July 23, 2015 |
It rained on their first date, and Sara charmed Ron by showing up in her wellies. Later, when they lived together, a torrential storm flushed eight inches of water into their basement apartment in Washington. The couple decamped to a hotel and saw the crisis as a test: "This really sucks, but we're going to be OK," Ron says. "We laughed it off. " It poured on their wedding day in April 2011, flooding the road to the mountainside mansion where they were planning an outdoor ceremony.
July 7, 2015 |
William C. Cochran, 87, of Ambler, a retired general surgeon, died Saturday, June 27, of complications from cancer at home. He was the husband of Rose Specca Cochran. The two lived in Ambler, and before that, Jenkintown. Born in Abington, he was the son of Harry A. Cochran and Molly A. Anderson. He graduated from Abington High School, Ursinus College, and Temple University Medical School. Dr. Cochran was a respected member of the staff at Abington Memorial Hospital, where he specialized in general surgery.
July 3, 2015 |
Duo branching out Kim Strengari and Marianne Gere, who own Conshohocken's Gypsy Saloon, Stella Blu, and Southern Cross Kitchen, have a new partner in their new restaurant, in a new town: The well-traveled chef Clark Gilbert is running the kitchen at Gypsy Blu in Ambler. It's in the former 34 East, in the stone, century-old Wyndham Hotel (34 E. Butler Ave., 215-283-6080). Menu is straight-ahead American cuisine (dinner entrees from $15 for a Kobe burger to $32 for a New York strip, plus the signature lobster mac-and-cheese)
June 15, 2015 |
Victor H. Auerbach, 86, of Ambler, a biochemistry professor and researcher in the field of pediatric disorders at Temple University School of Medicine, died Saturday, May 23, of an infection at Abington Memorial Hospital. A longtime resident of Ambler, he had lived at the Artman Lutheran Home for the last three years. Born in New York City, he attended the Bronx School of Science as an honors student and received a bachelor of arts degree from Columbia University. He pursued his love of science at Harvard University, where he earned a master's degree in medical sciences in 1955 and a doctorate in biochemistry two years later.
May 30, 2015 |
Martin J. Reddington, 76, of Ambler, a Realtor who owned and ran several businesses, and a force in Democratic politics in Abington Township, died at home Sunday, May 24, from skin cancer. Born in Philadelphia to John and Mary McCafferty Reddington, he grew up in Ambler, Chestnut Hill and East Germantown, and graduated from St. John's High School and La Salle University. In 1957, he met Eileen Brennan at a church dance. The two were married in 1961. Mr. Reddington served in the Air Force, and was honorably discharged.
May 30, 2015 |
Burton Ailes Fleming, 89, of Chestnut Hill, a Philadelphia-area psychiatrist, died Monday, May 11, following surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Reading, he graduated from Mercersburg Academy and the University of Virginia. Dr. Fleming earned a degree from Temple University School of Medicine and became board certified in psychiatry and neurology. He was a graduate of the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. He spent time in the Air Force Medical Corps before setting up a private practice in Chestnut Hill.
May 29, 2015 |
Forest & Main changes Ambler brewpub Forest & Main is rolling out a few changes, including a new tasting room in the fall. Johnny Della Polla, who formerly ran Kennett in Queen Village and helped set up tasting rooms for Yards and Conshohocken Brewing, is helping owners Gerard Olson and Daniel Endicott. Chef Kelly Fischer, who starts next week, is streamlining the dinner menu to be more pub-friendly. What's new Lee Quach, who has owned several Vietnamese restaurants in South Philadelphia, is the Lee behind Lee's Cafe & Bistro , a stand-alone family-run shop at 522 Washington Ave. (267-273-0922)
May 2, 2015 |
On Friday, in front of the Delaware County Courthouse on Front Street, the Borough of Media will hold a small ceremony celebrating the hanging of Thomas Moran's monumental 1892 painting, Grand Canyon of the Colorado River . Well, not the real McCoy (or Moran), one of the masterpieces of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection. Media's Moran will be a very high-quality reproduction in an elaborate frame, all coated with an anti-graffiti resin. Pop-up outdoor art installations are coming to town.
January 7, 2015 |
Every eight months or so, Rose Valley Creek breaches its banks, sending two to three inches of water around the old trees, across the fields, and up to the Quinn family's front door in Ambler. Flooding is a perennial problem in Ambler, a small Montgomery County borough criss-crossed by creeks and downstream from miles of suburban runoff. If the Wissahickon Valley were a bathtub, Ambler would be the drain. So when a developer in the fall introduced plans to build houses on the only untouched creek-side lots, neighbors were up in arms.
December 29, 2014 |
When Norristown Garden Club members began organizing the group's 65th annual holiday house tour, one special home was on their wish list: an 18th-century fieldstone farmhouse in Ambler, Christmas-ready with its green doors and red shutters. After owners Beth Ann and Don Neill agreed to have their residence on the Dec. 12 tour, club members discovered a bonanza inside: Beth Ann's collection of 275 Santas. During the holidays, a Claus in a balloon and another in a prop plane fly from the ceiling fan in the Neills' den. Other Santas swing golf clubs on a shelf behind the leather couch.