September 21, 2016 |
Sheldon Tarnopol, 80, of Mount Laurel, the third generation of his family to own retail fur stores in the Philadelphia region, died of heart failure Monday, Sept. 19, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. His grandfather, Max, arrived in North Philadelphia in the late 1800s, bringing with him the fur sales training he had learned in the Russian Empire, Sheldon Tarnopol told the Inquirer in 1995. Max Tarnopol opened the first of his family's stores at 16th and Diamond Streets. In 1956, the family moved its business to the City Line Shopping Center in Philadelphia and in 1991 to a Montgomery Avenue location in Bala Cynwyd.
September 14, 2016
SOFTLY BUT firmly, the dog trainer admonished me. That's what Cesar Millan does, he says: He trains owners, not their dogs. That's how he achieved worldwide fame with his TV series The Dog Whisperer. Millan and his son Andre were in town getting footage for Dog Nation, his new Nat Geo WILD TV series that will air in 2017. Philadelphia was the first of seven cities to be visited. The show's publicist had emailed me to ask whether I would like an interview with him. "No, but my dog would," I replied.
September 13, 2016 |
Paul B. Schimmel, 91, a World War II veteran who served as an infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge and was twice awarded a Purple Heart, died Thursday at the Sunrise Senior Living Facility in Haverford. Mr. Schimmel served in the Battle of the Bulge from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945, and spent some of his time in the Army helping refugees in camps in France. Although he "saw some real atrocities there," said his oldest son, Rob Schimmel, "one of his great pleasures was reliving the war, because it gave him an appreciation" for what he had in peace time.
September 13, 2016
Eddie Antar, 68, who turned the Crazy Eddie electronics stores into a retail giant before it collapsed amid federal fraud charges, died Saturday, the Bloomfield-Cooper funeral home in Ocean Township, N.J., confirmed Sunday. A cause of death wasn't disclosed. The Crazy Eddie chain was known for its ads featuring a maniacal pitchman who touted "Our prices are insane!" Mr. Antar started working in Brooklyn, and the chain eventually grew into 43 stores. But he fled to Israel after being indicted on charges of securities fraud and insider trading.
September 10, 2016
A Sicklerville man was sentenced to 15 months in prison Thursday for evading taxes by failing to report wages paid to undocumented immigrants who worked at his dry cleaning business, authorities said. Phillip Hui, 38, had pleaded guilty in federal court in Camden to conspiracy to obstruct and impede the IRS and harboring illegal aliens. By not reporting the wages he paid to 27 of the immigrants in 2012 and 2013 at his Voorhees Township business, New Eastern Cleaners, Hui avoided paying nearly $98,000 in employment taxes, authorities said.
September 1, 2016 |
A Philadelphia bar owner and former Montgomery County stockbroker pleaded guilty Tuesday to defrauding clients - many elderly - of more than $400,000 and using their money to purchase his South Street bar, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. William Joseph Boyle, 47, of Bala Cynwyd, who owns the Boyler Room bar at 328 South St. in Queen Village, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III to all charges against him - five counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and one count each of securities fraud and investment-adviser fraud.
August 27, 2016 |
Almost two years later, the victim remained so traumatized, she could not speak at Thursday's sentencing of admitted rapist Brandon Menley. But after she left the Philadelphia courtroom in tears during a break, the woman returned to court, and Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb read aloud her handwritten note. "I think this is a tremendous example of her strength," McNabb told Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart. "She says she 'accepts the defendant's family's apology and she forgives him in her heart' but she 'is fearful this will happen to someone else.' " Minehart agreed, sentencing the 31-year-old former Reading man to 30 to 60 years in prison, followed by 15 years' probation and registration as a sex offender.
August 25, 2016
ISSUE | JEWELERS ROW Let's all preserve block, owners' equity Much of the discussion about a proposed 16-story luxury condo tower that would displace five distinctive buildings on Jewelers Row has focused on the developer, Toll Bros. ("Technical delay for Jewelers Row plan," Thursday). But little has been said about the owners of these properties. If the owners' rights to sell their properties to be used for a different purpose are taken away, the property values are diminished.
August 24, 2016 |
A federal judge has tossed out a Philadelphia taxi company's lawsuit that claimed Uber was trying to destroy the taxicab business. U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly dismissed the case Friday, according to court documents. Sergei Lemberg, the lawyer representing the owners of the small cab business, Coachtrans, said he was seeking certification from Kelly of certain issues in the case, so an appeal could be pursued in Pennsylvania Supreme Court. "The vast majority of medallion owners in Philadelphia and also in other cities are small-time immigrants," Lemberg said, adding that his clients, Boris and Alla Kautsky, depended on their three cab medallions for income.
August 22, 2016 |
When Bosun Odeniyi bought a taxi certificate in 1990, it meant freedom. Freedom from waiting for hours at the garage to pick up a car, from the ever-present leasing fees, and from not knowing whether a cab would even be available to drive. In 2016, the taxi certificate - now called a medallion - is certified dead weight. The medallion was long considered an ironclad investment, hitting its peak price at $545,000 in July 2014. But UberX came to Philadelphia in October of that year, sending a chill through the industry even before it arrived.