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.
September 23, 2013 |
How do you get from Philadelphia to Myanmar? It's easy, Jim Connor says: Turn left at Thailand. The hard part comes once you're there, trying to work with and around a slowly, slowly opening government that's not used to outsiders and is particularly suspicious of social workers. Connor, 40, spent the last decade on the contentious Thailand-Myanmar border, his Whispering Seed project providing housing, education, and job skills to orphans and to children from displaced families.
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.
December 8, 1992 |
Funeral services were to be held this morning for Frank E. Prettyman, a former Campbell Soup Co. employee and amateur song-and-dance man, who died Thursday. He was 73 and lived in South Philadelphia. Prettyman had worked in the factory at Campbell Soup in Camden for 15 years. He also was known in his 17th and Christian streets neighborhood as a man who loved to sing and dance. "He tap danced and sang at the Dixie Theater on Point Breeze Avenue in South Philadelphia and at the Earl Theater," said Helen Williams, one of his daughters.
August 26, 2013 |
When Sophie Forge and Leigh Braden settled down to start a family, they knew they would be living on a legal tightrope. In the United States, the two women could not marry, but they could have a child together and share full parental rights. In Forge's native France, they would enjoy expansive domestic-partnership rights, but she could not be recognized as the mother of their child, who was born to Braden. In 2008, while Braden was pregnant with their son, Benjamin, there was talk of bankruptcy at the software company that employed Forge.
May 15, 1999 |
The Democratic campaign for mayor is coming into your mailbox as the wide-open five-way race enters its frantic final 72 hours. And not all political mailings are alike. John Street's campaign, for example, has been mailing out two different glossy brochures about the former City Council chief. One features a car whizzing past a sign that reads, "Welcome to Montgomery County" -_ a thinly disguised slap at Marty Weinberg and the luxury home he bought in Penn Valley in 1997.
December 29, 1997 |
How can the boss build a positive relationship with employees in this era of workplace downsizing, outsourcing and reengineering? Employers can get insight into the values that employees consider important in a daylong program offered by the Business Development and Training Center at 12 Great Valley Parkway in East Whiteland from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28. Call 610-647-6633 for information and to register. ADVERTISING DLD Advertising/Dave Loose Design in Lititz, Lancaster County, has opened an office at 427 W. Miner St. in West Chester and named John Young director of business development.
June 3, 1996 |
Marketing, accounting, crafting a business plan: You name it, and the Executive Service Corps (ESC) of the Delaware Valley, based in Ardmore, has a volunteer consultant for the job. The ESC is a nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits, not with dollars but with the donated management expertise of its approximately 180 volunteers in the region, said administrative assistant Ellen Aspinall. Seven Main Line residents recently have joined the ESC volunteer ranks. They are: Jeanne Cook of Narberth, former vice president and general counsel at Hill International Inc.; Edmund P. Flynn of Devon, former director of finance and operations for Morgard Inc. in New York City; T. Frank Gannon of Haverford, retired vice president for technical services with Wyeth-Ayers Inc.; Paul R. Kelley of Havertown, former director of testing services with the National Board of Medical Examiners; David J. Martin of Wayne, retired executive vice president and chief counsel for CoreStates Bank; Howard R. Morgan of Wayne, president of Morganics Inc., a marketing firm; and T. William Roberts of Villanova, retired president of Roberts Engineering Sales Co. REAL ESTATE Roach Wheeler/Better Homes and Gardens, created one year ago when Roach Bros.
December 10, 1996 |
Try as he can, Michael Tessler can't dispel the image of his roommate, Rhodes scholar Jonathan Levine, as a scientific Superman. Levine is brilliant, kind, giving and humble. A devoted student, be it of physics or the Torah. A 21-year-old who spends his precious free time listening to opera and teaching Sunday school. The Cornell University senior even keeps their apartment neat, and cooks a mighty fine meal. If slacker revelry is the norm for their generation, Tessler says, "I guess Jonathan's not normal.
August 3, 2015 |
Josie Lecks, 86, of Haverford, a mother, reading specialist, and fund-raiser, died Saturday, July 25, of cancer at her home. She was the widow of Leonard E. Lecks, a cardiologist who practiced at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for more than 30 years. Mrs. Lecks was the granddaughter of Joseph Salus, a banker. The Salus family also produced several prominent lawyers, including Samuel W. Salus, a Pennsylvania state senator from 1911 to 1938. In 1940, Mrs. Lecks moved with her parents to Hollywood, where she attended a performing-arts school.