March 2, 1990 |
Dancers from the Ice Capades line up around the Rocky statue yesterday to celebrate its return to the Spectrum. Rocky, sporting a Spectrum sweatshirt, is now flush with a walkway, instead of standing atop a 4 1/2-foot concrete pedestal. "This is to accommodate the thousands of fans and tourists who want to be photographed alongside Rocky," said Spectrum spokeswoman Debbie Albert. Rocky's ultimate fate is under study by the Philadelphia Art Commission. On Monday, the commission said its board would, within 60 days, decide on a permanent location for the statue.
September 24, 1999 |
A vacation to a distant state was all it took to suddenly change one electrical engineer's carefully wired long-term housing plans. He and his wife, an administrative assistant for a big company, always intended to stay in their tan stucco house until their two kids took their diplomas at the venerable local high school. But the family found themselves improvising when the father fell in love with the lush greenery of a golf course he played during a summertime trip. After the family realized they could easily afford a home just a few hundred feet from the curvaceous fairways, they found the temptation to move irresistible.
October 27, 1988 |
Darby Borough in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s had a prospering downtown shopping district, where people in Delaware County went to shop if they didn't go to Philadelphia or Chester, or later, to Upper Darby, longtime residents say. Ethel Smiley, who has lived here 50 years, remembers the Horn & Hardart cafeteria. David Orrell, a 40-year resident, remembers the Wagon Wheel tavern. Herbert Garber, a businessman in downtown Darby for nearly 30 years, remembers Borsch's men's store.
February 14, 1988 |
Existing houses for sale in the $100,000 range are rare along the Main Line, so it wasn't surprising that after only one inspection Kevin and Lisa McClernon recently decided to buy a two-story Colonial on a quarter-acre in Bryn Mawr. The price was $139,000. Even in the higher bracket for new houses, buyers don't hesitate for long; it took two visits for Robert and Mary Murrow to decide on a new, two-story Colonial on a half-acre in Paoli for $350,000. And for the few who want seven-figure, stratospheric comfort, real-estate agents are ready to accommodate: A nine-bedroom mansion with a ballroom, greenhouse, billiards room, bowling alley and staff quarters, all on five acres in a parklike garden setting in Villanova, is available for $4 million.
June 9, 1998 |
In the old Soviet Union (where I was born), my grandmother knew a middle-aged woman who was a criminal. This woman supplemented her retirement pension by working at home as a dressmaker. She was always in fear of being reported as an underground capitalist by some neighbor with a grudge. In today's Russia, such entrepreneurs no longer have to hide. In the United States, they often do. As more Americans work from home (40 million next year, according to the market research company IDC/Link)
April 14, 1992 |
The sun is going down over the greening fields of southern Chester County. A lone rooster crows from his cage beside the snug gray and yellow house. More than a dozen shrubs, ready for planting, are stacked alongside the house. Inside, watching a television tuned to a Spanish-language station, Abigail and Anna Ortega sit comfortably on their plastic-covered couch. They are at home. In a house they own, for the first time in 24 years of marriage. "When you own your own house you can live there as long as you want," says Abigail, who is a supervisor in the Oxford nursery where he has worked for the last 25 years.
December 15, 2005 |
"Is this going to be the best one yet?" asked Hannah, my 7-year-old granddaughter, as we began constructing our seventh gingerbread house. "I think so," I said. "Oh, we always say that!" said her 10-year-old sister, Breanna, laughing. Bonding with grandchildren is difficult when they live an airplane's flight away and you see them only a few times a year. After my granddaughters were born, I decided one way to create memories was to build a gingerbread house with them each Thanksgiving when I visit.
October 21, 2004 |
Malik Allen enjoys returning to the South Jersey area, but his job as power forward for the Miami Heat kind of limits his visits back home. This summer, he spent his longest time home since first entering the NBA in 2001, and while he enjoyed his visit, Allen wouldn't mind if his next extended stay doesn't happen until sometime in late-June, following the NBA championship series. A former Inquirer all-South Jersey performer from Shawnee High who went on to score 1,131 points at Villanova, Allen is beginning his fourth season with the Heat.
June 11, 2006 |
When the charter bus pulled in, bringing 25 Pennsylvania Army National Guard members home after a year's duty in Iraq, Marilyn Hennessey jumped up and down, waving a small American flag, and shouted: "Whoo-hoo-hoo! Here they come. Whoo-hoo!" Spec. Jos? Correa Londono's 13 family members and friends, carrying red, white, and blue balloons, took turns hugging him after he got off the bus, snapped pictures, and asked in Spanish how he was. And Sgt. Bobby Walls' wife and two young children were ecstatic to see him after so many months.
October 24, 1986 |
How would you like hundreds of strangers to come tromping through your living room, making comments about your taste? It takes a certain self-confidence to open your home - as 17 homeowners in Center City will do Sunday - to hundreds of sharp-eyed tour-goers who have paid $10 apiece for the right to gaze and gawk at what lies within. The occasion is the 28th annual Center City Residents Association House Tour, a self-guided event in which tour-takers are given a map that locates each open home, a brochure that describes the decor to be found and a tag that admits them when they get there.