April 30, 2016 |
Stephen J. Traitz Jr., 79, a colorful labor leader who was the central figure in the Roofers union scandal of the 1980s, died Tuesday at his farm in Trooper, Montgomery County. The barrel-chested former boxer, who attended daily Mass and did not drink liquor, was known for being polite and soft-spoken, but he was caught on FBI tapes being profane and offensive, and, a federal jury concluded, guilty of bribing Philadelphia judges with cash-filled envelopes. Richard L. Scheff, who prosecuted the case, recalled sitting five feet from Mr. Traitz during his trial, and the defendant "treated me with complete respect.
December 14, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. They call it Wor-ces-ter . "Not Wooster, that is in Massachusetts," says Gary Segal of Keller Williams Real Estate in Blue Bell, who sells a lot of real estate in this township at the geographic center of Montgomery County. You'll find the exact center at Routes 363 and 73, he says, in what is known, aptly, as Center Point. "Worcester is awesome," says Diane Williams, an agent with Weichert Realtors in Blue Bell who is working on a listing there.
July 19, 2015 |
The phone calls started pouring in to the Whitpain Township offices in the fall. Developers were on the line, wondering how many homes they could build at the site of the Meadowlands Country Club. Inquiries from developers are typical, said Township Manager Roman Pronczak. But these calls were disconcerting. The 128-acre property in the heart of Blue Bell is a golf course and a valuable piece of open space. "Golf courses are starting to be called the last frontier of open-space preservation in suburban communities," said Fred Conner, chairman of the Whitpain Board of Supervisors.
February 24, 2014 |
Bob Marshall learned the value of hard work at an early age. By age 12, he was working at part-time jobs to help his single mother raise her five children. "Near poverty level" is how he recalls the family circumstances. Through hard work, Marshall excelled in the classroom and on the playing field. In 1957, at 158 pounds, he was starting offensive guard for the Roxborough High School football team that won the Public League Championship. A year later, as a halfback, he scored 10 touchdowns in six games.
January 24, 2014 |
Marjorie Fletcher Thomson Bowden, 88, of Villanova and Mantoloking, N.J., an amateur historian and descendant of a noted 19th-century silversmith, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, of cancer at Meadowood Retirement Community in Worcester Township. Mrs. Bowden assisted with research on a number of projects, including a history of Radnor Township, A Rare and Pleasing Thing by Katherine Cummin, and a book on the family history of her ancestor Jan Luyken, a Quaker who settled in Germantown in 1683.
November 11, 2011 |
Dr. R. Robert Tyson, 92, chief of surgery at Temple University Hospital from 1973 to 1983, died Sunday, Nov. 6, at his home in Meadowood, a retirement community in Worcester Township, Montgomery County. He was president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society in 1972-73, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society in 1986-87, and board chair of Pennsylvania Blue Shield from 1988 to 1992. Dr. Tyson graduated from William Penn Charter School in 1938. He earned a bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College in 1942 and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1944.
May 26, 2011 |
State police are investigating how more than two dozen Methacton Area High School students showed up at their senior prom Saturday so drunk that they had to be sent home. Officials of the Montgomery County school booted as many as 32 students who arrived intoxicated to the event at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Some were so inebriated they allegedly could not stand, investigators said. Investigators from the Skippack state police barracks took on the case after reports emerged that many of the students involved had arrived at the dance on the same rented bus and had attended a pre-prom party in Worcester Township, about 10 miles away.
September 8, 2010
Andrew Cunningham, 80, a former high school coach, died of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease Saturday, Sept. 4, at his home in Whitpain Township, Montgomery County. From the 1950s into the 1990s, Mr. Cunningham coached football, basketball, and golf at Upper Dublin High School, where he was a physical education teacher, said his wife, Miriam. Born in Glenside, Mr. Cunningham graduated from Abington High School in 1948 and earned a bachelor's degree in education at what is now West Chester University.
December 31, 2009 |
Facing what one official termed "a deep financial hole," the Variety Club of Philadelphia abruptly took steps this week to cut programs so that it can reopen its famous Sunshine Camp in June. Tomorrow through May 31, all programming at the club's camp property on Potshop Road in Worcester Township, Montgomery County, is canceled, the nonprofit announced in a letter to parents. The move affects 223 disabled children who attend weekend and after-school sessions to swim, cook, do crafts, learn scuba diving, socialize, canoe, dance, and play sports.