June 6, 2016 |
When Sheila O'Callaghan was growing up in the 1950s and '60s in North Jersey, the somewhat older members of the Crowther side of the family seized her imagination. They included admirable women, more than a couple of whom pursued higher education near Philadelphia, at Rosemont College on the well-to-do Main Line. One of them was O'Callaghan's aunt, Catherine "Nan" Holland, a 1951 Rosemont graduate who went on to marry the dashing Hugh Crowther. When it was time for O'Callaghan to go to college, she selected Rosemont.
May 11, 2016 |
It has been a little more than four years since the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., and the resulting bubbling-over of U.S. racial and political tensions for all the world to see. "It was the shot heard around the world," playwright Thomas Soto says. At the time, he and Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj - who was recently appointed guest artistic director for the 49th season of New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia - were in New York. "We were trying to find ways to [channel]
April 9, 2015 |
THIS WAS supposed to be Lynne Abraham's moment, the first televised debate in a mayoral campaign in which she seemed to be losing ground by the day. The Kimmel Center's stage lights kept the dark money at bay and the 74-year-old former district attorney was temporarily on equal footing with her well-funded adversaries, state Sen. Anthony Williams and former Councilman Jim Kenney. It was 60 minutes of free TV time for Abraham - but her legs gave out at the 10-minute mark. She crumpled to the floor - loudly - as Williams was answering the first question of the night, about Mayor Nutter's proposed tax hike.
January 30, 2015 |
THERE'S LITTLE doubt that Tim Tanksley could have found a good job if he had wanted one. He always passed the pre-employment tests with flying colors. He just didn't want a job. "Tim was probably the most driven to be his own boss, and he never abandoned that goal," his family said. As a result, Tim, often with his late brother, Richard, started many businesses, the most successful of which was a financial consulting firm with offices in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and his hometown of Camden.
February 26, 2014 |
Vincent A. McCall Jr., 57, of Rittenhouse Square, a financial consultant and competitive rower, died Thursday, Feb. 20, of heart failure at his home. Mr. McCall was most recently a senior investment consultant at BCG Securities in Cherry Hill, where he advised his clients on matters involving life insurance and estate planning. Mr. McCall's father was a welder for oil refineries and the family lived briefly in Puerto Rico before settling in Northeast Philadelphia. Mr. McCall graduated in 1974 from Father Judge High School, where he was on the rowing squad.
January 17, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A company that dropped its pursuit of a contract to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery said that it could not get some of its questions answered by the Corbett administration and that a requirement that applicants submit a business plan before seeing a final copy of the agreement was unfair. The company, GTECH Corp. of Rhode Island, made the complaints in a Nov. 6 letter to the financial consultant advising the administration in its move to hire a private lottery manager. GTECH's letter was released by state officials, who said Wednesday that the process was fair and complied with procurement rules.
October 12, 2012 |
David M. Cohn, 77, cofounder and chief executive officer of Sage Financial Group in Montgomery County, died Monday, Oct. 8, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Cohn suddenly became ill about five weeks ago and spent his remaining time in the hospital, his son Stephen said. The cause of his illness has not been determined. Mr. Cohn, who lived in Blue Bell, formed Sage Financial, a wealth-management firm, with sons Stephen and Alan in 1989. In 1995, Mr. Cohn and his sons formed Sage Online, an Internet-based investment-research firm.
July 1, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, we speculated that the Republican State Committee, meeting in Hershey last weekend, might do something about Philadelphia's two-headed GOP organization. Never mind. The two-day meeting concluded with barely a reference to the intraparty warfare that has two people claiming to be chairman of the Philadelphia Republican Party - attorney Vito Canuso Jr., who won a disputed 2010 election subsequently voided by the state party for various irregularities, and financial consultant Rick Hellberg, selected in May by a dissident group of 20 ward leaders at a meeting boycotted by supporters of Canuso and the party's general counsel, Mike Meehan.
June 10, 2012
Trying to get a handle on how many Philadelphia voters may need help with the state's new voter-ID requirements, City Commissioners chair Stephanie Singer made arrangements last week for a telephone conversation with the state transportation secretary, Barry J. Schoch. The subject was to be the Department of Transportation's data on driver's licenses and nondriver photo ID. Singer said she wanted to compare Philadelphia's list of registered voters with PennDot's lists - to figure out how many people should already have the picture IDs they need to vote in November, and to identify those who do not. Short of obtaining PennDot's data so she could run the comparison herself, Singer said, she wanted to discuss PennDot's methodology for a similar comparison, now under way, a joint effort by PennDot and the Pennsylvania Department of State.