September 5, 2014 |
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald will visit Philadelphia on Friday to meet with veterans, employees, and stakeholders at both the city's VA hospital and benefits office. The visit, announced Wednesday, is the third by a top agency official to Philadelphia in the last three months and comes as the city's VA system faces multiple controversies. Last week, the newly installed McDonald apologized and ordered a systemwide review of training programs in response to a guide at the city's benefits office that appeared to liken veterans to Oscar the Grouch.
August 28, 2014 |
Donald M. Pennock, 80, mayor of Audubon Park for three terms, from January 1995 through December 2006, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center in Blackwood. His son Larry, the present mayor of the Camden County borough, said his father also was a member for 54 years of the Audubon Park Volunteer Fire Company. Donald Pennock was its president for 12 years and its chief for 25 years, though not in consecutive years.
August 25, 2014 |
Solomon C. Pflag, 94, of Cherry Hill, a former high-ranking officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps, died Friday, Aug. 22, at his home. When he retired in 1975, Capt. Pflag was the commanding officer of the Naval Medical Materiel Support Command with headquarters in Philadelphia, daughter Sandra White said. A Navy website states that the unit, now the Naval Medical Logistics Command, had been set up in 1973 at the Naval Hospital compound in South Philadelphia. "He oversaw the procurement of all the medical-related supplies" for the Navy, his daughter said.
August 18, 2014 |
TRAFFIC REPORTER Kacie McDonnell announced on yesterday's "Good Day Philadelphia" that it was her last day at Fox 29. The popular traffic reporter has decided to move closer to her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray (Murray's brother Josh recently won the heart of Andi Dorfman on "The Bachelorette"). Their relationship become public last year. McDonnell tearfully said goodbye to her "Good Day" family, saying she will always be a Philly girl. She's going to KSHB 41 Action News, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, where she'll be the morning traffic reporter.
August 16, 2014 |
Scott Freidheim , a veteran buyout investor ( Investcorp ), brand boss ( Sears ), and investment banker/crisis manager ( Lehman Bros. ), has agreed to move from London to Philadelphia to run CDI Corp ., the engineering and placement firm whose sales top $1 billion a year. "We met with 30 candidates," said Mike Emmi , the former Systems & Computer Technology Corp. chief executive who served on the search committee. "A wide range of backgrounds. But no one quite like Scott.
August 15, 2014 |
When Carol Wolff took over as the head of the Camden branch of a federally funded community health organization, a disease was making headlines as "gay-related immune deficiency," or "gay cancer. " As HIV and AIDS became better understood, Wolff led her organization, the Camden Area Health Education Center, to establish a clean-needle exchange, group and individual counseling for those with HIV or AIDS, and HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness campaigns. The community-based mission led the group to create, in 1996, a weekly summertime farmer's market in downtown Camden.
August 7, 2014 |
Evesham's police officers have recorded 3,705 incidents while on patrol in the two weeks since they began wearing body cameras, Chief Christopher Chew said Tuesday. "I love it. It's a game changer," he said in an interview at police headquarters, where he played several clips to illustrate the new technology and his rationale for introducing it. In one, an officer just starting his shift responds to a report of a man stumbling around the lobby of town hall. The officer taps the camera, which he is wearing on his sternum, to start the audio, then steps into the lobby.
July 26, 2014 |
Even as regional leaders approved a $10.5 billion plan to boost transportation funding for Southeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch warned that road and transit projects could be endangered by congressional inaction on the federal Highway Trust Fund. The federal fund is nearing insolvency. In seven days, the Obama administration will have to start cutting its transportation reimbursements to states unless Congress acts. The current remedies with the most support in Congress are for temporary fixes that would mean another funding crisis come May. "I would hate to see all the hard work by Gov. Corbett and the legislature undercut by a lack of federal action," Schoch said Thursday, referring to a landmark state transportation-funding law signed by Corbett in November.
July 26, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Some of the revelations resulting from the 10,000 open-records requests that Terry Mutchler has handled have been blockbusters. Among them: ex-Philadelphia schoolteachers still on the payroll years after their terminations; a Little League coach pilfering the organization's till; a school district serving spoiled food. Despite bipartisan support and a rare public plea by leaders of both parties, Mutchler's future remains uncertain, three months after her six-year term as executive director of the Office of Open Records expired.
July 25, 2014 |
A Philadelphia judge will preside over the case of the former Montgomery County Republican Party leader accused of assaulting a woman who worked at his law firm. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille this week approved the appointment of Philadelphia Senior Judge John L. Braxton to handle Robert J. Kerns' case in Montgomery County, Supreme Court spokesman Art Heinz said Wednesday. Castille is expected to issue an order finalizing the appointment by the end of next week, Heinz said.