March 11, 2015 |
In close-knit communities like Glenside, news of change can bring worry. That's what happened when two Tudor-style residential/retail buildings in Keswick Village, at Easton Road and North Keswick Avenue, were purchased for $6.2 million at bankruptcy auction in December by Center City real estate company Franklin Residential. "People would come in and ask me if the diner would be OK," said Jackie Ecker, who owns and operates the Village Diner in one of the two buildings that make up what is being called Keswick Commons.
March 2, 2015 |
Anita Magistro Udell's father was a North Jersey shoemaker from a small Sicilian town. Sicilian was the language at home, and so "she did not speak English until elementary school," daughter Ruth Kunstadter said. But soon, still in elementary school, she was commuting from her East Orange home for piano lessons in Greenwich Village. Living in three languages - and music is certainly a language - might have seemed quite natural for the youngster. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, Mrs. Udell, 93, foreign languages department chair during a 34-year teaching career at what is now Arcadia University in Glenside, died at the Rydal Park retirement community in Rydal.
February 27, 2015 |
FEW THINGS in daily life are scarier than being trapped on a train with no heat or power that's draped with live wires. Except maybe a puddle of unidentified goo on the seat or the floor, but this story is not about that. Instead, about 500 rush-hour commuters found themselves stranded on SEPTA's Warminster Line after the live wire came down on the Center City-bound train just before 8:15 a.m. south of the Roslyn Station in Montgomery County. The passengers kept their cool - and their sense of humor - until SEPTA was able to scramble a "rescue train" to the disabled train to retrieve the marooned riders.
January 21, 2015 |
Dorothy Jane Cook Guy, 92, of Mount Airy, a founding member of Weaver's Way Co-op, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, of colon cancer at her home. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., Mrs. Guy moved with her family to Glenside and graduated from Abington High School. She worked as an IBM business machine repair woman from 1943 to 1947, and as an emergency room secretary at Chestnut Hill Hospital in the 1970s and 1980s. Her real passion, though, was community service - especially Weaver's Way, the cooperative she helped establish in West Mount Airy when such food-buying groups were rare.
November 4, 2014 |
A 23-year-old Glenside man was convicted of third-degree murder and related charges Monday in the fatal shooting of a Temple University student and the wounding of two other men at a New Year's party in Philadelphia's Tioga section. Common Pleas Court Judge Barbara McDermott found Lawrence Jeffries guilty of the fatal shooting of Stephen Johnson and the wounding of Kyle Morris and Kashief Butler during a party in the early morning of New Year's Day 2013. All the victims were 22. The shootings occurred about 3:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of Venango Street when a fight started after someone stepped on another person's shoe.
October 5, 2014 |
David Scholl and his brother were driving home from a funeral in South Carolina in 2008 when they started talking about what people would remember about them when they die. "We didn't really have anything, so we thought maybe we should run something," said Scholl, a database marketer for Siemens Healthcare who lives in Glenside. The funeral was a month after the Broad Street Run, so they decided to run that the following year. "That's how it started, and I'm trying not to stop," he said.
May 10, 2014 |
Lee Davis, 93, a longtime barber in Philadelphia, died Sunday, May 4, of a heart attack at a nursing facility in Pleasanton, Calif. Mr. Davis had moved to the West Coast a decade ago to be near his son. In failing health, he died during a family party anticipating his 94th birthday on May 12. "He held on until we got there," said daughter Geraldine Andrews-Savage. The son of sharecroppers, Mr. Davis was raised in Augusta, Ga., during the Jim Crow era. In June 1943, he was drafted into a segregated unit of the Army.
April 10, 2014 |
IT WAS ABOUT 4 p.m. on Monday when Andre Washington Sr. saw his son for the last time. The two chatted in Washington's kitchen in Jenkintown as they waited for their dinner to cook. Then, the man told his pop that he was going to take a walk to his girlfriend's house. A few hours later, Washington opened his front door and came face to face with Abington Township Police officers. "I just hit the floor," Washington said. "It was like getting stabbed in the back. " They told him his son, who inherited his name, was dead, struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train as he was walking on the tracks of the West Trenton Line near Noble Station, off Old York Road near Baeder, not far from that same kitchen.
March 31, 2014 |
Still struggling in the postrecession, local flower shops aren't just competing with supermarkets, discounters, and do-it-yourselfers. They're fighting to survive as a growing number of online middlemen known as "order-gatherers" sweep into the marketplace and take orders local florists used to receive. Sounds like an old story: Brick-and-mortar stores battle booming Internet competitors. But florists say these third-party retailers are using deceptive advertising and failing to give consumers a fair deal.
March 30, 2014 |
Robert F. Eisele, 88, of Churchville, a former Philadelphia and New York advertising executive, died Saturday, March 22, of lymphoma at St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne. Mr. Eisele worked in industrial advertising for many years, starting with Disston Saw Works in Philadelphia. After a brief period spent as a copywriter for the Evening Bulletin and the ad agency Erwin, Wasey, Ruthrauff & Ryan, he became an ad manager for several Philadelphia industrial corporations. Later, Mr. Eisele commuted from his home in Glenside to FMC Corp., a chemical pump maker with New York offices.