November 23, 2009 |
ON A CLOUDY Thursday in October, outside the gleaming new building for the Tyler School of Art, students huddled in small groups, smoked hand-rolled cigarettes and leaned casually against well-worn bikes. At the heart of Temple's main campus and just a few blocks from the bustle of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, the students seemed a natural part of the collegiate fabric, like the crepe truck down the block and the Tomlinson Theater 150 yards away. Tyler's 1,500 students migrated to 12th and Norris streets just last spring, from the bursting-at-the-seams Elkins Park location that had housed Tyler since its founding in 1935.
September 4, 2009 |
From the curb, the home of Molefi Kete Asante and his wife Ana Yenenga looks like many well-manicured stone split levels in Elkins Park. Inside, however, it springs to life with striking signs of African heritage around every corner. And no wonder. Molefi Asante, 67, professor and former chairman of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, has earned international recognition as one of the most distinguished scholars in his field, with no fewer than 70 books to his credit.
July 11, 2009 |
CURTIS BRINKLEY is a lucky man. Brinkley, a 2004 West Catholic High graduate and holder of two city-leagues football records that include season and career rushing yardage, was shot shortly after midnight yesterday while waiting to pick up his sister from work in Elkins Park. Late yesterday, he was released from the intensive-care unit of Albert Einstein Medical Center and was listed in good condition. But it could have been much worse. The bullets hit Brinkley in the shoulder, sending bone fragments through his back.
July 6, 2009 |
Theodore George Balbus, 83, a Philadelphia-area radiologist for more then 30 years, died June 13 at home in Elkins Park after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. Dr. Balbus was among the first generation of clinical practitioners of atomic medicine and therapeutic radiology. Starting in the mid-1950s, he applied what were then emerging radiation technologies to advance the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1926, Dr. Balbus grew up in Queens and graduated in January 1943 from Stuyvesant High School, where he directed the Arista scholarship and service honor society.
May 31, 2009 |
Brian Gralnick has always been civic-minded and community-oriented. He worked in local and state politics, then for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging in Harrisburg. When he returned to Philadelphia to pursue a master's degree in social policy at the University of Pennsylvania, he stayed with his parents for a time, and with a girlfriend in Center City. But after graduating, he took a job with the United Way and started to look for a home of his own right away. At top of his wish list: a house that was within walking distance of a train station; one that had long-term value; and a sense of community in the area.
November 27, 2008 |
Elise Kohn Friedman, 93, a mother of three who enjoyed the role of a successful doctor's wife but was often seen shoveling the driveway or hanging the screens in her Elkins Park home, died Monday at her home in Center City. Born into a wealthy and cultured family, as a young girl she asked her chauffeur to drop her off two blocks from Oak Lane Country Day School, from which she graduated in 1932. In the dark days of the Depression, she did not want her friends to see the fine car. "Her father, a cardiologist, got clobbered in the Depression, but her uncle helped them out," said her son Steven.
October 3, 2008 |
The display "Entering From the Inside: The Art of Memory" at Temple Judea Museum in Elkins Park explores the way we live with our environment in constant flux. This evolving interactive exhibit chronicles the history and culture resulting from the merger 26 years ago of Temple Judea in East Oak Lane with the larger Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, using recorded interviews with members of both congregations and a variety of religious objects. It does this by combining touchy-feely aspects with an awesome amount of subtle high-tech - including the sound of interviewees quietly reminiscing, as suggested by the old saying "If only those walls could speak.
September 26, 2008 |
At the end of a secluded driveway in Elkins Park, a rare Gilded Age jewel is poised to enter its third life. Preserved by nuns to a degree historians find stunning, a century-old Italian Renaissance mansion built by tycoon William Lukens Elkins is on the verge of changing hands for the first time in 75 years. In its new incarnation, it will be a yoga and spirituality focused center for a charity founded by Hare Krishna devotees. That plan, which received zoning approval this month, would keep the property largely intact.
February 4, 2008 |
Alex Rosenthal, 102, of Elkins Park, an accountant who continued to work with clients until his 96th birthday, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. Though he officially retired as a partner with the accounting firm Goldenberg Rosenthal in 1989, Mr. Rosenthal continued to show up at the Jenkintown firm every morning for 12 more years. He handled the financial affairs of longtime clients, he told a reporter in 2000, without the use of a computer, calculator, or even an adding machine.
January 27, 2008 |
My sister-in-law, Patty, glanced up from the menu at Max & David's with a rebellious look and laid down this commandment with unexpected umph . "I am not going to get the fish!" The pronouncement took me by surprise, at first. Over the dozen or so review meals we've shared over the years, she had dutifully tiptoed across menus strewn with land mines for a kosher eater. With all pork, shellfish, and dishes mixing dairy with meat (let alone any nonkosher meat) crossed off her list, she inevitably settled on fish or veggies.