October 8, 2015 |
Andrew Johnson, 61, of Wyncote, a systems manager for a national organization and an avid folk dancer, died Thursday, Sept. 17, of cancer at the Visiting Nurse Association, Falls Center Hospice. Mr. Johnson lived at Fifth and Delancey Streets until age 5, when he moved to Broad and Somerset Streets. Later, he lived in Wyncote. His early years were filled with turbulence. His mother died when he was 4; Mr. Johnson and eight siblings were reared by his father and stepmother. As a child, Mr. Johnson inhabited a world of books.
March 31, 2011
The Rev. John V. DiFilippo, 95, a teacher at Northeast Catholic High School for more than 33 years, died Monday, March 28, at his religious order's home in Northeast Philadelphia. Father DiFilippo grew up in Wilmington, where the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales staffed his parish church, St. Anthony of Padua. After graduating from Wilmington High School, he entered the order's seminary in Childs, Md. While preparing for the priesthood, he earned a bachelor's degree from Catholic University of America.
March 23, 2011 |
The goal was one year. Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino assured the youth at the Nicetown Boys and Girls Club last spring that he'd help their crumbling haven get an overdue makeover. Through the foundation that bears his name, Victorino and his wife donated $900,000 to the club, and construction on the 105-year-old building, once slated for possible closing, began last week. The updated center - with its upgraded teen room, technology center, fully equipped gym, and art room, among other offerings - is scheduled to reopen in late summer.
February 15, 2011 |
MARGARET CHADRICK was not a professional actress, but she had a keen sense of the dramatic. "She was an excellent storyteller," her family said. "She would act out each narrative - complete with dramatic pauses and appropriate facial expressions - to the delight of her listeners. " Margaret Chadrick, a 35-year employee of the city Health Department - where she was an often commended dental hygienist - longtime churchwoman and devoted family matriarch, died Friday after a brief illness.
August 21, 2008 |
The Onion.com ran a funny story some years back about obsolete provocateur Marilyn Manson mounting a futile campaign to shock Midwesterners. He'd knock on doors covered in the blood of aborted fetuses, or whatever, and receive a polite send-off. A few compassionate Kansans even pretended to be shocked out of respect for Manson's ego. I thought of this story while watching the overrated "Hamlet 2," one of those straight-out-of-Sundance "sensations" with a smug belief in its own subversiveness.
December 4, 2006 |
Niayah, 13, is an intelligent, extroverted adolescent with many interests. Inquisitive and creative, she delights in trying new things. Niayah is a talented young author who loves writing short stories. She also enjoys performing and singing, and is a member of her school's drama club. A conscientious student, Niayah is in the sixth grade and does well academically. Science is one of her favorite subjects and she eagerly looks forward to the experiments she works on in her classroom.
April 4, 2006 |
The Roxborough High School student newspaper won a first-place journalism award in a statewide competition, even though it had the money to publish only one edition last school year. With the paper's future in jeopardy, Cathy Rex, a veteran English teacher and faculty adviser for the Ridge Record, wrote a letter to the judges of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association contest, lamenting the school's predicament. "You are receiving entries from what may be our final issue, published last spring," she told the judges.
October 24, 2005 |
A 14-year-old St. Pius X High School student might lose her right arm after she was bitten by a copperhead snake taken to school by another student, Lower Pottsgrove police said yesterday. The girl, whose name was not released, was bitten Friday afternoon inside the gymnasium during a meeting of the drama club. A 17-year-old boy, whom police did not identify, had taken the snake to school after capturing it in Valley Forge National Historical Park on Oct. 15, police said. He took the snake from a box, and it bit the girl's right middle finger, police said.
November 7, 2004 |
At the Bala Cynwyd Middle School drama club, costumes for the play The Miracle Worker are hanging in a row near dozens of containers of powdered lemonade. The students are hyped about staging a play that has special meaning. Similar to the childhood of Helen Keller on which the play is based, the life of Alex Scott, the 8-year-old from Wynnewood who died of cancer this summer, is inspiring. During her short life, Alex captured a nation's attention with her lemonade stands, which raise money for pediatric cancer research.
January 25, 2004 |
It's the variety of clubs at St. Patrick School that impresses science teacher Joanna Fabii. "I've never been in any school that has this kind of a program," she said. "The kids can try all sorts of different avenues to do things. " Principal Margaret Mecca said she decided at the beginning of this school year that the school's 60 sixth, seventh and eighth graders needed a change from recess. So she carved out time in their schedule and now, from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday, they have their choice of clubs - among them drama, art, cooking, photography, technology, sports and study skills.