November 20, 2013 |
LOWER MERION The Lower Merion school board on Monday turned the clock back to 2009, restoring the full size of a school-choice zone that had been the subject of a failed discrimination lawsuit. The 5-4 vote came during a sometimes combative three-hour meeting. The plan attempts to maintain an even balance of students at the two district high schools in the face of a sharp and unanticipated rise in enrollment. It does so by expanding the areas where students can choose to attend either Lower Merion High School or Harriton High School.
November 16, 2013 |
A counselor who had worked for charter school founder Dorothy June Brown told federal jurors Thursday that she forged the signature of her late aunt in 2009 on a contract between a charter school and one of Brown's management firms. The contract was supposed to have been approved in March 2007. Doris Evans said her aunt, Fannie Lee Coleman, had died in 2005. Evans, who spent more than three hours on the stand in U.S. District Court, was the sixth witness in Brown's $6.7 million charter fraud trial to testify of falsified documents and records of the four charter schools that Brown had founded.
November 11, 2013 |
Ray Shero knows the pain felt by his father, Flyers coach Fred Shero, when Buffalo's Gerry Meehan scored on a long shot with four seconds left in the last regular-season game of the 1971-72 season, costing the team a Stanley Cup playoff berth in the elder Shero's first season in Philadelphia. The younger Shero, then a fourth grader, felt the same agony. So did his mother, Mariette, as they watched the game on TV in their rented Bala Cynwyd home. "When the goal went in, she kind of screamed, and her coffee cup went up, and coffee went all over the wall," Shero said the other day. "I cried.
November 10, 2013 |
Jacqueline S. Beaver, 93, formerly of Bala Cynwyd, a community worker, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, of heart failure at a nursing facility in West Hills, Calif. She had moved west to be near family. The former Jacqueline Stember was a liberal activist who fully embraced the Jewish concept of "Tikuun Olam," meaning repair of the world. "She believed that every person had an obligation to make the world a better place and that each individual could make a real difference," said her son, Joel D. Born in New York City, she graduated from Erasmus Hall High School and was awarded a full scholarship to Brooklyn College.
October 25, 2013 |
"APPARENTLY, there are two good white guys in the movie: me and Brad Pitt," actor Rob Steinberg said about his part in "12 Years a Slave. " That's pretty good company to keep. Steinberg, who was raised in Bala Cynwyd and attended Lower Merion High School, plays Parker, a shop owner with admittedly little screen time. But Steinberg's part is one of the better examples of the "no small parts" adage: His character plays an integral role in the life of Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
October 23, 2013 |
Theodore W. Wing II, 65, of Wynnefield, a special-education teacher who also worked for the City of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Lankenau Hospital of complications from an earlier heart attack. At the time of his death, Mr. Wing, known as Ted, was a special-education teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden. He had worked there for two years and at Camden High School for about six years. Before that, he had been vice president of government sales for Ray Communications; a deputy commissioner of public property for Philadelphia under Mayor Ed Rendell; vice president of data and voice technologies for AT&T in Bala Cynwyd; and interim manager of the African American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia through AT&T's loaned-executive program.
September 3, 2013
To see an art treasure no more With all the horrible and frightening events in today's world, why, I ask myself, does the proposed sale of Edward Hopper's East Wind Over Weehawken by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts make me so very sad? Perhaps, because this represents society's callous dismissal of what is quiet and lovely for what is new and momentarily exciting. In art, as in life, what remains treasured is not the flash of the contemporary, but what is finely crafted and meaningful.
August 22, 2013 |
WELCOME TWO NEW DIVAS into the world. Rob and Remy Maaddi , the Sewell, N.J.-based stars of "Bridezillas," the spin-off "Bridezillas: Marriage Bootcamp" and their own upcoming "Remy & Rob" reality show on WEtv, are the new parents of two healthy baby girls, Alexia Bella (4 pounds 14 ounces and 18.25 inches) and Melina Livia (4 pounds 9 ounces and 18 inches). The twins were born at 6:24 p.m. Monday in Voorhees, N.J. "The girls were scheduled [via C-section] for tomorrow.
August 21, 2013
Rob and Remy Maaddi, the Sewell, N.J.-based stars of "Bridezillas," the spin-off "Bridezillas: Marriage Bootcamp" and their own upcoming "Remy & Rob" reality show on WEtv, are the new parents of two healthy baby girls, Alexia Bella (4 pounds 14 ounces and 18.25 inches) and Melina Livia (4 pounds 9 ounces and 18 inches). The twins were born at 6:24 p.m. Monday in Voorhees, N.J. "The girls were scheduled [via C-section] for tomorrow. So Remy and I weren't ready. Remy had a nail appointment for a mani-pedi on Sunday night.