March 21, 2015 |
A Philadelphia home health care company indicted for Medicaid fraud in early February has ceased operations, costing 1,324 people their jobs - the largest of several recent layoffs in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Infinite Care Inc. filed a required notice with the commonwealth's Department of Labor and Industry that it would close its facility on Rising Sun Avenue. A letter dated March 4 mentioned "unforeseen business circumstances" related to the state health department's ordering the company to cease operations.
March 18, 2015 |
Two documentaries by Sam Katz's Emmy-winning production company will capture Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia - and the months of behind-the-scenes preparation leading up to it. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Monday that it is commissioning Katz's History Making Productions to create two documentaries. The first will feature the lead-up to Francis' visit and the World Meeting of Families, an international Catholic conference being held in Philadelphia from Sept. 22 to 25. The second will focus on Francis' two-day stay that Saturday and Sunday.
March 15, 2015 |
Edmund E. Anyzek Sr., 80, of Gloucester City, owner of Anyzek Fuel there since 1957, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday, March 10, at Virtua Marlton Hospital. Born in Camden, Mr. Anyzek graduated from Camden High School and worked for a time at the former GAF paper mill in Gloucester City. In 1957, he became owner of the firm founded by his father, Edward S., in 1932. "We specialize in residential and commercial heating oil and diesel fuel deliveries," Mr. Anyzek's son, Edmund E. Jr., said.
March 9, 2015 |
Like the borough itself, the emergency calls that summon the members of Newfield's sole fire company tend to be rather temperate. A small house fire, a trash container blaze, a car accident. Still, the brothers and sisters of Newfield Fire Company No. 1 have long taken pride in voluntarily serving the 1.7-square-mile borough just north of Vineland. It's a job the company has performed since 1908, 16 years before Newfield incorporated. "This town is well-protected by us knowing this town," said Ken Barbagli, the company's president and a lifelong Newfield resident.
March 6, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last spring, Ken Giles was the kid in the back corner of the clubhouse with the filthiest fastball in the Grapefruit League. Since he had never played above Class A, though, Giles was sent to minor league camp midway through March. But then he would become a cult hero in Baseballtown, striking out 51 percent of the batters he faced during a monthlong stay at Double A Reading. And then he moved along to Allentown, where Triple A hitters were sent into fits with his triple-digit heat.
February 25, 2015 |
Entertainment Studios Networks Inc., a California company that calls itself a "100 percent African American-owned media company," has sued Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., claiming the cable firms have engaged in racial discrimination by failing to distribute its cable channels. Also named as defendants in the suit, filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles, were the Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Urban League, and the NAACP. The suit, which seeks $20 billion in damages, claims that Sharpton and the civil rights groups entered into "sham" diversity agreements with Comcast that worked to the detriment of Entertainment Studios.
February 24, 2015 |
Lots of companies mount ambitious programs to hire college graduates, but the Graham Co., an insurance and risk-management company, takes a different approach. "As a rule, we don't hire right out of college," said Kenneth L. Ewell, 57, Graham's president and chief operating officer. Question: Why did Graham adopt that philosophy? Answer: You just have a higher degree of success [if] they've worked someplace else, and they have a little bit of context and they have some basis to judge Graham against.
February 23, 2015 |
The names some cable customers are being called after contacts with the companies that provide them services can be staggeringly profane: scatological and sexual, with allusions to body parts and perverted acts. They are often mailings of things like bills. Almost all of the names defy mention in a news story, but for some sense of it, here is one of the more temperate ones, received by a female Comcast customer: Super Bitch, which was first reported in the Chicago Tribune earlier this month.
February 20, 2015
L ALIT KALANI, 31, of Bella Vista, co-founded Bandar Foods, which premiered its Indian hot sauces on Kickstarter in 2012. The sauces, sold at Whole Foods and other retailers, are inspired by Indian condiment flavors like spicy mango and mint cilantro. Kalani oversees production, while co-founder Dan Garblik, 32, of San Francisco, heads marketing. I spoke with Kalani. Q: How'd you and Dan come up with the idea? A: We were MBA classmates at Wharton. Dan went to an Indian restaurant here and asked for hot sauce and got Tabasco.
February 19, 2015 |
A Chester County company that assembles surgical carts used in medical facilities faces more than $42,000 in fines for exposing workers to chemical hazards, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. Following a complaint in September, the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Seitz Technical Products in Oxford did not properly label hazardous chemicals, provide eye wash stations, train employees in use of hazardous chemicals or maintain a library of chemical safety sheets.