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POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012, 10:22 AM
Seth Rozin, 47, InterAct’s producing artistic director, standing in the Adrienne Theater next to a collage of stills from 15 years worth of the company’s plays. ((Josh Fernandez / Philly.com))

As a budding Lower Merion High School student, Seth Rozin knew his career would go down one of two paths – theater or visual arts.

 “Almost everyone who goes into theater starts out on stage at some point,” Rozin, 47, said. “I was active in theater – acting, directing, writing – from the end of my elementary school days, all the way through college. It hooks you and you have to do it.”

Rozin , a class of 1982  Lower Merion graduate, doesn’t regret his theater decision, especially since he gets to enjoy the almost 24 years of success with InterAct Theatre Company, of which the Merion-born resident is co-founder.

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POSTED: Friday, February 24, 2012, 9:48 AM
Gwen Webb-Appling, now 63, ended up in jail at age 14 when she non-violently protested the "racist society" that was Birmingham, Ala. Here, she is shown with her husband, JD. (Courtesy Gwen Webb-Appling)

Gwen Webb-Appling looked at a group of students sitting in a classroom in Milan, Tenn., and cried. The Milan High School students told her they felt powerless to make positive changes in their communities.

Webb-Appling, a child protestor during the 1963 Birmingham Movement, Skyped with the class to talk about the struggles they face around the same age Webb-Appling was when she got arrested for standing up for what she believed in: justice.

“A lot of people go to jail nowadays, and they don’t have a purpose,” Webb-Appling said. “I told this group of students and their parents who were boo-hooing with me, ‘You have to lead a purpose-driven life.’”

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POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 4:49 PM

The final of two Lower Merion finance workshop meetings to address the township’s nearly $7 million business tax revenued ended last night, Wednesday, Feb. 22, but not before the board clashed over one of the discussed options – post-employment benefits and deferred compensation for township employees.

Township CFO Dean Dortone presented the option, which was also discussed at the first meeting, stating the township currently funds retirees on a “pay-as-you-go-basis, similar to other governmental and private sector entities.”

“Healthcare benefits, life insurance benefits, that’s it,” he added during the presentation.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 2:29 PM

Attributing busy schedules, Commissioner Rick Churchill said Township Manager Doug Cleland's contract might not be ready to review and approve by March 7. The Board of Commissioners tabled the agenda item at the Feb. 15 meeting earlier this month.

"We have a negotiating committee of three people, plus Doug," Churchill said. "We're all kind of busy people, and we have to coordinate schedules."

Cleland is currently working without a contract, and continues to negotiate with Commissioners Scott Zelov, Daniel Bernheim and Churchill to agree on a deal that will be presented to the rest of the board as well as the public.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 3:41 PM

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 12:01 PM
Rick Maclary became Haverford Township's first information technology director in 2008. Township Manager Larry Gentile tasked him with a makeover of the township's network and communication system. (Ashley Nguyen / Philly.com)

Rick Maclary came to Haverford Township in January 2008 as the municipality’s first information technology director. In fact, prior to Maclary, the township didn’t have any internal personnel overseeing Haverford’s network, let alone website. It spent money on outside consultants who the township could only use for 40 hours per month.

Maclary walked into what seemed like an ancient situation: Township staffers used their personal Yahoo! and Gmail accounts for official township business. Some PCs couldn’t even run the then-newest software, Windows XP.

When Township Manager Larry Gentile hired Maclary in 2008 to network the township’s computer systems, Maclary faced an ill-functioning website and small server. Well into a technological age of instant gratification and communication, the township was far behind. Until 2011, the agendas for Board of Commissioner meetings were hand-delivered to the commissioners’ homes rather than emailed with one mouse click.

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POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012, 10:59 AM
More than 2,000 students from the Philadelphia, Lower Merion and Chester Upland school districts perform in the 2012 Maestro the Lion children’s concert or participate in its program. ((courtesy Lower Merion School District))

Those who have yet to see the annual Maestro the Lion children’s concert at Lower Merion High School still have a chance with two remaining shows, one tomorrow, Feb. 21 and another on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m.

The concert series, which began in 1990, features performances by the Lower Merion Symphony Orchestra, student ballet dancers and a group of male student vocalists, Bullfrog Quartet.

Before each concert, high school students demonstrate their instruments for children in the audience in music mingle.

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POSTED: Friday, February 17, 2012, 10:18 AM
There won't be a billboard atop 658 Lancaster Ave., after the Haverford Township Zoning Hearing Board voted unanimously against Bartkowski Investment Group's challenge to the township's zoning code. (Ashley Nguyen / Philly.com)

Margaret Murr couldn’t help pointing out whose turf Bartkowski Investment Group played on for the past three years as the advertising company worked to put up five billboards in Haverford Township.

“It’s our town,” Murr, one of the four township residents who filed as parties in the hearing, said after the Haverford Township Zoning Hearing Board voted unanimously to deny BIG’s challenge to the validity of the township’s advertising code.

Though Robert Kane, the chairman of the board, acknowledged billboards are prohibited in the township, not all non-accessory outdoor advertisements are. When Marc Kaplin originally petitioned the validity and constitutionality of the township’s code, he said the township improperly excluded all non-accessory outdoor advertising signs. Non-accessory outdoor advertising signs include ads on bus stop shelters and grocery carts, which are allowed in Haverford Township.

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Josh Fernandez is a 2011 graduate of Temple University where he studied journalism and gender studies. He was a writer and editor for The Temple News, and has interned at Philadelphia City Paper and the Philadelphia Daily News. Josh lived in Aston, Pa. in Delaware County before moving to University City in Philadelphia.

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