December 8, 2014 |
Vandals set fire to a giant wooden sculpture of the town's namesake bird early Saturday morning in Phoenixville, barely 16 hours before it was to have been burned in a ceremony at the borough's annual Firebird Festival, officials said. But taking their cue from the mythological lore of the phoenix, volunteers rallied to rebuild a smaller version of the winged figure in time for the annual event. The replacement wooden phoenix was ignited shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday while hundreds watched, despite the daylong rain.
April 7, 2014 |
This Friday, when the Hobey Baker Award is presented to 2014's top NCAA hockey player, the ceremony at the Loews Hotel in Center City should be more poignant than usual. For a first time, it will happen in the hometown and final resting place of the award's namesake, an early 20th-century hero whose astonishing legend spanned sports, war, and literature. Hobart Amory Hare Baker was a flesh-and-blood Philadelphia Main Liner whose accomplishments were as fantastic as any in fiction.
September 21, 2013 |
When a rare cancer ended the too short, but bountiful, life of Leo Roselli, upward of 700 people lined up to pay their respects at his nearly five-hour wake. Even his preschool teacher came. "I never took a bathroom break," his widow, Laura Roselli, said. While she and Leo's other family and friends knew he was a great guy, they had no idea of the extent of his good works - the long list of people to whom he delivered free food from his family's Italian food business, the funds he raised, the chores he did for people in need.
April 24, 2013
LAST FRIDAY, a few dozen people suddenly started following me on Twitter. "Cool," I thought. "All this writing is finally paying off. " I puffed my chest out, grateful that my eight novels and countless columns were earning me recognition where it counts - on Twitter. While silently thumbing my nose at those haughty book reviewers and the elitist snobs who run the New York Times best-sellers list, I began typing a tweet to thank the little people. "At long last, after years of hard work and sacrifice, I've arrived among the giants in my craft.
December 14, 2012 |
With a $100 million donation 20 years ago, Henry Rowan transformed a small Gloucester County college, creating a nationally recognized engineering program at what has become one of New Jersey's major academic research institutions. Rowan University today bears little resemblance to the Glassboro State College that preceded it, thanks to the Inductotherm Corp. founder's gift, at that time the largest ever to a public college or university. The school will celebrate the man who made its metamorphosis possible Thursday at an anniversary event where a bronze statue of Rowan, now 89, will be unveiled.
November 30, 2012 |
LIKE MANY PEOPLE, Najee Goode likes to type his name into Google and see what pops up. He was doing exactly that in the fall of 2009 when, surprise, surprise, he discovered a guy named Najee Goode was a promising football player at West Virginia University. "That was pretty exciting. A guy with my name who was good in football," this Najee (pronounced nah-GEE) said. That Najee, a rookie, is now a backup linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Oh, yeah. I'm a big fan," this Goode said.
December 31, 2011 |
Ford Motor Co. said its namesake brand exceeded two million U.S. sales this year for the first time since 2007, led by gains for small cars such as the Fiesta and the Focus, as well as the revamped Explorer sport-utility vehicle. Smaller cars are on pace for a sales increase of more than 20 percent this year, while light trucks including the Explorer, the Escape SUV, and the F-150 pickup may rise at least 30 percent, Ford said in a statement Friday. The second-largest U.S. automaker is benefiting from a market that through November grew 10 percent from a year earlier.
December 5, 2011
Financial-sector interests trying to block the stricter rules needed to protect the public from their avarice likely danced a little jig at the news that their ace nemesis, Barney Frank, was retiring. Without the Democratic representative from Massachusetts around, they believe it will be easier for them to repeal or dilute the law he coauthored to rein in the type of money-lending excesses that helped send the nation into recession. They must not succeed. With only a fraction of the Dodd-Frank rules in effect, Wall Street firms are already reverting to their old ways.
July 5, 2011
Mace Security International Inc., the Horsham maker of its namesake pepper spray, said it has tendered a rights offering, giving existing shareholders an opportunity to buy additional shares of its penny stock. The offering, effective until July 25, unless extended, permits shareholders to purchase three shares, at 20 cents each, for every share owned as of June 27. Shares were trading Tuesday at 24 cents, down 1 cent. Mace chief executive Dennis Raefield said in a statement that the funds raised would be used to pay debt, fund operations and marketing efforts, and make strategic acquisitions.
November 18, 2010 |
Restaurateur Stephen Starr and Talula's Table owner Aimee Olexy say they will open a restaurant in his Washington Square space at 210 W. Washington Square. Neither the name nor a firm concept has been determined. The opening is projected for the spring. Olexy and her then-husband, Bryan Sikora, worked for Starr before they burst onto the BYOB scene in 2001 with Django, which they sold in 2005. She was general manager of Pod and Blue Angel, and briefly was director of Starr restaurants.