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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
August 6, 1987 | By Debbie Davis, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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.
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September 4, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
WILDWOOD - When the boardwalk and the beach feel like hot coals underfoot, do we avoid even going for ice cream? Apparently so. Foot traffic along the boardwalk was light under the blaring afternoon sun for much of this summer season's final week, an ice cream vendor said. "Look at it, it's dead," said Danny Ferrazzano Jr., whose family runs Hershey's Ice Cream, as the thermometer threatened 94 degrees just before noon Monday. There was barely a soul on the boardwalk at 4 p.m. The beach, about a quarter-mile from the shop, was also desolate.
SPORTS
July 20, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
PATIENCE. It permeates virtually any and every conversation about sports in this town, from Aaron Nola and the Phillies down on the farm to Ron Hextall's elaborate plan of future dominance to the debate over whether the new coach and both quarterbacks of the latest Eagles refurbish have been overvalued or simply need time to prove the genius of Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman. And then there is "The Process," the professional sports version of the Mel Brooks' classic, The Producers, whereby a franchise could end up winning big by losing big, provided it had enough - you guessed it - patience.
NEWS
July 18, 2016 | By Jake Blumgart
Most summer Friday nights, the sliver of park between 49th and 50th on Baltimore Avenue fills with people. The attendees are of mixed age and race, and comfortably seated, because most bring folding chairs and blankets to hear jazz in the neighborhood. There has been jazz in West Philadelphia's Cedar Park for more than 10 years. It's a tradition that so reliably draws a crowd that a crop of vendors sprouts up along the outskirts, selling barbecue, hot dogs, water ice, and other seasonal favorites.
BUSINESS
June 26, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Gerald B. Shreiber, 74, founded and leads a company that sells nearly $1 billion worth of snack foods a year - soft pretzels, water ice, slushy drinks, and churros. Just down the hall from his office at the Pennsauken headquarters of J&J Snack Foods Corp., tens of thousands of soft pretzels move from dough to twisted on an aromatic assembly line. So what's on his desk? A small container of almonds - less than half a cup - carefully doled out by his assistant. We just interviewed Campbell Soup's CEO last week, and she stressed the growing importance of healthy options in her business.
NEWS
June 19, 2016 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Staff Writer
WHAT IT IS - Around here, it's usually called Italian ice - that sweet and cold concoction that can be as refreshing as bodysurfing in the ocean on a scorching summer day. Italian ice, sometimes just called water ice, is usually whipped into a slurry of fruit and ice, and then frozen solid. It comes in lollipop colors and flavors like lemon, watermelon, and cherry. In other parts of the country, like Hawaii and Florida, variations called shave ice and snow cones are a similar frozen dessert.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Be honest: Everybody likes to get muddy, slimy, oozy, or gooey - it's just that kids are way better at it because they have that great excuse of being, well, kids. As we get older and larger, we need to find reasons for getting messy - gardening, fixing the car, running. Here's a new one: Science! The Franklin Institute's popular Mess Fest returns for a fourth year, bigger and better, with different themes for each day - "Nasty Nature," "Art and Design," Splish Splash," and "Gross Anatomy" - and demonstrations including the watermelon blast, mud volcano, trash-can rocket, bubble explosion, and paint bucket dump.
NEWS
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.
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