September 24, 1986 |
The threat of international terrorism and questions of liability insurance coverage have made the Cinnaminson Board of Education think twice about approving two field trips out of the country for its high school students. The school board held a special meeting last night to consider a 17-day exchange trip to Luxembourg, West Germany and Austria for 30 junior and senior students. It also had been asked to approve a five-day trip for about 100 music and band students to the 1987 Quebec Music Festival.
October 28, 2014 |
Like most people with big weekend plans, David La Puma was watching the weather forecast. It looked perfect: a cold front, followed by northwest winds. Perfect for the birds, that is, and the humans who watch them. Both flocked to Cape May for New Jersey Audubon's fall festival, an annual event that began 68 years ago amid post-World War II ebullience, and that contributes a bundle to the local economy. This year's outing began Friday and ended Sunday. Several thousand birders - often with binoculars plastered firmly to their faces - attended the three-day event, which included field trips, lectures, demonstrations, and an exhibit hall full of the best binoculars and scopes money can buy. On what had to be some of the most glorious days of the fall, people scoped southbound seabirds that soared over the ocean off Avalon Point, where counters log nearly a million birds every fall.
April 17, 1997 |
People want to live in a nice place. Law-enforcement officials want low crime. And social service providers want to help children and families find the support they need to succeed. Using this equation, Robin Hill of the Montgomery County Housing Authority has assembled a package of resources that, she hopes, will turn Crest Manor, a 40-unit development of two-story brick and wood homes in the Crestmont neighborhood, into the pride of public housing in Pennsylvania. "The office of Housing and Urban Development thinks Crest Manor could be a model development," Hill said yesterday from her Norristown office.
February 26, 1995 |
Pat Solomito still remembers the night, 2 1/2 weeks ago, when she found out her son Ashley and his fellow eighth graders at the township's middle school might not take their customary year-end trip to Washington. "He mentioned at the dinner table that the eighth graders weren't going on the trip," she recalled. "I said, 'Why?' "He said, 'There's no money.' He was so sad. " The $15,000 that was to fund the trip to Washington, and a planned seventh- grade trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, is no longer available because of a cash crisis that has overwhelmed the school district.
October 13, 2002 |
Local schools and youth groups are canceling field trips to the Washington area as the threat of further violence looms with a mysterious, murderous sniper on the loose. The West Chester Area School District in Chester County canceled a trip for 100 elementary school students to the National Aquarium in Baltimore on Friday. The Octorara School District, also in Chester County, will cancel an Oct. 30 visit to the Smithsonian Institution for 170 seventh-grade students if the sniper is not caught before then.
April 14, 1991 |
Oaklyn school officials say they have found other ways to meet a state- mandated cap on budget increases next school year, and so tomorrow they will save the sports and field trips they had intended to eliminate. Instead, the school board hopes to save money by cutting from other areas - including $10,000 that had been earmarked for the purchase of school supplies. When they introduced their 1991-92 school budget March 25, school board members decided to eliminate all sports in grades seven through nine, cheerleading and most field trips to save about $26,000.
May 3, 1993 |
The Board of Education has agreed to cut the defeated $6.1 million school budget by $90,000, reducing the school tax-rate increase by three cents. The budget - which was defeated by voters, 408-229, on April 20 - had called for a 6.7 percent increase in local school taxes, from 92.5 cents to 98.7 cents per $100 of assessed property value. With the new cuts, which were requested by the Borough Council at a meeting Wednesday night, the school tax rate will increase to 95.5 cents - a jump of three cents.
June 10, 2007 |
Struggling parents at H.B. Wilson Elementary School in Camden were charged for photos of their children with Santa and the Easter Bunny and were required to pay for a spring carnival even though district money had been set aside for those activities, school personnel say they have told a state grand jury. The employees do not know what became of the money that parents paid during the 2005-06 school year for the photos and carnival. But they said they had told the grand jury that they did not believe it had been properly accounted for and feared the parents had been bilked out of thousands more dollars.
May 28, 2004
Many college graduates are poorly prepared Nick O'Dell's May 24 commentary, ("Not our business? We must hold teachers to a higher standard") was both interesting and frightening, but oh so on target. In 1979, when I was general sales manager of WCBS Radio in New York, I was interviewing a Pennsylvania State University graduate for a position in our sales department. I asked her what she majored in at college. She said math. I asked, "Can you tell me what 15 percent of 200 is?" She responded with a straight face, "Oh, I don't do percentages.
March 21, 1991 |
Plans for a 12-room addition to the Paxon Hollow Middle School in Marple Township are proceeding smoothly through the approval process at the state and local levels, Superintendent Stephen Frederick told the Marple Newtown school board at its Tuesday workshop session. Groundbreaking on the bi-level addition is expected to begin in the summer, Frederick said, and the addition is expected to open in September 1992. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has approved the site and preliminary plans for the addition, as have three Marple Township boards and the Delaware County Planning Commission.