December 13, 1991 |
Jay Shoemaker loves pretzels so much that he eats three or four a day. But not yesterday. "I walked around for about 10 minutes in the City Hall area without finding a pretzel stand," Shoemaker said. "I ended up buying a corned beef sandwich, but what I really wanted was a pretzel. Philadelphia without pretzels is kind of sad. " No vendors, no pretzels. So the armies of Center City office workers went hungry or went elsewhere as sidewalk vendors staged a lunch-hour strike to protest a vending reform bill being considered by City Council.
October 8, 1991 |
Members of the House who ignited criticism over their unpaid Capitol lunch bills are not alone: Senators and groups that they sponsor have run up $42,000 in delinquent tabs for meals and banquets. They have owed $42,000 for more than 90 days, according to the office of the Architect of the Capitol, which oversees tax-subsidized Senate restaurants and catering operations. An additional $28,000 is between 30 and 90 days overdue. The unidentified senators and groups also owe an additional $163,000, but that is for bills within the last 30 days, said William Raines, administrative assistant in the architect's office.
April 12, 1988 |
As construction workers knelt to put the finishing touches on a concrete sidewalk yesterday on the east side of 15th Street, south of Chestnut, the building manager of the corner property stood anxiously waiting for the mix to set. A section completed last week at a side entrance to the Packard Building already had tire marks on it. Chris Derasmo had seen it with his own eyes. "I said, 'Yo! This cement isn't even dry yet,' " Derasmo said, shaking his head. "These are the kind of problems we are having.
January 20, 1989 |
Cries of outrage over a perceived social snub rang out yesterday as City Council members launched the new year much as they had ended the last one, with complaints that they get less respect than they deserve. The subject was lunch. It all began months ago when the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce asked Mayor Goode when he wanted to give his annual business report to a chamber-sponsored gathering. This is supposed to be a big deal. Reception at 11:30 a.m. at a Center City hotel, chicken and salad for 1,000 business people at noon, Eagles cheerleaders and players in attendance, all to mingle and to hear the mayor.
May 7, 1994 |
If you were eating lunch in a public place yesterday, you knew. You knew that there's a governor's race happening right now, and that Tuesday is Election Day. Republican Ernie Preate was working the Northeast and Roxborough, while Republican Sam Katz and Democrats Lynn Yeakel and Dwight Evans were working the Center City lunch crowds. The city was crawling with so many gubernatorial candidates that two of them bumped into each other. Yeakel and Katz collided near the fried shrimp and grandfather chicken in the food court at 1 Liberty Place and both were in full candidate mode.
June 22, 1990 |
Sometimes Philadelphia is as bad as Philadelphians say it is. The city now has the lowest credit rating of any city in the nation, nine people were murdered here last weekend, the budget is foundering and the streets are littered with garbage. And then there is Independence National Historical Park, 40 acres of federally preserved serenity, backed up by 200 employees, 85 trained rangers, a $7 million annual budget - and a superintendent whose philosophy is to keep America's historical landmarks presentable.
March 2, 2007 |
Dunkin' Donuts restaurants do 80 percent of their business between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. But now, with Starbucks, Subway and Wendy's hungry for breakfast business, Dunkin' Donuts is expanding its menu and revamping stores to attract customers later in the day. Philadelphia has one of the first nine "new concept" stores in the country, where the menu includes oven-toasted flatbread sandwiches and individual pizzas designed to be eaten on the...
August 7, 1998 |
The evacuation of the Chester County Courthouse yesterday sent people flocking to Wally's Wiener World at High and Market Streets, where vendor Scott Vassil was making sales faster than he could slide hot wieners into buns. "There were people coming out of the courthouse and lining up. It was great," said Vassil, who has been hawking hot dogs at the intersection for 12 years. Soda, chips, hot dogs. The goods were moving quickly as people were told to leave the building around 12:30 p.m., after explosions and an underground electrical fire in a transformer sent smoke billowing.
November 24, 2009 |
Seven of Philadelphia's largest health systems were sued yesterday and Friday by employees who said they were not compensated when they worked through their unpaid lunch hours. Among the plaintiffs is nurse Pamela Kimble-Armstrong of Vineland, who said she was fired for taking a 15- minute break when she worked in the emergency room at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in Southwest Philadelphia. "A lot of times I worked triage," she said. "I was the only nurse out there. " It got so bad, she said, that she started to wear adult diapers to work because it was close to impossible to get a bathroom break, let alone find time to eat a sandwich.
December 1, 1991 |
If you are interested in architecture, history, hors d'oeuvres and beautiful homes dressed up for the holidays, the Designers' Touch Holiday House Tour may be for you. The one-day tour of six private homes in Chestnut Hill and the Wyndmoor section of Springfield Township will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Proceeds from the third annual event, which is sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Hospital Auxiliary and the Chestnut Hill Community Association, will benefit Chestnut Hill Hospital and the Chestnut Hill Community Fund.