July 21, 2014 |
FOUR PENNSYLVANIA state legislators have sent a letter to the Liquor Control Board expressing "grave concern" over the way it interprets laws that allow some places such as pop-up beer gardens to run continuously, and demanding an end to the practice. Under the law, liquor licensees can purchase a catering permit to serve alcohol for a few hours during private events, such as weddings, held at unlicensed locations. Instead, the licensees have been buying multiple permits at one time and using them interchangeably to run beer gardens for weeks at a time.
July 16, 2014 |
A panel appointed by President Obama sided with SEPTA management Monday on most of the issues in its long-running labor dispute with Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers. The presidential emergency board, whose recommendations are not binding, said the rail workers should get the same 11.5 percent raises negotiated in a five-year contract in 2009 by bus drivers and subway operators. The railroad workers are not entitled to retroactive raises or an additional increase based on a pension boost received by the bus drivers' union, the board said.
July 15, 2014
Jeffrey Helphrey was named to the board of the Montgomery County Estate Planning Council . He is a manager at Wouch, Maloney & Co. L.L.P., Horsham. Anthony M. Padula , medical director at Independence Blue Cross, has been elected the 153d president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society . Riddle HealthCare Foundation elected the following members: Natalie D. Ramsey , partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads L.L.P., Philadelphia; William H. Clinger , retired president of William H. Clinger Corp.; and Chris Smith , vice president, commercial banking group, Bryn Mawr Trust Co. Widener University named Sophia Wisniewska , regional chancellor for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and former chancellor of Pennsylvania State University's Brandywine campus, and Daniel Hartney , a senior business-management major from Scotia, N.Y., to its board of trustees.
July 12, 2014 |
Rick Ritter, a member of the Coatesville Area School District board, resigned this week, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Ritter served during the texting scandal that led the district's former superintendent to resign about a year ago and led some residents to call for all board members serving at the time to step down. In a resignation letter Ritter submitted to the district Monday, he gave no indication that his exit was related to the fallout from the scandal, saying, "It was truly an honor to serve.
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 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.
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.