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February 10, 2015
Cradles to Crayons , Philadelphia, named the following to its board: Jude Henzy , case manager of the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance; Anand Kini , executive vice president of strategy and business insight for NBCUniversal; Sean McManus , vice president of human resources at De Lage Landen; Jill Schubert , president of the Chesapeake district of UPS; Steven Singh , director of electric operations at Peco Energy; and Gloria Watson...
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Labor Relations Board's Philadelphia office has agreed to hear complaints filed by Au Bon Pain employees at the Philadelphia International Airport. In their unfair labor practice charges filed last year, the employees complained that in September the company tried to dissuade them from attempting to form a union by disciplining two of the activists, by currying favor by offering to pay for an employee's child care and by bringing in the Boston-based company's chief executive to meet workers.
NEWS
February 5, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf wants to expand the executive-branch gift ban he put in place last month to dozens of independent state boards, commissions, and agencies. In letters sent Tuesday, Wolf urged board members and leadership of 25 commissions, authorities, and other agencies to enact a ban on gifts for their employees, as he did with members of the executive branch on his first day in office. Wolf said gift-taking by officials has "plagued" the public trust. "Too often our leaders take advantage of the public, but I am committed to making government work so we can restore the public's trust and make sure we are being open and transparent," the governor wrote.
NEWS
February 3, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
BEACH HAVEN, N.J. - Those with front-row seats for at least part of the ongoing drama of keeping the historic Surflight Theatre afloat may think they've seen this play before, too. But the directors of the beleaguered theater company - billed as "Broadway at the Beach" in this Long Beach Island town - say their latest plea to save the 450-seat venue from going out of business is now a once-and-for-all proposition, not the sky-is-falling dialogue....
NEWS
January 29, 2015
SHOULD the School Reform Commission be dissolved in favor of an elected school board? Newly elected Gov. Wolf supports the idea. So does a group of vocal education activists in the city. Some mayoral candidates are on board with the idea. The teachers union would vastly prefer an elected board to the governance system we have now - especially after the School Reform Commission's recent attempt to cancel union contracts, a move blocked last week by Commonwealth Court. Despite support from some quarters, it's not a sure thing.
NEWS
January 29, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coatesville Area School District's board on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept the resignation of the district's assistant superintendent. The action came just days after the resignation of a school board member who, until last month, was vice president. Angelo Romaniello, the former assistant superintendent, and James Fox, a former school board member, served during the administration of Richard Como, the former superintendent who was arrested last month and charged with dozens of counts of theft and state ethics violations.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three wall-size video schedule boards for Regional Rail passengers in Suburban Station are the centerpiece of a $7 million deal between SEPTA and Verizon. SEPTA unveiled the schedule boards and a new Verizon retail store in the station Friday. SEPTA will receive $4.55 million over three years in the advertising deal, with two three-year options that could bring the nine-year total to $15.6 million, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. In addition, SEPTA's advertising agency, Titan Outdoor L.L.C., will receive $2.45 million from Verizon for the first three years, and $8.40 million over the nine-year span.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Developer Bart Blatstein said Monday that he is withdrawing his appeal of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's decision in November to license a rival casino application in South Philadelphia, saying an appeal could take too long and there has been "significant" interest in his North Broad Street property. The gaming board rejected Blatstein's proposed Provence casino complex at Broad and Callowhill Streets, the former location of The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, and two other casino proposals, Market8 and Casino Revolution.
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