Singer (Married in 1997) (Fred graduated from St.Paulís School in
Concord, New Hampshire and Yale University. He is employed by "Singer
Equipment Co." located in Hyde Park.)
In 1918, eighteen-year-old Frederick Singer started Singer Crockery
Company in a 15-foot-wide store in Reading, PA. Traveling throughout
eastern Pennsylvania, he sold china and foodservice supplies to hotels,
bars and restaurants.
Soon Fred's brothers joined him in the business and
they moved to a larger location, doubling their space. The next 30 years
brought several more moves and expansions; the company added a contract
department and increased its inventory to include equipment, furniture and
paper goods. In 1967, Singer built a 53,000-square-foot
showroom/office/warehouse complex in Wyomissing, PA.
As the sales force increased, Singer expanded the
geography it served to a 150-mile radius of Reading, including the cities
of Lancaster, Harrisburg, Carlisle, Pottsville, Stroudsburg, and
Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City and Toms River, NJ; and Wilmington, DE. In
1986, the company built its current headquarters, a 110,000-square-foot
facility in Reading. Singer Equipment Company was named national "Dealer
of the Year" by the industry's trade journal in 1987.
A New Jersey contract office was established in 1988
and a used equipment division was added in 1990. Singer consolidated its
presence in the Lehigh Valley with the buyout of Allentown Bar and
Restaurant Supply in 1994. In 1998, Singer opened a 50,000-square-foot
Philadelphia Superstore displaying one of the largest inventories of
equipment and supplies in the eastern United States.
In 2001, Singer will be celebrating its 82nd year in the
foodservice industry. The company has come a long way from that small
storefront of 1918, yet remains true to its founding philosophy of
providing exceptional service in meeting the needs of the foodservice
Email from Julie, 5/05/04: Over
the past few weeks we have made the decision to move to Chester
County, found a house and made
arrangements to list our house for sale.
This plan was precipitated by Fred's company's plan
to move to Morgantown (equi-distant to Reading and Valley Forge) and
by my finding a public school district which seems like a really
good fit for Isaac and Lilly. The district is the
Treddyfrin-Easttown School District (known to the locals as TE).
Isaac will be going to Kindergarten in September at the Valley Forge
The house that we found is located in Paoli (about 5
miles down 202S from the King of Prussia Mall - which is how I plan
to coax our Reading buddies to visit us regularly :))
While we are excited to have found such a good school
opportunity for our kids (and we like being closer to Philadelphia),
we are very sad to be moving farther from so many wonderful friends
(and our parents) in Reading.
(Birthday: May 5th)
The Singers adopted a girl from Korea in
February of 2003! Her name is Lilly. Bev and I got to see her
in March of 2003 when we ran into them at the Fairgrounds Farmers' Market.
Lilly was 4-1/2 months old at that time. According to Julie, Lilly
has been an incredibly easy baby.
The picture to the right is Lilly on
5/29/04 taken at
Brendan Kane's PhD
HS Educ. &
of University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Foundation, Devon, Chester County
(In our senior yearbook Julie listed "Elementary Education" as
the future career she hoped to enter.)
Hyman - Singer Wedding
from 11/09/97 Reading Eagle/Times
(Copied directly from the Senior Yearbook):
|Nautilus ... HKA ... 42nd St. ... R
and R ... The Mall ... Bowling with LP ... Y-Teens initiation ...
Arner's ... swimming ... Beach with Heather ... Prince ... JB, LW, SS,
|Chris Mal Notes:
|Julie and I ate lunch together at the
Fairgrounds Square Mall on numerous occasions just after high school
when we were both interns in that area. We both returned to college and
I didnít see her again until almost 15 years later in August of 2000
when I ran into her at Taco Bell outside of the Mall.
Coincidentally, I ran into Julie again at
the same Taco Bell on 6/18/04.
Julie became good friends with Brendan and Sandy Kane after she met her
husband, Fred, who just happened to be close friends with Brendan.
This is actually a very unique and unbelievable story! Julie began
dating Fred while Brendan and Sandy had been living in Ireland.
Julie and Fred then decided that they would take a trip to Ireland, and
while there would see Fred's old friend Brendan. It wasn't until
then that Julie realized Brendan was actually Brendan Kane. Julie
and Brendan had not seen eat other since they walked off the stage
together the day of graduation, and then the next time was in Ireland
almost 10 years later!
Julie and her husband, Fred, Brendan and Sandy were at The Peanut Bar on
5/08/02. Bev and I were invited to attend, but I was taking a
baby-CPR class that night.
Question: What is
with Julie's senior picture? Obviously she chose not to get the
professional photos taken through the school, but, was an overexposed
picture with Barb Yerger's profile in the background the best picture we
Dave Strickler punched Dave Knorr in the stomach
while we were doing jumping jacks in kindergarten class. Julie
Hyman came to his aid.
Bev and I ran into Julie, her husband Fred and
their son Isaac at the Fairgrounds Farmers' Market on 9/13/02. We
were returning our dirty dishes to Havana Joe's, and they were about to
place their order. (I highly recommend Havana Joe's by the
way. The man is a culinary genius!)
We ran into the Singers AGAIN on 3/14/03,
and again we were returning our dishes to Havana Joe's, and Fred had just
placed an order. And, as if that wasn't enough...I was eating lunch
on 4/03/03 at a new Italian place near the Fairgrounds Square Mall called
Capri Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant, and who comes strolling in?
None other than the entire Singer family!
And THEN, we ran into them AGAIN on 5/03/03
eating dinner at Isaac's over near the Berkshire Mall!
Since we kept running into them at
restaurants around the Reading area, we decided it was time to just invite
them over for dinner at our place. Julie and her family, and Brendan
Kane and his family were over for an afternoon of fun and yummy Salmon on
Kelly (Grim) Seyler's daughter, Megan, has a dance class at the same place
that Julie's son, Isaac, has some sort of sports class. They ran
into each other there in October 2003.
I, and our families attended a Ph.D. party in on 5/29/04 in honor of
Brendan Kane who graduated from Princeton and will be on his way to
teach at Norte Dame starting in August. There was a moonbounce at
the party, and at one point Julie and I were in there with the kids. In
1986 we walked off a stage with our diplomas, and 18 years later there
we were in a moonbounce in Narberth. (I took some pictures at the
event which you can see if you
Over Thanksgiving of 2005, Brendan, Sandy, their kids, Bev, Jolie and I
met at Julie (Hyman) Singer's house for brunch.
Number of Prince fans
remaining in the world: