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September 13, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 31, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
NEWS
July 9, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Gordon Winkler, 62, of Bala Cynwyd, a Philadelphia architect and bluegrass music lover, died Tuesday, July 1, of cancer at his home. Mr. Winkler's passion was architecture and design. "He believed in the power of good design to influence the vitality of cities, and in the preservation of buildings as a connection to the past," said his wife, Marion "Mimi" Converse Winkler, also an architect. He also enjoyed mentoring the next generation of architects. Mr. Winkler was raised in North Wilkesboro, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
NEWS
July 1, 2014 | By Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alex L. Pronzato, 73, of Philadelphia, the founder and former president of the construction firm Pronzato & Associates Inc., died Monday, June 16, of cardiac complications at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Pronzato attended North Catholic High School before graduating from Pennsylvania State University, and Temple University. He also served in the Marine Corps. "Alex was a man's man, known for his rugged good looks, undeniable charm and a trademark engaging smile," his family said in a tribute.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beverly Sendrow Tarnopol, 77, of Mount Laurel, owner with her husband, Sheldon, of the former Philadelphia and Lower Merion retailer Tarnopol Furs, died Thursday, June 19, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after a fall. Mrs. Tarnopol, known as Buni, was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Overbrook High School in 1954. A son, Neil, said that Sheldon Tarnopol's grandfather Max began the business, first in Russia, then in New York City. Between the early 1900s and the 1950s, Tarnopol Furs was at 16th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia, before moving in 1956 to the City Line Shopping Center in Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 13, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Lower Merion School District's plan to create a school bus parking lot on Bala Avenue in Bala Cynwyd has some residents steaming. More than 100 people filled Lower Merion Academy, a historic house next to Bala Cynwyd Middle School, on Tuesday for a meeting of the Neighborhood Club of Bala Cynwyd. Doug Young, the school district's director of community relations, knew what was coming. So township commissioners in attendance told the crowd to save the pitchforks for the district's elected officials, who were at Harriton High School's graduation.
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