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March 11, 1986 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Gladys P. Landis, a health services representative for the American Red Cross, died Friday. She was 59 and lived in Northeast Philadelphia. A well-known safety instructor, she had been on the staff of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross since 1977. Her area of responsibility included Northeast Philadelphia, Center City and Jenkintown, Montgomery County. She also coordinated Red Cross first aid stations for major public events in the metropolitan area. Before joining the Red Cross she was training consultant for Pomeroy's in Levittown, Bucks County, executive placement director for Lit Brothers and service representative for Bell of Pennsylvania.
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August 29, 1992 | By Peter Finn and Michael Lear-Olimpi, FOR THE INQUIRER
As people throughout the region rushed to help the victims of Hurricane Andrew, American Red Cross officals cautioned that organizations and individuals should not start collecting food and other goods without knowing who will distribute them in Florida. "This has to be a smart operation if it is going to be an effective operation," said Liz Hall, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Washington. "We get a lot of calls from people wanting to (collect food and drive it to Florida)
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February 4, 1988 | Special to The Inquirer / JOAN FAIRMAN KANES
MARIBETH SHIRLOW joins with other students of Carla Williams in Penn Wood High School's Type-A-Thon. The event raised money for the state chapter of the American Red Cross.
NEWS
January 25, 1996
Wading through a wet basement is an annoyance. Having your house made unlivable by a torrent of melting snow, ice and rain is a disaster. That kind of homelessness threatens thousands of Pennsylvanians, thanks to this month's brutal weather. So many of them have turned to the American Red Cross for help that the agency needs extra help from the public - right now. Already, the price tag for flood relief in Pennsylvania alone is at $2.5 million and climbing. Those funds go to feed, clothe and temporarily house 13,000 to 15,000 families.
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February 25, 1988 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
Jenkintown police and the state police fire marshal's office are investigating what they termed a suspicious fire, which caused more than $40,000 in damages to the vacant former American Red Cross building in the 500 block of West Avenue. One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation. Firefighters from Independent and Pioneer Fire Companies responded about 8:45 p.m. Sunday. The fire was under control in about 45 minutes, according to Ralph Yerkes, chief of Independent Fire Company.
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November 13, 2001 | By DAVID PLOTZ
LAST WEEK, THOSE do-gooders at the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee decided to sponsor a Red Cross blood drive to benefit the victims of Sept. 11. Dr. Bernadine Healy, the American Red Cross' outgoing president, was the only donor. She was strapped down, jabbed with needles and methodically drained of her life fluids by a half-dozen enraged members of Congress. The blood-letting of Healy was the chief goal of last week's subcommittee hearing on "fraud, waste, and abuse" involving the Sept.
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December 13, 1997 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
David Craig McCorkindale, 66, of Doylestown Township, a retired insurance company executive, died Sunday at Doylestown Hospital. Mr. McCorkindale joined the Prudential Insurance Co. of America in 1955. He was appointed vice president/group insurance marketing in 1978, and two years later was named vice president/group accounts. He retired in 1991. A native of Kearny, N.J., he received his B.A. degree in business from Rutgers University in 1955. He also completed Princeton University's executive management program.
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May 26, 1991 | By Valerie Reed, Special to The Inquirer
The Lower Bucks County Chapter of the American Red Cross honored its volunteers last month for their service to the chapter. Ray Clark of Langhorne earned the chapter chairman's award, the highest volunteer recognition award, for his work at the bloodmobiles. Clark, who has been involved with the American Red Cross blood program for 11 years, helps out at the bloodmobiles once or twice a week for about five hours each day. Earlier in the year, he ran a training course for new volunteers.
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September 20, 1989 | By Joe Clark and Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writers
Philadelphia's Puerto Rican community has come together as "a total family" for the first time to aid its hurricane-devastated homeland, City Councilman Angel Ortiz said yesterday. Ortiz said a meeting yesterday of 150 people ended with the creation of a committee including members from every organization within the Puerto Rican community to raise money, collect medical supplies and solicit building materials for Puerto Rico. The committee is called Hand to Hand With Puerto Rico.
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February 6, 2001 | By Kelly Wolfe, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
For Debbie DeRito of Chester Springs, volunteering with the local American Red Cross is a family tradition. Her grandmother, who started out with the Red Cross by making bandages during World War II, volunteered with the organization for 50 years. DeRito's mother has been a Red Cross volunteer for 20 years, and DeRito herself has been volunteering for 10. "It was a way to make friends," DeRito said. "I began by stuffing Christmas stockings, and that inspired me to keep going on and on. Now I'm on the national disaster team with the Red Cross.
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June 19, 2015
DEAR HARRY: I guess I'm the kid everyone knows who came from the hood, never got into any real trouble, tried hard to get a good education, but couldn't get into college. I'm a two-time loser, because neither my grades nor my entrance exams were good enough. The result was that I let myself get swindled into a deal with a so-called for-profit college. They showed me all kinds of numbers, pictures, testimonials and beautiful facilities together with a generous loan program that looked like one step below heaven . . . no repayments until I got my first job. Almost nothing turned out to be what they said.
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May 18, 2015 | BECKY BATCHA
FOLLOWING A house fire, a hurricane, a catastrophic train wreck, volunteers and staff from the Red Cross materialize - seemingly out of thin air - to help victims back on their feet. "We address all those human needs that restore your dignity to you," says judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO at the American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania. Within hours after Tuesday night's Amtrak derailment, her people had manned two help centers for passengers and their worried families, one at 30th Street Station and another at Webster Elementary on Frankford Avenue.
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February 7, 2015 | By John Moritz, Inquirer Staff Writer
A four-alarm apartment fire that left one woman dead in Norristown early Wednesday is being investigated by local fire crews but does not appear to be criminal in nature, the Norristown fire chief said Thursday. Walter I. Hofman, Montgomery County coroner, said the woman, who was older than 50, died of soot and smoke inhalation. The coroner's office was working to locate next of kin before releasing the woman's name or other identifying information, Hofman said. Firefighters had tried to rescue the woman from her fourth-floor unit at the Norris Apartments on the 600 block of Swede Street, fire officials said.
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July 31, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Louise T. "Tuck" Brennan, 96, a pioneering executive, community leader, and world traveler, died Wednesday, July 23, of pneumonia at Foulkeways in Gwynedd. In 1966, Mrs. Brennan joined American Olean Tile Co. in Lansdale, as the plant's head tour guide. Within three years she had become the company's first female executive. As public relations director, she produced an account of the firm's 50-year history; was responsible for getting the company's tile products regularly featured in the nation's top magazines, and traveled widely to identify noteworthy examples of the company's products being used in homes and offices and other buildings.
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July 24, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ralph Loucks Rogers, 92, formerly of Norwood, Delaware County, a retired research chemist, died Thursday, July 10, of heart failure at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He had lived at Peabody Retirement Center in North Manchester, Ind., since 2009. In 1996, he moved to Indiana to be near family. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., he lived in Pittsburgh until he was 9, when he moved to the Loucks family homestead and dairy farm in Scottdale, Pa. It was while working in the dairy that Mr. Rogers' lifelong interest in science was kindled.
NEWS
July 9, 2014
In saying "It was overwhelming," a neighborhood pastor could have been describing the destruction wrought by last weekend's fire in Southwest Philadelphia: three 4-year-olds and an infant killed, eight rowhouses burned, and at least 30 rendered homeless. That the Rev. Napoleon Divine of Christ International Baptist Church was actually referring to the charitable response may provide a small measure of comfort to the families decimated and displaced by the disaster, as well as a city grieving a great loss.
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June 12, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester County Emergency Management Director Ed Atkins, who led the department for 17 years, died Monday, according to the county. Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, called Atkins "a great man" who always treated Red Cross volunteers with dignity and respect. "Every single day he committed himself to making Chester County a better place to live, and ensuring that the citizens of Chester County were safe," Hughes said in a video posted by the Red Cross.
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June 8, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
We've barely gotten over winter's misery and already are being reminded about hurricane preparedness. Yet the season officially started June 1, so perhaps a few tips from the American Bankers Association are in order: Assemble an emergency kit, which should include first-aid supplies, a flashlight, extra batteries, at least three days of nonperishable food and water, towels, and a supply of necessary medications. Stay informed of a storm's path and progress by monitoring Wireless Emergency Alerts by text message and having a battery-powered radio or TV available.
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March 21, 2014 | By Jerry Iannelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISON TWP. Tracey Wilson was asleep when her husband woke her. He thought he heard sirens. "It was late," she said. "We had no idea anything was burning until the first truck arrived. My husband used to be a firefighter, so he knew the sound. " Across the street, Ronald Steward's home was burning down. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the cause of the fire that claimed Steward's life Wednesday morning. The Gloucester County Communications Center responded to a 911 call from inside the single-family home on East Avenue in the Mullica Hill section shortly before 4:30 a.m. When township police and the fire company arrived, they found the two-story house with yellow siding ablaze.
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March 5, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amid a winter ranked among the worst in the Philadelphia region's history, the local Red Cross has struggled to deliver disaster relief. "We have been incredibly busy," Renee Cardwell Hughes, CEO of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, said Monday. The area has been buffeted by excessive snow, bitter temperatures, ice storms, and power outages. "We always see an uptick in fires when the weather gets cold, but because there has been no break in the cold weather, we have seen an incredible number of fires," the former Common Pleas Court judge said.
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