January 10, 2016
Kitty Kallen, 94, the silken-voiced pop singer who sang with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s - including groups led by Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James - and who achieved her biggest success as a solo artist with the 1954 chart-topping hit "Little Things Mean a Lot," died Thursday at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. A onetime child radio star in her native Philadelphia, Ms. Kallen grew into a singer who evinced an expressive style on both sweet and bluesy numbers.
January 7, 2016 |
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.
December 20, 2015
Where: Bala Cynwyd. Parent: Tokio Marine Group, Japan. Business: Sells insurance in many niches - bowling alleys, cyber security, yoga studios, pest control, zoos, professional liability. What's new: Now covers craft breweries. 2015 revenue: $2.9 billion. Employees: 2,000; 600 here.
November 17, 2015 |
Josh Garfield, 64, of Ardmore, a marketing executive and oil painter, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, of cancer at his home in Boca Raton, Fla. He and his family had just relocated to Florida after 26 years in Ardmore. Mr. Garfield was marketing director of Garfield Refining Co., a precious-metals business that has been in the Garfield family for three generations. He held the position for many years, working from an office in the 800 block of East Cayuga Street in Philadelphia. Born in the city and educated in Lower Merion and Boston, Mr. Garfield aspired to become an artist.
November 5, 2015 |
The Manayunk Bridge dominates the view from the outdoor deck behind Gaily's Crazy Cow Cafe. The nearly 100-year-old bridge reopened Friday as a pedestrian and bicycle throughway connecting Lower Merion and Philadelphia. "I'm hoping they'll see me from the bridge and come down here," said Gaily Moore, the owner of the restaurant on Manayunk's Main Street. She is among business owners looking to the bridge to bring new customers. The proximity of Main Street shopping to the bridge has some envisioning Manayunk as the go-to shopping and eating destination for Lower Merion's Bala Cynwyd community.
November 2, 2015 |
Marie K. Hopkins, 84, of Bala Cynwyd, a chemist and later a data collector for the federal government, died Saturday, Oct. 17, of heart disease at Brandywine Assisted Living at Haverford Estates. She had lived at the facility for the last 16 months. Mrs. Hopkins was born in Plains, Pa., the daughter of Walter S. and Pearl Kownacki. She graduated in 1949 from Sacred Heart High School in Plains and four years later earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. Her first job was as a chemist at the former Smith, Kline & French in Philadelphia.
October 23, 2015 |
A LONGTIME FRIEND said Robert Ash was "Philadelphia proud. " It was true that while this highly praised sculptor spent most of his time in Santa Fe, N.M., his thoughts remained in his native city. As a result, his family intends to place one of his more spectacular works in Philadelphia. The piece is called "Finding Grace," a bronze nude created in Robert's highly original style to express the uniqueness of the human experience. A site has yet to be chosen. Robert's works, a critic once said, "explored the complexity of the human spirit.
September 27, 2015 |
Unionized cameramen and technicians picketed NBC10's offices in Bala Cynwyd on the eve of one of this year's biggest TV events in Philadelphia - Pope Francis' weekend visit. An NBCUniversal official said early Friday evening that the media company was talking with the union. If the labor dispute is not resolved, NBC10 intends to use footage from other NBC stations or freelancers in Philadelphia covering Pope Francis, she said. Frank Keel, a spokesman for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, which represents the NBC10 employees, said he was unaware of Friday bargaining between the union and NBCUniversal, describing the situation as "status quo. " There are about 65 striking employees.
September 4, 2015 |
Patrick S. Pasquariello Jr., 85, of Bala Cynwyd and Longport, N.J., a pediatrician who spent his 54-year career at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Aug. 29, of heart failure at Lankenau Hospital. Dr. Pasquariello was a master clinician, recognized for his ability to arrive at a diagnosis in children with complex illnesses while comforting them and their parents. He taught hundreds of medical students and residents the art of medicine by example, modeling how a kind and careful professional should proceed.