February 7, 2014 |
About 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Maureen Ehret, a married mother of three who lives on quiet Byron Lane in Lower Makefield, felt like going out and grabbing a cup of coffee. Her Acura MDX was parked just in front of her garage. As she raised the garage door, she noticed that snow was coming down in heavy clumps. "That wasn't right," she thought. It had stopped snowing long ago and was now mostly raining. She paused. It was a pause that saved her life. The snow that was raining down came from the upper branches of an old tulip poplar tree.
November 5, 2013
An article in Monday's Inquirer about the Philadelphia Classical School included an incorrect reference to Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first secretary of the treasury and the face on the $10 bill. Sunday's Real Estate section included an incorrect figure for the percentage of total U.S. energy produced that comes from solar power. In 2012, solar power accounted for 0.11 percent of all energy produced, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. A photograph caption in Sunday's Business section stated incorrectly the reason Nancy Becker expects to qualify for a health-insurance subsidy under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Her earnings from work are under 400 percent of the federal poverty level, which makes her eligible for the subsidy.
November 5, 2013 |
YARDLEY A Halloween tradition of four decades continued Thursday in Yardley for the Bowker family. The Bowkers bought M&Ms again, and no goblins or witches or ghosts stopped by to collect them. Again. The Bowkers' house is one of the southernmost properties of a cluster surrounding North Main Street. But because traffic whooshes past and safer, walkable developments are nearby, trick-or-treaters never show up. "Our own grandchildren, who live next door, they go up to the other neighborhood," Sandy Bowker, 72, said with a laugh.
September 22, 2013 |
Many a home sale is like a romance: Buyers find in that one perfect property their heart's desire. But sometimes, a little matchmaking is required - as area builders have discovered over the last 15 years or so with empty nesters, a market segment as significant as first-time and move-up buyers. "It's clearly a time when many realize that they need to rethink the next chapter of their lives, asking themselves, 'Now what?' " said Kira Sterling, chief marketing officer for Horsham-based Toll Bros., which has built several over-55 communities in the Philadelphia region.
August 15, 2013 |
Brandon Matthews, a sophomore at Temple, fired a 2-over-par 72 Tuesday at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., to qualify for match play competition in the 113th U.S. Amateur Championship. Matthews, who leads the Golf Association of Philadelphia player of the year standings after wins in the Philadelphia Open and the Patterson Cup, offset a double bogey and four bogeys with four birdies to complete the 36-hole qualifying phase at 1-over 141. Matthews opened with a 69 Monday at Charles River Country Club, the other qualifying site.
April 19, 2013 |
Paul Lightfoot, marathon runner and local food zealot, is determined to change the way highly perishable, expensive-to-ship produce is grown and distributed to supermarkets in the Northeast and other parts of the nation. Starting in Yardley. As CEO of BrightFarms Inc., a big-picture company with a hyper-local focus, Lightfoot wants to "create beautiful local produce, near grocery retailers, that's thousands of miles fresher, and do it with the same food safety and year-round commercial volume as a large, centralized supplier might have been doing from a huge facility in California.
April 12, 2013 |
Nelson Runger, 81, of Yardley, a celebrated audiobook narrator, died Sunday, April 7, at home of complications from prostate cancer. Born in Pittsburgh to Nelson and Charlotte Runger, he graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh in 1949 and cum laude from Princeton University in 1953, majoring in English. He spent 30 years in public relations for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. before taking early retirement in 1986 to embark on a second career as an audiobook narrator.
April 11, 2013 |
The FBI is searching for a man suspected of robbing at least four banks in Bucks and Montgomery Counties during the last 10 months. Most recently, he hit a PNC Bank on Bethlehem Pike in Ambler, officials said. He is also believed to be responsible for robberies Jan. 18 at a Wells Fargo in Yardley, Sept. 28 at a First Federal in Wrightstown, and June 8 at a Colonial American in Horsham. The suspect usually carries a handgun and wears a suit and tie. He covers his face with a ski mask or a sack or pillowcase with eyeholes cut out, and has also worn green disposable gloves and a straw hat. The FBI described him as white, about 6 feet tall, with a stocky build.
April 10, 2013 |
The FBI is searching for a man suspected of robbing at least four banks in Bucks and Montgomery Counties over the last 10 months. Most recently, he hit a PNC Bank on Bethlehem Pike in Ambler, officials said. He is also believed to be responsible for robberies Jan. 18 at a Wells Fargo in Yardley, Sept. 28 at a First Federal in Wrightstown, and June 8 at a Colonial American in Horsham. The man usually carries a handgun and wears a suit and tie. He covers his face with a ski mask or a sack or pillowcase with eyeholes cut out, and has also worn green disposable gloves and a straw hat. The FBI described him as white, about 6 feet tall, with a stocky build.
January 31, 2013 |
Francis Wallace Hastings, 89, of Perkasie, a longtime executive recruiter and a skilled woodworker, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, of congestive heart failure and pneumonia at his home. Mr. Hastings worked as an executive headhunter at Butterick & McGary in Philadelphia from 1952 to 1960 and went on to form his own recruitment firm, Frank W. Hastings Associates. He ran the company from 1960 to 1990 out of an office in New York City, and also worked with others out of his home, which was then in Yardley, his family said.