May 18, 1997 |
It's 10 p.m. on a recent Thursday, and instead of sitting at home watching ER on television, about 25 Springfield High School students are sanding, sawing, and gluing pieces of wood in the school's department of industrial technology shop. They're hard at work, getting their projects ready for the Delaware County school's Celebration of the Arts Thursday. The popular annual show drew 2,500 people last year, officials say. That means long hours of preparation. On the recent Thursday, for example, many of the students worked into the wee hours, as did their teacher, George Trout, who moved from one group to another, giving tips and encouragement.
November 29, 1996 |
Jim Ponter bristles at the words. Nonacademics. Marginals. And, worst of all, terminal students. "Just ghastly," said Ponter, a high school administrator, referring to terms typically used to describe students who take metal shop instead of physics. In Ponter's world, which happens to be Collingswood High School, those names no longer apply. Under his direction, the school is transforming its traditional general studies and industrial arts program into a high-technology training ground where future computer engineers, mechanics and laser technicians use their heads as much as their hands.
October 11, 1996 |
Joseph J. Ardito, 83, of Bryn Mawr, a fashion designer who listed Grace Kelly among his upscale Philadelphia and Main Line clients, died of a heart aneurysm Tuesday at Bryn Mawr Terrace. For more than 35 years, Mr. Ardito designed women's dresses, suits and gowns from his home in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia. His wife, Lee Masi Ardito, was at his side, creating millinery to go with his fashions. "Those were the days when women wore big, gorgeous hats, and clothes and style were very important," she said.
September 16, 1996 |
The gossip mavens and the paparazzi up in New York are being surgically attached to their beepers and cell-phones, so to speak. The Madonna-becomes-a-mama watch is officially under way - her due date is some 11 days away - and the first reports of a contraction are sure to unleash a media dash. The 38-year-old pop star is carrying a girl and reportedly has decided to name her Lola. No last name yet. GOLDEN GOLDIE It's hard not to like Goldie Hawn, so the decision of the American Museum of the Moving Image to honor her at its 12th annual gala salute meets with our approval.
May 1, 1995 |
There's old age. Then there's William Grun. "I graduated Penn State in '47 and bicycled to my 45th class reunion - 200 miles. Takes four days. " The man likes to be on the move. "I'm hoping to bicycle across Pennsylvania this summer. " But a bike can carry you only so far. On Friday in Miami, Grun was the only out-of-state resident among seven persons - selected from 125 nominees - honored by the Dade County National Volunteer Week Committee at a hotel breakfast.
April 10, 1994 |
A few eighth graders sanding and painting 10-inch, wooden race cars in industrial arts class were asked recently to recall what they made last year. "I forget what I made," said Joseph Fontana, 13, a bit shyly, as his teacher at the Samuel Ridgway School in Edgewater Park looked on. "The card thing? No. Wait. I made the tool chest. " "We made a little basket. I think it's in the garage," said Warren Hollander, 14, who had nearly finished sanding a long, delicate car that looked like a giant dragonfly.
February 13, 1994 |
The school district will ask voters to approve a $550,000 bond referendum so the roof and air-conditioning system at the Anne C. Jacques School, on Washington Avenue, can be replaced and projects at other schools can be carried out. The vote would be in April. Half the money would pay for work on the elementary school's 30-year-old roof, which is leaking, and for replacement of the outdated air-conditioning system, Superintendent Walt Dold said last week. The rest of the money would be used to maintain and update facilities at other schools.
January 16, 1994 |
The ice storm that paralyzed the region last weekend put the school district's much-awaited 25th reunion party for the Bell Oaks School in a deep freeze. For a little while, anyway. Now the district plans to hold the party, expected to draw more than 150 now-adult members of the first eighth-grade graduating class and their teachers, on Friday. "January 7th was the actual anniversary of the school's opening back in 1969, so we're disappointed that the weather made it impossible to hold (the party)
November 17, 1993 |
Students at Laura Carnell School are getting a real-life civic lesson. Scores of seventh- and eighth-graders walked out of their Northeast Philadelphia school, at Frontenac Street and Devereaux Avenue, on Friday, to protest some students' not having rosters and certain courses. "They should at least make it fair for everyone, and give us the same classes all the other classes are getting," seventh-grader Robert Delange said. But the protesters were sent home with forms yesterday, alerting parents that their children had violated citizenship rules.
September 13, 1993 |
Brad Simek carried a map, carefully highlighted in iridescent green, hunting unfamiliar places with hundreds of others. He knew this would be a new experience - one that would probably affect his life - and he admitted he was nervous. "It's so big here, it's easy to get lost," Brad said. "And then there's that combination I have to remember - but I know it will all be OK, eventually. " Brad Simek, 9, made it successfully through his first several days as a fifth grader at the Tredyffrin/Easttown Middle School this week, the first year the fifth grade has been part of the middle school.