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July 22, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE ENORMITY of it catches you off guard. Even though you walk into the room knowing what you're there to see, visualizing a 9-foot effigy is different from actually standing next to one. Currently a few hundred-pound mixture of clay and foam dominating a second-floor Fishtown studio, the much-anticipated statue of late Philadelphia boxing icon Smokin' Joe Frazier is about 6 months from completion. After 4 months, the mold has certainly taken shape, but sculptor Stephen Layne expects to take time through September to accentuate features such as the gloves and shoes and otherwise fine-tune the project.
REAL_ESTATE
July 13, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon and Alexis Sherman are expecting their first baby, and after heavy rains earlier this year, they had to hurry to waterproof and finish their basement in advance of the little one's arrival. "We bought the house as our first home, and we didn't want to overstretch ourselves," said Jon Sherman, a filmmaker at two companies in Philadelphia - Video City, of which he is president, and Expo Films, which he co-founded. (Alexis Sherman is assistant director of human resources at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.)
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April 13, 1997 | By Tamara Audi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Casino wanted to decorate using 12 six-foot-tall plaster wolves baying at the moon, it found them in Collingswood. Or rather, it found the men who could make them. Joe and Angelo Carolfi, who own and run Carolfi Studios Inc., have tackled bigger things than wolves in their three years in business together. The company, which last year relocated from Philadelphia to Collingswood, where the men grew up, has manufactured everything from a life-size plaster elephant for a New Jersey mall to the architectural moldings used to rebuild historic Yale University walls.
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December 6, 2001 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Spots are reserved on a space-shuttle mission for experiments by four seventh graders from East Norriton Middle School. Andrea White's experiment will examine the effects of weightlessness and radiation on mealworms sent into space. Jack Casey, Brian Letrinko and Christopher Delaney will study the growth of bread mold in space. Glenn Weber, seventh-grade science teacher, encouraged his students to develop projects and submit proposals to NASA for consideration. He participated in the NASA Educators Workshop this summer, spending two weeks in Virginia and Maryland.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2002 | By Joseph N. DiStefano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Also in this column: Slave insurance in Pa.? Slave-trade claims Bilingual in Marlton With homeowners in Texas and California complaining they've been sickened by slimy stuff growing in their basements and under their siding, builders and their insurers worry that mold-related lawsuits will soon proliferate like, well, mold. The modern wave of mold litigation dates to 1995, when Philadelphia's ill-fated Reliance Insurance Co. was ordered to pay $40 million (plus $10 million for personal injuries)
NEWS
April 11, 1999 | By Drew Melbourne
Now and then, when I wake up, my life's a movie, And I'm like, "Ooh, I'm Brad Pitt! I'm Brad Pitt!" Then I'm halfway to work and suddenly I'm Urkel, And I freak, 'cause I was finally sure that I was Pitt. But the harder I try to be Pitt, the more I'm Urkel, And so my mother tells me, "Just be yourself," Which means, I think, to stumble forward more And worry less about who I am than where I head. And when the stakes are high enough, I start running, And if I fall, I get up, wipe the blood and carry on . . . Why is it so few movies feature runners falling, When it seems that's all so many of the best lives are?
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August 9, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Cheltenham Township School District is dealing with mold in the middle school and lead paint in an elementary school that could delay the start of the academic year. Summer maintenance crews discovered "a significant presence of mold" at Cedarbrook Middle School in July, Superintendent Natalie Thomas wrote to staff. They placed vacuum systems and dehumidifiers in several classrooms and hallways to eradicate it, but the mold kept reappearing due to "excessive damp weather and humidity," according to district documents.
LIVING
October 31, 2008 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Question: I have a composite deck, light gray in color, and, even though I clean it two times a year with a power washer, there still is this light green mold that appears under the railing and on the steps. Do you have any suggestions for cleaning, and what type of cleaner/detergent do you suggest? Answer: As you surmise, mildew forms where the sun don't shine, even on "maintenance-free" composite decking. Just to clarify: No manufacturer ever claims its products are maintenance-free.
NEWS
February 5, 1989 | By Dan Hardy, Special to The Inquirer
When the Franklin Mint shut its porcelain-manufacturing facility at the Riddle Valley Industrial Park in Aston Township in 1985, moldmaker and ceramicist Peter Mastroianni saw opportunity amid the layoffs. He thought that he had gained enough expertise from his eight years at the mint and from other ceramics and moldmaking jobs to take the plunge into starting his own business. "At one time, it looked like the mint might keep either me or one of my co-workers," Mastroianni recalled.
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November 8, 1996 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Albert A. Nino, a Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not character who trained athletes, molded minds and rubbed elbows with Philadelphia's rich and powerful, as well as its poor and plebeian, died Friday. He was 88 and lived in Olney. Nino was retired athletic director at the old Philadelphia Athletic Club, formerly at Broad and Vine streets. During his 25 years at the club - and after - the "rock solid" Nino was a familiar sight running, biking or just walking through the streets of Center City.
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July 28, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two men sat in the Phillies dugout Friday afternoon and answered questions during separate sessions about the $125 million festering predicament. One protected his investment; the other stressed the overall betterment of the team. There are endless issues beyond Ryan Howard, but the contrasting messages offered insight to the challenges ahead. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. claimed Howard would be his first baseman in 2015, even as a source confirmed the Phillies have shopped Howard to American League teams without a taker.
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July 22, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
THE ENORMITY of it catches you off guard. Even though you walk into the room knowing what you're there to see, visualizing a 9-foot effigy is different from actually standing next to one. Currently a few hundred-pound mixture of clay and foam dominating a second-floor Fishtown studio, the much-anticipated statue of late Philadelphia boxing icon Smokin' Joe Frazier is about 6 months from completion. After 4 months, the mold has certainly taken shape, but sculptor Stephen Layne expects to take time through September to accentuate features such as the gloves and shoes and otherwise fine-tune the project.
REAL_ESTATE
July 13, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Joe Ponessa, who spent 25 years as a housing, indoor environment and health specialist at Rutgers Cooperative Extension, responded to a recent column about mold testing. He said much of what he knows about mold remediation comes from associating with some of the top mold people in the country. Concerning testing, he said the sentiment is generally against it: "If you can see and/or smell mold, it's there. " Testing provides little practical information, although there are some occasions when it is justified: lawsuit evidence, doctor's request, validation of the effectiveness of a large, expensive cleanup, etc. The most meaningful testing, air sampling, is expensive.
REAL_ESTATE
July 13, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon and Alexis Sherman are expecting their first baby, and after heavy rains earlier this year, they had to hurry to waterproof and finish their basement in advance of the little one's arrival. "We bought the house as our first home, and we didn't want to overstretch ourselves," said Jon Sherman, a filmmaker at two companies in Philadelphia - Video City, of which he is president, and Expo Films, which he co-founded. (Alexis Sherman is assistant director of human resources at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.)
SPORTS
May 12, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly took the joke in stride after the Eagles selected Stanford safety Ed Reynolds. Did this kid transfer from Oregon? "No, we broke the streak," Kelly said after two of the Eagles' three previous draft picks were Oregon products. "We did not recruit him. He played against us, yeah. " Of the 15 players the Eagles have selected in Kelly's first two NFL drafts, nine had either played for or against him at Oregon, or he tried to recruit them to Eugene. In some cases, Kelly faced a player that he also failed to lure to the Ducks.
REAL_ESTATE
April 6, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A reader recently asked for advice about whether to operate a humidifier on his furnace, fearing it would lead to mold issues on duct insulation. I told him to use it, but to be vigilant. Bill Kane of Oxford, Chester County, was kind enough to weigh in with expert advice - 25 years of experience in making and installing ductwork. Kane noted that the reader's description of the lining inside his ductwork wasn't entirely clear, "so there are two possible types of construction.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Let's begin with an assumption that becomes more and more reasonable as each day passes and more sources reveal more information and insight: The Eagles are preparing to give DeSean Jackson the full Pontius Pilate treatment. That the Eagles will either trade or release Jackson appears a fait accompli, and whenever an NFL team is considering washing its hands of a wide receiver as prolific and talented as Jackson - and in the prime of his career, no less - questions follow. Jackson is 27, and he's coming off what was statistically his best season: 82 catches, 1,332 yards, nine touchdowns.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Certain stereotypes are easy to dispel. Like the one about how girls can't play basketball. That's one Bernie Hynson had heard before he took over the Woodrow Wilson girls' team three years ago. He hadn't spent much time around the girls' game, and he didn't know exactly what to expect. But it took about 30 seconds of watching Chanelle Perry on a court to realize that, yes, girls can play basketball - and well, too. Even today, when Hynson looks at Perry, he sees a woman who breaks the mold, and not just on the court.
REAL_ESTATE
February 10, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
A few weeks back, a reader contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet. In my household, we have run humidifiers in bedrooms because, for example, one son suffered from croup-like symptoms as a baby and the house we owned back then had radiators and the air was very dry. I never saw any evidence of mold as a result, but...
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February 7, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHELTENHAM The Cheltenham Township school board has dropped its plan to relocate two-thirds of its middle school students to Gratz College and will move them instead to sites in Cheltenham and Springfield Townships. The Montgomery County district has been scrambling since fall to find alternative classrooms for the 750 students at Cedarbrook Middle School, which is plagued by mold and expected to be uninhabitable by spring. At a special meeting Tuesday night, the board approved a plan to lease space in the old Pathmark building on Ivy Hill Road in Springfield Township, and at St. Joseph Parish on Waters Road in Cheltenham.
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