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.
June 22, 2013 |
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.
May 3, 2013 |
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.
April 20, 2013 |
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.
April 18, 2013 |
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.
April 10, 2013 |
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.
March 8, 2013 |
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.
November 20, 2012 |
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.
August 18, 2012 |
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.
June 18, 2012 |
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.