June 11, 2016 |
Question: My longtime partner is, in many ways, a wonderful woman. I definitely will be her committed companion for as long as we both shall live. However, she is a total slob. Our living room is kept up fairly well, but the bedroom looks as if a tornado has just come through. The bathroom has cosmetic-type junk strewn all around. The kitchen has flies buzzing around the unwashed dishes. She has been like this for as long as I have known her (about 35 years). I myself am conscientious about cleanliness.
June 9, 2016 |
An affiliate of MM Partners of Philadelphia has paid $1.4 million for the vacant Pyramid Electric Supply Co. warehouse in Brewerytown, which has permits to be converted into apartment or condo units. Brewerytown Pyramid Building Partners LP bought the six-story building near Oxford Street and West Glenwood Avenue from an affiliate of Iron Stone Strategic Capital Partners, according to Ken Wellar, a managing partner at Rittenhouse Realty Advisors, which marketed the property. The building has permits to be converted into a 46-unit residential project, according to Rittenhouse.
May 8, 2016 |
It was only two years ago that Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney pulled off the second-largest merger in its history with the acquisition of 90-lawyer Fowler White Boggs and its five offices in Florida. Now, the firm is on the hunt again, seeking to fill geographical needs on the East Coast, and in California and Texas. The point man for all this is incoming CEO and chairman, Joe Dougherty, who will take the reins June 1. Dougherty, who is Philly-based and is the first Buchanan chair outside Pittsburgh, sees no urgent need to grow, and says the firm will be picky about expansion.
May 7, 2016 |
Question: I have been dating a wonderful man for about six months. We love each other and see a future together. He is a recovering addict, which isn't exactly the problem. The problem is I live in fear that he will relapse. He told me he has relapsed numerous times, never getting much past a year sober, but people don't notice because he has been high-functioning. He just made it to 15 months and I feel like I'm looking for signs of a relapse and living in fear of one. How do I manage this?
April 24, 2016 |
COZY OR NOIR? Thriller or mystery? Talking cat or working dog? Whatever your poison in literary murder and mayhem, there's a book for you. And chances are good that a dog or cat is a character in his own right, either as a four-footed detective or as a sidekick to a human protagonist. Think Lilian Jackson Braun's Siamese sleuths Koko and Yum Yum, who first made an appearance about 50 years ago; or feline Mrs. Murphy, her Persian nemesis Pewter, and their corgi buddy Tee Tucker in the Mrs. Murphy series by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown.
April 18, 2016 |
For a native such as David Waxman, Philadelphia's current building boom is one for the books. "It's crazy," said Waxman, who, with Aaron Smith and Jacob Roller, is developing for-sale and mixed-use properties as MM Partners. "I grew up here," said Waxman, a graduate of Friends Select School and Boston University. "I've never seen anything like it. " The trio has long focused on Brewerytown - the five-story Braverman Building at 2617-19 W. Girard Ave. is their latest - but MM Partners' $45 million in completed projects since its start in 2008 are not limited to one neighborhood.
April 13, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Recently, a guy I've known for more than a year decided it would be best for us to part ways. Before Christmas, I had asked what he would like for Christmas. His response was, "I don't want anything for Christmas - I want you. " A couple of weeks later, he told me the pictures, nightstand, candy dishes, and candleholders he had in my apartment were gifts from him because he loved me. Tonight, he packed everything up and left! I don't know exactly why, but I think it has more to do with his own issues than me. Abby, I feel I have been manipulated and used.
April 10, 2016 |
Philadelphia-based real estate investment firm Rubenstein Partners has bought the 985,490-square-foot Interstate North Office Park in Atlanta for about $90 million, the company said in a release on Friday. The 11-building complex, now 60 percent leased, sits on 67 acres beside the Atlanta Braves' new SunTrust Park baseball stadium, around which a mixed-use development is being built. Interstate North's previous owner was the U.S. real-estate-investment division of Dutch insurance giant Aegon.
February 5, 2016 |
Matthew T. Amato, who helped Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. scam thousands of dollars from area banks, and later helped the U.S. Attorney's Office convict the son of U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah, was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for his part in the scheme. Amato, Fattah's onetime roommate at Drexel University and later in Roxborough, took out $65,000 in loans from four banks in 2005 in the name of Chaka Fattah Jr. & Associates, a shell company he and Fattah Jr. concocted. In the summer of 2005, Amato received loans from Wachovia Bank, PNC Bank, and Sun National Bank on the strength of their bogus claim that their company had $140,000 in sales the previous year.
January 20, 2016 |
A week ago, the enormous old ballroom at the Drake - the art deco apartment building and former hotel on Spruce Street - was a welter of ladders and plywood and lighting racks and power cords, all deployed by contractors and their workers. But within days, ballroom space will be dramatically transformed. Contractors will vanish; audiences will appear. On Wednesday, the Simpatico Theatre Project will open previews of The It Girl , an unusual theatrical take on the life of silent-screen star Clara Bow, in the Drake's spanking-new Louis Bluver Theatre, a flexible 75-seat auditorium.