April 30, 2016 |
For more than 30 years, the Mandell Education Campus in Melrose Park has been a suburban nexus for the Jewish community, a family-centric complex of schools, offices, and athletic fields on 28 acres not far from the city's edge. When word surfaced in January about the possibility of an apartment building for seniors being added to the bucolic Montgomery County grounds, a battle cry went out. But what started as a fight for open space seems to be turning into a wake-up call about broader issues on a campus that is being utilized less and less, and a collaborative effort to find solutions.
January 8, 2016
Lev Golinkin: "A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka" 3 p.m. Sunday at Gratz College, 7605 Old York Rd., Melrose Park. Admission: Free. Information: 215-635-7399 or http://onebook.jewishlearningventure.org
June 27, 2015 |
Pop quiz! Settle down! 1. The name of the Seattle-based band Recess Monkey is an example of what kind of groan-inducing joke? 2. The band's moniker refers to a simian that is native to what region of the world? 3. How much fun are they? (Answers at this item's end.) A power trio of elementary-school teachers (one is lead singer and guitarist Drew Holloway, who grew up in Wayne and graduated from Upper Merion), Recess Monkey purveys a pure pop that appeals to all ages in an interactive and funny show.
May 19, 2015 |
Sayre P. Schatz, 92, of Melrose Park, an internationally known expert on African economics and professor emeritus of economics at Temple University, died Thursday, May 7, of Alzheimer's disease at the Quadrangle in Haverford. A World War II veteran, Dr. Schatz was drawn to the field of African economics in the 1950s, when few scholars were interested in the subject. He went on to author several books and dozens of articles on the topic, many of which were translated into other languages.
March 8, 2014 |
Sydney Weiss, 86, formerly of Melrose Park, longtime principal of Kensington High School for Girls, died Tuesday, March 4, of Type 1 diabetes at a nursing facility in Clearwater, Fla. From 1971 to 1990, Mr. Weiss was principal of Kensington High School for Girls. In that role, he encouraged students from humble beginnings, much like his own, to work hard and lift themselves out of poverty by daring to go to college. An Inquirer reporter wrote in 1989 that Mr. Weiss "beams like a proud father" when he talks about his students' achievements and college dreams.
March 5, 2014 |
IF PEOPLE IN the Melrose Park Gardens neighborhood had a problem like vandalism, drug dealing, etc., they wouldn't call the cops directly. They would call Ed Roberson. Ed had the cellphone number of the captain of the 35th District and he would make the calls. Because Ed was recognized as a longtime leader of the community and one who cared deeply about its welfare, he would invariably get the action he sought. At election time, Ed invited candidates to meetings he organized at churches or other locations to talk with the voters.
December 8, 2013 |
Residents of the upper floors at the Philadelphian are accustomed to exclamations of "Wow!" from first-time visitors. The condominium building faces the Parkway and offers panoramas of Center City, the Art Museum, the Schuylkill and Boathouse Row. In the condo of artist Bebe Weiss, however, the "wow" comes as soon as a visitor walks in, before those enviable vistas are even in sight. A red foyer provides a dramatic backdrop for her stunning bronze-toned sculptures and black-glazed ceramics.
December 12, 2012 |
TOM HANKS will help mentor aspiring screenwriter Gabriel Posey , a Melrose Park native who recently returned from serving in Afghanistan and who got hooked up with Hanks by ABC News' Bob Woodruff as part of his "Standing Up for Heroes" series. Posey, 32, who spent nine years in the Army, decided to enlist while studying English literature at Temple. Now that he's home, he told Woodruff, he wanted to pursue his passion of working in movies or television. Woodruff connected Posey, who achieved the rank of staff sergeant, with Hanks, whose acting/directing career has included a number of military projects such as "Saving Private Ryan," and "The Pacific," and surprised Posey with the news in a video clip aired online Monday on ABCNews.com.
June 28, 2012
A man was arrested Wednesday morning after he attacked a SEPTA bus driver near Independence Mall, police and SEPTA officials said. Police said Robert Moore, 32, of Granite Road, Melrose Park, got on the Route 33 bus around 9:45 a.m. at Fourth and Market Streets. As the bus pulled away, Moore allegedly began speaking to the driver, then started choking him. SEPTA officials also said Moore brandished a knife. The driver was able to put the bus into park and two passengers came to his aid and subdued Moore, police said.
June 28, 2012 |
A driver of a SEPTA bus and its passengers got quite a scare near Independence Mall this morning, when a man arguing with the driver pulled a knife, according to SEPTA. Robert Moore, 32, of the 7300 block of North Granite Street, Melrose Park, was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses in bus-driver attack. Two passengers came to the aid of the driver, and police were able to make an arrest, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. The driver was not injured, she said.