July 16, 2016 |
Horsham Township will get $10 million in state funding to clean up drinking water contaminated with chemicals from the now shuttered naval base in Willow Grove. With that money, local officials will develop steps beyond those taken by the Navy and Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that their drinking water is safe. Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery) said he fought for the money for his township because he was "increasingly frustrated" with the response from federal agencies.
June 20, 2016 |
As lawmakers demanded answers this spring about water contamination in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Paul Lutz began chemotherapy. Lutz does not live in the area with the tainted drinking water, which came from chemicals used on naval air bases. But he worked at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station as a flight engineer. Now 44 and retired from the military, he has multiple myeloma. As water contamination near the base attracts scrutiny, Lutz and others who worked there wonder: What about us?
June 6, 2016 |
Hello there Back home in the city after a day of teaching honors English at Abington Senior High School, Julie walked to Devil's Alley to meet friends and watch the Flyers. Arriving first, she sat at the bar. "This handsome, confident man in a suit sidled up to me. " That was Charlie, president of the M.B. Funding Inc. commercial finance firm, also there to watch the Flyers and also earlier than his pals. There was Julie, attractive and sitting by herself. "I was not expecting anything more than a five-minute pleasant conversation, but five minutes led to an hour.
May 25, 2016 |
Abington-Jefferson Health officials are planning a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday afternoon for a $75 million outpatient cancer center at 3941 Commerce Ave in Willow Grove. The 86,000 square-foot facility will be named the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion in honor of a $5 million gift from members of the Asplundh family, which is known for its Asplundh Tree Expert Co. The new center, which is scheduled to open in early 2018, will operate in partnership with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, in Center City.
April 24, 2016 |
Officiants: Msgr. Joseph Murray, pastor emeritus of St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Lansdale; Msgr. Joseph Tracy, St. Stanislaus; the Rev. Denis Wilde, OSA; the Rev. Philip Forlano; and the Rev. John Chung Nguyen. Venues: St. Stanislaus Catholic Church; William Penn Inn, Gwynedd. Catering: William Penn Inn. Florist: Zora Derderian, Mary Donato. Band: City Rhythm Orchestra, Willow Grove. Music planner: Sister Thomasina Marie, RSM. Vocalist: Marie Molinari-Hagner, High Note Vocals, Lansdale.
April 24, 2016 |
I SHOULD STOP being surprised where this job takes me. But I still can't believe it took me to a skinny little cemetery tucked behind an Aldi market where, shovel in hand, I was determined to bring some dignity to the grave of Susan Hyatt. Mrs. Hyatt was 86 when she died on April 1. She was laid to rest on April 3 at Har Zion Cemetery on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale. Mrs. Hyatt's parents are buried at Har Zion, a Jewish burial ground in a part of Delaware County so crammed with cemeteries, more people reside under the ground than above it. Mrs. Hyatt's husband's remains are also at Har Zion, as are those of his parents and sister.
April 13, 2016 |
Standing outside a Montgomery County military base where chemicals from firefighting foam has contaminated public drinking water, two local congressmen made a bipartisan appeal Monday for stricter drinking-water regulations. "Residents are understandably concerned these chemicals are to blame for their health concerns," said Rep. Brendan Boyle (D., Pa.). Boyle traveled Monday to Naval Air Station Willow Grove with Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan to apply public pressure to the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize new standards for safe levels of chemicals in drinking water.
April 12, 2016 |
As a child growing up outside Warsaw, David Wisnia was a prodigy. He sang in opera houses and spent time with prominent cantors who tutored him in chanting prayers for synagogue. Years later, as a teenager imprisoned at the Auschwitz concentration camp, that talent became his lifeline. "What kept my grandfather going, and what saved his life, was his voice," said Wisnia's grandson, Avi, speaking on Sunday at the National Museum of American Jewish History to an audience that included his grandfather.
March 31, 2016
ISSUE | BIPOLAR DAY There is help, hope World Bipolar Day is marked annually on March 30. Bipolar disorder is a medical condition of the brain in which a person's moods swing back and forth like the winds of March. Diagnosed individuals - who encompass all ages, from children on up - can do quite well. Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, 69, who died Tuesday, suffered from the disorder. What's needed is an excellent psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, and a support group, in which people like us learn from one another.
March 5, 2016 |
Is toxic water in the vicinity of the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove and the Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster making people sick? That's the concern three area congressmen raised Thursday in a letter to the Navy demanding answers about the government's knowledge of the water issues. "Residents who consumed the contaminated water have understandable concern that these chemicals, which studies show can cause serious illness, are the cause of their own health conditions," wrote U.S. Reps.