67, a longtime funeral director, died Monday, Sept. 9, of pulmonary fibrosis at his home in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. Burns was a director and owner of Burns Funeral Home, which has branches in Fishtown, Northeast Philadelphia, and Levittown. The firm was founded in 1939 by his parents, Martin J. Burns Sr. and the former Grace R. McNeill. He worked for 40 years in the family business, patiently tending to the area's bereaved families. "I loved the business.
November 11, 2008 |
The worsening woes of the Big Three automakers continued to spread yesterday, as yet another local dealership said it was shutting down. Magarity Ford of Chestnut Hill will close at month's end after 20 years along the 8200 block of Germantown Avenue, said owner Joseph Magarity. Magarity, 56, said he hoped to sell the property and invest the proceeds in his Chevrolet dealership in Flourtown, Montgomery County, which will remain open. "We needed to make a decision to make one dealership stronger than the other," Magarity said.
February 21, 1990 |
Whitpain Detective William Pistilli said the case was closed. Police do not know what drove Nicholas Malantonio to such desperation that he set off Monday afternoon with a .357 revolver to kill his father, the mother of his children and then himself. After questioning the young man's family for hours, Pistilli said, they may never know. "We know the end result - that's it," he said. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office completed autopsies yesterday on Malantonio, a 25-year-old unemployed man from Blue Bell; Faye Keohane, the 25- year-old mother of his two children, and Matthew Malantonio, 69, his father.
April 15, 2014 |
Peter W. Blommer's grandfather, the founder of Blommer Chocolate Co., had just died when the family received a phone call. "We got a call from the chairman of another company saying they owned 50 percent of our shares," said Blommer, 50, now president and chief operating officer of the nation's largest cocoa-bean processing company. "It kind of upped the emotional ante," he said. Blommer Chocolate is headquartered in Chicago, but has one of its largest processing factories in East Greenville, Montgomery County, where Peter W. Blommer is based.
December 23, 2008 |
In a roomful of mostly builders, developers and planners, Frank J. McKee Jr. stood out - not just because of the silver stud earring he wore, but because of his tender age. At 24, he was by far among the youngest - if not the youngest - of the couple of hundred attending the breakfast meeting of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance. He is also the least senior at his family's development and building company, the McKee Group, but not by much. His sisters, Kate Black, 30, and Jenni McKee, 32, also work there.
May 7, 2013 |
In even the most functional family, there can be a painful something that triggers a strong emotional response, despite the passage of time. For the Benders, it's the digital camera. "Digital killed the family business," Ben Bender says. Yet digital just might be the route to a family-business revival, as well. Bender has become the region's only franchise owner for TapSnap, a social-media-equipped replacement for the party photo booth. To fully appreciate this cycle of commercial irony - a primary motivator of which was his cancer scare three years ago - a little history is required.
July 8, 2011 |
NYEME TAYLOR was the kind of guy you liked to have around. He had a winning smile and a friendly personality that drew people to him. He also was a devoted family man, who was raising six children as part of an extended family that also included his parents, a grandmother and five brothers and a sister. But Nyeme's brief sojourn in life ended tragically June 26 when he was shot to death in a neighborhood dispute at a party on the Mander Playground in Strawberry Mansion. He was 30. A daughter, Kianna, 15, was hit by a bullet that shattered her left leg, but she is recovering.