June 11, 2016 |
The Bristol Township school board, in a two-year contract deadlock with its teachers, is now deadlocked itself over a fact-finder's report on how to end the labor dispute. The board voted, 4-4, Wednesday night on the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board report, made public Thursday. A ninth school director, Gerald Bachman, did not attend the meeting. Last week, the Bristol Township Education Association's 463 members "overwhelmingly" approved the Labor Relations Board's findings, said Greg Moll, a negotiator for the Pennsylvania State Education Association who is working with Bristol.
May 13, 2016 |
Philadelphia's zoning board postponed a vote on developer Bart Blatstein's plan for an apartment and retail complex at Broad Street and Washington Avenue Wednesday after two of the body's five members were absent from the day's scheduled meeting. The Zoning Board of Adjustment had been expected to vote on the proposal at the hearing, two weeks after members heard testimony on the project and delayed their decision pending further discussion among themselves. But with board chairman Jim Moylan and another member absent from the hearing, vice-chair Carol Tinari announced that votes on such "delayed" business would be held next week so the two can be in attendance.
May 12, 2016 |
I REMAIN in the camp of believing Dario Saric will play for the Sixers this coming season when he signs a contract to do so. I still believe the estimated $10 million more in guaranteed money Saric can negotiate into his first contract with the Sixers if he plays in Europe one more season makes too much financial sense to not guide his decision. However, it is good to see that Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo will aggressively pursue Saric, the 6-10 forward acquired in a trade during the 2014 NBA draft, and see whether he is truly committed to becoming a Sixer now. "We think this is good timing for (Saric)
May 12, 2016 |
The superintendent of the Central Bucks School District - one of the largest in Pennsylvania - abruptly was placed on administrative leave last week after complaining publicly of "irreconcilable differences" with the new school board majority. David Weitzel, who announced in October that he would retire at the end of June, had moved up his retirement date - twice - to Friday. But after he told the Doylestown Intelligencer of his issues with the new board in an article that appeared last Friday, he was ordered to clean out his office.
May 7, 2016 |
Philadelphia zoning officials have reversed course on their approval of developer Bart Blatstein's proposal for an apartment tower, shopping complex and parking garage at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. The Zoning Board of Administration reconvened on late Wednesday to vacate a vote taken earlier in the day that granted the project waivers it needed to be built as planned, according to Sharon Suleta, an attorney for the panel. The board canceled the decision after realizing that it had taken action prematurely, having voted eight days earlier to delay its vote on the project by two weeks for further discussion, Suleta said.
May 5, 2016 |
Zoning officials Wednesday approved developer Bart Blatstein's proposal for an apartment tower and outdoor shopping mall atop parking and larger-format stores at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia. The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted to grant the project the waivers it needed to be built as planned, said Steve Cobb, chief of staff for City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, in whose district the site is located. The zoning board had said it would delay its vote for two weeks after an April 26 hearing at which neighbors voiced their objections to the proposal, which Johnson also opposed.
May 3, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania School Employees' Retirement System has voided ballots in a special election for a seat on its controlling board, citing "minor irregularities. " Since PSERS is one of the biggest expenses that Pennsylvanians pay - it consumed $2.6 billion from state and local taxpayers last year, and expects to need $4 billion next year - it's comforting that the board's 15 members, who hire the hundreds of private investors paid to manage PSERS' $52 billion in assets, answer to the people.
April 30, 2016 |
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board on Thursday cleared the way for the agency to issue an early site permit for PSEG Nuclear to build a new reactor adjacent to the Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants in Salem County. The permit, which will be valid for up to 20 years, resolves a number of a number of site-related issues, including many environmental impacts. But it does not authorize any NRC-regulated construction activities. PSEG would have to apply separately for an NRC license to build and operate a specific reactor design at the site.
April 29, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney quietly appointed on Wednesday a new board of directors for Philadelphia Gas Works, whose first order of business may be to release information about its predecessors' decision to approve a controversial bonus plan for PGW senior executives. The nonprofit Philadelphia Facilities Management Corp. (PFMC), which acts as PGW's board of directors, faces a Friday deadline from the Philadelphia Gas Commission to respond to inquiries about the bonus plan. The Gas Commission, which approves PGW's budget, says it was unaware of the plan, which paid eight executives a total of $333,348 in bonuses in December.
April 29, 2016 |
Kathleen A. Kinslow, chief executive of Aria Health in Philadelphia was elected chair of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania's board of directors, the Harrisburg advocacy group said Wednesday. When Aria completes its merger with Jefferson Health, Kinslow is slated to become a Jefferson executive vice president in charge of community hospitals, overseeing Aria's three hospitals and Abington's two hospitals, Jefferson said in January. Kinslow has headed Aria since 2010.