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.
May 31, 2015 |
The former longtime owner of the historic Bucks County Playhouse was found guilty Friday by a federal jury of claiming more than $200,000 in fraudulent insurance payments after a 2006 flood devastated the property, prosecutors said. Ralph Miller could face up to 30 years in prison for convictions on counts of money laundering and mail fraud, said Assistant U.S. Attorney K.T. Newton. Miller, who for three decades owned the theater along the Delaware River in New Hope, was accused of submitting false invoices for expensive theater lights and emergency repair work after the 2006 flood, Newton said.
May 29, 2015 |
SOUL COACH Clint Dolezel had an interesting observation after watching video of last week's 44-point win over Tampa Bay. "I wouldn't want to play us right now," the coach said firmly. Halfway through the 18-game schedule, the Soul are sitting at 8-1 with one of the most anticipated regular-season games in the team's 10 seasons of play. The Soul will bus down the Atlantic City Expressway this afternoon in advance of tomorrow's home game against Las Vegas at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
May 27, 2015 |
EVER SINCE he drove a school bus in his native North Carolina, Joe Davis just loved getting behind the wheel of a big vehicle. When he came to Philadelphia, he switched from buses to trucks, and eventually started his own trucking company, hauling just about anything that could be hauled, including hazardous materials. Joe also could be called on to help out wherever needed, including his church and his community. You never heard Joe Davis turn down a request to be of service to others.
May 26, 2015 |
Last year, as companies announced plans to move to Camden with help from state tax incentives, a group of local business owners started talking about how they could get in on the action. Several of the corporations poised to relocate to the city in the future, including Subaru of America and Holtec International, will build new facilities there. The area's contractors and suppliers saw an opportunity for themselves, said Jim Bannon, general manager of Stelwagon Roofing Supply, which sells roofing materials and has locations in the city's Bergen Square neighborhood and Philadelphia.
May 17, 2015 |
Charles H. Gray, 85, of Mount Airy, a biology teacher and owner of the Rib Crib, a barbecue spot in Germantown that became a Philadelphia landmark, died Wednesday, May 6, at Einstein Medical Center after a series of strokes. Since opening the restaurant 47 years ago, Mr. Gray had played host to such figures as former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the actors Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, and the singer Patti LaBelle. Neither they nor the locals who lined up on the sidewalk outside the restaurant at 6333 Germantown Ave. could get enough of his sizzling-hot baby back ribs with homemade sauce - or of Mr. Gray.
May 16, 2015 |
The owner of a high-rise apartment complex is seeking more than $5 million in damages from Abington Township, alleging that its fire marshal is maliciously stonewalling efforts to renovate the building and attract new tenants. Lawsuits filed April 20 in state and federal court mark an escalation in the years-long battle over the Colonade, a 535-unit complex on Old York Road where residents have complained about infestations, broken heaters, water leaks, and faulty fire alarms. In 2012, the township cited the owner for nearly 200 code violations.
May 16, 2015 |
Donald Trump's vision of a 45-story condo-and-hotel tower - or at least one like it - may yet rise on the Philadelphia waterfront. The new owners of the Delaware River pier where the ill-fated Trump Tower Philadelphia was to have been built see the project as a possible template for developing the site, according to George Polgar, a spokesman for the recent buyers. The new owners, represented by Northern Liberties-based Shovel Ready Projects, have some alternative uses for Pier 351/2 in mind, too, including a plan for as many as 60 townhouses on the 2.13-acre tract, Polgar said.
May 15, 2015
THREE YEARS after Ahmed Zayat sold his Egyptian beverage company for $280 million in 2002, he did what any naturalized American citizen from Cairo would do with that kind of cash - he went to horse sales around the country to see how fast he could spend it. The man who got a master's in public health from Boston University and lives in Teaneck, N.J., charged headfirst into horse racing with blinkers on and a strategy that bordered on manic....
May 13, 2015 |
They share your memories. Roy and Gretchen Jackson do - but they have so many more of their own. The Jacksons remember every minute of Preakness day, 2006. It was their horse, Barbaro, who broke down shortly after leaving the starting gate, two weeks after Barbaro had romped in the Kentucky Derby. The Jacksons can remember where they were, who they talked to, their jockey walking over and saying, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry" . . . even the policemen who helped Barbaro get out of Pimlico Race Course, on the road to the New Bolton Center in Chester County, where the horse had surgery for his catastrophic leg fractures the next day, just down the road from their own home in West Grove.