June 3, 2011 |
Sometimes, as F. Scott Fitzgerald observed, the very rich are different from you and me. But when it comes to home improvements, they can be just like us. Our humble houses and gardens are never truly "done," and so it is with the former Alfred I. duPont estate known as Nemours, a pristine mini-Versailles and public garden on 222 acres in Wilmington. Despite the completion in 2008 of a three-year, $39 million restoration of the mansion and gardens, the work goes on - to the tune of $2.5 million a year.
February 25, 2013 |
Cold, wind-driven rain: It was a typical February workday in the Philadelphia region, a tough day to stand outside, with tools, and on ladders. In the gray morning, union carpenter Rob Whartnaby, of Chichester, rode to his job as foreman and superintendent on a project to build 144 pie-shaped single rooms and bathrooms for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, part of a $250 million update. But Whartnaby and his crew weren't braving the near-freezing weather at the hospital's walled grounds north of Wilmington.
December 11, 2012 |
The patient says he has been suffering from more asthma attacks, so a natural question is: Has he been faithfully taking his daily medicine? In another era, physicians would have to rely solely on the patient or the parent for that kind of information. Increasingly, these days they also can see on a computer screen if the pharmacy has provided a refill. That is the promise behind electronic medical records, which are becoming the norm in hospitals nationwide at the urging of the federal government.
February 4, 2005 |
For Vanesse J. Lloyd-Sgambati, getting children to read is more than just a passion; it's a mission. Saturday marks the 13th year of the African American Children's Book Fair, an event she founded to keep children reading and to preserve the legacy of Afrocentric literature. The fair will be at the Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden Streets. Visitors can meet award-winning authors and illustrators such as poet, author and playwright Ntozake Shange and Philadelphian Elbrite Brown, whose illustrations for My Family Plays Music won a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Artists last year.
October 14, 2011
PHILADELPHIA PHA auction set More than 400 properties owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority are being put on the auction block in November, the first time the agency has taken such a step. Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Co. has scheduled the auction for 1 p.m. Nov. 16 at PHA's Greater Grays Ferry Estates site, 1800 S. 32nd St. A wide range of properties will be offered. A list can be viewed at www.maxspann.com . Labor dispute ends A labor dispute that has disrupted theater performances appears to be over.
December 23, 2011
Repertory Films Bryn Mawr Film Institute 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-527-9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org . Going Gaga. $7. 12/28. Colonial Theatre 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville; 610-917-1228. www.thecolonialtheatre.com . The Polar Express (2004) $5. 12/28. 4 pm. Easttown Library & Information Center 720 First Ave., Berwyn; 610-644-0138. www.easttownlibrary.org . Winter Family Movie. 12/29. 10 am. Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library 1001 Powell St., Norristown; 610-278-5100.