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March 26, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
David Langston Smyrl, 80, of Bala Cynwyd, a writer, singer, voiceover artist, and actor best known for his role on TV's Sesame Street as Mr. Handford, owner of Hooper's Store, died Tuesday, March 22, of lung cancer at Lankenau Medical Center. "He was a funny man, a good man, and he always had jokes for you," said his wife, Cheryl Pajil Smyrl. "He was loved by everyone, and very creative. " Mr. Smyrl grew up in North Philadelphia. He began his career as a coffeehouse poet in the 1960s in Greenwich Village.
NEWS
March 11, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Focus on Pa. race I find it strange that there has been so little coverage of the upcoming primary for U.S. senator from Pennsylvania ("Debate can impact Super Tuesday," Feb. 29). And stranger yet, that columnist John Baer called Democrats Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak unexciting candidates. McGinty is a strong progressive who has worked hard for environmental causes in various government positions. Sestak, a former Navy admiral and progressive congressman, walked across the state (with little Inquirer coverage)
NEWS
February 13, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday for the 12-year-old Norristown boy who died last week when he ran back into his burning house to try to save his father. The service for Sanford Harling III, nicknamed "Man Man," will be held at Christian Network Outreach United Church of Christ, at 1001 Swede Street in Norristown. Burial will follow at Merion Memorial Park, 59 West Rock Hill Road, in Bala Cynwyd. Terrance Phillips, Sanford's 23-year-old brother, said Thursday the service and burial will be open to members of the public who want to share their condolences, but asked that reporters not cover the events to allow the family privacy.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 7, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
November 17, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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