May 25, 2015 |
Gov. Christie vowed to rein in government spending when he took office in 2010, and one of his most controversial first-term initiatives was setting a cap on salaries for school district superintendents. Anecdotes of seemingly exorbitant pay for school administrators became a symbol of the government excess Christie had pledged to rid from Trenton. Four years after Christie set his own salary - $175,000 - as a maximum base for superintendents, Democratic lawmakers and school boards say the regulation has resulted in high turnover and made the state less competitive in attracting the best administrators.
February 19, 2014 |
Rutgers University will try to entice New Jersey's best and brightest to stay in-state with a new undergraduate merit scholarship that president Robert L. Barchi announced Monday. The Henry Rutgers Merit Scholarship will be awarded to 100 undergraduates a year for each of the next four years in an attempt to reduce the flow of more than 30,000 students who leave the Garden State annually for college elsewhere. The scholarships will be available to freshmen entering in the fall of 2014.
March 5, 2013
S TEPHEN GILL AND Zachary Robbins, both 26 and of Center City, cofounded Leadnomics in 2007 while classmates at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. The company, now based in the Cira Centre next to 30th Street Station, generates leads for banks and insurance companies with online advertising campaigns. The fast-growing company employs 35. I spoke with Gill. Q: How's the business model work? A: We own a portal, a micro-content website for auto insurance. Cheapquotesdirect.com is one such site.
August 16, 2012 |
The morning of March 27, 2011, smoke and flames drove brothers Andrew and David Wallace and Andrew's girlfriend from their apartments above the family-owned Churchville Inn , a landmark in Southampton, Bucks County. "There were three walls left standing," said their father, Jeff, last week, as the landmark reopened (1500 Bustleton Pike, Southampton, 215-357-3967). The main dining room is spruced up with a mural, crafted from barn wood by Murrie Gayman, that depicts historic events and people from Bucks County history.
July 13, 2012 |
Colin Kerr is what you'd call a creature of the city. He grew up in Powelton Village, went to Masterman, then Drexel, which he walked to from his parents' rowhouse. He was so good at computer programming that by the time he graduated in 2007, dream jobs awaited. He picked Bentley Systems, a family-owned software company in Exton, and this presented a problem for a guy who's never owned a car. Kerr figured out that, by taking his customized 27-speed bicycle on Regional Rail, he could make it to the office in two hours if he left his house at 5:30 a.m. He knew the commute was getting to him when he began sleeping under his desk on those nights when he worked so late that the trains ran infrequently.
October 17, 2011 |
Erica Hawthorne, a spoken-word artist, has thrived in Philadelphia. "I've grown creatively here," said Hawthorne (a.k.a. "RhapsoE"), a city resident of nine years and a member of the Spoken Soul 215 Collective. "I released my first CD here, built a creative support system, and supported other meaningful creative and socially conscious endeavors. " But retaining such talent has been a challenge that Claire Robertson-Kraft, board chair of Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP)
September 19, 2011
EVERYBODY remembers where they were on 9/11, but it was the day after that I remember most. I worked the night shift on 9/11 after watching TV all day. On 9/12, there was no noise, nobody running for the bus, no children going to school, no airplane noise. People were walking around in a daze, some crying. It reminded me of the day JFK was killed when I was a kid. My father used to tell me about Pearl Harbor, and what Americans felt. I understand now, because on 9/12, I felt the same way. I wanted to go to war and make the people who did this pay. We all felt so helpless.
June 2, 2010
By Claire Robertson-Kraft and Matt Goldfine Philadelphia is the city that goes to sleep early, as young people from other big cities can tell you. And if City Council goes ahead with a nightlife crackdown now under consideration, we'll be going to bed even earlier, making the city less attractive to young people. Many of us remember the brain drain. Several years ago, studies showed that Philadelphia's universities brought in almost 50,000 freshmen a year, but retained less than half that population after graduation.
July 29, 2008 |
While driving a taxi during my college years in the early 1970s, I would regularly take a temperature on new arrivals to our area. Invariably, upon driving from the airport, passengers would ask me to identify the letters PSFS and PNB that adorned the skyline. Upon being told that they were monikers for banking institutions, a tacit sign of approval was then met by: "Where's the best place to eat here?" and "How are those Phillies doing?" There were no major markers identifying our great institutions of higher education, our wonderful teaching hospitals or most of our major industries.
December 7, 2006 |
Chester County, like much of Pennsylvania, suffers from what has been termed the "brain drain. " The county's brightest minds, students who travel to colleges across the country to earn their degrees, all too often don't find the Pennsylvania job market plentiful enough. College internships in the cities where they go to school often lead to job opportunities there, and Chester County misses out on the contributions of its homegrown talent: people who instead find success in New York, Boston or Washington.