Newsmakers the Week of Feb. 07, 2013


Al Boscov, legendary department store impresario, has been selected the inaugural inductee into the Pennsylvania Retailers’ Association Hall of Fame, with the event set for next month in Wyomissing, Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett and former Govs. Ed Rendell and Tom Ridge are the celebration’s honor­ary co-chairmen.

Robert Kaplan has been named director of the board of the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries Benefits Council of Greater Philadelphia.

Peter Nero, founder/longtime guiding spirit of the Philly Pops, was recognized with a city proclamation for his impact on the region’s cultural scene  in ceremonies at City Hall. The acclaimed and award-winning pianist/conductor/composer is leaving his role at the Pops this spring; he has been its muse and artistic director since its beginning in 1979.

Attorney Roberta Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, where she’s a partner, received the first Outstanding Contributions to Gender Diversity and Equality Award from Chambers Women in Law at ceremonies held recently in New York. Among a number of prominent posts held over the years, Liebenberg chairs the Gender Equity Task Force of the American Bar Association and had been co-chair of the Women in the Profession Committee/ Philadelphia Bar Association.

Dr. Robin D. Rothstein has been chosen as medical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Temple University Hospital, serving as well as associate prof of medicine at Temple’s med school.

Oreland’s Joel Polis is now appearing in a Los Angeles production of The Snake Can, about life and loneliness in the post-50 age, for which he received an “expert as ever” review from the Los Angeles Times for his role at the Odys­sey Playhouse.

Lisa Zeidner, an English prof at Rutgers U./Camden, has authored Love Bomb, which has been called “an inventive, mordantly funny novel about love, marriage, stalkers, and the indignities of parenthood,” all taking place in Haddonfield, N.J.

Merrill Reese, Voice of the Eagles, has been accorded the status of Special Recognition Honoree by the Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired at its 53rd annual Louis Braille Awards Ceremony Luncheon.

Al Shrier, forever director of sports info at Temple U., from which he graduated 60 years ago, has been honored for his legendary career by Temple, with ceremonies held at the Owls’ recent game against the U of P. Among his previous honors: Shrier is a member of the Phila­delphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Ruth Snyderman, a pioneer of the South Street arts scene from the moment she opened the Works Gallery in 1965, will be honored at “It’s All About Ruth: The Celebration of Collecting Craft in Philadelphia,” a gala on March 16 presented by the Clay Studio — where it will be held — as well as family and friends of Snyderman.



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