March 18, 2014
Hangin' with Bill To the younger boys who hung out on the corner, the William "Wild Bill" Guarnere whose exploits were depicted in Band of Brothers was just Billy, the paratrooper who lost his leg in the war (" 'Band of Brothers' veteran, 90, dies," March 10). That was enough to keep us in awe; it had to be, since he added nothing to that story. Until I saw Band of Brothers , I thought he had been wounded in a drop over Normandy on D-Day. It was a great surprise to find out he had been in battles all the way to the siege of Bastogne, where he lost his leg helping a fellow soldier.
March 14, 2014 |
Joseph L. Messa Sr., 89, a lawyer, a real estate broker, and for 50 years the leader of the 59th Ward in Philadelphia, died Sunday, March 9, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Messa, a longtime Germantown resident, moved to Lafayette Hill a decade ago to be near his family. But his many activities were centered in the city. In 1951, he started Messa Realty, a real estate and insurance business in Germantown. He served as a broker and appraiser while also earning a bachelor's degree in business from Temple University and working as a model for the Powers Agency.
February 22, 2014 |
Kenneth D. Farragut Jr., 85, of Lafayette Hill, a Pro Bowl center for the Eagles in 1953 who later founded what became one of the area's largest roofing companies, died Sunday, Feb. 16, of complications from diabetes at the Hill of Whitemarsh. The Eagles, posting on their website, said they were saddened to learn of his death. Nicknamed "Dynamite," the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Mr. Farragut rode his toughness to a berth on the Moss Point (Miss.) High School football team, where he was a star center and linebacker for the Tigers from 1944 to 1946.
February 19, 2014 |
FORMER EAGLES center Ken Farragut died Sunday morning of complications of diabetes, the team announced. He was 85 and lived in Lafayette Hill. Farragut was selected in the sixth round of the 1951 NFL draft out of the University of Mississippi. He played for the Eagles from 1951 to '54, and was a Pro Bowler in 1953. He was selected to the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 1992. Also, he was the recipient of the NFL Alumni Career Achievement Award in 1992.
January 18, 2014 |
J. Wayne Lee, 81, a Philadelphia commercial property manager who was a member of a venerable American family, died Thursday, Jan. 9, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the Hill at Whitemarsh, Lafayette Hill. Mr. Lee had moved to the retirement facility in 2007 after living in Chestnut Hill for more than 40 years. A Philadelphia native, Mr. Lee was the son of P. Blair Lee, a Philadelphia banker who mirrored the family's commitment to public service through active volunteer work.
December 27, 2013
MY FAVORITE beer of 2013? You're going to have to wait a week till I make that announcement. In the meantime, there were lots of other notable newcomers throughout the year. BEST CANNED BEER: Grisette . Named after the drab factory-class women of 17th-century France, this lemony wheat beer from Sly Fox might be considered "saison light. " Thirst-quenching with a bit of peppery yeast, it's the perfect can to pop on the beach or at a barbecue. Runners-up: St. Feuillien Saison and Manayunk Dreamin' . BEST NAME: Sweet Baby Jesus.
November 22, 2013 |
Le Chéri , the sibling of South Philadelphia's BYOB hit Bibou, opened this week inside the Art Alliance (251 S. 18th St., 215-546-7700). Pierre and Charlotte Calmels opted for a sleek look with a muted color palette for their classic French bar-restaurant, whose price points are lower than Bibou's; figure on $22 to $30 an entree (quenelle, skate wing, short ribs Bourguignon). Chef de cuisine Waldemar "Val" Stryjewski has a varied background, including Brasserie Perrier, Le Bec-Fin, ¡Pasion!
November 1, 2013 |
WHEN THE United Methodist Church in Parkesburg, Chester County, needed a shot in the arm, Lavonne Alice Dean was there with the needle. Metaphorically speaking, of course, but Lavonne was a key to the rejuvenation of a church that sorely needed help. Its congregation had diminished to the point that there was a real chance it might go out of business. But Lavonne dived in with her customary energy and devotion, and helped the Rev. Mark Deideman get the institution back on its feet to make it the thriving center of worship it is today.
October 18, 2013 |
Uno : Fort Washington. Dos : Fairmount. Tres : Manayunk. Brian Sirhal and chef Tim Spinner open Taqueria Feliz on Thursday at 4410 Main St. (267-331-5874). The former Mainly Shoes store, last occupied by a fortune-teller who knew her lease was ending, was stripped to the bare walls. Canno Design's dining room is ringed by lots of original stone and brick accented by exposed wood and metal highlighted by splashes of color. Unlike Cantina Feliz and La Calaca Feliz, the Day of the Dead decorations are minimal.
September 25, 2013 |
Jared Brown (Strath Haven) tied for second to pace the Franklin & Marshall White Team to a sixth-place finish at the F&M Fall Invitational Monday afternoon in Lancaster, Pa. Rutgers-Camden's Tom Schultice (Riverside) finished tied for fifth out of 97 golfers, while Pete D'Angelo (Delran) tied for 15th. Kevin Anderson (Delran) tied for 17th, and Kevin Sarlo (Burlington Township) tied for 32d. Gettysburg's Bob Hoeppner (Germantown Academy) tied for 22d. In Lafayette Hill, Philadelphia University won a tri-match with Chestnut Hill and Felician.