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...
May 3, 2014 |
Richard McCuen, 80, of Flourtown, former president of the InterCounty Newspaper Group in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, died Monday, April 28, of prostate cancer at Keystone Hospice, Wyndmoor. Before retiring in 1993, Mr. McCuen spent 38 years in community journalism. For the previous 25 years, he published weekly newspapers covering 54 communities with a paid circulation of 60,000 and free distribution of 40,000. The papers served Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey.
April 23, 2014 |
Donald A. Scott, 84, of Lafayette Hill, a Philadelphia corporate lawyer and partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P., died Monday, April 14, at Chestnut Hill Hospital. During 41 years at Morgan Lewis, Mr. Scott specialized in mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, and corporate governance. He retired in 1998. In 1960, he worked on the proposed merger of Philadelphia National Bank and Girard Trust Co., which was not completed because it was challenged on antitrust grounds, said colleague Howard Meyers.
April 6, 2014
Young, healthy, and overtaxed In suggesting that signing up more young healthy adults for Obamacare "will no doubt be an easier sales job once tax penalties tallying in the hundreds take hold," The Inquirer looks forward to a time when people who want to live their lives as they see fit for themselves are increasingly taxed to where they can no longer afford it ("Reform's rocky, promising start," April 2). Scary. Humorous stories of Internal Revenue Service revenuers chasing hillbilly moonshiners to tax them for their illegal hooch are history, but new ones about them chasing hermits to tax them for doing nothing might seem equally funny to Inquirer editors - but not laughed at by freedom-loving Americans.