August 25, 2015 |
Virginia Sharp Lott, 94, of Gladwyne, daughter of the creator of the Whitman's Sampler and widow of national squash racquets champion H. Hunter Lott Jr., died Wednesday, Aug. 12, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Waverly Heights. Her son, H. Hunter Lott III, said Mrs. Lott had lived since 2007 at the continuing-care community, where her wit, spirit and energy were admired by staff and residents. The youngest of six children of Walter Patton Sharp Sr., and Edith Huggard Sharp, Mrs. Lott was born and reared in Bryn Mawr.
August 24, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If the person who drew Oaklyn's boundaries had held the pen a bit steadier, the Ritz Theatre wouldn't have been on the Haddon Township side of White Horse Pike. The location didn't make much difference to Jim McAleer and Gary Schaal when they were growing up in the Camden County borough in the 1960s. "We always went to the movies there, except when they started showing adult films," says McAleer, who moved to Oaklyn with his parents when he was 7 years old. In the last two decades, largely through the efforts of artistic director Bruce Curliss and many dedicated area residents, the Ritz has become a major regional live-theater venue.
August 20, 2015 |
Frances P. Aulston, 75, founder and executive director of the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and a moving force in the preservation of the Paul Robeson House, died Sunday, Aug. 9. Her family declined to release the location and cause of her death. A Philadelphia resident, community leader, and activist, Ms. Aulston was a former research librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia. In 1984, Ms. Aulston founded the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (WPCA) with the help of several local artists.
August 14, 2015 |
DAVE HAKSTOL still remembers going to hockey camp growing up. A small-town kid from western Canada, he was allowed by his parents to pick one camp to go to each summer. Year after year, Hakstol attended the Clare Drake Hockey School at the University of Alberta. Yesterday morning, many years later, school was back in session. And the teacher walked into Scanlon Ice Rink at the Scanlon Recreation Center in Kensington, ready to work with a group of local kids. It wasn't quite "Dave Hakstol Hockey School," but the new Flyers head coach was the obvious attraction for the eighth- and ninth-graders of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.
August 4, 2015 |
John Paul Knox, 87, formerly of Oreland, a lawyer in Montgomery County for many years, died Tuesday, July 21, of cancer at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, a retirement community in Charlottesville, Va. Mr. Knox and his wife, Eleanor, had moved to Westminster Canterbury in 2006. The son of Paul Waddell Knox and Florence Welch Knox, Mr. Knox grew up in Chestnut Hill and graduated in January 1946 from Central High School. He began early studies at Yale University in the fall of 1945.
July 31, 2015 |
The late July heat is blooming inside the Camden County Community Greenhouse, but the volunteers seem unfazed. Tina McHugh and Christine Pike fill wheelbarrows with ungainly petunias destined for the nearby compost pile. Steve Politowski arrives with tools so he can help finish the roof on the new potting shed. And Jane Elkis Berkowitz is ready for a plant propagation class. "The power of the flower," Freeholder Michelle Gentek-Mayer says. "It goes very far. " The once-abandoned greenhouse at the Lakeland complex in Gloucester Township will yield 15,000 flowering plants this year to beautify the county's park system and public buildings.
July 29, 2015 |
The community college in New Jersey's largest county is shifting its operations around among its physical campuses, closing its longtime Pemberton home and expanding its Mount Laurel campus to reflect enrollment and population changes over the years. The announcement Monday from Rowan College at Burlington County - newly renamed from Burlington County College, reflecting a partnership with Rowan University - follows an internal study showing the school's Mount Laurel campus has high demand, while its Pemberton location does not. It also follows a simple reality: The Mount Laurel campus has already been the de facto main campus for a decade, and future growth for the 9,500-student college was always likely to occur more on that campus than in other locations.
July 24, 2015 |
At Broad and Mount Vernon Streets on Sunday afternoon, pop-up canopies blossomed in defiance of the wilting summer heat. In their shade, volunteers and vendors ran pickling demonstrations, pitched passersby on bicycle-powered urban farm tours, and proffered mental-health screenings and public-benefits counseling. It's an eclectic crop for a farmers' market. But Common Ground Marketplace is designed to be more than just a place to buy your vegetables. The market, which opened this month, is a collaboration between the Food Trust, a nonprofit that runs farmers' markets and promotes food access, and Congregation Rodeph Shalom, a North Broad Street synagogue.
July 18, 2015 |
Gov. Christie called Thursday for broad changes to the criminal justice system, using his record in New Jersey - and Camden in particular - as a platform for his presidential campaign. Speaking at a community center in North Camden, Christie advocated expanding drug courts; proposed ideas to help ex-convicts succeed when they get out of jail; and, echoing a speech President Obama delivered in the city in May, held up Camden's community policing strategy as a national model. "Peace on our streets is more than just the absence of violence," Christie said in a 38-minute campaign speech before about a hundred people, including some living in a nearby halfway house and involved with the nonprofit Volunteers of America.