October 20, 2014 |
Joe Amento, a lifelong resident of Ambler, was 53 when he died of a rare cancer with one main cause - exposure to asbestos. He was fine at Christmas 2002. In January, a pain in his side kept him awake at night. He was found to have the disease in March. Before August, he was gone. He left a wife, two children, and a community that to this day wrestles with the uncertain legacy of the huge asbestos factories that once brought the town jobs and prosperity, then sickness and death.
August 31, 2014 |
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.
August 14, 2014 |
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.
July 20, 2014 |
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.
July 14, 2014 |
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.
June 20, 2014 |
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.
May 7, 2014 |
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)
April 7, 2014 |
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.
April 5, 2014 |
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.
March 14, 2014 |
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.