March 23, 2012 |
HARTFORD, CONN. - Murray Lender, who helped turn his father's small Connecticut bakery into a national company credited for introducing bagels to many Americans, has died in Florida. He was 81. Lender, perhaps best known from promoting Lender's Bagels in TV commercials, died Wednesday at a hospital in Miami from complications from a fall he suffered at his home 10 weeks ago, his wife, Gillie Lender, said on Thursday. The couple lived in Aventura, Fla., and also kept a home in Connecticut.
March 12, 2012 |
When Brian and Sharon Squires got into the coupon business more than 20 years ago, Internet shopping didn't exist; neither did TLC's Extreme Couponing and its homage to bargain hunting. Actually, coupons were a rather dull affair, mostly black-and-white clippings from the newspaper, or slightly snazzier versions crammed into envelopes that showed up in the mail. The Squireses - sweethearts since their days at Northeast High School and then at Temple University (Class of '79)
March 4, 2012 |
To know Dale Petrovitch is to know his generosity, his employees say. And that goes beyond competitive wages, health benefits, and 401(k) matches. Their boss has been known to spring for their kids' wedding and prom limousines, provide for special needs of their ailing family members, and fund local school programs. So when Petrovitch decided to essentially hand the family business over to his workforce of 30 at the close of 2011, it didn't necessarily surprise his employees as much as it terrified some of them because of the enhanced responsibility it put on them for the company's survival.
February 11, 2012
Nello Ferrara, 93, the candy company executive who brought the world Lemonheads and Atomic Fire Balls, died Feb. 3 at his home in the Chicago suburb of River Forest, Ill., surrounded by his family. Mr. Ferrara took over the family business when he became chairman of Ferrara Pan candy. His father founded the company in 1908. His son Salvatore Ferrara said that Mr. Ferrara created the Lemonhead because he claimed his son's head was shaped like a lemon when he was born. The Atomic Fire Ball came after Mr. Ferrara lived in Japan during World War II. Ferrara Pan candy also makes Red Hots and Boston Baked Beans.
January 31, 2012 |
LAKE HARMONY, Pa. - Watching as Dr. Joseph Mattioli's American flag-draped casket was lifted into a waiting hearse, NASCAR president Mike Helton reflected on the legacy of the late Pocono Raceway founder. "He's iconic, and maybe even the last of the pioneers that put NASCAR on the map and kept it there," Helton said. "I think the character and contributions of Doc will last forever. " Those sentiments were shared by the family, friends, fans and racing dignitaries (including NASCAR chairman Brian France)
October 26, 2011 |
Jack M. Demetris, 91, of St. Davids, owner of Demetris Uptown Market in Bridgeport, died of heart failure Friday, Oct. 21, at Genesis Healthcare's Wayne Center. Mr. Demetris emigrated from Greece with his mother and father as an infant. In 1932, his parents opened a food market in Bridgeport. The store had two aisles and everything - sugar, flour, rice - was in barrels, said his son, Dennis. During World War II, Mr. Demetris served in the Army in the Pacific. Among his duties was accompanying celebrities entertaining the troops, including the Andrews Sisters and comedian Joe E. Brown.
October 19, 2011 |
Penni Heritage's family has been farming in Gloucester County for six generations, now that her oldest son, Rich, has decided to go into the family business. But she worries that many of those who have farmed around her husband, Bill, and their family for those decades are less confident of the future than she is. "The business climate is bad, and my neighbors, as they get older, just can't afford the taxes anymore. They aren't moving far away, but maybe to Delaware, where they feel they can live like they have in the past," said Heritage, one of the three Republicans running in hopes of gaining a majority on the seven-member Gloucester County Freeholder Board in the Nov. 8 election.
September 26, 2011 |
A little more splash and panache may be associated with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's 29th annual Small Business Excellence Awards in November. The splash comes courtesy of Scott Mirkin , of ESM Productions , who was named the Chamber's small-business person of the year. Founded in 1996, ESM is an event and video-production firm that handled inaugural ceremonies for Gov. Ed Rendell in 2007 and Mayor Nutter in 2008 as well as Welcome America's huge free outdoor concert each July since 2008.
August 30, 2011 |
William L. Rosenberger, 84, a retired president of Rosenberger's Dairies, which was founded by his father and grandfather on the family farm in 1925, died of complications from a stroke Thursday at the Dock Woods Community in Lansdale. In his 64 years with the family business, Mr. Rosenberger was known for doing whatever it took to make sure milk arrived on porch doorsteps or on supermarket shelves. Mr. Rosenberger delivered milk door-to-door in glass bottles and hauled large cans of it on company trucks.
July 25, 2011 |
As business challenges go, Stephen Klein has known his share. There was the gun shoved in his ribs by a union agent unhappy with his family's nonunion company, long named Anthony, the Family Plumber. And the brick thrown through the living room window of Klein's former home in Philadelphia's Mayfair section. And the beatings and tire slashings endured by his employees. "A nasty time" is how Klein, 58, of Rydal, recently summed up that period in the mid-1970s when the economy was rough, and the region's plumbers even more so. It would be a primer for the business trials ahead - including the loss of a nearly 20-year service contract with Sears that constituted most of Anthony's revenue.