June 19, 2015 |
The 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire helped influence the family identity of Dr. Edward Tufankjian, born in West Philadelphia in 1927, son Aaron said. "My father's family," Aaron wrote in an e-mail, was "a very close and proud Armenian family that, like many Armenians, came to the U.S. for a better life, to escape the Armenian genocide, where they lost most of their family. " St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church in Roxborough was consecrated in May 1967 and, his son said, Dr. Tufankjian "was one of the original members that helped build St. Gregory's.
June 14, 2015 |
Saladworks, the 108-store chain that pioneered vegetable-based restaurant franchising, has been acquired by Centre Lane Partners L.L.C., a New York buyout firm. Centre Lane agreed to pay $16.9 million to the Conshohocken company's owners and creditors to acquire the chain, and to spend an initial $2 million "to help us accelerate growth" and update the stores, Saladworks CEO Paul Steck said. "We will be adding new products - upscale cheeses, organic greens, antibiotic-free poultry, quinoa," and boosting headquarters and field staff to 22 from 15, Steck said.
June 12, 2015
CITY COUNCIL this week advanced a package of bills that raises taxes to provide an additional $70 million in aid to the School District of Philadelphia. Only it doesn't. A provision nestled in one of the bills would divert $25 million of the $70 million to Council's own budget to be held hostage, as it were, until the district satisfies Council that it is doing the right thing when it comes to unspecified items. Neither Council President Darrell Clarke nor other members have said publicly what they want.
June 11, 2015 |
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved $164 million in tax credits Tuesday for Voorhees-based American Water Works to encourage the company to relocate to Camden. If American Water Works takes the deal, the company would consolidate current offices in Mount Laurel, Voorhees, Cherry Hill, and Haddon Heights in a new facility to be built in the Gateway District, near Campbell Soup Co. and the future site of Subaru Corp. of America, which last year announced plans to move from Cherry Hill.
June 10, 2015 |
Robert E. Querubin, 83, of Seminole, Fla., a programmer for Radio Corp. of America in the 1960s, died of diseases related to aging Saturday, May 30, at Freedom Square Rehabilitation & Nursing Services there. He lived with his family in Cherry Hill from the 1960s to the late 1980s. Born in Chestnut Hill, Mr. Querubin graduated from La Salle College High School in 1949 and, with a full scholarship, earned a bachelor's degree in English literature at La Salle University in 1953. "He started his own computer systems programming company in the late 1950s, in Philadelphia," daughter Cecile said.
June 7, 2015 |
The Philadelphia School District is poised to pay a Cherry Hill firm up to $34 million to provide substitute teachers for its classrooms over two school years. Expected to be enacted later this month, the move to privatize 1,324 jobs will save the school system $10 million annually and mean fewer lost learning opportunities for students, officials said. But the action has already ignited controversy. Outraged over the outsourcing of substitute spots and other positions now held by its members, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has planned informational pickets for Friday.
June 5, 2015 |
Before M. Allan Vogelson became a judge in 1995, he sometimes dined in Atlantic City in the early 1980s with Pete Rose, who was the Phillies' first baseman from 1979 to 1983. They shared the table with Carol Woliung, who in 1984 would become Rose's second wife. They were dining at the Playboy Hotel & Casino because Woliung was a Bunny waitress there. And because Vogelson's wife, Sandra, was, as she wrote in her resumé, " 'Bunny Mother,' the executive in charge of over 400 Playboy cocktail and dealer Bunnies.
June 4, 2015 |
As Camden Municipal Court's chief judge, Steven P. Burkett sought to balance empathy and forgiveness - values he held as a devout member of Cherry Hill's Congregation M'kor Shalom - with meting out punishment to domestic abusers and drunken drivers. In court, friends and family said, he tried to teach life lessons to such defendants, even while handing down punishment. "He felt he needed to make a connection," said Judge Burkett's older brother, Bob. The absence of Judge Burkett in the courtroom this week, following his sudden death Sunday, had those who knew him remembering his careful approach, as well as the decade he spent working to make the court more efficient.
May 22, 2015 |
The novelist Joe Samuel Starnes forsook Philadelphia's Fishtown so he could live closer to Westmont's Green Valley Tennis Club. "I live about a mile from here," Starnes, 48, says. "I'm very fortunate to have found this place. I've made the best group of friends here, on and off the court. " His third commercially published work of fiction is set in rural Georgia; it's not a roman a clef about Green Valley. But as I quickly learn during the private club's open house Saturday, Green Valley has stories to tell, too. "Frank, may he rest in peace, was an absolutely wonderful man," says Jerry Ehrlich, recalling Frank J. Verdi, the Haddonfield dental surgeon who founded Green Valley.
May 21, 2015 |
The new hockey coach is under an enormous amount of pressure. He is taking over a team that has a long tradition of winning and is used to selling out its state-of-the-art building. The new coach's fan base is also craving a long overdue championship. "A ton" of pressure, Brad Berry admitted Tuesday during a telephone interview from North Dakota. "The standards and expectations are very high, but I don't think I'd want it any other way. " You may not have heard of Berry before, but he is quite familiar with Dave Hakstol, the new hockey coach who grabbed the local headlines when he was hired by the Flyers on Monday.