July 7, 2015 |
The family and friends of Regina Brunner Holmes faced the huge emotional challenge of balancing anger, grief, and respect for a life well-lived as they gathered Sunday to remember an 85-year-old woman brutally killed in her East Mount Airy home. They took the high road. "Yes, we are extremely angry that our mother was terribly beaten and killed," Adam Brunner acknowledged before a capacity crowd of about 500 at Joseph Levine & Sons funeral home in Trevose. Then he expressed compassion for people whose lives are filled with "trauma, pain, and sadness" and said his mother's killer "must have suffered so much for his heart to turn so cold.
April 23, 2015 |
Henry Hart III, 65, of West Mount Airy, a lawyer, father, and public servant, died Saturday, April 18, at his home after a three-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. "I am heartbroken, especially as I watch my kids grieve for their Dad," said his wife, Sarah Hart, in an e-mail announcing Mr. Hart's death. "I am consoled by the knowledge that my kids are resilient, and I see so much of Henry in them. I am a lucky woman to have been married to such a good man for almost 31 years.
December 26, 2014
FORTY-FIVE years ago this week, our family of six packed what remained of our belongings in my father's sky-blue Corvair, my aunt's yellow Thunderbird and an orange U-Haul and made our slow but deliberate pilgrimage toward the suburbs. We were abandoning the only home I truly remembered, a beautiful old rented house in Logan, for what I'd been told was a wonderful mansion in Havertown, where I'd have my own bedroom and where we would be the owners of every wall, every high-beamed ceiling and every hardwood floor.
July 30, 2014 |
THE WORDS comfort Harriet Levin, expressed in letters sent to her Bucks County home, or in emails, or in person when she kneels beside her son's grave at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Israel. There's almost always a crowd there, she said, paying respects to Staff Sgt. Michael Levin, his memorial covered in Phillies and Eagles gear. "Because of Michael," the visitors tell her. "Everybody just wants to leave a piece of themselves there," Levin, 63, said Wednesday from her home in Holland, Bucks County.
July 15, 2014 |
French flags and biting satire flew over Philadelphia's Fairmount Avenue on Saturday, and thousands of Butterscotch Krimpets rained down from the ramparts of Eastern State Penitentiary. Several thousand people gathered in front of the historic prison to watch a brisk and fanciful musical retelling of the story of the French Revolution to celebrate Bastille Day - July 14, 1789 - which marked the beginning of the revolution that ended the reign of Louis XVI. "If the people have no bread, I say, 'Let them eat cake!
February 26, 2014 |
As an independent company, Tasty Baking Co. didn't quite make it to Tuesday's 100th anniversary, selling out to Flowers Foods Inc. in 2011 for $141 million to avoid bankruptcy. But nearly three years after the rescue, the Tastykake brand - which drips nostalgia in the Philadelphia region, but had failed to break through nationally - has renewed strength. The Flowers bailout has given workers at Tasty's bakery in South Philadelphia and delivery-route owners throughout the Mid-Atlantic the chance to celebrate the brand's centennial.
December 4, 2013 |
To the list of things about Philly that natives love and tourists don't get (Eagles fans, Mummers, Tastykakes), we could easily add the world premiere of Josh Piven's No Reservations , a homegrown Christmas comedy with a sharp bite. Piven sets the play, now at the Skybox at the Adrienne, on Christmas Eve at a Lancaster, Pa., bed-and-breakfast owned by Mr. and Mrs. Harris (Jared Michael Delaney and Wendy Staton). Deep in debt, conjugally estranged, and with the place falling apart, they long for their one day off each year to relax.
October 8, 2013 |
Ask Michael Holahan about his childhood in Overbrook, and mouthwatering recollections pour forth: Tastykakes. Lebanon bologna sandwiches. And lots of candy. "As a teenager, I worked at a neighborhood pharmacy called Love Pharmacy, and the pharmacist, Tom Brannon, turned me on to Wilbur Buds," Holahan said of the beloved chocolate drops. He confesses another indulgence: "I spent every cent of tip money on Zitner Butter Krak eggs for the two to three months they were available around Easter each year.
July 8, 2013
DID YOU KNOW that you - you, John or Jamilla Q. Public - can have the lights on Boathouse Row lit in a color of your choice to mark a special occasion? Yes you can, but there are conditions and stipulations, says Barry Bessler, chief of staff, Office of the 1st Deputy Commissioner, Parks & Facilities. That's his official title, but since he's the guy who controls the lights, I think of him as Philadelphia's lumiere extraordinaire , or, in Stu-Speak, Director of Pretty Lights.
November 28, 2012 |
Philadelphia-based Tastykake , owned by Flowers Foods , is helping fill the void left by Twinkie maker Hostess Brands Inc. 's bankruptcy liquidation. From exile in suburban Boston, Broomall native David Weinstein tells me he got a happy surprise Sunday when he found fresh Tastykake Krimpets on the shelves formerly occupied by durable Hostess lines at the Shaw's grocery in Stoughton, Mass. "Many of us who live in New England love the idea of having access to Tastykakes in the supermarkets," he said.