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February 17, 2002 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Prom season will soon arrive, and the Diversity Club at Shawnee High School in Medford wants teens to be prepared. The club again seeks used prom dresses in good condition for its Cinderella Sale, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 11 in the high school cafeteria. Donated dressed should be clean with the size marked on a note card pinned to the dress. The dresses must also be on hangers. The club will use the proceeds to promote its mission of understanding, acceptance and unity within the Shawnee student body.
NEWS
March 15, 2003 | By Nora Koch INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Prom dresses, a new dog, a pool table, a $150-a-week cocaine habit. "I just couldn't stop shopping," a Cherry Hill woman told a federal judge demanding to know what happened to the cash she and her supervisor embezzled from her employer, a pie-plate manufacturer. Judge Jerome B. Simandle yesterday postponed sentencing Gail Mariano, 38, on two counts of bank fraud until he learned more about where the money went. "I need to know what happened to a million dollars," Simandle said.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU GAVE Helen Banks a needle and thread, you'd be advised to get out of her way. She could make anything with those simple tools. Clothing, of course, including men's and women's suits, prom dresses to make a girl the belle of the ball, draperies, bedding, wedding dresses - you name it. For a time, she designed and sewed bedding for the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store. Helen Banks, who worked for a number of clothing manufacturers in the city - including Foster Brothers Men's Clothing, from which she retired - a devoted churchwoman and loving family matriarch, died Friday.
NEWS
April 30, 1994 | By Lea Sitton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mayfair folks are working hard to raise a happy ending from the ashes of a bridal salon in their neighborhood. When a Molotov cocktail set fire to Mary's Bridal & Formal Salon in the 7200 block of Frankford Avenue early Tuesday, wedding gowns and prom formals went up in smoke. Throughout the day Wednesday, women stood before the shop and fretted. But by yesterday, brides were being fitted at a small printing shop and high school girls were selecting prom gowns at two local banks.
NEWS
March 25, 1993 | By Kathleen Martin Beans, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
As she modeled the $1,200 wedding gown she will wear on May 15, Kristine Konschak, 21, talked about practicality and saving money. She could do that. She plans to rent the ornate satin gown with puffed sleeves - for $250. "I'm saving myself about $1,000 that I can put toward something else," said Konschak, of Newtown Township. She was being interviewed at Formals Etc. last week by a field producer for ABC's Good Morning America. The interview with Konschak will be part of a segment on ways to cut wedding expenses.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
And now, the names of four of the hardest-working women on any stage in Philadelphia and, currently, maybe anywhere. They are Kat Borrelli, Laura Catlaw, Colleen Hazlett, and Janet Rowley, and together they become a gal-group of singers called the Marvelous Wonderettes, each night on the top floor of the Adrienne Theatre. There, 11th Hour Theatre Company is presenting a show by the same name. Actually, it's not all that much of a show in the first half, but The Marvelous Wonderettes is one heck of a concert throughout.
LIVING
May 1, 1997 | By Roy H. Campbell, INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Zakiyyah Watson, 17, couldn't help admiring her own reflection. Before her eyes was a glamorous image, her own size 4 figure encased in a black, stretchy, one-shoulder gown that didn't miss a curve. The gown, by Tadashi, was slit dangerously high along one leg and was bare in back, save for four white straps strung from shoulder to waist. "Wow," cooed her classmate and friend Daisha Gregory, 17. "You look hot yourself," shot back Watson, gazing at Gregory's equally provocative dress, a black, body-hugging sheath with flesh peeking through sheer insets.
NEWS
July 14, 2008 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a quickie courtship and a minor face-lift, the 70-year-old dowager of designer duds at discount prices known as Ideal Clothing has a new lease on life. After reading in a newspaper article about the imminent closing of Ideal, where generations of women headed for the perfect prom, wedding and cocktail-party outfits, two Gloucester County entrepreneurs have kept it open. The store's previous owner, Bruce Rosenwasser, of Vineland, died in March at 54, and no one in his family wanted to take over the business.
NEWS
May 3, 2001 | By Lisa Samalonis
All I can say is I hope God stays with me when I drive. It seems the roads are more dangerous each time I pull out of my driveway. Bad drivers - those who talk or argue too much with their passengers, drink coffee, eat doughnuts, or apply lipstick while driving - are not new. Now, however, the blatant disregard for other drivers and the lack of attention overwhelm me almost every time I drive. The other day, I checked my rearview mirror while at a light on a busy suburban road, and the driver had the newspaper open on the steering wheel while talking on the phone.
SPORTS
January 4, 1996 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It has been a strange season for the Dallas Cowboys. The ongoing drama is so full of plot twists and surprises, their training camp should have been moved from Valley Ranch to Southfork. But strangest of all, as Dallas prepares to host Sunday's divisional playoff with the Eagles, an NFL-record 47th postseason game for this franchise, the Cowboys are suddenly viewed as beatable, even vulnerable. "I guess it's because we lost those four games," said running back Emmitt Smith.
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January 29, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU GAVE Helen Banks a needle and thread, you'd be advised to get out of her way. She could make anything with those simple tools. Clothing, of course, including men's and women's suits, prom dresses to make a girl the belle of the ball, draperies, bedding, wedding dresses - you name it. For a time, she designed and sewed bedding for the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store. Helen Banks, who worked for a number of clothing manufacturers in the city - including Foster Brothers Men's Clothing, from which she retired - a devoted churchwoman and loving family matriarch, died Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
And now, the names of four of the hardest-working women on any stage in Philadelphia and, currently, maybe anywhere. They are Kat Borrelli, Laura Catlaw, Colleen Hazlett, and Janet Rowley, and together they become a gal-group of singers called the Marvelous Wonderettes, each night on the top floor of the Adrienne Theatre. There, 11th Hour Theatre Company is presenting a show by the same name. Actually, it's not all that much of a show in the first half, but The Marvelous Wonderettes is one heck of a concert throughout.
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | By Anndee Hochman, FOR THE INQUIRER
In high school, he was the guy who shaved his head in solidarity with a buddy who was going through chemo, then let the hair grow back in a mohawk. She was the girl who never wore a dress. So when Tom Burrows and Meghan Connolly showed up at the 2006 Cheltenham High School prom — he in a white tux and spectator shoes, dark hair in glossy spikes; she in a black spaghetti-strap gown with white accents, fingernails tipped in ebony lacquer — they made a striking pair. They also caught the eye of photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who included a photo of Burrows and Connolly in her new book, Prom, published in April.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
If it's a famous frock, you can bet your breakfast at Tiffany's that Hal Rubenstein knows the story behind it. Rubenstein is the fashion director for the glitzy, celebrity-driven InStyle magazine. His latest book, 100 Unforgettable Dresses (HarperDesign, 2011), is a testament to his knowledge of all the things tailored, glossy, and see-through that have become, well, unforgettable. The book was released Tuesday. Stylish books regularly land on my desk, but this 206-page hardcover stood out because Rubenstein packed it with little-known fashion facts.
NEWS
March 20, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Colby Berman nearly swooned when she saw herself in the frothy pink chiffon gown with gold beaded trim at the Bala Girls store in Bala Cynwyd. "It's exactly what I wanted," the 15-year-old Lower Merion High School sophomore gushed as her entourage - and there's always an entourage when it comes to the increasingly complex task of picking out a prom gown - oohed and aahed on cue. To make sure the $400 dress was exactly what no one else wanted...
NEWS
July 14, 2008 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a quickie courtship and a minor face-lift, the 70-year-old dowager of designer duds at discount prices known as Ideal Clothing has a new lease on life. After reading in a newspaper article about the imminent closing of Ideal, where generations of women headed for the perfect prom, wedding and cocktail-party outfits, two Gloucester County entrepreneurs have kept it open. The store's previous owner, Bruce Rosenwasser, of Vineland, died in March at 54, and no one in his family wanted to take over the business.
NEWS
April 19, 2008 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Far from the fancy designer salons and chic bridal boutiques in Philadelphia and New York City, Ideal Clothing is a little bit of haute couture tucked away in a Quonset hut on the way to the Jersey Shore. Generations of women have turned off Route 30 here for prom dresses, mother-of-the-bride gowns and cruise wear. But within the next few weeks, after Ideal sends one last high school girl out with her frothy prom gown carefully wrapped in a plastic garment bag, longtime employees will lock the front door and turn out the lights on a business that's been catering to the whims of event-bound women for 70 years.
NEWS
June 6, 2004 | By Wendy Walker INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The most frequent question Ryan McLaughlin gets about her duct-tape prom gown is: "Doesn't it stick to you?" No, it doesn't, explains the Great Valley High School junior: The top is double-faced, sticky side to sticky side, and the skirt is lined with a shower curtain liner. Far from its hardware-store origins, the dress looks as if it were made from fine, pliable leather woven into squares. The black, sleeveless top is laced up the back corset-style with ribbon, and the ankle-length black skirt ties at the waist.
NEWS
March 15, 2003 | By Nora Koch INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Prom dresses, a new dog, a pool table, a $150-a-week cocaine habit. "I just couldn't stop shopping," a Cherry Hill woman told a federal judge demanding to know what happened to the cash she and her supervisor embezzled from her employer, a pie-plate manufacturer. Judge Jerome B. Simandle yesterday postponed sentencing Gail Mariano, 38, on two counts of bank fraud until he learned more about where the money went. "I need to know what happened to a million dollars," Simandle said.
NEWS
February 17, 2002 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Prom season will soon arrive, and the Diversity Club at Shawnee High School in Medford wants teens to be prepared. The club again seeks used prom dresses in good condition for its Cinderella Sale, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. March 11 in the high school cafeteria. Donated dressed should be clean with the size marked on a note card pinned to the dress. The dresses must also be on hangers. The club will use the proceeds to promote its mission of understanding, acceptance and unity within the Shawnee student body.
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