June 5, 2016 |
The preschool teacher found dead and chained to a cinder block in a Chester County pond this week had started a new job in April. Ryan Stevyn Benjamin especially enjoyed working with children who struggled. She was fluent in Spanish and sign language, and as a child and young adult, she traveled to China, Brazil, and Argentina with her mother. Her friends and family said she was humble and caring. Christine Dragan, executive director of Warwick Child Care Center Inc., said Benjamin was an intelligent woman who "found her passion working with young children.
June 4, 2016 |
Update: Chester County Coroner's Office also has confirmed the identity of the body. The body of a woman found Monday attached to a cinder block in a popular Chester County swimming hole was identified Thursday as that of a 24-year-old teacher, described as "outgoing and sociable. " District Attorney Tom Hogan said that the body of Ryan Stevyn Benjamin, of East Vincent Township, had been thrown into the Pigeon Creek pond in East Coventry Township "like a piece of trash. " The District Attorney's Office said that the woman was a graduate of Juniata College and a prekindergarten teacher.
June 2, 2016 |
The body was thrown into the pond, a popular fishing and swimming hole, "like a piece of trash," according to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. And when authorities pulled the body from the pond that is part of Pigeon Creek in East Coventry Township late Monday morning, they discovered the woman's body had been tied to a cinder block. The woman remained unidentified Tuesday. It was not clear how the woman died, Hogan said, but she was dead before the body was dumped into the pond.
February 9, 2016 |
Police and divers were called to a Chalfont neighborhood Sunday afternoon to rescue three youngsters who were playing on and broke through the ice of a frozen retention basin, about 20 feet out from the shore. All three children fell into the frigid water, said Russ Leets, chief of operations for Chal-Brit Regional EMS, who was at the scene. Authorities initially thought there were four children in danger. The three, two of them 13-year-olds, were transported to local hospitals.
January 27, 2016 |
Mary Augusta Biddle Scheetz, 98, of Gladwyne, a mother, socialite, and civic volunteer, died Friday, Jan. 15, at Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square. Known as "Dusty," Mrs. Scheetz was born in Riverton, Burlington County, the daughter of Henry Canby Biddle and Margaret Seton Fleming Biddle. She was a descendant of the Owen Biddle branch of a family long prominent in Philadelphia civic affairs. In 1935, she graduated from the Agnes Irwin School, where her mother had taught. A debutante and Pond's Cold Cream model, Mrs. Scheetz was featured in an advertisement in 1937 as "Miss Mary Augusta Biddle.
October 27, 2015 |
As presidential contenders spar over national security and immigration, and New Jersey officials fight over gun legislation, some in West Deptford - where party control hinges on one open seat this year - are politicizing a pond. The storm water basin, tucked into a Gloucester County neighborhood of modern subdivisions, hardly seems like a source of political rancor. It's surrounded by a weeping willow and trees bursting with fall reds and golden browns, and has a petite fountain whose gentle flow is audible in adjacent yards.
July 15, 2015 |
Can you revisit the magic, and perhaps repair the frustrations, of a childhood at once idyllic and a persistent source of contemporary stress? The folks at Bucks County Playhouse must have thought so when they decided to produce Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond, which features the finest performances I've seen on stage this season. Thompson's 1979 play portrays a lost slice of Americana in its story of Norman and Ethel Thayer, spending their 48th summer in a secluded cabin on Golden Pond in Maine.
June 9, 2015 |
TIGER WOODS had the most memorable last-place finish in the history of golf yesterday. Woods, who is reinventing his swing, shot an 85 at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio, on Saturday, his worst single-day score in 20 years on the PGA Tour. He followed that with a 2-over-par 74 yesterday to finish a career-worst 14-over-par 302, his highest score ever in a 72-hole tournament. That puts him on par with Roy McAvoy, the fictional golfer played by Kevin Costner in the film "Tin Cup" for unforgettable closing rounds.
July 30, 2013 |
Before Maxine Gowen left the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in 2007, she was one of 103,000 employees in the company, and one of her jobs was to scout for small companies doing interesting research that might lead to new drugs and, perhaps, a corporate takeover. "That really opened my eyes to the activity, drug discovery, and development that was going on outside big companies," Gowen said. "At the time, big companies felt they were doing the most important work. " Gowen left because she had a chance to not just lead, but also to help create, one of those tiny companies doing interesting research that she hoped would lead to new drugs.
June 29, 2013 |
Edward W. Tawyea spent more than 20 years in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia nurturing a hillside garden with seven tiers. "Every one was its own little room," he says. Three years ago, in search of more city in the city, he moved to a circa 1827 Society Hill rowhouse. No tiers there, and not as much room, but lots of amenities: A walled garden 30 by 30 feet square, a small pond and basalt column fountain, one curvy raised bed, star magnolia and crape myrtle trees, and Tawyea's singular sensation: a green wall he built himself.