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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.
NEWS
July 13, 2013
Douglas Dayton, 88, who led the transformation of a family department store into retailing giant Target Corp., has died. His wife, Wendy, confirmed his death Sunday, saying he died Friday after a long battle with cancer. Mr. Dayton, of Wayzata, Minn., was the youngest of five sons who took over the family's Minneapolis department store from their father, George, in 1948. Douglas Dayton started working in the family business after serving in an Army infantry division in Europe during World War II, where he was injured and received a Purple Heart.
NEWS
July 4, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph J. McGoldrick, 89, a Jenkintown funeral director for many years, died Saturday, June 29, of heart failure at his residence. He was owner-operator of the Joseph J. McGoldrick Funeral Home, founded by his father, also Joseph J., in 1900. The home was always on or near West Avenue. Born and raised in Jenkintown, he graduated from Immaculate Conception School in 1938 and North Catholic High School in 1942. Tall, tough, lanky, and lefthanded, he was an outstanding pitcher on his high school varsity baseball team.
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
CAPITALIST morality tales about men in expensive suits in corner offices are commonplace, but "At Any Price" is a different animal. Here, the capitalist in question drives an air-conditioned super-tractor, and runs a commercial farming operation as large and complex - and as predatory - as any business you can name. His name is Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid), a back-slapping businessman whose ingratiating smile, folksy plaid shirts and pressed jeans disguise a fairly ruthless set of business principles.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
With legendary film auteur John Cassavetes as their father and Oscar-nominated actor Gena Rowlands as their mom, it must have seemed inevitable that at least one of the Cassavetes children would become a filmmaker. But all three? Alexandra "Xan" Cassavetes laughs when asked if film was a destiny pre-written for the Cassavetes brood: The 47-year-old writer-director's brother Nick, 53, and sister Zoe, 42, are also directors. Cassavetes this week follows up her 2004 documentary, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession with the vampire love story Kiss of the Damned . "I didn't plan to be a director until I was 35. For years I wanted to do anything but!"
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