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December 5, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since 2008, Carmen Medina's family dominated the sale of heroin and other drugs at Somerset and Swanson Streets in Kensington. It was a lucrative operation that authorities said moved more than 100 packets a day of prepackaged heroin under the "Nite Life" brand. But by early this year, the Medina family business was in trouble. Carmen's older brother, Edwin "June" Medina Jr., and four associates had been busted and charged in a federal drug conspiracy. Competitors, sensing a vacuum, were moving in on the family's turf, and Carmen Medina decided to make a stand.
NEWS
October 16, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carl A. Goldenberg, 85, of Center City, who continued his family's legacy of making Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, died Monday, Oct. 14, of prostate cancer at his home. Mr. Goldenberg was the first member of the third generation in his family to operate Goldenberg Candy Co. The business was started in 1890 by his grandfather David, a Romanian immigrant, as a small candy store on Frankford Avenue. "That was Dad's calling - to go into the family business," said his son, David, the last Goldenberg to be president of Goldenberg Candy Co. "It was very important to him because his name was on the package.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the family business thriving nearly 75 years after its debut in South Philadelphia, the planned opening of a fifth Di Bruno Bros. store next Monday in the city's Washington Square West neighborhood might strike some as a "So what?" moment. It's anything but, say city economic-development professionals and business owners in the downtown pocket where Di Bruno's is bringing its high-end Italian foods market. "They have amazing brand recognition," said Ivy Olesh, vice president of marketing and business development at the quasi-public Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
NEWS
October 3, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A. Stuard Graham Jr., 82, of Ambler, a member of the Marine Corps detail guarding President Dwight D. Eisenhower at Camp David and later a businessman in Philadelphia's suburbs, died Monday, Sept. 23, of cancer, at his home. Known to friends as Drew, Mr. Graham was born in Philadelphia and raised in Jenkintown. At various times, he lived there, in Wyncote, and in Ambler. He graduated from William Penn Charter School in 1949 and in 1953 earned a bachelor of science degree from Lehigh University.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lachlan Pitcairn's life revolved around family. Born into a prominent Pennsylvania clan, he devoted his career to the family business and his leisure time to hosting gatherings full of music for his many relatives. He was a proud patriarch, with 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, when he died Wednesday, Sept. 11, at age 91. Six days later, that tally grew when a 19th great-grandchild was born. Mr. Pitcairn died in his home in Bryn Athyn. The cause was pneumonia, his son Scot said.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
With his company's name on the baseball park, Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, 50, president of Citizens Bank for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, spends many a fine evening at the bank's skybox, entertaining clients. But his first contact with one famous Phillie came decades earlier. Question: You pitched against Jamie Moyer when he played for St. Joe's and you were at La Salle, right? Answer: We were opposite starting pitchers in a game at La Salle in 1984. After losing that game to Jamie and St. Joe's and seeing his great command of pitch location, I knew I should study harder and prepare for a career outside of baseball.
NEWS
September 15, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
August 16, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kismet brought the professor and the businessman together. Coffee keeps them there. The two strangers sat next to each other at a local-food lecture last year and hit it off. The result: an unusual partnership between Stephen R. Madigosky, environmental science professor at Widener University, and John Sacharok, chief executive officer of Golden Valley Farms coffee roasters in West Chester, that brought forth WU Brew, an earth-friendly coffee brand...
BUSINESS
July 23, 2013 | By Jay Hancock, KAISER HEALTH NEWS
Like businesses across the country, Angelo's restaurant has been recovering from a miserable economy, a load of debt, and a bottom line that until recently was the color of its special marinara sauce. So owner Michael Passalacqua probably speaks for many when he expresses relief about the decision to delay enforcing until 2015 the Affordable Care Act's mandate for employer health insurance. That was one challenge he didn't need next year, he said. He's glad for the extra time to figure out whether his Washington, Pa., restaurant must conform to the law and, if so, how. "It's nothing but a noose hanging right over my head," Passalacqua said.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Jun-Youb "JY" Lee
Despite our vast differences in fortune and allegiance, I have a little in common with Kim Jong-un. Twenty miles south of his 25 million-population hermit kingdom, my family runs a 25-employee botanical garden. Like Kim, who inherited a dynasty from his father a year and a half ago, I am expected to assume the family business upon graduation. To groom me for leadership, my parents sent me to private schools in New Zealand and America. Kim's parents sent him to a private school in Switzerland.
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