February 27, 2009 |
If you want to tell your fellow drivers you're an animal lover, a fan of the Shore or an organ donor, you might have to say it with a sticker instead of a license plate, under a bill that cleared its first committee in the Legislature yesterday. Assembly Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski (D., Middlesex) is sponsoring a bill that would allow the Motor Vehicle Commission to stop producing special license plates designed to raise money for various causes. Under the current system, the MVC is required by law to produce any plates approved by the legislature.
September 2, 1999 |
Drive anywhere in Philadelphia, and you'll see vehicles without license plates, plates tucked inside rear windows, or plates with the corner clipped off - all because of a black market in stolen plates and registration stickers that authorities say is thriving in the region. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is now proposing a series of tough measures to deal with this problem. In a report to be presented today to the General Assembly, a task force led by PennDot recommends raising the fine for driving with a stolen plate or registration sticker from $75 to $1,000.
January 23, 2000 |
It sounds like a riddle: What do a lighthouse, a Canada goose decoy, and a hospital have in common? The answer: Each is a symbol for one of 11 causes that have their own commemorative motor-vehicle license plates in New Jersey. The Deborah Heart and Lung Center became the most recent addition to the group Jan. 14 when Gov. Whitman signed a bill approving the sale of the aluminum plates with graphics advertising the Browns Mills institution. The idea for the plates was developed by the center's marketing department.
November 23, 2001 |
Scarcely will you have polished off the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers when it could be time to prepare for a dizzying round of December holiday parties. "Everyone's making more of Hanukkah, but it's true for every holiday as people are staying home," said Elaine Silverman, manager of the National Museum of American Jewish History store in Center City. A boom in home entertaining this season has also been apparent to Elizabeth Bloom, owner of Haverford's Home Grown tabletop and home-accessories boutique.
March 22, 2002 |
If you register your car in New Jersey, you can help preserve the Pinelands, support the USS New Jersey, fight cancer, and a whole lot more - albeit not all at once. Now you can also help spread the word about organ and tissue donation. The Division of Motor Vehicle Services has begun selling its "Donate Life" license plate, the latest of about 17 special-interest plates it offers to call attention to and raise money for good causes. As with most of the specialty plates, motorists pay an initial $50 fee, or $100 for a personalized plate.
July 3, 1998 |
Summertime, and the living is easy - and it's generously colored: bright, like a Gerbera daisy; pastel, like sorbets; and other hues that are as cool as a lake or pool. The table, like clothing fashions, changes with the seasons. Just as we bring out the Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes for those special times of the year, so can we bring out settings for the table in keeping with the outdoor season. Summer entertaining - indoors or out - is less formal than in years past.
January 25, 1993 |
Shortly after daybreak, Elizabeth Ortiz paused to count the slippery catch of the day that yielded three Mercedeses, a Jaguar and several gleaming specimens of Cadillac's new luxury edition, the Allante. Hers is no fish story. For Ortiz, trolling the tidy streets of rowhouse South Philadelphia for the cars of bogus New Jersey drivers is easier than nuking fish in a mud puddle. Yesterday, Ortiz and 60 other New Jersey insurance fraud investigators were catching and jotting down the numbers of suspect baby blue New Jersey plates as if it were the peak of spawning season.
September 13, 1996 |
The plates may be flat or ruffled, or look like fish. Bowls may be symmetrical. Or maybe not. Teacups and teapots may be checked or striped, or feature dots or wavy lines or flowers. Or all of the above. It's MacKenzie-Childs majolica ware, and there's nothing else quite like it. Just ask Patricia Decker Patterson of Haddonfield. "I love it!" Patterson says with an enthusiasm not often associated with dinnerware. "I love the uniqueness - it's all handmade. It's very loose, nothing rigid about it. . . . They're so imaginative.
February 26, 1993 |
Dave Lincoln says there was no great flash, no mystical moment of inspiration, that led him into a lifetime pursuit of license plates. But there is a story. In the late 1950s, Lincoln, not quite a teenager, was living in rural Chester County. In the back yard was a shed, an ancient thing, and Lincoln noticed neatly spaced nail holes on the wall. Since he already had spent a few years building up a collection of about 200 license plates, he was enough of an expert to know that expired plates were frequently hung as decorations in farm buildings.
April 25, 1991 |
Dorothy Long drops a lump of red clay onto the well-worn table. As she pounds the piece flat with her fist, a wisp of golden-white hair escapes her braids and falls onto her brow. Working with a large rolling pin, Long continues to flatten the clay until it is 6 inches round and finger thick. Wiping her forehead with the back of her arm, she slides the slab near the edge of a roller. Turning a handle, the roller glides over the red clay, leveling it to dinner-plate size. The roller is the only modern piece of equipment Long uses in creating traditional Pennsylvania German redware dishes at her Old Eagle Studios shop, tucked between a storefront church and travel agency on Phoenixville's Bridge Street.