May 23, 1990 |
Talk about a little traveling music . . . There's a newly formed group of SEPTA workers who have the sweetest sound track ever heard this side of Wayne Junction. The group - appropriately named The Junctionaires - is a cross-section of SEPTA employees, ranging from bus drivers to secretaries, clerks to supervisors. They're not just a bunch of street-corner crooners, either. The group's director, Rochelle Worden, a traffic controller, has a music degree and is an opera singer.
April 11, 2002 |
Selma Savitz began her musical career pushing a piano up and down the hallways of Nether Providence Elementary School, stopping in classrooms to teach students "The Old Gray Mare" and other American classics. A few years later, she gave individual piano lessons to children - even those who practiced only under parental duress. These days she's working with an older, more motivated crowd as director of the Lower Merion Senior Center Glee Club. "No one here has a mother who is making them take piano lessons," Savitz observed.
December 7, 1989 |
The Christmas season has arrived at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gynedd Valley. The college put on its annual holiday show Friday. The college's glee club performed and was joined by the audience in a sing-along. The show also included a reading of the Christmas story about the birth of the baby Jesus.
December 7, 1986 |
Singing with the Lower Merion Senior Center Glee Club has changed the way the children in the Merion School Choir view senior citizens. "I learned that they're not all grumpy people," said Becky Schimmel, 11, of Bala Cynwyd. Danny Green, 10, of Merion, said he thought most senior citizens were "bossy" until he got a chance to meet the members of the glee club. "Most of the senior citizens I know are always telling you what to do, but the people in the glee club let you do what you want," he said.
July 24, 1988 |
Murky skies and signs of rain did not keep senior citizens from enjoying the entertainment and the picnic that followed at the 11th Annual Senior Jamboree at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ardmore last week. The jamboree - the biggest celebration of the year for senior citizens in Lower Merion Township - allows participants in programs at all 20 senior centers in the township to meet one another, said Bob Feller, director of the Lower Merion Recreation Department, which sponsors the event.
March 31, 2010 |
The couple of dozen residents of Kearsley, a nursing home in West Philadelphia, are in wheelchairs. Some are nodding off. Some seem bewildered and confused. But once the New Horizons Senior Glee Club begins singing and swaying, belting out big-band favorites and popular tunes from Broadway, eyes widen, knees jiggle, feet tap, faces smile. The lively "Bumble Boogie" impels Sarah Hart to wave her arms in the air. "I loved it," Hart, 89, says after the concert. "It done something to me, made my spirit rise.
June 24, 2012 |
Gabriel S. Hardeman Jr., 68, of Philadelphia, a singer and songwriter known for his gospel group, the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation, died Saturday, June 16, at Presbyterian Hospital of interstitial fibrosis, a lung disease. Mr. Hardeman, a Philadelphia public schoolteacher and coach, who became a preacher in Georgia in recent years, was the son of the Rev. Gabriel S. Hardeman Sr., founder of the Hickman Temple A.M.E. Church in West Philadelphia. Though he led the gospel group, he and his wife, Annette, achieved renown by cowriting rhythm-and-blues hits.
March 21, 1991 |
Neal D. Ivey Jr., 68, a retired advertising executive who loved to sing in barbershop quartets, died Saturday after collapsing during a tennis match at the Merion Cricket Club. Mr. Ivey was president of Ivey Advertising Inc. in Philadelphia for 18 years before he retired about four years ago. During a 40-year advertising career, he was involved in direct marketing at National Liberty Corp., Leeds & Northrup Inc. and other Philadelphia-area advertising agencies. He was a graduate of the Haverford School and of Yale University, where he was a member of the Whiffenpoofs.
June 30, 1989 |
Tamika, 12, has her own library card, and although she reads all types of books with great interest, she prefers histories. Her sister, Janeiro, 10, likes quiet times, too, and lavishes attention on her dolls. With friends, she plays Uno and Connect Four. She also enjoys watching television and sitting at a computer, which helps her with math and spelling. Both girls are in good health and have average IQs. Janeiro has asthma, but medication keeps the condition under control.
December 27, 2011 |
William Kenneth Headley, 89, of Paoli, a retired executive with Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co., died of complications from Parkinson's disease Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Mr. Headley joined the accounting department at Provident Mutual in 1947. He became assistant controller in 1957 and eventually was appointed manager of electronic planning. He oversaw the installation of the company's first mainframe computers and helped design innovative business systems.