August 15, 2010 |
For years, visitors at the Philadelphia Zoo have been walking right by the funny little house known as The Solitude. It's been locked up, easy to miss, especially when the boxwood hedges were six feet tall. But no more. After decades of being used by the zoo for everything from a snake exhibit in the parlor to executive offices in the library, The Solitude is well on its way to inviting company over. Come September, after $500,000 in renovations that include substantial hedge-trimming, the house will be open for group tours.
March 22, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am a young man in college. When I was an infant, I was circumcised, and I feel violated that my parents decided to circumcise me without my consent. When the doctor performed the surgery, he took too much off, which causes me pain. When I was in grade school, I was sexually assaulted by an older classmate, but I feel much more violated from the circumcision because it took a part of me that I can never get back. I am filled with hate and anger toward my parents, even though I know it is unfair to them because they believed they were making the right choice at the time.
February 17, 1994 |
The Coffee Family Ranch, an hour's drive southwest of Austin in the hill country of Blanco County, Texas, is a piece of land steeped in history. And Lawrence Coffee, a 52-year-old rancher, is determined to preserve it. His family's spread is located on 1,000 acres of ground that used to be a part of a community of freed slaves known as Peyton Colony. Coffee is a descendant of one of the original settlers. The colony was named for a freedman, Peyton Roberts, who settled there in 1865.
August 18, 2014 |
You can buy or build a house. Or, you can buy or build a tiny house. On Sept. 6 and 7, Tumbleweed Tiny House Co. holds its first workshop here at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District Hotel, 400 Arch St. What qualifies as a tiny house? Something in the range of 172 to 875 square feet. Why a tiny house? Tight mortgage money and rising fuel costs to heat and cool large homes, among other reasons. A few groups are keen on tiny homes, said Steve Weissmann, president of Sonoma, Calif.-based Tumbleweed: "Young people starting out with their first home, seniors downsizing, and people concerned about the environment.
March 2, 1986 |
A 17-year-old Bucks County high school senior was arrested early yesterday and charged with the fatal shooting of his grandparents in their home in Warrington Township. Several hours after the bodies were found in the immaculate stone house, Richard Mazeffa, who had lived with his grandparents for the last two years, admitted to the killings at the Warrington Township police station, according to records filed in Magistrate's Court in Newtown, Bucks County, an official source said.
July 13, 1999 |
Joseph Ehrenreich Sr., 86, of Croydon, a retired plant maintenance employee who also owned and operated a restaurant, died Wednesday at Crestview North Nursing Center in Langhorne. He had battled cancer for two years. Mr. Ehrenreich was a "master craftsman," able to fix or build anything, including stained-glass lamps and windows, lead carriage lamps, tables, and shelves, said a son, Joseph Jr. He retired at age 66 after 25 years as a lead burner and plant maintenance employee for Yates Industries in Burlington.
May 24, 2016 |
If it had nothing else to recommend it, Act II Playhouse's production of Kiss Me, Kate would still have the winning combination of Cole Porter and Shakespeare on its side. That mix - Porter's music and lyrics, paired with Sam and Bella Spewack's reimagining of The Taming of the Shrew - was, in fact, so winning that it took the first Tony Award for Best Musical in 1949. Packed full of classics, including "Another Op'nin', Another Show," and "So in Love," the story is loosely based on rumors of battles between Lynn Fontanne and her husband, Alfred Lunt, during a 1930s production of Shakespeare's comedy.
June 3, 2007 |
Everywhere investigators went, every time they talked to an informant or questioned a suspect, one name kept coming back to them: Raymond Morales. It seemed that all the drug dealers in Camden were getting their cocaine from him. While his name was ringing out, no one would cooperate against Morales because he had such a terrifying reputation for violence. "He put the fear of God into people on the street," said Lt. Michael Mangold of the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
June 9, 1991 |
After an hour above an empty sea, our 14-seater descended over scattered reefs, looped around a smoldering volcano and dropped down on a runway so short that each end overhung the sea. We had arrived on the Banda Islands, still known in many parts of the world as the Spice Islands in what was once called the Dutch East Indies. Separated by hundreds of miles from the main body of Eastern Indonesia's Moluccas, the islands of this group are so small that their size must be grossly exaggerated for them to show up on most maps.
May 30, 2015 |
For years, planners and residents have been trying to understand why Haddon Township isn't more like Collingswood, the millennial enclave that is South Jersey's answer to Fairmount and East Passyunk. Situated side by side in Camden County, the two towns are old-school commuter suburbs, with small house lots, good sidewalks, and great transit to Center City. They even share a main street, Haddon Avenue, which runs through the center of both. The pair are models for what smart-growth advocates call walkable urbanism, but Collingswood's downtown is by far the buzzier place.