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 |
WOMEN DIDN'T wear lipstick at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the '30s. In fact, women were scarce in the scientific world in those days, and not really accepted by male-dominated institutions, such as the venerable academy. Maybe as a way to deny that women were even capable of looking into a microscope, displays of feminity in any form were frowned on. However, Ruth Myrtle Patrick soon proved that women were not only the equal of men in science, but, in many cases - hers included - could surpass male accomplishments in many realms and pave their own way to important discoveries.
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.
September 25, 2013 |
Ruth Patrick, a pioneering stream ecologist whose work led to the modern environmental movement, died early Monday at age 105. In eight decades of work - she was still coming into her office at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University when she was 100 - she was summoned by presidents, was a respected adviser to industry, and was an inspiration and beloved mentor to so many young scientists that she was dubbed "the den mother of ecology"...
August 18, 2013 |
Kwong Kwong Ma, 85, of Lafayette Hill, a noted pianist and teacher, died Monday, Aug. 5, at Chestnut Hill Hospital, of acute respiratory failure. Born in Shanghai, China, Mrs. Ma lived in New York and Ohio. She moved to the Philadelphia suburbs four years ago to be near family and took up residence at the Hill at Whitemarsh, a retirement community. Mrs. Ma came from a family of musicians. Her mother, Zoen Yien Wong, was one of the first Chinese graduates of Boston's New England Conservatory of Music.
July 18, 2013 |
Hello there After a year of first dates without a single second, Ashley Kurtz was just about done with J-date. Her subscription was about to expire, and the online dating service wouldn't get another cent. Soon after logging in one day in April 2010, she got an IM from a California bachelor: "Hey, I just want you to know that you're the most beautiful girl on this site. " Super-cheesy, Ashley thought, and from a guy who lived 3,000 miles away, at that. "There was something intriguing about the profile she wrote, and her pictures were stunning," Brandon explains.