October 23, 2014 |
William T. Pfeffer, 65, of Somerdale, who owned and operated Chatham Communications, a telephone services firm in Bellmawr, from 1981 until it was sold in 2007, died of Parkinson's disease Thursday, Oct. 16, at his home. Born in Camden, Mr. Pfeffer graduated from Collingswood High School in 1967, where he won medals while on the wrestling team, daughter Jennifer Campbell said. After serving in the Navy, Mr. Pfeffer was a lineman for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. in the 1970s, she said.
October 16, 2014 |
Alice McGlynn Moran, 98, of Ocean City, president of Marine Services Group in Philadelphia and Marcus Hook, died Monday, Oct. 6, at home. The firm provides transportation for people and goods from Shore points to ships anchored in the Delaware River, from the Delaware Bay to Morrisville, a son, James, said. Mrs. Moran's husband, William J. Moran II, died in 1974 and, since 1976, Mrs. Moran had shared ownership of the firm with sons William J. III, the corporate secretary, and James, the corporate treasurer, he said.
October 13, 2014 |
AS PRINCIPAL of Universal Bluford Charter School, Crystal Gary-Nelson saw about 6 percent of her students missing daily last year. That's a pretty low number, but one she wants to improve upon. The issue, she said, was not so much truancy, but sickness. "For us, if I can just keep my scholars in school healthy, that's a bonus for us," the second-year principal said. One of the problems is "kids being sick for a prolonged period of time and it going untreated. " To help address the issue, the West Philadelphia school and the seven other schools run by Universal Companies now have a full-scale health center, a hybrid between a school nurse and a doctor's office.
October 10, 2014 |
The treasurer of a Chester County fire company was charged Wednesday with stealing $300,000 from the station by forging checks, stealing from the firehouse safe, and manipulating bingo records. Hower Smith III, 57, allegedly stole the money from Coatesville's Westwood Fire Company between 2006 and 2012. Smith, who lives in Coatesville and was a member of the company for about 40 years, was removed from his post and came under investigation in 2012 after he charged $2,000 to a fire company credit card while on vacation in Hawaii, officials said.
October 6, 2014 |
Sundance Vacations had a problem. Unhappy customers weren't just complaining to consumer agencies or regulators, where it was used to quietly settling or pushing back. Instead, many were connecting on Facebook - finding a "Boycott Sundance Vacations" page whose 2,200 thumbs-ups might as well be thumbs-downs. Today, a prospective customer who types "Sundance Vacations" into a search engine such as Google is likely to find the boycott page, managed by a group of activist critics, near the top of the results.
October 4, 2014 |
Robert P. Thompson, 94, of Huntingdon Valley, a lumber company owner who traveled the world in search of exotic hardwoods to be made into high-end products, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, of heart failure at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Thompson spent his entire career as president of Thompson Mahogany Co., the Philadelphia firm started by his great-grandfather in 1843. Beginning in 1946 and until retiring in the mid-1990s, he traveled to Africa and South America seeking out mahogany and arranging for it to be shipped into the ports of Philadelphia and Camden.
October 3, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Brett Brown isn't so much into comparing as he is looking at models. Before becoming the 76ers head coach he came from the ultimate NBA mold in San Antonio, so having the names of Duncan and Ginobili and Parker roll off his tongue is common. When talking about Ronald Roberts, the athletically gifted jumper out of Saint Joseph's, Brown doesn't go back to someone he has coached in the past, rather he looks to a current budding star. Roberts opened eyes, and mouths, with his performances for the Sixers in the Orlando Summer League.
September 29, 2014 |
When Atlantic City casino hotels went bankrupt in the past - no uncommon occurrence - suppliers could count on getting 60 percent to 80 percent of what they were owed. Like much else in Atlantic City, that has changed. "There's no reason to believe we'll ever get very much of it at all," said Nelson Dilg, whose Egg Harbor City, N.J., company cleans kitchen hoods and grease traps, and has experienced earlier rounds of casino bankruptcies. The Atlantic Club, Revel AC Inc., and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the three Atlantic City casino operators that have filed for bankruptcy protection since last November, owe Dilg's Nelbud Services Group Inc. $200,000.
September 26, 2014 |
Comcast Corp., seeking to counter sharp opposition from thousands of customers, consumer advocates, and competitors to its proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc., once again urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve a deal that would cement Comcast's status as the nation's largest cable-TV and broadband Internet provider. In comments submitted late Tuesday to the FCC, Comcast said the acquisition offered a broad range of benefits both to the combined companies' 30-million-plus customers as well as "to individuals, businesses, institutions, and community organizations across the nation," despite criticism from many of the about 65,000 who voiced opinions to the agency before last month's deadline.
September 18, 2014
T ESS MICHAELS, 20, of University City, is a social entrepreneur and a Penn senior pursuing a dual degree in management and life sciences. The Philly native is the founder and CEO of Soceana, a startup that launched in January with tech-enabled platforms to generate social good. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Soceana? A: I volunteered a lot in high school and saw a need for a unique approach. At Wharton, I found that the corporate space was an effective way to bridge volunteerism with philanthropy.