January 25, 2013 |
For years, Elkins Park neighbors sadly viewed the building that was Ashbourne Market, a store and local hub across from the train station that closed in 2002. Snubbed by developers, it had for a time become an odd, little-used farmer's market. "It was a ghost town," said Max Minkoff, a local entrepreneur. "Tumbleweeds. " If a grocery would not take the location, perhaps a food co-op would work, the neighbors decided at a meeting five years ago at the local library. Co-ops operate by and for their members, and try simply to break even.
August 2, 2006 |
Back from Mexico and visiting family in Chester last year, Ernestine "Tina" Johnson said she was shocked to discover one advantage that part of the developing world held over the suffering U.S. city. "I asked my aunt if we could purchase some fresh fruit for breakfast," said Johnson, who taught in Mexico. "We got in the car, and she headed down the freeway to Delaware. " The last supermarket left Chester about 15 years ago, joining an exodus of jobs and residents from the once prosperous industrial city of 37,000.
July 12, 1992 |
At their annual meeting, the stockholders got the good news quickly. It was the third straight year of record profits. Sales were up 27 percent from the previous year. And they were off the hook with the Pennsylvania Securities Commission. Then came questions from the audience: How many pots of coffee were given away on the Fourth of July? What got done two weeks ago on cleanup day? Then, the husband of the president of the board of directors stopped by to check on whether she would be home soon, and whether he should put on the asparagus.
December 17, 2010
RE DOM Giordano's op-ed on American Sign Language: Running it was like publishing an article by a neo-Nazi degrading Hebrew and Jewish culture, or like publishing an author who openly condones genocide. As a deaf person, what I got from reading this article is that I'm less human and I need to be fixed medically, therefore my language and culture is inferior and it's acceptable to wipe it out through cultural genocide. Tim Riker, Sacramento, Calif.
January 30, 1995 |
Bill and Pary Wiley of Concord Township soaked up the back-to-nature ambience of Selene Whole Foods Co-op as the clerk rang up their typical monthly order: brown rice, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, tofu and tiny bags of such flavorings as oregano, sage and ginger root. Peter Rozday of Media was waiting to buy burdock root, which he explained is supposed to impart strength, and which he plans to use in a soup. A short time later, lawyer Joe Honer of Aston stopped in for some carob- covered rice cakes and a bag of whole wheat pretzels.
October 16, 1998 |
Hold the tofu and pass the tamari, please. Weavers Way Co-op is 25 years old. How to say happy birthday to a place that offers Garden Burgers, beef franks and Breyer's ice cream in the same aisle, that brings together aging hippies, young families, button-down-shirted business types and free-spirited college students and that defines Mount Airy in all its funky, progressive wonder? Members plan a celebratory picnic tomorrow. This may be the only bash in Philadelphia where the hosts first assess their prospective guests to see who is vegetarian so they can provide the appropriate food.
December 6, 2010
RE OP-ED writer Dom Giordano, the teacher-turned-talk-show-host - and just another hater of Michael Vick - who wants to impose his opinion and views of parenting: Who gives you the right to tell parents what to buy their children? You gave up teaching, and, boy, are parents from that school happy. Were you still there, your children would probably never learn to give a person a "second chance. " After reading all that garbage, what you really want from Vick is his checkbook. (Are you thinking, "I'm not paid that much!"
April 7, 1995 |
Herbert W. Leonard walks around his apartment, tempting though it might be to glide into a fox-trot. The place still has the hallmarks of its original splendid ballroom, from the handsome crown moldings delineating its lofty ceilings down to the gold leaf that gilds its ornate fireplace. Indeed, Leonard's first-floor apartment was once part of the ballroom at Redleaf Manor, a Tudor-style mansion on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood. William P. Henszey, an owner of Baldwin Locomotive Works, built Redleaf in 1881, hiring Philadelphia architect Frank Furness to design it with about 50 rooms.
November 15, 1992 |
She was going to be late. Her son would soon be finishing his day at kindergarten, and Robin Hunt was going to be late. Her parents were out of town, her older son away at college, her husband still at work. But Hunt did not panic. She is a member of Maple Shade's new baby-sitting co-op. She went to the phone and arranged for the mother of one of her son's classmates, also a member of the co-op, to pick up her son and keep an eye on him until she could get there. "What's great is that you pretty much know someone will be there for you, even on the spur of the moment," Hunt said.
February 11, 1997 |
The problem crops up in most households in one form or another: Somebody needs a ride when there's no one else at home. For college professor Beverly Almgren in Wyndmoor, it comes up three times a week when she is at work and her husband, Jonathan - who suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease - needs a ride to adult day care at a hospital in Chestnut Hill. The options might once have been to call a cab or impose on friends or neighbors. Instead, like several hundred households in northwestern Philadelphia and adjacent Montgomery County, Almgren is a member of Riders' Club, which provides low-cost rides in a sort of highly structured car pool - and which is believed to be the nation's only nonprofit transportation cooperative.