December 7, 2015 |
Nearly four decades ago, when their two-person traveling party welcomed a third member, Pete Mackanin's wife, Nancy, began keeping a journal. As Mackanin bounced from one baseball job to the next, his family moving from one town to the next, Nancy recorded all of their son's firsts and noted where they were in their lives at every given point. The journal is how Nancy knows the precise number of times she has packed up and moved with her husband: 57, or enough for about 10 lifetimes.
December 5, 2015 |
The Golden Inn in Avalon was sold Thursday to a Chester-based hotel-management company that plans to transform the family beachside resort into luxury lodgings. Icona Resorts declined to discuss the purchase price for the 155-guest-room property, but spokeswoman Molly Mita said it was the biggest hotel transaction in Cape May County history. The company will spend "tens of millions" on renovations, to be completed by development affiliate Achristavest by July 2016, Mita said. Icona renovated Diamond Beach's Pier 6600 into Icona Diamond Beach in 2013.
December 4, 2015 |
It sounds like a good problem to have. For families that observe both Hanukkah and Christmas, there's double the gatherings, double the gifts, and double (or possibly quadruple if said family combines Jews and Italians) the food. Yet this time of year can also be challenging for multi-holiday households. It may mean delicate calendar negotiations, tense budgeting, or surprising surges of usually dormant cultural or religious loyalties. We talked to three chef households about how they balance multiple celebrations and keep the party going through the solstice season.
December 2, 2015 |
Seton Hall University law Dean Patrick E. Hobbs gave each 2015 graduate a quarter, painted red, in a plastic case. "It's a symbol. Red means danger," Hobbs said at the graduation in May. "The quarter is to remind you that in times of trouble, or doubt, or jeopardy, I want you to call me. . . . I'll get you through that moment. " Hobbs has long been a go-to guy in a crisis. Now, Rutgers University has tapped Hobbs to run its athletics department, marred by a string of scandals, including the firing of the basketball coach in 2013 and the arrests of seven football players on various charges this season.
November 24, 2015 |
It's understandable that many Americans fear another terrorist attack on U.S. soil after seeing the carnage inflicted on Paris by operatives claimed by Islamic State. Also understandable, but discouraging, is the exploitation of that fear by poll-watching politicians spouting xenophobic rhetoric to keep their personal ambitions on track. It's no coincidence that 30 Republican governors and one Democrat facing a strong reelection challenge oppose resettling Syrian refugees in their states because terrorists could be hiding among them.
November 22, 2015 |
Rose Salerno Tata, 94, former longtime manager at Mack's Pizza at Wildwood Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood, died on Monday, Nov. 16, at Victoria Commons, an assisted living facility in North Cape May. Gerald Riess, who retired this year as a police officer for the Delaware River and Bay Authority, had known Mrs. Tata since he took a summer job at the pizza shop in 1979, when he was 13. After retiring, Riess said, he returned as a manager...
November 20, 2015 |
Joyce Dewees Mastronardo, 64, of Loveladies, N.J., a former marketing manager, died of complications from early onset dementia on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Barnegat Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. John Petralia knew Mrs. Mastronardo as a Long Beach Island neighbor for 20 years. Petralia, an owner of an investment firm, recalled that before her illness, Mrs. Mastronardo "was a very quick study in business situations. " One time, he said, "I was lamenting the fact that my opponents had come up with offerings that were viewed as land mines that would be damaging to our clients.
November 17, 2015 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, under indictment and facing his first competitive race in decades, announced Sunday night that he has tapped veteran political operative and former city managing director Joe Certaine to run his reelection campaign. "Joe has three qualities that make him uniquely qualified to lead my campaign: He has proven managerial capabilities, he has unmatched knowledge of every neighborhood and every neighborhood leader in my district, and he has unparallel [sic] political expertise," Fattah said in a statement.
November 14, 2015 |
Paul Hogan, 77, a longtime manager at Robin's bookstore, Philadelphia's oldest independent bookseller, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. A Center City resident, Mr. Hogan was well-known to book lovers who flocked to Robin's not only for books but also to experience the place as a community center, counterculture magnet, and performance space for artists, poets, musicians, and teachers - many of them iconoclasts. Beset by consolidation in publishing, online mail-order houses, and e-books, the store closed in 2012.