March 3, 2016 | By Ashley Caldwell, Staff Writer
Growing up in West Philly, Joshua Dingle struggled with such a severe stutter he could barely form a sentence. His parents tried speech therapy, but it didn't work. Then an unexpected breakthrough at age 12 changed his life. "My parents introduced me to music and theater," Dingle said. "It wasn't because of my speech impediment, but because I needed something to do at that age. " Dingle said that within six to 12 months, his speech became "near-perfect. " "It was like a miracle," he said.
February 29, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
MILLVILLE, N.J. - The Espoma Co., a leading producer of organic fertilizer, still uses largely the same natural soil-enriching ingredients it did when it was founded nearly 90 years ago. What's different now is that organic gardening has moved from the obscure corners of garden centers into the mainstream, shifting Espoma into a comfortable position in a thriving niche of the lawn- and garden-supply industry. "It used to be we had to downplay the organics when we were selling it because the organics always had some baggage with it - it smells, it doesn't work, it's too expensive," said Jeremy Brunner, 43, Espoma's vice president, who represents the fourth generation of family ownership.
February 7, 2016
Eagle Creek pioneered those now ubiquitous multiple-size, nylon, zippered organizer bags. Always a step ahead of the pack, the company has introduced expandable bags that unzip to double the space. Made of ultra-lightweight ripstop nylon not much heavier than a self-zip plastic bag, the new Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes (which are actually rectangular) come in sets of two, with one bag about double the dimensions of the other. A 10-inch-by-7-inch-by-1-inch-thick bag expands to triple the thickness - about the size of Eagle Creek's "half cube" organizer bag. The other bag expands from 14 inches by 10 inches by 1 inch thick to triple the thickness, which is what you get with the "full cube" organizer (my favorite size for folded shirts)
January 17, 2016
Name: Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Center City. Business: Markets, books, and facilitates convention, group, international travel. 2015 revenue: $19 million (est.), mostly from hotel room and hospitality taxes. Employees: 62. Big in 2016: Democratic National Convention, 40,000; African Methodist Episcopal Church Bicentennial, 30,000.
January 14, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia region has a new crop of accountable-care organizations aiming to reduce the cost of caring for Medicare beneficiaries while improving quality by emphasizing coordination by doctors and other providers. If the accountable-care organizations reduce costs beyond targets while meeting quality criteria, the government shares savings with them. Genesis Healthcare Inc., a major nursing-home owner based in Kennett Square, has formed Genesis Healthcare ACO, which covers nine states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
September 28, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Atlantic City's history is a stupendous symphony of superlatives, a tale of how "America's Queen of Resorts" wowed the masses with the most, the best, the greatest. There's also . . . the Boardwalk Hall Pipe Organ. "It's the world's largest musical instrument," organ scholar, builder, and showman Steven Ball declares. "The sonic Mount Rushmore," says Ball, whose official title is organist and director of outreach for the Historic Organ Restoration Committee Inc. "It was designed to be a library of all sound.
September 25, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Making good blue cheese isn't easy. After a first batch of beginner's luck, Amos Miller at Misty Creek Dairy in Leola, Pa., spent nearly two years flailing at subsequent blues that "even the pigs wouldn't eat. " Thankfully, with the help of a consultant and some pristine raw milk from Eli Esh's Millwood Springs Organic in Willow Street, he is now making a blue under Millwood's name that has become one of the best examples in Pennsylvania....
August 28, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia is promised to be the city's largest event in decades, but amid severe security and transit restrictions, organizers launched an effort Wednesday to ensure that the expected crowds show up. The "I'll Be There!" campaign was announced by the World Meeting of Families 2015 at a news conference/pep rally outside Jack's Firehouse restaurant in Fairmount. Mayor Nutter denied that the new push was a response to anticipated drop-off in attendance, though he did say hotel rooms are still available for the weekend.
August 21, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
JOINT PRACTICES are "organized chaos," Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said after the first of the three days of welcoming the Baltimore Ravens to NovaCare, in advance of Saturday's preseason game. "Both teams are teetering on being under control, but out of control at the same time. It's real thin ice, but I think cooler heads prevail. We're all professionals. We're out here trying to compete. I think we all have that understanding and mutual respect for each other, and we're out here just trying to get work done.
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