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May 20, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Tredyffrin Township mail-processing center that employs 733 will be closed and its operations consolidated in Philadelphia, but a second center in Horsham was spared in this nationwide round of cutbacks announced by the U.S. Postal Service, which faces billions of dollars in losses. One hundred forty postal facilities are slated for closure, according to a list released Thursday night by the Postal Service. An additional 89 are expected to be announced in the future. The 229 closings will eliminate 28,000 jobs and are expected to save the Postal Service $2.1 billion a year.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Troy Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A coalition led by parent groups and Philadelphia school employee unions Wednesday blasted the district's proposal to make drastic cuts and structural changes to balance its budget, saying they were shortsighted financial decisions that would ultimately hurt students. "Nowhere does it speak about improving the education of youngsters," said Delores Solomon, president of the Philadelphia Home and School Council. "It's a business plan. " The Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, pastor of Mother Bethel A.M.E.
NEWS
April 25, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The realities are ugly, leaders said Tuesday - the Philadelphia School District is nearly insolvent, lags behind most other urban districts in academics, and loses students to charters because parents believe it does not keep their children safe. "What we do know through lots of history and evidence and practice is that the current structure doesn't work," School Reform Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos said. "It's not fiscally sustainable and it doesn't produce high-quality schools for all kids.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2012
3-month and 6-month bills , Feb. 27; 1-year bills , Mar. 6; 2-year notes , Mar. 27; 3-year notes , Mar. 12; 10-year notes , Mar. 13; 30-year bonds , Mar. 14; 5-year TIPS , April 19; 10-year TIPS , Mar. 22; 30-year TIPS , Jun. 21. Business Referral Luncheon presented by BNI, King of Prussia chapter. Peppers Italian Restaurant, 236 Town Center Rd., King of Prussia; 610-792-2105. Reservations required. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Networking Meeting presented by BNI, Fort Washington chapter.
NEWS
February 24, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook and Ashley Nguyen, Inquirer Staff Writers
The founder of I'm Shmacked, the enterprise that posted a controversial video online of Lower Merion teens partying, says he wants to "hash it out" on live TV with school district officials who objected to the post. Arya Toufanian, 19, of Potomac, Md., defended his business Thursday, saying he "was not at all upset about Lower Merion complaining. " School spokesman Doug Young declined to be drawn into any debate with Toufanian. "Our focus is on the safety and well-being of our students," Young said, "and that's the bottom line.
NEWS
February 23, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The founder of I'm Shmacked, the firm that posted video of local teens drinking and partying online, says he wants to "hash it out" on live TV with Lower Merion School District officials who objected to the post. Arya Toufanian, 19, of Potomac, Md., defended his business today, saying he "was not at all upset about Lower Merion complaining. " Asked to comment on the situation, Lower Merion schools spokesman Doug Young declined to be drawn into a debate with Toufanian. "Our focus is on the safety and well-being of our students, and that's the bottom line," Young said.
NEWS
February 20, 2012 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Palma "Rosie" Sorbello was an Italian-immigrant "farm wife" 51 years ago when she opened a summer produce market on busy Route 322 bordering her family's 60-acre spread in Mullica Hill. For staff, she relied on her peach-farmer husband, Michael, seven children, siblings, and in-laws. After Sorbello died of breast cancer in 1992, Michael added running Rosie's Farm Market - by then a popular Gloucester County stop among Shore-bound tourists - to his long list of chores. His death at 78 a little more than a year ago dropped those duties into the laps of the couple's children - especially daughter Lisa Westermann, 50, who took over as manager of the farm, which grows fruit and vegetables on several hundred acres in the county.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2012 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
  With a bit of life in the economy, this could be the time to start that business you've been considering. There's more to it than meets the eye, so check out these sites for practical advice. Take it to SXSW. Entrepreneur.com serves a buffet of tips for anyone thinking about starting a business, including how to make a splash with your interactive business at the sprawling South by Southwest (otherwise known as SXSW), an annual cultural event set for March in Austin, Texas.
NEWS
January 24, 2012 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
From afar, Burlington Island appears uninviting. There is no easy access to the uninhabited Delaware River island. A bridge connecting it to nearby Burlington City was planned but never built. There are no docks. But for 400 years, the island has been a tantalizing prize, according to historians. It was seized during a conflict between the English and the Dutch in the 1600s, settled by people of several nations, battled over in courts, and targeted for a number of failed ambitious projects.
BUSINESS
September 19, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
Garrett Melby acknowledges that many believe "social entrepreneurship" is a good way to lose money slowly. He is not one of them. Melby is the CEO of GoodCompany Ventures , which has run a summer incubator program for the last three years for start-ups that address significant social issues. Last Wednesday was graduation day, and the 10 pitches that I heard were as polished as any made by capitalists focused on just profit as opposed to the "triple bottom line" of people, planet, and profit prized by the sustainable-business movement.
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