July 15, 2014 |
EVA BASKERVILLE looked into the future and didn't like what she saw. Since childhood, she had toiled on her family's tobacco farm in Henderson, N.C. What would her future be? Marry a farmer, have a bunch of kids, continue working the soil? No thanks. She moved to Philadelphia. Eva and her sister, Rosa Lee, equally fed up with farming, came to the city, where an aunt lived, and Eva, then 19, started a new life in an urban environment. Eva Norman - as she became after marrying Clarence Norman Jr., the operator of a clothing store that specialized in uniforms - was a devoted churchwoman and outstanding cook in the Southern tradition.
July 14, 2014 |
There's a small sign in Vicki D. Lachman's kitchen in Avalon. It bears four words: "No hurries, no worries. " What power and meaning those words have for Lachman, newly retired from her job as a professor of professional ethics at Drexel University, but hardly idle as she makes the transition to a less active professional life. Down in Avalon, near a stretch of boardwalk and beach and close enough to hear the sound of the ocean, Lachman, 68, looks back on a fulfilling life, and forward to a new chapter she is writing as she goes.
July 11, 2014
D AVID MARTIN, 30, of Blue Bell, is founder and CEO of PetCoach, a startup with a mobile app - currently in stealth mode - that gives pet owners direct advice on their smartphones from veterinarians and certified pet experts. The startup expects to publicly launch next month. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for PetCoach? A: When we got accepted into DreamIt Ventures accelerator [in Austin, Texas] last winter, they suggested we make PetCoach a place to get expert pet advice in real time.
June 29, 2014 |
The planned closure of the Showboat casino on Aug. 31 is a severe blow to its 2,100 workers and another deep bruise on the Atlantic City casino industry. But at a Friday afternoon news conference outside the Tanger Walk outlets, where a Bass Pro Shop is under construction, Mayor Don Guardian kept his chin up and said, "Atlantic City is still on the move despite this economic hiccup. " The mayor called the decision by Las-Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corp. to close Showboat "a shame," and said it would motivate him to "work 24/7 to bring new investment to Atlantic City.
June 21, 2014 |
When the largest U.S. conference of women business owners convenes Monday in Philadelphia, Julie Copeland, president and CEO of locally based Arbill, will not enjoy a luxury she's become accustomed to at most trade shows: Nonexistent bathroom lines. As the head of a safety products and services company that sells hard hats, steel-toe boots, and protective gloves, Copeland is usually the rare woman at such events. Not next week, when the 15th annual Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
June 18, 2014 |
Commonwealth Court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit by minority investors in SugarHouse Casino seeking to block the reissue of Philadelphia's second casino license. The minority investors, led by Philadelphia lawyer Richard A. Sprague and auto magnate Robert Potamkin, argued in the lawsuit filed last August that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board had no authority to reissue the license that went to the failed Foxwoods Casino. That license was revoked in December 2010. Sprague said the group would appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, perhaps as soon as this week.
June 14, 2014 |
Harry Baker, 87, former owner of Franklin Unit Exchange at Second Street and Susquehanna Avenue, died of kidney failure Wednesday, June 11, at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill. Mr. Baker, a 60-year resident of Cherry Hill, was president of a philanthropic organization there, Brith Shalom Lodge, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, his son, Brian, said. Most recently, Mr. Baker was a member of Congregation M'Kor Shalom in Cherry Hill. Mr. Baker was the second generation to run the exchange, which "dealt with rebuilding of starters and generators and alternators" for cars and trucks, his son said.
June 12, 2014 |
This story was updated at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday. Businessman and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest was poised Wednesday to become the sole majority owner of The Inquirer's parent company after agreeing to buy out the son of his former partner, Lewis Katz. Reached in Berlin by telephone Wednesday morning, Lenfest confirmed he expected an agreement to be completed during the day to purchase the interest of Drew Katz. He declined to provide details until it was completed. The deal comes 10 days after Lewis Katz died in a plane crash outside Boston.
June 12, 2014 |
Eddie Gindi met the family Tuesday. No one who ever pledged to a loved one could have been more solicitous. Executive vice president and co-owner of Century 21, the latest and, arguably, most exotic retailer to commit to Philadelphia, Gindi promised success, devotion, and a boundless future. "We are honored to be part of Philadelphia," he told an enthusiastic crowd at the Union League. "We want to alter the retail landscape here. " And more. "We did not want to open a store and say, 'See you later.' That is not who we are. We want, we need, to be part of the fabric of this community.
June 7, 2014 |
Edwin C. Coia, 74, co-owner since 1974 of the Country Farm Market in Atco, died of a heart attack on Monday, June 2, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, N.J. A lifelong resident of Hammonton, N.J., Mr. Coia graduated from St. Joseph's High School there in 1958. He was the center on the varsity basketball team. During his four-year service in the Army, Mr. Coia's job was to manage the ice hockey team of the Seventh Army in West Germany. He earned the job because "he was very charismatic and willing to travel," daughter Renee Adamucci said.