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June 25, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2014
The Nationalities Service Center , a Philadelphia nonprofit that helps immigrants and refugees participate fully in U.S. society, has named Alicia Roch chair and Kate Rivera secretary. Roch is chief financial officer and human-resources director for Meyer, a commercial architecture and interior-design firm. Rivera is a project director for the WorkReady program at the Urban Affairs Coalition. Susan Buehler , executive vice president of Bellevue Communications Group, Philadelphia, has been elected to serve on the board of governors of the trade association Philly Ad Club . Min S. Suh , a partner in the labor relations and employment law department at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel L.L.P., has been named to the board of the Homeless Advocacy Project . Maria E. Bermudez has been elected to serve as a Zone 1 delegate to the Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates for a three-year term.
NEWS
June 23, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 20, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
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.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers voted Thursday to amend Senate President Stephen Sweeney's proposal to expand Rutgers University's board of governors, a day after the Legislature's counsel warned that it might not withstand a court challenge. The board's chairman, Gerald C. Harvey, said that he initially viewed the amendments "as proactive" but that they continue to address a nonexistent problem. In the latest twist in Sweeney's continuing battle to reshape Rutgers' leadership, the senator told reporters that it was Harvey who recommended the changes.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Memorial Day weekend of 2013, and Michael Bowman, president and chief executive of Valley Forge Casino Resort, was frustrated by recent episodes of less-than-stellar customer service at the King of Prussia casino. In a bout of now obviously overzealous customer service, Bowman helped two young women who were hotel guests and banquet attendees gain access to the casino floor, even waving them through when a security guard held them up to check if they were old enough. Then Bowman left to take a few days off. Bad moves.
NEWS
June 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
The two-month-old joint board of Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden has quickly become a quasi-government entity that hopes to steer development toward Camden. Forgoing a formal search, the board has hired a $275,000-a-year chief executive to guide expansion of an "eds and meds" corridor in Camden, using eminent domain, if needed. It's also leasing office space in the city. Calling new CEO Kris Kolluri, a former political aide and state transportation commissioner, "very qualified," board member Robert Mortensen added, "the process . . . did not, in my opinion, include the proper preliminary work," including establishing a job description and conducting a search.
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