September 28, 2013 |
Dorothy Ann Samartino, 48, a former Moorestown Township tax collector for 27 years, died Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Samartino died from breast cancer. Her husband, Gordon Samartino said she was diagnosed with the disease four years ago and underwent surgery in October 2009. She was being treated at the University of Pennsylvania. "She was in remission and had a reoccurrence in January of this year," he said Thursday. Mrs. Samartino was born in Willingboro and grew up in Delran.
August 31, 2013 |
A former longtime tax collector for Aldan Borough and the William Penn School District was arrested Thursday after admitting he stole $1.3 million from both, said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. Robert H. Park, 77, of Aldan, was charged with theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and other offenses related to money taken between 2003 and 2012, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Whelan said Park has admitted that he took the money. The financially struggling school district lost $960,841.26 during that period, police said, and Aldan, $377,529.74.
July 22, 2013 |
A Horsham firm that Merrill Lynch & Co. once dubbed "the Wal-Mart of debt collection" has continued to expand, with help from Wall Street investors, despite running afoul of consumer-protection laws. NCO Financial Systems of Horsham last year combined with other outsourced-collection and customer-contact firms controlled by a JPMorgan Chase & Co. investment fund into a holding company called Expert Global Solutions, based in Plano, Texas. Expert Global claims $2 billion in yearly revenue, databases that track consumers' purchases and contact information, and 42,000 workers at 120 call centers in the United States, the Philippines, India, Canada, Barbados, and Panama.
July 16, 2013
D EAR HARRY : Back in 1998, I struggled to keep up with four credit-card debts. I was married with two kids, so it was tough. I managed to pay off two, but the other two were turned over for collection. I just could not make it. I then was sent to prison for four years for a minor crime. When I was released, I got a job and started to get back on my feet with help from a loyal and loving wife. I pay my bills on time, every time. Then, out of the blue, these two old bill collectors called and wrote and gave me 30 days to pay up. They were unbelievably rude and demanding.
January 3, 2013 |
The Delaware County district attorney is investigating what happened to as much as $1 million in tax funds missing from the William Penn School District and Aldan Borough. The inquiry is centered on the borough's tax collector, Robert H. Park, according to Jack Whelan, the district attorney. "He is cooperating," Whelan said, adding that Park, 76, and his attorneys approached the District Attorney's Office. The investigation is being handled by the economic-crime unit, Whelan said.
October 21, 2012 |
William Trost Richards, a Philadelphia landscape painter of some renown during the late 19th century, enjoyed a working situation that few artists today are lucky enough to fall into. A wealthy patron, Philadelphia industrialist and art collector George Whitney, not only subsidized Richards and bought dozens of his oils and watercolors, but he also promoted the work among other collectors. The two were friends who corresponded regularly for about 10 years when Richards was out of the city.
September 11, 2012
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. "I'M NOT anti-gun," insists Max Nacheman, the 26-year-old director of CeaseFirePA. "If people want to have guns, that's their thing," he says, walking to his Center City rowhouse on Sunday. What he is against, he says, are irresponsible gun-owners, people who use guns to kill or injure others, and "straw purchasers" - people who buy guns legally for the benefit of criminals.
August 21, 2012
HARRISBURG - School boards may not cut the compensation of tax collectors to the point where the reductions prevent them from performing their duties, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday. The high court ruled unanimously that two Bucks County districts went too far when they sharply reduced the rate by which their tax collectors are paid, imposing cuts of 69 percent and 79 percent. Fifteen tax collectors in Bucks County sued the Pennridge and Central Bucks School Districts after they passed resolutions in 2009 that cut their compensation, which is based on a per-bill fee. A county judge sided with the tax collectors, but a Commonwealth Court panel reversed the ruling in 2010.
August 20, 2012 |
Josephine "Jody" Senner Craul, 86, a community volunteer and antiques collector who won ribbons for miniature flower arrangements and pressed-plant art at the Philadelphia Flower Show, died Sunday, July 29, of complications from arteriosclerosis at Southampton Estates, a retirement community in Southampton. Mrs. Craul was active with local garden clubs and was a volunteer and exhibitor at the Philadelphia Flower Show for more than 30 years, her son, Bruce, said. The flower beds she tended at her longtime home in Southampton were photographed for garden publications, he said.
July 23, 2012
Herbert Vogel, 89, a retired New York postal worker who, with his wife, Dorothy, created one of the world's most unlikely - and most significant - collections of modern art, then bequeathed much of it to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, died Sunday at a nursing home in New York City. His death was confirmed by Anabeth Guthrie, a spokeswoman for the National Gallery. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. In 1962, when Mr. Vogel and Dorothy Hoffman were married, they went to Washington on their honeymoon and spent several days visiting the National Gallery and other museums.