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November 5, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE MAN became a weapon of Mass disruption at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Drexel Hill two weeks ago, when he punched a man in a dispute over a crying baby during a Sunday afternoon service, according to police. After a nearly two-week investigation into the Oct. 20 incident, Upper Darby police charged Matthew von Siegel, 36, of Clifton Heights, with simple assault and harassment on Friday. According to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, von Siegel was attending the church's 4 p.m. Mass when he turned to say something to a woman about her crying baby.
NEWS
June 9, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Drexel Hill man has been charged with one count of rape, one count of human trafficking, and other violations in a case authorities said could be "a human-trafficking enterprise. " Kevin Cornish, 42, was arrested Friday after he allegedly tricked an 18-year-old woman into filling out an application for an escort service. She helped authorities find the apartment where he had taken her, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood said Saturday. The woman, who lives in Philadelphia, was looking for job possibilities online on Craigslist, Chitwood said, when she came across an ad seeking home-health workers.
NEWS
January 1, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
A 52-year-old Delaware County man who had posted rambling rants and violent threats against police was shot and killed by officers Tuesday as they tried to arrest him in Drexel Hill. When officers from three departments confronted Joseph A. Pacini of Clifton Heights and ordered him to get out of his car, he instead gunned his Nissan sedan into reverse and struck a police vehicle, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. Five officers then opened fire. "The officers were in fear of their lives and did what they had to do," Chitwood said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman
THE PARENTS: Evelyn Attas, 32, and Mark Attas, 37, of Drexel Hill THE KIDS: Dylan Michael, 7; Lori Renee, 5; Piper Rose, born April 11, 2016 WHAT MADE THE WEDDING UNIQUELY THEIRS: A wedding cake with fondant in a geometric pattern of black, red and white, and no "groom's side" or "bride's side. " Everyone mixed. If there were something worse than being stuck in Schwenksville, an hour from her South Philly cousins, while pregnant and caring for a not-yet-potty-trained toddler as her pharmacist husband worked 12-hour shifts, Evelyn wasn't sure what that particular version of hell might be. Until she started vomiting blood and suffering brutal surges of back pain.
NEWS
December 6, 2014 | By Joe Dolinsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack C. Briscoe, 94, of Drexel Hill, a longtime Philadelphia lawyer and a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, died Monday, Dec. 1, of heart failure at the Sunrise of Granite Run senior living home in Media. Born in 1920 in Bradford, Pa., Mr. Briscoe was the son of an oil industry worker, Park H., and a homemaker, Gertrude. Mr. Briscoe graduated from Bradford High School in 1937 before attending the University of Pennsylvania. To help pay for the cost of tuition, Mr. Briscoe worked as a locomotive fireman on the Pennsylvania Railroad Seashore Line.
NEWS
January 7, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
The skeletal remains found last week in a Delaware County park were not those of a missing Drexel Hill woman, state police said Tuesday, quashing widespread speculation that had rattled the woman's family and friends. Using dental records, police said, investigators were able to determine that the remains discovered New Year's Day in Ridley Creek State Park were not those of Amanda De Guio, 25. "We are so relieved to hear this news," Nicole De Guio, Amanda's older sister, said in an email Tuesday.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Seventy-five-year-old Neil Altman was gasping for air as he described run-ins with Verizon last fall when he and his wife, Gilda, were making a last stand against the telecom company's plan to disable their copper-based phone line. "You need to calm down now," Gilda told her husband, who suffers from myasthenia gravis, a form of progressive muscle weakness. She rubbed his arm at their Drexel Hill dining room table. He nodded. "To be honest, I didn't even know we had copper," Gilda said.
NEWS
August 6, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
The Upper Darby school board's surprise decision last month to place Superintendent Richard F. Dunlap Jr. on paid administrative leave was at least partly rooted in a dispute over a redistricting proposal for the system's crowded schools - a controversy that some officials say is tinged with racial resentments in one of the region's most diverse suburbs. Dunlap had been promoting a plan that would have given him the discretion to move students to schools outside their neighborhoods to correct imbalances in class sizes throughout the district.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2016 | Mike Zebe, Staff
The Riddle HealthCare Foundation, part of Main Line Health, Media, has elected John Feehery to its board. He is an otolaryngologist with Providence Ear, Nose & Throat Associates in Chester and an attending physician in the Division of Otolaryngology at Riddle Hospital. The foundation provides a philanthropic venue for members of the community to support Riddle Hospital. Nandini Natrajan has been appointed to the volunteer board of trustees of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, a Marlton nonprofit.
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BUSINESS
September 20, 2016 | Mike Zebe, Staff
The Riddle HealthCare Foundation, part of Main Line Health, Media, has elected John Feehery to its board. He is an otolaryngologist with Providence Ear, Nose & Throat Associates in Chester and an attending physician in the Division of Otolaryngology at Riddle Hospital. The foundation provides a philanthropic venue for members of the community to support Riddle Hospital. Nandini Natrajan has been appointed to the volunteer board of trustees of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, a Marlton nonprofit.
NEWS
August 25, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Quentin M. Giorgio, 64, of Newtown Square, a physician who cared for others despite his own medical issues, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, of peritonitis at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Giorgio was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 21. In the 1970s, cancer treatments were not narrowly targeted as they are now; Dr. Giorgio received aggressive full-body radiation and chemotherapy to combat the cancer, his family said. As a result, he was plagued with complications, especially in the last 10 years, his family said.
NEWS
August 20, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Robert Dudley Bell Sr., 89, formerly of Drexel Hill, an educator who knew how to play and prompted others to do the same, died Saturday, Aug. 6, of cancer at Shannondell at Valley Forge, a retirement community. A child of the Great Depression, Mr. Bell, who grew up at 50th and Catharine Streets in West Philadelphia, developed a knack for turning household items into toys. The imagination and playfulness he showed early on reemerged later. As a teacher and recreation director in the William Penn School District in Delaware County, he introduced games and projects to schoolchildren from Aldan, Colwyn, Darby Borough, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, and Yeadon.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman
THE PARENTS: Evelyn Attas, 32, and Mark Attas, 37, of Drexel Hill THE KIDS: Dylan Michael, 7; Lori Renee, 5; Piper Rose, born April 11, 2016 WHAT MADE THE WEDDING UNIQUELY THEIRS: A wedding cake with fondant in a geometric pattern of black, red and white, and no "groom's side" or "bride's side. " Everyone mixed. If there were something worse than being stuck in Schwenksville, an hour from her South Philly cousins, while pregnant and caring for a not-yet-potty-trained toddler as her pharmacist husband worked 12-hour shifts, Evelyn wasn't sure what that particular version of hell might be. Until she started vomiting blood and suffering brutal surges of back pain.
NEWS
August 6, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
The Upper Darby school board's surprise decision last month to place Superintendent Richard F. Dunlap Jr. on paid administrative leave was at least partly rooted in a dispute over a redistricting proposal for the system's crowded schools - a controversy that some officials say is tinged with racial resentments in one of the region's most diverse suburbs. Dunlap had been promoting a plan that would have given him the discretion to move students to schools outside their neighborhoods to correct imbalances in class sizes throughout the district.
NEWS
July 28, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Margaret Gohl Benker, 100, of Manahawkin, N.J., died Wednesday, July 6, at Southern Ocean Medical Center there. Born in Northeast Philadelphia, she graduated from a secretarial curriculum at the former St. Leo's Commercial School there. In 1935, the year she turned 19, Mrs. Benker began making relays at the General Electric switchgear plant near 69th Street and Elmwood Avenue. "Even at her 100th birthday" in April, said granddaughter Bonnie Rose, Mrs. Benker "could recite the relay definition they had required her to learn" in the 1930s.
SPORTS
July 15, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Not surprisingly, Jairo Munoz was scared to death. It was late April, and he felt that telltale twinge of pain in his right elbow after throwing a pitch. Then his arm went dead, and his fastball did, too, and the dismal possibilities scrolled through his mind: that he might have torn a ligament or a tendon, that he might need Tommy John surgery, that his pro baseball career might be finished, that he might have to return to the Dominican Republic and to a life with little hope. And all of this happened just four weeks after a lightning bolt struck the house in which he used to live - the bedroom in which he used to sleep - and burned it to the ground.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2016 | By Jonathan Valania, For The Inquirer
Steve Gunn is a sandy-haired mop top with raccoon eyes who can play the guitar just like ringing a bell. Perched somewhere between Television's Richard Lloyd and Jerry Garcia, Gunn is adept in the dark arts of arpeggio, clustered overtone and the kind of modal chording arabesques that make Western stoners feel like Sufi mystics for the space of an album side. Straight out of Drexel Hill, Gunn established a beachhead in Brooklyn more than a decade ago, where he's been releasing pleasantly complicated albums of effortless art rock since at least 2007.
NEWS
July 6, 2016
Ackerman's tainted legacy Former Philadelphia School District Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has passed away and is still coming back to haunt the city (" Defending the indefensible ," Wednesday). The $2.3 million awarded to the company she removed from the security-camera project was justified. She was in charge of educating children, yet she decided that people who looked like her should get contracts and "white boys" should not. Ackerman has cost the city millions of dollars because of her bigotry and arrogance, and the powers that be should be held responsible.
NEWS
June 25, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
The Rev. John Thomas Denny, 58, of Villanova, an Augustinian friar, priest, and educator on the Main Line, died Monday, June 20, of complications from cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Father Denny was born in Bryn Mawr, one of eight children of Joseph G. and Mary K. Schubert Denny. He graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, and earned a bachelor's degree in history from Boston College. Although he initially entered the Augustinian Order in Lawrence, Mass., in August 1980, he withdrew the following March and went to work as a real estate agent and teacher.
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