February 10, 2016 |
Lawrence Johnson, 108, of Ardmore, a chauffeur, who was married to his wife for 79 years, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, at his home. "My father worked until he was 103 as a driver and chauffeur," son Albert said. "He had a lifelong love of cars. He saved up enough money working in a quarry in high school to buy a 1924 Ford Model T, his first car. " Born May 6, 1907, the fourth of 10 children of sharecroppers, Mr. Johnson spent his early life working on his parents' tobacco farm in Reidsville, N.C. His grandparents were emancipated slaves.
January 30, 2016 |
Bensalem police have arrested an Ardmore man for shooting another man at a trucking company Tuesday. Giorgi Kalandadze, 24, of the 200 block of Greenfield Avenue in Ardmore, was charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and related offenses for allegedly shooting a 46-year-old man at the Philadelphia Trucking Express on the 2500 block of State Road. The victim and Kalandadze were coworkers at the trucking company, Bensalem Lt. William McVey said. Kalandadze is in custody, but police are seeking two additional suspects who they believe were involved in the shooting, McVey said.
January 16, 2016 |
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams weren't exactly burning to make an album of their own. The husband-and-wife duo were content being mainly accompanists. And they didn't lack for work, whether it was with Phil Lesh or Hot Tuna or Levon Helm. And that's not counting Campbell's eight years as a guitarist for Bob Dylan, or his work as a noted Americana producer. "People finally started shaming us into it," the Tennessee-bred Williams says with a laugh from the couple's Manhattan apartment.
January 8, 2016 |
John Small didn't have it easy growing up in Delaware County during the Depression. He endured a series of tough jobs, like hoisting 100-pound slabs of soap at a Fels Naptha plant in Darby Borough for skimpy wages, and scrounging elsewhere to make a buck to help his family. The experiences hardened him physically and mentally, but nothing could really have prepared him for the horrors of war. John became an Army sharpshooter in the European Theater in World War II, and survived the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest battle of a bloody war. But his fortunes turned in peacetime, and he became a successful businessman, selling sneakers to what seemed like every kid and his parents in a wide region beyond the store in Ardmore.
January 5, 2016
ARDMORE The Ardmore Free Library will reopen Monday after nearly a year of renovations. It's the oldest branch in the Lower Merion Library System, with parts of the building dating to 1917 and others to 1927. The renovations opened up more usable floor space, said head librarian Jane Quin, including a loft that had not been accessible to the public before. Other improvements include a new elevator, new paint and carpeting, a children's play area in the basement, and accessibility upgrades to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Quin said Monday will be a soft opening, as computers and furniture are still being set up in advance of the grand opening celebration at 1 p.m. Jan. 9. "It's kind of a madhouse, but hopefully we'll be ready," she said.
December 17, 2015 |
A Commonwealth Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging a controversial mixed-use development in Ardmore, paving the way for Dranoff Properties to proceed with the project after years of delay. The plan calls for an eight-story residential tower with stores, restaurants, and a parking garage on the Cricket Avenue parking lot off Lancaster Avenue. A group of residents contend the $60 million project is too dense for downtown Ardmore. Their lawsuit, filed in August, argued that the development should be ineligible for $10.5 million in public funding for which it has been approved.
December 9, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A Commonwealth Court judge said Monday that he could decide this month if Dranoff Properties' controversial mixed-use development in Ardmore can proceed. The project, which would replace the township's Cricket Avenue parking lot with an eight-story residential tower, stores, restaurants, and a parking garage, has generated sustained opposition from some residents, who say it is too dense for downtown Ardmore. It has the backing of Lower Merion Township, the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority, and the state, which granted $10.5 million in redevelopment funds.
December 1, 2015 |
At a sold-out Ardmore Music Hall Saturday night, the spirit of P-Funk was alive and well as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic kept a packed house moving for a nearly three-hour set that didn't come to a close until nearly 1 a.m. Songs blended into each other amid the calculated jam-session feel that the band has always had. A stomping, rousing opener joined crowd and stage, with the repeated stirring intonation by Clinton - backed at this point...
November 19, 2015 |
Change is in the air at Suburban Square, dubbed by some as the "downtown of the lower Main Line. " With the intended departure of anchor Macy's in early 2016, a handful of retailers have either signed long-term leases or short-term ones, known as "pop ups," to test the well-heeled market over the holiday shopping season. Pam Ahrens of Ardmore sampled Ellelauri - a women's contemporary clothing store and one of three pop-up shops - for the first time Tuesday. Inside, she bought a pair of $198 7 for All Mankind jeans and a silk blouse caught her eye. "I like the things in there," said Ahrens, an executive for a furniture company.
November 6, 2015 |
A little smooch for Ardmore Besito (105 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, 484-417-6825) - translated as "little kiss" - replaces Suburban Square's long-running Plate, and the space has been transformed entirely. On the regional Mexican food chain, Besito's prices and date-night atmosphere make it comparable to Distrito. There's a private dining room, a full bar stocked with beer, sangria, and cocktails (and about 70 tequilas), plus an outdoor patio with a fireplace, tableside guacamole, and entrees from $17 to $29. It's open for dinner daily; lunch begins Nov. 23. Opa owners on Jewelers Row Brother and sister George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, who pay tribute to their Greek heritage with Opa and its Drury Beer Garden (1311 Sansom St.)