July 31, 2015 |
Renato Thomas Di Stefano Jr., 86, of Berwyn, an electronics engineer, died Tuesday, July 28, at Foulk Manor South, an assisted-living facility in Wilmington. He had battled Alzheimer's disease for several years. The son of an Italian immigrant father and first-generation American mother, Mr. Di Stefano was born in Yonkers, N.Y. He was a graduate of Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx and Columbia University, where he was part of the school's first Naval ROTC class. He later returned to Columbia to complete a master's degree in electronics in 1957.
May 4, 2015 |
If you want to rent out your home to tourists and other strangers, you have two big-ticket opportunities: the World Meeting of Families in September and the Democratic National Convention in July next year. Lodging for the World Meeting of Families will be in high demand. An estimated 1.5 million people are expected for the Roman Catholic gathering on Sept. 22-27, highlighted by a visit by Pope Francis on the last two days, said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director, World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia 2015.
July 24, 2014 |
Man will never stop testing his limits - nor finding love in unexpected places, like 56-degree water. Two aquatic updates: After swimming the English Channel in August, chronicled in The Inquirer, Anthony McCarley, 54, of Berwyn finished two monster swims this summer to complete the Triple Crown of marathon swimming. On June 28, he circled Manhattan, 28.5 miles in a conservative nine hours and 40 minutes. Three weeks later, on Saturday morning, he stroked 20.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean from Santa Catalina Island to the California mainland.
June 4, 2014 |
Trinseo S.A., a Berwyn company that has its legal headquarters in Luxembourg, launched an initial public offering Monday to raise $170 million to $190 million, the company said. The company, which employs 2,129 and manufactures plastics, latex, and rubber at 35 plants around the world, expected to sell 10 million shares for $17 to $19 per share. After a series of meetings with investors over the next eight or nine days, Trinseo is expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "TSE.
May 10, 2014 |
Robert W. Bower, 81, of Berwyn and Juno Beach, Fla., a career salesman whose passions in life were golf, flying, and family, died Sunday, April 27, of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Jupiter, Fla. Mr. Bower began a 30-year career with International Business Machines Corp. in 1957 as a salesman in Philadelphia. He traveled to Europe, South America, and Asia in support of IBM's international business before retiring in 1987 as the director of operations, Asia Pacific Group. But Mr. Bower's lifelong passion was golf.
April 29, 2014 |
Joseph Francis McElwee Jr., 87, of Berwyn, president of United Machine & Tool, died of esophageal cancer at home Tuesday, April 22. Mr. McElwee, who attended Roman Catholic Mass daily, devoted his life to his late wife of 60 years, Therese; their 14 children; 47 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his faith, daughter Donna Marie said. "He loved his family and always wanted his faith to be front and center," she said. Mr. McElwee attended St. Matthias Grade School in Bala Cynwyd and graduated from St. Joseph's Prep in 1944.
March 7, 2014 |
IN A LOT OF ways, the Philly All Stars are the team that Philly built. Around this time last year, I wrote about two coaches determined to overcome huge financial obstacles to bring their scrappy North Philadelphia basketball team to an international tournament in Florida. Things didn't look good until people responded to that column - big time. Sixers players and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady each kicked in $10,000. Berwyn lawyer Rob Weiser gave $8,000. Overbrook Market, on 63rd Street near Overbrook Avenue, put out a jar for the team.
December 14, 2013 |
John J. Craft, 77, of Devon, a former museum director and educator, died Sunday, Dec. 8, of lung disease at Bryn Mawr Hospital. A Civil War history buff, Mr. Craft was drawn to the Civil War Library and Museum in Philadelphia, where he was executive director from 1995 to 1999. He started with the museum in 1983, organizing exhibits and doing research. Later, he helped establish a volunteer board of governors, on which he served. Mr. Craft's first career was in public education.
November 22, 2013 |
A 20-year-old man in a drug-induced rage knocked over 96 young trees last month after becoming upset that they had been planted in a park he often visited, according to Tredyffrin Township police. "He was angry over the placement of those shrubberies at a place where he usually had more access. It bothered him," Sgt. Todd Bereda said. "And we're not talking about large trees. " Police say Nathaniel Lent of Berwyn broke, uprooted, and pushed over the trees on the evening of Oct. 17 or the following morning at Wilson Farm Park.
October 11, 2013 |
QR Pharma is a five-year-old start-up company based in Berwyn, but the young firm has been able to connect with well-known people and groups as it seeks funding to make drugs to treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. In 2012, QR Pharma got $468,000 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to explore a compound called Posiphen as a potential treatment for Parkinson's. This grant is for work that will be led by Robert Nussbaum of the University of California, San Francisco, and Jack T. Rogers, an associate professor of psychiatry at the genetics and aging research unit of Massachusetts General Hospital.