July 15, 2014 |
FRANCOPHILES can't always put their finger on it. Call it a certain je ne sais quoi , an undefinable yet unmistakable quality that makes all things French so enticing. Today's the 225th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, which makes this a good time to get your French fix right here in Philadelphia, where we've loved all things French since 20-year-old Gen. Lafayette volunteered to fight on our side in the American Revolution. Let us count some ways. Forget that bowl of cherries, French painter Paul Cezanne might have said.
July 11, 2014 |
GERALD HOWARD became the first black basketball player at Chestnut Hill Academy to be selected first team All-Inter-Ac in 1992 when he was chosen by league coaches after averaging 11.5 points on a team that shared the title with Germantown Academy. Howard went on to a distinguished track and field career at the University of Virginia where he still holds school records in the 100-meter (10.42) and 200-meter (20.79) dashes. He is currently an IT professional living in Lafayette Hill with his wife and three children.
July 3, 2014 |
AS THOUGHTS turn to the red-white-and-blue and barbecue, what could be more natural than to seek culinary inspiration from our allies in the Revolutionary War and continuing champions on the battlefields of gastronomy: the French. Yes, those guys. Our fledgling country owed a debt of gratitude to the French, acknowledged in Pennsylvania with the naming of Lafayette Hill after the Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat who served as a major general in the Continental Army under George Washington.
July 2, 2014 |
Barney Bernstein, 95, of Lafayette Hill, an Army veteran and former business owner, died Sunday, June 22, at home from complications from a stroke. Mr. Bernstein started Sim-Kar Lighting Fixtures Co. with a partner in 1952 in a three-story rowhouse in Northeast Philadelphia, from which it grew to employ more than 700 people in Juniata Park in 1986. The company is now Simkar Corp. Mr. Bernstein was born in Camden but grew up in Philadelphia and lived above his father's tailor shop on Kensington Avenue until he was 10. He attended Philadelphia public schools and graduated from Olney High School in June 1935.
June 26, 2014
ERIN WALLACE, 36, of Lafayette Hill, owns Devil's Den in South Philadelphia and Old Eagle Tavern in Manayunk. In fall 2013, she opened Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery in the old General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill. Wallace, a native of Baltimore, is one of the few female brewery owners in Philly. Q: How'd you get into the tavern biz? A: I graduated from Moore College of Art & Design and while I was there I waitressed at Cherry Street Tavern. They offered me some bartending shifts, which led to other roles.
June 19, 2014 |
Claire Dickson will start her summer vacation as usual at the end of this month, but when it's over she will not reopen her eponymous women's boutique the second week in August as she's done for 35 years. Dickson, one of the area's czarinas of special-occasion fashion, has decided to retire. And her daughter and business partner, Debbie, wants to spend more time with her teenage daughter. Rather than look for a replacement, Dickson is calling it quits. There is canasta to be played.
June 7, 2014 |
James F. Sutor, 90, formerly of Lafayette Hill, an insurance company executive, died Sunday, June 1, of a cardiac ailment at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne. Known as Jim, Mr. Sutor was a retired vice president and secretary of the board for Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co., which for many years had offices in a majestic building at 4601 Market St. Long after Mr. Sutor retired, the company reorganized and merged to become Nationwide Provident. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Sutor was a 1942 graduate of Germantown Academy and the Haverford College Class of 1947.
May 30, 2014 |
After four hours of concentrated sipping, after 52 local beers had passed our lips, it came down to one last vote for the best new brew. And judge Brendan Hartranft could barely contain himself: "We know these brewers and their families and their beers - but not like this," said Hartranft, co-owner of the Memphis Taproom, Strangelove's, and two other gastropubs. Each beer had been coded and served blind to the eight judges in several flights of clear cups. The identities of three of the winners of The Fifth Annual Brew-vitational competition were about to be revealed.
May 21, 2014 |
A Montgomery County man was charged last week with smuggling more than 6,000 copies of movies and TV shows into the country, including The Office, House, Jillian Michaels Fitness, and Bambi, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday. If convicted of charges including trafficking counterfeit goods, smuggling, and copyright infringement, Brian Bethman of Lafayette Hill could face up to 30 years in prison, according to U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Patty Hartman. Bethman allegedly smuggled the items over about a year, starting in April 2010.
May 14, 2014 |
FOX 29 will welcome a new face to its evening anchor desk on June 30. Lucy Noland , who was recently at KNBC, in Los Angeles, will join the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Iain Page . Readers of the column will remember I told you that former evening anchor Kerry Barrett , who is on maternity leave with her second child , John Barrett IV , is moving to anchor the morning newscast with Chris Murphy from 4 to 7 a.m., and...