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February 15, 2013
A Sovereign Bank office in Bala Cynwyd was robbed Thursday morning by a man who handed a teller a note demanding money and fled with an undisclosed amount. The robbery took place at 10:43 in the GSB Building at Belmont and City Avenues. The robber wore dark-framed glasses, a ski cap, and a dark coat. Anyone with information can call Lower Merion police at 610-649-1000. - Carolyn Davis
NEWS
January 7, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Keystone Property Group has acquired the 245,000-square-foot GSB Building at Belmont and City Avenues in Bala Cynwyd, the developer said in a release Tuesday. Keystone said it plans improvements to the 12-story building, including new elevators and enhanced lobbies and restrooms. The structure sits on eight acres that could be the site of new mixed-use development, the company said. The GSB Building, also known as One Belmont Avenue, was acquired from Maguire & Partners. No purchase price was disclosed.
NEWS
September 11, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lower Merion Police hope the public can help identify an armed robber. On the afternoon of Sept. 1, a man pointed a gun and demanded money from a clerk at the 7-Eleven at 169. W. City Ave. in Bala Cynwyd. Police describe the suspect as "a black male, 20s, 5'10", wearing a dark colored hooded pullover and white Converse sneakers (Chuck Taylor style). " The man took an unspecified amount of cash and ran away heading west on Oakland Terrace. The store also was robbed on Aug. 28. Anyone with information about the case should contact Lower Merion Police at 610-649-1000.
NEWS
February 12, 2012
A Bala Cynwyd man who authorities say scammed investors out of millions of dollars using a Ponzi scheme will serve more than eight years in prison. Ira J. Pressman, 64, pleaded guilty in July to fraud and money-laundering charges. He was sentenced Friday in federal court to 97 months behind bars. Pressman had run a company since 2006 that purported to buy and sell closeout and overstock merchandise. He promised annual returns of up to 100 percent, but most of the deals were fictitious, prosecutors said.
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | By Andrew Seidman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The victim of a fatal skydiving accident last week in Monroe Township was identified by authorities today as Donald Lawrence Morozin of Bala Cynwyd. He was 62. Morozin's death on Wednesday has been ruled accidental, the result of multiple traumatic injuries, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. His body was found 300 feet from the parachute landing zone at the Freefall Adventures skydiving school, based in Cross Keys Airport in Williamstown, officials said. Accident investigators found that the certified skydiver, who had performed more than 3,500 jumps, had not pulled the parachute's primary or emergency chords, said Mary Pyffer, trial chief with the Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
You know you're in trouble, Maria Kefalas said sadly, when you're fast-tracked for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Kefalas, 45, is a St. Joseph's University sociologist whose daughter Calliope, 3, has a rare and untreatable genetic disease, MLD. It's a diagnosis without hope: Most patients don't live beyond age 5. Kefalas, along with her husband, Patrick Carr (also a sociologist), and their three children were sponsored for a trip to Martha's Vineyard over the summer by the foundation, which attempts to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
REAL_ESTATE
March 18, 2012 | By Kathleen Nicholson Webber, For The Inquirer
Given the way they've used floor-to-ceiling wall space to display objects and art from the 95 countries they've visited so far, Ronnie Allen likens the Bala Cynwyd condominium she shares with husband Herb to the Barnes Foundation. It's a place like no other, a living history of their lives touring the globe. The Allens moved to the condo in July 2010 from a home just a mile away where they had spent 25 years. Like many retirees - Ronnie taught in the Philadelphia school system for 25 years, Herb spent 40 years teaching environmental chemistry, the last 20 at the University of Delaware - they wanted fewer stairs and less maintenance.
NEWS
May 17, 1987 | By Julia V. Williamson, Special to The Inquirer
The talk among the customers down at the Blue Lion was of the forthcoming village carnival and the marketing of spring lambs, but when I told the bartender I was from Bala Cynwyd, Pa., a pub full of Welsh people smiled on me. "Oh, Cynwyd Bala," exclaimed a woman at a nearby table, reversing the words. "I had two boys from there staying with me a few years ago. Both Davids, they were. " The pub patrons made me feel quite at home, which, in a sense, I was. I had traveled from my own Philadelphia suburb and detoured here out of curiosity more than anything else.
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A former Montgomery County stockbroker has been indicted on fraud charges, accused of swindling clients - many elderly - out of $415,000 and spending their money on himself, his family, and to buy a bar on Philadelphia's South Street, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. William Joseph Boyle, 47, of Bala Cynwyd, was indicted Thursday on five counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and one count each of securities fraud and investment adviser fraud. Boyle was permanently barred from working as a stockbroker and investment adviser in March 2009.
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July 3, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A former Montgomery County stockbroker has been indicted on fraud charges, accused of swindling clients - many elderly - out of $415,000 and spending their money on himself, his family, and to buy a bar on Philadelphia's South Street, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. William Joseph Boyle, 47, of Bala Cynwyd, was indicted Thursday on five counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud, and one count each of securities fraud and investment adviser fraud. Boyle was permanently barred from working as a stockbroker and investment adviser in March 2009.
NEWS
June 28, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Marianne Elizabeth Macphail, 86, formerly of Bala Cynwyd and Haverford, a TV moderator, stage actress, and model, died Tuesday, June 21, of a heart attack at Sunrise of Lafayette Hill. Born to Horace and Julia Holaday, she was the youngest of six children. She was reared in Highland Park, N.J., and graduated from Highland Park High School. As Marianne Holaday, she had a long career in the spotlight, including as moderator of WHYY's TV show Nursing Today ; in the lead role of Little Mary Sunshine in the late 1960s at the Society Hill Playhouse; as an actress for movies shot locally; and as a model in print campaigns arranged through agencies in Philadelphia and New York.
NEWS
June 27, 2016
ISSUE | GUN CONTROL Think of the victims In April, Dr. William Begg spoke in Philadelphia about the experience of watching the 6-year-old victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting come into the emergency room. As a doctor, that is one of my worst nightmares. Every time a mass shooting such as the one in Orlando happens, I think of the injuries that gunfire causes, and then I remember that people are injured or killed every day with guns in the city where I live. When I read about Sen. Pat Toomey's votes against gun-control bills Monday ("Gridlock on gun violence," Tuesday)
SPORTS
June 26, 2016 | By Ed Rendell
DEAR BEN, I am writing you this letter to give you tips on how to become a beloved athlete here in Philadelphia. But before I get into that, a few general tips you might find handy as you get acquainted with our great city: The easiest way to ingratiate yourself to Philadelphia is by telling anyone that asks you about American football, "I don't know much being an Australian, but I do know that I hate the Cowboys. " I saw you on TV eating a cheesesteak from Dalessandro's in Roxborough (my favorite)
NEWS
June 25, 2016
ISSUE | JERSEY SHORE Ventnor once had dunes An article about Margate's concerns about building a massive sand dune said that the last 10 blocks in Ventnor never had dunes ("Line in the sand," Monday). Actually, the dunes were built, but the ocean waited until the summer people left and then clawed away at the sand, creating a dangerous cliff. The Army Corps of Engineers had misjudged Mother Nature, and the dunes needed to be leveled for safety. Remaining is the buttress to the dunes at Fredericksburg Avenue, the last street in Ventnor.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For the Daily News
IT'S ONLY THE second rehearsal for percussionist/composer Pablo Batista's new suite, El Viaje (The Journey) , and quite a few elements are missing: the dancers, the spoken-word recitals, the multimedia imagery (though in their place, basketball games play silently on two screens). Still, there are 15 musicians arrayed in a tight circle in a rehearsal space in East Oak Lane, grappling with an ambitious piece that combines jazz, classical music, neo-soul, and traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms, and the mood grows a bit harried.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
A longtime Villanova professor accused of accessing child pornography on a campus computer in March had someone looking over his shoulder: a security firm that the university had hired to monitor its computer network. Within 20 minutes, BTB Security identified the building and floor where the computer was located and alerted Villanova, kicking off an investigation that led to the arrest of Christopher Haas, a tenured associate professor of history and classical studies. The discovery was one of many security breaches that BTB, a cybersecurity and digital-forensics company, says it uncovers for clients every year.
NEWS
June 1, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 18, for Pioquinto "Skip" Voluntad Jr., 85, a restaurateur and civic leader, who died Tuesday, April 26, from renal failure at Suburban General Hospital. Mr. Voluntad lived most of his life in Germantown before moving to Whitemarsh Senior Village in Conshohocken last year He was well-known as the manager of the Kona Kai and Windjammer restaurants on City Avenue and as a leader of civic organizations, some of them in the Asian community.
NEWS
May 26, 2016
ISSUE | RACIAL BIAS Killings are not all the same Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III was killed doing what he was trained to do and what he took as his personal responsibility - to protect others. We are saddened by his death and proud of his recognition. Trayvon Martin was an unarmed teenager who was shot by a person who had been instructed by law enforcement to stay in his vehicle. The writer of the letter "Mixed signals in killings of blacks" (Friday) needs to examine the facts before alleging and assuming prejudice in the reaction of a non-monolithic community.
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