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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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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.
NEWS
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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May 3, 1990 | By Edward Ohlbaum, Special to The Inquirer
The numbers of volunteer firefighters and rescue-squad members are fast dwindling across the state, and municipalities eventually will have to pay for the services unless the state and businesses come up with ways to help find and keep the volunteers, a House panel has been told. If New Britain Township had to finance its fire and rescue-squad services, it would require at least a 275 percent increase in municipal real-estate taxes, said Robert C. Bender, township manager. That would mean an additional $500 annually for the typical homeowner.
BUSINESS
May 19, 1986 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Northeast Philadelphia has an identical twin across the Atlantic Ocean in the Romford section of London. That's why Priceless Kitchens of the United Kingdom chose Northeast Philadelphia for its first store in the United States. Priceless Kitchens is owned by the MFI Furniture Group, one of the world's largest sellers of furniture and kitchen cabinets with 1985 sales of $600 million. Of the company's 134 stores in the United Kingdom, the one in Romford is among the best, which is why the company sought out a similar neighborhood for its first U.S. venture.
BUSINESS
September 23, 1993 | by Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
After three busy years of gobbling up its competitors' stores, Philadelphia's Wee Three Records is taking some time to digest. Wee Three, which ran 19 stores in 1989, today operates 170 stores under six different names. This year, Wee Three is sorting them out by remodeling 167 of its stores and giving them a new, unifying name and look. Three new stores dubbed "The Wall" - the new name given Wee Threes by its corporate parent - have opened in the Philadelphia area in recent months.
NEWS
June 18, 1986 | By Terry Bivens, Inquirer Staff Writer (Inquirer staff writer Ewart Rouse also contributed to this story.)
Gimbels, one of Philadelphia's most venerable retailers, is all but certain to vanish from the area following the announcement yesterday that seven local stores will be sold. The chain's owner, Batus Inc. of Louisville, Ky., announced plans to sell 10 Gimbels stores - including seven of the nine Gimbels outlets in Philadelphia and its suburbs - to Allied Stores Corp. of New York. The deal, which is subject to federal approval, is valued at between $150 million and $175 million.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 23, 2000 | By Lee Drutman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At first glance, an onlooker thinks, it can't possibly be sand. It's sculpted too delicately. There's too much detail in the faces of Washington and Franklin. The fold atop the Declaration of Independence and the ripples in the 13-star American flag are too perfect. The trees on top are standing too high. "How can you keep it up?" marveled 7-year-old Tyler Sohmer of Levittown, one of many mesmerized onlookers. But there it is, in the courtyard of the Oxford Valley Mall - "Sandscapes of Liberty," 100 tons of sand, formed into George Washington crossing the Delaware, Betsy Ross stitching the flag, Benjamin Franklin holding a kite, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall standing tall.
NEWS
May 15, 2000 | By Lee Drutman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In a twist on the traditional summer-employment push, employers eager for help have resorted to a job fair at Oxford Valley Mall to sell themselves to area teenagers. Welcomed by a trail of colorful balloons and a disc jockey playing Guns N' Roses, the sought-after teens perused job applications and munched on free candy on Friday while potential summer employers talked of salaries and career opportunities. "It's a pretty tight job market," said Lisa Bazanka, a senior recruiter in Princeton, N.J., for Sovereign Bank.
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August 22, 1999 | By Stephanie Doster, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Arthur B. Shenefelt thinks he may have an old-fashioned solution to traffic congestion around Oxford Valley Mall, Sesame Place and the region in general: a railroad. Shenefelt, the chairman of the Bucks HUB Conference/Transportation Management Association, a private organization specializing in transportation issues, and Robert C. Regensburger, executive director, envision a network of railroad tracks that would converge at Oxford Valley Mall and Sesame Place. The tracks would connect Middletown directly to New York, Philadelphia and other parts of the region.
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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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