December 15, 2012 |
The last time we met, I wrote about a couple in Elkins Park who were dealing with the expensive cleanup of a purported mold problem that began with a routine energy audit. In the homeowners' defense - which they failed to mention in their first e-mail to me - they had obtained other estimates and had done as much homework as civilians can do on problems that often require an impartial expert. As usual, and this is why I treasure my readership, your response to this situation came fast and furious.
November 24, 2012 |
ASHLAND, Pa. - Children were once punished with coal in their Christmas stockings. However, Len S. Kimmel prefers it when people give coal as a gift. Over many years, he has turned coal dust and rice coal - small pieces of anthracite - into jewelry and paperweights shaped like penguins and pigs. "I loved doing it and going out to be a vendor at shows and meeting people," said Kimmel, 79, of Fountain Springs. For more than 15 years, Kimmel has been crafting coal sculptures, using coal dust, rice coal, epoxy, and molds, and selling his work at area malls.
August 17, 2012 |
Question: About three years ago, the trim on my sister's house was cleaned, sanded, and repainted with the same good-quality, oil-based paint. Now, for the first time in 25 years, she's discovered what definitely looks to be mold on a door that had been cleaned with house wash and Clorox. Dirt or soot not evident before is also there. It soon spread to adjacent windows and trim and is now everywhere all around the house regardless of sun or shade and even inside storm windows. None of the neighbors has this problem.
June 10, 2012 |
As host of the U.S. Open on four previous occasions, the Olympic Club in San Francisco has been known in the annals of golf not for who won the championship, but for who did not. Your Open champions at Olympic have been Jack Fleck over Ben Hogan in 1955, Billy Casper over Arnold Palmer in 1966, Scott Simpson over Tom Watson in 1987, and Lee Janzen over Payne Stewart in 1998, with Fleck and Casper winning in an 18-hole playoff. Together, the four winners captured a total of seven major titles in their careers.
June 1, 2012 |
One of the more emotional phone calls Kevin Baggett made after being named head men's basketball coach at Rider University this week was to Tracie Daly, daughter of his St. Joseph's coach, Jim Boyle. Those weren't glory days back in the '80s on Hawk Hill for Baggett. Everyone knew it. Baggett said he sat out his senior season by "mutual agreement" with his coach. Former Hawks teammate Bruiser Flint, now Drexel's head coach, was at the Rider news conference Wednesday when Baggett's appointment, after 16 years as an assistant coach, was made.
March 26, 2012 |
HE'S HOPELESSLY behind in the delegate count, and his campaign is practically hitchhiking to Tampa on nickels and dimes, but make no mistake about it: Rick Santorum is still running to be president. At some point, he stopped campaigning realistically to take the oath on Jan. 20, 2013. The president who Santorum is running to be is Ronald Reagan. And here's where it gets even weirder: The Gipper role that Santorum is auditioning for is the 1976 model - the year when Reagan lost.
March 25, 2012 |
At first glance, the staged color photographs of Nadine Rovner and the candid black-and-white ones of Yuichi Hibi, on view in two solo shows at Gallery 339, would seem to have little in common. But a longer look reveals both photographers as exceptionally attuned to the poetry of solitariness. Rovner's pictures of solitary young women in poses suggesting indecision, reflection, and longing are reminiscent of films from the 1950s and '60s that caught the confusion and frustrations of the era's middle-class teenagers so memorably.
March 11, 2012 |
Patrick Murphy, Democratic candidate for state attorney general, rattled off his priorities at a campaign stop in Philadelphia's Mayfair section last week. "I'm going to fight for the middle class. I'm going to protect the environment," he told a local business owner. After a pause, he added: "And I will make sure the streets are safe. " The order was telling. For decades, candidates seeking to become the state's chief law enforcement authority have relied on a tough-on-crime message to carry them to victory.
January 27, 2012 |
"A Separation" is totally foreign and achingly familiar. It's a thrilling domestic drama that offers acute insights into human motivations and behavior as well as a compelling look at what goes on behind a particular curtain that almost never gets raised. The early front-runner for the foreign-language Oscar and a rare triple prize winner at the Berlin International Film Festival, this is a movie from Iran unlike any we've seen before. And it's arrived at a time when other Iranian filmmakers, like the more overtly political Jafar Panahi, are being forbidden to work.
January 20, 2012 |
The city is close to completing the sale of a vacant, decrepit Center City building to a developer who would demolish it and build 110 apartments, with space for retail and a charter-school expansion. If the sale of the building - which once housed a YWCA Annex - goes through between the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority and Aquinas Realty Partners, a significant source of blight would be removed from the block. The building, at 2017-23 Chestnut St., was the subject of a Philadelphia Daily News article in March 2010 that detailed how mold, asbestos, rat feces, and pigeon droppings in the space had generated outrage among neighbors.