February 1, 2012 |
A 4.4-acre meadow wedged among elegant stone homes in tony Wynnewood is all that is left of the Toland family farm, which once sprawled across 300 acres from the Main Line railroad tracks almost to Montgomery Avenue. Over the last century, the farm was whittled away piece by piece to create a new residential development, though as recently as the 1970s, cows grazed in an open pasture, and chickens scurried around a barnyard just blocks from Wynnewood Shopping Center. Then last year, the matriarch of the family, Polly Toland, decided to sell her own home, adjacent to the meadow, and move to a retirement home.
January 6, 2012 |
In what amounts to its biggest expansion move ever in the Philadelphia market, Giant Food Stores on Thursday announced it had acquired 16 Genuardi's supermarkets from Safeway Inc. for $106 million. The transfer of ownership to Giant of 16 of 27 Genuardi's stores in the region - coupled with the closing of three more stores and the hoped-for sale of the remaining eight - likely signals the end of the Genuardi's grocery name, which was among the region's most highly regarded before Safeway acquired the family-owned business in 2001.
December 21, 2011 |
David N. Pincus, 85, a passionate art patron and humanitarian, who lived life with gusto and devoted himself to relieving the suffering of children, died at his Wynnewood home Wednesday morning from leukemia. . Mr. Pincus, the retired chairman of Pincus Bros.-Maxwell, a family-owned clothing manufacturer, was well-known in Philadelphia art circles for his impressive modern collection. Some of his donated works adorn the region's most prominent museums and public spaces. A boisterous man, the nearly six-foot-five Mr. Pincus was a study in contradiction: He was intensely private yet impossible to ignore; he admired the paintings of Willem de Kooning as well as the cartoons of Charles M. Schulz.
December 16, 2011
Hilda Mary Plumley Abelson, 81, of Gladwyne, a real estate agent, died of cancer Sunday, Dec. 11, at Waverly Heights, a retirement community where she had gone for hospice care for a week. Mrs. Abelson was born in London and spent her early life in Newport, Wales. She attended Newport High School, and graduated in 1951 from Bath College with a degree in hotel management. She began her career in 1952 at Middlesex Hospital in London, managing domestic services. She met her future husband, Denis, in March 1953, when she accidentally knocked him over while swinging open a large door to the auditorium.
December 8, 2011 |
Amile Jefferson, at 6-foot-8 and 200 pounds, has a man's body, but he still exudes a boyish physical quality. Judging by his young face and not-yet-filled frame, it's easy to forget when he's mingling with his teammates or running through mundane drills what he's truly capable of on the court. But when the whistle blows, reminders come quickly. At a recent Friends' Central practice, Jefferson received the ball on the left wing outside the three-point line. A teammate crouched in a defensive stance as if he had convinced himself that it would make a difference.
September 28, 2011 |
Hello there Dana worked in communications at the Center City offices of Mercer, a human-resources consulting firm, for about three years before John was hired and seated in a cubicle outside her boss' office. It was fall 2006, and the Wynnewood native had just graduated from Harvard University, where he studied government and played football. He had been a volunteer firefighter since he was 18. And he was cute. "He's just so young," Dana, who is from South Philadelphia, lamented to a friend.
September 28, 2011
Vincent J. Spiziri, 93, formerly of Wynnewood, a business owner and civic activist, died of cancer Sunday, Sept. 25, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Newtown Square. Mr. Spiziri graduated from South Philadelphia High School and attended Drexel University before joining his father, Francis, at Spiziri Corrective Shoes in Center City. In 1979, he sold the store to Greiner & Saur Orthopedics in Philadelphia and then worked for that firm for several years. After a brief retirement, he was a part-time clerk for a district judge in Lower Merion for 10 years until he was in his 80s, his son, Vincent Jr., said.
July 23, 2011
Actor Patrick Dempsey heads an impressive list of local and national Grand-AM racing stars expected to compete this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville. The main event on Saturday is the B+ Foundation Heroes 200, featuring competitors in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. The Rolex Sports Car Series takes center stage on Sunday with the American Red Cross 250. Among the locals to keep an eye on are Wynnewood native and defending Grand Touring champion Jeff Segal, Malvern's David Donohue, Andrew Aquilante of Chester Springs and B+ Racing co-drivers Hugh Plumb of Chadds Ford and Al Carter from Wilmington.
January 31, 2011 |
In this day and age (read: lean economic times), how do you sell a Main Line manse? Well, by invitation only, and with $1,800 worth of finger food. And make sure to hire valets to park everyone's car so an impatient agent doesn't drive across the freshly seeded lawn - which is just what happened one Wednesday in October at the first open house for the estate in Wynnewood called Pen y Bryn, for "top of the hill. " Craig and Mac Brand, the husband-and-wife real estate team showing 212 Cherry Lane, went all out for the reconstructed estate's debut.
January 23, 2011 |
In 1913, at the urging of magazine editor Edward W. Bok, the Merion Civic Association decided to replace the hodgepodge of wooden street markers on every Merion corner with cast-iron road signs "of distinctive design. " Two years later, 93 of the scrolled green-and-gold signs were in place. Four years after that, they became the model for landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. as he planned communities across the nation. Elegant signs, he wrote, "will add to the attractive character of the streets and, at the same time, give visible evidence of civic activity.