August 20, 2015 |
Two men were sentenced Tuesday for bringing two Philadelphia teenagers to their Cherry Hill homes with the promise of money and photo shoots, and then taking sexually explicit pictures of them, authorities said. Burton Gersh, 69, received a five-year prison sentence in federal court in Philadelphia. Les Sidweber, 73, got four years. The two pleaded guilty in May to charges of producing child pornography. Gersh, who operated a seafood company in Philadelphia for several decades before retiring in the last five years, according to his attorney, paid Sidweber several thousand dollars to take pictures of the 16-year-old girls, according to court documents.
August 16, 2015 |
Charlotte Kusher Liftman, 88, who retired in 1990 as a learning-disabilities specialist for Cherry Hill public schools, died of Parkinson's disease on Friday, Aug. 14, at the Lions Gate retirement community in Voorhees, where she had resided since 2009. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Liftman earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education at Brooklyn College in 1948 and began her career teaching kindergarten at a public school in the borough of Staten Island. After marrying in 1950, she and her husband, Herb, moved to Cherry Hill in 1961.
August 12, 2015 |
Catherine Theodoris Frangos, 86, of Atlantic City, a former elementary schoolteacher in Camden and Haddonfield, died of colon cancer on Saturday, Aug. 1, at a relative's home in Moorestown. Born in Camden, Mrs. Frangos graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School there in 1946 and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education at what is now Rowan University in 1982, a son, Theodore, said. After raising three children, Mrs. Frangos taught fifth and sixth grade classes at Christ the King Regional School in Haddonfield in the mid-1980s and then the same grades at a Camden elementary school from the late 1980s into the early 1990s.
August 11, 2015 |
Helen Rieder, 88, a Holocaust survivor who later educated young people about the atrocity, died Aug. 8 in Lions Gate retirement community in Voorhees of coronary artery disease. Mrs. Rieder had a "fierce determination to live" until the very end of her life, her family said. Her unyielding spirit saw her through internment camps during World War II, after her family's region of Czechoslovakia fell under anti-Jewish rule. In 1944, when she was 16, she and seven of her eight siblings were shuttled from a ghetto in Tachova, a town in what is now the Czech Republic, to Auschwitz.
August 10, 2015 |
Albert Sbar, 97, of Marlton, a former South Jersey businessman named 1992 Man of the Year by the Southern New Jersey Region of the Jewish National Fund, died Thursday, Aug. 6, at his home. In 1952, Mr. Sbar founded Sbar's "as a small crafts, hobby and school supply store" in Camden, the firm's website states. By the time Mr. Sbar sold the business, when he was in his 80s, the firm had moved to Moorestown, where it runs a distribution center selling supplies to retail crafts stores.
August 4, 2015 |
He was surprised seven years ago when he realized how little public recognition was given to high school graduates who chose military service over college. Kenneth E. Hartman, then a Cherry Hill school board member, decided to take action. The former Army first lieutenant set up a committee and began mobilizing businesses, colleges, educators, and veterans groups to plan and fund Camden County's first High School Enlistee Recognitions Ceremony in 2009. The effort was the beginning of "Our Community Salutes" (OCS)
July 31, 2015 |
During their first tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art last summer, the military veterans entered a modern-art gallery displaying a series of paintings that troubled them. Something about the scribbly nature of Cy Twombly's Fifty Days at Iliam, based on Alexander Pope's translation of Homer's Iliad , stirred visceral emotions, dark memories of their service. One veteran teared up. In another gallery, similar feelings were elicited by The Gross Clinic , the painting by Thomas Eakins showing a doctor performing surgery on a leg in 1875.
July 29, 2015 |
Since he was a youngster, Robert Steinberg not only had collected baseball cards, but, his wife Susan noted, unlike some others, "he never allowed his mother to throw them out. " At one point, she said, Mr. Steinberg "probably had 20 Mickey Mantle rookie cards. " But he had set his sights higher. His goal, she said, "was to collect every set, from 1948 through 1970," for every major-league baseball team. "And," she said, "he succeeded. " On Saturday, July 18, Mr. Steinberg, 67, of Marlton, a co-owner of his family-owned Camden Truck Parts of West Collingwood Heights, died of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
July 27, 2015 |
David I. Lesser was a good enough friend to Robert Petril that Mr. Lesser and his wife, Gale, shared both of Petril's honeymoons. The Lessers "took us away to a timeshare in Newport, Rhode Island, which they owned," Petril said, soon after Petril married his first wife, Sherry, in the early 1990s. Vacationing from their two apartments, "it was a wonderful time for the four of us. " After his first wife died, Petril said, "I became engaged while out to dinner with David and Gale.
July 25, 2015 |
Timothy Loper Sr. approached the Superior Court judge in Camden on Thursday wearing a pin with a picture of his son, once a Marine, in uniform. A member of the court staff asked Loper if he wanted to sit before he spoke about life since Timothy Jr., 27, was fatally shot outside a Camden bar in December 2013. The father chose to stand. "I haven't slept a full night in a year and seven months. I just can't understand," he said, before trailing off as he tried to hold back tears. Not long after the brief speech, Judge Gwendolyn Blue sentenced Darrell Crone - who claimed innocence until the end - to 70 years in prison.