June 20, 2015 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to outsource more than 1,000 substitute-teaching jobs, awarding a $34 million contract to a Cherry Hill firm to recruit, hire, and manage the workers for two years. The unanimous vote came over the protests of the teachers' union, which currently represents subs. Jerry Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, vowed legal action, including a possible claim of unfair labor practices, and said the move was part of a plan to "privatize public education one position at a time.
June 17, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - Aaron Nola drove to Allentown on Monday afternoon, officially beginning the next stage of his baseball career. The Phillies' top pitching prospect dominated at the double-A level. The Phillies promoted him Sunday to triple A. It was time for a new test. "I'm ready to get things started," Nola said before Lehigh Valley's game Monday night. "I'm ready to learn more of the game. I feel like I'm going to learn more over here. There's a lot of older guys. I'm going to keep my ears open and my eyes open.
June 3, 2015 |
Norfolk Southern Corp. touted its safety efforts in transporting crude oil in a letter to Gov. Wolf, but the railroad suggested it may file a legal challenge over some recent federal safety rules. Following the issuance of new rules by the U.S. Department of Transportation on May 8, "Norfolk Southern is still considering its legal options," the company's Chairman and CEO C.W. Moorman said in a letter delivered to Wolf on Monday. Like other railroads, Norfolk Southern was particularly "disappointed" with new rules on brakes that the railroad said would produce "little safety benefit," Moorman said.
May 31, 2015 |
Kirk Webby won the $25,000 Devon Speed Challenge at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair on Friday night. Webby, who lives in New Jersey but represented his home country of New Zealand in the 2008 Summer Olympics, rode Brando de Rouet to victory. "The horse is pretty naturally fast so I didn't really have to go crazy," Webby said. "He always lands going. He was really snug everywhere. I was lucky enough to be fast enough. " Misdee Wrigley Miller captured the coaching competition, in which four horses of different breeds pulled restored antique transportation coaches through an obstacle course.
May 24, 2015 |
Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kan., captured the R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch Equitation Challenge, given to the top junior rider at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, on Friday. Holloway, aboard her mount, Any Given Sunday, rode to victory in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Section C on Friday morning. That win, coupled with two wins and a third-place finish on Thursday, gave Holloway the title. "It's very exciting," Holloway said. "It's such an honor to win at such a prestigious show as this horse show is. To have such an amazing horse and team behind me is just unbelievable.
May 23, 2015 |
Anuj Gupta landed a new job last Friday as general manager of the Reading Terminal Market, and the gig offers equal helpings of his two loves: public service and food. "It's hard to find a place in Philadelphia, let alone anywhere else, that offers you the quality and diversity of product, and affordability, that the terminal does," Gupta said during a walk-through this week. "It's this magnificent, historic place. People love it. " Gupta, who will start June 15, arrives at a critical juncture for the market, which dates to 1892.
May 21, 2015 |
The November ballot for mayor of Philadelphia at this point may be missing a big name. Former City Councilman Bill Green IV, a lifelong Democrat and son of a former mayor, is weighing an independent challenge to the expected ascension of Democratic nominee James F. Kenney. "I have kept my options open to evaluate the election results and make a determination," Green, a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, said Tuesday. He added that a recent Inquirer poll, which found that 43 percent of voters think the city is headed in the wrong direction, showed "an opening for somebody who is capable of being mayor" as an alternative.
May 20, 2015 |
The Camden police read to children, enjoy the trust of the community, and match "courage with compassion," President Obama said Monday. "More like the Peace Corps," Chief Scott Thomson said. Or, the department is overly aggressive and risking escalating tensions, the American Civil Liberties Union says. Two years after it was formed, drawing controversy as it replaced Camden's old police department, the county-run force still arouses strong feelings on either side. Crime statistics - sharp drops in homicides, robberies, and other major offenses - allow the department and its boosters to claim that its community-policing strategies are making the city safer.
May 20, 2015 |
ALMOST EVERY member of the Haverford School lacrosse team was in position, smiling while standing on the PPL Park turf in anticipation of a championship photo. One important member of the Fords' victorious bunch was missing, however. Junior goaltender Alex DeMarco was busy with a postgame television interview after his undefeated Fords (25-0) beat previously unbeaten Hun School, 15-8, in the finals of the Inter-Ac Challenge. Net proceeds from the 4-day event presented by NXT Sports will go to the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center and the Wounded Warrior Project.
May 20, 2015 |
Almost every member of the Haverford School lacrosse team was in position, piled on top of one another and smiling on the turf inside PPL Park in anticipation of a championship photo. One important member of the Fords' victorious bunch was missing, however. Junior goaltender Alex DeMarco was busy with a postgame television interview after the undefeated Fords beat previously unbeaten Hun School, 15-8, in the finals of the Inter-Ac Challenge. Net proceeds from the four-day event will go to Thomas Jefferson Hospital's Comprehensive Concussion Center and the Wounded Warrior Project.