April 26, 2013 |
WHEN ED WHITE'S family would drive past Northeast Catholic High School for Boys on Torresdale Avenue, they could easily envision a halo around the building. The image came to mind because of the near-holy reverence Ed had for his alma mater. What was it about that school that Ed White held in such deference? A quiet man of few words, Ed might have had trouble putting his feelings into words, but his family attributed it to the gratitude he had for the education he received there, and his deep respect for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who run it. Whatever it was, Ed continued to serve the school long after he graduated in 1955.
December 14, 2012 |
KEN SCHAMBERG gazed up at Germantown High School on Thursday and said he couldn't believe that the school district plans to close the nearly 100-year-old school. "Look at that building," Schamberg said. "I love the columns. I love the majestic entrance. " At Germantown High, Schamberg has been a "guest teacher," a term he prefers over substitute . The retired teacher taught there full time for 13 years beginning in 1993. Many students seemed angry after the district announced Thursday that the school, on High Street at Germantown Avenue, is on the list of schools recommended for closing.
October 16, 2012 |
It's one thing to celebrate yourself and your longtime friends at a high school reunion. It's another to come together just to celebrate your high school - the reason about 170 West Philadelphia High grads from across the years partied under a tent in Fairmount Park on Sunday evening. Their dinner on the grounds of Belmont Mansion was the culmination of a year of programs honoring the school, which moved to a new building a few blocks away last fall and turns 100 this year. A multi-tiered anniversary cake sat off to the side while the alumni dined on chicken and tilapia, traded stories, renewed friendships, and honored several of their own. The musical group Destiny provided the jazz; two of its members are alumni.
July 9, 2012 |
George F. Di Domizio, 77, of Green Lane, a longtime Merck employee and friend of Elvis Presley, died Friday of esophageal cancer at Rockhill Mennonite Community. He was 77. Mr. Di Domizio was the first quarterback of the Lansdale Catholic High School football team and a member of the school's first graduating class, in 1953.He earned a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College. Mr. Di Domizio worked for Merck for 35 years, starting as a mail boy and eventually rising to become director of creative services before retiring in 1992.
February 29, 2012 |
Lawrence A. Ciletti, 70, of Moorestown, president of Tru-Fit Frame & Door Corp., died of leukemia Friday, Feb. 24, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Ciletti grew up in South Philadelphia and helped support his mother and sister after leaving school in the sixth grade. A longtime friend and colleague, Glen Bennett, recalled that Mr. Ciletti was thrown out of Daniel Boone School for delinquent students. "He was this little kid and he was always fighting," said Bennett, who has been with the company for more than 25 years and now helps run it. Mr. Ciletti unloaded boxcars and worked for his uncle's catering business.
February 28, 2012 |
Jerry Sandusky's attorney wants the judge in his child-sex-abuse case to delay the start of his trial until mid-July. The former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach filed a motion Monday that says he needs more time to contact and interview witnesses, subpoena records, and hire experts. Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal charges that he sexually abused 10 boys over 15 years. He has denied the allegations. Two weeks ago, Judge John Cleland tentatively scheduled jury selection in the trial to start May 14 in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
February 15, 2012 |
KATIE MacTurk and Megan Edwards got the best Valentine's Day gift they could have asked for yesterday. Vindication. St. Joseph's University's alumni association announced that the lesbian couple were the winners of its controversial "How I Met My Hawkmate" Facebook contest, based on the number of "likes" their entry received. Their victory came after the university initially removed their entry from the webpage, only to reverse its decision last week amid a hail of protest.
January 25, 2012 |
Over 45 days in 2006, wealthy philanthropists raised $68 million to stop Thomas Eakins' The Gross Clinic from skipping town. They unified behind civic pride and a love of art, but what mattered was reaching a magic number. On Monday, the Rev. James Olson walked into a one-shot appeal hearing with an archdiocesan education committee with a similar story to tell and a bank statement burning a hole in his pocket. The president of Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High Schools, slated to close in a massive reorganization of Catholic education in the city and suburbs, had 1.1 million reasons to keep the schools open.
January 23, 2012 |
Robert J. Schaefer, 79, of North Wales, a public relations executive who collected warm clothes for Korean orphans while in the Army, died of a heart attack Sunday, Jan. 8. Mr. Schaefer earned a bachelor's degree in 1954 from La Salle College, where he was editor of the school paper and in later years served on the college's board. After graduating, he joined the Army and, after training in Oklahoma, was sent to Korea as a communications officer with the Seventh Infantry Division.
January 11, 2012 |
There is life after the death of a Catholic school, Michael Ritz wants students and parents to know, a spiritual resurrection. Two decades ago, the archdiocese announced the closing of Ritz's beloved St. James Catholic High in Chester. Prayers, tears, and protests followed, the same emotional turmoil now experienced by the communities of 49 institutions slated for elimination. St. James closed anyway. June 1993, as if the alumni could forget. Assistant principal John Mooney, Class of 1950, St. James English teacher of 39 years, athletic director, coach of three sports (six Catholic League and two city baseball championships)