July 23, 2015 |
Jean Struse Wright, 97, of Philadelphia, who took over her husband's boat business after his death in the 1970s, died Tuesday, July 7, of dementia at Cathedral Village in Roxborough. Born in Philadelphia to Marian English and Rudolph Walton Struse, Mrs. Wright graduated in 1940 from what is now Drexel University, where she pledged Phi Kappa Phi and was captain of the rifle team. She married John Wright Jr., owner-operator of John Wright Boats Inc., in 1944. A year after her husband's death in 1972, Mrs. Wright took control of the company, at 328 W. Queen Lane in Germantown.
July 23, 2015 |
Four Israeli companies plan to open offices in Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday, following his return from a three-day business visit to Tel Aviv. The trip was a continuation of a trade mission in November 2013 and this time included a stop in Frankfurt, Germany. Nutter signed a sister-city agreement with Frankfurt - Philadelphia's first in 23 years - before traveling to Tel Aviv, which has been a sister city to Philadelphia since 1967 and is also a sister city to Frankfurt.
July 17, 2015 |
Trudy Cohen, 83, a photographer and longtime Center City resident, died Wednesday, July 8, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of a cerebral hemorrhage. Born in New York City, Mrs. Cohen graduated from Hunter High School there. She attended classes for three years at the University of Richmond in Virginia in 1952. In 1976, after marrying and moving to Philadelphia, Mrs. Cohen completed a bachelor's degree in photography from Moore College of Art and Design. From 1977 to 1994, she was the official photographer for the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
July 16, 2015 |
John M. Moon, 94, of Rosemont, a chocolate-company executive, churchman, sailor, and motorcyclist into his 80s, died Friday, July 3, at his home of causes due to aging. His life centered on service to Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and successive careers at Whitman's Chocolates and Godiva Chocolatier. A cheerful presence, Mr. Moon, known as "Jack," was loved by family and neighbors, churchgoers, and the merchants with whom he did business. "His sense of humor in regaling hilarious stories was contagious to all around him," his family said in a tribute.
July 14, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter plans to travel to Germany on Tuesday to sign a "sister city" agreement with the mayor of Frankfurt, the first such pact Philadelphia has entered since 1992. From there he is scheduled to head to Tel Aviv, which signed its own sister-city agreement with Philadelphia in 1967. The six-day trip is part of an ongoing effort to draw international business interest to Philadelphia and, in Israel, to court companies that could base their U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia. "We've made it a priority to have Philadelphia become a more international global city," said Luke Butler, chief of staff to Nutter's deputy mayor for economic development, and a member of the delegation leaving Tuesday.
July 7, 2015 |
Sydia Brown, 55, was released from prison in November 1998 after serving time for aggravated assault. After a six-month parole, she was referred to Baker Industries - where she's remade her life. "I didn't have to wait. I was hired immediately," said Brown, who started 16 years ago as a laborer. "It was very helpful to me to rebuild my life and not just get out of prison. " James Markel, 47, heard about the company through his parole officer and joined Baker Industries in 2010.
July 6, 2015 |
Nancy Glass slid open a door at her TV production company in Bala Cynwyd to a soothingly darkened room. There, video editor Travis Greene was tweaking the first episode of a Discovery ID special based on the book Let's Kill Mom . In another room on the same floor, three staff members were editing video shot earlier this year in Cuba for an episode of the Travel Channel coffee series Dangerous Grounds . "We do great incredible television in...
July 1, 2015 |
RETIRED TEACHER Linda MacNeal is no longer a member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, but yesterday she found herself back in the union's office to vent. The school district's new system of placing substitute teachers had been introduced at a morning informational session, prompting frustration and anger among some teachers over a cut in compensation. The new per-diem rates teachers would earn under Source4Teachers is "just insulting to me. And it says that [the company]
June 29, 2015 |
After reaching a tentative agreement for a two-year labor contract with the ownership of The Inquirer, the Daily News, and Philly.com on Friday night, the Newspaper Guild expects to hold a contract ratification vote in two weeks, Guild president Howard Gensler said. The union represents 445 employees at both papers and the website, including journalists, advertising sales representatives, and circulation personnel. Both sides agreed not to divulge terms of the new contract. During negotiations, they had clashed over seniority protection and health-care costs.
June 22, 2015 |
A visionary, hard-driving salesman, Ralph Roberts turned an obscure subscriber television station in Tupelo, Miss., into a communications empire, with dominant cable, Internet, and entertainment services. Although a global leader, Comcast has stayed true to its Philadelphia roots, becoming the largest company headquartered in the city. With its own office tower in Center City and a second one on the way, Comcast has almost 140,000 employees and more than $68 billion in revenue. Roberts, who died Thursday at 95, built the communications giant on the foresight to acquire cable television companies around the nation.