November 12, 2015 |
PAPAL PILGRIMS love Wawa sandwiches. About 1.1 million people went through security magnetometers during the two-day celebration. And, oh, by the way, Pope Francis thinks the women in Mayor Nutter's administration rock. These were just some of the takeaways from September's World Meeting of Families celebration, according to Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison and Samantha Phillips, the city's director of emergency management. Gillison and Phillips, in a sit-down with reporters yesterday, detailed what went well and not so well during the global event in Philly: * Unlike a prior July Fourth celebration in the city, cellphones actually worked.
September 20, 2015 |
Two hours before a brass trio from the Philadelphia Orchestra played the fanfare from Rocky and Mayor Nutter promised a hoagie for Pope Francis, the line to enter the Wawa formed Friday morning down Broad Street. "Congratulations," a man in a suit said, as he opened the door at Broad and Walnut one minute before 8. Enthusiasts clutching free coffee and $2.99 Shorties christened a shrine to Wawa, rushed to completion ahead of the papal visit. Even after Wawa condensed its stock of city stores in favor of profitable pastures in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida, a cultlike following flocked to this new flagship - the first Wawa in Center City to open in decades.
August 20, 2015 |
FUNNYMAN Adam Sandler has helped make a dream come true for an autistic boy from South Philly. Lisa Stagliano is the mother of Santino , a 10-year old who was diagnosed with autism when he was a little boy. As first reported in May by my colleague, Stephanie Farr , Santino began drawing dragons on T-shirts as a way of expressing himself through art. Before long, the shirts he created grew popular in their West Moyamensing neighborhood,...
August 7, 2015 |
For a month now, spies have been slipping into a nondescript shop near Jewelers Row. Their mission, according to witnesses, was urgent. "Espionage," said Pam Bonfiglio, who has watched each glide down the long hall past her and her husband's jewelry shop, aiming for a tucked-away room with white walls. The spooks' target: an insurgent hoagie maker in baseball cap, shorts, and sneakers. A Vietnam War veteran, barely 5-foot-7. A Marine, 67, named Fink. According to eyewitness Joseph Bonfiglio, Pam Bonfiglio's husband, one pizza delivery guy infiltrated Fink's sandwich shop on 132 S. Eighth St. on orders from his boss.
July 23, 2015 |
Forget that Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is expected to miss next season due to a bone in his right foot being broken - again. If you go to a game, you'll at least find a new player at the food concession: Lee's Hoagie House. The Southampton, Bucks County-based chain has reached a deal for the next year to operate two stands at the Wells Fargo Center for all events - sports, entertainment and other, including the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, said Jon Waxman, corporate vice president of Lee's Hoagie House Franchise Group.
July 17, 2015 |
Don't let the take-out window and shack-like appearance of Ocean City's Sandwich Bar fool you. This isn't an ordinary fast-food beachside grill. Everything is made to order, from the excellent hand-cut fries and lobster rolls, to the crisp chicken cutlets and slow-cooked Italian roast pork sandwiches from the D'Alesandro family that once operated Via Giulia in Haddonfield. If that means a considerable wait, well, their slogan after all is a "long hot summer. " That refers to the kitchen's fondness for long hot chilies, of course, and those peppers are at their spicy best on the surprising "Uncle Charlie," a hot vegetarian hoagie that may well be the best thing on the menu.
July 3, 2014 |
IT WAS Arnaldo Cardona's first time at Wawa's Annual Hoagie Day celebration yesterday, and though he was dressed in a black T-shirt and dripped sweat, he didn't let the 93-degree weather spoil his mood. While others held umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun and fanned themselves with maps from the National Constitution Center, Cardona shimmied his shoulders and moved his feet to Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" blasting over the speakers to the crowd. "I'm hoping there's going to be a nice, big sandwich for me," said Cardona, 28, of North Philly.
November 8, 2013 |
WACO, Texas - He had a month's growth of facial hair, almost unrecognizable to anyone who knew him. When Shawn Oakman was called to Bill O'Brien's office at Penn State in March 2012, he was barely able to look up at his coach and his uncle. The highly touted recruit out of Penn Wood High was embarrassed. He was tossed from the Penn State football program for attempting to steal a $7 hoagie from a convenience store - the last straw in a host of incidents. Even then, there was some denial.
July 3, 2013 |
AN EMPHATIC cheer followed Mayor Nutter's proclamation declaring yesterday Hoagie Day in the city. "It's just wonderful to be able to say that," Nutter said while instructing the thousands in attendance to dig into the 4 1/2 tons of hoagies on hand. Wawa Hoagie Day served up free "shorti" Italian hoagies, drinks and chips from noon to 2 p.m. on Independence Mall as part of the Welcome America Festival, and to salute members of the military, fire and police. Included in the festivities, which is part of the weeklong festival, was the Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building contest, in which the Police Department came out on top against the Fire Department, and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard bested the state's Army National Guard.
June 30, 2013 |
The owner of Primo Hoagie's franchising business will spend four months in prison for tax evasion, a Camden federal judge ruled Friday. In a plea bargain designed in part to avoid prosecution of his wife and save his son's house, Nicholas Papanier Sr., 57, of Sewell, admitted that he avoided paying taxes totaling $189,656 in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Papanier, who also owned Nellie's Provisions in Gloucester City, often received cash payments from Primo Hoagie's franchisees when they bought salami, provolone, and other deli items from him. Over three years, he made more than a million dollars, but paid taxes on only about half of it, according to court documents.