November 30, 2015 |
When Narberth Councilor Gigi Tevlin-Moffat wore jeans to a council meeting after a day of working at the food bank she runs, a resident told her to dress more appropriately. When Mary Fuller was elected to the Lansdale Borough Council in 2009, a male administrator patted her on the shoulder and wondered if "all the big numbers" confused her. And when Haverford Township Commissioner Jane Hall introduces a new proposal, she knows one vote she'll never get - that of a commissioner from her own party who routinely opposes her because of her gender, she believes.
November 24, 2015 |
After years of appeals and court battles - including a civil-rights suit - the Delaware County tax board has ruled that a church in tiny Trainer Borough will not have to pay real estate levies. The Board of Assessment found Monday that two parcels in the Church of the Overcomer complex that carried nearly $10,000 in annual tax bills qualified for exemptions, effective Jan. 1. "I've spent a decade of my life fighting for this cause," said Pastor Keith Collins, adding that the dispute "should never have happened.
November 24, 2015
Brandywine Health Foundation , a public foundation that makes grants to nonprofits improving health in the Coatesville area, has elected to its board physician Lisa L. Croft ; Gregory V. Hines, district judge in Coatesville; and Valerie K. Martin, chief financial officer for the John Templeton Foundation. Campbell Soup Co., Camden, has named Les Vinney chairman of the board, succeeding Paul Charron. A board member since 2003, Vinney retired as president and CEO of STERIS Corp., a provider of medical supplies.
November 20, 2015
HARD TO BELIEVE that Porngate, the revelation that highly placed state officials - and more than one Supreme Court justice - have routinely and frequently swapped pornographic emails, is a little over a year old. Rather than dying a quiet death, it just keep getting porn-ier . . . and more outrageous. The porn swapped among state officials, including many in the Attorney General's Office, were not just naughty pictures. They include raunchy, XXX-rated, disgusting images that demean and dehumanize women and minorities.
November 19, 2015 |
The Judicial Conduct Board, the panel designated to investigate the myriad misdeeds of Pennsylvania's judiciary, has so thoroughly botched its probe of Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin as to raise a question: Who should investigate the Judicial Conduct Board? The Inquirer reported this week that a member of the board, which last year hastily excused Eakin's involvement in Harrisburg's great pornorgraphic email exchange, had himself received similar offensive messages. The Daily News reported last week that the conduct board's chief counsel, Robert Graci, represented Eakin's 2011 retention campaign and has been identified as a longtime friend.
November 19, 2015 |
Philip Buffone started playing Pop Warner football when he was 13. Rocco R. Bene was 14 and on the same South Philadelphia team. "He has been my best friend for 65 years," Buffone said from his home in The Villages, Fla., where Mr. Bene bought a house down the street four years ago. They played for the former Chadmoore Club, at Chadwick and Moore Streets near 17th Street, "an athletic sports club that changed all our lives," Buffone said....
November 14, 2015 |
For the second time this year, a board appointed by the White House will seek to settle a dispute between NJ Transit and 12 railroad unions. The three-member emergency board appointed by President Obama starts work Friday and will receive within 30 days the final settlement offers from NJ Transit and the 12 unions involved in the contract dispute. Thirty days after that the board will issue a recommended settlement to the president. The unions, representing more than 4,000 NJ Transit workers, began negotiations for a new contract in July 2011.