July 14, 2016 |
I HADN'T seen Mike Pettine in, well, way too long. I'd covered portions of his historic career at Central Bucks West, where he went 326-42-4 in 33 seasons before walking away following a third straight state title in 1999. He won his last 45 games. The Bucks also won 55 in a row in the 1980s, and I was there for about half of them. Since his retirement we'd spoken occasionally, always mentioning the possibility of getting together for a round of golf someday. That turned into one of these years.
July 1, 2016
Soda worth the extra cents There has been much ado about soda in the news lately. One bubbly beverage worth the extra 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax is the Philadelphia-brewed Press Gang Ginger Beer. It has the right amount of ginger, plus lime juice, vanilla, and, yes, cane sugar for sweetness. - Samantha Melamed Press Gang Ginger Beer, $3.99 for 11 ounces, at Fair Food Farmstand at the Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, 215-386-5211. For your fresh fruit The farmers' market is the inspiration for many of the wares at Heirloom Home & Studio, the small ceramics studio run by Gregg and Jackie Moore of Glenside.
May 12, 2016 |
State and local officials are investigating alleged illegal dumping into Tookany Creek, which might be related to a contractor's work at a municipal swimming pool in Glenside, Cheltenham Township officials said Tuesday. Residents of the Montgomery County neighborhood reported a discharge in Tookany Creek near Renninger Park, Township Manager Bryan Havir said. "We jumped right away into action," he said. A contractor had been working at the Glenside pool to complete a water-blasting and painting project, Havir said.
April 14, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Natalie Levin, 45, and Cheryl Sterner, 34, of Glenside THE CHILD: Orion, born October 23, 2015 HOW THEY NAMED THE BABY: At a solstice party several years ago, the host's son was named Orion. Natalie, an astrology aficionado, thought it was "mystical without being ridiculous. " They figured Poppy Seed would be a girl. They were a household of females, after all: the two of them, plus Lily Beagle, and the five rescue cats. So why wouldn't their baby - the size of a poppy seed at conception, according to the fertility specialist - join the estrogen fest?
April 13, 2016
ISSUE | PRINCETON Wilson's legacy Princeton University exercised good sense in retaining President Woodrow Wilson's name on its school of public and international affairs and an undergraduate residential college ("Princeton will retain Wilson's name," April 5). Medieval popes had armies and concubines, and George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. Should we rob them of their transcendent contributions to a better world? Who among us can rise above our times and be judged out of historical context?
December 18, 2015
Christmas with Friends 8 p.m. Thursday at the Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. Tickets: $37.50-$62. Information: 215-572-7650 or www.keswicktheatre.com
October 28, 2015 |
The person everyone wanted to see wasn't there. But the ceremony took place nonetheless, and people cheered the Dalai Lama in his absence as representatives of the human-rights advocate accepted the Liberty Medal on his behalf Monday. "People keep asking me, 'What is it about the Dalai Lama?' " the actor Richard Gere, a close friend, told several hundred people at the National Constitution Center. "It's that he's genuine, at all times. " Even, Gere added, when he's cranky. Health concerns forced the Tibetan religious leader to cancel his two-day appearance in Philadelphia.
October 23, 2015 |
Mexican in Bella Vista The name means "your mother's house," but the Day of the Dead motif at the new La Casa de tu Madre (800 Fitzwater St., 267-519-3242) presumes that Mom has a macabre sense of decorating. Jason Evenchik and his crew have done a rapid but dramatic renovation of what was Growlers in Bella Vista into this Mexican themer. Evenchik has retained Growlers chef Michael Thomas (ex-Kraftwork, Bar Ferdinand, Honey's Sit N Eat) to turn out a simple-to-comprehend menu of tacos, nachos, enchiladas, and burritos.
October 20, 2015
A two-alarm fire Sunday morning rendered the clubhouse at Glenside's Lulu Country Club a total loss, fire officials said. The blaze broke out about 6:30 a.m. in the locker room of the 1920s structure on the 1600 block of Limekiln Pike, near Jenkintown Road. Flames quickly spread up through the basement, an open floor plan ballroom and through the timber roof of the 1920s structure. It took more than 100 firefighters from surrounding companies to extinguish the flames. No injuries were reported.
July 7, 2015 |
William C. Cochran, 87, of Ambler, a retired general surgeon, died Saturday, June 27, of complications from cancer at home. He was the husband of Rose Specca Cochran. The two lived in Ambler, and before that, Jenkintown. Born in Abington, he was the son of Harry A. Cochran and Molly A. Anderson. He graduated from Abington High School, Ursinus College, and Temple University Medical School. Dr. Cochran was a respected member of the staff at Abington Memorial Hospital, where he specialized in general surgery.