Newsmakers the Week of Jan. 15, 2015


A local high school basketball coach nabs a landmark court victory, and a prominent labor and unemployment attorney joins the transition team for Gov-elect Tom Wolf.

Steve Chadwin, affectionately known by his phys ed students and the basketball players he coaches at Abington Friends School as “Mr. C,” was Mr. Cool two weeks ago netting his 600th win as the team beat Masterman High, 58-36. A decades-long coach at the school, where he has scored 16 Friends School League Championships, Chadwin was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame last spring. With a winning average at some 70 percent, this long-ago alum of the Jewish Junior Basketeball League has received plaudits for his focus not only on the game but the intrinsic moral values one needs to win at life as well.

Prominent labor and employment attorney Deborah R. Willig of Willig, Williams & Davidson, which she founded 35 years ago and now serves as managing partner, has been named to serve on the Committee on Labor and Industry, a transition review team, by Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf. The much-honored Willig has carved a career of distinction serving the rights of working-class people, representing a broad range of labor unions, including those that serve public school teachers and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman of Abington has announced her intent to campaign for a judgeship in Montgomery County. The Montco district attorney since 2007 will retain her current post while running but will not seek a third term as D.A.

Lu Ann Cahn, a multiple award-winning investigative reporter for nearly three decades at NBC10, has assumed the new role of director, career services at the Temple University School of Communications and Theater. She is also the author of I Dare Me — a can-do book which details a series of her self-challenging adventures — which she is currently promoting during a book tour before assuming her job at Temple next month.

Area resident William Stroock has authored Israel Strikes: War of the Red Sea, a novel pitting Israel against Iran in a scenario set two years following the Jewish state’s destruction of Iran’s nuclear project. Stroock has written extensively on Israel and its battles in the Mideast.


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