October 9, 2015
D EAR ABBY: Six months ago my brother told me he vapes. At first I didn't think much of it. Because I pride myself on how well I keep secrets, I haven't told our parents. But now his grades have started sliding, and I wonder if there's a connection. He's going into his senior year of high school and his graduation is on the line. If vaping has had an effect on his grades, it might be best for me to tell our parents and figure things out from there. I don't know what the right choice is. What should I do?
March 26, 2014 |
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.
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.
July 1, 2013 |
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)
February 17, 2013 |
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...
February 14, 2013 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 15, 2013 |
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.