July 2, 2014 |
A controversial proposed subdivision in the Gill Tract section of Haddonfield is slated Tuesday to come before the borough Planning Board. Local developer Mark DeFeo is seeking permission to divide 605 Warwick Rd. into three lots. The plan also calls for tearing down the large stone house on the slightly more than one-acre property. The subdivision has sparked strong opposition, not to mention many lawn signs, well beyond the property's immediate neighborhood. Critics - including civic activists from other sections - say the redevelopment will be out of scale with the neighborhood, eroding its character, as they say other developments have in other parts of town.
July 2, 2014 |
One thing seems certain: The makeup and size of Pennsylvania State University's embattled board of trustees will change. But how much and what impact the changes will have remain uncertain, as alumni-elected board members remain locked in a struggle for a louder voice on the 32-member body. The board plans to hold a special meeting in August to review proposed changes and aims to vote in September, trying perhaps to preempt legislation now in the state Senate to shrink the board.
July 1, 2014
Walnut Street Theatre , Philadelphia, has elected Ramona Gwynn , president of Health Care Consulting Services L.L.C., and Gloria Watson , regional president for AIG, to its board of trustees. Ursinus College , Collegeville, named the following board members: Rob Wonderling , president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Aakash Shah , an Ursinus alumnus and third-year student at Harvard Medical School, training at Massachusetts General Hospital, who is a visiting fellow at the Center for State Health Policy in New Jersey; Graham Mackenzie , director of government solutions at Visa Inc., and Susan Callahan , a volunteer and former vice president, commercial banking, with CoreStates and National City Bank.
June 28, 2014 |
A decision has been reached. Will it be challenged? Time will tell. After months of contentious debate, the Neshaminy school board overwhelmingly approved a policy Thursday that would limit, but not eliminate, the ability of students to edit out the word Redskin, Neshaminy High School's mascot, from the high school newspaper. The policy, as approved by the board, will allow students to remove Redskin - a word they have deemed derogatory - from news articles, but not editorials or opinion columns.
June 25, 2014 |
The West Chester Area School District's board moved Monday to delay until later this summer its vote on how to redraw its voting regions, which could change the way residents vote and campaign during school elections as early as next year. The board voted, 8-0, to send back to committee a map that would have divided the 75-square-mile district, which includes parts of Chester and Delaware Counties, into three regions of about 36,000 residents each. Later this summer, the school board's ad hoc electoral committee will further discuss how best to divide the district.
June 23, 2014 |
John Williams has never held back. Not in his work ethic, in his intellectual curiosity and above all, in his opinions. "I run off at the mouth, and I have a very bad habit," he says. "I tell the truth. " It has been exactly 50 years since Williams, one of the state's first African American board-certified orthopedic surgeons, saw his first patient at Einstein Medical Center. He has witnessed medical technology advance beyond his imagination, surgical techniques honed to near perfection, and postoperative recovery become quicker and less painful.
June 21, 2014 |
A labor agreement to lower union costs on new construction won unanimous approval Thursday from the Philadelphia Housing Authority's board of commissioners. Herb Wetzel, a PHA commissioner and executive director for housing and community development issues for City Council, said he "never thought he'd see the day that we'd get an affordable housing agreement in Philadelphia. " Under the pact, the building trades would lower costs by 20 percent on large-scale construction projects for the housing authority.
June 20, 2014 |
A BILL THAT barely moved out of a City Council committee yesterday calls for the abolition of the School Reform Commission, but its passage teetered on the brink because of its purely symbolic nature. Council's Committee on Law and Government moved the bill - with "no recommendation" for passage. If adopted by the full Council, the bill would allow a question on the November ballot asking voters whether the SRC should be eliminated through an amendment to the city charter. Although the state has ultimate authority over the School District of Philadelphia, Council wants to turn up the pressure on state lawmakers to return local control of Philly schools.