December 7, 2015 |
Standing in a second-floor studio in his hulking brick building in Germantown, John Fiorella imagined what he might have seen had he been there when it was built, about a century ago. It was a textile mill then, he said, the huge windows letting in sufficient sunlight for workers to see what they were doing. "So it was cheap to light," Fiorella said. Kneeling next to him, painter Andrew Christman agreed. "I haven't had to turn a light on here in two years," Christman said, looking over colorful organic shapes in irregular, spoon-like frames.
July 7, 2014 |
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.
April 22, 2014 |
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.
July 11, 2010 |
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.
October 6, 2008 |
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.
May 31, 2007 |
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.
April 21, 2006 |
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?
August 21, 2005 |
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.
August 24, 2001 |
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.
July 25, 2001 |
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.