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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.
NEWS
August 12, 2007 | By Ed Mahon FOR THE INQUIRER
Michael Gray Sr. read about a shooting in Chester, in the neighborhood in which he grew up, raised his children, and drives around selling water ice. He wanted to do something about it, so he asked his children for advice. "They're teenagers, and they know more about the youth," Gray, 53, said. He and his 17-year-old twin sons, Michael II and Markus, came up with "I CAN I WILL," an organization that seeks to create art, business and other opportunities for children and young adults in Chester and the surrounding area.
NEWS
July 8, 2007 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Oh, go ahead, try some avocado ice cream. What's a vegetable doing in ice cream, you say? OK. Taste the grapefruit sherbet. But grapefruit's for breakfast, you say? Then how about the guava water ice? What is guava? OK, OK, plain vanilla. But sprinkled with chili powder, right? In Kennett Square on June 7, the corner store La Michoacana marked its fourth anniversary of offering such Latin American summer tastes to the Philadelphia region. "There are plenty of these, everywhere in Mexico," Noelia Scharon said in a recent interview.
BUSINESS
June 10, 2007 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Jim Rudolph and his brother, Bill, bought Rita's Water Ice in May 2005, they were stunned by the amount of attention they got. "You have to remember, I'm not from Philadelphia," said Jim Rudolph, now Rita's chief executive officer. "I'm from Pittsburgh. " Rudolph didn't realize how popular Rita's was in the Philadelphia region, where it had been founded in 1984 by a firefighter trying to supplement his income. But McKnight Capital Partners - the Rudolph brothers' investment firm - didn't buy it for the strong Philadelphia connection.
NEWS
September 20, 2005 | By Barbara Stavetski
As the days of summer dwindled to a precious few, I found myself looking back, and laughing, at some of the things that happened. Like the water-ice cake - one of those simple ideas that spiral wildly out of control. We were having a large family cookout at my cousins' house. My assignment: bring Popsicles for the kids. In a flash of inspiration, I thought, instead of Popsicles, I'll bring a water-ice cake. The cake is made up of several solid, round layers of water ice (your choice of flavor)
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