August 22, 2014 |
THE BIG GUY with the imposing dreads and the fierce demeanor at the door of the nightclub could be intimidating - if you didn't know him. But as those regulars who got to know Oronde Gibson could tell you, he was a "lovable bear. " Oronde was the manager and guardian of the door at the former Club Fluid on South 4th Street, a nightclub popular with fans of hip-hop, soul and rap, delivered by exuberant DJs, who made the records shriek like bouncing banshees. The crowd loved it. By midnight, the small dance floor was jammed, you had to wait in line to get a drink and the noise level was just this side of unbearable.
August 19, 2014 |
John Crowe, who heads the North American operations for the $55.8 billion French building materials company Saint-Gobain Corp., was in corporate offices in Paris late last month when he noticed it. "I could feel the sucking sound," Crowe said. It was his French colleagues anticipating their legendary August exit out of Paris into the countryside for an extensive summer vacation. By now, only 5 percent of those employed at headquarters are working at their desks - the rest can be found on the Mediterranean or in the Alps.
August 15, 2014 |
IVORY DEWITT had a special interest in the needs of urban young men. As a leader of Project Alpha, Ivory helped to educate young men on the responsibilities of fatherhood, relationships with others and their connection with the greater community. "It was an effort to motivate young men to make decisions about their goals and values," his family wrote in a tribute. Ivory felt a strong responsibility to help others. At Thanksgiving, he was distributing food baskets to the needy.
August 12, 2014 |
James S. McHugh had a fadeaway jump shot in high school, college, and afterward that made him look like Boston Celtics star Bob Cousy, his son Ronald said. "He would leave the ground, and, three feet in the air, do a jump shot that was unbelievable," his son said. But it wasn't only on the court that Mr. McHugh resembled the star of the 1950s and 1960s. A couple of times, strangers approached his father to ask for his autograph, thinking he was Cousy, his son said.
August 3, 2014 |
Narberth is a town best known for its idyllic downtown, July Fourth fireworks, and friendly neighborhoods. Recently, though, problems have intruded upon the placidity. Borough Manager William J. Martin, 65, was charged last week with DUI after a Lower Merion Township police officer noticed the car Martin was driving moving erratically along City Avenue. The arrest came just weeks after the reinstatement of a veteran officer on the six-member Narberth police force who had been fired by borough officials for exposing himself at a local bar and who acknowledged a drinking problem.
August 1, 2014 |
THE UNION have a tall task ahead of them if they want to make the playoffs. They sit at 5-8-8, just three points back of being tied for a playoff spot. As interim manager Jim Curtin says, they are treating each of their last 13 Major League Soccer matches like playoff games. Their first test comes tonight against the best team in the Eastern Conference as the Union visits Sporting Kansas City (11-5-5). "We are realistic when we look at the table," Curtin said. "We have to go on a run. Kansas City, for me, is a top team in the MLS right now. Kansas City has a great model of having a ton of players they can just plug in, and no matter who is missing, they are able to plug guys in. " Philadelphia has had past success against Kansas City, which has been among the best in the MLS for the past 2 years.
July 30, 2014 |
Walter Franklin Hohl, 95, of Pottstown, father of the musician Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates, died Friday, July 25, at Pottstown Memorial Hospital. Word of Mr. Hohl's death came Monday from Jonathan Wolfson, Hall's manager in California. The cause of death was not immediately known, but Mr. Hohl had been hospitalized with pneumonia. Hall's given name was Daryl Hohl. He changed it for professional reasons. His father attended North Coventry High School and spent two years at the University of Chattanooga as part of his cadet training in the Army Air Forces.
July 19, 2014 |
Richard Nichols, 55, longtime manager of the Roots, died Thursday, July 17, in Philadelphia of leukemia, the band announced. Mr. Nichols, a native of Philadelphia, "managed the band from its inception in 1992, and was instrumental in every aspect of The Roots' creative, cultural, and professional life over the past two decades," the band said in a statement. He had been hospitalized for several months and was taken off life support Wednesday night and died Thursday afternoon, according to the Roots-affiliated website Okayplayer.com and Billboard magazine.
July 19, 2014 |
Maureen H. McMurdo-Chapman, 69, of Chalfont, Bucks County, died Thursday, July 10, at Abington Memorial Hospital of injuries she suffered in a car accident. Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. McMurdo-Chapman was a resident of Sharon Hill, Delaware County, from 1974 to 1998. For four years ending in 1995, she served as a member of the Southeast Delco School Board. She and her husband, Lawrence, who was injured in the car accident, moved to the New Britain-Chalfont area 16 years ago. Mrs. McMurdo-Chapman graduated from West Catholic High School for Girls in 1963.
July 18, 2014 |
RICH NICHOLS, the longtime manager of the popular Philly hip-hop and neo-soul band the Roots, died yesterday after a long battle with leukemia. He was 55. Nichols, of Philadelphia, had managed the Roots since their start in 1992 and was "instrumental" in every part of the group's "creative, cultural and professional life," according to a statement released by the band. "He was a great dude. . . . He was, creatively, one of the most special men I've ever met," said Larry Gold, who ran the famed Studio on 7th Street near Callowhill, where the Roots and other artists recorded.