August 1, 2004 |
When Rabbi Michael Bernstein was selected as the new senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley, he was delighted. "I had looked at different places, but this was my top choice," he said. "It's great for us. " Members of the conservative congregation seem to be just as happy. "Rabbi Bernstein was an easy and unanimous choice," said Jane Foster of Merion Station, who chaired the search committee. Jonathan Witte of Bala Cynwyd, financial secretary for the synagogue's board of directors, said Bernstein's Torah study is already very popular and described him as "approachable, down to earth" and with "a very good sense of humor.
March 28, 2004 |
Perhaps St. Patrick's Day was not the best time to visit a neighborhood pub, but fortunately, The Pub of Penn Valley defied my expectations. The patrons, instead of being jostling pub-crawlers at the bar, seemed relaxed as diners on a cruise. At the same time, the Pub - in calling it that, the regulars are picking up on its name of a few incarnations ago - is hardly a place where diners have what you could call a meet-and-greet meal. Food is everything here. (Along with the neighborhood feel.
November 9, 2003 |
To honor her 18 years of placing children with adoptive families, Maxine Chalker has been named a Congressional Angel of Adoption. An adoptee herself, Chalker is the founder and executive director of Adoptions from the Heart, a licensed nonprofit adoption agency. The award was created in 1999 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute to recognize people who have "improved the lives of children through adoption. " Chalker, who lives in Penn Valley, was nominated by U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.)
January 26, 2003 |
Keira Driansky has won a Marshall Scholarship and this fall will head to the University of Cambridge to study a new field with a very long name: pharmacogenomics. "I know. It's an ugly word," the 21-year-old Penn Valley native said, launching into a definition she has probably had to give a zillion times. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how people react to medications based on their genetic subgroup. The goal, she said, is to customize medications "to reduce the incidence of adverse reactions to drugs that so many people have.
March 16, 2001 |
Can Jews preserve their identity in contemporary U.S. society? Or does freedom erode bonds forged by generations of prejudice? Elliott Abrams, assistant U.S. secretary of state in the Reagan administration, will tackle that question in a program open to the community at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Rd., Penn Valley. The temple's Fishman Institute for Adult Jewish Learning is presenting the free program. Abrams is president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, and chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
May 31, 2000 |
Arthur B. Morgenstern, 60, who gave up a successful career as a real estate attorney and investor at age 50 to study the Torah, died of cancer May 24 at his home in Penn Valley. Mr. Morgenstern had attained financial goals in real estate and development, particularly of apartments in Philadelphia area and South Jersey, but was looking for a deeper meaning in life, his family said. He had worked 18 years with Strouse Greenberg & Co. in developing shopping centers in the area before striking out on his own in 1985.
May 1, 2000 |
It's rare when everything even comes close to being perfect, and it's almost impossible to reach every goal. But Great Valley came close this weekend at the 106th running of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field. The Patriots took first in the 4x400-meter Suburban B and C relay in 3 minutes, 27.52 seconds with the team of Webster Brehm, John Ford, Eamon Brazunas and Marcus Ford-Bey. The time was Great Valley's best time this spring and marked the first time the Pats won the 4x400 at the Penn Relays since 1997.
July 16, 1999 |
Rabbi Gerald Wolpe joins several Har Zion Temple day campers, wearing plastic hard hats, to mark the groundbreaking for the new religious school wing. The ceremony was yesterday in Penn Valley.
June 21, 1999 |
It's not so much their defeat in a heated six-month battle to keep Wawa out of Penn Valley that aggravates people here. It's the way they lost that really makes them mad: absent commissioners. When the township board narrowly approved Wawa Inc.'s plans to move its Narberth store across Montgomery Avenue into Penn Valley last week, two members who had opposed the plan were not present to cast their votes. A week before, when residents believed their grassroots campaign to stop Wawa's move was working, the same board - meeting as the Building and Planning Committee - voted, 7-6, to recommend denial of Wawa's plans.
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.