May 9, 2015 |
These days, when Sipora Groen travels, it's work. In between bar mitzvahs, graduations, and a Mother's Day reunion at the Jersey Shore, Groen has also been visiting local schools and congregations to tell her story of love and survival during the Holocaust. Sipora Rodrigues-Lopes was a young nurse in Amsterdam when the German occupation began. She was one of only 30,000 Dutch Jews - one in four - to survive the Nazis. The war took all her close relatives, her fiancee, her home, and her possessions, but also introduced her to the man who would become her husband.
May 8, 2015 |
* GRACE AND FRANKIE. Netflix, Friday. "GRACE and Frankie" were sweethearts. And so were their husbands. That's the word from Broomall's Marta Kauffman, co-creator of a new comedy, premiering tomorrow on Netflix, that stars Jane Fonda (Grace) and Lily Tomlin (Frankie) as frenemies thrown together when their law-partner husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) announce that they've been having an affair for many years and now want to marry each other. The Marple Newtown High grad and her former writing partner, Bala Cynwyd's David Crane, co-created "Friends," which made six young people very, very famous.
May 1, 2015
WHEN HE WAS playing football at Lower Merion High School, Joe Chovanes didn't dream he would grow up to be a woman. It's hard to wrap your mind around it, but the Joe of long ago, now Julie, says she was a woman all along. If this sounds like Bruce Jenner, but without the fame and national adoration, it is. Transgender has transitioned into our national consciousness. Like Jenner, Chovanes was kind of a jock and had a way with the ladies. Unlike Jenner, Chovanes became an attorney and married his college sweetheart.
April 20, 2015 |
Hello there Elad, deputy consul general of Israel to the mid-Atlantic region and a resident of Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood since August 2005, vacationed in his homeland last June - a visit that coincided with Tel Aviv's Pride Week. Festivities were just beginning when he met Oren, then a Microsoft senior account executive for government and health care in Israel. "It was love at first site," Oren said. "The moment I laid eyes on him, I told my best friend, 'You know, I just met my husband.' " It would take Elad a little longer to let himself fall that hard - but not much longer.
April 8, 2015 |
Albert Levitt, 87, of Flourtown, a retired chief psychologist for the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, died Thursday, March 26, at home of complications from Parkinson's disease. Born and reared in Logan, Dr. Levitt moved to Flourtown in 1980. He quit high school to join the Army in December 1945 and was honorably discharged in October 1947. When he returned stateside, Dr. Levitt finished high school at Temple High School. He went on to earn undergraduate and master's degrees from Temple University.
March 30, 2015 |
Maya Rigler, a 10-year-old diagnosed in January with cancer for the second time, says she wants to be a philanthropist when she grows up. The fifth grader from Radnor Township may already have reached that goal, raising more than $100,000 for pediatric cancer this year. Brett Mezrow, also a fifth grader living in Radnor, was frustrated that research on mitochondrial disease was underfunded because not enough people know about it. Brett's best friend, Niels Strautnieks, was diagnosed at age 5. So he encouraged Niels to speak out, and the two 11-year-olds have raised more than $1,500 in an awareness campaign they hope will soon go viral.
March 25, 2015 |
Kathleen E. Glenn, 76, of Washington Township, a former administrator for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, died of sepsis on Thursday, March 19, at Cooper River West, a nursing home in Pennsauken. Born in Philadelphia, Ms. Glenn graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1956 and worked for 32 years for the Inspection Service, first at 30th and Market Streets in Philadelphia, and later in Bala Cynwyd. She lived for several years in Haddon Heights, where she was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church.
March 17, 2015 |
THE SPECTER of people openly toting guns several yards from a kids' jungle gym isn't something you see every day. But if Citizens for Liberty's Steve Piotrowski - and about 60 gun supporters who joined him yesterday for a rally at Bala Cynwyd Park - have anything to do with it, it might become a more common sight. "We're all here because we believe that real patriotism is a will to challenge the government when it is wrong. That's what we are doing here today," Piotrowski, 32, of Lower Providence, told the crowd.
March 6, 2015 |
SUNSHINE STATE Rapper Flo Rida , a/k/a Tramar Lacel Dillard , made a stop in Bala Cynwyd on Tuesday to teach his new fitness regimen to an exclusive group at AFC Fitness (601 Righters Ferry Road, Bala Cynwyd). Dillard, 35, is promoting his new FLO Fit program, which promises to get you in the best shape of your life with his high-intensity workout plan and DVD set. According to AFC Fitness president Matt Littman , about 30 participants got a FLO Fit tutorial from the Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
February 27, 2015 |
DEAREST Daily News readers, I want to let you know that this is my final column. I had a wonderful time delivering all the good gossip to you over the past few years, but it's time to hand the column off to someone new. Meet Jenny DeHuff : a former City Hall reporter who will certainly give her own exciting spin to this beloved space. You should hit her up with any and all juicy tidbits. Email her at DeHuffJ@phillynews.com , give her a call at 215-854-5917 or follow her on Twitter, @PhillyGossipDN.