July 20, 2014 |
Patty and Jim Seif had always yearned for a waterfront home. They just never envisioned theirs would be overlooking the Brandywine Creek in Wilmington. Eager to downsize from their five-bedroom farmhouse in Blue Bell, the Seifs considered other Pennsylvania suburbs and Center City, but they couldn't agree on what would best work for them. Then, in 2011, Patty accepted a job in financial communications with DuPont in Wilmington. "I then pushed Jim for us to live closer to my work," says Patty.
July 18, 2014 |
Another former lender for Wilmington Trust Co. - Delaware's dominant bank before it drowned in a sea of unpaid loans and was salvage-sold at a bargain price in 2010 - has been indicted by federal prosecutors in connection with alleged illegal lending to developers. Peter W. Hayes worked for the bank for 20 years before leaving in 2011. The indictment says Hayes lent $195 million to a developer while he was secretly invested in the developer's properties, and accuses him of using "false" and insufficient documents to justify loans that the developer didn't repay.
July 17, 2014 |
WILMINGTON – Griffin Stanton-Ameisen is not a great Hamlet. And that's a very good thing for Delaware Shakespeare Festival's fantastic production of Shakespeare's tragedy. A great Hamlet would involve the director or actor trying to put a distinctive stamp (jester, drug addict), attribute (incestuous, impotent), or interpretation (Oedipal, political, feminist, whatever) on the role. Usually this attempt would include a celebrity (Ian McKellen, Jude Law, David Tennant). Stanton-Ameisen uses clear intonation and vivid body language to paint a haunting, natural, valid response to a father's sudden death, a mother's hasty marriage to a far inferior suitor, and a supernatural mandate to take revenge on a usurper of the throne.
July 10, 2014 |
A Delaware County emergency-room pediatrician has been convicted of criminal attempted murder for shooting and wounding her former companion in the presence of their children during a child-custody exchange. Lauren Patricia Daly, 43, of Middletown Township, Delaware County, who was found guilty Monday night after a two-week trial, is to be sentenced in September. In May 2013, Daly fired shots through the windshield of a car, hitting Margaret Grover, 50, of Wynnewood. The couple's 11-year-old son, who was in the front seat, ducked to avoid injury.
June 19, 2014 |
Hello there Sean still remembers when Jamie transferred into the sixth-grade class at Nazareth Academy Grade School in Northeast Philadelphia in 1997. With just 27 students, a new girl - especially a cute one - made an impression. Back then, Sean was quiet and shy, Jamie said. They hardly talked at first, but she suspected he had a crush on her. He did, but never acted on it. With so few classmates, "Everyone was friends, and we all hung out together," Sean remembered. After eighth-grade graduation, Jamie, who grew up in Southampton and Horsham, continued at Nazareth Academy High School, and Sean, who grew up in the Northeast, went to Holy Ghost Prep.
May 24, 2014 |
Developer Brian O'Neill 's King of Prussia-based O'Neill Properties Group L.P. plans what he calls "the largest luxury movie theater built in the United States in the past 30 years. " With wine bar, 60-foot lobby and other fancy touches, the theater is bound for Uptown Worthington , his long-running development project at the former National Rolling Mills site in East Whiteland Township, Chester County. The complex would be run by Atlanta-based Cobb Theaters and include a ground-floor Cobb VIP movie theater, plus an upstairs Cobb CineBistro theater-restaurant, totaling 85,000 square feet.
April 19, 2014 |
On Saturday, you can see what happens when a pink thing goes too far at Walnut Street Theatre's stage production of Pinkalicious , which runs through April 27. Despite her parents' warnings, Pinkalicious Pinkerton just can't stop eating pink cupcakes. Now she's come down with a case of pinkititis and is turning pink from head to toe - then pinker, and even pinker. The cure? Could it be green and leafy? The play is based on the popular children's book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann.
April 12, 2014 |
Take your pick. World Cafe Live in Philadelphia and World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington will have children's concerts to keep the kids rocking. In Philadelphia, Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band, whose music received praise in People magazine, will get the kids jumping with their "Paul Simon meets the Beatles on the playground" sound. Audience members can enjoy a communal experience dancing to the group's high-energy performance while learning life lessons. In Wilmington, songwriter and Parents' Choice winner Billy Jonas, who describes his sound as funky folk music for the whole family, will use found objects to help the audience discover the music within the objects and also within themselves.
April 9, 2014 |
Ira Lubert , the Philadelphia-based investor - clients include the Pennsylvania state pension funds and Pennsylvania State University - who heads the group that runs the Valley Forge Casino Resort , says he knows why Pennsylvanians aren't gambling more. Gambler fatigue, he told me, as young women dressed as Hawaiian dancers shuffled to the music around his table Thursday for Lubert's latest promotion, a deal with US Airways . "We're just starting to see it," he said.
March 27, 2014 |
Hello there They met at a now-defunct bar during Philadelphia's May 2012 Outfest. Cara couldn't believe how loud Val was. Why did she have to be the center of attention? "I thought she was a jerk. " Val chalked up Cara's quietness to a holier-than-thou attitude. "I thought she was stuck-up and pretentious. " Then that August, the same mutual friend that introduced them - Holly - invited a bunch of people to PBR Bar & Grill at Xfinity Live, where another friend's band was performing.