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January 4, 1988 | By TOM SCHMIDT, Daily News Staff Writer
Thomas Wayne Holtcamp, general manager of radio station WTEL-AM, was killed yesterday during an apparent robbery in the station's studio on Cheltenham Avenue in Melrose Park, Montgomery County, police said. Holtcamp, 51, who lived in the Beaver Hill Apartments in Jenkintown, was found face up in a pool of blood when Cheltenham police responded to the station about 4:30 p.m. Cheltenham Township Police Sgt. Richard Hoffner said Holtcamp had been severely beaten about the head.
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February 15, 1996 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday for Sydelle Rosenberg Puchek, 70, of Melrose Park, an art consultant who, with her husband, owned and operated a Montgomery County art gallery. The service will be held at Abington Friends Meeting House, Meetinghouse Road and Greenwood Avenue, Abington. Mrs. Puchek died of heart failure last Saturday at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. "She represented many of the Philadelphia area's finest artists, including such people as Barbara Walker, Barbara Zucker, Seymour Remenick, Louise Stahl, John Hanlen and Mary Ledwith," said Michael Puchek, her husband of 45 years.
NEWS
April 23, 1989 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Danny Rovner is presented with a choice that calls for the wisdom of a Solomon. If he were to be judged by only two of his creations, which of his Coventry Market delicacies would he offer? "My potato pierogis," he says firmly. Bookkeeper Deehna Felsher looks up from her work: "My mah-jongg girls die for them. " Then thoughts turn to sesame chicken and barbecued pastrami. "It's extra-lean meat that we barbecue and throw onions on," he says. "It's out of this world.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Dan Gross
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.
NEWS
February 7, 2001 | By Patrick Kerkstra and Connie Langland, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The boys rolled their coats into pillows and stretched out on the library floor. The girls were cozy in a second-grade classroom. And their teachers improvised as cooks, entertainers and chaperones when 37 sixth graders from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School's Forman Center in Melrose Park got stranded in Monday's snowstorm at the school's Stern Center in Wynnewood. A day trip turned into a sleepover, with some supplies, including blankets, provided by the American Red Cross.
NEWS
January 15, 1998 | By Mark Binker, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Holly Richardson's computer-repair classmates picked on her, they went beyond putting a frog in her desk or gum in her hair. They harassed her with lewd jokes, sexual innuendo, and vivid X-rated images on her computer. A federal jury decided Tuesday that CHI Institute in Southampton allowed the 31-year-old Melrose Park woman to be sexually harassed in the classroom and ordered the technical school to pay her $102,000 - $37,000 in compensatory damages and $65,000 in punitive damages.
NEWS
September 29, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / IRA JOFFE
BENEFACTORS Ida and Milton Newman stand in front of the superstructure of a new Gratz College building in Melrose Park. The building, which will house administrative and faculty offices and the college library, will be named for their late daughter, Ann Newman. The college is now in Philadelphia.
SPORTS
June 26, 1995 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Rich Cornwall of Langhorne won the 45-and-over title and Dave Steiker of Melrose Park won the 60-and-over title in the John Brick Memorial Senior Tennis Championships yesterday at the Logan Tennis Club in Melrose Park. Cornwall weathered a rare 40-point tie-breaker in winning the 45-and-over championship by 6-3, 7-6 (21-19) over Andre Peterson, seeded second. Steiker prevailed by 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 2-2, over Herb Bascome in the 60-and- over final. In the fifth game of the third set, Bascome pulled a groin muscle and retired.
SPORTS
June 21, 1997 | By Mayer Brandschain, FOR THE INQUIRER
Terry Hassall, the Merion Cricket Club pro, won the John Brick Memorial men's 45-and-over tennis championship by defeating Andres Peterson, 6-1, 6-1, yesterday at the Logan Tennis Club in Melrose Park. The 60-and-over championship final will be played today at noon between Ossie Jethron and Robert Simons. In yesterday's semifinals, Jethron defeated Andy Yates, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Simons was tied with Vic Kasser, 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, when Kasser withdrew, suffering from heat exhaustion.
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May 19, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 8, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
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.
REAL_ESTATE
December 8, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Dan Gross
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.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 10, 2012 | By Sally Friedman, FOR THE INQUIRER
By noon on a recent Sunday afternoon, the entrance to a Bala Country Club banquet room was choked with Overbrook High School alums — Class of 1947. There were the predictable hugs and handshakes and the discreet study of those name tags that save so many social occasions. And like every reunion, this one involved a reckoning with the past and a glimpse of the present, and of how these 37 former classmates, men and women now all about 82, were faring. But 65th reunions are pretty special; certainly, the act of showing up means more than just clearing your calendar.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2012 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
The Junior League of Philadelphia's American Girl Fashion Show on Saturday at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center will feature fashion for young ladies. Local children will model fashions to runway commentary and music. Audience members can see attire ranging from historical daywear to special-occasion outfits, and they can also purchase clothes at the show. Girls will be able to bring their dolls to a salon to get their hair styled. There will be lunch, raffles, and door prizes.
NEWS
March 1, 2012
James F. McErlain Jr., 89, of Rydal, a retired sales executive, died Saturday, Feb. 25, of complications of Parkinson's disease at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Mr. McErlain graduated from Northeast High School in 1941. During World War II, he served in the Army as a military policeman at Fort Lewis, Wash. After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree from Temple University in 1951. While at Temple, he was a salesman for Stuart F. Louchheim Co., an appliance firm in Philadelphia.
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