August 20, 2016 |
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.
August 11, 2016 |
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.
August 6, 2016 |
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.
July 28, 2016 |
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.
July 15, 2016 |
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.
July 12, 2016 |
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.
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.
June 25, 2016 |
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.
June 22, 2016
ISSUE | BATTLE FLAG Opportunity missed What is it that keeps us, as a society, from examining ourselves? Are we so afraid of taking the time and doing the work to focus light on the injustices that have been part of our country's history? Instead of Pennsylvania Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D., Phila.) taking down the Confederate flag from a display in the Capitol without initially registering her objection, or Gov. Wolf stashing it as though it didn't exist, I wish they could have provided us with a teachable moment ("Confederate flag removed," Thursday)
June 18, 2016 |
Andrea G. Tillis Solomon, 68, a lawyer and longtime Delaware County resident, died Tuesday, June 14, of complications from a heart attack in Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. Mrs. Solomon was attending the Bench Bar Conference of the Delaware County Bar Association in Annapolis when she collapsed in her hotel room, said daughter Maria. Doctors could not revive her. A native of Vatili, Cyprus, Mrs. Solomon came to the United States at the age of 3e with her widowed mother, Mary Tillis.