June 13, 2015 |
A city inspector approved the unsafe installation of a security gate at a Rita's Water Ice stand, and five years later the gate fell and killed a 3-year-old girl, according to documents and interviews. After that accident last summer, another inspector covered up the mistake, say four current or former inspectors for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, citing agency records. The accident happened on June 28, 2014, a year after L&I had been rocked by the deaths of six people in the Center City building collapse at 22d and Market Streets.
May 18, 2015 |
Camden's Yum-Yum summers lasted from the mid-1930s until the late '80s. But fondness for the distinctive, locally made frozen treat - with its unusual "split" flavors and creamy texture - endures among folks who grew up in the city. "In the early '70s in Fairview, kids with a wagon sold Yum-Yum from a steel container with ice all around it," recalls Paul Christman, 54, a retail clerk who lives in Runnemede. "We'd be playing outside at Westfield Acres and hear the boy with the wagon yelling, 'Yum-Yum, Yum-Yum,' " says Audubon resident Lori Jean Nourse, 55, a painter.
February 9, 2015 |
Water ice isn't just a summer thing: "We do more sales in January than July," says Richard Trotter , owner of Rosati Italian Water Ice and its brick mixing-and- packaging plant at South Glenwood and East Madison Streets in Clifton Heights. Rosati sold 22 million water ice cups to schools from here to California, plus 100,000 two-quart "buckets" at groceries like Acme in 2014. Unlike the popular scooped ice sold from summer stands and trucks, which sits well in a chiller for a day but tends to harden rocklike in a dairy freezer, this packaged ice is mixed and sweetened to keep cold for about 18 months, so it can be stored with ice cream.
August 22, 2014
The deal: John Cardullo got in on the South Philly act of turning fruit, sugar and water into dessert in 1945. He ran his business from a boxy brick building built for that very purpose. John's is still there, under the direction of Anthony Cardullo Jr., John's grandson. There's another John's in Pennsauken, run by Anthony Jr.'s cousin, and a third that recently opened on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Where: 701 Christian St., 215-925-6955, johnswaterice.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday.
August 21, 2014 |
Upper Darby Township police will be treating about 1,000 township residents to water ice and a movie on Tuesday night. "We've decided to do something positive for the community," said Michael J. Chitwood, Superintendent of Police. The event will be held at the Second Ward Playground, at Crosley Avenue and Seaford Road, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., said Chitwood. The Lego Movie will be shown starting at 8:15 p.m., he said. On Monday, as 25 members of the township's ground crew were mowing the lawn at the playground and washing out the bathrooms, police were busy handing out about 800 flyers to residents.
July 8, 2014
HERE'S A FLASH: "The Eight Things You Can't Say in Philly," in the July Philadelphia mag, was conjured up to stir controversy, or as it's called in the "biz," buzz. How? Attack the beloved. So I am a suckerfish for taking the bait. Knowing how the mag works, I believe most of the writers were copping an attitude. I have done that once or twice in my long career. (Or am I copping an attitude by writing that? Life can be so complicated.) For instance, Christine Speer Lejeune 's smackdown of Wawa.
July 7, 2014 |
THE PARENTS of a 3-year-old girl killed by a fallen security gate outside a Rita's Water Ice in Brewerytown have hired an attorney to "assure that all persons and entities responsible for Wynter's death are held accountable, both criminally and civilly," according to a statement released by the family. Wynter Larkin, of Yeadon, died June 28 after the 2,000-pound metal security gate detached from the concrete wall of the Rita's on Girard Avenue near 29th Street and fell directly on her. "This should not have happened and was wholly preventable," attorney Joe H. Tucker Jr. said.
July 1, 2014 |
IT SOUNDED like a shotgun blast and was equally deadly - an entire ton of rolled-up metal plummeting from the front of a Rita's Water Ice onto the sidewalk of Girard Avenue. Wynter Larkin was 3 years old. If she had been standing anywhere else in the world at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, even a couple of feet away, she might still be smiling as brightly as in the photo that was circulating yesterday. Instead, Larkin was crushed by the 2,000-pound security gate after it somehow became dislodged from the building in Brewerytown.
July 1, 2014 |
The red-and-white striped awning above the Rita's Water Ice in the 2800 block of West Girard Avenue carries the chain's cheery slogan: "Ice. Custard. Happiness. " But on Sunday, the small shop remained closed as officers from Philadelphia's police crime-scene unit investigated what caused a security gate to detach and fall from the storefront Saturday afternoon, crushing a 3-year-old girl who was attending a fund-raiser with her mother. Police identified the victim Sunday as Wynter Larkin of Yeadon.
June 30, 2014 |
A festive fund-raiser at a Rita's Water Ice turned tragic Saturday afternoon when a security gate detached from the storefront and crushed a 3-year-old girl attending the event with her mother. Police Sunday morning identified the victim as Wynter Larkin of Yeadon. "It seemed like it was moving in slow motion," said an onlooker who heard the noise and thought at first that, miraculously, no one had been hurt, even though the heavy gate came down amid dozens who had gathered at the shop in the 2800 block of Girard Avenue.