June 29, 1989 |
Joseph Frank intently watched his model train whiz around the railroad tracks of a miniature New York City, and then relaxed his attention long enough to light a cigarette. An inhabitant of Manhattan's Upper East Side, Frank expressed deep satisfaction with his replica of New York's elevated railway system in the 1940s. "I've been working on this setup since 1983," he said last week from the floor of the Valley Forge Convention and Exhibit Center, where his layout was on exhibit.
January 27, 2000 |
It's not every mayor who has more cars in his garage than people in his town. Mayor Everett Edward Marshall III does. At last count, Marshall's cars outnumbered townspeople more than 1,00 to 1. Which means Marshall either has a heap of cars or a small citizenry. Actually, he has both. But it's his treasure on wheels that draws people from near and far to his tiny South Jersey town. For more than 20 years, Marshall has been mayor of Newfield, a 1.7-square-mile sanctuary of quaint serenity in Gloucester County that is home to 1,600 people.
April 29, 1986 |
"Critters. " A fantasy thriller starring Dee Wallace Stone, Billy Green Bush, M. Emmet Walsh, Terence Mann and Scott Grimes. Directed by Stephen Herek from a screenplay by Domonic Muir and Herek. Photographed by Tom Suhrestedt. Edited by Larry Bock. Music by David Newman. Running time: 86 minutes. A New Line release. In area theaters. In a variation on both Joe Dante's "Gremlins" and (yes) Richard Brooks' "In Cold Blood," a band of ugly little fur-balls, called Krites, escapes from a prison on another planet, landing on Earth, where they terrorize a Kansas farm family.
April 29, 2005 |
Two sales in New Jersey this weekend will appeal not only to bidders but also to browsers. The auctions will be devoted to eye-catching objects: fine art to the north of Philadelphia, toys to the south, with some big-ticket items in each. The fine art will be offered by David Rago beginning at noon tomorrow at the gallery in Lambertville. Conducted under the direction of Jeffrey Fuller Fine Art Ltd. of Philadelphia, the sale will offer more than 300 lots of European and American paintings and prints, statuary and photographs, including works by George Sotter and Georges Rouault, Diane Burko and Frank Stella, Weegee and Eadweard Muybridge.
September 28, 1987 |
This happened around bedtime for the little guy. We had just concluded a summer trip that involved lots of flying. Perhaps that explains what happened. "Hey, Dad," he began. "I have a neat idea for a spaceship that can travel for years and make its own food and everything. It has this cool weapons system and small vehicles for short trips and . . . " He slipped into his deep dreams before he ever finished describing his neat vehicle, but I left his room wondering if I didn't wish I was 7 again.
October 1, 1998 |
If you like to toy with collectible cars and toys, check out the 25th annual Carlisle Fall Collector Car Swap Meet & Toy Show, which opens today and runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds at Carlisle, just west of Harrisburg. There are more than 1,800 classic, antiques, pickups, and muscle cars in the Carlisle corral, all for sale. There's lots of stock Detroit iron, as well as modified roadsters and souped-up rods you can race at Atco. If you've come up short in a restoration project due to lack of a specific part, it's probably on sale here.
December 14, 2011 |
Donations to the city Toys for Tots campaign are down nearly 80 percent, and organizers say they fear thousands of needy children will go without presents on Christmas. Last year, the operation delivered 113,000 toys. This year it has collected 25,000. Organizers appealed Tuesday for people to donate a new, unwrapped toy. Toys can be dropped off at any Philadelphia fire station or at one of four Toys R Us stores. "The toys are not coming in," said Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Palos, in charge of the effort and part of the Third Battalion, 14th Regiment.
December 15, 2013 |
Dexter, a purebred Australian cattle dog, gnawed on a stuffed animal until he found the sweet spot that made the toy squeak. "They love that squeaker," Marianne Ahern said this month as Dexter and two other four-legged creatures played with the squeaky item at her half-acre house near Langhorne, Bucks County. The toy was originally a Beanie Baby that would have ended up in a landfill, but Ahern reclaimed it, cleaned it, and converted it into a Glad Dogs Nation product. "I see this as my retirement business," said Ahern, 57, president and founder of Glad Dogs Nation.
December 15, 2012 |
Dan Weiss is a trusting guy. For more than 20 years during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, he has put a bin outside his Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop to collect toys for the Marine Corps charity Toys for Tots. Many nights, he left it out for after-hours donations. "I guess I was looking for the brighter side of humanity," said Weiss, whose father started the business in 1962. Until last weekend, humanity had never let him down. Every morning, Weiss would arrive to open his store and the bin would be right outside the front door where he'd left it the night before, usually piled higher with toys.
December 18, 2010 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Eagles have a secret Santa on their team - and, no, it's not Andy Reid. While Big Red might have the right physique to play the Big Red Guy, it turns out injured cornerback Ellis Hobbs is the Eagle most likely to be mistaken for Jolly Old St. Nick. Hobbs, 27, stepped into a South Philadelphia Toys "R" Us yesterday afternoon, smack in the middle of one of those manic Christmas-is-just-a-week-away sales. No one noticed that an Eagle had landed. There were no cheerleaders flipping through the store, no public-relations handlers handing out photos, no sign even of Swoop, the mascot.