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April 22, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Red tape? Wayne Mills Co. Inc. thrives on it. Not the torturous-regulation kind, but the thin woven ties behind the expression "cut through the red tape. " Last year, Wayne Mills supplied more than 100,000 yards of it, used mostly in courthouses and law offices to bind official documents. The 104-year-old North Philadelphia weaver of narrow fabrics has had that line of business since the 1940s. Not that this manufacturer of rare longevity is a one-trick loom. Housed in a redbrick complex with Southern yellow pine floors and wood-beam ceilings across the tracks from SEPTA's Wayne Junction station, Wayne Mills exists now - into the sixth generation of its founding family, the Milneses - because, like the yarn it weaves, it has remained pliable.
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May 6, 1990 | By Susan Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Imagine that 100 years from now a developer restores the Great Valley Corporate Center in Malvern as a monument to the office economy of the late 20th century. The developer of Great Valley, Rouse & Associates, is doing something much like that, preserving a 19th-century Philadelphia textile mill as a luxury apartment complex called Chelsea. The $65 million development is being built on the 13-acre site of the former Dobson Carpet Mill on Ridge Avenue, just east of the Twin Bridges in East Falls.
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August 24, 2001 | By Sheila Dyan FOR THE INQUIRER
Canal House, an upscale rental abode in Manayunk, could be considered one of the more unusual creations to come out of the 19th-century Blantyre textile mill. From the vintage mill's four gutted stone-and-brick buildings, Brandywine Construction & Management Co. spun 71 apartments, commercial space, and LeBus restaurant, weaving a contemporary complex of residential and commercial space into the fabric of the gentrified area. Beyond secured iron gates fronting Main Street, at the bottom of a full flight of stairs, a brick-paved, landscaped courtyard with a bubbling fountain creates a serene, inviting ambience.
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April 21, 2006 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For more than 30 years, Joanne Hulme worked as an event designer, creating elaborate settings for weddings and bar mitzvahs. With the business dependent on the economy and the seasons, she often found herself struggling to keep up with the rent and utility bills for her loft in the Northeast. All the while, what she really longed for was the time to teach design, write, and explore other art forms, from painting to glassblowing. "Then I hit my 50s and I thought, 'If not now, when?
NEWS
October 31, 1996 | By David E. Wilson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Employees of the Joseph Titone & Sons textile mill returned to work yesterday to begin cleaning up after a Sunday night fire there destroyed $1.5 million in machinery and merchandise. They could have stayed in bed. A second fire, started in a part of the mill not damaged in the first, was smoldering as employees arrived about 7 a.m. Fire officials are calling both fires arson. There were no injuries in either. The first fire was reported Sunday about 11 p.m. by a resident living near the mill, which is at the intersection of Jacksonville and Oxmead Roads.
NEWS
July 11, 2010 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A two-alarm fire at a company that manufactures waxes and specialty oils burned for more than five hours Sunday in Bridgeport. Flames at C.J. Robinson Co. in the Continental Business Complex in Montgomery County were reported at 2:44 p.m. Sunday, with black smoke billowing for hours as at least 11 fire companies responded. One firefighter was treated for chest pains, but authorities said it did not appear life-threatening. No other injuries were reported. The fire's cause remained under investigation Sunday night.
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July 2, 1987 | By Lou Perfidio, Special to The Inquirer
The owners of a textile mill in Rockledge who want to convert the building to condominium apartments are appealing a decision by the borough's Zoning Hearing Board rejecting the proposal. Rockledge Council President Joe Costello said the borough had been served with the appeal at the council's work session Monday night. The matter is in the hands of Montgomery County Court. . The developers, known as the Mill of Rockledge Associates, seek to convert a three-story mill on a 0.74-acre tract at 27 Jarrett Ave. into condominium apartments.
NEWS
May 3, 1987 | By Lou Perfidio, Special to The Inquirer
The Rockledge Zoning Hearing Board has refused to grant requests for 12 variances from its zoning code for a proposed condominium development in the borough. The vote was unanimous, 3-0. The Mill of Rockledge Associates petitioned the board Wednesday night for special exceptions that would allow the conversion of the former Infanta textile mill into 42 one- and two-bedroom condominiums. Under the zoning code, which was formulated in 1976, the area is zoned for single-family residences.
NEWS
July 10, 1993 | By David Iams, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One of the last and largest mementos of Philadelphia's glory days as a textile center will become history Tuesday, when much of the equipment, furnishings and machinery of the Quaker Lace Co. will be auctioned off at the company's huge mill in North Philadelphia. Of almost equal interest, however, are the components of the plant that will not be sold: the structure itself at Fourth Street and Lehigh Avenue and most of the dozens of looms, on which lace could be woven in sizes ranging from a doily to more than 40 feet wide.
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July 7, 2014 | By Stephanie Farr, Daily News Staff Writer
SICILY MILLIGAN was 9 years old and by mom Beverley's side at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ when the policeman spoke to their congregation. "He said, 'We're looking for police officers and I'll be standing at the back door when service is over, just handing out applications,'" Beverley Milligan recalled. Neither mother nor daughter thought much of the policeman's short speech at the pulpit that day, but when they left church, something made Beverley raise her hand and take an application.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Red tape? Wayne Mills Co. Inc. thrives on it. Not the torturous-regulation kind, but the thin woven ties behind the expression "cut through the red tape. " Last year, Wayne Mills supplied more than 100,000 yards of it, used mostly in courthouses and law offices to bind official documents. The 104-year-old North Philadelphia weaver of narrow fabrics has had that line of business since the 1940s. Not that this manufacturer of rare longevity is a one-trick loom. Housed in a redbrick complex with Southern yellow pine floors and wood-beam ceilings across the tracks from SEPTA's Wayne Junction station, Wayne Mills exists now - into the sixth generation of its founding family, the Milneses - because, like the yarn it weaves, it has remained pliable.
NEWS
July 11, 2010 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A two-alarm fire at a company that manufactures waxes and specialty oils burned for more than five hours Sunday in Bridgeport. Flames at C.J. Robinson Co. in the Continental Business Complex in Montgomery County were reported at 2:44 p.m. Sunday, with black smoke billowing for hours as at least 11 fire companies responded. One firefighter was treated for chest pains, but authorities said it did not appear life-threatening. No other injuries were reported. The fire's cause remained under investigation Sunday night.
NEWS
October 6, 2008 | By Tom Avril INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jeanine Burgin's back started to itch in April. Then came red patches, blisters and a burning sensation. Skin-care products only seemed to make things worse. She was in and out of hospitals, where doctors tried cortisone and other treatments - all to no avail. "It was a mystery," says Burgin, 69, who lives outside Paris. Turns out the mystery was right inside her house: her new upholstered armchair. To the litany of tainted products from overseas - milk powder, toothpaste, dog food and toys - now add textiles.
NEWS
May 31, 2007 | By Will Hobson FOR THE INQUIRER
In a particularly hilarious episode of South Park, the popular animated comedy on cable TV that follows the lives of four raunchy fourth graders in a small town in Colorado, the boys are saddled with a history project about the Declaration of Independence. Eric Cartman, not wanting to do the reading, tries to knock himself into a colonial-era flashback, which he eventually achieves, by electrocuting himself in a tub along with a TiVo full of History Channel documentaries. Cartman's flashback works, and when he eventually wakes up from his coma, his knowledge of the Founding Fathers is impeccable.
NEWS
April 21, 2006 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For more than 30 years, Joanne Hulme worked as an event designer, creating elaborate settings for weddings and bar mitzvahs. With the business dependent on the economy and the seasons, she often found herself struggling to keep up with the rent and utility bills for her loft in the Northeast. All the while, what she really longed for was the time to teach design, write, and explore other art forms, from painting to glassblowing. "Then I hit my 50s and I thought, 'If not now, when?
NEWS
August 21, 2005 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They started in Old City, got pushed out of Northern Liberties, and now are migrating to "Port Fishington" - a wedge of neighborhoods that takes in parts of Port Richmond, Fishtown and Kensington. They are artists in constant pursuit of cheap space, and lots of it. Slowly but steadily, a mix of painters, metal-workers, glass-blowers, sculptors, musicians and photographers is putting down roots on either side of Frankford Avenue, above Girard Avenue and below Lehigh Avenue.
NEWS
August 24, 2001 | By Sheila Dyan FOR THE INQUIRER
Canal House, an upscale rental abode in Manayunk, could be considered one of the more unusual creations to come out of the 19th-century Blantyre textile mill. From the vintage mill's four gutted stone-and-brick buildings, Brandywine Construction & Management Co. spun 71 apartments, commercial space, and LeBus restaurant, weaving a contemporary complex of residential and commercial space into the fabric of the gentrified area. Beyond secured iron gates fronting Main Street, at the bottom of a full flight of stairs, a brick-paved, landscaped courtyard with a bubbling fountain creates a serene, inviting ambience.
NEWS
July 25, 2001 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a fire burned through the night at the Continental Business Center, officials worried that a majority of the businesses there had been lost. Two months after the fire, a clearer picture of the damage to the East Front Street complex, and the borough's economy, has emerged, and officials say the news is not as bad as they once feared it would be. In the end, 15 companies, employing 103 people, were destroyed on May 15 and 16. That is well below early estimates that 50 of the 55 businesses there, employing many hundreds of people, were gone.
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July 18, 2001 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For 13 years, Congregation Mishkan Shalom has lived a nomadic existence, its only real home a radical, activist vision of "repairing the world. " Without stained-glass windows or bronze Torah doors or a Marc Chagall mural in the lobby to call its own, Mishkan Shalom has defined itself by defending the rights of Palestinians, by welcoming gays and lesbians, with prayers invoking female imagery of the divine, and in other ways that sometimes put...
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