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March 19, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
Evesham Township is losing an elementary school. The school board voted, 6-3, to close Evans Elementary School, with district officials citing declining enrollment and rising costs. Evesham School District currently operates seven elementary schools and two middle schools. Closing Evans, officials said, will allow the district to maintain class sizes and academic programming. Enrollment has fallen 18 percent from a high of 5,436 students in 2004, with a consultant projecting further decline to fewer than 4,000 students in five years.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
A director of Aqua America Corp. has resigned after questioning whether his fellow board members at the Bryn Mawr-based for-profit water company are truly independent and capable of criticizing the company's chairman, Nicholas DeBenedictis, who has held the top board post since 1993. The dissident, Michael L. Browne, goes way back with the chairman: Browne and DeBenedictis served together in Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh's cabinet in the 1980s. DeBenedictis later served on Browne's board when Browne ran Harleysville Mutual Insurance Co. And Browne joined DeBenedictis' board at Aqua America in 2013 after he sold Harleysville to Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. Their reciprocal relationship was upended on March 10 when another Aqua director, Ellen Ruff, told Browne he "will not be renominated to the board of directors of Aqua America" because of "my lack of public utility experience," Browne wrote in a letter that Aqua made public in an SEC filing.
NEWS
March 15, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
An obscure ethics board in an upscale South Jersey town hastily scheduled a rare special meeting last week to take care of some very old unfinished business. The Moorestown Township Ethical Standards Board announced it would meet "in the Town Hall Donut Room" on Wednesday and noted its first order of business would be to approve the minutes of its Oct. 24, 2012 meeting. Why the rush now? Last month, a government watchdog sued the town in state Superior Court for refusing to let him read the minutes.
FOOD
March 4, 2016
A better board on a budget The trick to buying a bargain cutting board is finding one that doesn't look like it. Ikea, with its new, limited-edition line of acacia wood cutting boards, is a good place to start. The range of sizes includes boards almost two feet long. - Samantha Melamed Skogsta chopping board, $5.99 to $12.99 at Ikea. Gluten-free (and good!) At long last, Tate's Bake Shop brings us gluten-free cookies worthy of being called "cookies. " The crispy, scrumptious offerings substitute rice flour for wheat.
NEWS
March 3, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
Charles J. Milligan, 97, of Palmyra, a member of the board of directors of the Riverton Free Library since the mid-1970s, died Saturday, Feb. 27, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. The library is managed by a not-for-profit volunteer association and is a branch of the Burlington County Library, its website states. A Palmyra resident for 60 years, "he lived in Palmyra when it was a little town," and over the years "he became pretty civic-minded," son Charles M. said.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2016
When the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement hired Apollo Global Management to invest tens of millions of dollars in junk bonds in 2013, the fund's overseers said they were making a careful bet. Sure, the bond issuers were risky-looking private companies. But the city could collect interest they paid as cash each year, unlike with most hedge funds and "alternative assets. " Apollo's founders include Josh Harris , lead owner of the NBA's woeful 76ers . Which inspired the inevitable cracks about the woefully underfunded pension system needing a rebuilding year.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
PITTSBURGH - The judicial ethics court that will decide the fate of embattled Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin on Thursday rejected a deal by the justice and his accusers to negotiate a settlement in the Porngate case. The panel's decision to bar any deal - sight unseen - sets the stage for a public airing of the details of a tawdry scandal. Eakin, who has been suspended from the bench, is charged with violating judicial ethics rules by exchanging offensive emails. At Thursday's hearing, Eakin, 67, grew visibly angry as the lead judge on the disciplinary tribunal curtly informed him, his lawyers, and lawyers for the Judicial Conduct Board that the court had no interest in considering a deal.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Ernestine J. Rouse, 89, of Philadelphia, a teacher in the city's public schools and the first African American woman to serve on the Philadelphia Board of Education, died at home Sunday, Feb. 14, of complications from diabetes. Mayor William J. Green appointed Dr. Rouse to the school board on July 27, 1981. Two years later, she was elected to serve as vice president under President Herman Mattleman. She remained in the job until retiring in 1993. "Ernestine brought insight, experience, and a love of the joy of educating children to her numerous leadership roles," said Sam Katz, who served with Dr. Rouse on the board.
NEWS
February 20, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
A retired Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge with deep roots in the city was elected Thursday to the Board of Revision of Taxes. Eugene Maier, 78, will fill the vacancy created when the BRT's chairman, Russell Nigro, resigned Dec. 31, 2015, court spokesman Marty O'Rourke said. Maier was elected during a closed meeting of about 60 city judges. The vote tally was not disclosed. Maier will join the six other members of the board, all of whom were appointed to six-year terms: Eugene P. Davey, James Dintino, Wayne A. Johns, Anthony Lewis Jr., Robert Nix III, and Alan K. Silberstein, a former Municipal Court judge.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, STAFF WRITER
Comcast Corp.'s board grew by one member with the appointment of Madeline Bell, the CEO and president of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in University City. She will be the 12th board member and the second woman, joining Judith Rodin. Rodin is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former president of the University of Pennsylvania. Bell's appointment is effective Feb. 22. bfernandez@phillynews.com 215-854-5897 @bobfernandez1  
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