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June 22, 2013 | By Summer Ballentine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite a painful past marked by time in Nazi labor and concentration camps, relatives said, Peter Siegler's warm and humorous personality never hardened. Dr. Siegler, 89, of Haverford, died Wednesday, June 5, of heart disease at his Naples, Fla., townhouse. The Hungarian native's first impression of America came in 1945, when he was starving and sick after spending about six months in a concentration camp in Austria during his 20s. He was liberated by soldiers, and when he asked for a smoke, a GI handed him not just one cigarette but a pack of Camels.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
MY FRIEND Sammye has never claimed to be a domestic goddess. "The only reason I have a kitchen is it came with the house," she'll proclaim in her distinctive Mississippi twang. And she's not alone. There are plenty of Americans who say that they don't or can't cook - about 28 percent, or almost a third, according to a survey conducted by Impulse Research on behalf of Bosch home appliances. To someone like myself, who loves everything about the cooking process, how these folks manage to feed themselves is a mystery.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The campus of a Bucks County alternative-education program being investigated by Pennsylvania authorities has been put on the real estate market. The firm that owns the building housing Delaware Valley High School in Warminster is offering the facilities and grounds at 299 Jacksonville Rd. for sale or lease. The move comes as the state Department of Education continues to review operations of Delaware Valley's Bucks program, which serves students with academic and disciplinary problems from districts in Bucks and Montgomery Counties.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2013 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
The topic was Cat's Cradle . For an hour, 10 women talked - sometimes over one another - to discuss not just the sci-fi classic by Kurt Vonnegut, but also the Cold War, organized religion, and Central America. They talked about TV shows like House and Game of Thrones , literary characters like Sherlock Holmes, and authors like Jane Austen and William Faulkner. They laughed. A lot. It was a typical book-club meeting for an atypical book club. Ten years ago, at a time when most 8-year-olds were learning fractions, five second-graders were pulled from the playground by their mothers to their first book-club meeting.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fred Blume, 72, chairman emeritus of the prestigious Blank Rome law firm in Philadelphia, died Monday, April 8, at his Penn Valley home after a long illness. For several decades, Mr. Blume battled a rare pancreatic tumor, said his wife, Sylvia "Sivy" Blume. Despite his illness, he served as Blank Rome's managing partner and chief executive officer from 2003 to 2006. "He was totally and completely dedicated to Blank Rome," his wife said. Morey Rosenbloom, a longtime friend and partner at the firm, said: "He was a lawyer's lawyer.
NEWS
March 8, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Shneyer's contribution to mediating conflict in the Middle East began with 12 teens and a jam session in Jerusalem. The Georgetown University graduate brought together a dozen Israeli and Palestinian musicians as part of a Fulbright-mtvU project that used music to foster dialogue and understanding. The result is Heartbeat, a peace-building collaboration that has been exported to the United States and will find its way to Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley on Thursday evening.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Ron Todt, Associated Press
A Yale student from Penn Valley, near Narberth, will head to England to study at Oxford as one of 32 Rhodes scholars named for 2013. David Carel, an economics major, received the scholarship established in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. "I keep sort of checking my phone to see if this actually happened," Carel said Sunday. "It's so hard to believe, I just sort of assume I dreamed the whole thing. " Carel, 21, said he spent much of his undergraduate years studying global health economics, mostly public health, and plans to study comparative social policy.
NEWS
August 18, 2012 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Set high on a hill, with its cobblestone driveway and stone facade, one with peaks and changing elevations, it might be a French chalet. And although the Penn Valley home of Jim Hausman and Zofia Laskowska Hausman may be all Normandy countryside in its exterior, inside, it's high-art contemporary - and a perfect setting for romance. It seems altogether fitting then that Zofia, 38, a British-born photographer and documentary filmmaker, and Jim, 45, an entrepreneur with the distinction of rescuing the more-than-90-year-old Center City Swiss Pastry Shop from demise, were actually married - one year after they met face-to-face in London - in this home on New Year's Eve 2010.
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the 1970s, Dr. Mary Hansen would learn ahead of time what soap opera fans across the nation would have hungered to know — what was up next on All My Children and One Life to Live. "She was a close personal friend of Agnes Nixon," the Main Line creator and script writer of both daytime shows, Dr. Hansen's daughter, Barbara Carper, said. "Agnes would send her the scripts and she would read through them and verify their medical accuracy. " It was not a staff position, but, Carper said, "it was a fun thing, fun for me to brag about it. " Her mother "was very quiet, very reserved," Carper said.
NEWS
January 15, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Herbert S. Wilf, 80, of Penn Valley, emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Saturday, Jan. 7, at Lankenau Hospital. Dr. Wilf joined the Penn faculty in 1962. For him, teaching and research were deeply intertwined, his wife, Ruth Tumen Wilf, said. In 1973, Dr. Wilf received Penn's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 1996, he received the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for excellence in teaching mathematics from the Mathematical Association of America.
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