July 30, 2014 |
Battling the flames and billowing black smoke, Deborah Feairheller fought her way into the Caln Township home. As a metal air pack pumped oxygen into her mask, she yanked down the ceiling with a long pole to ventilate the attic above. Understandably, she feared for her safety, if not her life. " 'Is the floor going to hold me up?' " Feairheller said she thinks each time she enters a fire. " 'Is the ceiling going to fall on top of me?' " Yet Feairheller knew, better than most, that the top cause of fatalities among firefighters is not collapsing walls, or ceilings, or floors - or smoke inhalation.
July 26, 2014 |
Bryn Mawr College, the small private women's school on the Main Line, this week joined a growing number of schools around the country that no longer require the SAT or other standardized test scores for admission. The college instead will rely on high school grades, essays, and other factors - a move officials hope will attract a broader applicant pool. "We know there are students all around the country who, when they see 'test scores,' they see it as a barrier to applying," said Peaches Valdes, Bryn Mawr's director of admissions.
June 17, 2014 |
Frank C. Videon Jr., 70, of West Chester, a Newtown Square auto dealer and lifelong practical joker who officiated at high school football games, died Thursday, June 12, at home after battling stomach cancer for more than a year. His wife of 47 years, Carol, said Sunday that Mr. Videon's joking extended to a family rivalry between her husband, who ran a Chevrolet dealership, and brothers Steve and Wayne Videon, who ran a competing Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership. Mr. Videon bought newspaper advertisements poking fun at his brothers by putting their heads on turkeys or steers.
June 17, 2014 |
BY HIS OWN admission, Russ Connor was something of a wild man in his youth. There was the time he and some buddies commandeered a trolley to drive them from dry Ocean City, N.J., to wet Somers Point for a night of intemperance. He once raced his Pontiac GTO full-out on an unopened section of the Atlantic City Expressway, not the safest venture even on a vacant road. His expenses and his caprices were paid for at least in part by the $20 weekly check he got from the government as a returning GI. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Donald Russell Connor, who went from his carefree years to the sober world of banking, working his way up to vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, a jazz buff who wrote four books on Benny Goodman and became pals with drummer Gene Krupa, died Wednesday at age 92. He was one of the original homeowners in Levittown.
April 14, 2014 |
Dr. Philip Marone, team physician for the Phillies from 1972 to 1999, recalled Dr. Jerome M. Cotler as "a great guy, the nicest man you'll ever find. " At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Marone said, they shared an office from 1992 to 2002, when Dr. Cotler "was the spine surgeon and I was sports medicine. " Dealing with spinal injuries, "he would get calls all hours" of the night. "I cherish the times we spent with each other through the years," Marone said. On Thursday, April 10, Dr. Cotler, 85, of Voorhees, director of orthopedic surgery at Jefferson Hospital from 1986 to 1995, died of multiple systems atrophy at home.
January 30, 2014 |
Steve Harner earned his 300th victory as a wrestling coach when Conestoga defeated visiting Haverford High, 32-25, Tuesday night. The win was Harner's 75th since he became Pioneers coach in 2008. He also coached at his alma mater, Norristown, from 1985-2004, and was inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in '08. Since 1978, Harner also has coached at Clarion Area and Bishop Kenrick High Schools, Ursinus College, and Williamson Free Trade School.
October 24, 2013
Not old, this game Sports columnist Frank Fitzpatrick probably reflects the attitude of many Phillies fans frustrated with their team's failure to make the playoffs ("World Series has lost its once-unique allure," Oct. 20). But don't blow off the World Series because of it. And while Fitzpatrick cites the higher TV ratings of the National Football Leauge over World Series baseball, that's not a bad thing when you consider the asinine shows garnering high ratings. Baseball is more of a thinking man's game, requiring strategy.
October 22, 2013 |
College application time is always filled with angst, but this year, glitches in the online "common application" system used by hundreds of thousands of students across the country has added to the anxiety. Area colleges and universities are trying to calm parents and students with assurances that they are meticulously checking applications as they come in and are prepared to roll back deadlines if necessary. "We're in this together," said Michael Gaynor, director of university admission at Villanova, which uses the common application exclusively.
October 21, 2013 |
The Haverford men's soccer team upended 21st-ranked Franklin and Marshall, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at home in a Centennial Conference game. The Fords (9-4-1, 3-2-1) and Diplomats (9-3-2, 2-3-1) entered the contest tied in the conference standings. The Fords' push for a playoff spot continues Wednesday night at Ursinus College. Field hockey. The College of New Jersey came from behind to defeat Rowan, 4-3. The Lions, ranked ninth in the nation, are 12-2 overall and 4-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
September 5, 2013 |
To prepare students for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, Rabbi Danielle Stillman thought about the bees. The four hives of pollinators on the Ursinus College organic farm had lessons to teach, about tradition and responsibility. "Honey is one of the symbols of the holiday, to wish for a sweet new year," said Stillman, adviser to the Montgomery County school's Hillel, a Jewish campus organization. But the plight of honeybees, a threatened population that pollinates fruits and vegetables, also offers lessons about the environment for the faithful in a religion that has a lot to say about stewardship of the earth, the rabbi said.