June 8, 2015 |
HAVANA - Palm fronds shade Margarita Alvarez's magnificent mansion, a classic beauty, but showing its age. Built in 1901, it has 18-foot ceilings, foot-wide crown moldings, marble floors, and columns of veined marble. A portrait of a previous owner, a Cuban secretary of state from the 1920s, hangs in the parlor. Out back are the two rooms that Alvarez rents in her bed-and-breakfast, casa particular . The house, three blocks from the iconic Hotel Nacional, is desirable in many ways.
May 17, 2015 |
Four guys walk into a bar. It's the former Roosevelt Pub on Walnut Street, not far from where the fellows are studying business at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. One had just lost a costly pair of glasses on a backpacking trip and could not afford to replace them. "We went to the Roosevelt, had a Yuengling, and realized there was a massive opportunity," said Dave Gilboa, cofounder with Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker, the ridiculously successful online retailer that brought $95 eyeglasses to the cybersphere.
May 16, 2015 |
Wilson Greenwood, 92, of Moorestown, who retired in 1990 as president of the family-owned Globe Dye Works in Frankford, died Tuesday, May 12, at home. The complex of buildings, the first of which was opened in 1865, and where the family closed its yarn-dying operations in 2005, now houses "a community of artists, artisans, and fabricators," a website states. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Greenwood moved to Moorestown with his parents after the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge was opened in 1929.
May 16, 2015 |
Milton A. Feldman, 84, of Philadelphia, a business lawyer and civic leader, died Monday, May 11, of respiratory failure at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Feldman worked for various firms, focusing on finance, corporate, and real estate law. He joined the Philadelphia firm of Sterling, Magaziner, Stern & Levy as an associate in 1957 and later was of counsel to Clark, Ladner, Fortenbaugh & Young. He retired from Dilworth Paxson L.L.P. in 2006 after 12 years. In one high-profile matter, Mr. Feldman was lead attorney for the unsecured creditors in the Drexel Burnham Lambert Group Inc. bankruptcy case.
May 11, 2015 |
Can you invest to do well financially and do good at the same time? Socially responsible investing dates back more than 2,000 years. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity all took a stance against usury - or charging borrowers excessive lending fees - as early as 600 B.C. By the 1700s, the Quaker Philadelphia Yearly Meeting restricted members from engaging in the slave trade, and John Wesley, a founder of Methodism, preached against...
April 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia's Cuban community welcomed news of Pope Francis' planned visit to their homeland on his way to the United States this fall, hoping it continues thawing relations between the two nations and helps the island's residents. "It's extraordinary for a dynamic religious leader to be able to bridge the diplomatic Cold War that's been going on," said Richard Negrin, city managing director. Negrin's parents fled Cuba in 1961 and his father was later killed by Cuban terrorists after they mistook him for a communist sympathizer.
April 6, 2015 |
After President Obama on Dec. 17 called for restoring "travel, commerce, and the flow of information" to communist Cuba, island-watchers at Penn's Wharton School rushed to gather Cuban American magnates, scholars, and U.S. officials to brainstorm investors' return. They met in New York on Thursday for an all-day Cuba Opportunity Summit. Cuba is roughly as big and populous as Pennsylvania. Better beaches too. The two were linked from the 1700s to the 1960s by common interests in tobacco, sugar, chocolate, and medical products.
March 23, 2015 |
Hope T. Schwab, 64, of Wayne, a former banking manager who on learning that she had a brain tumor embraced the rest of her life with an ambitious string of adventures, died Wednesday, March 18, of a glioblastoma in Florida. In March 2010, six months after she was diagnosed, Mrs. Schwab wrote a letter to her adult daughters, Rachel Turbet and Diana Himmelstein. The letter was designed to "keep teaching and guiding us, even if she wasn't around," Turbet said. Mrs. Schwab's husband, Gary, said nothing could slow her down.
March 16, 2015 |
They grew up near each other on Webster Street in Riverside. After they began dating, they walked together from home to Riverside High School. And when he went off to combat in France in World War II, their letters filled the silence. When he returned, they were together again. For decade after decade. On Monday, March 9, Michael Chiaccio, 92, municipal clerk and tax collector for Riverside Township from June 1960 to December 1989, died at Virtua Memorial Hospital - two days after his wife, Elizabeth D'Alessandro Chiaccio, 89, died there.
March 14, 2015 |
Raymond L. Freudberg, 92, formerly of Wyncote, a retired insurance company executive, died Wednesday, March 4, of heart failure at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, where he had lived for 41/2 years. Born in Philadelphia to Herman and Rose Kierson Freudberg, Mr. Freudberg graduated from Olney High School in 1939 and took night courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1942. From 1942 to 1946 he served in Washington, in the finance division of the Air Transport Command, part of the Army Air Forces.