November 2, 2014 |
The tableau was memorable: As Friday night turned to Saturday morning, a former Pennsylvania governor and a possible future governor serenaded a packed piano bar in Philadelphia's "gayborhood. " Ed Rendell, accompanied by pianist Ghosha D'Aguanno, sang "Close to You. " Tom Wolf, running for governor, said he hadn't been asked to sing solo in 50 years - and then sang "I'll Never Fall in Love Again. " The two Democrats toured the gayborhood's night spots, aiming to rally a Tuesday turnout for Wolf.
October 7, 2014
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has appointed Urs Rohner , chairman of Credit Suisse Group A.G., to its board of directors. GSK, which is based in London and has operations in Philadelphia and its suburbs, recently named Philip Hampton to replace Christopher Gent as chairman of the board of directors. Andrew Witty remains as chief executive officer. Friends of the Wissahickon , a nonprofit organization, has elected the following board members: Patricia West , a candidate for a master of environmental studies degree at the University of Pennsylvania; Jean Sachs , chief executive officer of Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and Chris Rabb , an adjunct professor at Temple University's Fox School of Business and the inaugural Social Impact Fellow at Temple's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute.
October 7, 2014 |
M O'NE DAVIS ' biggest fan? Spike Lee . "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcolm X" director Lee was in Philly this weekend, hanging out with the Taney Dragons phenom and the rest of the team. Why? I hear it's because he's making a documentary about the Philly ballers who made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series this year, capturing the hearts of our fickle town. A tipster told me that a film crew was spotted shooting at Marian Anderson Rec Center, at 18th and Fitzwater streets.
October 1, 2014 |
BELIEVE IT or not, Charlie Sheen came through. The actor had pledged $1,000 to PYT server Rob Knelly after he was infamously stiffed by Eagle LeSean McCoy with a 20-cent tip. Sheen pledged $1,000 on Twitter to Knelly. And he actually sent it. Ten $100 bills and a signed photo were FedExed to the restaurant in care of Knelly. To quote Mr. McCoy: "I'm happy [Sheen] is finally doing something positive. " So what did Knelly do with the dough? He donated $100 to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and used the rest to pay off some bills.
September 13, 2014 |
W. David Wood, 83, of Gloucester City, a former teacher and administrator at schools for disabled children in South Jersey, died of a brain tumor Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Wissahickon Hospice in Bala Cynwyd. Born in Ilford, on the northeast outskirts of London, Mr. Wood immigrated to the United States in his early 20s and became a citizen in the year he turned 50. He earned a bachelor's at Antioch College and in 1983 earned a master's in education at what is now Rowan University. "He was always interested in special education, education for the disabled," son Derek said.
September 11, 2014 |
Gov. Corbett on Tuesday formally opened Philadelphia's first retail compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling site at a BP station on Fox Street in East Falls. The CNG pump is the first outlet for VNG.co, a Bala Cynwyd start-up that aims to build out a national network of natural-gas fueling stations. VNG was founded by Harvey Lamm, former chairman and chief executive of Subaru of America, and Bob Annunziata, founder of Teleport Communications Group. VNG and its partners Aqua Pennsylvania, Comcast and HB Electric Services last year received a $235,000 state grant to purchase 32 CNG vehicles.
September 8, 2014 |
What would you do if your 10-year-old son told you that God had made a mistake, that he had been born into the wrong body, that he is and always was a girl? Bob Bradley believes he had only one choice: To listen. "I loved my child unconditionally, and more than anything, I wanted him to be happy and healthy. If that could happen only if he lived as a girl, my wife, Debbie, and I would support him with love. " Aly is a pretty 17-year-old who talks easily about being transgender.
September 5, 2014 |
F. Emmett Fitzpatrick Jr., 84, a former Philadelphia district attorney and longtime criminal defense attorney in high-profile cases, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, his son F. Emmett Fitzpatrick III said Wednesday night. Mr. Fitzpatrick was a resident of Crest Haven Nursing Home in Cape May Court House, N.J., for four years, his son said. Mr. Fitzpatrick served as district attorney from 1974 to 1978. He was recruited by the Democratic Party to run against incumbent District Attorney Arlen Specter in 1973 and won a surprise victory.
August 15, 2014 |
Like a sentry who doesn't know how to dress for the job, Rock Hill Road looks too post-industrial- disheveled to be one of the main gateways to Lower Merion Township. After more than a decade of planning, work finally is beginning that could dress up a thoroughfare where once-mighty quarries have been supplanted by a hodgepodge of small buildings, body shops, and open lots. On the south side of Rock Hill Road near Belmont Avenue, not far from the Schuylkill Expressway, the steel skeleton of a 14,000-square-foot CVS pharmacy is rising.
July 31, 2014 |
WHEN YOU'RE one of 13 children, who needs friends? Robert Collins had a built-in playground with all those siblings. Maybe there was a problem when more than one had to use the bathroom, but basically all the brothers and sisters got along and enjoyed one another as playmates. Robert was the 10th of the 13 children of Jeannette Collins and Henry Stokes, and grew up in West Philadelphia. A man of many talents and interests, Robert was employed for 25 years by the international real-estate company Tishman Speyer, working in engineering on the Bala Plaza complex in Bala Cynwyd.