August 30, 2014 |
When leaders of the Pennsylvania Ballet grew weary of a seemingly endless loop of financial strain, they turned to Michael M. Kaiser. With unpaid vendors knocking on the Philadelphia Theatre Company's door and its chances of surviving increasingly in doubt, it was Kaiser who was tapped to gauge how bad the crisis was, why it existed, and what could be done. From his perch in Washington, Kaiser, 60, has become an unseen hand in the Philadelphia arts realm, consulting with PTC and the ballet, the Mural Arts Program, Philadanco, and the Asian Arts Initiative.
August 29, 2014 |
Since 2006, Philadelphia's Mauckingbird Theatre Company has focused on gay-themed stage works - eight years during which progress on such issues as gays in the military and same-sex marriage might have quieted its ardor. But no. "Our mission has always been, and will continue to be, to tell good stories from a queer perspective, no matter what else is going on," says Mauckingbird artistic director Peter Reynolds, a company cofounder with producing director Brandon McShaffrey and managing director Lindsay Mauck.
August 27, 2014 |
Civic leaders have stepped in with a provisional plan to bring Philadelphia Theatre Company back from the brink of financial collapse, and, possibly, secure its long-term viability. The rescue plan, which ties new financial support to a re-organization of the company, was instigated by philanthropist Suzanne Roberts, mother of Comcast chairman Brian Roberts and a longtime patron of the company, and was fleshed out with help from Comcast executive vice president David L. Cohen. It calls for arts consultant Michael M. Kaiser, departing president of Washington's Kennedy Center, to develop a new business plan that is more detailed than the analysis he has already provided at the behest of the Roberts family.
August 23, 2014 |
Robert C. Pappas, 75, of Radford, Va., owner of a Bellmawr firm that he moved to Virginia in 1992, died of cancer on Friday, Aug. 15, at home. Born in Bridgeview, Ill., Mr. Pappas graduated from Argo Community High School in Summit, Ill., and served as a paratrooper in the 101st Army Airborne Division from 1958 to 1961, for a time in Korea, a daughter, Eve Pappas, said in a phone interview. Mr. Pappas earned a bachelor's degree in business and finance in night classes at Northwestern University while working for Intercraft Industries Corp.
August 22, 2014 |
Haverford Township soon will house its ambulances on the Haverford College campus and at the Bon Air Fire Company, officials have announced. The township recently contracted with University of Pennsylvania Health Systems for emergency medical services - ending 60-year-old arrangements with two local fire companies. Officials say the move will save the township about $440,000 annually. "Haverford Township is really upping the level of service in this area," James McCans, paramedic director for the township, said of the agreement.
August 18, 2014 |
Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt were at the fabled Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard the other night, where Sylvester Stallone , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Harrison Ford , Mel Gibson , Wesley Snipes , Antonio Banderas , and Jason Statham rolled up in limos and posed for photos before trotting in to The Expendables 3 premiere. Rothenberger and Benedikt were right alongside them. The couple, who moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia seven years ago to make it in the movie business, share screenplay credit - with Stallone - on the second sequel in the elder-statesmen action romp.
August 16, 2014 |
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has forced a retail chain, USA Discounters, to pay $400,000 and a mortgage lender, Amerisave Mortgage Corp., and its owner to pay more than $20 million in refunds and penalties for deceptive charges imposed on service members and home buyers, the agency said this week. The CFPB said Amerisave used a deceptive "bait-and-switch" scheme, luring customers with mortgage rates available only to people with an unusually high FICO credit score of 800 - even when they had entered a lower score on a referral site that led to Amerisave.
August 9, 2014 |
Richard H. Beltz, 92, of Wynnewood, a carpet manufacturer and decorated World War II veteran, died Friday, Aug. 1, of an artery ailment at his home. Mr. Beltz worked with his father, Clarence, in the family's carpet manufacturing business, Beltz & Son, in Philadelphia. Later, he and his son, Rick, operated the business until it was sold a decade ago. Mr. Beltz retired in 1983. The role that Mr. Beltz most valued was being a provider for his family. "His family's well-being was always of utmost important," his relatives said in a tribute.
August 4, 2014 |
William D. Widerman was a starting pitcher for the Duke University baseball team and a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program intended to produce officers during World War II. There came a time when his North Carolina college team played an exhibition game against a military team, starring no less than the Red Sox leftfielder Ted Williams, who had led the American League in homers in 1941 and 1942. The reason that the major-league star was playing against a college team, likely in 1943, is lost to Widerman family memory, but a Marines website reports that some of Williams' training to become a Marine Corps pilot took place at Chapel Hill, N.C. The Splendid Splinter made the day memorable.
August 1, 2014 |
Richard Schmid, 65, of Cinnaminson, a member of the board of directors of Pemberton Fabricators Inc. in Rancocas, died of lung cancer Saturday, July 26, at home. "He was extremely dedicated, very loyal to the company," said Robert Murnane, president of the firm. Mr. Schmid had been a board member for the last five years, Murnane said, and had been production control and computer systems manager since he joined the firm 19 years ago. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Schmid graduated from Father Judge High School in 1967 and served as a medic in the Army Reserve until 1973.