May 4, 2015 |
Like Hillary Clinton, but minus the Chipotle stop, the Rev. Rodger Broadley has been hitting the road on a listening tour. In his case, the itinerary covers the Episcopal Church USA's five-county Delaware Valley diocese. As co-chairman of the denomination's Bishop Search Committee, the Center City cleric is riding the church circuit to hold a series of "Holy Conversations" with parishioners that pose this question: "What gifts and experiences should our new bishop have?"
December 13, 2014 |
Mary Ellen Desmond is a Philadelphia treasure: a chanteuse whose musical moods swing from dark to light, a musician capable of great sensitivity and nuance, a teacher who responds to the needs of every student. That includes local singer/songwriter Matt McAndrew. He was a contestant on this season of NBC's The Voice and studied voice with Desmond in his freshman and sophomore years at the University of the Arts. All this, and Desmond still makes her annual Comfort & Joy concert for HIV/AIDs-related charities a must during the Christmas season.
April 14, 2014 |
When we last checked in with Steve Coogan - all the way back in early December - the British actor and comedy star was chin-deep in awards-season mode, campaigning for Philomena , the prestige picture in which he starred opposite Judi Dench , and which he cowrote and produced. It was based on the true story of an Irish retiree who joined a British journalist to look for the son she gave up for adoption as an unwed teen living in a Catholic convent. Philomena went on to receive four Academy Award nominations, including for best picture, for Dench (best actress)
October 18, 2013 |
Joseph A. Martin Sr., 87, of Longport, N.J., a former borough commissioner there and a freight account executive for trucking firms, died of cancer Thursday, Oct. 10, at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, N.J. Born into the family that owned the former Philadelphia tugboat firm P.F. Martin Inc., Mr. Martin was known by many by his nickname of "Tugger. " He grew up in Port Richmond, graduated from La Salle College High School, and as a teenager served on a destroyer providing support to World War II convoys in the North Atlantic, son Patrick said.
August 26, 2013 |
Donna Testa Devereaux, 56, of Villas, Cape May County, a former box-office worker at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, died of cancer Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in South Philadelphia, Mrs. Devereaux was a 1975 graduate of what is now SS Neumann Goretti High School. "When she was in high school, she was an usher" at the theater, then named the Shubert, "just to make extra money," her husband, Robert, said in a phone interview.
January 8, 2013 |
Dressed in red robes and flowing white headgear, Francisco Torres wasn't sure Sunday morning whether he was Melchior, Gaspar, or Balthazar. "Who?" he asked. It made no difference. What mattered was that Torres and his two companions were dressed as kings - the wise men of the East - because that's what hundreds waiting in the pews of Camden's St. Anthony of Padua parish were there to see. Christmas may be a fading memory in many households, even as most Orthodox and Eastern-rite Christians mark the birth of Christ on Monday.
January 4, 2013
Lily Teresa Gallagher, 67, of Plymouth Meeting, a certified registered nurse-anesthetist, died Dec. 29 of multiple-system atrophy at her home. Lily Mascarenhas was born in Goa, India, and worked as a midwife for the Medical Mission Sisters in Patna, India. She came to the United States to study nursing at Cook County Hospital in Chicago in 1972, and earned her nurse anesthesia degree at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia in 1976. She also received a bachelor of science degree in biology from St. Joseph's University in 1986 while working full-time and teaching nurse anesthesia to students at Lankenau Hospital.
October 15, 2012 |
Ironically, Winslow Homer became a great American artist in large part because he spent nearly two years living in an English fishing village at the edge of the North Sea. Before he settled in Cullercoats in the spring of 1881, Homer had built up an impressive portfolio of prints and paintings that marked him as a perceptive observer of American life, particularly as lived outdoors. These images often depicted ordinary people such as farm boys, or fashionably dressed young women at leisure.
September 16, 2012
The first of two public viewings for Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox will be Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Epiphany of Our Lord, 3050 Walton Rd., Plymouth Meeting. The second viewing will be Wednesday from 7 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a Catholic Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Washington Crossing Veterans Cemetery, in Newtown, at 2:30 p.m. Donations may be made to Fox Children's Fund, Continental Bank, 661 W. Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., 19642
September 9, 2010
George A. Fair, 86, of Plymouth Meeting, an insurance agency co-owner and a veteran of World War II and Korea, died of liver cancer Sunday, Sept. 5, at his home. Mr. Fair was a senior at Roxborough High School when he was drafted into the Army in 1943. After his discharge in 1946, he earned his high school diploma and attended Temple University. He then joined the Insurance Co. of North America and took courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Fair was recalled to service during the Korean War. As a sergeant, he fought in the bitter winter of 1950-51 and suffered frostbite.