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July 16, 1989 | By Lynn Hamilton, Special to The Inquirer
Roger J. Dearstyne, 50, an insurance agent, died July 8 at Lankenau Hospital. He was born in Philadelphia and had lived in Havertown about 25 years. Mr. Dearstyne was an insurance agent for about 20 years. Most recently, he sold life, health and fire insurance for The Philanthropic Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Rosemont. "Roger always had his clients' best interest at heart," said Fred DeLuca, the assistant agency director, who also noted that Mr. Dearstyne was a hard worker who would be missed.
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June 12, 1996 | By Bill Price, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Margaret Mary J. Herron, 77, of Havertown, a shareholder relations representative for Philadelphia Suburban Corp., died Friday of pneumonia at Mercy Haverford Hospital. For the last seven years, Mrs. Herron sold company stock directly to the public from corporate headquarters in Bryn Mawr, and also served as a service representative to stockholders. She previously was secretary to corporate secretary Ray Mysek. "Peggy was a tireless, dedicated worker who always went the extra mile," Mysek said.
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July 10, 1988 | By Laura Fortunato, Special to The Inquirer
Samuel James Passo, 77, who lived in Havertown for more than half a century, died June 29 at his home after a long illness. Born in Reggio, Calabria, Italy, in 1911, Mr. Passo immigrated to the United States in 1920 and settled in Philadelphia. At age 12, he began to support his widowed mother, two brothers and sister. In 1936, he married Angelina Lucia of South Philadelphia and moved to Havertown. Mr. Passo began his own company, Drexel Bindery, a bookbinding firm. The company, moved from Clifton Heights to 1306 W. Girard Ave. in Philadelphia, where it grew from 15 to 45 employees.
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October 30, 1988 | By Yvette Ousley, Special to The Inquirer
George G. Sekula, 74, a retired quality-control inspector who graduated from college at the age of 53, died Oct. 22 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. He lived in Havertown. Mr. Sekula fulfilled his dream of attending college when he began attending evening classes at St. Joseph's University in the late 1960s. He graduated in 1973. He had graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia during the Depression. "He had a thirst for education, and he fulfilled his life-long dream while working full time and taking care of his family.
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October 4, 2003 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Robert M. Speers, 47, of Havertown, a lawyer, died Thursday at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. Mr. Speers was struck by lightning Aug. 30 on the beach in Avalon, N.J., on the last day of his family's vacation at the Shore. He never regained consciousness. Mr. Speers was a lifelong member of St. Denis Church in Havertown and had attended the parish school. "He kept up friendships with guys he had gone to kindergarten with," his wife, Elizabeth Bradley Speers, said. In recent years he was among the volunteers who helped renovate the school, which his sons, Daniel and Matthew, now attend.
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July 15, 2012
A Havertown, Delaware County, woman was in critical condition Friday after she was shot in a home on the 500 block of Wales Avenue, police said. Within minutes of the shooting, Gerald R. Moss, 26, was taken into custody and was to be charged with aggravated assault and other counts, said John Viola, Haverford Township deputy police chief. He said that after police dialed a number from which a call was made to the county 911 dispatch at 1:13 p.m., a woman answered and said she had just been shot by her husband.
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February 18, 1990 | By Anne Fahy, Special to The Inquirer
David A. Watson, 77, a lifetime resident of Haverford Township and a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, died Jan. 29 at his home in Havertown. Although he never pursued a career as a minister, Mr. Watson read works of theology and was an active member of his church, Trinity Christian Reformed in Broomall, where he had taught Sunday school. Most of his life, Mr. Watson worked as an insurance agent with Prudential Life Insurance in Narberth and Havertown. He retired in 1975.
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September 24, 2013 | By Ashley Kuhn, Inquirer Staff Writer
Among the paintbrushes and drill bits and grass seed, the aisles are full of local banter - about Notre Dame football, Haverford Township leaf collection, a customer's lawn project. Stephen Allen, manager of Jacob Low Hardware, will be in the thick of it, giving advice and direction about what to buy while all 70 pounds of P.J., a tan-and-white mixed-breed dog, remains steadfast on his perch in the old wooden chair by the window. The shop, founded in 1930 by Jacob Low, is a throwback to a time when hardware stores were as much a part of the neighborhood as barber and sandwich shops.
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December 24, 2012
A Delaware County man has died of injuries he received Saturday after being stuck by a car, police said. Michael Betzala, 58 of Havertown, was attempting to cross West Chester Pike at 9:50 p.m. near the Llanerch Fire Company when he was hit by a car driving south on Darby Road attempting to turn left, police said. The driver remained on the scene and Betzala was airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Police were informed Betzala died of injuries on Monday.
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April 17, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
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.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
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.
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March 3, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
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.
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March 2, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
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.
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January 23, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
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.
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December 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 5, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 5, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 1, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 28, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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