June 12, 2006
LET ME assure Jason Conlan (Letters, June 5) that I would much rather applaud my country and my president than find fault. Perhaps the cynicism of the right, and its refusal to consider any but its own greedy self-interest, is as much an explanation for the many tragedies of Iraq as any projected left-wing opportunism which Conlan might hallucinate. Ben Burrows, Elkins Park
October 14, 2005
ANOTHER nominee for the Supreme Court, and another refusal to release documents that would illustrate her legal philosophy. The president is living the moral equivalent of driving kids into Lake Ponchartrain, while waiting for him to return home to cut off their arms and legs with a chainsaw. The documentary suppression has easily reached the trigger-level of "extraordinary circumstances," and it is time pull out some firepower to protect our democracy. Ben Burrows, Elkins Park
February 15, 1996 |
It is a telling moment, the reading of one's valentine, one oft best left for privacy. The children in Julie Haines' first-grade class at Myers Elementary School in Elkins Park all received individual cards yesterday and could hardly wait to read them. Chances are (left to right) Shakira Harris, Jenny Chon and Katie Solitrin shared their messages with one another and other friends - but not right away.
March 18, 1998 |
Robert H. Fulton, 51, whose business and personal efforts focused on helping the visually impaired, died Friday at his Elkins Park home after suffering a heart attack. He owned and operated Fulton & Associates, an Elkins Park firm that sold adaptive technologies for the blind, the visually impaired and the learning disabled. His clients were schools, companies and individuals. Mr. Fulton's aid to the impaired extended to his personal life. He was chairman of a golf tournament for the benefit of the Philadelphia chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and visited Lions Clubs throughout the area, explaining the foundation's efforts as well as his company's work.
June 20, 2003 |
As newly named overseer of the Philadelphia Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau, Frankie Heyward is in charge of policing the police. That means Heyward directs internal investigations of everything from bribery and brutality to residency rules and use of city cars. Police officers must live in the city and can use city cars only for city business. But on these last two rules, Heyward's conduct raises questions. He has two homes - one in the city and one in the suburbs.
February 2, 2001 |
Joseph Abramson, 84, of Elkins Park, a retired businessman who had been cited for his philanthropic efforts, died Wednesday of cancer at Pennsylvania Hospital. A supermarket and real-estate developer in the Philadelphia area for many years, Mr. Abramson was a longtime volunteer at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. He also provided financial support to that facility and other institutions serving the Jewish community. In the 1980s, he was co-chairman of the building committee during construction and renovation of several facilities at the geriatric center.
December 27, 1997 |
Horace MacVaugh Jr., 94, a retired Philadelphia Electric Co. engineer and supervisor who played golf into his 80s, died Tuesday at the Masonic Homes in Elizabethtown, Pa. He resided in Elkins Park from 1942 until moving to the Masonic Homes in 1990. For 45 years he worked for Philadelphia Electric. At the time of his retirement in 1973, he was superintendent of electrical transmission and distribution for the entire system. Mr. MacVaugh was born in Upland, Delaware County, and raised in Philadelphia, graduating from West Philadelphia High School 1922.
September 7, 2007
Back in June, Joann Taylor thinned out her irises in Portland, Ore., packed about 18 pounds of extra rhizomes into a box, and shipped them off to Cheltenham Township, where she grew up. These irises are special, descended from a variety planted by John McDermott, Taylor's great-grandfather, more than a century ago on the 49-acre estate belonging to the Elkins family, for whom the Cheltenham neighborhood Elkins Park is named. The estate, known as Elstowe Manor, was on Ashbourne Road. McDermott, an Irish immigrant, was the Elkinses' gardener, and as Taylor recounts the story, he loved these flowers so much he planted them at his own house on Beech Avenue.
July 25, 2006
DORIAN THOMAS should be commended for the ambition he has for his community, for all of our communities (letters, July 18). We would all be better off if people stood up for themselves, but it would be incredibly better if victims could count on the support of the community, to stand as a witness in court against the perpetrators, to make themselves known at the time of the crime - so that both the perpetrator and the victim know that they are...