December 20, 2013 |
ARDMORE Like a railroad car chugging laboriously toward its destination, the downtown Ardmore revitalization and train station project had a big obstacle thrown in its path this week. The obstacle is $12 million in funding the state said it will cut. Lower Merion Township officials received a letter Monday that says Gov. Corbett plans to reduce a pledged $15.5 million grant from the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program to $3.5 million. The grant is for the project to revitalize the Ardmore station and build a residential and commercial development nearby.
October 15, 2013 |
LOWER MERION Two years after spending $210 million to rebuild its two high schools and setting off a redistricting battle that nearly made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Lower Merion School District is looking at expanding the schools. District officials say an unforeseen enrollment spike was behind their new plan to convert space in the administration building next to Lower Merion High School into classrooms. That could mean some students from Ardmore and other nearby neighborhoods now bused across the township to Harriton High could elect to attend Lower Merion, essentially what their families sued the district for in 2009.
September 24, 2013 |
The Ardmore Music Hall opened Friday night, with blues-gospel-country trio the Holmes Brothers the first act to grace the stage at the storied space on Lancaster Avenue on the Main Line. The 600-capacity standing venue was packed Saturday when the Hooters headlined, no doubt drawing many of the former denizens of the 1980s and early 1990s Ardmore club 23 East, who also showed up Friday for blue-eyed soul act the Billy Price Band. The horn-heavy act, which played the room frequently back in the day, followed the Holmes Brothers.
July 27, 2013
Jamie Lokoff and Tommy Joyner, the musicians turned coffee shop owners turned movie producers, have sold their MilkBoy coffee shop in Ardmore. With the sale of a smaller coffee shop next to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in 2011 - now called HotHouse Coffee - the Main Line entrepreneurs have officially left the area. "It was time, we have a lot of stuff going on in the city and our energies have shifted focus," said Lokoff. The new MilkBoy owners, Mark and Cathy Roy, plan to keep the space the same for now until they get to know the business better, he said.
June 17, 2013 |
The other day, two-time U.S. Open champion Billy Casper (1959, 1966) was about to give a little talk at Merion Golf Club about how the game has changed when he was given a message: Your former caddie is outside. Casper gave the thumbs-up, but they would have probably let the man into the session anyway. The former caddie is now the Rev. James Sherlock. Although it's been 55 years, the pastor of St. Colman Church, barely a 1-iron away in Ardmore, recalls most every detail of when he caddied for Casper in the 1958 PGA Championship over at Llanerch Country Club off West Chester Pike.
June 11, 2013 |
BEFORE MERION hosted its first U.S. Open 79 years ago, the club had already been the site for six of what is about to become a record 18 USGA championships. The association started in 1904, with the U.S. Women's Amateur, which was won by Georgianna M. Bishop, 5 and 3 over Mrs. E.F. Stanford. The competition was held on the original Haverford course, when it was still the Merion Cricket Club (the official separation didn't happen until 1941). And in those days the event was called the Women's National.
June 10, 2013 |
A Tony Award nomination is a big deal, especially when you're part of a young songwriting duo who are really in it for the fun. Ardmore native Benj Pasek, 27, and his songwriting partner, Justin Paul, 28, who have been called "the heirs of Rodgers and Hammerstein" by Vanity Fair, have a formula, and clearly it's working - well enough to have earned them invitations to Sunday night's Tony Award ceremonies as nominees for best original score for...
May 2, 2013 |
Heidi Tirjan's schedule was packed. There were visits to a new bakery and a soon-to-open bookshop in Bryn Mawr, then off to Philadelphia to drop in on a couple of chic Northern Liberties retailers she thought should launch outlets in Lower Merion. She also found time to revel in a luscious victory: persuading the owners of the highly regarded Philadelphia restaurant Melograno to open another eatery on the Main Line. After years of wooing, Rosemarie Tran and Gianluca Demontis had succumbed to Tirjan's blandishments and their own desire, and are putting the finishing touches on Fraschetta, a restaurant they are opening near the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
April 30, 2013
T OMMY JOYNER, 42, of Ardmore, is the founder of MilkBoy the Studio, in Callowhill, and two MilkBoy coffee-and-music venues, in Center City and Ardmore. Now, Joyner and longtime business partner Jamie Lokoff, 47, of Society Hill, are branching out. A third partner, Bill Hanson, 38, of Southwest Center City, is involved in the food-and-beverage part of the biz. I spoke with Joyner. Q: How did the business start? A: It began as a recording studio in North Philly in 1994. I didn't have a business plan and needed a place to record my band's record.
April 6, 2013
The United States Golf Association announced Friday that all championship-round tickets for Thursday through Sunday, June 13-16, for the 2013 U.S. Open Championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, have sold out. Limited practice-round tickets for Monday through Wednesday, June 10-12, are still available. Prices of available daily practice-round tickets start at $50 for grounds tickets and range up to $250 for 1895 Club practice-round tickets. For information about pricing, ticket options or to purchase tickets online, go to www.usopen.com or www.usga.org/tickets .