Armed with a can of plum spray paint, Fernando Romero swiftly filled in a section of exposed gray stucco wall on an apartment building just off Temple University's main campus. Above him, another artist on a ladder added a skyline of black towers flanking huge green letters that spelled out: "Defend the Future."
Joel Gershman, a prominent commercial real estate developer, philanthropist and namesake supporter of the Gershman Y in Center City, died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 4 after struggling with a variety of illnesses. He was 86. Were the Rydal resident able to read these words, however, he would have protested such public recognition, friends and family said. "He just wanted...
Deborah has been working at the Exponent since fall 2010, starting out as a staff writer before becoming the online editor. She's spent the better part of 2012 working closely with other staff on the design and development of the Exponent's new website.
Prior to the Exponent, Deborah worked at daily newspapers including the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina and the Courier-Post in South Jersey. She took a six-month break in the middle of those jobs to move to Mexico for a Rotary International Cultural Ambassador fellowship.
She earned her bachelors and masters degrees from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Outside of journalism, Deborah keeps more than busy as a dance and fitness instructor. Philadelphia Magazine recently honored her as one of 16 local "Health Heroes" and her business, Philly Dance Fitness, as the "Best Dance Workout" of 2012.