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Monday, December 19, 2005

In 2003, Wyeth, waitress, Helga, at Hank's Place in Chadds Ford.
That's Happening Here?
5 Stories Fast
Craig LaBan looks back at restaurants he reviewed in "The Bells of 2005." Winners of 3 bells (out of 4) were Barclay Prime ("big rib steak and Kobe sliders are amazing"), Marigold Kitchen ("stunning Mediterranean ideas"), Southwark ("creative new American fare") and Sovalo ("possibly the best new Italian since Vetri"), all in the city; Evermay on the Delaware in Erwinna ("inspired new American cooking ... that is worth the drive"); and Majolica in Phoenixville ("one of the area's best new BYOBs"). No eatery reviewed this year got 4 bells.

Milk chocolate mousse in a candy apple, a dessert at Gilmore's French Cuisine in West Chester.

240 of Andrew Wyeth's Helga artworks are no longer at the Brandywine River Museum. The collection, entrusted by its previous owner, has been sold and shipped on to whereabouts undivulged. Wyeth's revelation that he'd secretly done paintings, including nudes, of neighbor Helga Testorf for years, caused a sensation in 1986. ...
A Bucks County collector paid way too much -- $2.2 million -- to reunite 2 historic guns. Two men who cheated him in a series of deals agreed to pay a $4.7 settlement and face prison time. The pricey pair of firearms (pictured): revolvers designed by Samuel Walker, Texas ranger, and Samuel Colt. "It's like having Henry Ford's Model T. From those guns, rusted and ugly, come all others," said an NRA curator, who called them national treasures. ... Here's a workplace with more mental illness than yours, and that's an asset, because Friends Connection in Old City counsels the mentally ill. Its president was once psychotic, homeless and suicidal. "Quite honestly, I saw more blowups at the law firm, in terms of people slamming doors and being rude to one another," said a new employee who's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. ... New building in Philadelphia sometimes causes old neighboring homes to collapse. Bob Harvey lost his apartment building and all of his possessions, without any sign of compensation yet. "They literally took my land," he said. "They're storing dirt on it." The seven such cases this year prompted Licenses & Inspections to warn that it won't sign off on projects that lack plans to support the foundations of adjacent buildings.


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