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July 6, 2011 | By CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com215-313-3134
THEY may scream for ice cream in Paducah, Peoria and Pittsburgh, but here in the City of Quakers and its environs, water ice satisfies that summertime craving for something sweet and cold. As 17-year-old South Philly resident Brooke White insisted so simply yet eloquently during a recent visit to John's Water Ice, at 7th and Christian Streets, the frozen concoction is "the best thing in the world. " While that assessment is surely open to debate, there's no denying water ice is as much a part of our region's culinary DNA as hoagies and cheesesteaks, despite it not having received the same level of publicity those two edible icons have.
NEWS
July 1, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police officers arrived at John's Water Ice in South Philadelphia about 4:30 p.m. Thursday and informed owner Anthony Cardullo that President Obama was coming in 10 minutes. And 10 minutes later, after the building was inspected by the Secret Service, the motorcade arrived. Cardullo, 33, estimates that Obama was traveling with 200 people. "It was shocking," he said. "That many move that quick, move into position, and get out that quick. " How quick? About five minutes.
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.
NEWS
March 19, 2011 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the tease of spring in the air, a man roared down 63d Street on a quad runner, his shirt ballooning in the wind as he did a wheelie. On the block, a young couple sat nestled on front steps, and the line outside of Morrone's Water Ice grew and grew. The store, at the corner of 63d and Race, the first in a long line of rowhouses, has been a staple in West Philadelphia since 1925. Generations of loyalists have come from near and far to stand at the window, and they were there Friday, the warmest day of the year with temperatures above 70 degrees.
NEWS
March 11, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephanie Pelechaty Wloch, 93, who sold candy and treats to generations of children from her storefront home in Port Richmond, died at home Monday, Jan. 17, of heart failure. Mrs. Wloch grew up in Bridesburg. Her Polish immigrant father worked in the Delaware River sugar refinery that is the site of SugarHouse Casino. She married Edward Wloch in 1942. They had met in Atlantic City. He worked at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and then in construction. Because he had a heart condition, Mrs. Wloch decided that he needed a less-physical lifestyle and that she needed a guaranteed source of income should anything happen to him, said their daughter Janice.
NEWS
October 2, 2010
I THOUGHT I'd seen the worst of parenting when baby Solomon peed on me nearly every time I changed him, when Eve talked until my ears bled, and when diapers holding steaming piles burned the hairs from my nose. But nothing, not stinky diapers or peeing boys or talkative girls, could prepare me for what happened when our kids got used to having us around. They knew they could count on their mother to cook them breakfast, prepare their clothes, make their lunches and drive them to school.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2010 | By Dan Gross
NEW HOPE'S Bob Horowitz will be working Memorial Day. With Chad Ochocinco . Horowitz, of Juma Entertainment, is the executive producer of "Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch," which begins shooting Monday in Los Angeles. The VH1 reality series, to premiere in July, features the Bengals wide receiver dating 85 women (his name means eight-five in Spanish) in a quest to find the one . Horowitz said seeing Ochocinco's dedication on "Dancing with the Stars" makes him confident he will take the production seriously.
NEWS
April 26, 2010 | By Kia Gregory | Inquirer Staff Writer
As the morning rush fades, businesses along this stretch of Brewerytown yawn to life. The ponytailed waitress at the corner diner serves a lone customer. Down the street, the owner of the vintage boutique separates handbags. Outside, Kenny Jackson pours soapy water on the concrete and scrubs the front of his family's fledgling water-ice business. His wife, Rebecca, sits at a table, hugging their cheerful 9-month-old son, as she goes over the day's menu. A few passersby wish them "Good morning" by name.
NEWS
April 26, 2010 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the morning rush fades, businesses along this stretch of Brewerytown yawn to life. The ponytailed waitress at the corner diner serves a lone customer. Down the street, the owner of the vintage boutique separates handbags. Outside, Kenny Jackson pours soapy water on the concrete and scrubs the front of his family's fledgling water-ice business. His wife, Rebecca, sits at a table, hugging their cheerful 9-month-old son, as she goes over the day's menu. A few passersby wish them "Good morning" by name.
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