July 15, 1990 |
Members of the Southampton Township Business Association are busy these days hawking $8 T-shirts. They are not in the clothing business nor are they making a profit on sales. They are really selling an idea. About a year ago, the 50-member association decided to build a gazebo for the park that sits in the historical center of Vincentown. Through the sale of the shirts and other fund-raising events, the association hopes the gazebo will grow from a drawing on a blueprint to a lovely place to rest on a summer's day, said Maryann Lennox, a spokeswoman for the group.
June 5, 1988 |
When Sue Stratton opened Sunnybrook Flowers Ltd. in 1985, she thought it was money in the bank. Stratton reasoned that her store would have a good location on Bethlehem Pike in Whitemarsh and that her product - flowers and gardening supplies - would have a good market. But she found out that even suburban gardeners won't buy your flowers if they can't find your store. Stratton told the Whitemarsh Zoning Hearing Board last week that was why she put a 48-square-foot gazebo with her business's name attached to it on the store's front lawn.
June 25, 1989 |
Only a few years ago, a blank stare was often the response when the word gazebo was dropped into his conversations, says J. Douglas Jefferys, vice president for marketing at Vixen Hill Manufacturing Co. of Elverson, Chester County. "People used to say, 'What's a gazebo?' " recalled Jefferys, whose company is one of the nation's largest manufacturers of gazebo kits, which Vixen Hill sells throughout the nation and in such foreign points as Japan and Saudi Arabia. "But now most people know what they are. " Behind the rise in recognition is a sharp new surge in popularity for gazebos, which had a heyday in Victorian times, then virtually disappeared except for a few relics in parks and estates.
December 14, 1997 |
Ask Audubon High School sophomore Gary Grosmick 2d why he spent more than a year lobbying, fund-raising, designing and building a 12-foot-tall gazebo for a teacher who had died, and the answer is as obvious as slipping on a pair of baggy pants before settling in front of the tube with a pint of ice cream. Because. End of story. Not so, say school administrators and friends who watched Grosmick hunker down for 14 months to keep teacher and mentor James Reed's memory alive.
June 19, 1988 |
Coatesville's Municipal Walkway could have a touch of Victorian elegance by the end of the summer with the addition of an old-fashioned gazebo, courtesy of the Coatesville Action Corp. The City Council voted, 7-0, Monday to allow Coatesville Action to construct the open-air structure in the walkway between Main Street and Route 30. The council also voted unanimously to waive the required building permits and fees. Richard Nassau, Coatesville Action executive director, said the donation of the gazebo was part of his organization's effort to beautify Coatesville's central business district.
May 15, 2012 |
EACH SPRING, Louise Clemente grabs a pail of white paint and gets to work, touching up all that time and the salty Sea Isle City air has stripped away from a beloved gazebo in her back yard by the bay. Her brush traces over the intricate gingerbread, around the glass panels she painstakingly etched with images of Sea Isle's past, and over the many names along the ceiling, the people who supported her effort to build a monument to all the memories,...
June 7, 1992 |
Narberth Fire Chief John Thomas, a retired computer programmer, was perched on top of a ladder Wednesday afternoon, not fighting a fire, but trying to place a roof beam at just the right angle on the borough's new gazebo. Building inspector William Capoferri stood on the ground below, and shouted instructions. Every sunny afternoon since six weeks ago, volunteers Thomas and Capoferri, as well as Fred Hansell Sr., a retired instrument mechanic for Container Corp. of America, and Borough Councilman Chester C. Tyson 3rd, a retired railroad worker, have been found out on the lawn next to the Narberth Community Library, hammering and sawing, hoping to finish the gazebo in time for the Fourth of July.
October 21, 1996 |
The battered stone stairs were fished from the bottom of the Delaware Canal. Concrete was poured into molds for the pillars, carefully reconstructed from shreds of the originals. Intricate Mercer tiles were redone from crinkled turn-of-the-century plans. The work took an entire summer in 1989. When it was done, three decades after the Grundy gazebo was obscured by an ice rink and left to crumble in ruins, the gazebo's dome had risen again. Today it stands as tall as in 1915, the year it was built, and as white as the top of a wedding cake.
April 20, 1995 |
A strong wind last week did what Delaware County Councilman Paul G. Mattus would have been forced to do eventually. In a single puff, it knocked down a $5,000 gazebo that had been illegally built in his yard. During a rainstorm April 9, the gazebo collapsed on Mattus' lawn. Just a week earlier, he had built it to protect a recently installed hot tub. The two were a birthday gift for his wife, Valerie, who has a bad back. She had wanted a hot tub for years, said Paul Mattus, who was on a short trip to Florida on the evening the gazebo blew down.
June 27, 1993 |
The borough has added a gazebo to Thomas West Park, and it's all ready for the town's Independence Day festivities on July 5. "The mayor has been wanting something like this for years. He's been suggesting it for a long time," Municipal Administrator Richard Burr said. Mayor Charles Owens is eager to see concerts and other events held there. A few churches have already asked if they can hold Easter services in the facility. Westville spent $25,000 to buy and set up the wooden structure, which measures 24 feet in diameter and has a 22-foot-high, three-tiered roof.