April 17, 2016 |
There was a lovely, quasilocal Domino Records showcase Thursday night at Union Transfer. The 23-year-old London label is one of the best, and its current artists roster is stacked (Hot Chip, Four Tet, Pavement, Animal Collective, and Dirty Projectors, to name a few). Porches, Alex G, and opener Your Friend - you might call them the Domino Rookies Tour - all have new or sort-of new records out (Alex G's Beach Music came out in October). Especially for Porches and Alex G, these label releases have been departures from years of self-releasing.
March 17, 2016 |
James Kennedy, who served burritos at Chipotle's in Havertown, was fired last year after he tweeted about wages and circulated a petition asking managers to allow workers to take their breaks. Now the fast-food eatery has to offer to hire him back, pay him back wages, and post signs that some of its employee communication policies, including its former social guidelines, violated labor law. Kennedy's case became part of a sweep of lawsuits before the National Labor Relations Board as it sorted out what types of social media communications were covered under federal labor laws protecting the rights of workers acting together to improve wages and conditions.
March 3, 2016 |
George S. Yacoubian, 79, of Broomall, a Havertown pharmacist who made himself available to customers round the clock, died Monday, Feb. 29, of pancreatic cancer at home. Mr. Yacoubian's dream always had been to operate his own pharmacy, so after managing Ithan Pharmacy in Villanova for several years, he bought Coulson's Pharmacy in Havertown, which he ran from 1976 to 1999, working six days a week. Mr. Yacoubian told the Inquirer in 1994 that he saw many of the same customers year after year in the store at 66 Brookline Blvd.
March 2, 2016 |
CBS3 IS making some big changes to its morning news show. Jim Donovan, a consumer reporter for the station since 2004, is being promoted to the anchor seat. Donovan fills the place left by Ukee Washington, a veteran CBS3 anchor, who moved to the nighttime newscast with Jessica Dean after staff shake-ups included the departures of nighttime anchor Chris May, veteran meteorologist Kathy Orr (who has since landed at Fox 29), and sportscaster Beasley Reece. Donovan will pull double duty, continuing his work as a consumer reporter and his segment "On Your Side.
January 23, 2016 |
Walter Fontanella, 83, and the love of his life, Tomasina Fontanella, 85, died 10 days apart after a happy 58-year marriage. The couple lived in Havertown for many years. Mr. Fontanella had long been ill with cancer when he died Saturday, Jan. 16, at Vitas Hospice at Jefferson Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Fontanella's death in her sleep at home on Wednesday, Jan. 6, was unexpected, the family said. It was perhaps fitting that they should exit almost together, since they were inseparable in life; they indulged in opera, art, and travel, and in their latter years took classes together at Villanova University.
December 14, 2015 |
George E. Weaver, 73, of Havertown, a longtime professor of philosophy at Bryn Mawr College, died Friday, Dec. 4, of multiple organ failure at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. At the time of his death, Dr. Weaver was the college's Harvey Wexler Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. He had received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1969, he joined the Bryn Mawr faculty as a lecturer in the philosophy department. He rose to assistant professor in 1971, associate professor in 1976, and full professor in 1982.
December 5, 2015 |
Joan Kelly Beele, 61, of Springfield, Delaware County, who fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse, died Thursday, Nov. 26, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at home. As a girl in West Philadelphia and then Havertown, Mrs. Beele received medical treatment at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The experience instilled in her the desire to take up nursing. She trained at Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing in West Philadelphia and graduated in 1975.
November 5, 2015 |
The romance began on Facebook and ended on the third date, after Laura Selvage's new boyfriend made some "creepy comments" when she fell asleep near him as they watched a movie at her parents' Baltimore-area home. Then followed a campaign of abusive calls and text messages, and the sabotage of her social media accounts and emails. Selvage said she sought a restraining order, but was denied. Baltimore County authorities did not seem interested in prosecuting, she said. But in October 2011, Selvage told a Philadelphia jury Tuesday, a Baltimore police officer called and said she should contact Philadelphia police detectives.
November 1, 2015 |
It began in August 2011 with a Facebook friend request, and Erika von Tiehl, then with one year in Philadelphia as a CBS3 anchor and looking to build viewers, said she agreed. John Hart wrote that his favorite movie was the Will Ferrell comedy Anchorman , and von Tiehl reposted it was hers also. Facebook posts continued, emails and phone numbers were exchanged, and then came three or four dates, ending with Hart staying overnight in von Tiehl's apartment. Von Tiehl said she felt uncomfortable, that Hart wanted more from the relationship than she, and so, in an Oct. 6, 2011, phone call, she told Hart it was over and wished him luck.
October 28, 2015 |
Testimony is set to begin Thursday in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court trial of a Delaware County man accused of stalking CBS3 newscaster Erika von Tiehl. Prosecution and defense lawyers spent Tuesday picking a jury of 12 and several alternates for what is estimated to be a three-day trial. John Hart, 39, of Havertown, is charged with six counts involving stalking, harassment, and identity theft in an alleged campaign of harassment in late 2011, after he and von Tiehl briefly dated and she ended the relationship.