April 19, 2014 |
Robert Hesse Jr., 91, of Gwynedd Valley, a Philadelphia printing-company executive and community volunteer, died Tuesday, April 15, of respiratory failure at a retirement community in Medford. After a career in the graphic arts, Mr. Hesse retired in 1986 from the Winchell Printing Co. as executive vice president in charge of sales. At the time, Winchell was one of the largest printing firms in Philadelphia, with 300 employees. It was sold and later closed in 1994. Mr. Hesse, whose last name rhymes with Bessie, was born in Abington.
April 16, 2014 |
THERE WAS that white-knuckled glider ride over the fields of Bucks County, and the terrifying drive high in the Italian Alps in the world's smallest car. Life with Ray Jenkins could be an adventure, although, as longtime friend Dawn Dugan, put it, "Sitting in the living room with him could be an adventure. " That was because Ray Jenkins had a riotous sense of humor, was a great raconteur and a man who made it his life's work to know something about just about everything. In addition, Ray endeared himself to people because he made those he came in contact with feel that he really cared about them and wanted to hear their stories.
April 11, 2014 |
Louis F. Spadaccino, 90, of Holland, Bucks County, the owner of a surveying company, who spent time as a stunt rider, died Thursday, April 3, of prostate cancer at his home. Mr. Spadaccino was born in Langhorne and enlisted in the Navy right out of Neshaminy High School. He saw action during World War II and returned stateside in 1946. And then, off he went to tour with the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show. "The legend goes that he left his mother a note on the kitchen table, and he up and joined Joie Chitwood's show," said his grandson, Cody.
April 10, 2014 |
Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. on Tuesday announced a new company that would provide services to primary-care physicians in Southeastern Pennsylvania, in another of IBC's efforts to improve care and cut costs. Terms of the deal were not released. The goal of the 50-50 joint venture, called Tandigm Health and based in Philadelphia, is to sign up 300 doctors by the time it starts operating Jan. 1, said Anthony Coletta, an IBC executive who was named president and chief executive of Tandigm.
April 4, 2014 |
DESEAN JACKSON will wear No. 11 with the Redskins next season. The No. 10 he wore with the Eagles was already in use by quarterback Robert Griffin III. There have been some decent athletes, both locally and nationally, who have worn No. 11. Prominent players on Philly teams: Eagles: Tommy Thompson and Norm Van Brocklin. Phillies: Jimmy Rollins, Clay Dalrymple, Deron Johnson, Tim McCarver. Flyers: Kevin Dineen, Ron Flockhart, Don Saleski. Sixers: Manute Bol, Jrue Holiday, Caldwell Jones, Bob McAdoo, Leo Rautins (sorry, couldn't resist)
April 4, 2014 |
Two competitive electrical suppliers account for more than half of the 5,732 complaints over soaring power bills that Pennsylvania regulators have received in the last two months, according to data released Wednesday. IDT Energy Inc. and Pennsylvania Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), which offer variable-rate electricity deals to residential customers, were the targets of 52 percent of the complaints filed this year, according to the Public Utility Commission. A total of 66 suppliers were listed.
April 3, 2014 |
SunGard, which built Sunoco's old computer-backup service into a global software conglomerate that stopped growing after it was purchased in 2005 by a group of buyout firms for $11.4 billion, has split into two companies, both still based in Wayne. Sungard Availability Services, or Sungard AS for short, is now an independent, $1.4 billion-in-yearly-sales systems-recovery and cloud-computing services company run by veteran manager Andrew A. Stern and chaired by James H. Greene Jr. of buyout firm KKR & Co. L.P., a SunGard investor.
March 27, 2014 |
Spark Therapeutics L.L.C., a Philadelphia company developing gene-based medicines for debilitating diseases, has signed a collaborative partnership with a gene-therapy firm in Ireland to develop a product to treat a rare form of blindness, the companies announced Tuesday. Spark, a biotechnology company spun out of research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said Dublin-based Genable Technologies Ltd. will license certain patents from Spark, which will be the exclusive manufacturer and provide development expertise for a potential treatment for blindness caused by inherited retinal dystrophy.
March 26, 2014
AS IF it's not bad enough that right-wing politicians have come between a woman and her doctor in decisions regarding her reproductive rights, now her boss may be able to join them. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today about whether a company can refuse to include no-cost contraceptive coverage in its health-care plans, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, because of the owners' religious beliefs. We're not talking a religious company. We're talking a secular, for-profit company, or, in this case, two companies whose cases have been joined for argument purposes.
March 22, 2014 |
Mayor Nutter announced Thursday the second round of funding for local companies and institutions that are helping develop and grow Philadelphia's startup and tech community. Through the Commerce Department's Startup PHL Call for Ideas, five groups will each receive up to $25,000 to start or further develop programs that promote entrepreneurship in the city. Unlike the Startup PHL Seed Fund, which provides money directly to startup companies, Call for Ideas provides funds to organizations that support entrepreneurs.