November 26, 2014 |
ARTHUR BOMAR - convicted in 1998 of kidnapping, brutalizing and fatally beating star college athlete Aimee Willard and then dumping her naked body in a weed-strewn North Philadelphia lot - should face death for the horrific slaying, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled for the second time. The ruling Friday denying a Post Conviction Relief Act petition by Bomar affirmed a September 2012 ruling by Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Frank T. Hazel. Hazel had found numerous claims by Bomar to be meritless, including that he was not competent to stand trial and that his defense counsel was ineffective, according to a statement released yesterday by the Delaware County District Attorney.
March 31, 2014 |
Willard S. Boothby Jr., 92, of Bryn Mawr and Jupiter, Fla., a respected leader in Philadelphia's business and philanthropic communities, died Saturday, March 22, of complications after a fall, at his Florida home. A Philadelphia native, Mr. Boothby was managing director of Paine Webber & Co., a stock brokerage and asset management firm, before retiring in the early 1990s. But he found time to take a leadership role in many local institutions, including as president of the Academy of Music and as a director of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
September 13, 2013 |
I WAS DIGGING MY WAY through an overgrown vacant lot full of scurrying somethings that I chose to think were bunnies when Joetta Johnson's voice pierced through the thick brush. "Say something so I know you didn't get lost in there," she called out. Moments earlier, Johnson was giving me a walking tour of some of the empty lots in her North Philly neighborhood when she offhandedly mentioned that the one in the roughest shape, at 16th and Indiana, was once a park dedicated to murder victim Aimee Willard.
September 29, 2012 |
Werner K. Kirmse, 90, of Spring House, an engineer who designed the mechanical systems for One Liberty Place, died Monday, Sept. 24, at Kindred Hospital of complications from an aneurysm. For more than 40 years, Mr. Kirmse was with Willard Inc., a mechanical contractor, designing heating and air-conditioning systems for major construction projects, including a Marriott Hotel and One Liberty Place. The 61-story Liberty Place, which was completed in 1987, changed the skyline of Philadelphia.
September 5, 2012 |
A Delaware County Court judge denied the latest death-penalty appeal from Arthur J. Bomar, who was convicted of killing college athlete Aimee Willard in 1996, the district attorney announced Tuesday. Judge Frank T. Hazel issued a 213-page opinion addressing 22 claims by Bomar in his appeal, making any future appeals on the same grounds more difficult. The case has already been appealed to the state Supreme Court. District Attorney Jack Whelan on Tuesday called Bomar "every parent's worst nightmare.
July 27, 2012 |
Myer Jacobs, 93, president and chief executive officer of Willard Inc., a former mechanical and electrical contracting firm, died Monday, July 23, of metastatic cancer at Cathedral Village, the retirement community in Andorra. Mr. Jacobs was a devoted bicycle rider and tennis player, his grandson Andrew Karasik said. "He was biking up until he turned 93 in September," Karasik said, "and he played tennis probably until April. " During his years at the firm, Willard worked on buildings at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn Center, and others.
September 8, 2010 |
Storyee Robinson couldn't believe what she saw when she stepped inside the new, $30.3 million Willard Elementary School in Kensington Tuesday morning. There was a gymnasium. An instructional music room. A science lab. An auditorium. Classrooms with electronic whiteboards. And an inviting cafeteria with soaring, clerestory windows. It had taken more than a decade to replace the outmoded and overcrowded 1907 Willard School where children had to eat lunch at their desks and were tutored in hallways.
May 3, 2010
NEXT TIME I'm trying to decide if a show is worth keeping up with, I may ask myself: What Would Fred Do? That would be Fred Willard, who last week popped up for the second time on ABC's "Modern Family" as Frank Dunphy, RV enthusiast, dog-lover and father to the often clueless Phil (Ty Burrell). A couple of weeks earlier, he was on ABC's "Castle," playing sidekick to a late-show host (yes, just as he did to Martin Mull so long ago on "Fernwood 2-Night"). Tonight, Willard's on NBC's "Chuck" (8 p.m., Channel 10)
August 24, 2009 |
G. Willard Webster, 95, a bacteriologist who helped produce lifesaving vaccines, died Aug. 13 at Foulkeways, a Quaker retirement community in Gwynedd. While studying physics at the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Webster washed glassware in a laboratory at Sharpe & Dohme, now Merck & Co. He eventually became a medical researcher in the pharmaceutical company's laboratory and launched a career. During World War II, he received a deferment from military service to work with scientists, including Jonas Salk, who were preparing and testing an influenza vaccine.
December 23, 2008 |
John Lawrence is convinced that genes tell, that talents and interests are passed down through families as certainly as body types and hair color. His Scottish grandfather made patterns for machine castings. His great-uncle crafted violins. His father was a Chester shipyard machinist who could make and fix anything, including clocks and watches. Lawrence inherited a gift for fine manual work, which he exercised in his 32-year career as a dentist. Now semi-retired, he is applying those skills to his passion - making adaptations of some of the most beautiful clock designs ever produced.