May 6, 2013 |
BEACH HAVEN WEST, N.J. - The full consequences of Hurricane Sandy will be played out in a thousand personal decisions, and for families like the Wosceks, owners of a tiny yellow bungalow on a lagoon, that meant one thing: For Sale. As Is. (Wrecked by Sandy.) And just like that, things will never be as they were for the Wosceks, undisturbed through 39 years, six boats, 40 weekends a year in Beach Haven West, kids crabbing off the dock. "Ugh, you have no idea," said Steven Woscek, 61, of Phillipsburg, N.J., whose getaway house at 35 Nancy Dr. now commands a Sandy-deflated asking price of $174,900.
March 16, 2013 |
If people are inside Larry Korff's Shore house in Loveladies, N.J., he can "see" them on his video camera from 72 miles away. In early spring, his summer home will "tell" him by text when the plumber stops by to turn the water back on. And never mind those days of entering a stuffy, shuttered house on a Friday night during a heat wave in August. "I can put my air conditioner on two hours before I get down to my beach house, and it'll be very comfortable when I arrive," says the businessman, 61, who also has burglary and fire alarm systems in his Wynnewood home, as well as a programmable thermostat, and sensors on the sump pump and basement walls to detect flooding.
December 17, 2012 |
Arthur "Rocco" Shore, 92, a restaurateur and businessman who operated a steak house in Center City and a chain of men's stores in Northeast Philadelphia, died Sunday, Dec. 9, at his home in Northfield, N.J. Mr. Shore operated Dave Shore's, a Jewish steak house, at Camac and Walnut Streets. It was named for his father, the co-owner, who started the business. The restaurant was launched in the 1930s at Fourth and Lombard Streets and moved to Camac Street a few years later, his daughter, Susan, said.
November 13, 2012 |
Ann Gimbel-Goff, 85, a "no nonsense" mother who raised six children and became a long-distance runner, died at Rydal Park in Jenkintown on Wednesday, Nov. 7, of complications from Parkinson's disease. She had fought the disease for the last 15 years of her life. Mrs. Gimbel-Goff was born in Abington Township in 1927, and was a great-granddaughter of Adam Gimbel, founder of Gimbel's department stores. She was the third of seven children, and was predeceased by a brother, Roger Gimbel, and sister Joyce Trifield.
October 29, 2012 |
Harrison Ford is gone. So, too, the Victoria's Secret models, and the $2.5 million emerald-and-ruby bra. They had supplied the summer's marquee moments at the Elkins Estate, a pair of storied Gilded Age mansions set on 42 verdant acres in Elkins Park. For two weeks, Ford strode through the manly paneled rooms of Chelten House for the movie Paranoia . Over at Elstowe Manor, models in filaments of lace and satin posed in the marble corridors for a Christmas catalog. In opulent spaces not occupied by production crews, newlyweds popped champagne at swank receptions.
September 11, 2012 |
Barbados-born singer Rihanna , smokin' hot from Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards, brings her "Diamonds World Tour" to the Wells Fargo Center at 7:30 p.m. March 14. Tickets go on sale Saturday, so get 'em or get the heck out!!!! She was last at Wells Fargo in July 2011. Which of her accomplishments shall we list? Her Moonman award for vid of the year at the VMAs? Or "We Found Love," inescapable this summer, 10 weeks at No. 1? The thing she does most is shock. She's got this new tattoo of Isis , purportedly in honor of her grandma, Clara "Dolly" Braithwaite, who departed this vale on July 1. Where is this memorial tat?
August 8, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - There were some summers when the great sailing ship known as the Naughty Nestor never left its dock at the Farley State Marina. Not that this meant it wasn't used. My father-in-law, Capt. Herb (middle name Nestor; I have not pursued the origin of the naughtiness), and mother-in-law, Linda (she of the iron stomach), used it plenty. It was essentially their summer home, in a neighborhood of like-minded boat types, a rugged and rollicking community of stationary floaters who held dock parties and danced to cover bands on the deck at the nearby casino.
July 21, 2012 |
John O'Donnell Mangan III, 71, of Blue Bell, a health-care administrator, died Monday, July 16, at Jefferson University Hospital of a stroke. For 14 years until retiring last month, Mr. Mangan had been an administrator for Keystone Mercy Health Plan's Provider Network Management Department. Previously, he had a 29-year career with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, serving in various positions, including as a district director, mental-health delegate, and assistant commissioner.
July 4, 2012 |
Robert Matthew Gillin, 84, of Bryn Mawr, a business owner, entrepreneur and civic activist, died of heart failure Wednesday, June 27, at home. In the 1950s, Mr. Gillin worked with his father in the coal business in Western Pennsylvania. Aware that customers were switching from coal to oil heat, he and his brother Jim established Petroleum Heat & Power Co. in 1957. For the next 30 years he owned and operated the heating-oil distribution company in South Philadelphia. Mr. Gillin also developed real estate and businesses in Avalon, N.J., where he and his wife, Martha "Martie" Wolfington Gillin, had a summer home.
April 27, 2012 |
THERE'S AN an old saying that behind every great man is a great woman. Apart from its obvious sexist slant, there was considerable truth to the maxim in the case of former Pennsylvania Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix Jr. and his wife, German-born Renate Elizabeth Nix. "She was very supportive of him," said her daughter, Kimberly Bernhard. "She was the backup. " She traveled with her husband on his many trips on judicial business, took care of the entertainment, and generally helped ease the burdens of his presiding over the state's highest court.