January 11, 2014 |
Peco's 140,000 customers who are enrolled in a subsidized low-income program will soon get all the benefits of shopping for competitive electric suppliers. And all the risks. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved a plan Thursday to allow enrollees in Peco's CAP Rate program to sign up with competitive suppliers, potentially reducing their bills. But the PUC rejected a proposal by Peco and consumer advocates to limit suppliers from charging low-income customers more than the utility's default rate, the "price-to-compare" paid by customers who don't switch.
January 10, 2014 |
In 1993, when Max Hansen opened a gourmet market in Buckingham, some customers just didn't get it. They weren't familiar with the concept, and they balked at the prices. But in the 20 years since, appetites have changed. In May, Hansen took over the old Carversville General Store, a long-standing but unambitious mainstay with a post office, and transformed it into the Max Hansen Carversville Grocery. He added a cafe, organic foods, local groceries, prepared foods, and occasional chef's dinners.
January 4, 2014 |
The Please Touch Museum's Fifth Birthday Celebrations - marking its time in its lavish new Memorial Hall home - continue Sunday with puppet Marvin the Supermarket Manager unveiling features in the City Capers' ShopRite Supermarket exhibit. The celebration for the popular exhibit, created to help kids explore and practice preliteracy and math concepts while demonstrating choice and responsibility, begins at noon. Visitors can get the festivities started with faux cake decorating, followed by story time and grocery shopping in the Story Castle at 12:30 p.m. Watch a ShopRite baker perform real cake decorating at 1:30, then chow down on mini cupcakes.
January 3, 2014 |
MOST TEENAGERS do dumb things. But not trying-to-rob-Joe-Galiano dumb. Galiano is the owner of Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County. There is a giant gun-shaped sign on the roof. Inside, Galiano is surrounded by guns, including the .45-caliber pistol on his hip. Can't miss it. And the police station is just around the corner from the shop. Despite these conspicuous crime deterrents, two teenagers nonetheless decided to throw on burqas and pull a silver handgun on Galiano about 1:40 p.m. yesterday in a botched attempt to stick him up, police said.
December 25, 2013 |
A famous customer has ordered two dozen custom-made centerpieces, and the deadline is two days away. "This is how we start: step by step," Kristine Henle-Blank says, a block of mossy green floral foam in one hand, a rectangular design bowl in the other. "We'll use holly from the big holly tree," she tells her five designers-in-training, all of them students at Archway Programs in Atco, Camden County. "Could someone please go outside and bring in the fresh greens?" Henle-Blank stands at a work table inside From the Ground Up, a retail flower shop on the campus of Archway, a private school for special-needs students.
December 24, 2013 |
One woman was sitting in a window seat at La Colombe, lost in a discussion about a Macy's sale, when someone snatched her wallet from her purse. Alyssa Abbott had just finished lunch at a Chestnut Street cafe when she noticed how light her tote bag felt. And Temple University student Rachael Young was packing up her laptop at Starbucks when she realized her wallet was gone. Pickpockets. Or, more precisely, the work of what police now call "sneak thieves. " If the best friend of the coffeehouse thief is distraction, then the holiday season, with its crowded shops of hurried shoppers, offers the pickpocket prime opportunities.
December 23, 2013 |
KING OF PRUSSIA The temperature reached nearly 70 degrees, but the Wilmoth family ventured inside the King of Prussia mall on Saturday anyway, searching not for deals, but for the Christmas spirit. Because if the spirit can be found anywhere, it's in the second-largest mall in America the weekend before Christmas. "We don't do much shopping while we're here," said Jason Wilmoth, 43, of Dresher. "We just like to get out and feel the hustle and bustle. " Wilmoth said his wife stayed up until 4 a.m. on Black Friday, waiting in line for deals.
December 23, 2013 |
You don't have time to read this. And I don't have time to write it. Why? It's the holidays and we're busy. Busy, busy, busy. In fact, by the time you finish this sentence, I will be at the mall, shopping. Shopping, shopping, shopping. For the first time. You read that right. It's three days before Christmas, and I have not bought a single present. Yes, I am the one they speak of, that mythical creature who is so rarely seen that people aren't even sure they exist, like the Abominable Snowman or the Loch Ness Monster.
December 20, 2013 |
Charles "Bud" Kilgus Jr., 89, a retired machine-shop foreman and devoted nursing-home volunteer, died Sunday, Dec. 15, of heart failure at Immaculate Mary Home in Northeast Philadelphia. Trained as a draftsman and machinist, Mr. Kilgus worked for many years at M.L. Bayard & Co. in North Philadelphia. He started as a machinist and rose to senior machine-shop foreman, a responsibility he shared with another man. The company's work was exacting. It designed and manufactured heavy-duty machinery for the Atomic Energy Commission, including high-vacuum valves used to produce radioactive plutonium for reactors.
December 17, 2013 |
If the United Parcel Service Inc. forecast is correct, Tuesday - that's tomorrow - should be the busiest day of the year for Jill Schubert and the 15,205 UPS employees she supervises from its regional headquarters in South Philadelphia. Shipping volume is already up from 2012 and Tuesday is peak day with 29 million packages expected to be delivered globally, up from 27.5 million last year. "It's controlled madness or controlled chaos," said Schubert, 51, president of operations.