May 26, 2011
Yvonne Briscoe Ireland, 74, of Erdenheim, a retired office manager, died of organ failure Thursday, May 19, at Abington Memorial Hospital. In 1982, Mrs. Ireland became office manager for Erdenheim Pediatrics, which later became Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates in Fort Washington. After retiring at 65, she worked part-time for the practice as a referral specialist until January. Mrs. Ireland graduated from Yeadon High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Millersville University.
February 11, 2011 |
To describe "Just Go With It" as another failed romantic comedy would imply that at one time it wanted to succeed as romantic comedy. I doubt that's true. Star Adam Sandler and collaborator/director Denis Dugan don't really care if they conform to rom-com standards and practices. To Sandler Inc., "Just Go With It" is a forum for his freewheeling lowbrow brand (this movie makes "Little Fockers" look erudite), one that's increasingly unhinged from form and unregulated by taste. It's either proof of civilization's decline or underappreciated Dadaist genius.
December 14, 2010
RE COUNCILWOMAN Marian Tasco's op-ed, "Dwight Evans' 'Friends & Cronies' are Really Just Us," a touching tale about her visit to the Fresh Grocer in Germantown: I don't make any excuses about why I voted against Evans, I was up front about it, and I'll state it again: I voted against Evans because he cut funding in my district. As to Tasco's assertion that Evans got $1 million for the Maria Santos Medical Office, you've been sadly misinformed. Gov. Rendell was the one who helped me secure the $1 million for my district.
November 24, 2010 |
The kind of Thanksgiving that filled Lisa Brown with comforting memories had slipped through her fingers. Instead of the good silverware, steaming macaroni and cheese, and the punch bowl with the sherbet floating in it, last year's Thanksgiving was about someone else's house and someone else's holiday. Lisa Brown and her children were homeless, staying with friends. But in a matter of months, Brown went from sleeping in an enclosed porch to her own four-bedroom apartment. This year, Brown won't be just celebrating the holiday in someone else's home.
October 19, 2010
John H. Murphy 3d, 94, former chairman of the board and publisher of the AFRO American Newspapers in Washington and Baltimore, died Saturday at the Stella Maris Nursing Home in Timonium, Md., the newspaper confirmed. Mr. Murphy was the grandson of AFRO founder John H. Murphy. He began his 49-year career with the AFRO as the office manager of the Washington AFRO and became chief executive officer in 1967. He served at various times as both president and chairman of the board until his retirement in 1986.
October 8, 2010 |
John D. Blaisse, 94, formerly of Drexel Hill, a retired insurance firm office manager, a singer, and an actor, died Monday, Oct. 4, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lebanon, Pa. Mr. Blaisse, who took vocal lessons in his youth, sang at social events. He was a cantor at St. Andrew's Church in Drexel Hill and performed in its theater company. After retiring from Reliance Insurance Co. in 1981, he led the Guys and Gals singing group, sponsored by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Delaware County.
July 6, 2010 |
Eric Nordberg divides his life into two parts - before the fire and after. Before, he had a nice house in the suburbs, an established business in Center City, a wife who made him laugh, and three happy daughters. Fire consumed his Bucks County house on May 25, killing baby Katie, 17 months, and critically injuring his wife, Susan Thomas. Initially, doctors told Nordberg that because of smoke and carbon monoxide inhalation and the length of time her brain went without oxygen, the prognosis for middle daughter Julia, 4, was grim.
June 27, 2010 |
Lawyer Jeffrey B. Rotwitt insists there was no problem with his two roles on the planned $200 million Family Court building. He says he finished searching for a site on behalf of the courts at the end of 2007, just before he started talking about a partnership with the project's developer, Donald Pulver. Now, an e-mail sent by Pulver's office manager and obtained by The Inquirer raises questions about Rotwitt's account. It shows that Rotwitt and Pulver were working to arrange their 50-50 development deal as early as July 2007, while he was still working with the courts to select a site.
May 28, 2010 |
Jonathan Ramos, who challenged state Rep. Angel Cruz in last week's Democratic primary for his 180th District seat, is asking for an investigation into Cruz's Election Day behavior. "I'm not looking for a recount," Ramos said at a news conference, surrounded by more than 30 supporters. "It's not about me anymore. I just want this injustice to end for the community. " Common Pleas Judge Dennis P. Cohen issued an injunction against Cruz on Election Day for allegedly intimidating voters and blocking some election workers' access to polling places.
April 8, 2010 |
Frank Galioto, 41, director of City Councilman Frank Rizzo's constituent services operation, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday, April 6, while visiting his parents in Florida. Council staffers were in shock at the news that the well-liked colleague, known for his self-deprecating humor and dedication to this work, was gone. "He was so good at helping people, and it wasn't a job - he loved doing it," Rizzo said Wednesday. Susan Conboy, who worked with Mr. Galioto in Rizzo's office from 1999 to 2004, had nicknamed him "The Scam Spotter" because he could sniff out a scammer from a mile away.