November 27, 2012
Morton Norman Stern, 88, builder and longtime owner of the Riverside Racquet Clubs in Bala Cynwyd and Manayunk, died of a stroke Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he graduated from Simon Gratz High School in 1942. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps that year and served as a navigator until 1945. After the war, he played competitive tennis. In 1954, he reached the semifinals of the Philadelphia and District Clay Courts tournament.
November 4, 2012 |
Lower Merion Township fire companies opened as warming stations Saturday, due to continued widespread power outages and dropping temperatures. The Township's fire companies, along with Narberth Borough's Fire Company and the Narberth Ambulance Main Station, are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The "warming stations" may be re-opened Sunday, depending on demand. People can visit the stations to charge electrical devices, grab coffee or other light snacks, and get out of the cold.
September 11, 2012 |
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.
June 28, 2012 |
At this summer camp, no one will be shooting arrows, riding horses, or throwing pottery. When it's "salon camp," days are filled with facials, mani-pedis, hairstyling, and makeup. The seven girls enrolled in this one-week camp, held throughout the summer in the air-conditioned confines of the Hairs to You Salon in Bala Cynwyd, are loving the lessons from the pros and practicing on one another. No one here aspires to be a cosmetologist, but getting the skinny on tween and teen pastimes such as pampering and makeovers is a dress-up dream for the campers.
March 31, 2012
Edward S. "Spike" Danielczyk, 86, of Port Richmond, a former tavern owner and museum volunteer, died of heart failure, Wednesday, March 28, at Aria Frankford Hospital. In 1960, Mr. Danielczyk married Laura Blichasz, a widow with two small children. For the next 30 years, he and his wife operated Laura's in Port Richmond. The popular tavern was "just like Cheers ," Mr. Danielczyk's stepson, Michael Blichasz, said. As bartender, Mr. Danielczyk listened to everyone's stories, passed on messages from one patron to another and accepted deliveries for neighbors who weren't home.
March 18, 2012 |
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.
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.
January 30, 2012 |
One of my favorite essays by Roger Rosenblatt, one of my favorite essayists, is entitled "The Silent Friendships of Men. " In it, he states that among men, "there is a wordless understanding in which we function fairly well - especially in friendships. There are a dozen guys whom I count as friends and who do the same with me, yet months pass without our speaking, and even when we do, we don't. " Rosenblatt tells this story: Wordsworth goes to visit Coleridge at his cottage, walks in, sits down, and does not utter a word for three hours.
January 27, 2012
A Janazah service for the journalist and radio host Fatimah Ali will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Philadelphia Masjid-Sister Clara Muhammad School, 4700 Wyalusing Ave. Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Khadijah Alderman Funeral Service, 615 N. 43d St. Burial will be in Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd. The family will hold a tribute at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, at Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St. Donations may be made to Fatimah Ali Family Fund, Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, c/o Annette John-Hall, The Inquirer, Box 8232, Philadelphia 19101.
January 6, 2012
Montgomery County lawyer has been charged with insurance fraud in connection with an injury claim he filed after a 2006 traffic accident, authorities said Friday. Attorney General Linda Kelly said that Edward T. Feierstein, 73, of Rock Hill Road in Bala Cynwyd, falsely claimed that injuries sustained in the accident prevented him from exercising at a gym and playing tennis. He filed a $125,000 claim with a Philadelphia insurance firm. Videotape surveillance after the accident showed Feierstein playing tennis, and using weights and other workout equipment, according to court papers.