May 19, 2013 |
John Van Horne, 63, who has presided over the Library Company of Philadelphia during nearly three decades of unprecedented digital change, has announced he will retire in May 2014. When Van Horne arrived in 1985, the Library Company, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, had a Wang word processor. Soon, it acquired a fax machine that used thermal paper. Now the library has created a rich and growing online environment. "This library has been in continuous operation for 282 years," Van Horne said in a statement.
May 18, 2013 |
A 42-year-old Camden man was killed Friday morning when a concrete partition at a city recycling center fell on him. It was the second fatal accident at the facility this year. Keith Rainer was pronounced dead at Cooper University Hospital shortly before 8:30 a.m., officials said. The accident happened around 8 at ReCommunity Camden in the industrial complex on the 2200 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue, Camden County Police spokesman Michael Daniels said. He said a front-end loader knocked over a concrete barrier, which fell on Rainer.
May 8, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Office of Inspector General has found 11 prime contractors that used the same supply company as a "pass-through" to circumvent the city's minority-contracting rules on work done for the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. The contractors paid JHS & Sons Supply Co., a certified minority-owned business, merely to satisfy the requirement, while JHS provided no work on the jobs. Inspector General Amy L. Kurland's office has found 19 PHDC contracts that included JHS as a pass-through.
May 2, 2013 |
GOV. CORBETT, trailing in the polls and taking a beating over the state's sluggish economy, has a new campaign strategy: Blame the stoners! Corbett rolled his eyes during an "Ask the Governor" interview Monday on PAMatters.com when asked about Pennsylvania lagging in job growth in March compared to almost all other states. He complained about misleading statistics. He explained that other states are growing faster now because they were in worse shape before. Then he turned to drug tests.
May 1, 2013 |
The Beatles' song "Come Together" was an anthem of odd juxtapositions: joo joo eyeballs, walrus gumboat. And the Suzanne Roberts Theatre beginning Thursday will be a forum for some odd dance pairings - hip-hop, gymnastics, aerial, ballet, jazz, and modern - when 27 Philadelphia dance companies perform in a nine-day festival conceived by choreographer Roni Koresh and called, appropriately, Come Together. In residence at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Koresh Dance Company - ranked by DanceUSA in the top 90 of the nation's 650 companies - is opening its spring season to 26 other troupes and, with a grant from PNC Bank, has added a second weekend.
April 27, 2013 |
Earl Goldberg, 87, of Glenside, owner and operator of an auto body and painting company in South Philadelphia for more than 40 years, died Friday, April 19, of complications from heart failure at Abington Memorial Hospital. Mr. Goldberg operated Star Auto Painting at Eighth and Reed Streets, a business started by his father in the 1930s. It did painting and bodywork for car dealers and owners. Mr. Goldberg wore flannel shirts and jeans to work every day, except during warm weather, when he would wear short-sleeve plaid shirts, his family said.
April 26, 2013 |
WHEN ED WHITE'S family would drive past Northeast Catholic High School for Boys on Torresdale Avenue, they could easily envision a halo around the building. The image came to mind because of the near-holy reverence Ed had for his alma mater. What was it about that school that Ed White held in such deference? A quiet man of few words, Ed might have had trouble putting his feelings into words, but his family attributed it to the gratitude he had for the education he received there, and his deep respect for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales who run it. Whatever it was, Ed continued to serve the school long after he graduated in 1955.
April 26, 2013 |
Jones Group, the clothing, shoes and accessories maker that owns chains including Nine West and Easy Spirit, said Wednesday that it is closing 170 U.S. stores and slashing jobs as part of a plan to improve profitability. A spokeswoman for New York-based Jones Group, which has its financial offices in Bristol, said that 8 percent of the company's 10,000 jobs will be cut, or about 800 U.S. positions. The company, which also sells its products through department stores, has had stagnant sales, and it posted a loss last year.
April 25, 2013 |
John J. Orlando, 92, of Broomall, founder and CEO of Arch Sewing Machine Co., a Philadelphia-based supplier of industrial sewing machines to the apparel trade, died Friday, April 19, of natural causes at home. Mr. Orlando, who loved the clothing industry, worked through Thursday. When he failed to show up for work Friday, police went to the house and found him sitting in his favorite chair with his hands folded, as if asleep, said his son Anthony J. "To have our dad working with you every day, it makes you closer than anyone can imagine.
April 23, 2013 |
She could save money, and there's a good chance she wouldn't get caught, but Consuelo Gomez won't hire people who aren't authorized to work in the United States to work for Marty K, her cleaning and landscaping business. She believes she's being undercut by competitors that hire workers without permission. When potential clients tell her that rivals can do the same work for less, she is suspicious. "I'll hear, 'They're $2,000 cheaper than you,' and I say, 'That's impossible,' " said Gomez, whose business is in Bellevue, Wash.