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.
September 16, 2001 |
Two teachers at Holy Name School in Camden are part of the Response-Ability Teacher Service Program, which places recent college graduates in urban classrooms. This is the second year in the program for Loretta Schneider, who teaches first grade. Elizabeth Agro is a new math and Spanish teacher. The program, which is run by the Sisters of the Holy Child of Jesus in Philadelphia, has operated for the last four years at Holy Name. "Getting teachers to come to Camden is very, very difficult," said Pat Munyon, the principal of Holy Name.
March 18, 2001 |
Drexel Hill Middle School students taking part in the Future Cities Engineering Project won third place in the national competition in Washington. The school also won the Aquarius award for the best transportation system design. Drexel Hill is part of the Upper Darby School District. South American visitors The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur welcomed two visitors from South America. Sister Eileen Reilly spoke about life in Peru. Angelica Guemes spoke of her experiences in Chile.
January 11, 2001 |
So many of Maria DiDonato's baskets in Notre Dame's tiny gym have come facing a wall with simple blue and yellow banners hanging from it. One has her name stitched with five others, honoring her for scoring 1,000 points. A few feet away, another has a No. 4 sewn onto it, memorializing the player whose all-time school scoring record of 1,331 DiDonato broke Dec. 29 in a Boston tournament. DiDonato, a senior who now holds the record with 1,364 points, never met Aimee Willard or watched her play.
January 7, 2001 |
The pressure was on. Steve Clarke took a deep, meditative breath before plunging his knife into the smooth surface of the hollowed-out pumpkin. With five timekeepers, two video cameras, and a Lower Merion police officer watching, Clarke carved ears, eyes, nose, mouth and eyebrows into the pumpkin in 1 minute, 14.8 seconds. A world record, he hopes. His recent test of speed at the Rosemont School of the Holy Child was an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as fastest pumpkin carver.
December 10, 2000 |
Shipley School senior Alexander Feldman received the class award from the Architecture and Social History program held in July at Oxford University, England, for the student most likely to be a good architect. The Oxford Tradition program is a pre-college course designed to expose North American students to a range of academic subjects and creative arts. Shipley is a private school in Bryn Mawr. Student charity Academy of Notre Dame de Namur Spanish 1 students are assisting the Women's Literacy Program in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
October 15, 2000 |
William Scott, a Clifton Heights resident and a history and government teacher St. Joseph Preparatory School, recently organized a mock presidential debate and election for the student body. The mock election is designed to teach students about the governmental process. Scott, named 1989 Teacher of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is the author of November 22, 1963: A Reference Guide to the JFK Assassination, published by University Press of America Inc. St. Joseph's is a private Catholic boys' school in Philadelphia.
June 9, 2000 |
Actress Marcella E. "Meg" Gallagher, 50, a native of Bryn Mawr, died of chronic liver disease May 27 in Santa Monica, Calif. Ms. Gallagher was best-known for her work on the after-dark soap opera Dallas. From 1979 to 1981, she played the role of Louella, J.R. Ewing's secretary and one of the suspects in the infamous "Who Shot J.R.?" cliffhanger. One of 14 children, Ms. Gallagher graduated from Rosemont School of the Holy Child, where she competed in swimming and horseback riding, and attended Pine Manor College in Massachusetts.
May 1, 2000 |
The ARCoalition and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania are sponsoring a conference, "Aging Caregivers and Their Mental Health Concerns," from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 15 at the Adam's Mark Hotel, City Avenue and Monument Road, Philadelphia. The event is open to anyone responsible for caring for an individual with a disability. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. Registration is required. For information, call 1-877-272-6725. ENVIRONMENTAL COMPETITION The Delaware County Envirothon, a contest for students in grades 9 through 12, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at Ridley Creek State Park, Jeffords Mansion, Route 3, Edgmont.