August 13, 2016 |
In November, Zachary Bird was hanging out in the 'burbs with his dad, Bill, when he saw the light. The handsome, 10-foot, cast-iron Victorian lamp with a crown in the motif of acanthus leaves sparked a conversation - and that led to a quest, more modest than Sir Galahad's, but no less epic for the 46-year-old Zack. Traveling deep into the web, Zack learned intimately about Victorian gas lamps (down to the 1891 Welsbach patent for the gas mantle), discovered connections to Disneyland and a dentist/pilot/businessman/collector, followed leads to Cape May County, and traversed a field of dreams in South Jersey.
August 12, 2016 |
William "Howard" Fritz IV was 6 when he got his first job at his family's lumberyard in Berwyn. He was the "nail picker-upper. " During weighing, nails fell out of bags, and the boy was tasked with recovering them - making him the fifth-generation Fritz to serve the building needs of the growing Chester County community. After an hour, his father, who was 9 when he started as a sweeper, returned to count the collected nails. There were a half-dozen. He bent down, hands on knees, and looked his son in the eyes.
July 23, 2016 |
Equus Capital Partners of Philadelphia has acquired the 1000 Chesterbrook Boulevard office building in Berwyn from Brandywine Realty Trust and Realen Properties Inc., Equus president and chief executive Daniel DiLella said in an email on Thursday. The 172,327-square-foot, three-story building sold for $32.1 million on June 30, Brandywine said in a statement on its quarterly earnings Wednesday. Brandywine is also under agreement to sell 1120 Executive Plaza in Mount Laurel, N.J, for $9.5 million, with the transaction expected to close before the end of September, the company said.
May 5, 2016 |
Ametek Inc. named David A. Zapico to succeed Frank S. Hermance as chief executive officer, the Berwyn manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices said Wednesday. Zapico, currently chief operating officer and a 26-year company veteran, was also named to Ametek's board of directors. He takes over as CEO Thursday. Hermance, who will be Ametek's executive chairman, has been CEO since 1999. During his tenure, Ametek's sales soared to $4 billion from $925 million, the company said.
May 3, 2016 |
Services are planned for Saturday, June 18, for Thomas B.K. Ringe Jr., 88, of Berwyn, a former Navy pilot, lawyer, and businessman. He died Saturday, April 9, from complications of pneumonia at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Ringe became an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia after graduating in 1956 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Two years later, he broke away to form the Center City law firm of Ringe, Peet & Mason, and he continued to practice general corporate law until the mid-1970s, when he cofounded Meditel Inc., one of the first companies to attempt to use computers in medical diagnosis.
March 17, 2016 |
University researchers and biotech firms worldwide are racing to study a powerful new gene-editing technique that holds the promise to treat hereditary diseases. Along with them is Michael Zhang, a senior at Conestoga High School. The 18-year-old from Berwyn just won a $75,000 prize for his work in the field. He was one of nine high school students recognized Tuesday night in Washington in the national Intel Science Talent Search. Asked if he had plans for his prize money, Zhang said it would go toward his tuition at Harvard University.
March 13, 2016
On March 5, Pals for Life hosted Bow-Wow Bingo as more than 230 supporters - and a few of their furry friends - attended a fun-filled night at Waynesborough Country Club in Berwyn. The evening included a buffet dinner, fabulous prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. Pals for Life is a local nonprofit organization that understands a furry hug can make a very big difference. The organization is dedicated to providing companion animals to people who need them, including the elderly and the physically and mentally challenged.
January 22, 2016 |
Brandywine Realty Trust and Realen Properties Inc. are selling the 1000 Chesterbrook Boulevard office building, which they own as a joint venture, Douglas Rodio, a managing director at real estate services firm JLL, said Wednesday. The 172,327-square-foot, three-story building in Berwyn is 92 percent leased, with tenants including National Penn Bank and Wells Fargo, according to Rodio, a member of the JLL team marketing the property. Recent property sales by Brandywine include the IRS facility in the former 30th Street Main Post Office and the Laurel Corporate Center in South Jersey.
September 27, 2015 |
John A. Severance, 79, of Malvern, a former newspaper advertising executive, died Friday, Sept. 18, at Lankenau Hospital of complications from a previous surgery. Born in Berwyn, Mr. Severance was the son of Kathryn Holman Severance and Alexander Severance, basketball coach at Villanova University for 25 seasons and a justice of the peace in Berwyn. Such officials are now called district judges. Mr. Severance graduated from St. Agnes High School in West Chester and Villanova University.
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.