June 12, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of June 9, 2015: Craig LaBan: In one of the more unexpected turns of restaurant news, talented chef Ezra Duker left the Mainland Inn just a few weeks after earning three bells in a fairly spectacular display of true modern farm-to-table cooking. Duker told me by phone his ultimate goal was to open his own place. He and his pastry chef (and life partner), Sandy Tran, were heading out to travel in Asia, and then decide where to open their own place - in the Bay area (where they met)
June 12, 2015
SO MUCH OF personal finance is personal and emotional. During a recent online discussion, a reader asked a question about a situation that's all too common. And as part of a regular feature on family financial disagreements, I want to address the issues that the person raised. * The background: This is a story about two brothers. Their parents have provided significant financial support for the children of the elder son. The parents are helping him pay his bills, because he is unemployed.
June 7, 2015 |
MAIKEL FRANCO has had quite a week. In fact, it's a hot streak Karen Klein will never forget. Klein, of Runnemede, N.J., won $1,000 Friday night in the Daily News Home Run payoff contest, thanks to Franco's third homer in his last four games. "Please tell Maikel Franco, thank you very, very much," an emotional Klein said. "You just made a South Jersey woman very, very happy. " Klein works in the children's clothing department at JCPenney's in the Cherry Hill Mall. A diehard Phillies fan, she was listening as broadcaster Scott Franzke announced her as the latest thousand-dollar winner in our popular contest.
May 22, 2015
Craig LaBan: I've been doing some eating - some fantastic ( see my three-bell rave on the fine farm-to-table revamp of the Mainland Inn in Harleysville), and some not great at all ( see my Sunday take on Chinatown's new Bonchon , the Korean fried-chicken franchise that earned a rare "no bell" rating). In other news, we were all extremely concerned to learn that chef Eli Kulp of Fork, High Street on Market, and a.Kitchen was seriously injured in last week's horrific Amtrak accident.
April 10, 2015
THE CHILDREN'S Scholarship Fund of Philadelphia (CSFP) receives donations from businesses that are using Educational Improvement Tax Credit programs. I am a parent whose children have benefited from these scholarship programs. I have witnessed the difference in the quality of education they are receiving. Your editorial stated that there is no proof that there are any measurable benefits from these type of scholarship programs. However, the National Center for Education Statistics study reports that students attending private and parochial schools have significantly higher standardized test scores, more challenging curriculum and graduation requirements, and more college graduates than their public-school peers.
March 11, 2015 |
THE PROSE of best-selling author James Patterson is probably never going to be analyzed in literature classes, but the man knows how to spin a yarn and churn out books perfect for airplanes, beaches, armchairs and the john. Now the author of the Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club series for adults, the Maximum Ride series for teens and oodles of other novels either written solo or with a co-author, has decided to give some of his money to school libraries. (Patterson has already handed out more than $1 million to independent bookstores.)
January 11, 2015 |
Twenty years ago, I wrote a story for Inquirer Magazine about the last days of my grandfather. It was a story about a man reckoning with his mortality and reflecting on his life. I was privileged to watch, from an intimate vantage, as this family patriarch of 96 years gracefully surrendered and began anticipating a reunion with his loved ones in the afterlife in which he believed. Belief was a sub-theme, his faith that God would recognize his efforts to lead a good life versus my skepticism about the very existence of a merciful Supreme Being.
November 28, 2014
IT'S ALWAYS CUTE when the little kid at the table says Grace before the Thanksgiving meal. The child will recite the usual blessings of health, family and togetherness. It's a shame they don't ask fantasy leaguers to come up with the annual prayer. We would give thanks for such things as Emmanuel Sanders shaking off a violent hit to register nine catches for 125 yards last week. Or we might thank Golden Tate for taking advantage of Calvin Johnson's injury to post a pair of 150-yard games in Weeks 7 and 8. Remember that Andrew Luck garbage-time touchdown at about 11:30 on Sunday night of Week 1?
November 19, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA's fave pitcher, Mo'ne Davis , the first girl to win a Little League World Series game, is writing her memoir. Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name will be released next March by HarperCollins Children's Books, the publisher told the Associated Press yesterday. Even though Mo'ne is an honor-roll student, she will get some help with the book from Hilary Beard , whose previous collaborations include Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life . Mo'ne became a sensation this summer after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville in the LLWS, when she was just 13. Known for her long braids and uncommon poise, she has since appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated , thrown out the first pitch at a major league World Series game and starred in a car commercial directed by Spike Lee . In September, she donated her jersey to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and a week from Thursday she and her fellow Taney Dragons will help kick off the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
November 14, 2014
I'VE BEEN INVITING readers to let me share their family financial feuds and offer my advice. The following is a dilemma one reader, who wrote to me during an online discussion, had with a sibling. The family background : "I am helping my niece pay for college," the person wrote. "I'm glad to do it, and she is doing terrifically well - nearly straight A's in a demanding program, got selected to a prestigious honor society, and is volunteering some time to a worthwhile cause - all the right things.