March 28, 2015 |
SEPTA will not appeal a federal court ruling that the transit authority must accept virulently anti-Muslim advertising on its buses, SEPTA officials said Thursday. In accepting the ruling, SEPTA officials also said they have tightened the agency's advertising standards to legally prohibit such ads in the future. The black-and-white ads proclaim "Jew Hatred: It's in the Quran" and feature a photograph of a 1941 meeting between Hitler and Hajj Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian Arab nationalist who made radio broadcasts supporting the Nazis.
March 12, 2015 |
Ever thought you were too old to take on a fresh challenge, learn something new, or add a few more chapters to your memoir? Please allow me to introduce Frieda Lefeber. Lefeber will turn 100 this month, and she's celebrating with her first solo art exhibition, a retrospective of landscape and portrait paintings that opens at Rosemont College's Lawrence Gallery on Thursday. It's the achievement of a lifetime for the Penn Valley mother, grandmother, retired nurse, and Holocaust survivor, who began taking art classes at Rosemont in 1991 at age 76 and earned a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at age 83. "It kept me young," Lefeber said - and it kept her busy.
October 3, 2014 |
JUDY Spitzer suffered through two great upheavals in her life, one caused by human venality and the other by nature. As a teenager, she was caught up in the Holocaust, but managed through guts and ingenuity to escape the Nazis, who murdered her father and other family members. Then, 70 years later, Hurricane Katrina drove her and her husband out of New Orleans, where they were teaching at a medical school. Finally settling in the relative peace of the Philadelphia area, Judy could look back on a life of accomplishment realized in the toils of catastrophes that might have wrecked less fearless souls.
August 2, 2014 |
William S. Pilling II, 91, of Penn Valley, a pharmaceutical company executive, died Tuesday, July 29, at Wellington Terrace in West Chester. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Pilling graduated from Chestnut Hill Academy in 1941. Two years later, he joined the Army and served in France and Germany during World War II as a non-commissioned infantry sergeant in charge of a mortar squad. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard College and a master's of business administration with distinction from Harvard University.
August 1, 2014 |
THE WORK OF local photographer/blogger Conrad Benner caught the eye of the people behind Rihanna 's new tour. An image that Benner, a noted chronicler of the city's streets, took of SEPTA's abandoned Spring Garden Station on the Broad-Ridge Spur will be a part of her new tour, appearing behind the mega-pop star while she sings her hit "Man Down. " Benner, who runs a site called Streets Dept (streetsdept.com), described his sojourn to the station in a 2013 blog post as "an abandoned mecca for graffiti artists and urban explorers alike, who are arguably the only people showing the old station any love.
July 3, 2014 |
Frank E. Greenberg, 81, formerly of Penn Valley, a Philadelphia lawyer and standout track and field official, died Sunday, June 29, at an assisted-living facility in Palm Harbor, Fla., of complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. He had been ill for several years, said his friend Stuart Gellman. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Overbrook High School in 1950, and earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and a degree from Penn's Law School.
May 1, 2014 |
Growing up in the '50s in the Jewish neighborhood then centered on Rising Sun Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, Charles Sherman had an insulated, even charmed, childhood. "My whole life as a kid was within three blocks," he said. "You walked to the grocery store, to your synagogue. I had four or five aunts who lived within one block. I had cousins. It was a different kind of way of looking at community. " He went as far as Jenkintown, where the family's business, Botwinick's, outfitted a generation of bat mitzvah girls in taffeta and tulle; and Bryn Mawr, for Akiba Hebrew Academy.
April 19, 2014 |
Alice Belew Lonsdorf, 89, of Gladwyne, a former assistant dean for alumni affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a tireless civic leader, died Thursday, April 10, of pulmonary fibrosis at her home in Waverly Heights. "She was entertaining visitors and going to meetings until a week ago," said her son, George. "She was fierce about maintaining her activities until she couldn't. " A Fort Worth, Texas, native, Mrs. Lonsdorf graduated at age 19 from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in fine arts.
April 10, 2014 |
Ralph S. Snyder, 91, of Bala Cynwyd, a Philadelphia lawyer, volunteer worker for Jewish charities, and master storyteller, died Monday, April 7, of congestive heart failure at his home. Born and raised in Harrisburg, Mr. Snyder graduated from Pennsylvania State University and, in 1948, the Dickinson Law School. He served as an Army weatherman in Reykjavik, Iceland, during World War II. Mr. Snyder worked in Harrisburg as a deputy attorney general from 1949 to 1963, when he was invited to join the Philadelphia law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.
April 10, 2014 |
SO, THE DOCTORS gave Mary Lacca three to six months to live after a diagnosis in the spring of 2012 of brain cancer. Not likely. Mary had no intention of letting her illness interfere with her life of devotion to family and church and the fun things she enjoyed doing. She wasn't going to turn off the stove that produced so many mouthwatering meals, or stop caring for her "Seven Stars," as she called her seven children, and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition, Mary wanted to participate in her treatment.