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March 30, 1999 | By Maria Panaritis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Reaching out to a Northeast Philadelphia community where welfare reform is expected to hit hard, the Mayor's Office of Community Services yesterday opened a family center in Frankford, the agency's second such center citywide. The third-floor office, inside a historic mansion that houses the New Frankford Community Y, will do more than help struggling parents earn high school diplomas or prepare for the job market, said Gail Greene, agency executive director. It will give underprivileged teenagers a place to learn about computers; help older residents complete applications for public aid; and give troubled parents a place to pull themselves together.
NEWS
July 2, 1994 | By Martha Woodall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's plans to create Family Centers at three public schools received a major boost when officials were notified yesterday that the city would receive $650,000 to establish and expand the centers. The city will receive $250,000 to establish a Family Center at the Pickett Middle School that will provide social and health services for families in that Germantown neighborhood. The city will also receive $400,000 to expand two child development centers into Family Centers at the William McKinley Elementary School, at Norris Square, and at the Commodore John Barry Elementary School, in West Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
September 19, 1986 | By MARC MELTZER, Daily News Staff Writer
Booth Maternity Center, the 18-bed hospital in Overbrook that has been a pioneer in maternity care for the past 15 years, has been sold by the Salvation Army. It was bought for $2.85 million by Maternal and Family Activities Inc., a non-profit agency that was organized to purchase and operate the hospital. The hospital, at City and Overbrook avenues, will be renamed the John B. Franklin Maternity Hospital and Family Center in honor of Booth's late medical director and co-founder.
NEWS
June 12, 1997 | By Linda Wright Moore
It's not new, really. Nor is it commonplace. Over the years, I've covered my share of dead newborn stories - tragic tales of infants discarded. I still remember the Asian baby found whimpering in the trash bin of a Bucks County apartment laundry room . . . And the newborn tossed out of a window on a winter afternoon by a teen who gave birth silently and alone in the bathroom - with her unsuspecting parents on the other side of the door....
NEWS
June 14, 1990 | By Penelope M. Carrington, Special to The Inquirer
The Upper Main Line Young Men's Christian Association has been on a mission since 1962 to help all people develop in mind, body and spirit. Now, 28 years later, the YMCA has done a bit of soul-searching and fund-raising to focus its own inner strengths. The $750,000 raised by the YMCA through its capital campaign last year was used for the renovation and expansion of the 83-year-old carriage house that was built by J. Gardner Cassatt (brother of impressionist painter Mary Cassatt)
NEWS
April 9, 1989 | By Hobart Rowland, Special to The Inquirer
The Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn has initiated a $1 million capital campaign to finance an expansion to begin next year. "The strategic planning of our staff and board of directors led us to realize that we are using all of our space every day," said John P. Greenauer, the executive director of the Y. Greenauer said that enrollment in many of the Y's programs are filled immediately after they are offered. This, he said, "generates conflict and bad will. " Instead of constructing new facilities, the Y plans to renovate two structures - the indoor "A" pool and the Carriage House.
REAL_ESTATE
May 26, 2000 | By Sheila Dyan, FOR THE INQUIRER
Traditionally, at the heart of home is family. At the heart of Colonial Gardens apartment complex is the Family Center. A two-bedroom apartment featuring video and computer equipment, movies, books, board games, and art supplies, the Family Center is a public meeting place, open to all residents of Colonial Gardens for after-school and special programs, many in cooperation with the Bucks County YWCA. Funded by a Pennsylvania State Family Service System Reform grant awarded to the Y three years ago, the Center holds teen programs - Y-Teens - headed by certified teachers and other professionals, according to Betty Tatham, executive director of the Bucks YWCA.
NEWS
February 16, 1994 | by Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Dave Davies contributed to this report
Any doubt that the city Department of Human Services has finally escaped its long-running state of siege and crisis all but vanished yesterday at its annual budget appearance before City Council. Led by Council members Happy Fernandez, Joan Specter and Michael Nutter, this year's session involved a relatively mild discussion of how DHS could become the city's tool for preventing the breakdown of families. The only criticism focused on the Rendell administration's failure to go ahead with setting up an experimental family center - a neighborhood-based hub of services for families in trouble.
NEWS
November 16, 1989 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Staff Writer
For her 20 years of helping drug-dependent pregnant women and their infants, Dr. Loretta P. Finnegan today will be presented the MCP/Gimbel Award, given annually to a woman, usually from the Philadelphia area, for outstanding humanitarian achievements. After serving as chief of newborn services at the old Philadelphia General Hospital, Finnegan moved to Thomas Jefferson University, where, in 1976, she founded the Family Center. She is director of the center, which provides comprehensive medical treatment, counseling and professional assistance for addicted mothers and their babies.
BUSINESS
January 26, 1989 | By Sheila Simmons, Daily News Staff Writer
Lois Shalla speaks in a frantic voice as she describes the frustration of many parents upon hearing yesterday of the fate of Franklin Maternity Hospital. "We feel like there's been a death in the family. " Franklin Hospital, which for the past 18 years has been dedicated to bringing forth life, is bringing those years to an end tomorrow. That's when it will start cutting back operations to prepare for a total shutdown in about 10 days. Shalla said she and others who had children at the hospital and attended its family programs are planning a rally there at noon tomorrow for one last attempt to save what she said has been more than "a hospital we go to to have babies.
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January 31, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services said Friday it would no longer license the Berks County facility where undocumented immigrants and their minor children are detained pending asylum proceedings. The facility is subcontracted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as one of three family detention centers, including two in Texas. Last year, a federal judge ruled that federal authorities cannot detain children of undocumented immigrants in centers that are not licensed by state child-welfare agencies.
NEWS
October 24, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services has decided not to renew the license of the Berks County facility where refugees and their minor children are detained pending resolution of asylum claims. In a letter dated Thursday and obtained by The Inquirer, Human Services Secretary Theodore Dallas informed the 96-bed Berks County Residential Center that it was out of compliance with its license to provide "residential and day treatment" for court-adjudicated youth. "BCRC now serves only refugee immigrant families," Dallas wrote.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | BY PAIGE GROSS, Daily News Staff Writer grossp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
THREE OUT OF Philadelphia's 13 methadone clinics will be closed this weekend for the papal visit, affecting hundreds of patients who receive daily treatment, the city's Office of Addiction Services announced yesterday at a news conference. The Addiction Medicine and Health Advocates clinic at 9th and Market streets, Family Center at 11th and Locust streets and the Consortium near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on University Avenue will all be closed starting tomorrow at noon. The Office of Addiction Services created an encrypted cloud and drop-box system of patient information in February to deal with the distribution of the "life-sustaining medication" in the case of potential disasters.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former Burlington Center Mall, now the Marketplace at Burlington, hasn't been right for a long time - it's a shell of what was once a healthy retail center and community draw. Now, there are not only random vacancies of gated storefronts, but whole swaths sitting dark and empty. On any given weekday, security guards easily outnumber shoppers. Even on a recent Friday at 5:30 p.m., after the work and school day, it was dead. A half-dozen people sat in the food court and a sprinkling of shoppers walked around.
NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writers
Handcuffed and caught in the glare of a TV news camera, Walter Logan did the one thing a man in his position is expected to do: proclaim his innocence. In 2009, the contractor was accused of bilking more than $370,000 from Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, which had hired him to build a family center. And Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman was particularly forceful in her condemnation. "For someone to steal from a church is really very low," she told an interviewer.
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Eric Tucker and Pete Yost, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard at the headquarters of a social conservative lobbying group Wednesday made a negative reference about the organization's work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said. Police said the man entered the lobby of the Family Research Council in Washington about 10:45 a.m., began arguing with a guard, and then shot him in the arm. The gunman was subdued by the guard and others and taken into custody. Another law enforcement official identified the suspect as Floyd Corkins II, and authorities were interviewing Corkins' neighbors in Herndon, Va., near Washington.
NEWS
November 9, 2010 | By Adrienne Lu, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Democratic state lawmakers on Monday renewed their charge to restore funding for family-planning centers statewide, pushing back against the Christie administration's opposition. Gov. Christie eliminated all $7.5 million in state funding to 58 family-planning health centers in the state budget of $29.4 billion this year, saying the state could not afford the amount. Family-planning centers last year provided services to more than 130,000 women and men, including prenatal care, birth control, Pap smears, and breast exams.
NEWS
September 23, 2010 | By Adrienne Lu, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A Cherry Hill family planning center has closed and two others in Burlington County are expected to shut their doors by the end of November because of state budget cuts, advocates said Wednesday. Joyce Kurzweil, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey, said the organization had closed its Kings Highway facility Monday, the day Democrats in the Legislature failed to restore $7.5 million in state funding to 58 family planning centers statewide. Gov. Christie eliminated state funding to family planning health centers in his first budget, of $29.4 billion, saying the state did not have the money.
LIVING
January 2, 2009 | By Mary G. Pepitone FOR THE INQUIRER
Dirt has its place in today's homes: the mudroom, typically located off the garage or the back door. It's the spot where muddy shoes and wet coats are deposited before you enter the living space of a home. But it can also serve as a laundry room, a pet center and a craft area with well-designed cubbies and closets for storage. Mudrooms have evolved from mere hallways into highly personalized, full-featured rooms. And they've become a fixture of new-home construction, according to architects, designers and home manufacturers interviewed for the "Home of the Future" survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. "The size of the room averages about three percent of the floor area in new homes," says builders association spokesman Steve Melman.
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