September 3, 2014 |
The furniture has been rearranged, and new decorations adorn the walls and bookshelves of Room 312 in City Hall. Former State Rep. Ed Neilson is officially moved into his new Philadelphia City Council office and is preparing for the start of the Council session next month. He is making use of the quiet time this week to prepare his new office, get up to speed on issues, and tour various city neighborhoods. Neilson, a Democrat and former political director of Electricians Local 98, was sworn in this month to finish Bill Green's at-large City Council term.
August 27, 2014 |
Driver education teachers and instructors loaded into a special Jeep Wrangler on Monday and strapped in for on-the-job training. In a steamy parking lot at Maple Shade High School, the specially equipped 2014 black Jeep simulated dangerous driving conditions, such as skidding on black ice in a snowstorm. The practical training was the highlight of an all-day conference for nearly 100 driving-education teachers, who attended workshops to learn how to help teenagers become better defensive drivers.
August 8, 2014
S HIV GAGLANI, 25, of Southwest Center City, and Ryan Haynes, 29, of Charlottesville, Va., are CEO and chief technology officer, respectively, of Osmosis, which they co-founded. The startup has a mobile app and Web platform to help medical students better retain what they learn. I spoke to Gaglani. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Osmosis? A: Ryan and I met as med students at Johns Hopkins and realized how inefficient learning and forgetting cycles for medical education were.
July 14, 2014 |
PRESIDENT Obama's education secretary said Philadelphia schools are "starved for resources" and strongly urged state lawmakers to step up investment in education during a visit to the city yesterday. Arne Duncan's comments followed a roundtable discussion at Community College of Philadelphia with Mayor Nutter and a dozen young men of color about their challenges in education. "The children of Philly deserve better than what they have. The lack of funding, the lack of commitment at the state level is simply unacceptable," Duncan said.
June 12, 2014 |
Pennsylvania's financially strapped state system of higher education will face a new test: A comprehensive review by the state's auditor general. In recent years, the 14-university Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has seen declining enrollment and stagnant state funding, as well as a bid by one its members, West Chester, to consider withdrawing from the system. "College tuition and other costs are rising and we need to look at every possible option to keep from making college unaffordable to middle class families," Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a statement.
June 12, 2014 |
Chester County Emergency Management Director Ed Atkins, who led the department for 17 years, died Monday, according to the county. Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, called Atkins "a great man" who always treated Red Cross volunteers with dignity and respect. "Every single day he committed himself to making Chester County a better place to live, and ensuring that the citizens of Chester County were safe," Hughes said in a video posted by the Red Cross.
May 8, 2014 |
In the 1950s, after he had joined his father's dental practice in Pitman, Edward D. Blackman Jr. decided to do what had not been done there before. "One day a week, every Wednesday of the school year, he ran a dental clinic in the Pitman school system," son Douglas said. The free care extended into the 1970s. On Friday, May 2, Dr. Blackman, 92, who practiced in Pitman from 1946 to 1988, died at Pitman Manor, a senior-care community. The Rev. Larry Potts, senior pastor at the Pitman United Methodist Church, called Dr. Blackman "an amazing part of this community.
May 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Going with the theme that the best place to celebrate America's birthday is the place where the country was born, city officials announced Monday the planned festivities for the nation's 238th anniversary. "This is Philadelphia. We own this," Mayor Nutter said. "There is no better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than right here, Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom, liberty, and democracy for the United States. " City officials and festival organizers are encouraging people to use #PhillyOwnsthe4th when discussing the event on social media.
April 2, 2014 |
Another Comcast Corp. executive parachuted Monday into Ed Snider's Comcast-Spectacor fiefdom in South Philly, as the venture that owns the Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center reorganizes its top management after the quick departure in December of Snider ally and partner Peter Luukko. Michael Sheehey was appointed to the newly created position of executive vice president for business development. He has been senior vice president with NBC Sports and worked for Comcast's cable division for almost two decades.
March 22, 2014 |
TRENTON Democratic state legislators proposed 20 higher-education bills Thursday in New Jersey, a package designed to address perennial issues such as college affordability and graduation rates. Proposals announced Thursday include the creation of a fixed-tuition system so tuition and fees remain unchanged through nine semesters of college, the development of a statewide data system tracking students from preschool through their entry in the workforce, and a requirement that colleges develop free online textbooks for students.