June 7, 2012 |
Despite what Danny Meyer has done in fine dining — his Union Square Hospitality Group restaurants are among America's most honored destinations — his legacy probably will be a fast-food chain begun by accident. It's Shake Shack, whose first Philadelphia location opened this week at 20th and Sansom Streets. This is the 15th location, counting seasonal stands at ballparks and new outposts in Dubai and Kuwait. The interior is built for speed and ecology, with lots of reclaimed wood; tables are made from heart pine taken from an old bowling alley.
May 13, 2013 |
After 105 years, it can be tough to pick out a birthday present. But officials at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland knew exactly what to get Frank Cuccia on Saturday. "The reason he says he's gotten to be 105 is because every day he would always eat a McDonald's hamburger," said Derick Glenn, special events coordinator at the home. So a Happy Meal it was. While the gift may have been small, there was still a big celebration for the World War II veteran, as the nursing home and local VFWs honored residents there for their service as part of National Nursing Home Week.
June 26, 1988 |
Forget the shore or the mountains: Chester County residents can enjoy the Fourth of July holiday right in their own back yard, with baseball, fireworks and running and biking events. The Downingtown Good Neighbor Day kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Sunday with an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the Alert Fire Company. The charge is $6.50 for adults and $5 for children. Registration for a Run for Life will be held at Kerr Park from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. with a $9 registration fee. Starting time will be 8 a.m. for 5-, 10- and 15-kilometer races through Downingtown starting in the park.
May 6, 1999 |
For a typical weekend relay meet, Maple Shade's Jason Kufta crams three pairs of sneakers and five pairs of socks into his duffel bag. And he'd better leave room for a bagel and a bottle of water. "I see people all day eating hot dogs that look so good," Kufta said. "By the time I get a chance to go to the concession stand, they're always out of hot dogs and water. " Such are the costs of being one of the premier all-around athletes in Group 1 track and field. Kufta, a senior, is constantly on the go, racking up points for the Wildcats in as many events as possible.
August 21, 2012 |
It was a Sunday in the park for children in West Philadelphia, a day of free cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, and pony rides. Five barbers gave dozens of boys free haircuts, and the girls got complimentary manicures and jewelry-making lessons to craft their own bracelets. About 300 youngsters who came to Malcolm X Park at 51st and Pine Streets received complimentary school backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, folders, and paints - everything they might need for the first day of classes.
December 13, 2011 |
Curious George, the young pit bull found starving on a Delaware County road, will be spending the holidays in his new home. On Tuesday, the pooch was presented to his new owners, Aimee and Eric Tysarczyk of Bryn Mawr, before a horde of photographers and reporters who captured every doggy smooch on camera. George took the event in stride, even showing off some new tricks for the crowd. The Montgomery County couple had been looking to adopt a dog when they spotted George's photo and story on the Delaware County SPCA website.
May 8, 2008 |
The sharp left onto Rosemary Hill Drive takes you up an unpaved road as steep as the Allegheny Mountains. This is R.J. Umberger territory. Two of the three homes on Rosemary Hill are occupied by the family of the Flyers center. "He could hit a baseball as far as he wanted," Umberger's father, Richard, said of the property that covers several acres. Or he could walk to the bottom of the hill, turn left, and cross over to Hereda Field to play baseball. Or go another quarter-mile to Plum High, a school that R.J. - short for Richard Jr. - attended.
July 24, 2011 |
I'm all nerves getting ready to see Althea Zanecosky. My favorite summer skirt makes me look hippy, but skinny jeans feel like concrete in this heat. And what to order when we finally meet at Chestnut Hill Coffee Co.? I've had breakfast, but could use a snack. Will she judge me if I nibble on a pastry? Will I get credit for putting Splenda in a nonfat latte? Should I slyly drop into the conversation how far I ran before dawn? Zanecosky arrives in T-shirt, shorts, and open mind.
January 6, 2012
I ADMIT THAT I am not all in yet with the 76ers, but I'm thisclose. It won't take much to pull me on to the bandwagon. That's why tonight's home opener against the Detroit Pistons is one of the biggest in years. I think the best way to describe most Sixers fans is aggressively skeptical but willing to be convinced. They're just looking for a sign, a positive step forward from this franchise that will give them a reason to give it a fair shake. The Sixers are the last team in this lockout-shortened season to have a home opener.