June 17, 2016 |
Sour cherries haunt me. Their opulent color and fresh-juice pop stir something deep inside me. Every year when my daughter Annalee starts talking about the final day of school, I start plotting sour-cherry-season hacks. Curiously, my most vivid memories of my youth don't involve birthday parties or snowmen, but the short, evanescent sour-cherry seasons. I savor those seasons like Proustian madeleines. After all, sour cherries were one of a handful of hyper-seasonal surprises that intrigued me as a kid. And I was a hungry little girl.
June 11, 2014 |
GEORGE WALKER knew what hard work was. He grew up on his family's sharecropper farm in Sumter, S.C., toiling in the hot fields of cotton and tobacco. Even though he had numerous siblings to pitch in, farm work in the '30s was a tough job. When he got to Philadelphia in the mid-'40s, he became a plumber, eventually running his own business. He worked residential and commercial properties until his retirement in 1988. George Walker, one of 15 children of William Walker and the former Ida Williams, a devoted churchman and family patriarch, died May 29. He was 88 and lived in West Philadelphia.
May 11, 2014 |
Q uestion: A year ago, we had a plumber install a Nevian instant hot-water heater at our home. Everything worked fine for about four months. Now, sometimes when we turn on the bathtub water, it will be cold, and it doesn't get hot unless you turn off the faucet and turn it back on. We had the plumber out who installed the heater, and he said that we must be getting a back feed from the washer or dishwasher. He said to check that and left, which doesn't solve anything. We did watch to see, when it did this, whether anything else was running.
March 16, 2014 |
Q uestion. My brother renovated my second-floor bathroom, which included a new tub, faucets, shower, and a diverter. Now, every time I do a load of wash, when the first-floor washer is filling up, a lot of water comes out of my shower faucet. Answer. I am assuming your brother is not a professional plumber, just a nice guy who was trying to help his sister and save her the services, and thus the expense, of a professional. But you may well need a plumber to unravel this mess.
February 26, 2014 |
A South Jersey mechanical contracting company has agreed to pay a total of $400,000 to resolve allegations that it violated state law by failing to employ female plumbers, including for public-funded projects, the state Attorney General's Office and the Division on Civil Rights announced Monday. The settlement calls for Falasca Mechanical Inc. of Vineland to pay the state $250,000 and pay plumber Bette Feldeisen $150,000 to resolve allegations that it repeatedly hired less experienced and less qualified male plumbers while handling millions of dollars in public works jobs.
February 20, 2014 |
IT DIDN'T matter where Fran McQuade was - Florida, Jamaica, down the Shore - he invariably ran into somebody he knew. "Hey, I know that guy," he would say to his wife, Ruth, who knew that she was going to have to wait patiently while he had a sometimes lengthy conversation with the other party. Fran couldn't help it. People were just drawn to him, and wherever he went - on the job, at the ballpark, around his Levittown neighborhood - he made friends. "He had beautiful blue eyes and a beautiful smile," Ruth said.
January 14, 2014 |
JOSEPH D'ALESSANDRO was often the despair of car salesmen and real-estate agents. If family members or friends were in the market for a car, they would take Joseph with them, knowing he would wheel and deal for them. "He was such an aggressive negotiator, he would get under the salesmen's skin," said his daughter Mary-Rita. "He would try to get the price down and insisted they throw in this or that. Some salesmen hated to see him come through the door. " And if a family or friend was out to buy a house, they would take him along.
January 4, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA As a government witness in Joseph Ligambi's first trial in 2012, Francis "Frankie the Fixer" DiGiacomo underwhelmed, declaring the reputed Philadelphia mob boss and his associates "great people" and characterizing a star government cooperator as a "sneaky" liar. But as he returned to the witness stand Thursday - this time as a witness for the defense - DiGiacomo didn't do his former mob colleagues many favors either. "That was my boss, right there," he said, pointing to Ligambi across the courtroom.
October 27, 2013 |
Joseph J. Bischoff Sr., 88, a former master plumber in Philadelphia, died of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at his home in Brigantine. In July, he hosted a family reunion at the Brigantine Elks Lodge for more than 150 relatives and friends, Kathleen Bischoff, a daughter-in-law, said. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Bischoff served on landing craft in the Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, and Iwo Jima campaigns in World War II, rising to the rank of chief boatswain's mate.
September 16, 2013 |
You may recall I mentioned in the last column that I water my garden too much. That problem is now solved. Because I'm out of water. Our story begins when I start to notice that the water pressure in my house is low. Hmm. By the way, I have well water. We live like pioneers in our township, which has no police, fire, or garbage removal, though I don't have to churn my own butter. Thanks, township! Anyway, the water level in my well generally goes down when there's no rain, but it was getting worse and worse until I realized that something must be wrong in the springhouse.