August 22, 2016 |
Sharon and Armen DiFilippo's spacious stone Colonial features a center hall and an elegant staircase. On the wall of the second-floor landing are large framed photos of the three DiFilippo children in First Holy Communion finery - the girls in white dresses and veils, the boy in a white suit. Memories of yesterday installed in the house the family live in today. They took up residence here in 2008, a few years after the photos were taken, when Sharon and Armen and the children moved from Collegeville to Ashbourne Estates in Schwenksville.
August 11, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Evelyn Attas, 32, and Mark Attas, 37, of Drexel Hill THE KIDS: Dylan Michael, 7; Lori Renee, 5; Piper Rose, born April 11, 2016 WHAT MADE THE WEDDING UNIQUELY THEIRS: A wedding cake with fondant in a geometric pattern of black, red and white, and no "groom's side" or "bride's side. " Everyone mixed. If there were something worse than being stuck in Schwenksville, an hour from her South Philly cousins, while pregnant and caring for a not-yet-potty-trained toddler as her pharmacist husband worked 12-hour shifts, Evelyn wasn't sure what that particular version of hell might be. Until she started vomiting blood and suffering brutal surges of back pain.
April 24, 2015 |
IT WOULD NOT have been surprising to find Dr. Milton A. Wohl, a distinguished physician, repairing a tractor on his farm in Schwenksville, putting in a crop of corn, cutting down a tree or working a piece of wood in his shop. Dr. Wohl was a prominent orthopedic surgeon, former president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and a highly regarded teacher. But he was also a farmer, a handyman who could take anything mechanical apart and fix it, a historian, music lover, fisherman and world traveler.
March 28, 2013 |
One of the leaders of a Montgomery County methamphetamine trafficking ring was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in state prison and 15 years on probation. Francesco "Frank" Messina, 44, pleaded guilty in November to corruption, conspiracy, and selling methamphetamine to undercover officers. He was one of 32 people arrested in what Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman called "a family affair ... consisting of distributors, users, and pushers. " During raids in February 2012, local police, county detectives, and federal drug-enforcement agents seized drugs, paraphernalia, and weapons from Messina's auto-body shop in Lansdale.
November 30, 2012 |
There are people who love cruises, and people like Jim Hoser who see them as floating penal colonies. "I'm too restless," says the scuba instructor from Schwenksville. His girlfriend is a cruise person. "The greatest thing for her," he says, "is getting all dressed up, having dinner, ordering room service, and not having to do any of the work herself. " A few months ago, Janice Kench persuaded Hoser to accompany her on a favorite ship, Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas.
August 18, 2012 |
It's not just the music that's traditional. For many of those attending this weekend's 51st annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, the event has become a de facto yearly reunion, not to be missed regardless of the demands of pregnancy, puberty, or parenthood. "There were a few lean years, trying to get the tradition going. . . . Now it is fully entrenched," said longtime festival attendee Marty Devaney, 47. "We're at the point where we now see people that we've known for 20 years, and we only see once a year.
May 9, 2012 |
Thirty-two suspects have been arrested for roles in a meth-trafficking ring operating in Montgomery and Philadelphia, officials announced this morning. The alleged ring, "consisting of distributors, users and pushers," was a "family affair," with brothers Jeffrey and David Penna distributing methamphetamine from Jeffrey Penna's Hatfield Township home, in league with Francesco Messina, also of Hatfield, according to a statement from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and various local law-enforcement officials.
November 16, 2011 |
In the 1920s, Philadelphians went by the trainful to cool off on the banks of Montgomery County's Perkiomen Creek, hike nearby Spring Mountain, and rock on the porches of Schwenksville's resort hotels. But the belching locomotives are gone now. So are the summer hotels, save for one. The Woodside Inn, scarred by weather and plundered by vandals, sat vacant for two years before Rick and Gayle Buckman fell in love with its past and decided to give it a future. "I just kept driving by and thinking, 'I want to save this building,' " Gayle Buckman said.
September 20, 2011 |
Richard F. Furia, 66, of Wynnewood, a lawyer, died of lung cancer Friday, Sept. 16, at home. Mr. Furia practiced general law for 40 years and had been founding partner with the firm of Furia & Turner in Center City since 1991. "He was an old-school family lawyer who made house calls whenever his clients needed him - nights, days, weekends, and holidays," said his daughter, Gina Rubel, who is also a lawyer. Mr. Furia chaired several Philadelphia Bar Association committees.
April 13, 2011 |
Bernard Meyer Auerbach, 91, a teacher and administrator in Philadelphia public schools, died of heart failure Monday, April 11, in the home in Northeast Philadelphia that he and his wife purchased new in 1955. Mr. Auerbach grew up in Strawberry Mansion. After graduating from Central High School when he was 15, he was an apprentice at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and received his teacher's training at Philadelphia Normal School. In 1941, before shipping overseas with the Navy, he married Beatrice Neidich.