August 18, 2016 |
William McLellan Barnes, 88, of Philadelphia, a lawyer and engineer, died Thursday, Aug. 11, of acute kidney failure at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls. The son of Philadelphia architect Amos W. Barnes, he was born in 1928 at Good Samaritan Hospital, now Temple University Hospital, which his father had designed. Mr. Barnes grew up in Roxborough, and was president of his class at Roxborough High School and a member of the National Honor Society. He also had a letter in varsity football.
August 16, 2016
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. has elected Danielle Rice, director of the museum leadership program at Drexel University, as its new board chair. Joshua Parker, senior director of program management for X1 Video at Comcast, and Norberto Rosa, associate vice president of operations for New Leash on Life USA, were named board members. Maternity Care Coalition, a Philadelphia nonprofit that seeks to improve maternal and child health and well-being, has elected the following board members: Jane Barr Pino, principal of Jane Barr Pino & Associates; Megan Knowlton Balne, an attorney at Hyland Levin L.L.P.
August 13, 2016 |
Frank Fox didn't speak a word of English when he immigrated to the United States from his native Poland as a teenager in 1937. But he got into Central High School two years later and spent the rest of his life learning, writing, teaching, and translating. He was fluent in seven languages. Dr. Fox, 92, who lived at the Quadrangle in Haverford, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, of complications of a stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital. "I could spend hours telling you about him," said his son, Julian.
August 13, 2016 |
GoPuff, the 24-hour, app-driven online delivery service that aims to take out Wawa, made its first foray into the Philly suburbs this week. On Wednesday, GoPuff deliveries arrived at homes in Manayunk, Roxborough, and the Main Line for the first time. Before this week, the service - now in 11 cities nationally - had been available in the Philadelphia region only to those who lived or worked in the immediate city. Making deliveries to the suburbs comes after GoPuff leased a 3,500-square-foot warehouse on 5216 Ridge Ave. last month to house its inventory geared to the 'burbs.
August 1, 2016 |
On a July day with temperatures in the mid-90s, the breeze rushing through the unfinished 46th floor of the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South provides little relief. No matter. The views on every side are spectacular, to say the least, and make other high-rises near this one at 30th and Walnut Streets - with the exception of the new Comcast tower directly east - look very small. That includes the 33-story Evo apartments next door, which, with Cira Green, the parking garage with a one-acre park on its top - are both completed and in use. All comprise the nearly $700 million Cira Centre South project that is a large part of the eastern gateway to Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
July 29, 2016
The truck: Snazzy-looking black outfit on Drexel University's campus serving up Southeast Asian dishes with - obviously - a focus on pho. The man: Owner/chef Ca Son said he's been cooking for about eight years, influenced by his parents' Vietnamese and Cambodian roots, and the dishes he grew up on. "I incorporate my own technique," Son said. "I make it more Americanized. " He's had the truck for almost three years, the last two at Drexel. Menu: On a cold day, Son recommends the spicy pho. On a hot day, he suggests the lemongrass chicken.
July 23, 2016 |
Three years after spinning off from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, gene-based drug developer Spark Therapeutics is planning an expansion that could take it out of the city. While Spark, currently based in University City, has some Philadelphia sites on its radar, it's also considering locations in New Jersey and Delaware, according to brokers at real estate services firm JLL, which is aiding the company in its search. The move to expand comes as Spark - among the most successful companies to emerge from research originating at Children's Hospital during its 160-year history - enjoys a string of clinical-testing successes that could yield one of the country's first approved gene therapies.
July 15, 2016 |
A Drexel University police officer has been charged with theft and related offenses after allegedly pocketing $500 and two knives from a student this year, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. When a supervisor confronted Officer Che Brown about the theft, Brown, 37, allegedly said, "My bad, this is all on me," according to prosecutors. On Jan. 14, Drexel police searched a student's room at a residence hall on campus for marijuana and confiscated two knives, a bag of white powder, $500, rolling papers, and marijuana, a news release said.
July 14, 2016 |
Universities are brimming with research, and four in the Philadelphia region rank in the top 50 worldwide for the number of U.S. patents granted for groundbreaking technologies in 2015. The University of Pennsylvania was No. 19 among 600 universities, with 93 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year. Rutgers University ranked 27th, with 65 patents. The University of Pittsburgh came in 35th, with 58 patents. Drexel University was No. 49 with 42 patents issued in 2015.
July 13, 2016 |
Albert V. Grifone, 92, of Newtown Square, former vice president and chief financial officer of Triangle Publications Inc., publisher of TV Guide, died Thursday, June 30, of congestive heart failure at White Horse Village. Mr. Grifone's business career at Triangle, under publisher Walter H. Annenberg, spanned more than four decades. He also served on the board of directors from 1975 to 1988, the year the company was sold. Despite Mr. Grifone's professional successes, family members said he remained humble and grounded.