November 27, 2014 |
James Wagner's family had prepared a glorious ceremony for his remains. His grandchildren, son, daughter, and other loved ones would gather in Forest Hill Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Mich., and place his ashes in a monument wall in September 2015. The remains of his widow, who is in deteriorating health, eventually would be placed next to his. The family would then attend a football game at the University of Michigan, where they said Wagner played as a guard in the 1950s. There's just one problem: The urn containing James Wagner's ashes is missing.
April 1, 2014 |
Despite Donald Glover's pedigree as a writer for 30 Rock and his starring role on Community , there's nothing funny about his rap alter ego, Childish Gambino, and albums like Camp . Caustically witty and weirdly metaphorical with an oddly jagged sound track, yes, but hardly the stuff of stand-up or sketch comedy. Then again, during Gambino's Electric Factory show Friday, you couldn't help sensing this was performance art, with its drawing-room set and e-speak projections in accordance with the backstory of his album Because the Internet of a tweet-happy socialite bugging out in his mansion.
March 19, 2014 |
PHILLY NATIVE Walter George Bruhl Jr. is a dead person; he is no more; he is bereft of life; he is deceased; he has rung down the curtain and gone to join the choir invisible; he has expired and gone to meet his maker. Thus wrote Walter George Bruhl Jr., of Newark, Del., and Dewey Beach, Del., in preparing his own obituary. His rich sense of humor is obvious. He wrote: "His spirit was released from his worn-out shell of a body and is now exploring the universe. " Walter Bruhl, a native Philadelphian, longtime DuPont Co. technician and Marine veteran of the Korean War, died March 9. He was 80. His self-composed obituary is full of sharp witticisms.
January 4, 2013 |
The distraught mother of Gloucester County softball star Nicole Ayres arrived at the sentencing of her daughter's killer Wednesday carrying one of the few things that bring her comfort these days: a white marbleized urn filled with Nicole's ashes. "This is so screwed up," Gina Ayres, 45, shouted as sheriff's officers escorted her to an area behind the Mount Holly courtroom to make sure the unexpected vessel and its contents posed no security threat. Awaiting the start of the hearing where Stephen Headley was sentenced to 50 years in prison, she sobbed uncontrollably and remarked bitterly about the justice system as the mother, grandmother, and sister of her daughter's killer sat nearby.
March 18, 2011 |
Sales next weekend from the estates of two prominent collectors will offer bidders the choice between what might loosely be called plain and fancy. Oddly enough, the plain is likely to draw the higher prices. The fancy will go on the block March 26, when Pook & Pook Inc. will offer the collection of the late J. William Warehime, who had an eye for porcelains, ormolu, tall-case clocks, and sterling. Warehime, of Hanover, Pa., was an executive of the Hanover Foods Corp., which his father founded in 1924, and after retiring in 1987 to form his own investment firm became a board member of Snyder's of Hanover, the famed pretzel maker.
April 16, 2010 |
Right up there with the first pitch of the baseball season and the Philadelphia Antiques Show, a sure sign of spring is Kamelot Auction House's annual antique garden and architectural auction. Set to begin at 10 a.m. April 24 in Building M of the complex at 4700 Wissahickon Ave., it will offer more than 750 lots of statuary, urns, fountains, and other garden decor, as well as architectural and industrial elements. In addition to live bidding, it offers absentee and phone-bidding forms at www.kamelotauctions.
February 13, 2009 |
Many people are buried with sports memorabilia. Fishing rods. Golf clubs. Shotguns. Even duck decoys. Being buried inside sports memorabilia is another story. But now it's possible. A Phillies funeral casket - the first on view in the region, the distributor says - sits in a showroom at the Kingston & Kemp Funeral Home, just outside Trenton. The exterior is a lustrous white with wood-veneer inlays, and the handles are in Phillies red, sporting red tassels at each end. Logos are strategically placed above the handles, on a fabric liner, and at the casket's ends.
March 9, 2008 |
Tonight's close of the weeklong Philadelphia Flower Show won't signal an end to planning, growing and nurturing for South Jersey exhibitors. The fruits of their labors will carry on long after the last petal is swept up at the Convention Center. Betsy Gagliardi, a member of the Haddonfield Garden Club and cochairwoman of the club's flower show exhibit, will help with projects throughout the year in Haddonfield's historic business district. The club plants and maintains flowers in Kings Court, and urns and hanging baskets on Kings Highway, the heart of the shopping district.
December 17, 2004 |
If Christmas fell in summer, it would be easy to come up with gifts for the gardeners on your list. (More plants!) But the winter equinox is next week, and growing is pretty much restricted to what can be done indoors. Are your favorite gardener's windowsills already brimming with houseplants? Here are a few alternative suggestions. Most of the gifts shown here and inside are in stores as well as online. Don't forget to check out a Web site's delivery schedule, or you could find yourself with nothing to tuck under the tree.
August 16, 2004 |
Elderly man killed by SEPTA commuter train in Kensington An elderly man was struck and killed Saturday night by a SEPTA commuter train in Kensington. The accident occurred about 9:35 p.m. about two miles past the Holmesburg station on the R-7 line, according to SEPTA spokesman Gary Fairfax. Police dispatchers said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Fairfax said the victim was trespassing on the track when he was struck by the train, which carried 157 passengers and was heading into Philadelphia.