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June 5, 1988 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
As local groups go, the Burlington Area Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is so new that the ink is barely dry on its charter, but it represents one busy bunch of seniors, thanks in great part to its outgoing president, Frank Patrick Burke, and its incoming president, Frank Patrick Burke. Burke will be installed June 14 by state AARP officials as president of Burlington Area Chapter 3998, a job he has held for two years, or since he founded the local unit.
NEWS
August 13, 1992 | By Melody Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Many Delaware County residents, age 50 or over, may be missing out on good times. Singing, golfing, volunteering, traveling to the Poconos, even serving as line judges at football games are some of the activities offered by the local chapters of the American Association of Retired Persons. But local AARP directors say many eligible people don't know about the chapters. About 58,000 national AARP members live in Delaware County, said district director Glenn Jenkins, but fewer than 3,000 of them belong to a local AARP group.
NEWS
November 4, 2000 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The state chapter of AARP has asked State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery) to stop using a radio advertisement, saying that it can be interpreted as an endorsement of him in his congressional race against incumbent U.S. Rep. Joseph M. Hoeffel, a Democrat. In a letter faxed Thursday to Greenleaf, the organization, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, also reminded him that the name "AARP" is a trademark and could not be used without the group's permission.
NEWS
October 4, 1992 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Helen Shelton's least favorite activity is sleeping. Knitting, writing, playing the piano, traveling, singing, doing someone's taxes - that's how she fills her days. "I've always been full of pep," Shelton, 68, said recently after taking over as the new president of the Springfield chapter of the AARP, the first woman president of the chapter. Tickled about her precedent-setting presidency, Shelton said she had some fun kidding her male comrades in the AARP in the weeks leading up to her election.
NEWS
June 18, 2011 | By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - AARP, the powerful lobby for older Americans, was hammered Friday by fellow activists for refusing to oppose any and all cuts to Social Security benefits, a position the group says it has long held as a way to extend the life of the massive retirement and disability program. The group, which has 37 million members, adamantly opposes cutting Social Security benefits to help reduce the federal budget deficit, said David Certner, the organization's director of legislative policy.
NEWS
February 7, 1999 | By Karen Masterson, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Thelma A. Gilbert thought the meager $667.50 she earned last year hardly made it worth filing an income-tax return. At 69, she started a job as a day-care assistant to supplement her deceased husband's railroad pension. But the job lasted just long enough for her to pay $38 in federal taxes and $8 in state taxes. "My son said, 'Thirty-eight dollars is just as good in your pocket as it is in the government's,' " Gilbert said last week as she waited to see a volunteer at the American Association for Retired Persons' free tax-filing service in Pemberton Township.
NEWS
November 18, 2003 | By Chris Mondics INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
For the first time ever, the Medicare prescription-drug benefit announced by Republican leaders over the weekend would commit the government to picking up a big chunk of seniors' medication costs. But it is also built in part upon a complex web of fees, co-payments and deductibles that tend to exaggerate the size of the benefit and mask its costs to older Americans. Despite that drawback, the AARP, the nation's most influential seniors' group, gave the plan an important boost yesterday by announcing its endorsement, a key development as the House and Senate moved toward a vote on the proposal.
NEWS
December 19, 1997 | By David S. Broder
Every year, dozens of public opinion polls cross my desk, many of them distributed by special-interest groups. Amazingly, these surveys almost always show strong grassroots support for whatever cause that organization is pushing. The survey that arrived last week from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is in an entirely different category. It is a subtle, sophisticated and significant piece of social research, done by Thomas M. Guterbock and John C. Fries of the Center for Survey Research of the University of Virginia, under the direction of AARP's director of research, Constance Swank.
NEWS
November 19, 2003 | By James Kuhnhenn INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
A handful of votes stood in the way of a prescription-drug bill and Medicare overhaul yesterday, but Democrats conceded that support by the powerful AARP seniors' lobby could ultimately sway fence-sitters to vote for the sweeping legislation. The AARP was scheduled to begin a $7 million ad blitz today to secure passage of the bill, a move that riled Democratic critics of the plan and provoked some of the AARP's 35 million members. But as some Democrats reconsidered their opposition, some conservative Republicans were reexamining their support, raising new doubts about the outcome of the legislation.
NEWS
February 3, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
You may have heard that AARP started a dating site. Now we're talking. Get my walker. And my blood pressure meds. Mommy's going shopping. The site is called "How About We . . . " But I'm not sure what they mean by that name. "How About We . . . Compare Our Cholesterol?" Or "How About We . . . Have a Cup of Decaf?" Or "How About We . . . Take a Nice Nap?" So I went on the AARP website to cruise for menfolk, er, I mean, to learn more about the organization.
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NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
GLAAD slams 'Duck Dynasty'   Duck Dynasty 's Phil Robertson doesn't hold back when it comes to his beliefs. "We're Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television," he tells GQ. Phil, 67, gets fired up when it comes to the subject of sin. "Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman," he says. GLAAD rep Wilson Cruz isn't happy. "Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors," he said Wednesday.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writerthompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
The AARP meets "Glee" in "Unfinished Song," a ruthless tearjerker about a cranky pensioner prodded to sing for his dying wife. You could quickly dismiss the whole thing if it weren't for the formidable cast - impassive Terence Stamp is the gruff-but-not-loveable Arthur, a stoic mystery to everyone but his loving wife Marion (Vanessa Redgrave), who is fighting a losing battle with cancer. Stamp, who hasn't moved a facial muscle in 20 years, retains in "Unfinished Song" his mysterious ability to communicate thoughts and emotions through his granite visage, and he sketches Arthur efficiently - a loner who'd be lost to the world if it weren't for the humanizing influence of his wife.
NEWS
February 3, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
You may have heard that AARP started a dating site. Now we're talking. Get my walker. And my blood pressure meds. Mommy's going shopping. The site is called "How About We . . . " But I'm not sure what they mean by that name. "How About We . . . Compare Our Cholesterol?" Or "How About We . . . Have a Cup of Decaf?" Or "How About We . . . Take a Nice Nap?" So I went on the AARP website to cruise for menfolk, er, I mean, to learn more about the organization.
NEWS
September 22, 2012 | By Nedra Pickler and Mark S. Smith, Associated Press
WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Turning up the heat on Republican Mitt Romney's campaign stumble, President Obama on Friday accused his rival of writing off half the country while defending his own remark that "you can't change Washington from the inside. " "We don't want an inside job in Washington, we want change in Washington," Obama told a rally in Virginia, one of a handful of tightly contested states where the election is being fought heading into its final six weeks. "It can't happen if you write off half the nation before you even took office.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
IF THE REPUBLICANS are too socially regressive and the Democrats are enablers, has Tattle got a presidential candidate for you. Captain America . One of Marvel's best-known heroes since he socked Adolf Hitler in the jaw in 1941, Cap will move into the White House in the pages of Marvel Comics' The Ultimates , a series set in the Ultimate Comics universe where the U.S. has been torn apart by factionalism, out-of-control anti-mutant hysteria and...
NEWS
September 6, 2012
By Lise Funderburg AARP and the Ad Council recently released a new series of public service announcements about caregiving. My favorite is a television spot featuring a man and his elderly mother sitting in a doctor's office. As a calm voice speaks over a soundtrack of tinkling piano keys, the man opens his mouth and screams. We can't hear it, but his expression speaks volumes. That silent scream stopped me in my tracks, taking me back to the spring day in 2004 when my two sisters and I crowded into an oncologist's office with our father to hear his test results: stage IV metastasized prostate cancer, already perforating the bones of his skeleton on its way to his brain.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Not long ago, Anne Frey, a Philadelphia stage actress-turned-real-estate agent, was sitting on her steps on 20th Street off Rittenhouse Square when she noticed something interesting. "There were so many people milling about, so many of them young, and I began to think: What happened to people my age?" Frey, 59, wondered where her giddy, lively friends - anyone, really - could get comfortable and converse. "Where it is we can go and hear each other talk and laugh? Where was it that had a certain level of sophistication?"
BUSINESS
May 5, 2012 | Al Heavens
The housing market's continuing struggles have upset the retirement plans of millions of Americans, keeping more of them in their current homes, waiting for diminished equity to reappear. Others plan to move, but they appear to be demanding something much different from what they wanted before the real estate boom turned to bust: smaller, less expensive retirement houses they can afford with their reduced means. At the start of the financial crisis in the fall of 2008, economists weren't anticipating that the long-term trend toward retirement living would be derailed.
NEWS
July 10, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
You were expecting maybe Lawrence Welk? This month, AARP launched a streaming Internet radio service on its website that's designed to help the organization's gray and graying membership stay clued in about what's happening in popular music. And the surprising thing about the 18-channel service, which is free for members and nonmembers at www.AARP.org , is that it's by no means merely a stodgy service meant to soothe senior citizens as they ease their way into a Sinatrian senescence.
NEWS
June 18, 2011 | By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - AARP, the powerful lobby for older Americans, was hammered Friday by fellow activists for refusing to oppose any and all cuts to Social Security benefits, a position the group says it has long held as a way to extend the life of the massive retirement and disability program. The group, which has 37 million members, adamantly opposes cutting Social Security benefits to help reduce the federal budget deficit, said David Certner, the organization's director of legislative policy.
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