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June 23, 1989 | By Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 11, 1993 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
August 23, 1989 | By Andrew Schloss, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
August 12, 1996 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / AKIRA SUWA
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 23, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 7, 2005 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
BUSINESS
May 16, 1994 | by Jenice M. Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every summer for the last 37 years, Italiano's, a South Philadelphia landmark, has sold a South Philadelphia trademark: water ice. But this summer, the first-floor window of the Italiano home on South 12th Street has never opened to customers. The store, which once sported a hanging white sign reading "Italiano's" in red block letters, has consistently ranked as one of the best water ice and gelato shops in Philadelphia. After the sudden death of the owner's 52-year-old brother, Frankie Italiano, in February, the family decided to pay respects to Frankie and delay the shop's planned summer opening.
NEWS
June 20, 2011 | By Jingwen Hu, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The familiar red-and-white striped awnings are now green - and suddenly six local Rita's water ice stores have become Rocco's. With five locations in Philadelphia and one in Wyndmoor, Rocco's is the new player in the water-ice business that is dominated by Rita's and its 550 stores in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Rocco's, with just 90 employees, opened its doors in May under the ownership of Lori Reyes. "When I was a little girl, my grandfather used to take me to South Philly, and we used to get Italian ice. So I'm trying to go back to the way flavors used to taste," Reyes said.
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June 13, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 21, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
      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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 7, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER & MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writers benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | By Martha Woodall and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
June 30, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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