November 1, 2014 |
Bob Berry's house on the banks of the Pickering Creek near Phoenixville has evolved, to say the least. Born as a 19th-century farmhouse, it got its first makeover in the 1940s when famed architect Oskar Stonerov transformed it into an International-style haven for his family, which eventually included four children, and his wife, Elizabeth, who started a popular cooperative preschool there. Then, when Bob Berry bought the structure in 2005, his brother-in-law and architect John Kohlhaus remade it to fit 21st century needs.
October 30, 2014
L OUIS RODRIGUEZ , 46, of Williamstown, N.J., is president of Rodriguez Consulting, in North Philadelphia. The Chester native founded the civil-engineering firm in 2007. It's the 54th-fastest-growing inner-city business on the 2014 Inner City 100 compiled by the Massachusetts-based Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was working for the Philadelphia Water Department and noticed a lot of work was outsourced to private firms.
July 25, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Secrets can be powerful. Today your inner world will be a mystery that sends someone into orbit around you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your idea, plus a few fans and some word of mouth, will cause something of a frenzy. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). With good luck comes a warning. The better the luck the sterner the warning. You've earned your benefits and will heed all warnings that help you make the most of them. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You deserve to be happy, but not at the expense of someone else's happiness.
June 29, 2013 |
Janice Kenney had always lived in small spaces - rooms, for example, carved out of haylofts and paid for in barter by mucking stables - but it still took her the better part of a year to compress her 62 years of accumulated possessions into a tidy 72 square feet. Now, two years after moving into her grown-up playhouse - a wooden structure on wheels with a peaked roof, tiny porch, sleeping loft, and a few square inches of storage to spare - Kenney said the lifestyle change was entirely worth it. "You feel completely freed up. I had bins and bins of stuff in storage, and I had to move that stuff every time I moved," she said, relaxing in her diminutive dwelling, parked under a tree at the edge of a horse pasture in Kennett Square.
May 16, 2013 |
The Curtis Institute of Music has built a roomy new stage, and it is accessible to nearly anyone who can type www.curtis.edu/CurtisPerforms . Performances by Curtis students, faculty, and alumni are being loaded onto the site, making available - free - videos of ebullient Mendelssohn string quintets, contemplative Piazzolla guitar works, popular Rossini arias, and other pieces. Eventually, the site will offer dozens of recorded performances taking place at the school and in Verizon Hall, as well as selected live streaming.
April 5, 2013 |
GENEVA, Switzerland - It is one of the cosmos' most mysterious unsolved cases: dark matter. It is supposedly what holds the universe together. We can't see it, but scientists are pretty sure it's out there. Led by a dogged, Nobel-winning gumshoe who has spent 18 years on the case, scientists put a $2 billion detector aboard the International Space Station to try to track down the stuff. And after two years, the first evidence came in Wednesday: tantalizing cosmic footprints that seem to have been left by dark matter.
May 15, 2012
If you're driving your SUV to the farmer's market to buy local asparagus — and thinking you're making a difference for the planet — not so fast. You're focused on a detail and ignoring the gas-hogging elephant in the room. Likewise, if you're badgering your kids to turn out the lights and the bulbs are still incandescent, you could make more progress — and probably add harmony to your household — if you replaced those old energy-sucking bulbs with efficient ones. As the authors of a new book point out, you'd have to leave the old bulbs off three out of four days to get energy savings comparable to that of CFL or LED bulbs.
April 15, 2012 |
"We have something really neat, and it fits the world right now. " — Ted Eckenhoff, of Eckenhoff Motorcycles of Cherry Hill, which sells Zero Motorcycles' line of gas-free bikes. "Google is a large company now so we'll achieve more and do it faster if we approach life with the passion and the soul of a start-up. This has involved a lot of cleanup. "— Google Inc. CEO Larry Page, on the company's improved performance for the latest quarter, including a 61 percent increase in net income.
March 11, 2012 |
An overpowering smell of fresh leather and the words printed on stacks of cardboard boxes containing Dansko shoes inside the company's West Grove distribution warehouse are jarring to the senses. Made in China , most of the boxes say, or Made in Italy . None say Made in U.S.A. , but that's not to say Dansko, the 22-year-old Chester County company that made stapled clogs popular across the country, hasn't tried. The impressions are all the more striking because just a short stroll away stands a headquarters building that projects a company with a capitalist conscience.
January 20, 2012 |
If there's anything New Yorkers like to talk about more than restaurants, it's real estate. In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards , a show performed by the Civilians at the Annenberg Center, is a docudrama about the unpromising topic of eminent domain - the complex real estate legality that can crush an individual homeowner in the jaws of corporate takeover. The Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn has dragged on for seven years; it began when Bruce Ratner decided to build a basketball arena in Prospect Heights, a land grab that involved displacing more than 800 people.