December 20, 2015 |
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare couldn't get home to France for the holidays, so he did the next best thing: He brought his family to Philadelphia. For the first time in seven years, Bellemare said, his family will be together for Christmas. As part of a Christmas gift, the Flyers' second-year center had six relatives travel from different parts of France to be reunited in his adopted city. "I'm lucky enough to be in the States for Christmas in this unbelievable atmosphere here," said Bellemare, 30, who grew up in Paris.
November 19, 2015 |
In a deal worth nearly $1 billion to founder Peter McCausland, Airgas Inc., a Radnor distributor of industrial gases and related goods, has agreed to a $10.3 billion takeover by French giant Air Liquide, the two companies said Tuesday. The deal comes five years after McCausland survived a bitter takeover fight with Allentown's Air Products & Chemicals Inc., which wanted to buy Airgas for as much as $5.9 billion, or $70 a share, before giving up in February 2011 after a court loss. Paris-based Air Liquide agreed to pay Airgas shareholders $143 a share, a 50 percent premium to Airgas' close Thursday, the last day of trading before speculation about a deal started driving Airgas shares up. Airgas shares closed at $137.35 on Tuesday, up $31.17, or 29 percent Including debt, the deal is worth $13.4 billion, according to Air Liquide, which has a corporate hub in Houston, a research and development center in Newark, Del., and operations in Bucks County.
November 19, 2015 |
In the days after the terrorist attacks that killed and injured hundreds in Paris, companies with major operations in France and the Philadelphia area have cautioned their employees about travel, and in at least two cases have canceled trips. Saint-Gobain Corp., a construction-materials company with 800 employees and North American headquarters in Malvern, and Arkema Inc., a chemical company in Colombes, France, that has 650 employees in King of Prussia, both advised their workers not to travel to France this week.
November 18, 2015 |
THE FRENCH national soccer team sent a bold message to ISIS on Monday. Screw you! On Friday, a match between Germany and France was interrupted at the Stade de France when terrorists detonated explosive vests just outside the stadium as part of the synchronized attacks on Paris. The next day, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, in which 129 were killed and 350 were wounded. There was talk of canceling future games, but the French team has decided to soldier on. On Tuesday afternoon, it will take on England at London's Wembley Stadium (3 p.m. Fox Sports 1)
November 16, 2015 |
With a blue, white, and red French flag gently fluttering beneath the LOVE sculpture in the park that bears its name, hundreds of French nationals and sympathizers gathered Saturday night for a solemn vigil contemplating deaths in Paris. Votive candles flickered below the flag, arranged in a circle of peace with an outline of the Eiffel Tower at the center. The crowd, many with bowed heads, lost itself in contemplation of the attacks carried out Friday night thousands of miles away.
November 4, 2015 |
PAT NOLAN'S HOME was the scene of typical old-fashioned South Philadelphia values - dinner on the table every night, big family get-togethers, excursions to Wildwood and Atlantic City, church on Sunday. And the one ingredient that was always present was family love. It filled the rooms with warmth, good humor and laughter. The matriarch who kept the family intact and the love and goodwill flowing was Sarah Frances Nolan, known as Pat, a talented, hardworking, God-fearing woman who gave her children the foundation on which to build meaningful lives.
November 4, 2015 |
Sarah Frances Nolan, 91, formerly of Philadelphia, a seamstress and the mother of WDAS radio personality Patty Jackson, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at her home in Wyncote. Born in South Philadelphia to Samuel and Carrie Jones, "Pat," as she was known, graduated from Bartram High School and Apex Beauty Academy. In 1941, she married George Johnson, and the couple had two daughters before divorcing. George Johnson died in the 1980s. She later married Robert A. Nolan.
September 14, 2015 |
Isheem Young has grown accustomed to winning football games. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound sophomore for Imhotep Charter starred last year for the Northwest Raiders in the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship in the Midget division. With four touchdowns and 158 yards rushing, Young led the Raiders to their first national title. Not quite a year later, he might not have shined the brightest on a drizzly Saturday afternoon at the Ben Johnston Supersite, but Young's winning ways made him a star among stars.
August 26, 2015 |
YOU COULD TELL that the big, shambling man walking the streets of West Philadelphia had been a football player. The slope of his shoulders, the athletic spring in his step even in his 60s. And that voice! It seemed that Paul Robeson could still belt out the kind of operatic aria that had enthralled music lovers around the world. Although he was not in the best of health when he lived the last 10 years of his life in West Philadelphia, Paul Robeson enjoyed walking the neighborhood or sitting on the porch of the rowhouse at 4951 Walnut St. where he lived, greeting neighbors who may or may not have known that this big, friendly guy was an international celebrity.
August 20, 2015 |
Frances P. Aulston, 75, founder and executive director of the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and a moving force in the preservation of the Paul Robeson House, died Sunday, Aug. 9. Her family declined to release the location and cause of her death. A Philadelphia resident, community leader, and activist, Ms. Aulston was a former research librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia. In 1984, Ms. Aulston founded the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (WPCA) with the help of several local artists.