Sylvan Edge Estate Is Just Minutes From Lynnewood Hall

TREND photo via

TREND photo via Long & Foster

Given its proximity, it seems almost criminal not to mention Sylvan Edge’s fascinating neighbor, Lynnewood Hall, first. Thus, a little history of the phenomenal property that’s now on the market for $20 million:

The property, built in 1898 from a commission made by Peter A.B. Widener to Horace Trumbauer, had additions constructed by Trumbauer and Angus Wade. The former’s carriage house has echoes of Versailles’ Petite Trianon, making the nickname given to it by Widener’s grandson all the more appropriate: “the last American Versailles.”

Between 1909 and 1910, Trumbauer added the Van Dyck gallery for Widener’s growing art collection. A decade later, he re-imagined the carriage house so that it could serve as a residence for the family of Widener’s grandson. In 1996, doctor and Reverend Richard S. Yoon bought the property after its former owners, a seminary, had rid the estate of significant features. Interior shots of Lynnewood Hall can be found here. And videos here.

Sylvan Edge, on the other hand, is like a scaled down version of the Lynnewood estate. This gated home, which has been featured in the likes of Architectural Digest, is situated on a cobblestone Belgian block driveway with walled courtyard.

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Historian: Proclamation Naming Pa. State Gun Gets Facts Wrong

A Maryland historian and author, who used to live in Berks County, fired off an angry letter to a Lancaster newspaper recently, and it ran Monday. Patrick Hornberger — a member of the Pennsylvania Antique Gun Collectors Association, the Kentucky Rifle Association and the Arms and Armor Club — believes the recently signed proclamation naming the Pennsylvania long rifle the official state gun is riddled with errors.

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Pa. House Legislation Would Strip Welfare Benefits from Convicted Drug Dealers

Republican State Rep. Mike Regan, who lives in York County, has introduced legislation that would strip welfare benefits from those convicted of drug distribution.

House Bill 2413, which has 44 co-sponsors of both parties, was referred to the Health committee last week. Earlier this year, Regan sponsored a similar bill that stripped welfare benefits for convicted sex offenders on Megan’s Law registration lists. That bill passed the House unanimously, but the Senate has not taken action yet.

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HEADS UP: Terry Gross Chats With George Takei

The latest episode of Philly-produced radio talk show Fresh Air finds host Terry Gross chatting with legendary gay advocate George Takei. It’s a good listen. The Star Trek alum delves into his reasons for not coming out until he was 68 years old, his years in a Japanese internment camp, and how he transitioned into becoming one of our most outspoken celebrity champions for gay rights. A blip about his coming out:

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How to Fix the Philadelphia Phillies

It doesn’t really seem that long ago. It was, though. I was 23 in 2006. Ryan Howard was three years older. And when I went to that game at Citizens Bank Park, Howard did something I’d never seen in person before: He hit three home runs in a game.

And they were off Tim Hudson, too! Though he was having a bad 2006, Hudson was a star in Oakland previously and had already beaten the Phillies twice that season. Howard hit his 50th, 51st, and 52nd homers of the season off Hudson that day with relative ease. As he stood on the dugout steps after Howard’s third homer, Jimmy Rollins shook his head at the scene. He couldn’t believe it. Up in the 400 level, my friends and I did the same. We were Phillies fans, and this new guy — who was just in his first full year in the majors, having played only 88 games in his Rookie of the Year season in 2005 — looked like he was going to win MVP.

He did. The Phillies made the playoffs the next year, and started a five-season run that was the best in the franchise’s history. The Phillies were baseball’s new powerhouse: Five division titles, two pennants and a World Series win. Howard never had a year like his 2006 MVP season, but he followed that 58-homer season with years of 48, 47 and 45 home runs. In six seasons from 2006 to 2011, Howard gave the Phillies six good-to-great seasons of offensive production. He put up great numbers in the 2008 World Series and was MVP of the 2009 NLCS. He had inflated counting stats thanks to the Phillies’ potent offense and was a mess defensively, but he was a star.

He tore his Achilles coming out of the box in the final at-bat of the Phillies’ disappointing 1-0 loss in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS. He was never the same player again, though some said he was figured out in the 2009 World Series against the Yankees. A lot of the other stars of the 2007 to 2011 Phillies had sharp declines along with Howard, but Howard’s decline has been the linchpin, at least in terms of amount of coverage it’s received.

Last Wednesday, the Phillies benched Howard against a tough lefthander. It seemed like a platoon with Darin Ruf was coming, but then came reports the Phillies were looking to trade Howard and willing to pay most of his $60 million contract to do so. Other reports had them ready to release him outright, though general manager Ruben Amaro said the team wasn’t considering cutting him. Amaro said Howard will stay with the club and be a productive player again, but Howard sat again Friday night. Three seasons after losing just 60 games and finishing with the best record in the team’s history, the Phillies are 44-58. Howard’s benching is just the first domino.

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Restaurant Review: Charlie Was a Sinner

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Charlie Was a Sinner | Photos by Jason Varney

Just how much sinning do you like to do over dinner?

That’s a good question to chew on at Nicole Marquis’s mysterious new bar on 13th Street, where you can drink bourbon and absinthe beneath a looming hardback edition of In Cold Blood, watch sultry projections of Marilyn Monroe flicker upon the ruffles of a diaphanous wall curtain, and soak up your alcohol with food completely untainted by animal products.

In an era abounding with culinary hobgoblins—gluten for him, fructose for her, GMOs for the guy down the street—veganism still reigns unrivaled as the diet of the ethically upright. But the plant-only jawn feels a little racier at Charlie Was a Sinner, and not just because it’s next door to the last surviving porn shop on this once-seedy strip. Marquis, the woman behind HipCityVeg, named her lounge the way Elmore Leonard started crime novels. Who’s Charlie? Has he—or she—repented? Exactly what sort of sin are we talking about here?

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2 Suspects in Carjacking, Fatal Crash Denied Bail

Jonathan Rosa, left, and Cornelius Crawford.

Jonathan Rosa, left, and Cornelius Crawford.

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Rosa and 23-year-old Cornelius Crawford, the two men charged in the carjacking and crash that killed three children in Tioga last Friday, have been arraigned and denied bail.

The Friday morning incident, police say, occurred when the two suspects carjacked and sexually assaulted a real estate agent in North Philadelphia. Fleeing the scene, the two crashed her SUV into a family of four selling fruit on the street. Thomas Reed, 10; Keiearra Williams, 15; and Terrence Moore, 7, all died in the crash. Their mother, 34-year-old Keisha Williams, was critically injured. The carjacking victim and another woman selling fruit with the family, 69-year-old Thelma Brown, were also hurt.

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It’s Always Sunny Gang Publishing Self-Help Book

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia characters Mac, Charlie, Sweet Dee, Dennis, and Frank have concocted a get-rich-quick scheme: a self-help book, and it’s getting published in real life. According to the Amazon page‚ The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today finds “The Gang” sharing advice on everything from relationships, career, fashion, and financial success. Here’s a description explaining the background.

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 9.36.46 AMLeft alone to close down Paddy’s Pub one night, Charlie Kelly inadvertently scored himself, and his friends, the opportunity of a lifetime—a book deal with a real publishing company, real advance money, and a real(ly confused) editor. While his actual ability to read and write remains unclear, Charlie sealed the deal with some off-the-cuff commentary on bird law and the nuances of killing rats (and maybe with the help of some glue fumes in the basement with an unstable editor on a bender). While The Gang is stunned by the news, and the legally binding, irrevocable contract left on the bar, they are also ready to rise to the task and become millionaires—and of course, help Charlie actually write the book.

In their own inimitable voices, Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Sweet Dee, and Frank weigh in on important topics like Relationships, Financial Success and Career, Fashion and Personal Grooming, Health and Diet, and Survival Skills, providing insane advice, tips, tricks, and recipes (Rum Ham anyone?) as only they can.

It’s not due to hit shelves till January 6th, but you can pre-order it on Amazon here.

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