July 18, 2016
ISSUE | BILL LYON TRIBUTE Fund-raising and Phillies I have read with great interest the five-part series by retired Philadelphia Inquirer sports columnist Bill Lyon as he bravely shared his journey with Alzheimer's - the most common type of dementia - and its effects on not only him but the people he loves. Alzheimer's, which affects 5.4 million Americans, is the nation's sixth-leading cause of death and the only one in the top 10 that has no cure, means of prevention, or way to slow it. As president and chief executive officer of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, I admire Bill's courage tremendously, so we have teamed up with the Inquirer's parent company, Philadelphia Media Network, and the Phillies to honor him with Alzheimer's Night at the Phillies Salutes Bill Lyon, Aug. 3, at Citizens Bank Park.
July 15, 2016 |
A teacher at beleaguered Delaware Valley Charter High School has asked the Philadelphia School District's top financial official to reconsider withholding $820,000 in payments to the school this summer. The district said the charter school in Logan owes the money for overbilling for students in past years and failing to make required pension payments for teachers. But Matthew Black, 27, who has taught math at the school for two years, said it's the teachers and other staffers who were hurt when the charter could not make payroll last week.
July 9, 2016 |
The Philadelphia School District told the troubled Delaware Valley Charter High School in Logan on Thursday that the school will not receive any payments this month for students and only a partial payment in August - a loss of more than $820,000 that threatens the operation's payroll. Uri Monson, the district's chief financial officer, said the charter's interim CEO was told that the district would be withholding the payments to recover money the charter owes for overbilling for students in past years and failing to make required pension contributions for teachers.
July 9, 2016 |
Moody's Investors Service downgraded $32 million of Delaware Valley University debt to junk-bond status, citing deteriorating financial performance caused by stagnant revenue from students and the Doylestown school's decision not to adjust its expenses. Despite the ratings reduction to Ba1 from Baa3, the outlook remains negative because Moody's expects it to be difficult for Delaware Valley to break even and maintain stable liquidity in the near term. Nearly all of Delaware Valley's financial measures tracked by Moody's deteriorated in recent years, according to the June 30 Moody's report.
June 10, 2016 |
Mark Roth says a possible turning point in MaST Charter's baseball season was an embarrassing 10-0 defeat at the hands of Bicentennial Athletic League rival Christopher Dock on May 5. "We kind of hit rock bottom there," the first-year head coach said. "I told the kids, 'At the end of the day, you have to look in the mirror and hold yourself accountable and be able to answer to your teammates.' " The Panthers responded with eight straight victories by a combined score of 93-23.
April 30, 2016
ISSUE | ENVIRONMENT Independent review of PennEast Pipeline is a big step in the process The Delaware River Basin Commission is doing the right thing by conducting independent hearings on the PennEast Pipeline next year ("More review for PennEast Pipeline," Tuesday). This dangerous 119-mile pipeline, which would deliver Marcellus Shale natural gas to New Jersey utilities, would cut through the Delaware Valley, threatening water quality and the environment. It would affect 39 parks, 44 wetlands, 33 farms, and other open-space areas in the state.
March 31, 2016 |
Stephen E.T. Kacir, 43, of Norristown, a naturalist, researcher, and bird-watcher extraordinaire who had been president of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club since January, died Tuesday, March 22, of a heart attack at his gym. "It is with sadness beyond words that we inform you that our current president, Steve Kacir, passed away suddenly on Tuesday evening," the club said in an statement on its website, www.dvoc.org/Main.htm . Mr. Kacir...
March 24, 2016 |
Dissension over a new direction for the Alzheimer's Association has left the Philadelphia-based chapter, one of the nonprofit group's largest, with an even bigger territory. Wendy Campbell, chief executive officer of the Delaware Valley chapter, is now temporarily in charge of all of New Jersey in addition to Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Her staff will be competing - in a friendly way, she says - with former allies. Six of 81 local affiliates - based in North Jersey; New York City; Austin, Texas; San Diego; Los Angeles; and Orange County, Calif.
March 19, 2016 |
Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization and UnitedHealthcare will make a concerted effort to coordinate care and make it easier to share health information for 17,000 people in the Philadelphia with employee-sponsored health insurance from UnitedHealthcare, the companies said. Under the program, Delaware Valley Accountable Care's hospital owners and participating physicians will share in savings generated through better coordination of care, especially for people with complex or chronic illnesses.
March 13, 2016
On March 5, Pals for Life hosted Bow-Wow Bingo as more than 230 supporters - and a few of their furry friends - attended a fun-filled night at Waynesborough Country Club in Berwyn. The evening included a buffet dinner, fabulous prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. Pals for Life is a local nonprofit organization that understands a furry hug can make a very big difference. The organization is dedicated to providing companion animals to people who need them, including the elderly and the physically and mentally challenged.