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May 1, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who's going to live in all those new Main Line apartments? Hospital workers, college students - and Philadelphia residents who want to enroll their children in Lower Merion public schools, says Steven Rock , senior vice president at New York-based Marcus & Millichap Capital Corp. Rock has arranged $23.5 million in financing for Cross Properties (that's David Blumenfeld and Kevin Michals ) to build 132 apartments, plus medical offices, at the former Baptist seminary on Lancaster Avenue near Lankenau Hospital . That's one of several apartment projects picking up planning, zoning, and financing approvals in Lower Merion.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The White Dog Cafe in Wayne, the Main Line location of the well-known restaurant, was heavily damaged Thursday when a two-alarm fire broke out in the kitchen shortly before noon. Firefighters from the surrounding area fought the blaze, which started at 11:45 a.m., amid a heavy downpour, and brought it under control within an hour. The restaurant and offices in the building were evacuated when crews arrived, and no injuries were reported. "Our intent is to make the necessary repairs as quickly as possible and reopen," said Marty Grims, the owner of the restaurant in Radnor Township.
FOOD
October 6, 2011 | By Ashley Primis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Main Liners are often heard repeating the same sentiment: Why are there no good restaurants where they live? It's not a region that's short on openings. BYOs such as TiraMisu in Berwyn and high-caliber spots like Paramour and Xilantro in Wayne are a few that have opened in recent months. But few seem to make the splash that residents are desperate for. "I personally think the choices out here are horrible," said one Main Line mom, who didn't want to be named. And on every food-loving Main Liner's wish list?
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 28 marijuana plants were seized at his home, police said, a Main Line eye doctor was arrested Wednesday and jailed on drug charges. Appearing before a district judge, Paul Carter Ezell, 58, of Haverford Township, wearing a brown T-shirt and blue hospital scrub pants, was ordered held on $50,000 bail at the Delaware County jail. Charges against him and his daughter, Victoria, 23, included possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and criminal conspiracy, according to court records.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The deputy of a Main Line drug organization pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from his involvement with the group. Timothy Brooks, 19, of Villanova, could face up to 16 months in prison when he is sentenced this fall. Prosecutors charged Brooks with being second in command in the drug operation nicknamed the "Main Line Takeover Project. " Authorities said it was formed to sell marijuana to students at universities and prep schools. Brooks, wearing a blue sport coat and tie during his brief court appearance, declined to comment to reporters after the hearing.
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dan Maxwell played varsity lacrosse, football, and basketball at Radnor High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society. He had a great sense of humor, and girls at school had crushes on him. Maxwell graduated in June. In July, he killed himself. The end of his quiet struggle with depression shocked his Main Line community. "At his memorial service, we talked about how we couldn't talk about it when he was sick," said his mother, Laurie Burstein-Maxwell. "His friends didn't know the extent of what was going on, and neither did our friends, because of the stigma.
NEWS
December 11, 2012
A prominent Main Line developer pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding two banks to get $13 million, prosecutors said. Michael Pouls, 50, pleaded guilty to wire and bank fraud and false statements in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. Pouls, whose opulent Gladwyne estate was once featured on MTV's Teen Cribs , had only $3,000 in accounts when he lied and created false statements in 2007 suggesting he had $28 million in a bid to get the loans from National Penn Bank and the former Wilmington Trust Bank.
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BUSINESS
May 1, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
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.
NEWS
February 4, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 29, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 26, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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 DalĂ­.
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