September 30, 2003 |
Federal disaster aid is now available for Chester County residents and businesses recovering from the one-two punch of a devastating flood followed a few days later by the winds of Hurricane Isabel. County officials announced yesterday that, starting Friday, a central office staffed by state and county emergency-management officials, as well as by several county agencies, will be open to help those harmed by the two natural disasters. The first step is to call and register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
June 26, 2002 |
Citing her disagreement with the "magnitude" and rapid pace of the plan to change Philadelphia schools, the district's acting superintendent - a lifelong city resident and graduate of its schools - announced her resignation yesterday. Deidre Farmbry, acting superintendent and chief academic officer, whose career in Philadelphia spans 28 years, will leave July 31. Her departure comes amid a swirl of change in the school district, including this week's expected announcement of the elimination of 300 jobs in the district's central office.
October 30, 2001 |
The Board of Education last night approved the retirement of James R. Mathes Jr., a longtime employee who is accused of plotting with mobsters over government contracts. Mathes, the district's affirmative-action officer, had worked for Camden schools for 16 years. His retirement is effective tomorrow. Mathes, 61, is alleged to have conspired with former mob boss Ralph Natale to steer government contracts to mob-affiliated companies, and to have received a $2,000 diamond ring for his girlfriend in return.
June 25, 2001 |
Six months after asking her entire central administration staff to resign, Superintendent Annette D. Knox is again trying to reorganize the school district's core leadership. Last week, she recommended a slew of personnel moves, including transfers, hires, and the demotion of the district's second-ranking administrator. The school board is expected to vote on the changes tonight at its monthly meeting. It will also consider a plan to lay off 136 employees. Knox offered no explanation for the reorganization when she presented the recommendations to the board.
January 4, 2001 |
A day after asking every employee in the school district's central administration office to resign, Camden's new superintendent yesterday put her request on hold. In a memo to the central office staff, Annette D. Knox wrote: "Please be advised that until further notice the employee request forms will not be acted upon. " On her first day on the job Tuesday, Knox caused an uproar in South Jersey's largest school district when she gave about 200 employees until the close of business yesterday to submit their resignations.
November 28, 2000 |
Residents will soon decide whether mail delivery for the township should be further centralized at the Mullica Hill post office, a change that would unify almost the entire town under one zip code. Eight zip codes currently serve Harrison's residents. A survey from the U.S. Postal Service, detailing the proposed changes, will be sent to 400 residents by Jan. 1. If a majority approve the change, all of them will assume the Mullica Hill zip code: 08062. "When we want to send out something simple like a newsletter, it takes six or seven zip codes to reach all of our residents," said Paul Maggioncalda, a member of the Township Committee.
March 2, 2000 |
Grabbing a quick snack from a machine has long been one of life's simpler pleasures. The money goes in. Push a button and, voila! down comes a treat. Although they now take paper money, and have electronic touch pads and other improvements, by and large, vending machines have been doing the same thing since the days of ancient Egypt. Nothing lasts forever. Technological advances promise to give even these humble devices a touch of modern intelligence. One local company, USA Technologies Inc., is working on turning vending machines into vehicles for Internet electronic commerce.
January 14, 2000 |
State auditors and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office yesterday joined a school district investigation of Camden High School's finances that is reviewing athletic funds and other accounts to determine whether the money has been mishandled, authorities said. The investigation, which began as an examination of an office safe found empty last week, has widened to cover all of the school's student activity accounts from the current school year, Board of Education president Phil Freeman said in an interview yesterday.
January 11, 2000 |
School administrators are examining financial reports from Camden High School's athletic events, booster club and other student activities as they try to determine whether money is missing from the school, where an office safe was found empty Wednesday, officials said. The investigation may go beyond the contents of the safe to focus on the overall integrity of the school's finances, Board of Education President Phil Freeman said in an interview yesterday. The school district launched the investigation of Camden High's accounts after officials discovered the safe inside the main office complex was empty Wednesday.
October 18, 1999 |
Angry residents told a stunned Borough Council last week that they opposed early plans for a $1.2 million municipal building, saying it would be "excessive" and "unnecessary" for the tiny town. More than 60 people packed the municipal courtroom on North East Avenue on Thursday for the regularly scheduled work session, and at least a dozen more watched the meeting from outside the building. The council had planned to set a preliminary time line for the building project. But the idea of tinkering with the structure of this conservative borough does not appeal to some residents.