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October 30, 2014
L OUIS RODRIGUEZ , 46, of Williamstown, N.J., is president of Rodriguez Consulting, in North Philadelphia. The Chester native founded the civil-engineering firm in 2007. It's the 54th-fastest-growing inner-city business on the 2014 Inner City 100 compiled by the Massachusetts-based Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: I was working for the Philadelphia Water Department and noticed a lot of work was outsourced to private firms.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard E. Lander, 88, of Wayne, a civil engineer, fire company leader, and Episcopal Academy alumnus, died Monday, Oct. 13, of end-stage dementia at Paoli Pointe retirement community. Mr. Lander, known as "Dick," was a respected civil engineer, holding executive positions at various companies, and retiring as the executive director of the Northampton Township Municipal Authority in Bucks County in 2002 at age 76. Mr. Lander received his degree in civil engineering from Tufts University in 1948.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AFTER negotiating for five years, SEPTA has settled with one of its Regional Rail unions. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen reached a "tentative agreement" with the transit authority yesterday afternoon, according to a statement from union leaders. The parties approved a contract that, once ratified by the union's 200 members and by SEPTA's board of directors, would cover the union through July. "This agreement keeps the trains rolling in Philadelphia," union vice president Steve Bruno said in announcing the agreement.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Negotiators for SEPTA and Regional Rail locomotive engineers reached a tentative agreement, which will avert a possible commuter rail strike if the pact is accepted by the engineers and the SEPTA board. The deal provides for SEPTA's 220 engineers to get an 8.5 percent wage increase when the contract is approved and a 3 percent raise next April. The engineers, who have not received a raise since their last contract ended in 2010, also will get a $1,250 "signing bonus" and a 35-cent-an-hour increase immediately to reflect a traditional differential above conductors' pay. All together, the engineers' increases will amount to 13.3 percent above current pay by April, the union said.
NEWS
October 2, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonard Markowitz, 86, of Huntingdon Valley, a chemist and later an aerospace engineer, died Monday, Sept. 29, at the Vitas Hospice at Nazareth Hospital of complications from a recent fall. Mr. Markowitz grew up in West Philadelphia and Wynnefield, and lived in the Philadelphia area all his life. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Temple University, where he majored in chemistry and minored in history. Mr. Markowitz worked in various capacities with Thiokol Chemical Corp., Radio Corp.
SPORTS
September 21, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova clearly was excited to play football in the first two weeks of the season, losing an overtime heartbreaker at Syracuse, an FBS team, and then rolling to a 44-point victory over Fordham, the 11th-ranked squad in FCS. The Wildcats had nowhere to take all this energy in Week 3 because they were idle. And coach Andy Talley hopes that didn't bring their momentum to a halt going into Saturday's Colonial Athletic Association opener against James Madison at Villanova Stadium. "The question is, 'Where are you as a team when you have a layoff?
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amid a slew of administrative actions Wednesday, Rowan University's board of trustees granted the dean of its engineering school a number of requests that will keep him busy this year: a new doctoral program, an undergraduate major in engineering entrepreneurship, an undergraduate minor in civil engineering, and the renovation of its Rowan Hall engineering building. After the board passed its stack of resolutions, Tony Lowman, the dean of the College of Engineering, reported to the board on the status of the school.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles F. Mengers, 94, of the Ogden section of Lower Chichester, a musician and former director of research for the Philadelphia Electric Co., died Tuesday, Sept. 9, of myasthenia gravis at his home. Born in Wilmington, Mr. Mengers grew up in Oaklyn and lived in Chester before moving to Ogden in 1950. He was a 1938 graduate of Collingswood High School, where he was a standout runner of the 100- and 220-yard dashes, and concertmaster of the orchestra. In 1942, Mr. Mengers earned a mechanical engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. He did additional executive study at Columbia University and Dartmouth College.
NEWS
August 19, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  After a mortar shell wounded Joseph F. Weber in southern France in 1944, field hospital physicians "would have chopped his leg off," son John said. "But there was a newer doctor who had just come over," from the States and "he thought he could rework the veins and save his leg. " And he did. At military hospitals in England and the States, "it was a two- to three-year rehab process," and still the leg "bothered him for the last 70 years," his son said. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, Mr. Weber, 89, of Ocean City, N.J., an operations manager for Mobil Oil in South Jersey, Illinois, and New Zealand, died of lung cancer at home.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hiroshi Uyehara was working for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in January 1942 when he and others of Japanese background were fired, in the month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. By May 1942, the American-born 26-year-old and his family were incarcerated at Santa Anita Park, a racetrack in Arcadia, Calif. It was a result of Executive Order 9066 signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in February 1942, which eventually displaced 122,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from their West Coast homes.
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