Newsmakers the Week of June 26, 2014


A longtime local producer with national tours to his credit is bringing "My Son, the Waiter, a Jewish Tragedy" to the stage; and a major Philly startup entrepreneur has made big news — again — this time with the sale of a company featuring browser-sharing.

Professor David S. Cohen of Drexel University’s School of Law recently wrote an essay for Slate deriding “The Worst Argument Ever Made Against Gay Marriage (And That’s Saying Something)”. Also in Drexel law school news: Professor Norman Stein was part of a panel discussion at the Third Annual National Conference on ERISA, Employee Benefits and Social Insurance, which was held at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee.

Janice Beitz, a professor of nursing at Rutgers University, has been named recipient of the school’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Bonnie Squires, longtime Philadelphia journalist, joined Jill Lapensohn and Beverly Victor in receiving Women of Valor Awards, presented by  JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options), at a function held at the Hilton Philadelphia on City Avenue.

Native Philadelphians Joan and Seymour Zeenkov, now residents of La Mesa, Calif., were recently honored as 2014 Healthcare Heroes by the Grossmont Healthcare District in La Mesa. The couple was feted for their volunteer work with Sharp HospiceCare.

The Philadelphia Granny Peace Brigade — originally called Grandmothers for Peace when it began eight years ago — recently honored Goldie Freedman Petkov, 95, among a select group of nonagenarians chosen for the honor because of their lifetime commitment to social justice and activism for the public good.

Michael A. Weinberg of Archer & Greiner P.C., in Haddonfield, N.J., where he is partner in the firm’s Family Law Department, is the new secretary of the Family Law Section, the New Jersey State Bar Association. The bar association official resides in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Longtime Philadelphia producer Philip Roger Roy teams up again with Dana Matthow (the duo also produced My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy), this time for a production of My Son the Waiter, a Jewish Tragedy, penned and acted by Brad Zimmerman. The show opens late August in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Roy was a pioneer in Philadelphia’s cabaret and intimate theater scene when he opened Grendel’s Lair on South Street in 1972, running it for 15 years. He later went on to head up the New Market Cabaret Theater and has been active presenting shows at Society Hill Playhouse in recent years while also touring his shows nationally.

Startup specialist Josh Kopelman, managing director of First Round Capital, has scored a big first-round knockout of a victory: His company-run Dorm Room Fund has just had its startup, Firefly, which features browser-sharing and is operated by a pair of Penn grads, acquired by Pegasystems, a software company.


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