July 14, 2015
THE FIRING OF teacher Margie Winters by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion on the basis of Winters' marriage to another woman comes at a time that guaranteed this to be a hot-button issue. It's just weeks after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the legality of gay marriage, and months away from a visit from the pope, who is known for his messages of love, forgiveness and his suggestion of tolerance for gays. Layer this on top of many Catholics struggling to reconcile their faith against decades of church scandals involving child abuse by priests.
June 5, 1986 |
State education Commissioner Saul Cooperman yesterday proposed raising the number of credits needed for high school graduation - including increasing the required credits for math, science and social studies. The proposal - presented by Cooperman to the state Board of Education - would raise the number of credit hours required for a high school diploma from the present 92 to 110. The board also was briefed, but took no action, on a proposal outlining the circumstances under which students with the AIDS virus can be excluded from the state's public schools.
December 6, 1992 |
So you'd like to be able to buy a house in Bucks County, and you can almost afford it, but not quite? Think again. Bucks County has joined with the Internal Revenue Service and the state Housing Finance Authority to make the purchase of a house or condominium a bit more affordable. The program provides mortgage credits for low- and moderate-income people. Income limitations are scaled according to household size. To be eligible for the program, a single person can make no more than $33,350 a year, and a family of four, no more than $47,610.
June 12, 1998 |
The 13th annual Daily News George Fencl Award was supposed to go to Police Capt. William Colarulo. It did, but then the 25th Police District commander turned the tables and gave one to his parents. "I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the two highest-ranking dignitaries in this room," he said of Anthony and Rose Colarulo at an award ceremony yesterday at the Daily News building. "They . . . taught me everything I needed to know about being a cop. They taught me the difference between right and wrong.
November 6, 2012 |
PASSING ALONG some city high school football tidbits . . . For further evidence that guys who limit themselves to one sport are foolish, check with Gratz junior Nydair Rouse. He now owns a piece of a city playoff record, and he's giving the credit to track. Saturday, as the Bulldogs (10-0) topped Mastery North, 36-12, in a Public AAA semi, thus earning a 10th win for the first time in the school's 84-year grid history, the 6-1, 175-pound Rouse scored the game's third touchdown on a 40-yard connection with Davone Cornish.
November 15, 1992 |
Art class isn't the only place to learn about graphics, and neither is a history course the sole source of information about World War II. Bucks County Community College wants to give credit where it's due. With students' budgets and time increasingly in short supply, the popularity of a BCCC credit program has grown in the last few years, said Jean Ryersbach, the coordinator of the Life Learning Experience Assessment Program. In LLEAP, students may receive as many as 30 credits for life experience.
October 24, 1996 |
To complement traditional textbook learning with more performance-based education, the Central Bucks School District has recommended that the school board adopt a list of new graduation requirements, most notably a senior portfolio. The proposed recommendations, which the nine-member board will review and vote on in about two months, would affect Central Bucks East and West High Schools, which are expected to have a combined enrollment of 3,000 students by 1998. Beginning with the Class of 2002, students and teachers would work together to prepare graduation portfolios, collections of the students' best work from ninth through 12th grades, said Alice Karlberg, director of secondary education for the district.
August 6, 2008 |
Mayor Nutter and Community College of Philadelphia plan to introduce a program tomorrow that will offer financial help to Philadelphia students to complete their degree if they already have earned 30 or more credits. An anonymous donor has given a sizable amount to start the program, which is scheduled to be announced at a news conference tomorrow. Community College officials declined to provide details on the program, which will be called My Degree Now. The program, which was conceived by Community College, is designed to aid in Nutter's goal of raising the college-degree attainment rate in the city.
October 10, 2012
SO WHO WAS responsible for turning radio's Howard Eskin into TV's Howard Eskin? The folks at KYW-TV who, in 1982, gave him his first television sports-anchoring gig, certainly played a role. But there is someone else Eskin credits as much, if not more. That would be the late, great Jim O'Brien, whom Eskin met when he was just starting out in broadcasting in the 1970s, when working behind the scenes at Top 40 powerhouse WFIL-AM. At the time, O'Brien was already a beloved personality, doing double duty at both 'FIL and its then-corporate sibling, Channel 6. Eskin recalled that in 1981, a year before he was hired at Channel 3, "Jim O'Brien said, 'You should be on television.' " Then the Channel 3 offer came, and, remembered Eskin, "He was the first guy I called.
March 1, 1987 |
The hit comedy Outrageous Fortune stars Shelley Long and Bette Midler - or Bette Midler and Shelley Long. The billing of the actresses depends on what newspaper ad you read and in what theater you see the film. Long originally agreed to perform with the understanding that she would receive top billing. But when Disney's Touchstone Pictures lined up Midler as a potential co-star, Long agreed to a Solomonlike compromise: The two women split everything 50-50. Half the publicity material bills Long first.