June 16, 2014 |
Edwyn L. Shoemaker Jr., 89, formerly of Haddonfield, a retired civil engineer and former World War II Navy Seabee, died Thursday, June 5, of pneumonia at Brittany Pointe Estates, Lansdale. Mr. Shoemaker grew up in Olney and graduated from Germantown Academy High School in 1943. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1940. Between 1943 and 1946 he served with the Navy Construction Battalion, called the Seabees, aboard a hydrographic surveying yacht in Bermuda. Hydrography is an applied science that deals with mapping the seas and adjoining coastlines, for the purpose of navigation.
March 26, 2014 |
PHILLY-BORN AND -RAISED comedian Craig Shoemaker is retiring from the stage for good. But for his next trick, he'll bring a little Philly to the West Coast. "I've decided to say goodbye to my stand-up career and move on to more purposeful things," Shoemaker said. Before he says goodbye to the bright lights once and for all, Shoemaker will play two shows (one is sold out) at the Sellersville Theater on Saturday. So what are these purposeful things Shoemaker speaks of? The L.A.-based comic will open three locations of Tony Luke's in Southern California.
April 1, 2013 |
Louise Shoemaker, 87, of Philadelphia, retired dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and a nationally known social-work innovator, died Tuesday, March 19, of a ruptured aorta at Lankenau Hospital. She had been hospitalized briefly due to mobility problems. For 29 years ending with her retirement as professor emerita in 1994, Dr. Shoemaker was a recognized leader in the academic and professional development of social work at Penn. She started as an assistant professor and rose to professor, acting dean, and then dean, starting in 1973.
January 25, 2013 |
J OE D'AMICO knew what hard work was. Life was tough in the years of the Great Depression, and Joe was lucky to get any job. But working on the Pennsylvania Railroad, laying track, was a true test of muscle and grit. "He claimed it was the hardest job he ever had," his family said. While in high school, Joe worked with his father, an immigrant from Sicily, as a shoemaker. And while working his way through college, Joe had another challenging job: climbing over scaffolding at City Hall to keep tabs on laborers as a timekeeper.
November 23, 2011 |
AS SOMEONE who'd played varsity football there in 10th grade, before a shoulder injury erased his junior season, Ezekiel Evans could have spent this fall again representing Germantown High. Instead, he wound up absorbing some colossal whippings for a first-year program that never played a home game. "What I heard, again and again, was that I didn't make the best decision," Evans said. "I know I did, though. The people at my school made a major impact on my life - turned me into a focused young man - and I wanted to give back by playing football here.
October 6, 2011 |
When Inquirer reporter Edgar Williams profiled Lansdale Mayor Michael DiNunzio in 1990, he wrote: "This is a man on whom the tag 'The Most Happy Fella,' after Frank Loesser's hit Broadway musical of yore, would look good. " On Sunday, Oct. 2, Mr. DiNunzio, 93, mayor of the Montgomery County borough from 1982 through 2008, died of congestive heart failure at Abington Health - Lansdale Hospital. He had lived in the borough since 1926. Since his first run for mayor in 1981, Williams wrote, Mr. DiNunzio had not campaigned "in the generally accepted sense of the word.
August 16, 2011 |
EDWARD John Staniszewski called himself a saver of soles. Yes, soles. What you have on the bottom of your shoes. Needless to say, Edward was a shoemaker. But not only a shoemaker. Edward Staniszewski was a legendary figure in Fishtown, where his Star Shoe Service, at 311 E. Girard Ave., kept businesspeople, lawyers, judges, politicians, celebrities, cops, firefighters and ordinary citizens well-shod for more than 60 years. As his son-in-law, Eric W. Herr, wrote in an obituary, Edward and his wife "became permanently woven into the rich tapestry of the Fishtown community.
October 7, 2007 |
Ninth graders at Mastery Charter Schools' Shoemaker campus in West Philadelphia returned to classrooms this fall brimming with excitement, knowing they had beaten the odds. They helped transform the violence-plagued and low-performing Shoemaker Middle School into a model charter school. Violence has all but disappeared. The school has met every standard of the federal No Child Left Behind Act with dramatically higher test scores. And it happened in one year. "It was surprising because most of us were here when it was Shoemaker," said Sadonna Taylor, 14, a member of Shoemaker's first ninth-grade class.
June 24, 2007 |
Annette Hayes squeezed into a seat near the stage for the eighth-grade promotion at Mastery Charter School's Shoemaker campus in West Philadelphia because she just knew she was going to holler and cheer for her son, Leroy. Hayes had plenty to shout about. Leroy, 14, won academic awards in math and social studies and took first honors for scoring 80 percent or higher on every benchmark test this academic year. "I'm looking forward to next year already," Hayes said. "I feel grateful that I can send my son to a school where he can learn and is a really good experience.
June 24, 2007 |
Fourth in an occasional series. Annette Hayes squeezed into a seat near the stage for the eighth-grade promotion at Mastery Charter School's Shoemaker campus in West Philadelphia because she just knew she was going to holler and cheer for her son, Leroy. Hayes had plenty to shout about. Leroy, 14, won academic awards in math and social studies and took first honors for scoring 80 percent or higher on every benchmark test this academic year. "I'm looking forward to next year already," Hayes said.