February 12, 2014 |
THE REV. ANTHONY Cossavella discovered his 89-year-old mother dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of the basement stairs in her Lansdowne home on Wednesday. His initial thought - and the initial thought of investigators - was that the elderly woman had died in a fall on the stairs. But an autopsy three days later revealed something much more sinister. "The Lansdowne police called me Saturday and asked if I would come down to the police station," Cossavella said yesterday. "They told me the coroner's report said she was the victim of a homicide.
December 13, 2013 |
WHAT do you get the committed-to-buying-local eater and home cook on your list? Chances are he or she already has the latest kitchen gimcrack, like a home sous-vide cooker or a pasta machine that does everything but twirl the linguine on your fork. Why not earn points all around by playing the local card? You'll support services and products created by regional entrepreneurs and artisans - a win-win guaranteed to deliver a truly delicious holiday treat. And many of these gifts can be had for $20 to $50, not a lot of scratch to make a delicious impression.
October 4, 2013 |
In the last year, William Penn High School in Lansdowne has endured an arson fire, bomb threats, and the theft of at least $10,000 in sports equipment. After the fire and bomb scare, officials at the Delaware County school took what they hoped were preventative steps: They hired security guards. On Wednesday, two of those guards were charged with stealing about $20,000 in saxophones, flutes, and other band instruments from the school. "It's a series of unrelated bad events that seems to plague the district," said Superintendent Joseph Bruni.
June 24, 2013 |
On any summer Saturday in the late '50s, a tide of college kids would wash up at a place called Bayshores in Somers Point. A buck bought 10 glasses of warm beer. Hundreds kicked their flip-flops off and danced on the concrete floor. On the bandstand, Mike Pedicin and his boys blew the roof off, which they did for six nights a week every summer from 1951 until 1967. "Everybody in there was young," Pedicin, 95, tells me, sitting at his kitchen table in Ardmore. "It was a dive.
June 15, 2013 |
Dorothy E. "Dot" Saylor, 94, of Aldan, an events planner and athlete who as a teen taught the future Princess Grace of Monaco to swim at the Y, died Thursday, June 6, at home of natural causes. The former Dorothy Stickel was born and raised in the Swampoodle neighborhood of Philadelphia. Mrs. Saylor worked as a summer lifeguard at Philadelphia city pools during her teen years. At the Kelly Pool in East Falls, she taught future City Councilman Jack Kelly and his sister Grace the basics of swimming.
June 14, 2013 |
WILMINGTON - His garden stroll with Adolf Hitler left Alfred Rosenberg invigorated. Rosenberg was already one of the most notorious and powerful Nazis, chief architect of ethnic cleansing policies and the man responsible for plundering billions of dollars of art from European Jews. At the meeting in April 1941, Hitler spoke of a larger role. "Your hour has come," he said, according to an account Rosenberg scrawled in his diary. For nearly 70 years, the infamous diary, an unprecedented insider's glimpse of the Third Reich, was lost or hidden.
May 17, 2013 |
After admitting that she embezzled $509,000 from a South Philadelphia bank, Katherine Harrell got a huge break last year. Swayed by accounts of her cooperation with the FBI and Harrell's claim that her son and bedridden brother would be institutionalized without her being free to care for them, a judge sentenced the Lansdowne woman to just a day in prison. Problem is, Harrell was lying. Her brother was never in a car crash, as she had claimed. Her parents were ready to care for her boy. On Thursday, Harrell's fate swung to the other end of the punishment spectrum.
March 4, 2013 |
A 51-year-old woman died in an apartment fire Saturday morning in Lansdowne. Margaret McClernan died of smoke and soot inhalation, according to the Delaware County medical examiner. The fire, described as accidental by the medical examiner, destroyed a portion of the three-story apartment building on South Wycombe Avenue. The blaze started about 5 a.m. on the third floor of the Keystone Apartments, where McClernan lived. All other residents were safely evacuated and were sheltered at a Red Cross "comfort center" at the Twentieth Century Club.
March 3, 2013 |
Officials late Saturday afternoon identified the victim of a Lansdowne fire as Margaret McClernan, 51. McClernan died of smoke and soot inhalation, according to findings released by the Delaware County Office of the Medical Examiner. The "accidental housefire" in which she died destroyed a portion of the three-story apartment building on South Wycombe Avenue in Lansdowne, where she lived. All other residents safely left the building and were sheltered at a Red Cross comfort center at the Twentieth Century Club.
January 23, 2013 |
SINCE THE RELEASE of "Silver Linings Playbook," people have been asking which movie theater Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are standing in front of in a scene on Halloween night. It's the Lansdowne Theater (31 N. Lansdowne) where the stars, both Oscar-nominated for their performances, stood after their meal at the Llanerch Diner (95 E. Township Line). The historic theater, which opened in 1927, was purchased by the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corp., a nonprofit, in 2006.