Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Bryan Schwartzman

Freelancer, Former Staff Writer
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It looked as if State Rep. John Perzel (R-District 172), one of the most powerful figures in Harrisburg, would have the last laugh. But a backbench lawmaker from Montgomery County with little statewide name recognition and no New Year's Eve plans made a late night phone call that was heard round the state -- the one that ultimately foiled Perzel's...
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Among the treasure trove of historical papers that adorns the walls of the Raab Collection's new Center City office are: a letter from King George IV to Czar Alexander I; another from General George Washington to one of his spies; and the executive order signed by President William McKinley appointing Jacob Trieber to the federal bench, the first Jew to...
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In previous generations, when kids struggled in school, or acted out in class, they were often dismissed as "slow" or "problem children." Now, decades of research on learning disabilities, and on how the brain itself functions, have made parents and educators far more aware of the myriad difficulties that can confront children in school and in life. But there are...
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As an incoming freshman lawmaker, Senator-elect Bob Casey never expected to land a spot on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. But the Democrat from Scranton noted that the surprise appointment will afford him a unique opportunity to be part of the debate on forging a new Iraq strategy. The outgoing State Treasurer added that as a committee member, he'll...
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Despite the continued objections of nearby residents and several religious leaders, the Lower Moreland Township's Zoning Hearing Board voted unanimously to approve construction of a 130-foot T-Mobile cell-phone tower on land that, depending upon whom you ask, is either adjacent to, or part of, cemetery grounds. An attorney representing a vocal group opposed to the project promised an appeal. T-Mobile...
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Profile

Bryan Schwartzman has been reporting on the Jewish community of Philadelphia since 2003. After 10 years as a staff writer, he now occasionally freelances for the Exponent. He writes about trends in politics, religion and spirituality, philanthropy and sometimes dabbles in sports and the arts. 
 
He has received numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Journalists, the Jewish American Press Association and other organizations.
 
A native New Yorker, he earned a master’s degree in modern Jewish history and literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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