Two Pennsylvania and one New Jersey suburb have been named in the “America’s 50 Best Small Towns” list compiled by CNN Money roundup, one of them even making the top 10.
West Goshen, in Chester County, was named the 10th-best small town to live in, with its “lush, suburban feel, quiet, tree-shaded residential areas, lovely parks, and a full slate of community activities.” Hillsborough, N.J., was named 17th, and Horsham, Pa. came in at 34th.
CNN’s take on West Goshen:
Looking for larger-scale entertainment? The King of Prussia Mall, America’s largest shopping center, is only 20 minutes away. Surrounding the town is store- and restaurant-packed West Chester, a hamlet that serves as the area’s unofficial downtown.
West Goshen also boasts an array of local employers, including Comcast and QVC, and is an easy commute to the economic hubs of Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. If your heart’s set on moving into a brand-new house, keep in mind that some newer residential developments lack personality and are expensive compared with older homes.
It’s true. The King of Prussia Mall makes everything better.
A group of 16 workers in a Ocean County, N.J., garage have stepped forward as the owners of one of three winning tickets in Wednesday’s $448 million Powerball jackpot drawing. The group’s boss, Jim Pine, called the group “wonderful, hardworking-people” that showed up to work the day after their big win. How New Jersey.
The first $448 million Powerball winner, Jim Pine, 45, has decided to take a lump sum for his winnings, totaling $58.3 million after taxes. A third winner, who reportedly purchased the winning ticket at a Central Jersey supermarket, has not yet stepped forward. [WFMZ]
Your new book says the American Dream is in the middle of a major shift — various forces are making the suburbs unnecessary and undesirable. That’s tough talk from someone who grew up in Media and whose parents still live there.
[Laughs] That’s true. I had this almost comically idyllic childhood. I had a boss in New York who once came to visit me and had dinner with my parents, and from that moment on, he would chide me: “How’s everything in Grover’s Corners?” Because Media is really this unique place. It’s got all these ingredients that a lot of suburbs don’t have — a trolley, a courthouse, a 1927 vaudeville theatre. It’s built on certain urban-planning principles that got thrown out and replaced by what we more commonly see today, which is sprawl.
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Please let this story not spawn a rash of indiscriminate hitchhiking behavior. Last night, a nice, friendly couple was late for a Dave Matthews Band concert in Hershey when they spotted some poor sap standing by the side of Boathouse Road with a flat bike tire, sticking his thumb out. The poor sap was, of course, Dave Matthews himself, who didn’t have a cell phone on his person. Luckily for him, they were Dave Matthews fans headed to a Dave Matthews concert. Given the amount of anti-DMB vitriol out there, he might have been left stranded for hours if not for them.
Here is Dave himself recounting the story using some especially guttural various of his trademark guttural scat singing thing.
A funny thing happened on the way to the U.S. Open.
As practice rounds kicked off on Monday, a few Pennsylvania residents took to Twitter to yell about “shoobies” gumming up traffic on their way to Merion.
Nice try, guys. But that’s not your word. Read more »
Attention, Americans: From here on out, please keep any modest displays of rage, love, truth and/or solidarity within the confines of your own home. Those kinds of emotional outbursts can offend people, and that’s bad for our corporate masters’ businesses. Please vacate your First Amendment rights, utilize mandatory inoffensive language at all times, and keep your arms and legs completely inside the country until it comes to a complete and total collapse. Read more »
It has been nearly 16 years since Philadelphia lost Richie Ashburn, one of the greatest Phillies players of all time. The beloved Hall of Famer, who played for the team from 1948 through 1959, died of a heart attack in 1997 after broadcasting a Phillies-Mets game from Shea Stadium. His family buried him in the cemetery outside of Gladwyne Methodist Church, where all was quiet until some developers announced plans to turn the church into condos and put a parking lot next to the cemetery. Ashburn’s widow, Herberta, is calling foul. Read more »
You’ve probably heard of Tesla Motors by now, the California company that designs and manufactures electric cars. Founded in 2003, Tesla almost didn’t make it through the recession, but today its fortunes are rising, thanks in large part to the car it released last year: the Model S (top photo). A premium sport sedan, the Model S is aimed at people who would otherwise buy a Mercedes S Class or a Lexus. It starts at $69,900 ($62,400 with a $7,500 federal tax credit). You recharge the car by plugging it into a wall outlet or a public charging station. The charging port is built into the taillight. Automotive journalists have gone nuts for the Model S; Motor Trend and Automobile named it their car of the year for 2013, and Consumer Reports gave it a rare 99 out of 100 rating. Read more »
Hide your honey, your porridge and (in reality) your bird feeders and your garbage cans. There’s a bear on the loose!
Over the past week, a black bear has been spotted in Lower Bucks County. The LBC, as I like to call it, is more urbanized than your usual bear habitat, meaning everyone is freaking out. The bear was spotted at a Bensalem soccer field, on a Bristol Township lawn, and even in Hulmeville, a town you’ve probably never even heard of. Things haven’t been this exciting in the LBC since the Neshaminy Mall was built. Read more »
It’s been quite a month for our fine furry friends in the Philadelphia region. First there was the wild turkey who was running around West Philadelphia. (He has his own Twitter account, naturally). Then there were the rat sightings. Then there were more rat sightings. (Surprisingly, the rats don’t have their own Twitter account, although @ThePhillyRat is currently available … just saying). And now, it’s stray cats that are the subject of much hand-wringing. Read more »