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.
May 18, 2015 |
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.
February 7, 2015 |
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.
July 31, 2014 |
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.
July 24, 2014 |
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.
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.
June 12, 2014 |
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.
June 8, 2014 |
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.
March 21, 2014 |
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.
March 5, 2014 |
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.