November 1, 2013 |
Derrick Wheeler, whose background is in business and engineering, has acted on his desire to own a fine-dining restaurant. Vella , a northern Mediterranean BYOB co-owned by his wife, Sally, has taken the former Freskada space in the Main Street at Exton Town Center (120 Woodcutter St., Exton, 610-524-3334). He's managing it with Kathleen Devine, a 30-year dining veteran. Designer Joseph D'Ambro, whose resumé includes Alba in Malvern, Sovana in Unionville and Talula's Table in Kennett Square, installed a rustic, Old World look with distressed furnishings.
June 18, 2013 |
Two North Philadelphia men pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder and related charges in the 2011 slaying of an Egyptian immigrant during a botched robbery of his Northern Liberties convenience store. Quasheam Richburg, 22, and Marvell Hargrove, 19, pleaded guilty before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Carpenter on what was to have been the first day of their trial in the killing of Moustafa H. Shaker, 50. Richburg admitted shooting Shaker in the face with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun during Shaker's overnight shift at the Trax Food Store under the Market-Frankford Line Girard Avenue station.
February 8, 2013 |
DENNIS TINNEY thought nothing of hopping on a plane and winging off to a sporting event somewhere in the world. That was the kind of guy he was. Adventurous, filled with the joy of living and out to conquer the world. He was always full of ideas for moneymaking schemes. And he took charge of his family as a loving patriarch. Dennis Edward Tinney, a 33-year employee of Merck & Co., where he was highly regarded by both superiors and fellow workers, died Jan. 31 of a brain aneurysm.
August 10, 2012 |
Wharton, Morris, Meade, Rittenhouse, and McKean. The names were familiar to Pete Hoskins when he was Philadelphia streets commissioner in the 1980s and '90s. They topped signposts that flashed by as he drove through the city. Hoskins saw the names again while touring Laurel Hill Cemetery as its president and chief executive officer three years ago. They were cut into ornate headstones, obelisks, and mausoleums. And that gave him an idea. Why not tell the stories of these movers and shakers who were honored in Philadelphia by having streets and institutions named after them?
December 9, 2011 |
YOUNG Involved Philadelphia was at times mistaken for a vanity project when Andrew Hohns and Troy Madres, two University of Pennsylvania graduates, started it in November 2000. Sure, Hohns was talking about running for mayor five months into the nascent organization's life. But, he and Madres had something bigger in mind for YIP. "The whole point was to get people to meet the so-called movers and shakers, and then begin to influence the way they thought," explained Hohns, 33, who is working for an investment firm while seeking his doctorate from Penn.
May 29, 2011 |
Among the many things money and power can't buy, apparently, is originality. Over the winter, Eli N. Avila, Gov. Corbett's secretary of health, got into a tiff at a diner called Roxy's over whether his eggs were fresh. To sharpen his point, he resorted to the trite and true "Do you know who I am?" Avila left Roxy's and filed a complaint against the place with Harrisburg's health department, which found only minor violations. None of them had to do with eggs. Avila has not commented on the incident, but his representatives have said he thought there was a legitimate health concern.
April 22, 2011 |
Who has the mojo to affect world events? Who makes the Earth spin? Justin Bieber , baby. And Blake Lively . And, of course, Oprah Winfrey . Those are just some of the monikers on this year's Time 100 list of the most influential folk in the galaxy ( www.time.com/time100 ). Sure, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron made the cut, as did Prince William and Kate Middleton . So did far more important personages such as Matt Damon and Sting . In a sweet literary move, each person listed is praised by Another Famous Boldfacer . "He can be the glamorous celebrity, but look closely at photos of him on the red carpet: there is a kindness in his eyes," writes Dame Helen Mirren of Colin Firth , 50. Elisabeth Moss celebrates her Mad Men boss Matt Weiner , 45: "He is a true artist, a seeker of truth.
February 3, 2011 |
On Sunday nights, globe-trotting lawyer Joe Murphy gets his ballroom groove on. He hits the floor at Dance Haddonfield, a lively gathering of guys and gals who love to cha-cha-cha. Held in the handsome hall of Grace Church on Kings Highway East, Dance Haddonfield has become a community institution. Sort of like the man who founded it 11 years ago. "I tell people, if you'd asked me to design the perfect life for myself, it wouldn't be as good as the one I have," says Murphy, an unabashed Haddonfield booster whose multiple civic endeavors reflect his eclectic personal and professional interests.
October 12, 2010 |
Jennie Zecca wasn't the kind of woman to hold back if she had an opinion. Didn't matter if she was talking to Frank Rizzo or some other city mover and shaker. Married to Anthony Zecca, deputy mayor when Rizzo was mayor, Jennie amused Rizzo with some of her outspoken opinions on current affairs. Rizzo would kid his deputy about his wife, "but the mayor always enjoyed her gracious company and warmth," said her son, Mark Zecca. Jennie Zecca, daughter of Italian immigrants who was active in civic affairs, died Thursday.
March 4, 2010
PERFECT MANHATTAN 2 ounces rye whiskey 1/2 ounce Carpano Antica sweet vermouth 1/2 ounce Noilly Prat dry vermouth Dash Urban Moonshine maple bitters Luxardo Marasca imported Italian cherries Stir whiskey, vermouths and bitters with ice in a cocktail shaker to blend. In a double rocks glass, rinse cubed ice for drink with Marasca cherry juice, and drain off excess. Add stirred drink and garnish with cherries. VELVET ROPE 2 ounces rye whiskey Dash orange bitters 1/2 ounce Velvet Falernum (a cane-based spiced liqueur)