April 13, 2014 |
WYNNEWOOD Seven-year-old Freida Atkins has spent days in her Wynnewood home packaging macaroons to send to Jewish soldiers overseas in time for Passover, though she's allergic to them herself. Freida is also plagued by idiopathic anaphylaxis, a rare, life-threatening disease in which a wide range of substances can trigger severe allergic reactions. But that hasn't stopped her. She is a Girl Scout. Inspired by her family's Chabad Lubavitch background, and driven to add to her growing collection of 18 Girl Scout badges, she packaged and sorted 160 cans filled with macaroons to give to Jewish soldiers in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, and Qatar who are looking for some holiday spirit during Passover, which starts Monday night.
April 11, 2014 |
Raymond T. Bowman, 105, of Wynnewood, a businessman and former steward at an exclusive golf club, died Tuesday, April 1, of heart failure. Mr. Bowman, the grandson of a slave, was a steward and waiter at Pine Valley, a club 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia in Camden County that caters to the famous. Mr. Bowman began working there in the 1920s, and often was on duty 18 hours a day, six days a week, he told reporter Frank Fitzpatrick in a 2013 Inquirer article. "It was all private," Mr. Bowman said.
March 13, 2014 |
Blaine Alison Steinberg, 20, of Wynnewood, an accomplished athlete whose positive attitude and openness inspired those who knew her, died Friday, March 7, of a heart attack in Hanover, N.H. Ms. Steinberg, a junior at Dartmouth College, played lacrosse and soccer at William Penn Charter School - winning accolades as a U.S. lacrosse academic All-American in 2010 and 2011. She was a member of the lacrosse team at Dartmouth. More that 1,500 people, including three busloads from Penn Charter, remembered her Monday during services at Main Line Reform Temple-Beth Elohim in Wynnewood.
February 24, 2014 |
Marga Forester, 90, of Wynnewood, a Holocaust survivor who escaped from Nazi Germany to England on the famous Kindertransport, died Sunday, Feb. 9, of a heart attack at home. Mrs. Forester, the former Marga Levy, was married to fellow Holocaust survivor Frank Forester, who died of respiratory failure Dec. 3, also at home in Wynnewood. He was 88. They were together 69 years. As children - she was 16, he was 13 - the two left Germany on separate Kindertransports, the rescue effort in which Britain agreed to take in 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland when the Nazis were gaining power.
January 31, 2014 |
HARRISBURG A 1950s-era bank building in Montgomery County and a famous boxing venue in Philadelphia are among the treasured Pennsylvania sites most endangered by development, according to a state preservation group. The Public Federal Savings Bank, a 1951 modernist structure in Lower Merion Township, and the Legendary Blue Horizon, the boxing arena in North Philadelphia, were among nine properties named Wednesday by Preservation Pennsylvania on its annual list of endangered structures worth fighting to keep.
November 23, 2013 |
WYNNEWOOD A 63-year-old Wynnewood man might have been a victim of "knockout game," a violent activity on the rise in cities around the country, police say. Lower Merion Township police said Thursday that they had arrested two Philadelphia 19-year-olds who allegedly assaulted the man late last month as he was walking his dog in the area of Twin Oaks and Rock Glen Drives in Wynnewood. Police said the victim, who suffered minor injuries in the Oct. 29 incident, saw a man run by him, then a second man walking toward him. "A moment later," police said in a statement, "one male walked up to him and punched him in the mouth, knocking him to the ground.
October 14, 2013 |
A memorial will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, for John A. Whereat, 55, a longtime Philadelphia sculptor, who died Saturday, Aug. 31, of heart failure at his home in Roxborough. The memorial is planned for 10 a.m. at the Radnor Friends Meeting House, Conestoga and Sproul Roads, his family announced last week. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Narberth, Mr. Whereat earned a bachelor's degree and, later, a master's degree in fine arts from the University of Pennsylvania. The bulk of his work, done in a garage on Spring Lane, is in private collections along the East Coast.
August 20, 2013 |
Joseph Alberstadt, 86, a retired businessman who loved to travel the world, died Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Keystone House in Wyndmoor after a brief illness. His health had deteriorated after a recent fall. Mr. Alberstadt was an auctioneer and owner of Lionel Office Equipment, and he also volunteered for Learning Ally, an organization that makes reading accessible for the blind and dyslexic. Mr. Alberstadt's relatives say he was perhaps best known for his voracious appetite for traveling with his wife, Frances Klein Alberstadt, who died three years ago. "He and his late wife really knew how to have fun and a good time," said Harold Wolpert, one of Mr. Alberstadt's nephews.
April 18, 2013
Dawn Klemash Age: 36 Where ya from?: Queen Village, where she moved 12 years ago from Wynnewood. She's originally from Wilkes-Barre. What do you do?: She's the director of Schwartz Preschool, which has 46 students in Queen Village. Said no to the suburbs: Although many families flee cities for suburban schools, Klemash and husband Ray Kresge, a social-studies teacher at Ben Franklin High, left Wynnewood when their son Jake was little because they felt the esteemed Lower Merion School District wasn't right for him. "We moved for kindergarten," said Klemash, whose son attends Meredith Elementary School in Queen Village.
March 10, 2013 |
John R. Boehringer, 82, of Wynnewood, an engineer and inventor who founded a biomedical engineering company, died Tuesday, March 5, of cancer at home. Mr. Boehringer's life was marked by an intellectual curiosity that led him to build a sailboat as a teen and to learn, in midlife, to fly airplanes. "He was always curious," said his daughter, Barbara McConnell. "He always wanted to learn new things. " In 1967, Mr. Boehringer, known as "Jack," founded Boehringer Associates, a consulting firm in Wynnewood specializing in cost-control management in manufacturing and hospital operations.