May 19, 1986
My street in the Fairmount section was repaved the other day. I am very pleased. The process raises several questions, however. The street did not need repaving. Yes, there were a few minor potholes, but not enough to justify a complete repaving. "No parking" notices were never posted. The city had to go to the expense of towing every car off the block before work could begin. Finally, and most important, our street, as well as all the streets within a three-block radius, has never been cleaned by sanitation workers in the six years that I have lived here.
September 3, 2014 |
More than a century after a Quaker florist spread spores he imported from England beneath greenhouse benches and sparked mushroom farming in southern Chester County, cultivation of the fertile fungi is a $500 million industry that still provides jobs for hard-working immigrants. Next weekend, nearly 100,000 visitors are expected to flock to Kennett Square, a 1-square-mile borough, for its annual festival celebrating the self-declared Mushroom Capital of the World. "Nobody grows as many mushrooms as us in a concentrated area," said festival coordinator Kathi Lafferty, whose Kennett gift shop, the Mushroom Cap, offers T-shirts emblazoned: "Shiitake Happens.
February 26, 2007
IMAGINE A 2 1/2-hour commute to work cut to 45 minutes. Imagine a job paying $7 an hour job turning into one paying $13 an hour. Workers who use the Commuter Options vans operated by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project don't have to imagine - they have already experienced these great changes. The 20-van program, run by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project and funded by a $1.5 million federal grant obtained by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, lets Philadelphians reach the good-paying, entry-level jobs in the suburbs.
February 19, 1999 |
The Middle Bucks Institute of Technology will be one of only two schools in Pennsylvania to receive $150,000 in funding from Bell Atlantic for new telecommunications classes, state and company officials announced Tuesday. The new equipment and classes will be available at Middle Bucks and the Central Westmoreland Area Vocational-Technical School in Westmoreland County this fall, according to Bell Atlantic and school officials. "These students will be able to hit the ground running with any number of companies," Lt. Gov. Mark Schweiker said at an announcement in Harrisburg Tuesday.
February 25, 1987 |
The Glassboro Public School District has applied for a $67,335 grant under the federal Job Training Partnership Act to continue paying for an employment program for students and residents in the 1987-88 school year. Michael P. Toscano, assistant superintendent, said that for the last seven years, Glassboro has participated in the program to place economically disadvantaged students and residents in entry-level jobs within the school district and in local private businesses. Secretarial, custodial, maintenance and graphic arts positions are included.
July 23, 2011
CHI Institute, a Broomall vocational school with a majority of its students receiving federal financial aid, has agreed to pay $1.6 million to reimburse the U.S. government and resolve allegations that CHI failed to deliver the education it promised to candidates in its now-suspended surgical technology program, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced Friday. The surgical technology program, which ceased new enrollment in 2008, was supposed to prepare students for entry-level jobs in a surgical setting.
March 11, 1990 |
The days of the automotive grease monkey - the low-paid service station mechanic who repaired cars - are gone. Today, trained technicians work with automotive computer systems and can earn more than $75 an hour, in some instances, for specialized work. "We have a shortage of employees in the auto industry," said Tom Wizda, spokesman for the state automotive inspection stations in Delaware County. "The industry is not what it was 25 years ago. " That's the message that Wizda and other industry representatives are driving home to students in area schools.
February 5, 1987 |
Jobs go begging in this seaside city, and so yesterday the oldest casino on the Boardwalk begged for employees in a grand style usually reserved for high- rolling gamblers. With the shimmering Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, top executives from Resorts International Casino Hotel pitched invited guests on the idea of recruiting workers for 4,000 jobs at Resorts' nearly completed casino, the Taj Mahal. They gave away T-shirts, raffle tickets and an elegant buffet lunch of pasta, watermelon salad, bleu-cheese appetizers and pastel pastries.
January 17, 1997
The word from two University of Michigan astronomers that the universe has, oh, about 10 to the 100th power years to live is kind of a tough break for a lot of politicians. Clearly, they'd been hoping the world's dying whimper would come before they were forced to deal with some thorny issues that scare the incumbency-loving daylights out of them. But they'll be getting no cosmological reprieve, according to scientists Fred Adams and Greg Laughlin, who've plotted the course of the universe to the end of the current starry era, through a "degenerate era" (and you thought we were already there)
November 25, 1991 |
The nation has lost one million entry-level jobs in the recession this year, according to a new study that says the economic downturn has hit hardest at workers under the age of 25. The biggest jobs losses occurred among high-school dropouts, suggesting that better-educated workers are competing with them for low-skill positions, the study concluded. "Young workers and their children are emerging as the biggest losers in the current recession, and the nation will suffer the consequences for years to come," said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, which sponsored the study.