August 15, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. You get a lot of house for the money here. Real estate agents will say that about any number of places. But it's definitely true when you're talking about West Norriton. Seventy-five of the 100 houses that sold in this Montgomery County township between April and June were priced under $200,000, and "the older singles are four bedrooms and 21/2 baths," says veteran Realtor Gary Segal, of Keller Williams Real Estate in Blue Bell.
August 15, 2016 |
In 2003, George Funkhouser and Susan Nitka drove to Bridgeton, N.J., where George, who buys and sells precious metals and antiques, was going to meet with a client. At the time, the couple were living in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section in a home she had inherited from her parents. They had been together for a decade and were considering buying a larger house. That day in Bridgeton, they drove down streets lined with mansions built in the 19th century, when the city was a center for industry in South Jersey.
August 14, 2016 |
Long before he was diner owner Luke Danes on Gilmore Girls - a role he reprises come November in the four-part Netflix reboot A Year in the Life - Scott Patterson was a kid from South Jersey with a passion for rock music. Of course, diners - like Ponzio's in Cherry Hill - were also a staple of his childhood. "Like most kids that pick up a guitar, I would sit there in my room and listen to Stones records and Jimi Hendrix records and try to play along with those guys," said Patterson, 57, who grew up in Haddonfield and went to rock shows at the Spectrum.
August 12, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Trump's name-calling hits home Donald Trump called his Democratic opponent "a dangerous liar," "an unbalanced person," "pretty close to unhinged," "totally unfit to lead," and lacking "the judgment, temperament and moral character to lead the country" ("Trump backs Ryan, McCain," Saturday). On the contrary, Trump made a surprisingly accurate description of himself. |Rheta Smith, Philadelphia Libertarian ticket offers a refreshing choice A letter claimed that a vote for third-party candidates for president would be a wasted vote that would essentially favor Donald Trump, even as Trump supporters say it would favor Hillary Clinton ("Third-party votes could hurt Trump," Monday)
August 12, 2016 |
KEVIN DURANT may have left the Oklahoma City Thunder for greener pastures, but the Thunder still will have Russell Westbrook when they visit the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 26 to open the Sixers' season. The NBA released the 2016-17 schedule Thursday night. Sixers fans will be able to see Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and company at home in five of the first six games as the team will host Atlanta, Orlando, Cleveland and Utah. LeBron James and the world champion Cavaliers will make their first visit on Saturday, Nov. 5. They also will come to town on Sunday, Nov. 27 for a 1 p.m. meeting.
August 11, 2016 |
The city of Philadelphia is officially a sellers' real estate market, as a continued shortage of inventory has pushed up prices for properties listed for sale. Economist Kevin Gillen, senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, said the second quarter of 2016, which ended June 30, saw median prices 13 percent higher than April-through-June 2015. The increase pushed the city's median price for single-family homes to a record $145,000, he said - even as homes sell in an average of just three months, a pace that meets the industry standard for a sellers' market.
August 5, 2016 |
Oh, the woes of an unwanted Democratic donkey. Imagine being abandoned by New York, of all places. More understandable might be rejection by Guam, American Samoa, or even Connecticut, but the Empire State? The bluest of blues, birthplace of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and home to Hillary Clinton? In the end, it is all the same for four spurned fiberglass burros that were part of the herd of 57 scattered about Philadelphia to promote last week's Democratic National Convention. They won't be going home, their delegations unwilling to pay their shipping costs.
August 2, 2016 |
With 12 games left in this Major League Soccer season it might be too early for the Union to begin to panic, but the team's recent play has to cause legitimate concern. The Union are now 1-4-1 in their last six MLS games following Sunday's 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake (RSL) before 18,091 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester. The Union (8-8-6, 30 points) are four points ahead of Orlando, which holds the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. (The top six will make the playoffs.) The Union squandered a 1-0 halftime lead while falling to 7-2-3 at home.
August 1, 2016 |
It's a living arrangement that brings startled reactions from two generations: A grandmother and granddaughter sharing seashore digs in Ocean City? Really? All that togetherness for almost three months, including most meals and lots of shared downtime? To 16-year-old Allison Schurr and her maternal grandma, Sharon Keller, it makes perfect sense. "It works, and it works beautifully," says Sharon, a soft-spoken woman who is delighted to go back to her own Shore roots - she grew up in Margate, and it's one of her happiest memories.
July 30, 2016 |
Lee A. Casper, 90, of Gladwyne, a home builder who leveraged his business skills to bring opportunity and affordable housing to declining neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Baltimore, died Sunday, July 24, of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital. Born in Philadelphia and reared in Newark, N.J., Mr. Casper graduated from Newark's Central High School. He served in the Navy aboard a submarine in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he was a potato and tomato farmer in Clarksburg, N.J. In 1958, he became an owner- partner in John Lecroy & Son, a spice manufacturing company in Camden.