November 8, 2014 |
Philip Scott Ward, 69, of Lansdale, a longtime television director, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, of brain cancer at his home. Born in Spencer, W.Va., he graduated from Spencer High School. Mr. Ward began his career in 1960 as a disc jockey in a small radio station in Spencer, where he worked with the country music singer and songwriter Tom T. Hall. While attending Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., Mr. Ward was employed by WSAZ-TV in various positions before becoming a television director.
November 2, 2014 |
Al C. Rinaldi, 77, who rose from poverty to head Jacobs Music, a leading piano retailer with locations around the region, died of gastrointestinal cancer Thursday, Oct. 30, at his home in Mount Laurel. Born Aug. 27, 1937, in Scranton, Mr. Rinaldi grew up believing his name was Freddie Nolan - the name given him by the alcoholic woman down the hall who took him in when his father and mother abandoned him. It was a life of extreme poverty: "Freddie" learned to beg for food at a local deli by asking for scraps for a nonexistent family dog, to use sugar to mask the mold growing on bread taken from others' trash, to cut holes in his shoes to fit his feet, according to a detailed biography prepared for the family.
October 31, 2014 |
One smart singer Our theme today is "The Savvy Celebrity Businesslady. " Start with Wyomissing's own Taylor Swift , who knows how to work that social media! She's invented a new thing: taylurking . "Lurking" is Net talk for stalking folks online without them knowing. But people want T-Swift to stalk them! See, her new album 1989 was released Monday, and folks are buying it and taking selfies with it. Tay-Tay, brill grrrl, trolls the Web for said selfies and reposts 'em on her own Twitter account.
October 29, 2014 |
Bryan Singer, the "X-Men" director recently embroiled in a gay-sex scandal - the suit was since dropped - is going to be a daddy. RadarOnline.com exclusively revealed that Singer, 49, is expecting his first child via surrogate. (Well, we assumed he wasn't carrying the baby.) The "surrogate" is the director's longtime friend Michelle Clunie ( not Amal Clooney ) and Singer is reportedly paying her $1 million to have his baby! TMZ.com soon thereafter reported that Singer will raise the baby with Clunie, she will be listed as the mother on the birth certificate, she is not a surrogate and she will not be paid.
October 23, 2014 |
Brantley Gilbert engaged. Again. Just over 13 months ago, country music singer Brantley Gilbert was nursing a broken heart, having broken off his engagement to the love of his life, fellow country crooner Jana Kramer . Tuesday, Gilbert, 29, revealed he's engaged again. But to a different woman. (This time she really is the love of his life.) Gilbert wouldn't name the woman, only to say she's a teacher, a fellow native of Jefferson, Ga., and someone he has known for more than a decade.
September 18, 2014 |
BACK IN THE early '60s, Mike "Teardrops" Silenzio needed a lead singer for the doo-wop group he was putting together. Mike attended South Philadelphia High School and he was chums with Fabian Forte, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and other kids who would go on to stellar singing careers, and he knew what he was looking for. His group, the Masters, consisted of Mike himself as second tenor, baritone Rich Finizio, his cousin Frank "Tweetie" Condo...
September 17, 2014 |
Blues musician Tammy Milo is struggling to come up with lyrics for a song about her son TJ. He's 5, loves Chevy Camaros, and has a terminal disease. Timothy John O'Donnell was found to have Duchenne, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, in 2012. Duchenne patients endure progressive wasting of their muscles and usually end up in wheelchairs by 12; eventually, their lungs and hearts fail. The genetic disorder occurs once in every 3,000 to 6,000 births, affects mostly boys, and has no cure.
August 1, 2014 |
Alita Moses has come a long way from singing tunes from The Little Mermaid (and songs of her own invention) in the bath as a child. But she grew up with a Broadway performer for a mother and a music professor/singer for a father, so it's not surprising that Moses, 20, found her way to the spotlight. "I've honestly been surrounded by music my entire life," said Moses, a senior at the University of the Arts majoring in vocal jazz studies. In Philadelphia, Moses has performed with UArts music school director Marc Dicciani's salsa ensemble and the Z Big Band, another group affiliated with the university.
July 19, 2014 |
'I don't have a manager, I don't have a publisher, and I don't have an agent or a record company," Jimmer Podrasky says. "But I have this record. " He's referring to The Would-Be Plans , the first album in nearly 25 years and a wonderful return to form for the singer and songwriter of the Rave-Ups. A band that tunefully melded roots and pop, the Rave-Ups brushed up against fame in the '80s after moving from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles - two songs appeared in the 1986 teen-movie hit Pretty in Pink ; Podrasky married star Molly Ringwald's sister and was later engaged to actress Shannen Doherty - but they never broke through to the masses.
June 27, 2014 |
AN IMPASSIONED judge of elections from Strawberry Mansion let loose on City Commissioner Stephanie Singer yesterday, accusing her of everything from voter intimidation to creating havoc and lawlessness at a polling place during the May primary election. "My community - my division - will never heal from this," Judge of Elections Bonita Cummings said during a City Commissioners' election board hearing yesterday. Cummings, a committeewoman in the 28th Ward and judge of elections in the ward's 6th division, was one of several witnesses from election boards who testified about complaints of Election Day impropriety.