March 15, 2012 |
Elkins Park's tiny downtown has not been the same since Ashbourne Market closed in 2002. Tucked into a commercial strip just a few blocks long, the market was more than a grocery with a big kosher section. For four decades, it was the convivial hub of the community, where neighbors gathered over bagels and lox on Sunday mornings. Having lost their anchor, however, nearby stores began to falter. Others moved in - including a tasty shawarma joint - only to fail, too. The strip was so barren, said Max Minkoff, that "you couldn't buy an apple" there.
May 28, 2005 |
The former finance manager of a Mount Airy food co-op has reached an agreement that will allow her to avoid jail time on charges that she stole money from the co-op. Andrea Sheaffer agreed last week to pay the Weaver's Way Co-op $30,000 in restitution and to issue an apology to the co-op, at 559 Carpenter Lane in Mount Airy, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Sheaffer's financial dealings nearly forced the collapse of Weaver's Way in 2002, officials said.
June 25, 2006 |
What it is: Swarthmore Co-op, one of the oldest cooperative grocery stores in the country, offers locally grown produce and organic and natural foods, as well as fresh meats, prepared meals and bakery items. You don't have to be a member to shop there. What we like: It's a friendly, community-oriented store that deals with a lot of local suppliers for everything from fresh strawberries to raspberry jelly rolls. And if a customer really wants a certain item, general manager Jack Cavanaugh will try to stock it. The co-op gets some of its produce from Linvilla Orchards in Middletown and Pete's Produce in Westtown.
September 13, 1987 |
Maureen McGeehan graduated two years ago from Drexel University with on- the-job experience, eight job offers and money in her pocket instead of college debts. McGeehan was one of the nearly 175,000 students nationwide working annually in a cooperative education program, alternating semesters in class with semesters in the field. Such students earn as they learn how their studies apply in the world outside. "When I got sick of studying, it was time to go to work. And when I got tired of working, it was time to head back to class," says McGeehan.
May 17, 2005
THIS LETTER is to let you know that I have the back of all the Sixers fans (and all Philly fans for that matter) who were unjustifiably taken to task by Brad Geiger in his recent op-ed. How dare he call out Sixers fans because they didn't "rise to the moment" and fill the house for Game 4 of the recent playoff series. Sixers fans are so loyal, so passionate and so knowledgeable that I won't even dignify Mr. Geiger's incredible statements with any type of lengthy argument. None is necessary.
January 9, 2006
AS ONE OF THE plaintiffs in the recent successful verdict against the School District of Philadelphia, I take issue with some of the points that Rotan Lee made in his Dec. 28 op-ed, "In Defense of Carl and the Cracker Slur. " I have no problem with Mr. Lee's defense of Carl Singley's outburst as "venting. " What I do resent is his contention that there was "backslapping jocularity between the plaintiffs and the jurors. " First of all, Mr. Lee wasn't there in the courthouse and wouldn't know firsthand what transpired.
December 2, 1995 |
The holdup man fled when the cashier shot back - with a camera. Camden police said Sone Lin, 20, was tending the counter at the Happy Dragon Restaurant about 7 Thursday evening when a man came in with his hand placed in his jacket in a way that suggested he had a gun. "Give me $300 or I'll kill you," the man said. Instead of going to the cash register, Sone picked up a 35mm camera and clicked. The startled robber ran from the store and Sone, 20, called police. Investigators rode with Sone through the neighborhood, and they spotted Manuel Melandez, 19, of the 100 block of Eutaw Street.
August 13, 2008
THE OP-ED "Phony Drunken Driving stats" by Sarah Longwell was long overdue. In January 1994, I wrote that MADD's credibility was in question since its emphasis on arrest numbers seemingly overshadowed the real goal of highway safety. It seemed that MADD was upset because, in '92, there was reported a 12 percent drop in the number of "drunken driving offenders. " In an August column, I expressed outrage over MADD's campaign to lower the BAC from 0.10 to 0.08. I also condemned the MADD-supported and unconstitutional ALS (administrative license suspension)
May 10, 2004
I AM APPALLED at the op-ed you featured on the Special Olympics. Without even getting into my opinion on such segregated activities, ones in which people with disabilities are seen as pitiful and less than worthy of participation in society with the rest of the human race, you need to know that your language is offensive and demeaning. "Mentally handicapped"? "Emotionally retarded"? "Retarded"? These terms are as offensive as any racial or ethnic slur. And how comforting to know that the Special Olympics segregates individuals according to their IQ and so-called "ability levels.
August 18, 1991 |
"We're all mothers, we all work, we all enjoy being together, and we all love to garden," explains Jean Hunt as she describes the beginnings of the Philadelphia garden co-op she developed with Marilyn Wood, Pat Urevick and Pat MacFarland. Chatting one day last winter, they decided that to make light work of bed building and patio installation, they would pool their resources and work together. The system had worked for car pooling, babysitting and vacations. Why couldn't it work outside in the garden?