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February 10, 2001 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. March 10 for Helmut Gude, 75, of Blue Bell, a self-employed cabinetmaker who was involved in a variety of athletics. He died last Saturday of leukemia in the home he had built. The service will be held at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1802 Skippack Pike (Route 73) in Centre Square, where he was a member. A native of Dueren, Germany, Mr. Gude immigrated to the United States in 1954 and moved to Blue Bell not long after that.
NEWS
November 24, 1988 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
Rows of shiny new mailboxes line the streets in the northwest section of Whitpain Township, signifying a win for community residents. For more than 20 years, neighborhood residents wanted to shed their Norristown postal address and join their neighbors as part of Blue Bell. On Oct. 17, they officially became Blue Bell residents, adding the required curbside mailboxes outside their homes. About 1,400 residents finally penned Blue Bell to their postal script. And, to top off the struggle, they thought they would be served by a new Blue Bell post office on Township Line Road.
SPORTS
August 14, 1986 | By JEFF SAMUELS, Daily News Sports Writer Compiled from staff and wire reports
On a typical morning, Dr. Tom Meade wakes up sometime around 4:30, leaves his Blue Bell home by 5 and bicycles 20 miles to his job as an orthopedic resident at Jefferson Hospital. If he arrives early enough, he will put in a few quick miles of running. Otherwise, he will try to squeeze in a few miles in the hospital swimming pool, and save the running until after work. And then there is the bicycle trip home - that is, when he gets to go home. Meade's work week averages 100 hours and includes several nights of around- the-clock duty.
NEWS
June 13, 1996 | By Wendy Greenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Six-year-old Sarah Churchill of Blue Bell met President Clinton last month. But what was really exciting was meeting the first feline, Socks. As the "Better Hearing and Speech Month Child of the Year," Sarah, with her parents, Edie and Chris Churchill, met with Clinton in the Oval Office on May 15. She gave him a card, and he gave her a hug. He signed a book, and she gave him a book - a limited edition by Alexander Graham Bell; the Bell Association...
SPORTS
October 13, 1994 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Frank Dobbs, Blue Bell assistant pro, rolled in a three-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to defeat Pete Oakley of Garrisons Lake in a playoff of the $21,500 Peoples Bank of Oxford Players Championship of the Philadelphia PGA yesterday at Wyncote Country Club in Oxford, Pa. Dobbs, recent winner of the Philadelphia PGA championship, earned $4,500. He and Oakley had tied at 2-under-par 70 on the 6,870-yard course. On Monday, Dobbs and Oakley tied for 13th at the Club Pro championship in Missouri.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1986 | By MARC MELTZER, Daily News Staff Writer
Unisys Corp. said yesterday that it will combine some of its Burroughs and Sperry U.S. sales and marketing activities at the company's Blue Bell, Montgomery County, operations. The activities to be based in Blue Bell would be for the recently merged company's commercial information processing systems. "The merger has given us a unique opportunity to accelerate our commitment to line-of-business marketing," said Joseph Kroger, Unisys vice chairman with responsibility for worldwide commercial marketing.
BUSINESS
October 5, 1986 | By Andrea Knox, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under Burroughs Corp.'s announced plans to smooth its merger with Sperry Corp., the new company will have executive offices at both Burroughs' Detroit headquarters and Sperry's main office in Blue Bell, Montgomery County. But that unwieldy arrangement is likely to be a short-term one, according to management consultants, who say the headquarters will almost inevitably be consolidated in one place after a few years. "Over the long term, the split isn't feasible," said John Arnold of John Arnold ExecuTrak Systems, a merger consulting firm in Waltham, Mass.
NEWS
October 6, 2001 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
George E. Eckert, 82, a retired engineer, died Wednesday of prostate cancer, 12 hours after the death of his wife, Catherine, 82, who was stricken by an aneurysm while visiting him. The couple, who had been married 11 years, resided at Normandy Farms Estates, a retirement community in Blue Bell. Mr. Eckert was undergoing care in the medical facility on the first floor, and Mrs. Eckert had been back and forth from their third-floor condominium all day Tuesday. She was at his side that evening.
NEWS
July 23, 1991 | By Andy Wallace , Inquirer Staff Writer
Harold "Hal" Langerman, 67, founder, president and creative director of Hal Langerman Co. of Blue Bell and a flamboyant advertising man friends love to tell stories about, died Sunday at the Ambler Rest Center. One of the stories was how he came to wrestle a bear at the Spectrum during halftime at a 76ers game some years back. Mr. Langerman was not all that eager to wrestle Victor, the big brown bear, said his wife, Doris Lorenz Langerman. But the match was the prize offered by a rock-and-roll radio station for the person who could write the best letter.
NEWS
December 2, 2001 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Alma R. Jacobs, a Blue Bell resident and longtime community volunteer, recently was named president of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. She was named president at the organization's annual recognition luncheon during which the 2001 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania were named by Gov. Schweiker. The honorees included Matti Gershenfeld of Elkins Park. Jacobs, who was named a Distinguished Daughter in 1982, served as the state secretary of aging during Gov. Dick Thornburgh's administration from 1985 to 1996.
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BUSINESS
June 23, 2015
South Jersey Federal Credit Union , Deptford, has named Ernest D. Huggard chief financial officer. Huggard retired as a lieutenant colonel from the New Jersey Army National Guard after 28 years of service. He had been senior vice president, chief financial officer for First Atlantic Federal Credit Union in Eatontown. Montgomery County Community College , Blue Bell and Pottstown, has hired Donna Fiedler as associate director of development and Adriene Hobdy as director of leadership development and talent management.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Apple may be aiming for its just-released iWatch to be the timepiece of the summer, but as it stands, the JoyJoy! brand is more than a few hours ahead, emerging as the year's must-have digital arm candy for tweens, teens - and their moms. In just eight months, Saul Denenberg and Brett Pulli have sold more than 15,000 of the light-up watch heads and graphic-heavy interchangeable bands. Available nationwide in 357 surf stores and boutiques, including the upscale Fred Segal, the Souderton-based JoyJoy!
BUSINESS
April 14, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
John Cawley personifies the expression "knock your socks off" just by virtue of the caffeine-fueled, rapid-fire way he talks and walks, and the 100 push-ups he does every morning. But the serial entrepreneur from Oreland would prefer you keep your feet covered - by his empowering-message Inspyr Socks. The world would be a more motivated place, Cawley contends, and his personal message validated: that a life addled by addiction can be salvaged and repurposed in a way that has impact.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
CertainTeed Corp.'s new research and development laboratory in Chester County is nearly 60 percent smaller than the one it replaced in Blue Bell, but that doesn't mean the maker of roofing, siding, insulation, and other products is dialing back on expectations. "We didn't really give up any capabilities when we moved it here," said Minas Apelian, vice president of research and development at CertainTeed, part of French building-materials giant Saint-Gobain, during a tour Monday of the new facility in East Whiteland Township.
NEWS
February 21, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joan S. Schmidt, 85, of Blue Bell, a professor at the former Beaver College, where she taught education for many years, died Friday, Feb. 6, of Alzheimer's disease at Foulkeways at Gwynedd. "Dr. Joan," as she was called informally, was a loving mother, grandmother, and devoted mentor to her students. Born in Philadelphia to immigrant parents from Stuttgart, Germany, just before the 1929 stock-market crash, she grew up in Germantown and attended Friends Select School. Dr. Schmidt graduated from Chestnut Hill College and took a job teaching sixth grade at Whitemarsh Elementary School.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Irvin Fliegelman, 76, formerly of Blue Bell, a retired life insurance agent, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, of dementia at home in Atlantic City. Born in Philadelphia and reared in Norristown, he grew up helping in the family business, Fliegelman's Kiddie Center, on Main Street. He graduated from Norristown High School in 1956. Mr. Fliegelman earned a business degree from Rider College in Trenton in 1960. Later, he served on Rider's board of trustees for 15 years. Mr. Fliegelman worked as a sportswriter and in public relations before joining the Equitable as a life insurance agent in 1966.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rita Hodge Sellers, 84, a longtime nurse, health administrator and educator, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Normandy Farms Estates retirement center in Blue Bell. Mrs. Sellers was known by family and friends as a strong mentor who was passionate about helping others, recalled her daughter, Suzanne Rita Sellers. She described her mother as someone who worked to keep herself healthy and whose favorite hobby was traveling. "She visited Rome, China, and Africa," said Suzanne Sellers. "I still remember when she and my dad took me to Paris as a graduation present when I was in college.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IVORY DEWITT had a special interest in the needs of urban young men. As a leader of Project Alpha, Ivory helped to educate young men on the responsibilities of fatherhood, relationships with others and their connection with the greater community. "It was an effort to motivate young men to make decisions about their goals and values," his family wrote in a tribute. Ivory felt a strong responsibility to help others. At Thanksgiving, he was distributing food baskets to the needy.
REAL_ESTATE
August 11, 2014 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Typically, those who acquire ancestral homes modernize them. Keith and Janet Childs did the reverse, aging his grandparents' mid-20th-century split-level back about 200 years. Except for an attached garage, the Blue Bell house now resembles the historic mansions of Germantown, such as Cliveden, site of a Revolutionary War battle. Gen. Washington lost that fight, but he won the war and the hearts of his countrymen - including Keith Childs. "George Washington is in every room in this house," Janet Childs says.
REAL_ESTATE
July 20, 2014 | By Catherine Laughlin, For The Inquirer
Patty and Jim Seif had always yearned for a waterfront home. They just never envisioned theirs would be overlooking the Brandywine Creek in Wilmington. Eager to downsize from their five-bedroom farmhouse in Blue Bell, the Seifs considered other Pennsylvania suburbs and Center City, but they couldn't agree on what would best work for them. Then, in 2011, Patty accepted a job in financial communications with DuPont in Wilmington. "I then pushed Jim for us to live closer to my work," says Patty.
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