May 2, 2015 |
At stake is a claim to the historic origins of the musical instrument that bellows "oompah" at parades and halftime shows, and for the Philadelphia band the Roots. Who built the first sousaphone, the largest member of the tuba family, named for patriotic-music icon John Philip Sousa? For decades, the issue has been in dispute, with the choice between a music publisher in Exton, Chester County, and an instrument manufacturer in Elkhart, Ind. More than a century after the first instrument was crafted, a Harleysville pastor and a Kentucky collector have stepped into the debate, adding a previously unknown piece of information they believe helps to firmly place the sousaphone's 1890s beginnings in Pennsylvania with music publisher J.W. Pepper Co. "There's no doubt," said Dave Detwiler, a pastor at LCBC BranchCreek church in Harleysville.
April 18, 2015 |
Marjorie Ross Traver, 90, of Mount Holly, a retired credit manager for the Burlington County Times, died Sunday, April 12, at her home. A 50-year resident of Mount Holly, Mrs. Traver died the day before her 91st birthday. Born in Pawtucket, R.I., she graduated from Cranston (R.I.) High School, and studied drawing and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. In the 1950s, while raising her family in Cedar Grove, Essex County, Mrs. Traver "went to houses and interviewed people" for the public opinion polling firm founded by George Gallup, daughter Susan Skoviak said.
April 17, 2015
DESPITE the number of exemplary schools in this city, far too many Philadelphia youth are still attending low-achieving schools. For that reason I am a proud board member of Sky Community Partners. SCP is an independently audited 501(c)(3) organization that supports expanding educational opportunities and health and wellness in underresourced communities. SCP enthusiastically supports the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit and Education Improvement Tax Credit programs. These programs allow businesses to divert a portion of their tax liability from the state to fund scholarships for students in Pennsylvania.
April 8, 2015 |
A PROGRAM that gives generous tax credits for donations to scholarship programs for low-income students to attend private and parochial schools may strike some as a laudatory way to equalize educational opportunities. Some might even say that the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program is a way to address the civil-rights wrongs of a public system that leaves too many poor and minority children behind, while the privileged few who can afford to send kids to more expensive private schools get an unfair leg up. One of the architects of the state-administered EITC program, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, has made that civil-rights case in promoting it. According to a report on Philly.com's Next Mayor site, some of Williams' major campaign backers for his mayoral run are also some of the EITC program's biggest donors, with the principals of Susquehanna International Group contributing up to $21 million to EITC.
March 28, 2015 |
Two days after Atlantic City's state-appointed emergency-management team released its first report, Moody's credit-rating agency gave the city another of its patented thumbs-downs, warning of a possible default. And Standard & Poor's said it was reviewing its rating on Atlantic City's bonds, based on the report's holding open the possibility of the city delaying debt service payments. Moody's pelted the city back in January with a six-step credit downgrade after Gov. Christie appointed Kevin Lavin, a corporate restructuring expert, and Kevyn Orr, the man who steered Detroit through its bankruptcy, to take on Atlantic City's enormous fiscal hole.
March 18, 2015 |
Demi's bf: A life-saver Sometimes, a boyfriend isn't just a bf. Sometimes, he's a lifesaver. That's how the fine-featured waif Demi Lovato describes Wilmer Valderrama . "I wish I could put into words how grateful I am for this man right here," Demi, 22, said of Wilmer on Sunday on Instagram. The occasion: It's the third anniversary of her sobriety. Demi, who also has struggled with eating disorders, credits Wilmer with keeping her sane and alive. "My love has grown to a level that words could never possibly express how much this man completes me," she wrote.
March 5, 2015 |
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services boosted Holy Redeemer Health System's credit rating by two notches, from the lowest investment-grade rating of "BBB-" to "BBB+. " The new rating was prompted by new credit rating criteria published by Standand & Poor's in December. Holy Redeemer received more credit for its relatively strong balance sheet - reflected in its strong cash position and its relatively low ratio of unrestricted assets to long-term debt - than it did under the old system.
February 10, 2015 |
Anthony Caso has 15 years of experience in law enforcement, but no college degree. At 42, the East Norriton Township detective noticed that younger, better-educated officers were joining the force and his contemporaries were going back to school. Jean Cahill, 50, of Brookhaven, likes working with breast cancer patients at Delaware County Memorial Hospital as a licensed practical nurse, but where she wants to go requires a nursing degree. Mher Vartanian, 20, of Lansdale, dug "Disney College" in Orlando, where he learned management and communication skills, but hated to lose time toward his associate's degree.
January 24, 2015 |
Michele Brown, a longtime ally of Gov. Christie and chief of the state agency that has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives for corporations in recent years, is leaving her post to head a nonprofit economic-development group. The group, Choose New Jersey, has helped pay for Christie's trade missions to Mexico and Canada in recent months, and says it will play a role in the Republican governor's trip to London in February. Since it launched after Christie took office in 2010, the group says, it has received pledges of $12 million from an array of businesses, labor groups, and educational institutions to promote economic development in New Jersey.
January 22, 2015 |
In an era of increasingly grotesque wealth concentration and stubborn wage stagnation, shifting the federal tax burden from the middle toward the highest incomes shouldn't be as controversial as it is. Nevertheless, the proposal President Obama put forward in his State of the Union address Tuesday, which would raise taxes on investments by hundreds of billions of dollars to fund credits for families of more modest means, is the Democratic counterpoint to...