May 5, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Eliza Schondra, 32, and Matt Schondra, 33, of Spring City THE KIDS: Wyatt Charles, 5; Scarlett Elizabeth, 4; Emmett Kirk, 2; Bridgett Celia, born December 8, 2015 THE DATE ELIZA FOUND OUT SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH THEIR FOURTH: April 1, 2015… but it was no joke. The guy across the room at Montana West had already met Eliza's first qualification: He looked good with his cowboy hat on - and off. For Matt, the first trial came later, when he invited Eliza to join friends in Collegeville for a NASCAR race party.
April 13, 2016 |
Mark Antunes drove his Tacoma pickup down a dirt road near Spring City in Chester County to the tree line at the edge of a farm field, where nine of his 100 honeybee colonies awaited his inspection. The hives looked like weather-beaten wooden filing cabinets that had seen too many winters. A few bees entered and left through narrow slots at ground level, but there was no hint of the thousands inside until Antunes pried off the roof with his hive tool - a nine-inch steel crowbar - and exposed the vast army of female worker bees, too busy at their day jobs to notice the intruder, much less sting him. He wore netting over his face but worked barehanded, using a paper-fueled smoke blower to confuse the bees.
March 13, 2016
Home: Spring City. Family: Wife, Beverly; children, Christine Jerzerick, 24, Paul Jr., 21. Diplomas: University of Florida, psychology; management training at Kellogg and Wharton schools of businesses. Career path: Rose through ranks at Wyeth-Ayerst, then held senior executive posts at Aventis Behring before it was acquired by CSL. Other jobs: Plumbing, welding, hanging drywall, driving an 18-wheeler, playing trombone at the opening ceremonies for Disney World in Orlando.
February 3, 2016 |
The Rev. Canon Stephen W. Price, 73, of Downingtown, an Episcopal clergyman who crusaded for racial equality, social justice, and affordable housing for seniors, died Sunday, Jan. 24, of complications from a lung transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Danbury, Conn., Father Price found his calling to the priesthood early in life and fervently dedicated himself to its pursuit, his family said. He earned a bachelor of arts with honors from Wesleyan University and a master of divinity with honors from Yale Divinity School.
January 13, 2016 |
Police are seeking the public's help to identify suspects who shot a paintball gun at a taxi driver in Center City last month, resulting in the driver losing permanent sight in his right eye. Arshad Khan, 38, of Chester County, has been unable to work since the attack Dec. 19 on 16th Street at Market Street, said his attorney Jordan Schlossberg. Khan had pulled up to a red light at Market in the northbound lanes of 16th at 12:37 a.m. with a fare in the backseat when he heard a bang and saw the splash of paint on the left side of his cab. He rolled down his window and someone in a black sports-utility vehicle to the left of the cab fired the shot that hit Khan in the eye. Khan, who is married with two daughters, including a 9-month-old, was hospitalized at Hahnemann University Hospital in serious but stable condition.
October 13, 2015 |
Todd Beringer ignores the wails and screams drifting out from behind the crumbling buildings. "Help me," moans a woman's voice. But Beringer is used to it: This isolated spot on a rural Chester County road is home to Pennhurst Asylum, the haunted attraction built on the grounds of the former Pennhurst State Hospital. The wails are just a recording, and inside, actors are putting on masks and makeup for the night. In the five years since Pennhurst Asylum opened, the haunted house has been recognized by national judges of Halloween thrills.
July 19, 2015 |
As Nicholas Mruczek lay bleeding from a shotgun wound to his chest, he told his roommate that he was dying and to tell his father that he loved him. Mruczek also named the alleged shooter - "Zach," who previously dated Mruczek's girlfriend. Mruczek would repeat the name a couple more times early Wednesday: to police when they arrived at his Chester County apartment near Pottstown and to an emergency room nurse before he went into surgery, according to records. Later that day, police arrested Zachary David Ludwig, 22, of Spring City, charging him with attempted murder and recovering a sawed-off shotgun from a stream.
June 10, 2015 |
The CEO relinquishes power, changes compensation to a "badge" system of rewards for skills, and has "governance" sessions in place of daily meetings. Welcome to the trademarked workplace known as Holacracy. Zappos.com founder Tony Hsieh embraced the Holacracy ethic so deeply that last month the online shoe company executive asked all employees to adopt it, or leave with pay. And 86 percent of Zappos employees stayed. Notable departures included the company's chief technology officer; vice presidents of customer service, human resources, and recruiting; and Alexis Gonzales-Black, who co-led the transition to Holacracy.
April 13, 2015 |
Brainy Philadelphia-area students won 13 of 30 finalist awards Saturday at the state Odyssey of the Mind championships in Berwick. The winners go to the world finals next month at Michigan State University. The competition, founded by design scholars at what's now Rowan University in 1970s, has spread across the Americas, Europe, and east and central Asia. It drew 150 teams from across Pennsylvania. A team of mostly eighth graders from Masterman Middle School in Philadelphia won for the second year in a row, said civic activist Brett Mandel, who coached the group with Chris Powers, a teacher at Powel School in West Philadelphia.
February 9, 2015 |
With lagging student test scores and only about 120 students in grades K-4, Spring City Elementary School three years ago looked more like a candidate for closure than for an extreme makeover. But with the boldness of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the Spring-Ford Area School District gambled on a radically different approach to fixing the struggling school near the border of Montgomery and Chester Counties. It spent roughly $300,000 over three years to arm students and their classrooms - even kindergartners - with the latest desktops, iPads, Apple TVs, and smartboards.