September 9, 2016 |
Daniel Christensen, former chairman of the South Street Headhouse District, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud for embezzling money meant to beautify and promote the entertainment corridor. Christensen had used the funds - amounting to $1.4 million - to cover bills at two restaurants he owned, Copabanana and Redwood, federal prosecutors charged. In a calm, quiet voice, the bespectacled Christensen told U.S. District Judge Mark Kearney in federal court Wednesday morning: "I plead guilty to wire fraud.
September 7, 2016 |
Tweets by the chairman of Ursinus College's board of trustees have drawn ire from some students and at least one fellow board member, who called them "elitist, racist, sexist, body-shaming," and "generally intolerant," and resigned over them Sunday. The controversy at the small liberal arts school in Collegeville began last week after a student posted on Facebook the tweets by Michael C. Marcon, an insurance executive and 1986 Ursinus graduate. A four-page printout of the tweets also was circulated on campus.
July 27, 2016 |
A. Lindley Bigelow, 89, formerly of Abington, a retired Air Force pilot who developed the evacuation plan for residents around the Limerick nuclear plant, died Monday, July 18, of complications from a series of strokes at Rydal Park Retirement Community. Known to friends as "Lin" or "Colonel," Lt. Col. Bigelow was born in Trenton and reared in Abington. He left Abington Senior High School early to join the Navy and fight in World War II. He had hoped to become a lawyer, and when the war was over, he matriculated at Temple University to that end. However, the opportunity arose to join Air Force Officer Training School.
July 23, 2016 |
SEPTA's board chairman said Thursday that he has no second thoughts about buying the railcars that were recently pulled from service due to flaws found in one of their key components. "I was very comfortable with those guys being able to do the job," said Pasquale "Pat" Deon, referring to Hyundai Rotem, which received the contract to build 120 cars 10 years ago. Deon was board chairman at the time. Hyundai Rotem's railcars, the Silverliner V's, were delivered from 2010 to 2013 and this month were revealed to have fatigue cracks in equalizer beams, pieces that transfer weight from a car to the axles.
June 9, 2016 |
Morris Cheston Jr., 78, of Spring House, a lawyer as renowned for his civic work as for his legal skills, died Sunday, June 5, of a heart attack at home. Mr. Cheston joined the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr L.L.P. in 1964. He became a partner in 1971 and senior counsel in 2009. His specialties were securities and corporate law, and legal matters involving the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Perhaps his signature achievement in Philadelphia came in 1997 when, as board chairman of Pennsylvania Hospital, he campaigned for and implemented the merger of Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Health System into Penn Medicine.
June 6, 2016 |
The chairman of the Devon Horse Show was charged last week with public drunkenness. Wayne Grafton, 67, of Unionville, Chester County, was charged with the summary offense by the Tredyffrin Township Police Department. According to the West Chester Daily Local News, police issued the citation for an incident that happened about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday along South Valley Forge Road outside a gate of the Devon Horse Show grounds. The "defendant did have glassy, bloodshot eyes, odor of alcoholic beverages," and his speech was slurred, the citation said, according to the Daily Local.
May 18, 2016 |
Mike Hawkins was voted in as the new PIAA District 12 sports chairman for next school year in a district committee meeting Monday in Northeast Philadelphia. The vote to elevate Hawkins from vice chairman to the top position came after Robert Coleman announced his resignation to the group, effective at the end of next month, according to sources. At the end of March, Coleman was relieved of his duties as the Philadelphia School District's executive director of athletics. Two of Coleman's assistants were also let go. The reason for the terminations was not disclosed.
May 12, 2016 |
It was a pretty fast summer-job search for the son of the board chairman of the $12 billion Hershey Trust. And his dad took care of it. Robert Cavanaugh told the trust's top executive last April that his son Robert might have missed the window to get a summer internship and needed help. Within days, the executive, Eric Henry, contacted two money-management firms under contract with the charity and emailed the son's resumé. By the end of the month, both firms had made offers for summer internships.
May 10, 2016 |
Joel L. Frank , managing partner and executive committee chairman of Lamb McErlane P.C., West Chester, has been elected chairman of the board of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation , a national charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting and finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Debbie Carlos has been named to the board of Fare & Square, Philabundance's nonprofit grocery store in Chester. She is head of Sunoco's litigation team and its management of all Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics litigation matters.
April 21, 2016 |
Joseph Neubauer will receive WHYY's Lifelong Learning Award at the organization's 15th annual President's Dinner on May 3, WHYY said Tuesday. Neubauer retired in February 2015 as chairman of Aramark Corp., the Philadelphia food-service company he led for 30 years. Neubauer, whose Neubauer Family Foundation is a major supporter of causes in the Philadelphia region, remains Aramark's third-largest shareholder, with 5.34 percent of the shares outstanding. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker