April 22, 2014 |
When his children came to him with a question - a problem at school, a fight with a friend - Rabbi Aaron Landes always responded the same way. "Let's analyze this," he'd say. It was an approach that the longtime senior rabbi at Elkins Park's Beth Sholom Congregation - and a chaplain in the Navy Reserve - applied to most challenges in his life. In 1979, during a stint at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, an official asked Rabbi Landes why more Jewish students hadn't enlisted.
April 16, 2014 |
THERE ARE so many elements that need addressing for the 76ers to seriously start the rebuild they're currently in, with a new practice facility being at or near the top of the list. But sources have told the Daily News that some employees have been told that the plan of building at the Navy Yard has been scratched, leaving management frantically searching for a place to build a state-of-the-art facility they can call their own. Currently, the Sixers practice at the gym at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which doesn't provide the intimacy or the updated equipment that most other teams in the league already have.
April 5, 2014 |
Russell J. Geiser never played an instrument, certainly not one with a Mummers string band. But at one time or another, each of his five children marched up Broad Street playing in a string band to celebrate New Year's Day. And at one time or another, his daughter Mary Raschilla said, Mr. Geiser was president of the Palmyra String Band, then of the Palmyra South Jersey String Band, and founder and president of the South Jersey String Band of...
March 28, 2014 |
WHAT'S A COP look like? Whatever it is, Vernon Cottman apparently fit the description. Not surprising, since he was a cop. It was true. He and his wife were in Lake Tahoe, Nev., for a police convention - but when they went into a casino, it was not where the convention was being held. Vernon was not in uniform. Nevertheless, a dealer told him he couldn't sit in a certain location because he was a cop. "We tried to figure out what a cop looks like," said his wife, Carol Kirkland Cottman.
March 26, 2014 |
Walter T. Dunston, 78, of Philadelphia, a retired dentist and U.S. Navy captain, died Sunday, March 9, at Jeanes Hospital of complications from a stroke. Born in Williamsport, Pa., he was active in sports at an early age and played organized baseball and basketball. At age 12, he was a member of the first Little League World Series championship team in 1947. "From the World of Little League Museum in South Williamsport: We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Dunston, even as we celebrate his very full life," Lance Van Auken, who is affiliated with Little League in South Williamsport, wrote in an online tribute.
March 21, 2014 |
AS FAR AS Bill Platt was concerned, there's a right way of doing things and a wrong way, and anything in between is suspect. And Bill didn't hesitate to call out anyone who violated this principle, be it politicians, government officials, greedy business executives, incompetent doctors or referees and umpires with vision problems. He would fire off an angry letter with the slightest provocation, making it unquestionably clear how he felt about anyone who didn't abide by his code of honor and responsibility.
January 27, 2014 |
WHEN A relentless winter storm buried the city under 14 inches of snow Tuesday, plenty of people knew they were in for a long, miserable night. Canceled flights. Delayed trains. Car rides that were destined to end soon after they started on the side of some whited-out road. But there was a silver lining amid all of the white stuff if you happened to be in a certain stretch of South Philly: the Marriott's brand-new hotel in the Navy Yard was open, and eager to take on guests. The Courtyard Philadelphia South at the Navy Yard, which opened for the first time earlier this month, sold out all of its 172 rooms on the night of the storm, said Jennifer Tran, manager of the Navy Yard's marketing and communications for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.
January 17, 2014 |
The Horsham Land Redevelopment Authority on Wednesday approved a land transfer application and plans to hire a developer to transform the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station into a residential and commercial site. A solicitation will go out to developers nationwide on Jan. 27. Authority executive director Michael McGee said only a handful of firms have experience with a project this big. McGee said the request will ask developers to explain "how you would finance this project, do you have the wherewithal, do you have the experience and the interest.
January 11, 2014 |
Angelo "Tim" Durso, 83, of Drexel Hill, who for more than two decades led the federal government's audits of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, died Sunday, Jan. 5, of complications from lung cancer at his home. From 1963 until his retirement in 1990, Mr. Durso specialized in auditing naval facilities in Philadelphia. He also led Navy audits of shipyards in Rota, Spain, and Naples, Italy, as well as domestic facilities at Norfolk, Va., and Portsmouth, N.H. At Portsmouth, he led audits of the Trident missile program.
December 22, 2013 |
Isadore Galing, 96, of Hatboro, a poet and writer, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, of heart disease at his home. Born in New York City, he lived there until moving at age 9 to Philadelphia. He graduated from South Philadelphia High. From a very early age Mr. Galing discovered that he had a talent for writing, and wrote for the high school newspaper. He married the former Esther Steinberg in 1938, and the couple had two sons. She died in 2006. When World War II broke out, Mr. Galing worked for the Frankford Arsenal for four years as a tool grinder.