April 21, 2011 |
In a move that paves the way for a successor to its octogenarian chairman, the Boscov's department-store chain announced Wednesday that a member of the founding family, Jim Boscov, had been named vice chairman of the Reading company. The move came about a year and a half after Boscov, 61, rejoined the company following its emergence from a swift Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization orchestrated by chairman Albert Boscov, his 81-year-old uncle. It underscores the family's intention to stay in business, squelching any notion that the company might one day soon be sold to outsiders.
April 7, 2011 |
Meet John Vena. At 58, he is the third John Vena in the family produce business, but he doesn't use stuffy suffixes like Junior or the Third. The first John Vena started in 1919 selling apples and oranges on Dock Street. He didn't live long enough to see the produce vendors moved from there in 1959 and into a wholesale produce market in an industrial park south of Packer Avenue that most Philadelphians would come to call the food distribution center. No doubt, though, that first John Vena would be proud to see his namesake serve on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (the food distribution center's formal name)
January 8, 2011 |
Joseph S. Grasso, 90, of Woolwich Township, longtime owner and president of Grasso Foods Inc., which sells frozen peppers to restaurants and food companies across the country, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, of heart failure at his home. Having grown up during the Depression, Mr. Grasso was a hardened, self-taught man who became a successful entrepreneur. "Every penny mattered to him," said his daughter Rosemary Miller. "He was a tough businessman. " Mr. Grasso took his frozen-produce business from a small freezer operation to a processor of 22 million pounds of peppers each year.
January 1, 2011 |
After he sold his family business in 1986 to his son, Donald B. Remmey decided to help the homeless. Working with the Philadelphia arm of the Catholic Worker Movement, his son, Donald Jr., said, Mr. Remmey in the 1990s helped rebuild houses in the Yorktown neighborhood of North Philadelphia. And for the last 15 years, his son said, Mr. Remmey, who lived in Abington Township, helped with breakfasts for the homeless on two mornings a week at the Kensington office of St. Francis Inn. On Dec. 15, during a trip to attend a sister-in-law's funeral, Mr. Remmey, 86, took ill. He died of endocarditis at San Diego Hospice in Carlsbad, Calif.
December 26, 2010 |
As the calendar is poised to turn to a new year, Jon Costanza, owner of Sunpower Builders in Collegeville, shares the anxiety of many Pennsylvania solar installers. It's an uneasiness born of concern that with a new administration in Harrisburg, years of financial incentives that have nurtured the fledgling, yet steadily growing, solar industry will disappear. There are 700 solar contractors now. "We're going to see three-quarters of those guys go by the wayside," Costanza said.
December 17, 2010 |
'Is there something wrong with you?" the young wife asks her young husband when the subject of children is brought up, and he has said no kids, "not ever. " And in All Good Things , there does appear to be something amiss with David Marx (Ryan Gosling). Son of a New York real estate magnate, David mumbles to himself, seems lost in his own world. He can be oddly charming, and when he first meets Katie (Kirsten Dunst), a Long Island girl just moved to the big city, they are clearly taken with each other.
November 7, 2010 |
Tom Tague backed a used Chrysler into an empty spot of a patchwork parking lot, flung the door open, and jumped out. The car salesman, a 46-year-old with a muscular build and a boyish smile, was working harder than ever. "The place is a nuthouse," he said apologetically. "We've been busy. " The place looked empty. It was all so different. Tague used to be the wizard of Weathers Dodge, but in 2009 Chrysler scotched the Delaware County franchise. A year later he was part of a shaky experiment in reinvention known as Weathers Motors, a used-car and service business.
November 4, 2010 |
It is a family feud of epic proportions that involves one of the city's most prominent families and has spilled into state and federal court. And last week, the legal discord that has been raging between Jeffrey E. Perelman, and his father, Ray, and older brother, Ron, got even more rancorous. According to a lawsuit filed in federal district court, Jeffrey claims that Ray improperly steered millions of dollars from a pension plan the two were involved with into the global cosmetics company that Ron controls.
November 2, 2010 |
A roof collapse at the Hill School in Pottstown killed a Lancaster County construction executive Monday and left a second worker pinned for more than an hour in the rubble. Kevin J. Sensenig, vice president of R.L. Sensenig Co. of Ephrata, was working without a safety harness when he fell more than 50 feet to a concrete floor and died almost instantly, Montgomery County Coroner Walter I. Hofman said. Sensenig and three other employees had begun routine maintenance on the building just after 11 a.m. when the accident occurred.
October 12, 2010 |
It was one of the nation's largest affirmative-action frauds - $119 million spent on 336 bridge projects, from eastern Pennsylvania interstates to SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line. The conspiracy unfolded over 15 years, unchecked by regulators, as a white-family-run concrete business in Schuylkill County used a Filipino man's minority status to win contract after contract. The sham company, operated from a Connecticut basement, became Pennsylvania's greatest recipient of the U.S. government's disadvantaged-business program.