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August 2, 1990 | By Stephen C. Row, Special to The Inquirer
Built 17 years ago, the Oxford Valley Mall is getting its first extensive face lift. Kravco Malls of King of Prussia, the mall owner, is spending several million dollars on painting and new flooring and lighting, said manager Richard Wenderoth. The work, which began May 15 and includes marble flooring and tropical plants, is scheduled to be completed in November. "The mall was tired-looking," marketing director Susan Furman said. Officials said the work would help keep the mall competitive with many malls that were not yet built, or even dreamed of, when Oxford Valley opened its doors in Middletown Township in 1973.
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January 30, 1994 | By Kathleen Martin Beans, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Are you a fashion trendsetter? Do you have individual style? Then you might qualify to be a model for Oxford Valley Mall. Mall management is looking for 10 customers to use as models in print advertisements in the spring. Auditions will be held at the mall Feb. 17 and 19. The model search is a promotional campaign that grew out of a "style survey" conducted in the fall. Some of the results of the survey painted a picture of shoppers that surprised mall management. A majority of the 1,300 respondents to the written survey described themselves as athletic, extroverted, fashion trendsetters, and less interested in the mall as a place to shop than as a place to meet friends and do something.
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April 6, 1999 | By Lacy McCrary, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Using e-mail messages sent over the Internet, Middletown Township police nabbed a Bensalem man who they say tried to lure a 15-year-old boy into illicit sex and arranged to meet him at the Oxford Valley Mall, authorities said yesterday. James Joseph Breustedt, 28, of the 2000 block of Berwyn Road, was arrested Friday about 7:45 p.m. at the mall and charged with attempted statutory sexual assault, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and attempted indecent assault. He was taken into custody after he arrived at the mall for a prearranged meeting that authorities said he believed would be with the boy. The arrest capped a three-week investigation in which two Middletown Township police officers sent and received 31 e-mail messages to track Breustedt.
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December 1, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley and Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writers
  For the last few years, Day Two of the holiday shopping season - or is it Day Three now? - has been dubbed Small Business Saturday, a day to spotlight independent entrepreneurs and encourage visits to stores not on the mall map. If the holiday traffic at three of the region's shopping destinations was any indication, the strategy might have been working. By noon Saturday, Chestnut Hill's two-lane shopping district along Germantown Avenue began filling up with cars. Shop owners sounded cautiously optimistic and said some customers were specifically trying to patronize local businesses and avoid the malls.
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July 31, 1987 | By John Hall, Special to The Inquirer
A motorist speeding along U.S. Route 1 in Bucks County at about 80 m.p.h. struck a motorcyclist late Wednesday night and drove five miles to his home with the cycle stuck beneath his vehicle and throwing off sparks, police said. Middletown Township police charged Thomas J. Bednarzik, 44, of East Holland Road in Northampton Township, with leaving the scene of an accident in which there had been injury. An arraignment has not been scheduled. The motorcyclist, Robert DiAndrea, 18, of the 6200 block of North Third Street in the East Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, was thrown from the cycle on impact, according to police, who said he was treated for abrasions at St. Mary Hospital and released.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1988 | By JAMES C. LAWSON, Special to the Daily News
PriceLess Kitchens Inc., failing to capture a sizable share of the U.S. kitchen remodeling industry with its European-style cabinets, is closing its five Philadelphia-area stores. A company official said the stores are expected to be closed by the end of April. However, he declined to say why the company was closing the stores, or whether the merchandise and showroom facilities would be taken over by another retailer. A unit of British-based MFI, the world's largest retailer of kitchen cabinets and furniture, PriceLess is leaving the area following two of the real estate and home improvement industry's best years.
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November 30, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kathy Smith, director of marketing and business development at the King of Prussia mall, calls it the Black Friday "big money shot. " That scene news crews seek the day after Thanksgiving, long associated with the start of the Christmas shopping season. But this year, in malls and other shopping venues across the region, the big money shot was elusive. Crazy-eyed shoppers, bruised from elbowing out other discount-seekers, their arms laden with shopping bags, were a rarity. From Oxford Valley to Cherry Hill and King of Prussia on Friday, parking was not the frustrating circling-for-a-spot exercise it had been on Black Fridays past.
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June 30, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Arthur L. Powell, 92, of Bryn Mawr, a philanthropist and former chairman of one of the nation's largest shopping-mall management firms, died Saturday, June 7, of heart failure at Waverly Heights retirement community in Bryn Mawr. Mr. Powell and his business partner, Harold G. Schaeffer, led Kravco, a Montgomery County-based company whose list of properties included the King of Prussia mall, Langhorne's Oxford Valley Mall, and the Hamilton Mall outside Atlantic City. By the 1990s, the company had developed or redeveloped 30 million square feet of commercial space, including malls in Maine and Texas.
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December 1, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley and Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writers
For the last few years, Day Two of the holiday shopping season - or is it Day Three now? - has been dubbed Small Business Saturday, a day to spotlight independent entrepreneurs and encourage visits to stores not on the mall map. If the holiday traffic at three of the region's shopping destinations was any indication, the strategy might have been working. By noon Saturday, Chestnut Hill's two-lane shopping district along Germantown Avenue had begun filling up with cars. Shop owners sounded cautiously optimistic and said some customers were trying to patronize local businesses and avoid the malls.
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May 3, 1999 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Thirty-two libraries in Montgomery County and 12 in Bucks County will offer SmithKline Beecham's Science in the Summer program for students entering second through sixth grades. In Montgomery County, the students will study simple machines and gravity. The Bucks County students will learn how to use a microscope. There are four 45-minute classes in each session. The sessions will be conducted from June 28 to Aug. 5. Course dates and times vary by library. Science in the Summer, which is in its 13th year, has grown from 10 libraries serving 300 children to 125 libraries and nearly 6,000 children in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
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December 1, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley and Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writers
  For the last few years, Day Two of the holiday shopping season - or is it Day Three now? - has been dubbed Small Business Saturday, a day to spotlight independent entrepreneurs and encourage visits to stores not on the mall map. If the holiday traffic at three of the region's shopping destinations was any indication, the strategy might have been working. By noon Saturday, Chestnut Hill's two-lane shopping district along Germantown Avenue began filling up with cars. Shop owners sounded cautiously optimistic and said some customers were specifically trying to patronize local businesses and avoid the malls.
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December 1, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley and Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writers
For the last few years, Day Two of the holiday shopping season - or is it Day Three now? - has been dubbed Small Business Saturday, a day to spotlight independent entrepreneurs and encourage visits to stores not on the mall map. If the holiday traffic at three of the region's shopping destinations was any indication, the strategy might have been working. By noon Saturday, Chestnut Hill's two-lane shopping district along Germantown Avenue had begun filling up with cars. Shop owners sounded cautiously optimistic and said some customers were trying to patronize local businesses and avoid the malls.
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November 30, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kathy Smith, director of marketing and business development at the King of Prussia mall, calls it the Black Friday "big money shot. " That scene news crews seek the day after Thanksgiving, long associated with the start of the Christmas shopping season. But this year, in malls and other shopping venues across the region, the big money shot was elusive. Crazy-eyed shoppers, bruised from elbowing out other discount-seekers, their arms laden with shopping bags, were a rarity. From Oxford Valley to Cherry Hill and King of Prussia on Friday, parking was not the frustrating circling-for-a-spot exercise it had been on Black Fridays past.
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June 30, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Arthur L. Powell, 92, of Bryn Mawr, a philanthropist and former chairman of one of the nation's largest shopping-mall management firms, died Saturday, June 7, of heart failure at Waverly Heights retirement community in Bryn Mawr. Mr. Powell and his business partner, Harold G. Schaeffer, led Kravco, a Montgomery County-based company whose list of properties included the King of Prussia mall, Langhorne's Oxford Valley Mall, and the Hamilton Mall outside Atlantic City. By the 1990s, the company had developed or redeveloped 30 million square feet of commercial space, including malls in Maine and Texas.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2011 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Everything keeps piling on. Mary Zackowski is on her seventh stent for heart problems - luckily, covered by disability insurance. Her husband, Richard, also has health problems. He works as a cashier at a gasoline station, earning just above minimum wage with no benefits. At the moment, they are falling behind on the mortgage they refinanced to cover his medical bills. Sometimes a visit to a nearby food pantry helps her feed her nephew, 15, who lives with the couple in their Levittown home.
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June 26, 2006 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When a Bucks County police department took a chain store to court for selling water pipes in malls, it started a chain reaction that ended the sales of such merchandise in more than 600 stores nationwide. In an agreement signed last week in Bucks County Court, Spencer Gifts Inc. said it would stop selling tall water pipes, also known as hookahs, in all of its stores, said Daniel M. Keane, chief Bucks County deputy district attorney, who helped broker the deal. In exchange, Judge Kenneth G. Biehn dismissed charges against Steven Silverstein, 46, president of Spencer Gifts Inc., and Wayne Oles, 53, manager of the chain's Oxford Valley Mall store.
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February 2, 2006 | By Christine Schiavo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A hookah may be just a hookah, police in Middletown Township say. But if sold under a sign reading: "Marijuana - because your friends just aren't that funny," it's drug paraphernalia, they contend. Middletown police have charged the president of Spencer Gifts Inc., Steven Silverstein, 46, of Summit, N.J., and the manager of the chain's Oxford Valley Mall store, Wayne Oles, 53, of North Philadelphia, with delivery of or possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy for selling hookahs - tall water pipes used for smoking tobacco and other substances in some parts of the world.
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August 14, 2002 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Federal employment officials yesterday sued Victoria's Secret on grounds of racial and religious harassment, claiming managers drove an African American saleswoman from the chain's Oxford Valley store. Lauren Ellerson suffered a "hostile work environment" for 17 months until she left the intimate-apparel company in April 2001 on disability for depression and anxiety, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ellerson said she was regularly harassed by the store's former manager and assistant about race and her Baptist faith.
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August 10, 2000 | By Zlati Meyer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The parking area in front of the Firestone garage at the Oxford Valley Mall started to resemble a Ford dealership yesterday as drivers came in to see if their vehicles had the type of tires that were recalled. Ford Explorers and light trucks of all colors waited in short rows as their owners stood in line in the air-conditioned shop. A few swapped information, like an SUV support group; others watched CNN reports about the tires on the TV suspended from the ceiling near the payment desk.
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August 4, 2000 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 38-year-old Burlington Township man charged with videotaping unsuspecting women, some in the fitting room of an Oxford Valley Mall store, has agreed to enter a first-time-offender program on reduced charges. Prosecutors yesterday agreed to dropped invasion-of-privacy and stalking charges against Michael Louis Schlenger after defense attorney Albert Cepparulo argued that the videotape in evidence did not show the 16-year-old girl who was listed in the complaint and that the law under which Schlenger was charged did not apply.
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