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.
July 9, 1999 |
It's one thing to walk the streets that Benjamin Franklin and George Washington walked; it's quite another to hear what they heard and see what they saw while walking the streets. That's the intention of "Lights of Liberty," a sound-and-light show at Independence National Historical Park. The hour-long show, which premiered last night but was unavailable for a preview, has the potential to be, well, revolutionary. Here is how it works: You show up after dusk at the Liberty Center, at the southwest corner of Sixth and Chestnut Streets.
August 9, 2000 |
So, now we know why Hartence Bullock's banana pudding was so doggone good. She threw some butterscotch krimpets into that bad boy! "Keep that close," her son, Timothy, pleaded. "Nobody knows about that. That was her secret recipe. " Too late, brother. But, as sweet as "Miss Hartence's" banana pudding was, she was even sweeter. Bullock, a retired crossing guard and former Tastykake worker who was nicknamed "The Roadrunner" for her flurry of activity in her church and community, died of heart failure Aug. 2. She was 69 and had lived at the Integrated Heath Services nursing home in Whitemarsh since April.
August 5, 2004 |
There is a new Philadelphian, living right in my home in Swarthmore. It doesn't happen very often, I'm sure. To be a Philadelphian, you usually need to be born here. My wife, Kris, grew up in the outer reaches of Pennsylvania, near Erie. Out there, all the children are taught that Philadelphia is that big, dirty city, with the cracked bell, that strong-arms all the tax dollars from Harrisburg. I lived in Erie with my wife for several years. As far as I can tell, the tiny city by Lake Erie has the lake, epic amounts of snow, and lots of cloudy days.
April 2, 1986 |
Marie Byrne, a lovable Irish mother who took in neighborhood runaways but was tough enough to keep them and her own kids in line, died Sunday. She was 65 and lived in Havertown, Delaware County. Raised in the Swampoodle section of Philadelphia, the former Marie Kelly was a 1938 graduate of John W. Hallahan High School. She worked at Tastykake's Hunting Park plant for more than 20 years. Her house was a gathering place for all of her children's friends and occasionally would be a refuge for the youngster who had a rip at home.
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.
November 17, 2012 |
With the imminent closing of the Hostess plant in Northeast Philadelphia, several hundred people are expected to lose their jobs in the region and thousands nationwide. There's nothing funny about that. The loss of anyone's job is a sad affair, and it's only compounded with Thanksgiving falling next week and the holidays just around the corner. But Hostess has always been an also-ran in the Philadelphia region. This is Tastykake territory. Hostess had a power lineup of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho-hos.
January 24, 1987 |
What do you get when you cross a Hostess Twinkie with a Drake's Cake? A federal court order more than 60-pages thick that will give Ralston Purina indigestion. U.S. District Judge John P. Fullam yesterday ordered Ralston Purina, which owns Hostess' parent company and in July bought Drake Baking Co. from Borden, to divest itself of Drake. Hostess and Drake are the two chief competitors of Tasty Baking Co., of Philadelphia, makers of Tastykakes. After hearing arguments that the combination of the two snack-food giants would create a monopoly, threatening Tasty's ability to compete, the judge wrote, "The public has good reason to fear the consequences of defendant's acquisition.
January 6, 2011 |
YEARS FROM NOW, I will remember where I was when I heard yesterday's shocking news. I was sitting right here at the Daily News when I learned that Tastykake, financially teetering after a brutal fourth quarter, announced that it may have to merge with another company or - gasp! - sell itself. Merge this Philadelphia icon with some out-of-town pretender pushing snacks like Drakes or, Lord help us, Little Debbie? Gag me with a cupcake. Or sell it? Hell, as long as we're peddling our local treasures, why don't we put the Liberty Bell on Craigslist?
August 26, 1999 |
For years, we've had to listen as people droned on and on about how Baltimore has done all the things Philadelphia should be doing. Baltimore has a downtown ballpark. Why don't we? Baltimore has developed its waterfront. Why don't we? Baltimore has less than half the population of Philly, but it draws more tourists. Why can't we do better? It's like having some kind of snot-nose cousin our parents are always comparing us to. Why can't we be more like him? Well, guess what?