June 11, 2015 |
By the time they moved to Woolwich Township, Tony Gioia and Grace Ellis had already had their lives altered for the worse; both had lost loved ones on 9/11. Denise Dales had a new perspective on life on that morning nearly 14 years ago, too. Then a Woodbury resident, she had plans to attend a 9 a.m. work meeting at the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but canceled, uneasy about taking her 2-month-old son along. Gioia, Ellis, and Dales, who also moved to Woolwich after the attacks, will be in the procession Wednesday when township officials bring a 4,000-pound steel beam - a relic from a day of tragedy - to the township from New York City, for a future 9/11 memorial in front of the town hall.
May 5, 2015 |
The conundrum for Superfit Inc. of Philadelphia is as complicated as love itself: The family-owned company has created a product it wants ring-wearers worldwide to know about, yet it's designed to go unnoticed. "We're still too much the best-kept secret in the world," said Gena Alulis, chief executive officer of a business trying to revolutionize, elegantly and unobtrusively, the way a ring is made to fit. Superfit's patented hinge-and-latch technology eliminates the annoying spinning that occurs when rings are sized to fit over a large knuckle, rather than fitted to the base of a finger.
March 4, 2015
A Business column Sunday on Pennsylvania and international trade misidentified the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.
December 19, 2014 |
Dulce de leche is not currently a flavor offered by Philadelphia-based Bassetts Ice Cream Co. "Closest to that is our classic butterscotch vanilla, which has . . . those caramel notes that a dulce de leche does," Bassetts president Michael Strange said Wednesday when asked whether and how his company would serve Cuba if a U.S. plan to reestablish diplomatic ties and expand economic trade after nearly 53 years succeeds. "If we find the right retail partners there . . . and they give us direction on flavor . . . I would certainly look into developing those flavors," Strange said.
September 12, 2014 |
THIS YEAR'S 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is the first one since the May opening of the museum at the National September 11 Memorial at the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Visitors there can see significant and trivial reminders of that day - from the wallets of the dead and the dust-encrusted boots of rescue workers to the farewell letter written in Arabic by some of the al Qaeda terrorists - but for some the museum's lasting impression is its assertive and perhaps suffocating security.
August 5, 2014 |
"It's the only job I ever had," says Eddie Gindi , co-owner of the eight New York-area Century 21 department stores. He is preparing another one for Philadelphia this fall. Scion of a retailing and real estate family, Gindi went to work for his father and uncle - who founded Century 21 - as a student in 1977. "Back then it was just two stores: Brooklyn Bay Ridge and Manhattan," across from the World Trade Center, he said. The store had been there since 1961, even before the towers.
August 5, 2014 |
When a decaying wooden ship was discovered in the World Trade Center excavation pit four years ago, it posed a mystery. Where did it come from? How did it get there? Was it wrecked? Or was it sunk intentionally for landfill? Archaeologists, maritime experts, and tree-ring researchers last week announced their conclusions: The ship, believed to be a Hudson River sloop, was built shortly after 1773 in the bustling port of Philadelphia. The wood from the ship was matched not just to Philadelphia, but to the same sort of oak trees that were used to build the old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
May 6, 2014 |
To most, the World Trade Center is a reminder of terrorism's evil: two jetliners commandeered on a gorgeous September morning, bringing down New York's landmark twin towers, killing more than 2,700 and unhinging a nation. In Philadelphia, the World Trade Center is a bistate nonprofit fighting to be better known. The attention the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) especially seeks is from the region's small businesses, a sector it says is missing tremendous growth opportunity by not exporting.
November 18, 2013 |
Inside Courtroom II at Camp Justice on the sprawling Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba, eight visitors filed into a glass-protected gallery. It was a little after 9 a.m. on Oct. 22, before the start of a hearing for five men accused of plotting attacks in the United States. Jim Jenca, a 52-year-old married father of two from Levittown, took a seat in the front row. A big ex-Marine with a florid, round face, he couldn't sit still. Restless, he stood up. He put his face close to the glass partition.
September 25, 2013 |
Bob Dougherty, a Cheltenham police officer from the K-9 unit, strides across a scrap yard in West Philadelphia, his boots crunching over gravel. Scrambling over a mountain of broken pallets and rubble, Dougherty crawls into one of several half-buried blue plastic barrels and pulls a wooden lid over the opening. Hide and seek has never been this serious. Inside, it is oppressively hot, and Dougherty is heavily clothed - helmet, long sleeves, long pants, thick canvas gloves. But he is doing this voluntarily, for a good cause.