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June 16, 1997 | For The Inquirer / ELEFTHERIOS KOSTANS
Homemade dolls are a specialty of Mignonette Wallace, who displays them on Main Street at Ambler's first Founders Day celebration. The borough marked its June 16, 1888, beginnings on Saturday with crafts, music, historic-area walking tours and games.
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June 2, 1986 | Special to The Inquirer / RANDALL K. WOLF
The ranks of Canada geese, which have been growing in the area for the last 20 years, grew once again Friday. At least four goslings were hatched outside the Axewood office building in Ambler, where the mother goose had set up housekeeping. Some of the workers had fed her vegetables before the eggs hatched and had kept a watch on her condition.
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June 16, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / BILL CAIN
Ambler officially began celebrating its bicentennial on Saturday with a parade along a three-quarter-mile route on Butler Avenue. The borough planned a full schedule of birthday festivities, including a party today from 4 to 7 p.m. on Butler Avenue and a concert by three local bands from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Wissahickon High School.
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March 20, 1988 | By David M. Giles, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Ambler Borough Council's 13-month search for a borough manager may come to an end tomorrow night. The council is expected to vote on whether to hire a borough manager at its monthly meeting, according to Council President Anthony Decembrino. Edward Heimel resigned as the borough manager in February 1987 to move to Harrisburg. Decembrino and assistant manager George Benigno have shared the manager's duties since Heimel's resignation. Decembrino declined to reveal the identity of the person expected to be the new manager.
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June 19, 1986 | By Joe Ferry, Special to The Inquirer
The Upper Dublin Planning Advisory Board has reviewed tentative subdivision plans for a 13.6-acre tract on Meetinghouse Road in Ambler. The board reviewed the plans at its meeting Monday night. Sixteen single-family houses would be built in a development that would be known as Meetinghouse Estates. Nova Construction of Doylestown filed the application on behalf of two developers, Halina and Stanley Duda. The land to be developed was once used by the Dudas for their business, Dufra Flowers, Inc. The couple retired in 1979 but still live in a house on the property.
NEWS
May 21, 1987 | By David M. Giles, Inquirer Staff Writer
By a narrow margin, Republican challenger Diane Ferro defeated incumbent Ambler Borough Councilwoman Bonnie Kroll Tuesday for the Republican nomination for a four-year term in Ward 1. There is no Democratic candidate for the seat, so Ferro, who received 51 percent of the vote to Kroll's 49 percent, will run unopposed in the November election. Ferro, who has been a member of the borough's Planning Commission since September 1985, was ecstatic about her victory. "I'm so happy," Ferro said in a telephone interview from her home Tuesday night.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Wolters Kluwer Health, the U.S. medical publishing arm of the European-based Wolters Kluwer information-services group, is closing its Ambler office and relocating 119 employees to Center City or to work at home, spokesman Robert Dekker said. "The goal of the move is not to reduce head count, rather, providing a more collaborative work environment," Dekker said Monday. The company is adding 8,000 square feet to its Medical Research and Professional and Education offices on the fifth floor of Two Commerce Square, at 20th and Market Streets.
NEWS
October 2, 1986 | By Theresa Sullivan Barger, Special to The Inquirer
Trinity Episcopal Church in Ambler will sponsor a craft show Saturday to help raise money to rebuild its kitchen, lost when the church was destroyed by fire in June. Forty-four dealers and artisans will display and sell their wares on the church grounds between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In addition, such homemade treats as vegetable and chicken soup, gourmet desserts and candy will be sold. Craftspeople from around the Delaware Valley will sell their works, including wearable batik art, which is a form of dyed fabric; oil painting; stenciling; Christmas ornaments; macrame; weaving; quilting; framing; folk art, and German scherenschnitte, a form of paper cutting.
NEWS
February 27, 1992 | By Mac Daniel, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The NAACP is looking for members to help set up a youth council branch in Ambler. At an introductory meeting Sunday, about 25 interested youths and their parents came to learn about the organization. A youth council needs 50 dues-paying members between the ages of 13 and 21 to get a charter from the NAACP. Sandra Wilson, NAACP director for eastern Pennsylvania, said the youth council would become one of about 600 local units nationwide and would serve as a training group as well as a way to educate young people about black history.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ambler parents are again facing off against the Wissahickon School District, accusing officials of racism and classism in redrawing the district's elementary school boundaries. Under the redistricting proposal this month, Ambler's elementary school would close and its population would split in two - while the rest of the district is largely untouched. District officials say the proposal balances the populations at the remaining schools for the next 10 years, while disrupting the smallest number of students.
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August 31, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former supermarket employee was arrested in Radnor on Friday for allegedly "upskirting" - using a cellphone to surreptitiously video unsuspecting women - in another grocery store. Brian Bailey, 52, of the 300 block of West Johnson Street, was arrested and is being held in Montgomery County on a probation violation for a similar crime, said Lt. Andy Block of the Radnor police. Bailey is charged with two counts of invasion of privacy, disorderly conduct, and harassment, according to Block.
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August 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles T. "Bud" Wahl, 78, of Ambler, the borough's three-term mayor and unabashed booster who helped shepherd its comeback in the early 2000s, died of complications from a fall Saturday, Aug. 9, at his home. An Ambler resident for 47 years, Mr. Wahl recognized a groundswell of momentum for revitalizing the borough. Previously, he told the Ambler Gazette, motorists had been afraid to drive through Ambler because of its "awful" image. "Most of that is gone now," he told the Gazette last November.
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July 20, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The "Bet" had all the elements of a wager made among titans who swagger with confidence that their towns are the best. OK, it actually was about encouraging residents of all ages to exercise. But that's just fine when the payoff is so sweet. And, oh, how sweet was this week's payoff. In April, Ambler Mayor Jeanne Sorg said, she invited Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley and Narberth Mayor Tom Grady to publicize Montgomery County's Senior Games - an annual competition promoting an active lifestyle for older residents - by making a friendly bet. It wasn't on which of their towns would score the most medals at the games, which were held in May with events ranging from basketball foul-shooting to a 400-yard freestyle swim to doubles pickleball, which combines elements of tennis, badminton, and Ping-Pong.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John T. Page Sr., 81, of Willow Grove, formerly of Malvern, a retired YMCA executive, died Friday, June 27, of esophageal cancer at his daughter's home in Abington. Mr. Page worked for many years at the YMCA - as youth director and executive director of the Upper Main Line YMCA and finally as a regional director for the organization in the East. His family said he was instrumental in developing the Upper Main Line Y into a major community center with branches in Berwyn and Great Valley.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
After nine years as director of the Temple University Ambler Arboretum, Jenny Rose Carey announced her resignation Wednesday, effective June 30. In an interview, Carey, a garden historian, says she hoped to do research, writing, and lecturing around the country and overseas. She has two books in mind, both in search of publishers - one about early-20th-century gardens in the Philadelphia area and the extraordinary women who designed and cultivated them, and another about her own garden in Ambler.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Can you imagine Don Quixote , Cervantes' massive masterwork, cut down to novella size? Dale Wasserman did when he, lyricist Joe Darion, and composer Mitch Leigh created their beloved 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha , which won five Tony Awards. Picture La Mancha miniaturized even further, and you get a sense of the 105-minute intermission-less production running at Ambler's Act II Playhouse. Wasserman's book takes a play-within-a-play approach to the story: The Inquisition has imprisoned Cervantes (Peter Schmitz)
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Mel Greenberg, For The Inquirer
NASHVILLE - "Worth the wait" has become motto for Maryland senior Katie Rutan this weekend in the NCAA Women's Final Four at the Bridgestone Arena. Of all the players here from Connecticut (38-0), Stanford (33-3), Notre Dame (36-0), and Rutan's Terrapins squad (28-6), the graduate of Springside School has traveled the most circuitous route in reaching the national semifinals. "Yeah, I remember, trust me," Rutan, a 5-foot-9 guard, said Saturday afternoon of her freshman season at Xavier in 2010.
NEWS
April 5, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James I. Fields, 72, of Ambler, the former president and CEO of an adhesive products manufacturer in Huntingdon Valley, died Sunday, March 30, of vascular dementia at Garden Spring Center in Willow Grove.He was a resident of Philadelphia and Ambler before moving to the center several years ago. Mr. Fields was a self-taught businessman who always wanted to run his own enterprise. In 1976, he borrowed enough money from his father to acquire a small laboratory in Lancaster County. He moved the business to Pioneer Road in Huntingdon Valley and gave it a variation of his own name: Fielco Industries Inc. "He liked being a salesman.
NEWS
March 14, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philip G. Damm Sr., 92, of Ambler, a community volunteer and former plant engineer for Merck & Co., died Saturday, March 8, of a heart ailment at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Damm worked for 35 years at the drug firm in West Point. His niche was maintaining sterile environments for drug manufacturing, helping to mass-produce vaccines against measles, mumps, rubella, and influenza. He volunteered in the 1950s and '60s on the North Penn Water Authority, where he helped to develop a public water system for the area.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Leroy Cohen, 86, of Ambler, a World War II veteran and later a businessman, died Sunday, Feb. 16, of sepsis at Abington Hospice Care in Warminster. Mr. Cohen was proud to be a member of the "Greatest Generation," the men and women who participated in World War II. Mr. Cohen was born in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. As a child, he developed an enthusiasm for flying and began building model airplanes. He graduated from Central High School in June 1945. "Lee's hobby is model airplane building, and his objective is the Army Air Corps," his yearbook entry read.
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