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December 3, 1989 | By Donald D. Groff, Special to The Inquirer
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, my husband and I would like to rent a villa in the Caribbean or Mexico. How can we get information on a reasonably priced place? - B.S., Lansdale. Jamaica is a hot spot for such villas, and two companies that arrange for them are Villa Leisure International and Villas and Apartments Abroad, both with offices in New York. Villa Leisure's properties include homes in Jamaica as well as Barbados, St. Martin, Antigua, Mustique and Mexico. For brochures, call 800-526-4244 or write the company at 152 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016.
NEWS
January 17, 1994 | By Dominic Sama, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you're planning a trip to Europe, renting an apartment or a villa could be cheaper than staying in a hotel, according to Christina "Kit" Burns, president of Doorways Ltd. of Bryn Mawr, which arranges rentals and tour trips. "It's a wonderful way for a family to travel abroad," Burns said. "People can experience the country, shop in the markets for your food, do your own cooking, leave your suitcase in the apartment and feel like you are living there. " Burns said, for one-week visits, rentals ranged from $20 to $60 per person per day for apartments and from $50 to $80 per person per day for villas.
REAL_ESTATE
November 8, 1998 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Villas at Golf View, Springfield Township, Delaware County Frank McKee Sr. began to build apartment complexes designed for mature adults in Upper Darby, Delaware County, in the mid-1960s. In the 1970s, the McKee Group began construction on its first active-adult community, the Village of Neshaminy Falls, in Montgomery Township, Montgomery County. That was followed by other age-restricted communities, including Fox Hill Farm, a 156-acre development in Concord Township, Delaware County.
REAL_ESTATE
April 5, 1998 | By Don Beideman, FOR THE INQUIRER
Villas at French Creek, East Pikeland Township, Chester County Pat and Frank Horne had lived in an apartment in West Philadelphia for eight years when they began to think about retirement. Places such as Florida and North Carolina came to mind. Oh, they looked at Pennsylvania, knowing it had a sizable retired population, but they couldn't find anything close enough - until they found Villas at French Creek. The Villas is a 76-unit, single-floor condominium development on 21.5 acres in the community of Kimberton, in Chester County's East Pikeland Township.
NEWS
June 18, 1988 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 19-year-old gardener was arrested yesterday and charged with the strangulation of an 80-year-old Cape May County woman who had employed him. Frederick Reighn, of Evergreen Avenue, in the Villas section of Lower Township, was arrested at his home by police and investigators from the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office. He was also charged with aggravated sexual assault, robbery and arson. Reighn was arraigned in Cape May County Superior Court yesterday and was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail pending grand jury action in the death of Anna M. Steer of Magnolia Road, in the Villas.
NEWS
May 18, 1993 | By Thomas J. Brady, with reports from Inquirer wire services
SODA FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH HAS 'EM IN ELIXIR HEAVEN A bunch of real jerks got together over the weekend. Actually, they're soda jerks and they were drawn to a reunion in Grand Island, Neb., by memories of swivel stools, fizzy drinks and creamy confections. Old-fashioned handmade soft drinks, mixed malts and ice cream sodas were the order of the day at Sunday's reunion at Ben's Rexall Drug Store. About 300 people attended. In the days before fast-food chains, drugstore soda fountains were prime teenage hangouts in nearly every American town.
NEWS
August 12, 2010 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
All day Wednesday, customers coming into Ben Budd's bait-and-tackle shop in Cape May County marveled at the thousands of dead menhaden they had seen along the Delaware Bay shoreline. By late afternoon, the state Department of Environmental Protection had announced that it was investigating what it termed a "major" washup of dead fish. Officials reported that the swath of dead menhaden - a small bait fish also known as peanut bunker - extended along seven to eight miles of shoreline from Kimbles Beach in Middle Township south to Villas in Lower Township, including an area known as Pierces Point.
REAL_ESTATE
August 4, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not everyone has a million dollars to buy a fabulous house down the Shore. But don't despair - there's still a sandy place for the rest of us. Just ask Joe and Jane Santo, who last year purchased a $132,000 second home in the Villas, Cape May County. In a decade or so, they may move there full time and make the house their retirement retreat. It helps that it's situated on Spruce Avenue, on the bay side and three blocks from the beach. These days, forecasts of rising sea levels, in addition to the higher prices, taxes, and maintenance costs, are making oceanfront Shore properties less a draw than they might once have been.
NEWS
September 4, 2007 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A mystery like this hasn't gripped Cape May County since, well, the last time a lottery ticket worth millions was sold around here. Five months ago. Then, Harold and Elaine Messner of Cape May County waited nearly two weeks to claim a prize of $166,557,083 - a mere $88 million after taxes. This time, the mystery has lasted at least four days. But, according to locals, there are possible clues about the winner. A name: John. A passion: fishing. A place: Blitz's Market in the town of Villas, where the winning ticket was sold.
NEWS
November 27, 2010 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY, N.J. - Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is using historic photos to design its newest classrooms. Shortly after the college announced in the fall the $20 million purchase of the Seaview Resort to expand its hospitality-management curriculum, college officials started planning by studying sepia photographs and mementos of the landmark's 1920s heyday. When the 300-room hotel closes Jan. 17 to undergo a $5 million, two-month renovation, architects and designers will glean inspiration from the Great Gatsby facade depicted in the photos.
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REAL_ESTATE
August 22, 2016 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Sharon and Armen DiFilippo's spacious stone Colonial features a center hall and an elegant staircase. On the wall of the second-floor landing are large framed photos of the three DiFilippo children in First Holy Communion finery - the girls in white dresses and veils, the boy in a white suit. Memories of yesterday installed in the house the family live in today. They took up residence here in 2008, a few years after the photos were taken, when Sharon and Armen and the children moved from Collegeville to Ashbourne Estates in Schwenksville.
SPORTS
June 4, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, STAFF WRITER
Villa Maria's Maddie Abbot became the PIAA Class 3A record-holder in career strikouts in the top-seeded Hurricanes' 8-2 victory over 11th-seeded Bishop Shanahan in the District 1 Class 3A title game at Plymouth Whitemarsh on Thursday. Abbot has 760 strikouts. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Villa Maria was sparked by Bri Wright's triple down the third-base line to score Marissa Bruder. That was the beginning of a five-run inning, including another triple by Fran Delviscio that scored two. District 1 Class 2A final.
SPORTS
March 20, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
The PIAA swimming record books need some updating, thanks to Gwynedd Mercy and Villa Maria. Both schools set new state records on Friday at Bucknell while competing in the PIAA Class 2A girls' swimming and diving championships. Gwynedd Mercy set a state record in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in just over 1 minute, 43 seconds. Stephanie Szekely, Annie O'Dare, Allie Szekely and Hannah Blaser teamed up for the 1:43.6 time, surpassing the old time of 1:45.52 set by Villa Maria last year.
SPORTS
February 29, 2016 | By Jarrad Saffren, Staff Writer
Gwynedd Mercy seniors Brigit Coleman and Erica DeCandido can do it all. They dribble with both hands, pass to teammates without looking, and attack the rim with straight-ahead speed. On Saturday night, in the District 1 Class 3A girls' basketball final, Coleman and DeCandido dribbled, passed, and drove Gwynedd Mercy to a 54-37 win over Villa Maria at Council Rock South for the Monarchs' second straight district championship. Gwynedd Mercy earned the top seed from District 1 in the PIAA Class 3A tournament.
SPORTS
February 21, 2016
BASKETBALL DISTRICT 1 CLASS 3A QUARTERFINAL Villa Maria 46, Lower Moreland 44: Villa Maria freshman Julia Samar scored 13 of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter to carry the sixth-seeded Hurricanes at No. 3 Lower Moreland. Samar also tied the game and scored Villa Maria's final 11 points. She added three rebounds, all of which came in the fourth quarter. Freshman Abby Walheim scored eight of her 10 points in the second half, where Villa Maria outscored its opponent, 30-17.
SPORTS
January 29, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
St. Basil's Natalie Kucowski stood above everyone else on the floor on Wednesday night, as she led the hosts to a 59-32 victory over Villa Maria. The 6-foot-2 junior recorded a triple-double, totaling 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 blocks in the Catholic Academies matchup. The victory lifted the Panthers to a 17-2 record. Catholic League. Maura Hendrixson made four three-pointers en route to 15 points for Cardinal O'Hara in a 52-39 victory at Archbishop Ryan. Mackenzie Gardler scored 14 points for the Lions.
FOOD
November 26, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
The six De Luca family siblings have no plans to add locations of Villa di Roma, their classic Italian Market "red gravy" institution. But now you can take home a taste of their inimitable red sauces in a jar. Brother Basil De Luca, Villa's sauce and meatball master, spent two days at a food plant in Maryland to ensure the manufactured version is as close as possible to what he makes every day. And he succeeded. I tried the "classic sauce" beside the slightly more expensive fresh version also sold from the fridge for takeout, and it was a very good replica.
SPORTS
November 23, 2015 | By Trevor Newcomb, Inquirer Staff Writer
On one sideline, pure joy. On the other, utter defeat. For Villa Maria on Saturday, it was the latter, as the Hurricanes lost to Twin Valley, 3-1, in the PIAA State Class AA field hockey final. Defending its title, Villa Maria came out of the gates quickly at Whitehall High School, swarming the opposing Raiders, and controlling the ball for the first minutes of the match. The only problem for the Hurricanes was they couldn't find the stroke that would give them the lead.
SPORTS
November 23, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
The first time Emma Shimek made her presence known Saturday morning was just six minutes into the contest. The keeper for Villa Maria of Erie made a big save on a shot that would have put the Villa Joseph Marie soccer team up a goal in the state championship. A goal then would have been a game-changer. A momentum shift. A goal that early in the same game between the same teams proved to be the difference last year. The next time Shimek came up big was as the first half was winding down.
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