May 11, 2013 |
It's a shock at first. Then a definite relief: Susie Essman is no dragon lady. The Curb Your Enthusiasm star who plays one of the most foulmouthed, sarcastic borderline personalities on TV isn't one herself. She is, dare one say, charming. Sweet. "People are always disappointed when they meet me," Essman, 57, said in a phone chat about her stand-up act next Saturday at Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill. Fans, she said, often ask her to insult them using one of the many choice - and unprintable - epithets that flow so mellifluously from her tongue on the HBO show.
April 26, 2013 |
M AYOR NUTTER hobnobbed with the stars on Tuesday night at the Time 100 gala, honoring the hundo people the weekly magazine deemed influential. Beyonce and Jay-Z (who made the list) bailed on the party, so Nutter was clearly the next best thing. I hear the mayor chatted it up with Oprah 's BFF and "This Morning" co-host Gayle King , Padma Lakshmi of "Top Chef," Vice President Joe Biden , White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett , U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and all-time great actress, activist and Marian Anderson award winner Mia Farrow . The gala didn't make it onto the mayor's itinerary for Tuesday, though, and the only tweet Nutter sent out that day read, "In NYC w/ @joshk & @bobmoul meeting w/ investors & entrepreneurs to promote Philly & #StartupPHL," which got me curious.
April 24, 2013 |
James Martin Stewart, 87, of Lafayette Hill, a businessman and naturalist who was a founding member of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, died Friday, April 19, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications from a fall. The longtime resident of Ambler had lived for the last few years at the Hill at Whitemarsh retirement community. Mr. Stewart devoted much of his life to nature conservation. "He really felt that God revealed himself in nature," said his son Mahlon.
April 6, 2013 |
BET Investments of Horsham has purchased the 216-unit garden-style Lincoln Woods Apartments on Germantown Pike in Lafayette Hill for $25.5 million. The 10-year loan for the purchase of the complex, built in 1991, was arranged through Fannie Mae by Berkadia Commercial Mortgage L.L.C. in Horsham. It represented 80 percent of total acquisition costs plus short-term capital budget. BET has acquired 1,000 apartment units in the region in the last six months.
March 29, 2013 |
As a teen, Marcus Severs worked the counter at his uncle's seafood place, Cap'n Cats Clam Bar & Tavern in West Deptford. In the last two weeks, since he added a market to his Little Tuna restaurant (141 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, 856-795-0888), Severs feels like a kid again. The seven-day weeks? "The interaction with customers," said Severs, one of the chattiest guys in the business. "I talk to every customer, whether on their way in or on their way out. " The subway-tiled market, taking over the space that was the gift shop Jamaican Me Crazy (which relocated to Rowan University)
March 14, 2013 |
Pierre Joseph "Pete" Marcolina, 82, a masonry contractor whose stonework can be seen on venerable buildings throughout the Philadelphia area, died Saturday, March 9, of cancer at a hospice in Vero Beach, Fla. Mr. Marcolina retired in 2000 after more than 50 years in the family business, Marcolina Bros. Inc., formerly on Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill. He became president after his father, Pietro, retired in the mid-1950s. The Marcolina Bros. property included a quarry off Waverly Road from which Wissahickon schist was taken to be used on the exteriors of buildings in Philadelphia and the Main Line.
January 18, 2013 |
James J. Neve, 92, of Lafayette Hill, a Conshohocken businessman, died of heart failure Monday, Jan. 14, at his home. In 1936, Mr. Neve started J.J. Neve Coal & Fuel Co. He served as its owner-operator before retiring in 1980. Under Mr. Neve, the business expanded to encompass an iron and steel trucking warehouse and storage facility, and an iron ore unloading facility. The consolidated firm, James J. Neve Inc., is now run by Mr. Neve's son Joseph A. It is a warehousing, unloading, and distribution center for railway cargo.
January 3, 2013 |
When the nurses came into the Abington Memorial Hospital delivery room yelling: "Happy New Year!" Sara and Greg Stokes knew their baby was close. "We had to get pushing," said Sara Stokes, of Lafayette Hill. Five minutes later, their daughter Marguerite Lynn - Maggie Lynn - was born. Across the region, hospitals and parents were keeping close tabs to see who had delivered the first baby of 2013. Abington Memorial, where 5,000 infants are born each year, seems to have claimed the title with Maggie Lynn.
December 28, 2012
Don't forget Leslie Richards Larry Platt's column on the new amity among the Montgomery County commissioners lauds Chairman Josh Shapiro and minority commissioner Bruce Castor ("Functionality restored on Montco board," Sunday). However, Platt completely overlooks Leslie Richards, vice chairman of the commissioners, who has brought a strong background in civil engineering to the board, which is especially important with all the infrastructure problems the county faces. Also ignored was Richards' adept leadership of the Whitemarsh Township commissioners.
December 19, 2012 |
Ruth A. Robinhold, 99, of Lafayette Hill, who cofounded the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club in 1938, when rowing was a predominantly male sport, died Thursday, Dec. 13, of pneumonia at Chestnut Hill Hospital. The former Ruth Adams had placed an ad in a local newspaper seeking women to form a rowing club. Almost 100 women showed up at the first meeting; after a $5 monthly fee was levied, 17 stayed to form the club. The group, believed to be the oldest competitive women's rowing club in America, was fostered by Mrs. Robinhold, who continued to row on the Schuylkill until well into her 80s. "Ruth was up in years, but she was not old," said Sophie Socha, current club president.