June 23, 1989 |
At 2:15 p.m. on a recent hot, sunny day, business was brisk at Rita's (Real Italian) Water Ice store at 5901 Rising Sun Ave. in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia. A group of mothers had brought a horde of little kids in for a treat. A half-dozen trucks and cars pulled into its parking area one after the other, so that the drivers could place an order. Three teen-agers, wearing the official Rita's red-and-white T-shirts and caps, passed cups full of water ice through two serving windows . . . It is Bob Tumulo's dream to see this scene duplicated in dozens - maybe hundreds - of locations.
May 11, 1993 |
Never does a year go by that little Kelly Ann McGinty doesn't have a white Christmas. Wakes up on Christmas morning and the lawn in front of her South Philadelphia home is covered with snow. Been that way going on eight years now. It's not because her daddy's a magician, either. It's because he's a snowman. The snowman. "Want snow? See Jim McGinty," is the word around town. James Henry McGinty Jr., 38, can make snow appear with the push of a button. Can also make women disappear with the snap of a finger.
August 23, 1989 |
For most of us, the ready availability of high-quality ice creams and sherbets has all but killed the practice of making frozen desserts at home. And no wonder. Ice-cream machines, though increasingly easy to operate, take time and call for ingredients that most of us don't typically have on hand. But one frozen dessert requires no mechanics, unusual ingredients or elaborate preparations. Water ice is a snap. Nothing more than sugar and liquid frozen to slush, water ices are made quickly and are ready for eating in a few hours, using nothing more elaborate than a shallow dish placed in a freezer.
August 12, 1996 |
Checking out Philadelphia yesterday, the Matthews family stopped to view the Cezanne exhibit, then tried a local treat afterward in front of the Rodin Museum. The family brought Tabori, an exchange student from Sarajevo, to see the sights in the city.
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.
May 23, 2013 |
A fatal shooting outside a Rita's Water Ice shop in West Oak Lane left neighbors bewildered Wednesday as word spread of a crime that took place at a spot popular with families and children. Dyrell Brown, who stopped by the shop for a cool treat amid Wednesday's afternoon heat, said he was surprised to learn that it was the site of a shooting the night before. "I didn't know about anything like that," Brown said of the slaying. Police were called to the Rita's at Stenton Avenue and Haines Street at 9:27 p.m. Tuesday, where they found Marquine Pickett, 19, in the parking lot in front of the store with a gunshot wound to the chest.
August 7, 2005 |
Some of the hottest days of the summer have made Crystal Serrano's business boom. The 14-year-old is one of several teenagers in a summer employment and training program presented by the Camden Center for Youth Development Inc. After a two-week training program in business development, the 13- to 18-year-olds began selling water ice and jewelry last month at various locations in Camden. As part of their training, the youthful entrepreneurs learn to write business plans, devise marketing plans, negotiate loans for start-up capital, and order supplies.
May 16, 1994 |
If at first you don't succeed, then by all means bring more delegates. That's part of Philadelphia's game plan as it again vies for the coveted title of "All-America City. " Each year, the National Civic League sponsors a contest that awards 10 cities on the basis of community leadership, government performance, volunteerism and philanthropic activities. Winning cities are given the "All-America City" distinction, which helps raise a city's stature and attract new residents and jobs, organizers say. Last year, Philadelphia entered the contest for the first time in its 45- year history.
July 8, 2012 |
John A. Tumolo, 52, a founder of Rita's Water Ice, died of cancer Thursday, July 5, at his home in Yardley. Shortly after his brother, Bob, and mother, Elizabeth, opened Rita's Water Ice on Bristol Pike in Bensalem in 1984, Mr. Tumolo joined the business. Over the course of 20 years, the family water-ice stand grew into a well-known business with franchises in 11 states. After the Tumolo brothers sold Rita's in 2005, Mr. Tumolo opened several Saladworks in the area and two Wit or Witout Cheesesteaks, in Philadelphia and Brookhaven.
August 6, 1987 |
During the dog days of summer when many curse the heat, Samuel R. Rosati purrs like a cat. When the mercury soars, so do sales at S.R. Rosati Inc., his Italian water ice company based in Clifton Heights. Sales of the smooth, sweet, slushy treat exceeded $1 million in 1986, he said, and he projects higher receipts this year. "Demand is always there," he said in an interview. "I was born and raised in the business," said Rosati, whose father, the late Michael Rosati, founded the company in 1912.