September 13, 2013
FOR THE longest time, I deluded myself into thinking that the only difference between me and a Miss America hopeful was the fact that I wore glasses. Actually, I did not wear "glasses. " I wore a portable version of the Hubble Telescope. For this reason, and this reason alone, it was clear to my adolescent self that the only aisle I'd likely be strolling down was the one at Penn Fruit. But come every Labor Day, I'd suspend reality for a few blessed hours and mentally substitute my face (including all four of my eyes)
September 7, 2013 |
With the start of school just days away, parents and advocates for children with autism, physical disabilities, or other special needs are becoming increasingly concerned that the Philadelphia School District will not be able to adequately educate those students because of staff and budget cutbacks. A group of parents met Thursday with officials from the nonprofit Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia to learn what steps to take if they believe their child's school is failing to provide education as required by law. "We want parents to know how to file a complaint immediately," said Helen Gym, cofounder of Parents United for Public Education and a public school parent.
August 25, 2013 |
SCRANTON - President Obama was on the road Friday afternoon to wrap up a two-day bus tour of colleges in upstate New York with a speech to students at Lackawanna College here. Obama embarked on his bus tour during a tough political time: his approval rating below break-even, foreign policy crises in Syria and Egypt and the prospect of brinksmanship with a hostile Congress over the budget and the national debt ceiling in the fall. With its blue-collar roots, Scranton is usually friendly Democratic territory.
August 15, 2013 |
Margaret Hunter Jordan, 86, formerly of Hainesport, a Browns Mills physical education teacher for 16 years, died of cancer Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Wiley Christian Retirement Community in Marlton. At Ursinus College, Mrs. Jordan was "a basketball player, varsity all four years," daughter Karen said. "She was kind of a jock. " Born in Yeadon, she earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at Ursinus in 1948, and for a year coached girls' sports at a public school in Frenchtown, N.J. She was married in 1950.
August 13, 2013 |
Joan Ann McConnell, 50, of Cinnaminson, a former special-education teacher in Burlington City, died of a rare muscle-disabling disease Wednesday, Aug. 7, at her home. Miss McConnell graduated from Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia and earned a bachelor's degree in special education at what is now Rowan University in 1987. Her 20-year teaching career in the Burlington City School District was spent at Capt. James Lawrence Elementary School and then Wilbur Watts Intermediate School, her brother, Jerry, said.
July 18, 2013
BIO BOX Name: Ed Pinckney Born: March 27, 1963 (age 50), in Bronx, N.Y. College: Villanova; was a member of the underdog Wildcats team that upset Georgetown to win the 1985 NCAA championship. He won the Most Outstanding Player award for the Final Four. Also won the Robert V. Geasey Award as the Big 5 player of the year in 1985. Pros: Drafted No. 10 overall by Phoenix in 1985. Played with the Suns until 1987. Also played for Sacramento Kings (1987–89), Boston Celtics (1989–94)
July 9, 2013 |
Stronger higher education and medical schools lead to a stronger economy, and the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act, which went into effect this month, will contribute to both. Last year, the Legislature approved, and Gov. Christie signed, the legislation, which is changing education in our state. As of July 1, most components of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey were transferred to Rutgers University. University Hospital in Newark became an autonomous institution, and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford became a part of Rowan University.
July 5, 2013
INDEPENDENCE Mall was awash with red, white and blue yesterday, and covered with patriots. The one I wound up passing time with was a 65-year-old Philadelphia virgin who is the first announced 2016 presidential candidate. An independent, Ed O'Donnell plans to run under the Patriot Party banner, which sparks a conversation about being a patriot: What it meant then and what it has come to mean today. "Patriotism" has been captured (some say held hostage) by the political right, while it is minimalized (some say abandoned)
June 17, 2013 |
I'M CALLING IT the Harrisburg Syndrome: the chronic and costly practice of refusing to invest responsibly in education. Symptoms far exceed the number of schools closed - roughly two dozen or so in Philadelphia alone - and probably approach the 20,000 school employees furloughed statewide since Gov. Corbett cut almost $900 million from public education two years ago. A physician would look at the condition of public education in Pennsylvania and...
May 30, 2013
Ed Shaughnessy, 84, the jazz drummer who for nearly three decades anchored the rhythm section of Doc Severinsen's Tonight Show band died Friday of a heart attack at his home in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles, said family friend William Selditz. Mr. Shaughnessy, a New Jersey native, began his jazz career as a teenager, playing with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie. He replaced Buddy Rich in Tommy Dorsey's band. In the mid-1950s, Mr. Shaughnessy became a staff musician at CBS. From 1963 to 1992, he was a late-night-television fixture as part of the house band on Johnny Carson's show.