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November 19, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
By day, Bruce Riffel was a respectable plumber. But by night, he prowled the Northeast as the notorious "convenience store bandit," using Molotov-cocktails and knives to terrorize and rob store clerks. Now, Bruce Riffel will have a new persona: prisoner. Common Pleas Judge Pamela Pryor Cohen sentenced Riffel, 35, to nine to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for six holdups between June and October 1989. "He was a predator," Assistant District Attorney Edward McCann told the judge.
NEWS
September 21, 1988 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
James E. "Jimmy the Plumber" Armstrong, a retired city sanitation worker who knew he couldn't change the world but could clean up his small part of it, died Saturday. He was 68 and lived in Southwest Philadelphia. Armstrong worked for the sanitation division of the city's Streets Department for 20 years, most of that time pushing a cart and broom in Center City. He got to know every merchant and vendor by name. He was a supervisor when he retired in 1981. There was no hiding place for so much as a gum wrapper on Market Street between 11th and 12th when Armstrong was on the job. A few years later he was back in Center City with his daughter, Gloria Becerril.
NEWS
August 16, 2011
Thomas J. Scanlan, 84, of Southampton, a retired plumber and volunteer, died of kidney failure Friday, Aug. 12, at home. As a master plumber, Mr. Scanlan worked at Nazareth Hospital and then at Liberty Bell Park in Philadelphia from its opening in 1963 until it closed in 1986. Mr. Scanlan was a member and past president of the plumbers union Local 690. At 17, he dropped out of Northeast Catholic High School to join the Navy and, during World War II, served in the Pacific aboard the destroyer Keys.
NEWS
January 28, 1991 | By Kristin Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward Pickens, 38, of Lansdale, a member of the North Penn school board, died Friday of a heart attack. Mr. Pickens was stricken at Webraft Mailing Systems in Chalfont, Bucks County, where he had worked as a master plumber for the last year. He was taken to Doylestown Hospital. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Pickens graduated from Oceanside High School on Long Island in 1970. He attended St. John's University in Queens, N.Y., and graduated from Suburban Technical School in Long Island with an associate's degree in electronics.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1994 | By Randolph Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
James George Douris' billing practices were called outrageous, even for a plumber. Douris found a way to turn $75 service calls into bills for more than $300 to $1,200 - often without so much as lifting a wrench, state and Bucks County officials charged yesterday in a lawsuit. When consumers filed complaints, Douris, owner of George Plumbing Inc. in Newtown, billed them an extra $200 for "office fees," the lawsuit said. "This is the most outrageous billing case I've ever seen," said Courtney Yelle, director of Bucks County Department of Consumer Protection.
SPORTS
August 6, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Adam Hughes set his prized possession on the table for everyone to see - Barry Bonds' record-tying home run ball, already safely encased in an acrylic box. "It was pretty neat to be part of history," said Hughes, a 33-year-old plumber from San Diego's La Jolla section. "I'll have something to tell my kids. " Hughes became an instant celebrity Saturday night when he scooped up Bonds' No. 755, which tied the San Francisco Giants' slugger with Hank Aaron as baseball's most prolific home-run hitter.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In an upset to prognosticators who said Kelly Clarkson was a shoo-in for the World Idol crown, Norwegian plumber Kurt Nilsen won the title. The gap-toothed, cherubic 25-year-old, who looks like a cross between a hobbit and Clay Aiken, won Thursday night in London with his rendition of U2's "Beautiful Day. " "This is totally amazing," a thrilled and tearful Nilsen said. "I love you guys," he told the 10 other competitors. And American sweetheart Clarkson? She came in second, while Belgium's Peter Everard was third.
NEWS
June 24, 2001 | By Melanie Burney INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Victor Marcus Snyder, 60, of Lansdale, a former Philadelphia plumber-turned-criminal defense lawyer, died suddenly Friday at home. Relatives said Mr. Snyder may have suffered a heart ailment. Mr. Snyder became a household name in the region when he appeared in TV commercials in the 1970s promoting himself as "Philadelphia's plumber. " He later went to law school, passed the bar and became a lawyer. He maintained law offices at 2 Penn Center in Center City until his death. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Snyder graduated in 1958 from Girard College.
NEWS
May 11, 1997 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Arthur J. Kehoe Sr., 66, a retired master plumber who received a heart transplant 11 years ago, died of heart failure Friday at Allegheny University Hospitals/Hahnemann. He lived in Conshohocken. Heart problems had dogged Mr. Kehoe early on. He had suffered heart attacks at age 42 and at 44, his family said, and a third, massive attack that required quadruple bypass surgery on Nov. 8, 1985. Mr. Kehoe received his heart transplant at Temple University Hospital April 7, 1986 - on the seventh birthday of his grandson Paul Taboga.
NEWS
March 16, 1998 | By Thomas J. Brady, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Fred Ward Moore, 88, a retired plumber, died of complications of multiple strokes on Saturday at the Glen Mills home of his daughter. Before moving in with his daughter, Mr. Moore had been a resident of Havertown for many years. Mr. Moore had worked for 10 years as a plumber for a subcontractor at Peco substations. Before that, he had been self-employed as a plumbing and heating contractor in Haverford Township. Mr. Moore was raised in Haverford Township on the H.G. Lloyd Estate where his father was superintendent for 70 years.
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NEWS
June 11, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
REAL_ESTATE
May 11, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
March 16, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
January 14, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
January 4, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 27, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
NEWS
September 16, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: The last few weeks, when I do a load of laundry, the water that is discharged smells like rotten eggs. I don't think the odor is coming up from the drain, because that doesn't smell. I have always cleaned the machine according to the recommendations, but when I do this now, it doesn't help. Subsequent loads don't trigger this smell, just the first load. Do I need a plumber or repairman? Answer: You didn't say whether you have a front loader or a top loader.
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