May 1, 2015 |
Suburban Square in Ardmore will lose its Macy's store in January, as part of the retailer's strategy to close stores nationwide in order to cater to the growing number of online shoppers, experts said. The Ardmore center and the location of the Macy's have historical significance. Suburban Square opened in 1928 as one of the first shopping centers in the United States, and likewise had one of the first department-store anchors when Strawbridge & Clothier opened there two years later.
March 25, 2015 |
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams is launching a television ad campaign for his Democratic mayoral bid Tuesday, becoming the first candidate to finance such an effort this primary season. While his campaign declined to say what stations would air the ad or how frequently, a Williams campaign strategist, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the buy was "significant" and signaled the beginning of the on-air campaign that would continue until Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary.
February 26, 2015 |
IF YOU WERE FEELING a bit low and you were fortunate enough to be related to or just a friend of Willie Lois Adams, you wouldn't be down for long. "No matter what may have been going on in the world to tear you down, it only took one smile, one kind word or one hug to make you feel rejuvenated again," her family said. Willie was known as Granny - "because of her loving and compassionate demeanor. Granny's warm heart spread love and cheer even to the casual acquaintance. Willie was truly a person who was loved by all. " She died Feb. 14 at age 96. Willie was born in Wake Forest, N.C., to Willie Dunn and Mary Land.
February 17, 2015 |
Three years ago, Shelly Fisher's medical-identification-bracelets company in West Conshohocken, Hope Paige Designs L.L.C., had just started to hit its stride. Her goal - to create jewelry designed not only to potentially save lives but to be fashionable, thus more likely to be worn - had been realized. The market was responding with back-to-back years of doubling sales. And then, about a year later, a light went on for Fisher. A light-emitting diode, or LED, to be precise. It would be the catalyst for a new company, 4id L.L.C., and a new product line of LED-enhanced safety items - lighted adjustable bands, shoelaces, ear buds, and clips for runners, walkers, bikers, skiers, campers, pets - that generated $500,000 in sales in 2014, its first year.
February 12, 2015 |
Kat Mittman Kobak planned to design jewelry for this year's Grammy Awards attendees by personalizing her signature silver, sparkling, beaded choker. But then, three days before the pieces were to be shipped off, Kobak's publicist got the names of exactly who would be getting Kat Designs baubles: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, and John Mayer. The dainty necklaces with edgy panther and arrowhead charms weren't quite right anymore - especially now that Mayer was in the mix. Kobak would have to start from scratch.
February 4, 2015 |
Judge Steven T. O'Neill is used to hearing tales of addiction, depression, and cries for help in his Montgomery County drug court. But Monday's scene, with about 50 well-to-do Main Line supporters coming out to speak on behalf of one young defendant, was unusual. Timothy C. Brooks, 19, of Villanova, pleaded guilty in October to five charges as the No. 2 man in a drug ring that sought to corner the market on marijuana sales at Main Line prep schools. The operation was short-lived and its scope was modest in comparison to its extraordinarily high media profile.
January 30, 2015
P ATRICIA DONAHUE, 62, of Roxborough, owns Consignment Marketplace in Manayunk. The business carries a variety of used housewares and furniture for every room in a house. The items are displayed in a 5,000-square-foot showroom on Main Street near Shurs Lane. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: It's 3 years old, but I've owned it since June 2014. I worked for the former owner. When she sold the building, I bought her business for $25,000 and rented the first floor from the new landlord.
January 29, 2015 |
For most kids in the region, Tuesday's "snow day" was a perfect storm: A forecast bad enough to cancel classes, yet a dusting so mild that they could spend their unexpected holiday at the mall or the multiplex. But at Bryn Mawr's Baldwin School, it was an ideal day to stay inside the house and read the Chinese philosopher Confucius or sit at the computer coding new apps. In fact, they had no choice. That's because the Main Line girls' academy has replaced "snow days" with "cyber days" - alternative online learning on days when the local roads are deemed impassable but the Information Superhighway is wide open.
January 26, 2015 |
William W. Clements Jr., 83, a family physician from Devon, died Friday, Jan. 16, of complications from Parkinson's disease at Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he had spent much of his life tending patients. A Main Line native, Dr. Clements was a graduate of the Haverford School, Wesleyan University, and Jefferson Medical College. In 1960, he joined the U.S. Public Health Service and was assigned to the Mescalero Apache Reservation in south-central New Mexico. He and his wife, Nancy Muth Clements, had many happy times living and working with the Native Americans in a beautiful mountain setting, his family said.
January 22, 2015 |
A Villanova man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for drug trafficking and money laundering in what U.S. Homeland Security agents said was one of the region's largest cash busts. Ronald Belciano, 42, pleaded guilty in February in federal court in Harrisburg to leading a distribution ring that brought hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Northern California to Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2011, and laundering the profits to conceal the illegal operation. Federal agents seized more than $4 million in cash; Belciano's Villanova home; 190 acres of land in Mendocino County, Calif., from which he exported the drugs; and an estimated $620,000 worth of artwork, including some by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí.