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May 13, 1998 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
John Joseph McGettigan Sr., 75, of Flourtown, the retired owner of an electrical-contracting firm and community leader, died Sunday at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Mr. McGettigan, a native of Philadelphia, was raised in Wyndmoor and graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1941. He served in the Army during World War II. After training for the electrical business with his uncle, he started John J. McGettigan Electrical Contractor in Flourtown in 1949. He was president of the firm until retiring in 1997.
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May 29, 1988 | By Denise-Marie Santiago, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a day Elizabeth Hubler will never forget. "As soon as you see that officer and the minister coming up your walk, you know what they're going to tell you," said Hubler, of Flourtown. "What other reason would they have to come? "You get the telegram later, but they tell you first," she said. The officer and the minister told the Hublers in 1970 that 19-year-old Edward Hubler Jr., one of two children in the family, had been killed at his Army base in Vietnam. Someone had thrown a hand grenade into a recreational building while the soldiers were watching a movie.
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March 8, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
E. Goodwin Souders Jr., 83, of Flourtown, a retired award-winning steel company salesman, died last Friday at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia after a long illness. Mr. Souders was born in Norristown. In 1932, he graduated from the Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. He attended Lafayette College. He had been a resident of Flourtown since 1955. In 1981, Mr. Souders retired after 25 years in sales for Precision Drawn Steel Co. in Pennsauken, N.J. Before that, he had worked in sales for the former Alan Wood Steel Co. in Conshohocken; Norris Hall Steel Warehouse in Philadelphia; Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. in Youngstown, Ohio; and Allegheny Ludlum Steel Co. in Pittsburgh.
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March 8, 1990 | By Wendy Greenberg, Special to The Inquirer
Buoyed by the defeat of a plan that would have put condominiums nearly in his back yard, a Flourtown businessman is founding a group dedicated to monitoring development along Bethlehem Pike. Robert James of Weiss Avenue has invested $15 for a Post Office box that is the official mailing address for Friends of Flourtown. He also is its president. About 70 members met Monday and put together a pressing agenda - the first matter being the development of the former Popeye's Fried Chicken site next to the First Presbyterian Church, where the group met. Jenkintown developer Bruce Goodman has proposed erecting an 8,000-square- foot building there for three or four retail shops.
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October 4, 1990 | By Wendy Greenberg, Special to The Inquirer
It is said that fences make good neighbors. But the relationship between Flourtown businessman Albert M. Comly and some nearby residents has not been what could be called neighborly. The high fence Comly erected around the 50,000-square-foot lot he had earmarked for 10 condominiums stands like a stockade, dividing the back yards of homes along Weiss Avenue and Mill Road. But now that two Montgomery County judges have overturned a Springfield Township Zoning Board decision that had barred the condominiums, neighbors are wondering whether the fence was really so bad. In separate orders issued Monday, Judges Richard S. Lowe and Stanley R. Ott of Montgomery County Court said the Zoning Board had erred in December when it decided that the units behind Comly's West Mill Inn restaurant would clash with development in the area.
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September 21, 1989 | By Wendy Greenberg, Special to The Inquirer
Residents of Weiss Avenue and West Mill Road in Flourtown are beginning to become familiar with the Springfield Township Zoning Hearing Board: Monday night marked the second time in two months that they went before the board to fight plans for 10 condominums. Monday night's four-hour hearing had been continued from Aug. 22, when about 150 Flourtown residents packed the small meeting room to oppose the plans by Albert M. Comly and John L. Hosey. The two are seeking a special exception to build five two-story condominium buildings, and a variance to add 20 parking spaces at the adjacent West Mill Inn restaurant.
SPORTS
May 29, 2003 | By Doug Hadden FOR THE INQUIRER
Michael McDermott hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation en route to a 3-under-par round of 68 on Philadelphia Cricket Club's Wissahickon course yesterday, giving the Llanerch Country Club standout the first-round lead in the Golf Association of Philadelphia's Middle-Amateur Championship. McDermott, 28, made three birdies on the 6,688-yard course in Flourtown and held a 1-shot lead entering today's final round in a 132-player field. The Cricket Club's Robert Savarese Jr. and Tavistock's Tom Gramigna, who played with McDermott, each shot 69. The results Michael McDermott, Llanerch.
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February 2, 1999 | By Richard V. Sabatini and Patricia M. La Hay, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Mary Kuhn, 56, and her 89-year-old aunt, Adelaide Kuhn, were on the way to see a newborn relative when their car collided with a sport-utility vehicle at the intersection of Valley and York Roads on Sunday afternoon. Both were killed. Four teenagers in the other vehicle, all students at Central Bucks East High School in Buckingham, were injured in the crash, which occurred at 3:10 p.m. The cause of the accident was under investigation yesterday, said Sgt. Richard Vonna of the Warwick Township police.
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September 19, 1996 | For The Inquirer / DAN OLESKI
A little drizzle and dampness didn't deter these ducks yesterday. They relaxed in a row under cloudy skies on Hillcrest Pond in Flourtown.
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February 8, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
After learning last month that the Flourtown Farmers Market would close, longtime vendors and loyal customers have been moving through the stages of grief. Denial was never much of an option, but many were angry that a beloved community institution was being cast aside - reportedly to make way for an expansion of the adjacent CVS store. They attempted to bargain with the building owner. They got more than 3,000 petition signatures and encouraged a boycott of their corporate neighbor.
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January 19, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there The smoked salmon started it. A group of friends had dinner in Doylestown one spring evening in 1991. Somebody invited Lori, someone else invited Linda. Only the two of them wanted that particular appetizer, so they shared it, talking over the plate and enjoying their talk as much as the food. Lori had to leave after dinner - she had work early the next morning. Linda walked her to her car, and asked for her phone number. "We had so much in common," Linda said.
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April 13, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Top-flight college hockey doesn't exist in the Philadelphia area. Yet, the new award presented to the NCAA's top goaltender is named for a Montgomery County native, one whose geographical disadvantage was overcome by a will as unyielding as his glove hand. Mike Richter, back in Philadelphia on Friday to present the first Mike Richter Award to UMass Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck on a Frozen Four off-day, was as much a hockey anomaly as his Flourtown roots. He preferred orange juice and vegetables to beer and sandwiches.
NEWS
January 2, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marilyn Rowe Drinker, 89, a school librarian and volunteer, died Saturday, Dec. 29, of a cerebral hematoma at KeystoneCare Hospice in Wyndmoor. Born in San Francisco, Mrs. Drinker, known as "Sandy," grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas in 1945 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. While in college, she was a legendary champion of the Posture Perfect Contest when posture was considered an important attribute for a young lady. After she graduated, the Daily Texan reported with a sense of relief: "The posture contest entrants won't have to buck the stiff competition offered by Sandy Rowe, Kappa Alpha Theta, winner of the contest for four straight years.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
Two bandits, one with a black handgun, robbed the TD Bank branch at 1240 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, Wednesday afternoon. The FBI and Springfield Township police said that at 3:07 the pair entered the bank and approached a teller. One demanded money at gunpoint, police said. The teller placed an unknown amount of cash in a canvas bag. The men fled on foot toward Jones Avenue. Police said the suspects may have left the area in a gray or gold car. Police said the gunman is a black male in his late 20s, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, of medium build, with a short beard or goatee, and wearing a blue hat with "KC" on the front, a white shirt, and dark pants.
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August 24, 2011
Two bandits, one brandishing a black handgun, robbed the TD Bank branch at 1240 Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown Wednesday afternoon. The FBI and Springfield Township police in Montgomery County said that at 3:07 p.m. the pair entered the bank and approached a teller. One demanded money at gunpoint, police said. The teller placed an unknown amount of cash in a canvas bag. The men fled on foot towards Jones Avenue. Police said the suspects may have left the area in a grey or gold car. Police said the gunman is a black male in his late 20s, 5-feet-eight to 5-feet-10 inches tall, of medium build, with a short beard or goatee, and wearing a blue hat with "KC" on the front, a white shirt, and dark pants.
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May 13, 2010 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eugenia F. Cooper Comerford, 91, of Chestnut Hill, an educator at St. Joseph Academy for more than 45 years, died Saturday, May 8, at St. Joseph's Villa in Flourtown. A lifelong resident of Anderson Avenue in Chestnut Hill, Mrs. Comerford graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy, a private girls' school in Flourtown. She earned a bachelor's degree from Chestnut Hill College, where she majored in Latin and Greek and captained the tennis and field hockey teams. The academy and college are administered by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
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October 27, 2009 | By Deena ElGenaidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The brother of the Sundance Kid was buried here. So were a Civil War soldier and the widow of a man who died on the Titanic. On Sunday night, at Union Cemetery at Zion Lutheran Church in Flourtown, they all came to life in a reenactment that also featured spooky tales about the site. "We've had many strange experiences here," the Rev. Marcia Thompson, the church's pastor, told the gathering of about 30 people at the annual Cemetery Tour. She went on to describe an organ playing mysteriously, chairs being overturned, and preschoolers seeing the ghost of Alfred Sheets Jr. - or, as they call him, "Freddie" - who died in 1832 at age 1 and was buried in the cemetery.
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March 30, 2009 | By Walter F. Naedele INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Edward F. Ripley, 81, of Chestnut Hill, a former investment-firm executive, died of Alzheimer's disease March 16 at St. Joseph Villa, a health-care community in Flourtown where he had lived for the last three years. Born in Cohasset, Mass., he enlisted in the Navy at 17 and served on a destroyer in the Pacific during World War II. Mr. Ripley graduated from Lafayette College in 1950 and earned a master's in philosophy from Columbia University in 1953. After working at banks in New York and Norfolk, Va., he earned a certificate from the graduate school of banking at Louisiana State University in 1962.
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