October 2, 2013 |
MEDIA Delaware County said Monday that it had submitted the names of a lawyer, an accountant, a police chief, and a veterinarian to join the board of the beleaguered Chester County SPCA. The shelter accepts strays from Chester County as well as from most towns in Delaware County under a $30,000-a-month contract. The SPCA has been the target of criticism by current and former staff and volunteers over alleged mistreatment and ineffective management and concerns over rising euthanasia rates at its 84-year-old facility.
October 2, 2013 |
COATESVILLE With the highly offensive text messages in hand, the two employees of the Coatesville Area school board reached out to the one person they thought could be trusted to do the right thing: Tonya Thames Taylor. The choice made sense. Taylor was both president of the local chapter of the NAACP and a member of the school board. She would become a key figure in the drama that led to the resignations of Superintendent Richard Como and athletic director Donato. Taylor, however, has not escaped unscathed.
October 1, 2013
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County , Jamison, which provides one-to-one mentoring programs for children, named Susan Maslow president of the board. She is a partner at Antheil Maslow & MacMinn L.L.P. Other elected officers include: Dianne Magee , an attorney at Grim, Biehn & Thatcher, first vice president; Lou Pellegrino , founder/owner of BP Environmental, second vice president; Chris Klein , former move manager at Moving Solutions, secretary; Suzanne Hartshorne , vice president/senior relationship manager, commercial banking, Fulton Bank's Premier Division, treasurer; and Kevin Dolton , assistant vice president/branch manager, First National Bank & Trust of Newtown, immediate past president.
September 26, 2013 |
The Coatesville Area school board voted Tuesday night to accept the resignations of Superintendent Richard Como and high school athletic director James Donato after two hours of public comment in which audience members repeatedly and vehemently called for their dismissal. Tonya Thames-Taylor, the board member who first received transcripts of the racist and sexist text messages discovered on the two men's cellphones, cast the only vote against accepting the resignations. After the vote, she and the other board members left the meeting without a word.
September 23, 2013 |
It was perhaps the most routine meeting of Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees since the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal broke in November 2011. The board reviewed a $2.7 billion capital spending plan, agreed to ask the state for a 5.1 percent increase in funding, listened to plans for a tuition hike averaging 2.85 percent, upgraded its nursing school to a college, and discussed a slight uptick in applications, among other items. But there were two sharp reminders that it was still not business as usual at the state's flagship university.
September 19, 2013 |
Mark Parson of Greate Bay Country Club fired a 2-under-par 68 at Radnor Valley for the lowest score of Tuesday's first round of the Philadelphia PGA Championship. The 54-hole championship, offering approximately $70,000 in prize money, finds the 165 contestants playing one round at Radnor Valley (par 70) in Villanova and one round at White Manor (par 71) in Malvern. The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties for Thursday's final 18 at White Manor, with the winner earning $7,500.
September 19, 2013 |
The board that oversees Philadelphia's finances voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the city's five-year fiscal plan, despite continued concern about the impact of unresolved labor contracts. The five members of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority board sided against their own staff report, which had recommended that the Nutter administration's plan be rebuffed. Although the plan includes money to pay wage increases to firefighters and municipal employees represented by AFSCME District Councils 33 and 47, the report worried that the costs of settling those contracts could be greater than anticipated.
September 18, 2013 |
City Controller Alan Butkovitz suggested Monday that the state oversight board monitoring Philadelphia budgets should reject the Nutter administration's latest five-year financial plan. The plan, facing a vote Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA), shows fund balances as low as $8.5 million by mid-2017 - too close to zero to be considered a safe course for city finances, Butkovitz wrote to PICA. "Any significant deviations because of unforeseen circumstances such as litigation, severe weather, or future unexpected commitments to the School District of Philadelphia could drastically impact city operations," Butkovitz wrote in the letter to the five-member board.