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 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.
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.
May 10, 2012 |
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.
March 2, 2012 |
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.
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.