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April 5, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
StoneMor Partners L.P., a Levittown owner of cemeteries and funeral homes, said it had signed definitive agreements to buy nine funeral homes, 12 cemeteries and two crematories from Service Corp. International for $53.8 million in cash. The sale includes three cemeteries in the Philadelphia area: George Washington Memorial Park in Plymouth Meeting, Sunset Memorial Park in Feasterville, and Hillside Cemetery in Roslyn. Also included in the deal locally are two Kirk & Nice funeral facilities at George Washington and Sunset.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  In the end, it wouldn't have mattered what Mark Rosenfeld chose when his father gave him the choice more than 30 years ago of taking over the family ravioli company in South Philadelphia or sticking with its clothing business. He'd be at the same heart-wrenching point now: concluding that when you've lost the love of your life - a wife of 32 years - work just doesn't fill the void. And so, Rosenfeld, whose business alterations in the early 1980s helped the third-generation clothier survive the years that followed when so many independents went under, broke the news to his nine employees last week: He is closing Torre.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
ORLANDO, Fla. - While much has been said and written about changing the locker-room culture in the NFL in the wake of last season's Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin mess, the league is even more determined to change the culture on the field. The league's owners, coaches and general managers spent a good portion of the last 3 days of their annual meeting discussing the lack of respect and sportsmanship by the players. The number of taunting penalties nearly quadrupled this season, jumping from nine in 2012 to 34 in 2013.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - When the NFL last convened at the Ritz-Carlton here for its annual league meetings, the Eagles arrived ready to shop Donovan McNabb. Four years later, the team's top decision-makers arrived at the posh resort apparently ready to rid themselves of Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson's future will be one of the biggest stories at this week's meetings, which begin Monday and provide a rare occasion for owners, general managers, and coaches to gather in the same place.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - It's out there now. Jets owner Woody Johnson made no bones about it - New York is at least one team interested in acquiring DeSean Jackson. But at what price? "We're looking at a number of players, including DeSean," Johnson said on Sunday at the NFL owners meetings. "He's a very good player. We're looking at a number of them. Trades are not our primary operating motif right now; we're trying to build through the draft. " Jackson, of course, is currently the property of the Eagles, so Johnson's answer raised some question about tampering.
NEWS
March 24, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 17 years, Scarlett Glueck suffered for love. Her sinuses felt like they were packed with fiberglass, she had trouble breathing, her eyes watered, and rashes regularly bloomed on her skin. The 55-year-old homemaker from Horsham never suspected that her cat, Furball, was the source of all this misery. Not that it would have made a difference. "I loved him," Glueck said. "He was a member of our family. " Allergists have a joke about cat owners, said Robert Anolik, an asthma and allergy specialist in Blue Bell.
NEWS
March 18, 2014
IT'S LIKE A KID asking the teacher for more homework. When I heard that South Philly auto-body repairman Domenico Nigro wants more oversight and regulation by the city or state, that's what I thought. What business owner wants more government involvement in his or her affairs? The answer: One who cares about the safety of customers and other citizens. People who do heavy repair work on your car are not required to be certified to guarantee their competence. That just floors him. Nigro's wife, Victoria, is a hair stylist and is tested and certified by the state.
NEWS
March 16, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
From across South Jersey, small-business owners packed a forum Friday seeking ways to expand or launch new ventures. U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) opened the gathering with a pep talk to nearly 200 small-business owners and entrepreneurs, business leaders, and bankers. In his second visit to Camden this week, Booker hosted a roundtable discussion to provide tips on how to access federal government resources. Lenders were on hand, as well as representatives from the Small Business Administration.
REAL_ESTATE
March 10, 2014 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
A National Association of Realtors survey last year showed that millennials, at 79 percent, were the largest group of first-time home buyers. Inevitably, more members of this generation - commonly defined as born between 1980 and 2000 - will follow suit, leaving apartments or their parents' basements in pursuit of places to call their own. They will begin a process that can be tedious, time-consuming, and sometimes quite exasperating. Mortgage preapproval, house selection, price negotiation, loan acquisition, appraisal, inspection, price renegotiation (after the inspection)
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO SIGNS greet customers as they approach the front door of Serrata's Grocery Store in West Oak Lane: "No weapons allowed" and "Do not enter with mask or hoodie. " They sit at eye level - it's impossible to miss them. But a would-be robber ignored both of those warnings Friday and ended up dodging bullets for his brazenness, police said yesterday. Store owner Raul Serrata, 42, said he didn't have time to think when a masked punk entered his corner store, at 75th Avenue and Walnut Lane, with a handgun drawn and demanded money from him about 7:15 Friday night.
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