September 11, 2016
By Gary Emmett, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University. Do you obsess with cleanliness? Can you, as they say, eat off your spotless floors? Or do you feel depressed if your floors are not up to that standard? As it turns out, you can try too hard in the cleaning department. Particularly if your efforts involve using dangerous antibacterial cleansers. Last week, after years of controversy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally banned 19 antibacterial products found in cleansers of all kinds for hands and home.
August 5, 2016 |
When founder and CEO Maria Mavromatis says the Hercules Beard Co. "is all me," she's being modest. The Cherry Hill resident, 42, designs, makes, markets, distributes, and hand-sells a line of nine men's grooming products - while holding down a full-time job in advertising. Did I mention that Mavromatis also created the handsome Hercules logo [herculesbeardco.com], as well as the packaging and promotional materials for her brand? "I'm a self-starter," she explains. "I go and I do it. I worked on Hercules for two years before I launched in September 2015.
March 19, 2016 |
You would think a 78-year-old nun in rural northeastern Pennsylvania would know better, but State Police say it's true: Sister Agnes Pennino has been charged with stealing $23 worth of food and toiletries from a Surplus Outlet near Berwick, Columbia County. The crime, they say, was premeditated. About 3:45 p.m. Monday, Pennino, dressed in civilian clothes, entered the store, grabbed a shopping cart, and eventually put snacks, coffee, soap, and shampoo inside several of the store's distinctive orange shopping bags, according to troopers and store personnel interviewed by WNEP-TV in Scranton.
March 13, 2015
D IANE DILEMANI, 58, of Franklintown, is founder of Beautiart Soaps, an all-natural, handcrafted-soaps boutique company she just launched online. Dilemani is a former makeup artist and retail beauty specialist with more than 20 years' experience in the beauty and skin-care industry. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Beautiart? A: It started as a hobby and I would give soap as gifts. Then people started purchasing the soap as gifts for themselves or others. I thought, you know, maybe I could make some money on this.
December 8, 2014 |
One of the oddest and most frustrating episodes of Philadelphia's long-running governmental soap opera faded to a close Thursday. It did so absent any heroes, with a baffling plot, and its two stars shouting over one another's lines even as the curtain fell. Regardless of who ultimately is deemed at fault, the sorry debacle of the aborted sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works seems a drama fully deserving its scathing reviews and one that has done nothing to enhance the stature either of its lead actors - Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke - or the city.
June 14, 2014 |
Ruby Dee, 91, the trailblazing actress, activist and American social conscience, died Wednesday night of natural causes at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y., surrounded by her three children and seven grandchildren. She had outlived soul mate Ossie Davis, her husband of 56 years, by nearly a decade. On Broadway, in movies, and as a civil rights activist, the birdlike woman with the stirring alto voice was a change-maker and also a beneficiary of the changes she helped make. "I didn't have the kind of talent or personality that kept me dreaming about Hollywood," she reflected late in life.
March 16, 2014 |
Q uestion. My brother renovated my second-floor bathroom, which included a new tub, faucets, shower, and a diverter. Now, every time I do a load of wash, when the first-floor washer is filling up, a lot of water comes out of my shower faucet. Answer. I am assuming your brother is not a professional plumber, just a nice guy who was trying to help his sister and save her the services, and thus the expense, of a professional. But you may well need a plumber to unravel this mess.
January 23, 2014 |
SINCE TODAY looks like a perfect time to stay inside and watch TV, here are a few TV-related Tattle items. In Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro is blaming soap operas for the country's high crime rate, accusing them of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns and drugs. Last year, Maduro attacked violent video games and the movie "Spider-Man," which, we guess, spread the value of being bitten by a radioactive spider to young people. It's unclear, however, whether the government will take steps to restrict programming or impose harsher rules on the soap operas, known as telenovelas, which are hugely popular across Latin America.
December 14, 2013 |
When Leah Troiano's young daughter was diagnosed first with a tumor and later with lung disease, the Havertown resident knew she had to make a change. "I couldn't just stand by and do nothing. So I cleared my house of any toxic chemicals," said Troiano, 44, explaining it was an intuitive response rather than doctor's orders. "It was a coping mechanism, among other things. " She started with the items that had blatant warning labels, like paint and bug spray, but then decided the shampoo and deodorant also had to go. "Once I started clearing the house out, I cleared everything out. " That included her laundry detergent, dish soap, and cleaning supplies.
November 27, 2013
M Y FORMER hairstylist, Steve Duross, 51, of Midtown Village, a native of Willow Grove, is founder and owner of duross & langel, on 13th Street near Sansom. The shop specializes in natural, handmade soaps, bath and body products. It opened in 2004 in the front room of Duross' former home on Locust Street near 12th, which also housed the salon where he styled my hair. Q: When did you get into the soap business? A: I opened my first store in 1999, the Philadelphia Soap Co., which I later sold.