April 17, 2013 |
The phone was ringing off the hook when the H&R Block office in the shopping center at 23d Street and Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia opened Monday - tax day - and the last-minute filers began streaming in, waving their paperwork and hoping the pros could make things as painless as possible. Denise Evans, a bus driver clutching her pay stubs and Form 1040-A, said she had tried to avoid paying extra. "I thought I could do this on my own this year," she said. "I looked it up on YouTube.
April 11, 2013
A BENAA, 35, and Jamal Timazee, 46, of West Mount Airy, own Brownstone Natural Hair Salon, on South Street near 17th, which they began in 2001. Jamal oversees accounting and payroll, and Abenaa trains staff. The husband and wife also make their own natural hair products. Abenaa was recently interviewed by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry during a symposium at Penn about the politics of black-women's hair. We spoke with Abenaa. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Brownstone?
April 9, 2013 |
Leona Coren Ellick Kornfeld, 90, a Philadelphia social worker and advocate for those with AIDS and mental-health needs, died Saturday, March 23, of dementia and advanced age at Chandler Hall, a nursing home in Newtown, Bucks County. Before it was common, Mrs. Kornfeld made it her business to go into the community and look for those in need of help from society. She met with clients, figured out what services they were entitled to, and guided them through the application process. Clients included widows, elderly shut-ins, and those suffering from AIDS and mental illnesses, said her daughter, Carol Coren.
April 3, 2013 |
LOOKS LIKE Robinson Cano might be staying with the Yankees after this season. The All-Star second baseman fired his agent, Scott Boras, Tuesday and became the first athlete to sign with Roc National Sports, an agency founded by rapper Jay-Z. Robinson becomes a free agent at the end of the season. And, since Jay-Z is a huge Yankees fan, there is already some talk that he'll work on getting Cano an extension. Boras, on the other hand, almost always likes to test the free-agency waters so chances were slim that Cano, who'll make $15 million this season, would remain in New York.
April 3, 2013 |
Mark and Helena Guarnere learned about the addiction treatment business the hard way: As patients. "We know how it feels to sit in a chair during group therapy, trying to stay sober," says Mark, 45, who, like his wife, is a recovering alcoholic. "I was in a different treatment program six years ago, and it was very impersonal. I felt that I was just a number," Helena, 42, says. "So we rolled up our sleeves," Mark adds. The result is Lakeside Recovery Center, an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
March 30, 2013 |
TULSA, Okla. - Health officials Thursday urged an Oklahoma oral surgeon's patients to undergo hepatitis and HIV testing, saying filthy conditions behind his office's spiffy facade posed a threat to his 7,000 clients and made him a "menace to the public health. " The Oklahoma Board of Dentistry said Thursday that state and county health inspectors went to W. Scott Harrington's practice after a patient with no other known risk factors tested positive for both hepatitis C and the virus that causes AIDS.
March 28, 2013
K EITH LEAPHART, 38, of Overbrook Farms, is an osteopath-turned-entrepreneur. He owns Replica, a Center City graphic-design, digital-copying, printing and branding firm, acquired in 2009. Q: You're a trained osteopath. Why did you leave medicine? A: I'm a physician by training and entrepreneur by birth. The clinical setting was too limiting for me. I was on the staff of Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital in Malvern for about six years. I gave up my hospital privileges there in July 2011.
March 21, 2013
M ELISSA D'AGOSTINO, 32, of Germantown, uses hand-dyeing techniques to create her artsy women's-wear line. D'Agostino Fashion Textile Design also custom-made Philadelphia first lady Lisa Nutter's formal dress for President Obama's inaugural ball. Q: What's your background? A:I'm a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design. I was formerly a hand-block fabric printer at a textile-and-lighting studio. My textiles started as works of art and wall hangings, and the fabrics evolved into products I could sell.
March 12, 2013 |
Two South Jersey home care companies merged last month to form Home to Stay L.L.C., a Cherry Hill firm with 150 employees and 125 clients, the company said. Assisted Living at Home, the larger company, with 80 clients, bought Home to Stay Health Care Solutions for an undisclosed amount. The deal was completed on Feb. 17. Home to Stay serves the elderly and the disabled in Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, Ocean, Mercer, Atlantic and Cape May Counties, the company said.