April 3, 2014 |
The plan for a new Children's Hospital campus on the Schuylkill waterfront came under intense criticism Tuesday from a Philadelphia review board, which demanded major changes in the design to improve "connectivity" with the city. Members of the Civic Design Review board issued 10 recommendations for improving the massive high-rise campus just below the South Street Bridge. The plan calls for three office towers and a hotel - almost as much space as Comcast's two Center City towers - between the river and the rowhouse neighborhood known as Devil's Pocket.
April 2, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER The board of the West Chester Area School District approved a new teachers' contract Monday night, bringing a close to negotiations that collapsed into a bitter public battle last fall. The contract - which includes salary raises and benefits concessions - was approved by all but one member, Maureen Snook. It was backed by the four Democrats elected in November on a platform that pledged a healthier negotiating process. Several of those members attended negotiations, unlike their predecessors, who had sent a lawyer.
April 2, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA What happened to two checks - one for $10,000, the other for $500 - meant for the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP has pitted some board members against chapter president J. Whyatt Mondesire. The controversy arose after board member Sid Booker, a restaurateur and nightclub owner, began inquiring about a $500 check he wrote to the NAACP to help cover costs of the organization's annual gala last fall, said Isaac H. Green Jr., a lawyer representing Booker and two other officers of the local chapter.
April 1, 2014
The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce elected the following officers to its board: Mario Zacharjasz , president of PZS Architects, chairman; Anthony Rosado , area president for Montgomery County Wells Fargo, vice chair; A. Mike Munoz , CEO of the Revenue Collection Bureau, treasurer, and Luis Liceaga , CEO of Impact Dimensions, secretary. Elected to the board were Miguel Amador , president of Ritmo Wireless; Lou Rodriguez , president of Rodriguez Consulting L.L.C., and Claudia Roemer , vice president of Wells Fargo Advisors.
March 29, 2014 |
MOUNT HOLLY The new director of the Burlington County Freeholder Board is Bruce Garganio, a Republican who led the five-member board for three years before he was defeated in his bid for reelection in November 2011. After his upset at the polls, he was briefly considered as a candidate for the seat of Rep. Jon Runyan, a Republican, who announced he would not seek another term this year. Two weeks ago, the county Republican Committee tapped Garganio to fill the one-year vacancy that was created after Leah Arter resigned as freeholder director.
March 27, 2014 |
Four business leaders with ties to the region have declared themselves "Champions of Change," willing to advocate to increase the number of women on corporate boards. "All of these people have records of being active proponents of gender diversity" in their individual organizations, said Vicki Kramer, president of the Thirty Percent Coalition, a national group organizing the champions initiative. "This brings them together in a public way to exercise their collective clout and influence their peers," she said.
March 26, 2014 |
CAMDEN School district administrators spent around $56 million more than they brought in over the last two years, contributing to a budget gap - whose extent has not been fully determined - facing the district in the 2014-2015 school year. Interim Business Administrator John C. Oberg announced the findings at Monday's advisory school board meeting, which was led by Assistant Superintendent Peggy Nicolosi. She sat in for superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard whose wife gave birth to a baby boy on Friday.
March 21, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said no dice Wednesday to lifting restrictions on Scranton businessman Louis A. DeNaples' dealings with Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono, Pa. DeNaples, whose businesses include banking, auto-parts, and landfill interests, developed Mount Airy but was forced to turn it over to his daughter after being charged in 2008 with lying to the board about ties to reputed mobsters. A Dauphin County Court judge in May 2011 ordered the record of DeNaples' prosecution expunged after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court intervened to have the perjury charges against DeNaples dropped.
March 20, 2014 |
DEVON Wade McDevitt has resigned from the Devon Horse Show board of directors, weeks after giving up his post as chairman amid controversy over his role in a potentially lucrative retail and hotel venture beside the fairgrounds. His wife, Wendy McDevitt - whose family ties to the proposed developer for that project, Urban Outfitters Inc., sparked allegations of double-dealing - also resigned Monday, according to the horse show's attorney. Both left the board of the prestigious Main Line institution to spend more time with their family, McDevitt said.