April 23, 2016 |
A 19th-century mansion steeped in Chester County history and squeezed by development was won at auction Thursday by a Princeton businessman who said he would restore the house and build a hotel next to it. C.Z. Patel, 70, who has developed and managed hotels in New Jersey and North Carolina, paid $710,000 for Loch Aerie, a Swiss-Gothic showpiece built by shirt-collar magnate William Lockwood in 1868. The opening bid was $250,000. Patel said he was unsure how he would use the house, but said the hotel would be of "higher quality" than the Comfort Suites and Best Westerns he owns elsewhere.
April 22, 2016 |
Operating the Delaware River's ferry has been a losing proposition for the Delaware River Port Authority, but a vote Wednesday will give a Philadelphia nonprofit a shot at using the boat to improve waterfront tourism. After operating the service for 16 years, the DRPA approved a plan to hand ownership of the RiverLink Ferry (named Freedom), which travels between Penn's Landing and Camden, to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The decision at the authority's monthly board meeting caps four years of negotiations over the boat's ownership.
April 12, 2016 |
MOST SPORTS team owners do not have the look-at-me personalities of the Cowboys' Jerry Jones or the Mavericks' Mark Cuban - perhaps it's a Dallas thing. The majority of these multibillionaires prefer to stay in the background, away from the spotlight and the prying eyes. Put them in a boardroom and they'll dazzle you with the skills that earned them their fortunes. Put them in front of a microphone and you wonder how they managed to make their first dime. Sixers principal owner Josh Harris was having some moments Sunday.
April 4, 2016 |
I really miss the Big Store. In 2016, nearly everyone's wardrobe includes considerable sports merchandise - baseball hats, golf shirts, team jackets, throwback jerseys. At college and professional events, it sometimes seems, most fans are dressed in the home team's colors, wearing their allegiance not just on their sleeves but all over. On Wednesday, when Villanova students assembled at a sendoff for their Final Four basketball team, so many were dressed in blue-and-white team gear that it looked as if the campus bookstore had been looted.
March 16, 2016 |
Services will be held Thursday, June 23, for Richard H. Gwinn, 77, of Radnor and Vero Beach, Fla., a business owner and executive, who died Saturday, Feb. 27, of Alzheimer's disease at a hospice in Vero Beach. Born in Atlanta to David Marshall Gwinn and Elizabeth Bechtold Gwinn, he moved with his family to Gladwyne as an infant and grew up there. He graduated from St. George's School in Middletown, R.I., and Yale University. While at Yale, he was a member of the Fence Club. Mr. Gwinn joined the Navy's ROTC program in 1956 during his freshman year.
March 10, 2016 |
The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Fairhill last April has sued the driver and the vehicle's owners. Josephine Rivera, 20, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court over the weekend. It was about 7 p.m. April 13 when she and her son, David Alicea Jr., were struck by a 2006 white Infiniti on the 2700 block of Mascher Street, where they lived. The alleged driver, Miguel Colon, 22, of Philadelphia, is in jail awaiting trial on charges of homicide by vehicle and related offenses.
March 10, 2016 |
AMONG THE CLATTER of beer bottles and old acquaintances chatting, the crowd at Dirty Franks raised their drinks "to Joe!" after every speaker shared a personal memory of Joseph Tiberino on Tuesday. Tiberino, 77, a stylish, well-known artist, died Feb. 19 after a yearlong illness, said one of his sons, Raphael. "He was always there for me, in good times or bad," said Joe Brenman, a sculptor, who spoke at the Center City bar at 13th and Pine Streets. "To Joe!" the crowd shouted.
March 4, 2016 |
An Upper Darby Township auto-garage owner has been charged with assaulting a television-news cameraman, police said Wednesday. Peter Kathapoulis, 30, owner of Modern Auto Crafters, allegedly hit Fox 29 cameraman Dave Eizen with a tree branch Tuesday night, and spit in the face of reporter Chris O'Connell. The two were at the garage doing a story on pothole-damaged cars, and they had the car owner's permission to take a photo of a damaged vehicle, said Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood.
February 27, 2016 |
Edward C. Dornisch, 74, of Beaufort, S.C., former owner of two companies in Glassboro, died of complications from a brain tumor Saturday, Feb. 20, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. He had lived in Beaufort since selling his firms - a moving company and one that dealt in safes - and moving from Woodbury in 2014. "His fingerprints are all over Jewelers Row" in Center City Philadelphia, said Larry Schwalb, owner of Houdini Lock & Safe Co. of Philadelphia and Abington. "He was one of the foundations of high-security safe and vault sales and service in Philadelphia," Schwalb said.
February 25, 2016 |
A 20-year-old West Philadelphia man was charged Tuesday with robbing and assaulting an Elmwood auto-shop owner last fall, an attack that left the victim with more than two dozen stab wounds, according to police. Malcolm Pollard of the 5600 block of Lansdowne Avenue was charged with robbery, theft, and related counts for attacking Patrick Spinosa, 62, the owner of Southwest Auto Tag Service Inc., 6249 Dicks Ave., according to Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. Pollard allegedly attacked Spinosa inside the shop around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Walker said.