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July 23, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
IF YOU WERE lucky enough to be a friend or family member of Earlie Mae Rich, you were advised to take a hearty appetite to her home. "It was like a restaurant," said her sister Thelma Greene. "She had a big table in the dining room, and people would sit around it and they could have just about anything they wanted to eat. "She always kept plenty of food on hand, and she just loved to cook and feed people. One of her sisters said her house looked like a warehouse. " Earlie Mae, who came to Philadelphia from Alabama in 1945 and did domestic work for years, and who was active churchwoman and much-honored member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, died July 10. She was 90 and lived in Nicetown.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE BOULDIN HOME in Mount Airy was always open. Friends, relatives and even total strangers were welcomed and treated as honored guests. Barbara James Williams Bouldin was the hostess with the mostest. "She welcomed everybody into her home," said her daughter, Leslie Bouldin. "We didn't even have to be there when our friends showed up. Mom would sit down and talk with them. A couple of my girlfriends even lived with us for a time. " Generosity and love were the hallmarks of Barbara's approach to the world.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2012 | By Dawn McCarty, BLOOMBERG
A Hostess Brands Inc. union and a pension fund said they were appealing the court order that gave the bankrupt Twinkie maker permission to wind down. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain, at a Nov. 29 hearing in White Plains, N.Y., approved Hostess' requests to shut down and to pay as much as $1.83 million in incentives to 19 senior managers, while overruling objections to the bonuses. The creditors are appealing the wind-down order entered in the case on Nov. 30, according to court papers filed Friday by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and the Bakery and Confectionery Union and Industry International Pension Fund.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I belong to a supper club comprised of four couples. We have enjoyed our monthly gatherings for years and have developed a strong bond with each couple. As a rule, each one takes turns hosting the event in their home. The recent behavior of one hostess has us baffled. For starters, "Lynn" sometimes seats herself and her husband at a separate table, even though there's room at the main table. She also involves herself with activities I consider rude - taking calls on her cell, perusing Facebook, doing paperwork.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By Leslie Patton, Bloomberg News
Twinkie junkies have spoken. Since Hostess Brands Inc. announced Friday that it plans to liquidate and sell its products until supplies are exhausted, Americans have been scooping up Twinkies to get a fix of their beloved snacks. Supermarkets are running out and fans are pushing up prices on eBay. On Friday, shoppers emptied the shelves of Twinkies at a Jewel-Osco store in Chicago. "We may have a few things left, but pretty much we're out of our Hostess stuff," Paul Knoblock, assistant store manager, said in a telephone interview.
BUSINESS
August 22, 1986 | By ROBIN PALLEY, Daily News Staff Writer
Tasty Baking Co. has filed suit in federal court to block the combination of Drake's Cakes and Hostess products, two of its chief competitors, into one company that Tasty officials say would be a monopoly and a "clear threat to free and open competition. " Tasty is asking a judge to delay Ralston Purina's plan to combine its Continental Baking Co. subsidiary, which markets Hostess cakes and pies and is the largest baking company in the nation, with Drake Bakeries. The delay would allow time for the courts to weigh the legality of the merger.
NEWS
November 17, 2012 | BREAKING NEWS DESK
The Endtime for Twinkies may have come to pass. And global gastronomes may have few opportunities to enjoy the curious treats that use the creme-filled snackcake as their foundation. But it's not too late to try Twinkie Tiramisu, that Southern-fried Twinkie or Twinkie Bread Pudding. (Yes, real recipes for those questionable delicacies exist on Food.com). Despite runs on the Hostess-brand snacks across the nation, plenty of Twinkies are still available. Of course, they come at a price.
NEWS
October 5, 2012
DEAR ABBY: Your column has been a fixture in my life. Thank you for the smiles and the tears. My dilemma: I received yet another invitation to someone's home for a "product party. " In the past year, I have been considered a prospective buyer of cookware, candles, makeup, toys and vitamins. While I have at times used all these products, the invitations to sales parties that come from friends, and sometimes friends of friends, irritate me. When I phone to decline, the hostess invariably says, "Oh, you don't have to buy anything.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2013
In the Region Gasoline prices keep climbing U.S. retail gasoline prices are gaining at the fastest pace since February and may keep climbing as crude prices surge and refinery units, including one at the former Sunoco plant in Philadelphia, shut for repairs. Pump prices have risen nationwide four days in a row, advancing 3 cents a gallon to an average of $3.55 Friday, said AAA , the motoring group. AAA said gasoline rose five cents per gallon in the last week in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and eight cents per gallon in South Jersey.
NEWS
November 17, 2012 | Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - Gov. Christie says he wasn't about to take the bait: a question dealing with that quintessential junk food, Twinkies. So when asked Friday at a news conference about Twinkies-maker Hostess shutting down, the target of many a fat joke begged off. The governor quipped: "I know it! You people are the worst. This is a setup. I am not answering questions on Twinkies, no, no, no, no, no, no. It's bad that I even said the word Twinkie from behind this microphone. " Christie has tried for years to lose weight and often jokes about his caloric struggles.
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March 26, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IT WASN'T unusual to see the attractive, stylishly dressed and coiffed redhead in the corridors of a Center City apartment building with a wrench in her hand. Marguerite Tina Stefani had mastered the techniques of maintenance and repair by following the custodians into the boiler rooms, up on the roof or wherever work needed to be done at the 288-unit Casa Fermi at 13th and Lombard streets, where she was manager. Coming from Mussolini's Italy before World War II and the Allied conquest during the war, and having also lived in France and Egypt, Marguerite had a world view of history and culture.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2013
In the Region Gasoline prices keep climbing U.S. retail gasoline prices are gaining at the fastest pace since February and may keep climbing as crude prices surge and refinery units, including one at the former Sunoco plant in Philadelphia, shut for repairs. Pump prices have risen nationwide four days in a row, advancing 3 cents a gallon to an average of $3.55 Friday, said AAA , the motoring group. AAA said gasoline rose five cents per gallon in the last week in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and eight cents per gallon in South Jersey.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Debra Nussbaum
After three days, fish and house guests start to smell, goes the old saying. That's not true in all cases. I've had my share of charming guests over the years, but I have also hosted those who did seem to grow scales and fins after a day or two. My recent favorite was a relative having a crisis with his significant other while visiting for the weekend. He spent most of his time behind closed doors on the phone, except to take that show on the road when we went to restaurants. He ordered his food (and a large bottle of San Pellegrino)
BUSINESS
February 17, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
  When Hostess Brands Inc. closed its bakeries in November, Campbell Soup Co.'s Pepperidge Farm subsidiary stepped in. "Due to the Hostess bankruptcy, we were able to get extra shelf space," Campbell's chief executive, Denise M. Morrison, said Friday during a conference call on the Camden company's earnings for the quarter that ended Jan. 27. Campbell did not provide specifics on sales gains that could be attributed to that extra shelf...
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
At 8 tonight on Fox's American Idol , a Girls High grad who works as a hostess at the South Philly Chickie's & Pete's, will try to outsing 163 other young women struggling for stardom, including two from Southeastern Pennsylvania and another from South Jersey. Word is that Taylor Ivy Rand, 19, who also tends bar at Connie's Ric Rac, a South Philly performing space, will get some face time, as well as Courtney Calle, 16, a Council Rock North junior from Newtown, Bucks County. Also in the mix: Sarah Restuccio, 18, of Camden County, and Emily Fritz, 27, of Lancaster.
NEWS
February 10, 2013
Debra Nussbaum is an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University Years ago my friend Peg Manochi and I used to invite neighborhood moms over for an end-of-school-year coffee to mourn or celebrate that summer was on the way and that the kids would be home. Even though the invitation requested an "RSVP," we would hear from a only dozen women, but more than 50 would show up. It occurred to us, as it has to many other hosts and hostesses, that RSVP has gone the way of many social graces.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2013
Following the recent collapse of Twinkies maker Hostess Brands Inc., it seems as if every food processor wants a piece of the baker's bankrupt carcass. With an auction set for March, several bidders have already offered $858 million for Wonder Bread, Dolly Madison, and other brands. But one local food-industry competitor has no taste for such feeding frenzies. J&J Snack Foods Corp., best-known as the maker of the SuperPretzel line of soft pretzels, told analysts on a recent conference call that it passed on making an offer for part of the Hostess empire.
NEWS
January 31, 2013
NEW YORK - Hostess has picked a lead bidder for its famous Twinkies. The bankrupt company said that it has selected a joint offer from two investment firms - C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC - as the lead bid for its Twinkies and other snack cakes. Hostess said that the two are offering to pay $410 million for the snack-cake business and five bakeries. The joint "stalking horse" bid would set the floor for an auction process that lets competitors make better offers.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE BOULDIN HOME in Mount Airy was always open. Friends, relatives and even total strangers were welcomed and treated as honored guests. Barbara James Williams Bouldin was the hostess with the mostest. "She welcomed everybody into her home," said her daughter, Leslie Bouldin. "We didn't even have to be there when our friends showed up. Mom would sit down and talk with them. A couple of my girlfriends even lived with us for a time. " Generosity and love were the hallmarks of Barbara's approach to the world.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - The makers of Thomas' English muffins and Tastykake snacks are emerging as bidders for Wonder Bread and other Hostess bread brands as the company tries to sell off its assets under bankruptcy court oversight, a newspaper reported Saturday. The Wall Street Journal said Hostess Brands Inc. could announce as early as this week that Flowers Foods Inc. and Grupo Bimbo SAB are in discussions to acquire the bread brands, which include Nature's Pride. The report said the brands could command $350 million.
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