July 22, 2015 |
WHEN DOROTHY Donnelly Caparella found out she was qualified to join the Daughters of the American Revolution, she wasn't impressed. Turns out an ancestor on her father's side of the family, Francis Stimmel, fought in the Revolutionary War, enabling Dottie to become a member of the iconic DAR, long a passionate promoter of patriotism and the American way. Dottie was not impressed. It wasn't that Dottie lacked interest in her family history. She was a devoted family matriarch who always put her family's needs ahead of her own. But the DAR didn't interest her. Dorothy L. Donnelly Caparella, one-time part owner of a hearing-aid store in Southampton, a dedicated traveler who was frequently on the go, often looking for a place where she could get a good meal, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Friday.
July 19, 2015 |
The Hale Building at Chestnut and Juniper Streets is under contract to be bought by Brickstone Realty Cos., offering new hope for the revival of one of Center City's most eccentric architectural landmarks. Brickstone, whose restoration credits include the former John Wanamaker and Lit Bros. department stores on Market Street, plans to renovate the seven-story building at 1326 Chestnut and revamp its upper floors into offices for advertising firms or other creative users, managing partner John Connors said.
July 12, 2015 |
The owner of a pop-up beer garden in Point Breeze won a court order against the city Friday when a judge ruled that he could reopen while fighting a zoning dispute that shut down the venue the day before. John Longacre said he would reopen his nascent beer garden on Saturday. "I couldn't believe it," Longacre said minutes after emerging from a 31/2-hour hearing before Municipal Court Judge Nina Wright Padilla that began at 3 p.m. "It's a big, big deal. " Longacre said Padilla heard testimony before lifting a cease-and-desist order issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections against the beer garden, which debuted in May on a long-vacant lot on Point Breeze Avenue near 22d and Tasker Streets.
July 11, 2015 |
A pop-up beer garden in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood was shut down Thursday after city inspectors said it violated the zoning code. The cease-and-desist order from the Department of Licenses and Inspections enraged property owner John Longacre and left Councilman Kenyatta Johnson wondering what could be done to reopen what one aide said was a well-received newcomer on a long-vacant lot at 22d and Tasker Streets. The lot is zoned residential. L&I said a seasonal outpost for serving beer, an increasingly popular concept across the city, was prohibited under such zoning.
July 4, 2015 |
For Charles and Mary Bangle, the pizza business meant big dough. The husband-and-wife owners of the Manco & Manco Pizza restaurants, landmarks on the Ocean City, N.J., boardwalk for decades, traveled the country, bought custom clothing, and often had wine shipped from California. According to prosecutors, that lifestyle was funded by hundreds of thousands of dollars skimmed from their own cash registers. On Thursday, Charles Bangle, 55, pleaded guilty to tax evasion in federal court in Camden.
June 26, 2015
I'M NOT A dog person. They're dirty. They smell. I hate when they jump on me. If I smile, I'm faking it. I cringe inside when dogs use my yard as a toilet - even if their owners clean up after them. I'd rather not eat in the same room as a furry friend, especially if they are under the table begging for scraps. They ruin my appetite. So, believe me, the last thing I want to write about is someone's dog. But I met Jessica Rennard backstage earlier this month at a fashion-show fundraiser for the Career Wardrobe and was struck by the randomness of what had happened to her puppy.
June 24, 2015 |
AFTER THE CRASH, the truck's driver seemed sincere, at least initially. He jumped out of the cab, looked over the cyclist lying broken on a North Philly street and told a witness that he would be right back, that he was only going to move his car out of traffic. But that driver, who police haven't identified, bolted after parking the 1989 Ford F-150 pickup truck he had been driving, leaving behind the man he had run down just moments earlier. The victim, identified as Julio Torres, 55, was in critical condition Tuesday night at Temple University Hospital, said Capt.
June 23, 2015 |
THE ELDERLY women who sat on their front porches on a hot June afternoon while children played in the pool at the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center across the street found the case of Antoine Turay unbelievable. Turay, who runs Turay Memorial Funeral Chapel, on 22nd Street near Sergeant, in North Philadelphia, had just pleaded guilty June 11 to stealing more than $300,000 - and a house - from one of their neighbors, a 91-year-old woman. "Where's he at now?" asked Cynthia McCoy, 86. "Is he in jail?"
June 5, 2015 |
Irma Lopez Salter was smiling Tuesday after a Philadelphia City Council committee decided to let a $325 million renovation of the Gallery go forward. It's not that she owns a piece of the project. She was pleased because, as part of the deal for the remake, she and other kiosk vendors were given first dibs on spots in the new mall, to be called the Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia. Lopez ran Perfect Foto at the Gallery and was among the kiosk operators booted in late 2014 and early 2015 as the mall was drained of stores.
June 2, 2015 |
When Scott Carlbon moved to Burlington City 15 years ago to open an antiques shop, he bought his first set of home furniture - a sofa, a mattress, and a reclining chair - from Francis and Carolann Imhoff's store across the street from his own store. Since then, the Imhoffs have become friends, he said. "Fran," Carlbon says, is the first to rush over to help unload a shipment at his Antique and Arts Emporium. "They're the kind and generous small-business people that are kind of lost today," Carlbon said last week, lamenting the Imhoffs' decision to retire.