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June 1, 1994 | by John M. Baer, Daily News Staff Writer
Harold L. Gochenaur, 61, sits on his front porch along South 2nd Street, chewing tobacco, petting his dog and looking at VFW Post 6771 about 100 yards down the block. Gochenaur has lived here 30 years. You can see the town water tower from his place. He's about to retire after 39 years as a cement-truck driver. And, like many in this tiny York County borough 16 miles southwest of Harrisburg, he is puzzled. He's not sure why the state recently shut down the VFW for selling beer and liquor without a license.
NEWS
March 25, 2012
"W ow" is not my usual first word to describe a Pennsylvania wine store, but the PLCB's new mega-space in Northern Liberties (180 W. Girard Ave.) is vast and shiny enough to prompt it. Of course, Ugh is my next word when the hunt begins for someone (anyone!) to help knowledgeably navigate the 3,300-plus selections. No such luck on a midweek day. So here I am, offering up two hot tips for great bottles to be found in the massive collection of Store #5125. First, there are a few bottles left of Domaine Durand's 2008 Cornas Empreintes.
NEWS
June 21, 1989 | By Kathy Sheehan, Daily News Staff Writer
Lillian Powell began organizing weeks ago to lead a demonstration aimed at ridding her Germantown neighborhood of drugs and alcohol and the people who abuse them. As a first step, she wants to close down the state liquor store at Chew Avenue near Chelten. But not all of her neighbors understand her mission. "A man called the other day and said, 'Why attack the State Store? Why not fight the drugs?' " said Powell, president of the Chew and Chelten Townwatch. "And I said, 'Well, alcohol is one of the worst drugs.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2012 | byline w, o email
State store pick of the month Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay $13.99* PLCB Item No. 6406 White burgundy wines are the world's original chardonnays, but those grown in France are often lighter, brighter and less oaky. The Burgundy region's cool climate creates wines of delicacy and finesse that are dry and extremely food-friendly. Modestly priced examples like this one are generally given only a light touch of barrel aging, if any at all, so the purity of their orchard - fresh apple and pear flavors - shines through.
NEWS
December 1, 1986 | By KIT KONOLIGE, Daily News Staff Writer
Gov. Thornburgh today signed an executive order aiming to turn over to private ownership the 705 state-owned outlets that are the only legal places to buy bottled liquor in Pennsylvania. Standing in front of a state store in a shopping center on City Avenue at noon, Thornburgh held up a "symbolic" sign proclaiming "For Sale/ State Liquor Monopoly. " "The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has no business operating a $750 million-a-year monopoly," Thornburgh said. "The history of the LCB has been marked by corruption, mismanagement, a recent pattern of declining profits and decades of legitimate customer complaints about service, selection and convenience.
NEWS
August 2, 1995 | By Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Attention armed robbers: Starting today, it will no longer be profitable to hold up state liquor stores. So said Mayor Rendell, District Attorney Lynne Abraham and John E. Jones 3d, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, at a news conference yesterday. Their cause for concern was a rash of State Store robberies in Philadelphia in the first six months of this year. Of 17 such robberies in Pennsylvania, 16 were in the city. In all of 1994, there were 21 State Store robberies, Jones said.
NEWS
January 9, 1991 | By Ed Voves, Special to The Inquirer
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Liquor Control Board won praise from State Rep. Gerard A. Kosinski (D., Phila.) for its response to a request by Frankford and Northwood community leaders to limit sales of certain brands of wine at a store in their area. "During the autumn, I was contacted by the Northwood Civic Association and the Frankford United Neighbors Community Development Corp.," Kosinski said in an interview Friday. "They wanted to have fortified wines removed from the shelves of the state store at 4721 Oxford Ave. because of problems caused by the sale of that type of wine.
NEWS
May 29, 1988 | By Matt Freeman, Special to The Inquirer
State officials have agreed to restrict the hours of a liquor store on a block of Lincoln Highway in Coatesville that is troubled by loiterers and public drinking. Coatesville City Manager Wayne "Ted" Reed said the City Council had asked the state Liquor Control Board to close the state store in the 700 block of East Lincoln Highway at 6 p.m. each night instead of as late as 9 p.m., as it had four out of the six nights it was open. Reed said that on summer evenings, up to 200 people would congregate in a two-block area near the store, sometimes drinking alcohol publicly or selling drugs.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
As Center City has shined up over the last couple of decades, Broad Street became the dividing line between the increasingly upscale west side and the stubbornly scruffy east. Philadelphia's most stylish shops and restaurants tended to gravitate to the west side, close to Rittenhouse Square, even while fine 20th-century commercial buildings sat half-empty and unkempt on the east. The 1100 block of Chestnut Street was one of the worst spots, a black hole of blight. Trash swirled in the doorways of dollar stores, while the vacant upper floors became canvases for elaborate graffiti narratives . A 2013 study by the Center City District found that the dreary block had the lowest pedestrian counts of any commercial street in its survey, an extraordinary statistic considering its proximity to City Hall and the Convention Center.
NEWS
June 14, 2016
ISSUE | PA. LIQUOR SALES We deserve cheaper prices, more choices As a former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (like Gov. Wolf), I find it almost humorous that the General Assembly passed legislation to allow four bottles of wine to be sold in certain licensed stores, restaurants, and hotels in the commonwealth and that the governor signed it ("Law signed loosening Pa. wine sale restrictions," Thursday). The governor says this is an opening of the door to privatization of our archaic State Store system and brings convenience to our citizens.
NEWS
March 22, 2016
ISSUE | STATE STORES Monopoly is failing State Rep. Maria Donatucci's defense of Pennsylvania's liquor monopoly gives an incomplete picture of a broken system and includes an unfair attack on privatization ("Business is booming," Tuesday). She praised the Liquor Control Board for record sales, yet state law bans private businesses. An increase in sales looks less impressive when it's the result of a government-sanctioned monopoly. The LCB ended 2015 more than $238 million in the red. It knows its finances are in trouble, which is why it suggested raising prices in 2014.
NEWS
March 16, 2016
ISSUE | STATE STORES Business is booming As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I was pleased to hear that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board sold a record $2.34 billion in wine and spirits in fiscal year 2014-15. To ensure that sales keep increasing, however, the LCB has agreed with House Democrats that we must make the state system more convenient by expanding store hours and Sunday sales, establishing flexible pricing, and allowing lottery ticket sales in stores.
FOOD
November 20, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Thanksgiving can be predictable when it comes to the drinks. Pinot noir. Zinfandel. All-American choices. But as a nod to this year's Italian American-theme menu from chef Joe Cicala, we've decided to suggest a splash of Italian flavors, too. For example, why not loosen up the aunts and uncles with a cocktail made to echo some of the same amaro flavors they'll be tasting in that bird (due to the herbal liqueur used in the brine)? For this two-drink recipe for a "Manhattan all'Ascolana," blend six ounces of good old American Bulleit rye with two ounces of Meletti amaro and two dashes of bitters; shake well with ice, strain, and serve in two chilled martini glasses with Amarena cherries for your favorite relatives.
BUSINESS
October 26, 2015
Charlie Mooney had his white notebook binder with him, complete with a revenue analysis chart. Mooney is not a high-flying CEO, or a bean counter from Wall Street. He is director of retail operations at the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which runs the 604 Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores in the state. State stores have long been despised for limited selection, high prices, and poor service. But Mooney uses such terms as "rebranding" and "consumer-friendly" in describing the state's effort since 2010 to revamp the stores to boost sales and fend off privatization, which continues to be a goal of the GOP-run legislature.
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 1999 white from Domaine Weinbach, a winery in France's Alsace region. A Kosta Browne pinot noir. A Syrah from the Ojai Vineyard. All nectar for wine connoisseurs. All unavailable for purchase in Pennsylvania. And all, along with 2,444 other high-end bottles, found in the wine cellar of Arthur Goldman, the Main Line lawyer who was accused last year of running a black-market wine-selling operation. (His lawyer contends Goldman was simply sharing wine among friends. The case was settled last year, and Goldman was admitted into an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program.)
NEWS
June 30, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Sunday began fast-tracking yet another budget proposal that Gov. Wolf has said he will not support: privatizing the state-run liquor stores. The measure, introduced Sunday evening by GOP senators, would allow beer distributors, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and others to sell for takeout wine and hard liquor, which now can be purchased only at one of the state's wine and spirits stores. The proposal, which passed a key Senate committee, also calls for leasing the wholesale operations of the state Liquor Control Board.
NEWS
June 21, 2015 | By Madeline R. Conway, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cleanup trucks and pumps lined the muddy parking lot at the Bakers Centre shopping complex in Philadelphia's Nicetown section on Friday, as businesses mopped their floors and assessed damage from the second major water-main break there in less than two years. Officials estimate that seven million gallons of water gushed out Thursday when a 48-inch transmission main broke, flooding several stores and the parking lot at the shopping center. Water Department spokesman John DiGiulio said officials have not yet determined the cause of the break or how much the main will cost to repair.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stop panicking about Pennsylvania pensions, says Randy Albright, Gov. Wolf's budget secretary. Yes, the state's history of overpromising and underfunding, so veteran public workers (and elected officials) can collect nearly their old take-home pay as retirees, has dug taxpayers into a hole. Sure, the state workers' (SERS) and school (PSERS) pensions have scraped together just around $75 billion of the $130 billion- plus they would need to invest to pay pensions for today's public employees and retirees until they're all dead.
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