April 10, 2015 |
THE NFL announced yesterday it had hired its first-ever full-time female official. It took nearly 95 years for the league - founded in August of 1920 - to change its stripes. So it's about time. "If you look at Sarah's background and her journey to get here, this is not something that happened overnight," Dean Blandino, the NFL's officiating director, said on a national conference call with the media to discuss the hiring of Sarah Thomas. "She's been on our radar screen for 8 to 9 years and a part of our development program for 2. " Thomas' history-making achievement comes with an asterisk as Shannon Eastin, who worked regular-season NFL games in 2012, was technically the first female official.
November 23, 2014 |
Albie Crosby sat in his office last week, roughly four hours before the start of Imhotep Charter's football practice. His overnight, full-time job at a golf course ended at 7 a.m. An hour later, as usual on weekdays, Crosby was at the West Oak Lane charter school. Unlike on most Public League teams, Imhotep's coach does not work at the school. Crosby is a $3,000-a-year, part-time employee. "I don't do anything here. But I know every one of those kids can walk by, see the light on, and know that Coach Albie is here," Crosby said.
August 16, 2014 |
Philadelphia heavyweight boxer Bryant Jennings returned to work at Center City's Federal Reserve Bank week after his last fight. He had not been there since March as he was preparing for his split-decision win last month that secured him a shot at the World Boxing Council title. And the win allowed him the chance to give his employer his two-week notice. Friday is the heavyweight's last day at work. For the first time in his career he will be a full-time boxer. He said he could have just quit, but wanted to give his notice as a way of thanking the bank for being flexible around his boxing career.
July 2, 2014 |
EVERYONE SAYS the same thing: The best thing an ex-con can do is get a job. Even after spending nearly two decades behind bars, Colwin Williams - the ex-con I've written about since his release in 2012 - said he wouldn't truly feel free without one. A full-time one. Well, Independence Day came early this year for Williams. "It's official," he texted. "I got the full-time outreach worker position!" Williams, who had previously worked part time as a violence mediator with Philadelphia CeaseFire-Cure Violence, will now work full time for the anti-violence program.
February 25, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael DiBenedetto was too busy getting an education to enjoy college the first time around. The retired Medford special-education teacher was working full time. He attended classes full time, and commuted to Rowan University in Glassboro while living at home. But decades after earning the sheepskins, the 61-year-old DiBenedetto got a chance to go back to school for one day without the pressure of keeping up the GPA. On Sunday, he and about 1,200 other students packed two conference rooms at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for One Day University, a traveling adult education program that offers attendees the opportunity to explore subjects for fun. During the day, a faculty of professors from the nation's most prestigious universities delivered 50-minute lectures on their areas of expertise.
December 6, 2013 |
JAMES CASEY played 12 offensive snaps last Sunday, 25 more on special teams, where he has become a key cog. Casey prepares, though, as if he's going to take every snap, every week. Casey, 29, takes pride in being the first Eagle at NovaCare every morning. He got into that habit in Houston, where he played his first four seasons, before signing with the Eagles as a free-agent tight end last spring. "In Houston, I would get to the stadium at 4:45 [a.m.], 5 o'clock, most days," Casey said.
June 7, 2013 |
I pulled into the muddy lot between the train tracks and the old sandwich shack, and John Bucci Jr. was waiting. It was after hours at John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia, but his clean white apron was pulled taut around his waist. And as the garlicky smell of roasting picnic hams rubbed in rosemary wafted from the luncheonette to greet me, Bucci pumped his fists skyward and broke into a victory dance. "You're back!" he said. But the shocker here was that John Bucci Jr. was back - and glowing healthy against tall odds.
May 30, 2013 |
MORNINGS ARE LOOKING a little different at Fox 29. Dawn Timmeney , the former NBC10 anchor who was axed in December, is now full time on Fox, where she used to work part time. She'll be hanging with Mike Jerrick , Sheinelle Jones and Kacie McDonnell on "Good Day Philadelphia" more regularly now. Anchor (and former Sexy Single) Thomas Drayton , who usually takes the evening anchor chair, is moving to morning for the foreseeable future. Drayton will now be on 4:30 to 6 a.m. Relative newbie Iain Page will take over the nighttime in Drayton's absence.
March 7, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - They shuffled in, one by one, taking their turns, and the balls came fast and furious. And it wasn't even 9 a.m. Michael Young, Kevin Frandsen and Cody Asche - the former All-Star, the utility infielder and the prospect - got their own wake-up calls at third base on the short field at the Carpenter Complex. "He was just hammering them at me," Young said later. As is their morning ritual, the practice before the practice, Young and his fellow third basemen got extra infield work with new third base coach and infield instructor Ryne Sandberg on Monday morning, before the team's trip to Bradenton.
March 1, 2013
B RITTANY GILLESPIE, 30, of Roxborough, is CEO and lead designer for Petals Lane, a florist and wedding/special-events planner on Ridge Avenue near Harmon Road, Roxborough. Her husband, Michael Phinney, 32, takes care of the books and the event setup and breakdown work. I spoke with Gillespie. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: My husband and I worked at Robertson's in Chestnut Hill and there was no way to move up in the business. We were dating at the time and we just decided to start our own business.