July 22, 2014 |
Six months. That's how much time the Darby Borough Historical Commission has to raise $75,000 to save Woodmount, a 250-year-old structure on Darby Terrace, according to John Haigis, the commission's chairman. Haigis said that after a weekend meeting at Woodmount, Davoud Baravordeh, one of the property's owners, agreed to put off any demolition plans, giving the group six months to come up with the money and a plan to save the building. Baravordeh confirmed in an email Monday that he would postpone demolition for at least six months.
July 17, 2014 |
Mark T. Smylie, 70, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Center City, a security company executive who loved ice skating and the arts, died Friday, June 27, of a heart attack. He had just finished lunch and was stricken while sitting in his car outside a Fort Lauderdale restaurant, said James D. Stoup, his former partner and present companion. For 25 years, Mr. Smylie was president of Philadelphia-based General Security Systems Inc., a security guard provider and private detection agency.
July 16, 2014 |
John Todd Stewart Jr., 89, of Blue Bell, a former executive with Fidelity Bank, died Thursday, July 3, at Normandy Farms Retirement Community. Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Stewart grew up in Butler, Pa., and graduated from Butler Public High School in 1941. At age 16, he enrolled in Harvard College, where he was a member of the crew team. He graduated in 1944. He completed a law degree in 1948 at Yale School of Law, with a focus on banking. After graduating, Mr. Stewart worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
July 14, 2014 |
John T. Page Sr., 81, of Willow Grove, formerly of Malvern, a retired YMCA executive, died Friday, June 27, of esophageal cancer at his daughter's home in Abington. Mr. Page worked for many years at the YMCA - as youth director and executive director of the Upper Main Line YMCA and finally as a regional director for the organization in the East. His family said he was instrumental in developing the Upper Main Line Y into a major community center with branches in Berwyn and Great Valley.
July 7, 2014 |
Joseph C. Ladd, 87, of Bryn Mawr, a former ward of the state who rose to become a respected insurance executive and Philadelphia civic leader, died Wednesday, June 18, of prostate cancer at his home. Mr. Ladd was born in Chicago, and taken in by the Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society before being adopted by Stephen C. and Laura McBride Ladd of Elgin, Ill. The home is now a United Way agency. Because of his boyhood experience, Mr. Ladd understood the need for public service and assumed a lifelong mantle of volunteerism.
July 5, 2014 |
Bill Clark, the executive director of Philabundance, who has been credited as an innovator in the fight against hunger, announced his resignation from the agency Thursday. For 13 years, Clark, 61, ran the $50-million-a-year hunger-relief behemoth that is based in South Philadelphia and serves nine counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Philabundance moves 30 million pounds of food a year to 426 pantries in a region whose core is the poorest big city in America. Mark Bender, a member of the Philabundance board, was appointed interim executive director, according to a statement from Murvin Lackey, chairman of the board.
June 21, 2014 |
For the fourth time in the last nine months, the troubled Chester County SPCA is looking for a new executive director. Russell "Wolf" Harper, cofounder of Justice Rescue, on Wednesday announced that he was out as interim executive director of the agency, which takes in about 5,000 stray animals a year from Chester and Delaware Counties. Pat Biswanger, board president, said that Harper's 90-day contract was nearing its end, but she would not say why the board terminated the contract before it expired.
June 21, 2014 |
Mike Topel, a former editor at The Inquirer who most recently developed digital news channels for a national newspaper chain, has been named interim executive editor of Philly.com, Interstate General Media owner H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest said Thursday. Topel's appointment is part of the management transition at the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com. Lenfest, a philanthropist and former cable-television magnate, consolidated ownership of the media company Wednesday by buying out Drew Katz, son of Lenfest's former partner in the venture, the late Lewis Katz.
June 13, 2014 |
WHEN THE MAN from Philadelphia arrived in Las Vegas, the city was starting to wake up. Casinos were being built, but the Mafia had too much influence, and Bugsy Siegel had just been slain. Nevertheless, the period of the early 1950s was called the "Golden Era" because the potential was not just a glint in the eyes of a few rich men. It was real. Alvin "Al" Benedict, a Central High School grad and Rutgers swimming champ, arrived in town and eventually became a casino executive who helped some of those rich men get richer.
June 13, 2014 |
TOMMY GAMBLE had to change coasts for his senior year in high school, going from the San Francisco suburb of Pleasanton, Calif., to Moorestown, when his dad, Tom Gamble, left the 49ers to become the Eagles' vice president of player personnel. This would not be optimal for anyone's senior year, especially when you combine it with hernia surgery last fall from a football injury. It would be even less optimal for a guy trying to establish himself as a baseball prospect. Gamble, a lean, speedy centerfielder this season for Moorestown High, made the transition well enough to get drafted by the Phillies last weekend, albeit in the 35th round.