August 28, 2015 |
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Just a half-hour north of Albany, the exit for Union Avenue beckons off I-87, aka the Northway. Enter and you immediately are drawn back in time. Horses have the right of way on the avenue between Saratoga Race Course and Oklahoma training track. Stay on Union Avenue beyond the track and massive Victorian homes with wraparound porches loom on the way into downtown, where you are greeted by Congress Park and Canfield Casino, both on the National Register of Historic places.
August 24, 2015 |
Spring's real estate market was the Philadelphia area's best since the housing bubble burst in mid-2007, with significant increases in prices and sales volume in almost every county. Between April 1 and June 30, the region's median price for a single-family home rose to $217,000, from $212,000 in the same period last year, according to an analysis of second-quarter sales for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services by Kevin Gillen, chief economist for Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.
August 16, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: For several years, I've taken a vacation in the spring with three other women, to various cities in Europe. We're Internet friends who met through a hobby; none of us lives in the same town. I found out that this spring's vacation has been planned, and I'm not invited. I emailed the woman I feel closest to, and she said it was because I was worried about money right now, which is true, but not really an answer.
August 13, 2015 |
It's fortunate that Adelaide Moschler and Ebo Nunoo have a month-to-month lease on their Germantown apartment. "We have time to be picky," said Moschler, 35, who works for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Center City. That's because the couple have been searching Mount Airy and Germantown for their first house since the spring and continue to come up empty. Of the 40 houses that she and her 38-year-old husband, who is in customer relations for Comcast, have seen, they've made just one offer, $165,000, and "it didn't work out," Moschler said.
August 11, 2015 |
For years, Philadelphia's antiviolence groups made weekly pilgrimages to Colosimo's gun shop on Spring Garden Street to protest its lax sales practices. The tiny store was notorious for providing more weapons to street criminals than any other shop in Philadelphia. More than 425 crimes were committed with a firearm bought at Colosimo's, including 10 homicides, during a seven-year stretch in the 2000s, according to Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. So when the U.S. Attorney's Office finally shut down the store in 2009 for selling guns to straw buyers, those groups hailed the event as a watershed in the struggle to make the city a safer place.
July 23, 2015 |
Marlee Matlin is joining the Deaf West Theatre production of "Spring Awakening" on Broadway. The Oscar and Golden Globe winner will make her Broadway debut in the upcoming revival, which will feature a cast of 27 that blends hearing and deaf performers. Matlin is the only deaf performer to win an Academy Award, which she did for "Children of a Lesser God. " The show is a rock musical based on Frank Wedekind 's classic drama about a dozen young people discovering their sexual identities.
June 14, 2015 |
So far, what has passed for spring in the Philadelphia area this year has been relatively calm and much too dry. Yet Farmers Insurance reports that examined claims in 2013 and 2014 showed that spring accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners' claims nationwide during that two-year period. April, May, and June saw a 52 percent increase in homeowners' claims over January, February, and March, the claims showed. Twenty-five percent of all homeowners' claims filed during the spring in Pennsylvania were for water-related issues.
June 4, 2015 |
Though some may know Atglen is home to Schiffer Publishing, how many stylistas among us had any inkling that the company - known for producing books on subjects from antiques to military history - is behind a 320-page coffee-table tome featuring 69 shows from 2015 spring New York Fashion Week? Exactly. Who'da thunk it? This month, the company's fledgling imprint, Schiffer Fashion Press, will release its fifth edition of The SFP LookBook: From Atelier to Runway , this time by 34-year-old blogger-turned-author Andrea Kiliany Thatcher.
May 21, 2015 |
Minutes before his Harriton team did battle with Radnor in a District 1 semifinal Tuesday, a hopeful George Dick hoped aloud for one more upset. "I thought there would be one upset tonight, but I was hoping it would be us," he said. "We'll see. " Great Valley had already knocked off top-seeded Conestoga in the first game of a District 1 girls' lacrosse semifinal doubleheader at Haverford High. Thanks to a five-goal effort from Jane Henderson, No. 3 Harriton completed a night of upsets with a 13-11 win over No. 2 Radnor.
May 18, 2015 |
Lucas Spence scored five goals to lead Springfield (Delco) past Spring-Ford, 9-8, in a District 1 boys' lacrosse quarterfinal at Harriton. Zach Hare led the Rams with three goals. In another District 1 quarterfinal at Harriton, Tommy Sopko's goal gave Conestoga a 9-8 win over Penncrest. John Roulston had eight saves for the Pioneers. Girls' Lacrosse Maddie Lally returned from a concussion to make nine saves, helping Radnor defeat Garnet Valley, 12-9, in a District 1 lacrosse quarterfinal at West Chester East.