June 13, 2012 |
"DESPITE. " Of all the words in the totally depressing "important communique" from St. Blaise Regional Catholic School, that one word — "despite" — underscores why so many parents have rejected St. Blaise as the educational choice for their kids. Posted on the school's website on Friday, the letter, penned by East Falls and Manayunk parish priests, laments that just 155 students have registered for the 2012-13 academic year at St. Blaise. That's 95 fewer kids than the 250 needed to pay for teachers' salaries and programs come September.
March 8, 2012 |
IN 12-STEP meetings, there's a "no cross-talk" policy. After a member says his peace, the group responds, "Thanks for sharing. " No one comments any further. After listening to families at St. Bridget's School describe their meeting with the Philadelphia Archdiocese to ask that their school remain open, I'm wondering if they stumbled into a 12-Step gathering instead of an appeals hearing. Because the response they've gotten to their respectfully expressed concerns is, basically, "Thanks for sharing.
December 24, 2010 |
Sister Aquilla Peterson, 61, of Rosemont, a social worker, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Sister Aquilla grew up in North Philadelphia and graduated from Germantown High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1972 and later earned a master's degree in social work from Bryn Mawr College. Sister Aquilla was a case worker at the North Central Community Health Center and at the West Philadelphia Mental Health Consortium.
April 2, 2010 |
Sarah Mozino Curtin, 64, of Rosemont, a Realtor, golfer, church volunteer, and breast-cancer survivor, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, Sunday, March 28, at home. Mrs. Curtin grew up in Drexel Hill and Villanova and graduated from Rosemont School of the Holy Child. After earning a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, she sold houses for her father, Joseph S. Mozino, a well-known Delaware County builder. In 1968, she married John J. Curtin.
May 13, 2009 |
Barbarann Skelly Wright, 77, of Wallingford, a former teacher and Republican official in Delaware County, died of metastatic colon cancer May 6 at the Vitas Hospice of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby. Born in New York City, Mrs. Wright earned her bachelor's degree in history from Rosemont College in 1953 and her master's degree in education from Villanova University in 1955. She taught at the School of the Holy Child in Sharon Hill from 1953 to 1955, said her husband, Roland, and at what was then Bala Cynwyd Junior High School from 1956 to 1967.
May 27, 2008 |
Eileen Selmi Masterson, 78, of Wayne, the one-time "Voice of Villanova" who greeted callers to the university, died of heart disease May 20 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. For almost two decades, Mrs. Masterson worked at Villanova University, most recently as an assistant manager in telecommunications until she retired in 2000. It was her distinctive voice - deep and sultry, like a "Lauren Bacall voice," said her son, Thomas A. Masterson - that was heard on the voice mail system and that was how she got the nickname.
September 12, 2006 |
Anna Marie Sesso, 72, of Norristown, former chairwoman of the pediatrics department of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, died of pulmonary fibrosis Thursday at home. Dr. Sesso joined the pediatrics staff of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby in 1971 and was appointed department chair in 1974. For almost 20 years, she also was associated with Thomas Jefferson University as a faculty member and staff pediatrician. In 1989, she joined the faculty of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in New Brunswick and was a pediatrician and administrator at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J. Her students nicknamed her Mom, her brother-in-law, Dr. Peter Ganime, said.
February 21, 2006 |
Faced with rising costs, two more Catholic elementary schools in the city will close in June, and two parishes will merge, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced yesterday. Although St. John the Baptist School in Manayunk won a reprieve a year ago, parents learned at Mass over the weekend that their efforts were not enough to keep the school open. And so Manayunk, which had five Catholic elementary schools last year, will have only one in September - Holy Child, a regional school.
September 7, 2004 |
John R. McConnell, 88, a longtime Philadelphia trial lawyer and former chancellor of the city bar association, died Friday at his Gladwyne home. He had congestive heart failure. Over more than four decades in the Philadelphia courts, Mr. McConnell represented the Reading Railroad, the Philadelphia Bulletin, Philadelphia Electric Co., the city school district, and Villanova University. He also tried several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, his family said. "He was an extremely humble man, for as accomplished as he was, he would never tell you that," said his daughter Jane McConnell Greenspun.
October 28, 2002 |
His knives carefully arranged at his side, Steve Clarke stretched his neck, flexed his wrists and took a few deep breaths. Then he looked expectantly at Mark Glickman. Glickman checked his watch and said, "Now!" It was 10:35 on a sunny Saturday morning, and the world's fastest pumpkin-carver - as Clarke cheerfully kept reminding everyone he was - set to work. First the right eye. Then the left. His arm pumped rhythmically as he sawed through the vivid orange of the first of 100 pumpkins.