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.
December 18, 2012 |
WOMEN ROWING competitively? Forget it. Back in the late '30s, you didn't see women competing on the Schuylkill in racing sculls. It was a male preserve, like so much in American society in those years. But Ruth Adams wouldn't hear of it. She bucked tradition by advertising in a local newspaper for women who would be interested in forming a rowing club to compete in races. Nearly 100 women responded, and the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club was formed. Headquartered on Boathouse Row, it is one of the nation's oldest women's competitive rowing clubs.
November 1, 2012 |
When Hurricane Sandy knocked Lisa Kasmen's electricity out at 5:30 Monday evening, she was cool about it. She had food. She filled her tub with water. She was going to make it through the storm. Then the Lafayette Hill mom realized her cellphone battery was dead. And that her husband's was close to dying. Even her iPad was giving warning signs. "I got up at 7 a.m. and, still in my pajamas, I took every charger we owned - my two phones, my iPad, and my daughter's iPod Touch - to my salon and prayed all the way there we had electricity," said Kasmen, who owns Heaven & Earth Salon, also in Lafayette Hill.
September 8, 2012 |
Whitemarsh Township police have released composite drawings of two people sought in the shooting of a man during an apparent ambush in Lafayette Hill on Aug. 21. According to police, the 32-year-old victim met a woman in the Germantown section of Philadelphia and took her to his home on the 4100 block of Joshua Road. After getting out of the car around 9:30 p.m., the man was shot twice when he was confronted by two men during an apparent robbery attempt, police said. The woman who was with the victim then fled with two assailants in a car, police said.
July 4, 2012 |
William A. Geppert Jr., 88, of Lafayette Hill, a decorated World War II veteran and former chairman of the board of Geppert Bros., a demolition firm in Colmar, died Friday, June 29, of cancer at his daughter's home in Wyndmoor. Mr. Geppert's father, William Sr., established the demolition firm in 1925. After he died in 1953, the business was operated by Mr. Geppert and his three younger brothers. Geppert Bros.' major projects included Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry, Philadelphia Naval Hospital, and the Spectrum.
June 26, 2012 |
Amy Austin Lukens, 94, formerly of Lafayette Hill, a World War II veteran and volunteer, died Saturday, June 9, at Cathedral Village, a retirement community in Roxborough. Mrs. Lukens graduated from Germantown Friends School and was pleased that two of her granddaughters were fourth-generation students there. In 1939, she earned a bachelor's degree in art history from Smith College. She then worked at Princeton University in the president's office and remembered seeing visiting professor Albert Einstein strolling the campus, her daughter Margo said.
March 22, 2012 |
WHEN WAS the last time you ate in Chestnut Hill? With six, count 'em, six new eateries opening along Germantown Avenue in the past year, there's no denying that tasty change is afoot in this leafy Philadelphia neighborhood. The opening of Weaver's Way Food Co-op, the presence of two regular farmers markets, and the plans for Fresh Market in the former Magarity Ford car dealership are more signs that the 11-block stretch between 7600 and 8700 Germantown Avenue is expanding its gastronomic horizons.