May 31, 2015 |
A lot of the merchandise on the Wildwood boardwalk has a bit of an edge to it. Cheesy T-shirts advertise sex, drugs, even rock and roll (if that's still considered edgy). Stores offer tattoos, temporary or permanent. Other shops sell pipes and bongs "for tobacco use only. " Over the last year or two, however, the boardwalk has added another type of product among the oceanfront shops. The signs advertise vaping, and the stores sell electronic cigarettes. E-cigarettes come in various forms but all work on the same general principle: Liquid nicotine at one end is heated into vapor that is is inhaled through a mouthpiece.
May 30, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The ShopRite LPGA Classic, which begins Friday, is being held for the 27th time. Juli Inkster won the first one and the third one, in 1986 and 1988, when it was known as the Atlantic City Classic, and is here preparing once again less than a month shy of her 55th birthday. She has other responsibilities these days, both as the 2015 captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team, and as a television commentator for Fox, which will televise the U.S. Open and other USGA national championships this year.
May 29, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster will turn 55 next month. So what was she doing tying for seventh in her most recent start, at last month's Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, a week after coming in 15th at the Swinging Skirts Classic in San Francisco, her best finish since a 15th at last June's U.S. Open? Isn't women's golf mostly supposed to belong to teenagers these days? So maybe there's a time warp going on. "I love competing," Inkster said at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, where the 54-hole LPGA ShopRite Classic tees off tomorrow on the Bay Course.
May 27, 2015 |
Nobody would call New Jersey's property taxes appetizing. But when Glassboro Councilman Hector Cabezas buys his daily bagel egg sandwich and coffee from Ry's Bagels on Delsea Drive, you might say his tax bill decreases bite by bite. On his third-quarter property-tax bill this summer, Cabezas will save about $170 after less than a year of using a property-tax reward card during his typical transactions in the Gloucester County town. Cabezas pays more than $8,000 in property taxes annually, so the relief isn't monumental, but it's something.
May 23, 2015 |
Police and federal officials are investigating an early-morning burglary at a Delaware County gun store in which thieves made off with 19 weapons. At 4:13 a.m., three or more men broke through the front window of the Suburban Armory, at 1008 McDade Blvd., in Collingdale. Once inside the store, they stole semiautomatic handguns, and revolvers, said Steven Bartholomew, special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. "They smashed cabinets and grabbed the handguns," he said.
May 19, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Bass Pro Shops opened here April 15, and the outdoor gear and apparel retailer surpassed expected sales by "40 percent" for its first month. "It was outstanding," said Eric Clements, the store's general manager, whose Springfield, Mo., firm doesn't release specific sales numbers. The Bass store sales represent a hopeful blip in this ailing gambling town, where four casinos closed last year, snuffing out 8,000 jobs. Retail is expected to play a bigger role here.
May 18, 2015 |
Four years into Pennsylvania's much-heralded Era of Electric Choice, it's time to assess. Is it worth switching electricity suppliers? Maybe. Picking plans and suppliers is a gamble, as many discovered, to their dismay, during last year's chilling polar vortex. Since then, the state Public Utility Commission has toughened the rules, to make it harder for shady operators. But never underestimate the creativity of dishonest people. If you follow a few simple rules and filter out most of the noise, I've discovered, there are ways to achieve tortoise-like savings, without much sweat.
May 8, 2015 |
GALLOWAY, N.J. - Stacy Lewis, the reigning LPGA Tour Player of the Year, has played in eight events this season. She hasn't finished worse than 15th. She's been second three times, including a playoff loss in the first women's major of the season, last month's ANA Inspiration, the former Kraft Nabisco. She's fourth on the money list, and ranked third in the world, after making it to No. 1 in both of the two previous years. Yet she's gone 11 months since winning the last of her 11 professional titles, which includes two majors.
May 5, 2015
M ATT FINEBERG, 36, of Upper Darby, is founder and CEO of Bestimators, a Web-based firm that helps homeowners find home-improvement contractors. The startup is working out of a space at Ventureforth, on 8th Street near Willow, in North Philadelphia. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I spent 10 years in sales and consulting for the home-improvement industry and saw homeowners and contractors frustrated by the process. The idea was to have a single marketplace where people could shop for home-improvement projects the same way they do airline tickets and hotel reservations.
April 25, 2015 |
City Council has tried to ban them and tax them, but plastic bags have continued to flutter out of Philadelphia's reach. Now one member of Council is targeting them anew - with a bill to impose a five-cent fee on all shopping bags, paper and plastic. "People go into convenience stores and come out with a bag that they really didn't need and toss it onto the streets," said Councilman Mark Squilla, who introduced the bill Thursday. About a dozen states and scores of municipalities - including Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco - have passed laws to regulate plastic bags.