September 20, 1999 |
As television meteorologists tracked Hurricane Floyd with meticulous precision last week, Henry Liese grew just a bit nostalgic. It reminded him of a strange project his company embarked on 40 years ago at a small factory in Newtown. It was only after the work was completed that they realized what they had built: the world's first weather satellite. "Nobody knew what the hell it was," said Liese, 86. "All we heard was that it was going to fly. We said, 'How is this thing going to fly?
September 12, 1995 |
As the sun dips below the trees and day fades into dusk, the Sciarrones pull their car into the parking space and unpack: snacks, card table, lawn chairs, mini-chairs for the children, radio, extra batteries, blankets, cooler, beach balls. They line up the kids in the chairs, divvy up the soda, chips and cookies and wait for the darkening sky to turn midnight blue, a sign from nature that the show is about to begin. Welcome to Friday night at the movies, outdoors-style. "I've been shopping and packing all afternoon," said Kathy Sciarrone, setting a bucket of fried chicken on the card table.
June 25, 1999 |
When writer Pearl S. Buck marched to the farm next door to her Bucks County home carrying a squirming baby in her arms, David Yoder became a first. Yoder, then 1 year old, was fresh from a Rochester orphanage. He was a biracial child, the son of an unmarried 17-year-old American girl who got pregnant while her family lived in India. In the 1940s, that meant ostracism and shame. No adoption agency could place him. Buck would have none of that. So, as she succinctly put it in an interview before her death, "I founded my own damned agency.
August 23, 2014 |
Six months. That's how much time Bob Rosen figured he had left. The Yardley accountant was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, typically a rapidly spreading form of the disease. The doctors advised surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Rosen, 71, began getting his affairs in order. He talked with his son Eric, who would have the responsibility of disbursing his father's $160,000 in charitable donations after Rosen passed away. His father's generous gesture would be executed under heartbreaking circumstances; Eric Rosen dreaded the day. He told his father he had a better thought: Why wait?
February 24, 2014 |
What a coach , Mike Zolk thought. It was nearly midnight on a Friday in 2011. Zolk and his son were swatting balls at a batting cage in Northeast Philadelphia when Lou Spadaccini walked up. Spadaccini had coached Neumann-Goretti High School to its first baseball championships in decades. Zolk's son, nicknamed Zoom, played second base. The coach knew where to find Zoom that night after seeing a Facebook post by the teen. For an hour, he just watched the father and son swing.
May 22, 2014 |
Despite an expensive gubernatorial campaign, two hotly contested congressional races, and beautiful weather, turnout for the Pennsylvania primary Tuesday was "superlight," in the words of one poll worker, and dismal, in the assessment of others. "This is a privilege, and it's sad," said Paula Michaud, an election clerk at Harriton High School in Lower Merion Township. "In the first 40 minutes, we had six people. " Across the region, the pace did not quicken before the polls closed.
November 6, 1996 |
Morris Rosenfeld (left) leaves a poll at Rolling Hills Elementary School in Holland, Bucks County, where candidates' campaign signs cover a wall.
April 17, 2014 |
TIM FROM Germantown likes taking his girlfriends to the Neshaminy Inn. "It's not like places in North Philly, where you have to keep your hands in your pockets and look like you're pissed off so people don't mess with you," he said while sipping Crown Royal in Bottlecaps, the motel's lobby bar. "No one bothers you here. " Another big selling point for him? The Jacuzzis in the luxury rooms, which guests can reserve for a scant $66 per night during the week. He polished off his whiskey on a recent Friday night and left, the bar mostly empty, save for a few men playing touch-screen games.
May 22, 2014 |
THE PRIMARY was cake. Now comes the tough part for suburban Democrats. Former Army Ranger and CIA analyst Kevin Strouse was leading businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton late last night in the Democratic primary for Bucks County's 8th Congressional District seat. In November, the winner will take on Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, a battle-tested survivor in one of the state's few remaining competitive districts. Most of Pennsylvania has been carved up to protect congressional incumbents.
June 30, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - When Kevin Strouse moved to Bucks County last year to launch his campaign as a Democrat for Congress, national Republicans sent mocking welcome gifts, including a Phillies hat, tourism brochures, and a street map. In Chester County, Republicans have attacked Democratic congressional candidate Manan Trivedi for not living in his district and earning the vast majority of his income as a doctor and medical consultant from sources in...