December 10, 2014 |
MICHELLE Simmons started selling drugs at age 13, sneaking weed from her family's stash. "I would take it to school and sell it for a dollar, so I could buy me some Now & Laters," the Germantown native said. "I went to jail in eighth grade. " Jail didn't stop her. By 18, she was driving up and down the East Coast transporting drugs. By her 20s, she was addicted to drugs and prostituting herself for as little as $5 a john to pay for her next high. Once, in Los Angeles, she got arrested so often along one "ho stroll" street that cops banned her and vowed to arrest her on sight if she returned.
December 6, 2014 |
Jack C. Briscoe, 94, of Drexel Hill, a longtime Philadelphia lawyer and a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, died Monday, Dec. 1, of heart failure at the Sunrise of Granite Run senior living home in Media. Born in 1920 in Bradford, Pa., Mr. Briscoe was the son of an oil industry worker, Park H., and a homemaker, Gertrude. Mr. Briscoe graduated from Bradford High School in 1937 before attending the University of Pennsylvania. To help pay for the cost of tuition, Mr. Briscoe worked as a locomotive fireman on the Pennsylvania Railroad Seashore Line.
December 5, 2014 |
Irvin J. Borowsky, 90, of Philadelphia, a television-industry visionary, publisher, and philanthropist, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, of causes related to aging at his home. In 1948, Mr. Borowsky started TV Digest, a magazine that listed programs for the 50,000 area residents who at that time had TV sets. He built up the paid circulation to over 300,000 and extended a contract to Channel 6 guaranteeing that if it showed movies - a rarity on TV then - the publication would purchase advertising time on them.
December 3, 2014 |
The nonjury trial for a Delaware County woman accused in the stabbing death of her husband, a former University of Pennsylvania basketball player, began Monday with testimony from a close friend and police. Matthew White was the starting center on the 1979 Penn team that reached the NCAA Final Four. At issue is not whether Maria Garcia-Pellon killed White as he lay sleeping in bed at their Nether Providence home. She has admitted the killing to police. The question is whether she is not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty but mentally ill. "This defendant appreciated right from wrong the night she stabbed him," prosecutor Kathleen McGee said in her opening statements.
November 9, 2014 |
Clifford Carmalt Collings Jr., 97, of Bryn Mawr, a Navy veteran of World War II who became a municipal investment counselor, died Sunday, Nov. 2, of a heart ailment at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Collings worked at CC Collings & Co., the Philadelphia investment firm founded in 1924 by his father, Clifford C. Collings Sr. The younger Mr. Collings later became president and chairman and stayed with the company for more than 50 years. The firm was sold to Legg Mason in 1985; Mr. Collings stayed on for a while to assist.
November 4, 2014 |
John B. "Jack" Hagner, 83, of Bala Cynwyd, a longtime public accountant, died Monday, Oct. 20, of dementia at Symphony Square Assisted Living & Memory Care. His wife of 27 years, Mary Ellen Yuhas Hagner, said Mr. Hagner started suffering memory loss in 2011 and was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. In 2013, he was admitted to Symphony Square. Mr. Hagner worked as a public accountant for 41 years at Ratke, Miller, Hagner & Co. in Philadelphia. It was formerly known as Hagner & Co. after his grandfather and father, who founded the company during the 1930s.
October 20, 2014 |
Philadelphia is as cool as Silicon Valley or Manhattan for start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs. Yes, really. Got an idea? Go for it. "Philly is a great sandbox. You can try, fail, try again, tweak, and you're not under a huge microscope," says venture capitalist Patrick FitzGerald. Just ask Allison Berliner, who earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent a semester in San Francisco, but came back east to work at Wanderfly, then co-founded a fashion brands-matchmaking website, PopInShop, in Philly.
October 3, 2014 |
Joseph P. Lamb Sr., 94, of Drexel Hill, a proud Irishman who never forgot his Philadelphia roots, died Friday, Sept. 26, of respiratory failure at Springfield Hospital in Delaware County. Born and raised in Southwest Philadelphia, Mr. Lamb was a 1937 graduate of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Boys. While there, he played football, baseball, and basketball for the Connell Spades. He was a resident of Briarcliffe, a neighborhood of brick rowhouses in Glenolden, before moving to Drexel Hill in 1969.
September 12, 2014 |
BRIDGET McLOONE would sit on the porch of Villa St. Martha in Downingtown, where she was living, and look toward the nearby St. Joseph Church, of which her son was pastor. A nice view, except for that darned tree! The tree blocked her clear view of her son's church and she was miffed. "Can't you cut that tree down?" she demanded. Bridget Teresa McLoone was a determined Irish gal, a product of County Donegal, a woman who raised four children, helped send them all to college with faith and frugality, and saw them all become successes in their chosen professions.
August 5, 2014 |
Donald J. Moran, 83, a businessman and former Bryn Mawr resident, died Friday, July 25, of pneumonia at a hospice near his home in Naples, Fla. Mr. Moran was born in 1930 and grew up in Southwest Philadelphia. He graduated from West Catholic Boys High School in 1948 and enlisted in the Navy, serving on the destroyer USS Vogelgesang After his military service, Mr. Moran attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating from the Wharton School in 1957. He began a career in business, holding positions at General Electric and Chilton Publishing Co. His entrepreneurial bent, however, led him to establish a series of businesses, which had varying degrees of success.