Northeast Times

 Articles by Tom Waring

Irene serves delay in GOP clambake

The annual Republican City Committee clambake was postponed Sunday because of the effects of Hurricane Irene.

Tacony moves Conwell show, also preps for history day

In Tacony, the Tommy Conwell concert has been rescheduled while plans continue for the neighborhood’s annual history day festivities.

Play time in Mayfair

Community spirit and corporate generosity will soon yield a very special playground.

Saluting the Stooges

Visitors to the Stoogeum in Montgomery County get to enjoy the Three Stooges experience as soon as they open the door.

His job is fighting hate

As director of Philly’s office of the Anti-Defamation League, Barry Morrison is a fervent crusader against mankind’s insensitive ways.

Dougherty reunion raises funds to aid groups

Once again, the annual event in North Wildwood, N.J., devoted the proceeds of ticket and T-shirt sales to support community programs.

Republican City Committee clambake slated for Sunday

The annual Republican City Committee clambake is scheduled for Sunday at Cannstatter’s, and everyone in attendance will have the chance to participate in a presidential straw poll sponsored by the Northeast Times.

Remembering a hero

Friends and family bid farewell to Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Strange, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.

NORC’s project director calls it a career

Guests at last week’s Rhawnhurst Naturally Occurring Retirement Community meeting listened to a presentation by Wills Eye Institute representatives, said goodbye to retiring project manager Judy Yellin and welcomed her successor, Shirley Reses.

Ner Zedek returns to Broadway

The Congregations of Ner Zedek is getting ready for what has become a really popular Labor Day tradition.The synagogue, located at 7520 Bustleton Ave. in Rhawnhurst, will offer a holiday concert for the 15th year on Monday, Sept. 5.For the sixth time in seven years, the congregation has arranged for a performance by the Broadway Sings concert production.More than 600 people turned out last year to hear the professional singing company.The buzz starts each year in January, and many ticket orders include notes of thanks for scheduling the entertainers, all of whom are current or former Broadway stars.“People are just thrilled that they come back,” said Jack Belitsky, chairman of the concert committee.The public is invited to attend. Guests will hear songs from shows including Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables and Jersey Boys.The concert starts at 1:30 p.m., and Firstrust Bank’s Krewstown Branch is back as the prime sponsor. Veteran bank executives Mort Kolman and Joe Sweeney have been helpful in the decade-plus that Firstrust has sponsored the concert.Tickets cost $36 for general admission, and about 450 have been sold already. The cost is $50 for tickets that include admission to a reception.The concert serves as a successful fund-raiser for Ner Zedek, but Belitsky also calls it a “fun-raiser.” Word of mouth has helped crowds grow through the years.“We attract a lot of people, particularly older people,” he said. “The concert is in the afternoon. You get home early and don’t have to drive at night. It’s a day’s outing.”Belitsky will be presented with the synagogue’s Distinguished Service Award. Besides chairing the concert committee, he has served as synagogue president on and off for nine years since the 1970s. He has also chaired all of Ner Zedek’s major committees.One prominent person who will be missing this year is Mike Brown, who co-chaired the concert committee with Belitsky, his brother-in-law. He died last October.Brown passed on his love of Broadway Sings to his son Cliff, who is chairing a concert planned by the group on Oct. 30 at Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill, N.J.The Broadway Sings performers became close to Brown over the years. In fact, Charles Bergell sang at his funeral.“Mike was somebody I learned a lot from,” said Don Agriss, chairman of the publicity committee, adding that Brown was an effective salesman for the advertising book.“He led by example. The energy he exhibited made me want to do more.” ••Reporter Tom Waring can be reached at 215-354-3034 or