October 9, 1988 |
Gaping holes dotted the wood-shingled roof, chunks fell from the stucco walls, and a giant sycamore root threatened to heave up an entire wall. For decades, the Jenny Lind Springhouse at Historic Yellow Springs was merely a ghost of past graciousness, overgrown with tangled weeds. Now, with its recently completed restoration, it is one more step in the ambitious agenda intended to bring Historic Yellow Springs to its former grandeur as a Victorian health spa. The Sycamore Sulphur Springhouse, built in 1840, was renamed for Swedish soprano Jenny Lind when she reportedly bathed in its waters at a spa rest during her 1850-52 American tour.
August 9, 1993 |
Jeffry Sproehnle was patient. He had learned in 18 years of police work that criminals almost always stumble. And when The Pervert tripped up, the Middletown Township police detective planned to be right there. The Pervert. That's what his victims at LivingWell Lady spa in Langhorne in Bucks County called the man who had cursed them from pay telephones, left crude and grammatically incorrect notes on their cars, splattered their windshields with semen and scratched "slut" on their vehicle doors.
December 3, 1993 |
LOENA NOT DOING THINGS HALFWAY ANYMORE Fallen hotel queen Leona Helmsley is back home under palace arrest, as it were, to finish out her sentence for tax evasion. The 73-year-old quietly returned to her Park Lane Hotel digs last week after spending a month at a far less luxurious halfway house - the $54-a-night Le Marquis Hotel. This is possible because inmates who don't pose a threat to society can serve the last 10 percent of their sentences at home. She must stay within 100 miles of New York City.
June 29, 2008 |
Wallace Township doesn't have a grocery store, a gas station, or even a traffic signal. A semi-rural outpost wedged between Routes 100 and 322, the area used to be a haven for mill workers, manor houses and gentlemen farmers. In recent years, the township in Northwest Chester County has remained an island of relative calm in the midst of the development boom affecting its neighbors in Upper Uwchlan and East Brandywine. From 2000 to 2006, Wallace's population grew from 3,245 to 3,432 according to the US Census, a change of six percent.
August 10, 2003 |
Gail Danckert picks her way over the soggy ground toward the gazebo sheltering a pool of brackish gold water. As new executive director of the nonprofit Historic Yellow Springs, Danckert is getting her feet wet in more than one way. She concedes it will take her months to familiarize herself with issues challenging this cultural gem, set off a main drag in an area brimming with new development. One of her tasks, she said, is clear. "I plan to do some serious fund-raising. " "The challenges just to survive are huge," she said, looking beyond the gazebo to a tranquil landscape of wildflowers and marsh grasses.
August 2, 2003 |
Millions of dollars were at stake for the fledgling business groups trying to persuade a panel of investors to fund their new products. How about a shoe with an easily detachable high heel for women who like to walk a lot and still look good? Or a multi-service spa in which clients can break glass objects for fun and hurl their bodies against padded walls to relieve stress? Or inexpensive devices to find lost items - proponents said they could make $30 million in three years by becoming "the affordable Sharper Image.
August 17, 2004 |
SINCE DAN GROSS is on vacation this week, it's up to Tattle to fill you in on MTV's "Real World" Philly cast.SINCE DAN GROSS is on vacation this week, it's up to Tattle to fill you in on MTV's "Real World" Philly cast. This is the group you razzed and threw stuff at when they were here and will see romping around the city when the show starts its 15th season on Sept. 7. Karamo, 23: Valley Village, Calif. An African-American from Houston with Jamaican roots. Attended Florida A&M. Issue: He struggles with his feelings about interracial dating.
March 5, 2004 |
THERE IS someone in America who has never heard of Beyonce. He's Reynold Caleen, he's 91 and he lives in Florida - and if not for Beyonce's band he wouldn't have a car anymore. Police said Caleen, a feisty great-grandfather of nine, tried to fight off a knife-wielding assailant when he grabbed the elderly man's wallet in the parking lot of a Palm Beach Walgreen's store Tuesday. Caleen knocked the thug's knife out of his hands and kicked him several times as the pair wrestled to the ground.
March 21, 2007 |
This month brings one of the first spring breaks that my daughter and I won't spend together. She graduated from college in November and, sadly, her job does not allow for spring break. Naturally, our spring breaks together were fairly sedate affairs, usually spent in sunny climes - pretty much the opposite of Girls Gone Wild. But the most sedate of all our trips, and the most memorable, upon reflection, was one a few years ago when we both got the flu. We had chosen a family-oriented tennis resort with a fitness center and spa, nestled near South Mountain Park in Phoenix.
February 13, 1990 |
The opportunity to see anything by Henrik Ibsen is so rare that the McCarter Theater Company's production of An Enemy of the People probably should be welcomed eagerly, without reservations. It is, after all, a strong play by the father of modern drama. Its subject - a cover-up of water pollution - recommends it to us. The fact that the drama happens to have taken on a topical relevancy speaks in favor of doing it now. And the McCarter has taken pains to get it right by bringing over Kjetil Bang-Hansen from Oslo, Norway, to stage the piece.