November 23, 2015 |
Pat Ercole remembers when her great-uncle Joe would visit the family home in Broomall, and give her five brothers haircuts. And when Joe O'Flynn was done with the boys, he would cut the girls' hair. Pixie bowl cuts that always left her and her three sisters in tears, Ercole said. Nevertheless, Uncle Joe, who himself sported a considerable puff of white hair, was "the most jovial little leprechaun," she said. Uncle Joe, who never married, would invite his nieces and nephews to his house on 20th and Cherry Streets every Thanksgiving to watch the parade, said Ercole, a 58-year-old physical therapist from Media.
October 18, 1998 |
You will have to excuse Bill Martin when he starts praising Narberth, the little-more-than-a-half-mile-square borough in Montgomery County that is surrounded by Lower Merion Township. After all, he has been the borough manager for the last 15 years. "It is probably the most perfect place to live," he said. "There's a great sense of community and there's no reason to leave because this town has everything. Here you can take a train, get a drink, see a movie, or play a game, all within 100 yards.
December 27, 2011 |
EAGLES FANS FEEL betrayed, disappointed, angry (just empty the thesaurus) about this 7-8 season. Fans want payback. Some fans want the hide of Andy Reid. But all fans want a better draft, smarter playcalling, better clock management. They, too, want the players actually put in the right position, rather than someone just talking about it. Through the discontent of having a final home game that means nothing, Eagles fans still will show up on Sunday and be seen and heard.
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 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.
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.
January 28, 2016 |
DID YOU EVER have one of those conversations that you thought would go one way but took you in a really unexpected direction? I had three of them Tuesday. And I can't believe how much better they made me feel about Philly and the blizzard that has buried us up to our whiny mouths. I'd been prickly about the snow. My street got plowed, yes, but I'm itchy from woolly scarves and sweaters and thwarted by how long it takes to slip and slide from one place to another. Poor, poor me. I needed to remember that I'd once again don breezy cotton tops and sockless flats (because, apparently, wearing summer clothes as recently as Christmas Eve, when it was 71 degrees, wasn't gift enough)
March 24, 2015 |
THERESA "TERRI" Robinson ignored the pitfalls of working full time as a health-care manager while attending Lincoln University full time to earn a master's degree in human services. She smoked. She ate salty, fatty foods. She was in her 50s but didn't think about her family's high-risk medical history. Until one night in late March 2012, when she suffered a brain aneurysm. "Finding my mother lying on the floor was one of the most devastating moments of my life," said Robinson's son, Michael, 26, who called 9-1-1 in time to save her. Robinson, 58, who lives in Germantown, said she should have seen the warning signs long before she lost her 25-year health-care career and nearly lost her life.