August 20, 2016
Revealing debut Jessica Knoll's debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive , made waves when the Shipley School grad revealed she had based some of the book on her high school gang rape. While Knoll made it clear, in a piece for she wrote for Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter newsletter, that Luckiest Girl Alive was not a memoir, her life experiences inspired what happens in her best-seller. "To all the TifAni FaNellis of the world," she wrote, referring to her main character, "I know. " Hopefully, that story didn't detract from how good the book actually is. This dark and twisty mystery is perfect for closing out your summer- reading season.
July 17, 2016 |
The Shipley School in Lower Merion announced Friday that a student who was reported missing earlier in the week had likely taken his own life. "Although everyone was praying for a good outcome, I do not have good news," Head of School Stephen Piltch wrote in a letter posted to the school's website Friday. Austin Wylie, 17, was entering his senior year. He was described as a talented player on the school's soccer team and the club team FC Europa. On Thursday, Philadelphia marine units were searching the Delaware River near where Wylie's car had been found, according to police sources.
March 22, 2016 |
JOE AND Marcy Cobb are like the folks you see pushing carts through Acme on Saturdays. Joe is a Philly cop; Marcy's a nurse at a local hospital. They are married and have four kids, including a set of fraternal twins. They are a loving, hardworking family with all the usual ups and downs. In other words, they're like a whole lot of middle-class African Americans - except that they're characters in a nationally syndicated cartoon strip called JumpStart that makes its debut in the Daily News on Monday.
October 4, 2015 |
Barbara Mangan Pitocchelli, 87, of Rosemont, a teenage tennis champion who later made her mark as a respected player, umpire, and coach, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, of a digestive ailment at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mrs. Pitocchelli's life revolved around tennis and family. Born in Washington, she moved to Villanova in 1942. She attended the Shipley School, where she played varsity tennis all four years. At age 17, she reached the Merion Cricket Club singles championship final, and she captured the title in 1973.
August 25, 2015 |
Virginia Sharp Lott, 94, of Gladwyne, daughter of the creator of the Whitman's Sampler and widow of national squash racquets champion H. Hunter Lott Jr., died Wednesday, Aug. 12, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Waverly Heights. Her son, H. Hunter Lott III, said Mrs. Lott had lived since 2007 at the continuing-care community, where her wit, spirit and energy were admired by staff and residents. The youngest of six children of Walter Patton Sharp Sr., and Edith Huggard Sharp, Mrs. Lott was born and reared in Bryn Mawr.
June 11, 2015 |
While an upper-class student in the late 1940s at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Margaret McFate met A. Richard Webster on a blind date arranged by his sister, a Shipley classmate. "They met at a train platform, the Bryn Mawr train station," where he had come from his mother's home in Merion, their daughter Beth Stouffer said. "He looked very young, but he was smoking a pipe and trying to appear much older than he was," she said. Webster had dropped out of Amherst College by the time they met and, "right after she had graduated" from Shipley in 1950, "they had gotten a marriage license" and hoped to elope.
May 24, 2015 |
Patricia Bell Cuddy, 54, of Rosemont, a mother and active volunteer, died Saturday, May 16, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. A marketing employee for Subaru, she retired in 2000 to raise her two children and become active as a volunteer for various groups and institutions. She made a mark as a volunteer at the Shipley School in Rosemont, head of school Steve Piltch wrote in a letter posted May 18 on its website. "Bright, committed, and compassionate, Tricia approached everything she did with courage and grace.
May 12, 2015
WE AGAIN find ourselves contending with the aftermath of an attack fueled by abusive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. As an American Muslim, I am both saddened and confused by the frequency with which events like this are taking place around the world. To the Muslims engaging in these acts of violence, I say that we should respond to abusive cartoons by following the example set by the Prophet Muhammad, who repeatedly tolerated abuse and responded with love. To the groups who continue to perpetuate abusive depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, I ask what they intend to gain from their actions.
March 16, 2015 |
It is something no teachers or school administrators ever want to experience, but a reality that they must be prepared to confront: the death of a student. And while most student deaths are from accidents or illness, in a recent federal study suicide was found to be the No. 3 cause of death among those 10 to 14 years old. Schools all over the nation have been searching for ways to prevent it. In an incident that gained international attention, last week the prestigious Shipley School, in the heart of the Main Line, was forced to come to grips with tragedy when the body of eighth grader Cayman Naib was found on the grounds of his Newtown Square home, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
March 10, 2015 |
DELAWARE COUNTY 13-year-old Cayman Naib was remembered last night by his schoolmaster as "a remarkable person" who brought a smile to others and strove to make sure they felt comfortable. Steve Piltch, head of school at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, recalled when Cayman "made it a point to invite him to his birthday party to make him feel welcome. " That was Cayman. "He was always reaching out to people," Piltch said in a phone interview last night. Cayman was found dead yesterday about 2 p.m. after a frantic four-day search, partially snow-covered in the shallow waters of Darby Creek, said a spokeswoman for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan.