March 5, 2015 |
Once a Democratic fund-raising wheeler-dealer who counted mayors and congressmen as friends, Samuel G. Kuttab took a hit to his reputation when a 2002 tax-evasion case sent him to federal prison for two years. His political fortunes appeared poised to sink further Tuesday as he pleaded guilty to charges involving the use of his influence to sway a civil lawsuit in his favor. In a hearing before U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez Jr., Kuttab, 55, said that in 2011, he enlisted the aid of then-Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. to fix the case.
March 2, 2015 |
Let's see. Do I want an investment adviser or a financial adviser to help plan for retirement? A variable annuity, fixed annuity, or no annuity at all? How about stashing savings in an S&P 500 index fund - they're all the same, right? I don't have vertigo, but whenever I consider my options for retirement saving, my head spins. Then I heard about President Obama's AARP speech last week and wondered if the diagnosis - and a simple, straightforward treatment - had been sitting around untried all along.
February 28, 2015 |
Democratic lawmakers and transportation groups for months have warned of a looming transportation funding crisis. But on his radio show Wednesday, Gov. Christie said New Jersey had funding for roads, bridges, and rail through June 2016 and was "not a crisis. " "This is not something to rush on or rush through," Christie said on NJ 101.5's Ask the Governor . "It's not a crisis at the moment, because we're funded pretty well now. " Christie's remarks stood in contrast with those of his own transportation commissioner, Jamie Fox, who has been traveling the state drumming up support to replenish the fund.
February 26, 2015 |
Bernard Borine, 92, a Cheltenham Township commissioner and a fund-raiser for Jewish causes, died of heart failure Monday, Feb. 23, at his home in Cheltenham. Mr. Borine was the owner of Capital Brokerage Co., a food brokerage in Philadelphia. He retired in 1988, leaving the business to his son. He was most widely known, however, for the volunteer work he did over the years on behalf of Jewish agencies and causes at the local and national levels. Mr. Borine served as a campaign chairman for the Philadelphia Allied Jewish Appeal and as an officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
February 16, 2015 |
LET THERE be no doubt: School funding has presented itself as the issue for the 2015 mayor's race. Three of the city's Democratic mayoral candidates spent much of the week slapping one another - figuratively, at least for now - with criticism over their respective stances on an offer from the Philadelphia School Partnership, an education advocacy group, to donate up to $35 million to the School District of Philadelphia to increase the number...
February 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia's biggest hurdle in securing the 2016 Democratic National Convention was convincing the selection committee it could come up with the money, organizers said. Now that the gig belongs to the city, it comes with an $84 million fund-raising challenge. Amid celebration Thursday were promises Philadelphia can bring in the money, even with a concurrent fund-raising push to raise $45 million for Pope Francis' visit in September. Mayor Nutter said the plan was to rely on federal and private dollars and use no city funds for the weeklong political fest.
February 8, 2015 |
The memorial fund-raiser Friday night for William "Wild Bill" Guarnere was anything but black tie, but it was clear he wouldn't have wanted it that way. About 200 people came to raise money for a statue commemorating the South Philadelphia-born hero, who came back from his World War II exploits in Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division - the one featured in HBO's Band of Brothers - with one leg. The fund-raiser was hosted by the Guarnere family...
February 7, 2015 |
A Bucks County man charged in a $20 million insurance-fraud scheme with his wife, a prominent Republican fund-raiser, killed himself outside a Buckingham Township home Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler identified the dead man as Thomas French, the husband of fund-raiser Claire Risoldi. French, 64, was a retired Bucks County sheriff's deputy. Details about French's death were not immediately clear, and detectives at the scene declined to comment Thursday night.
February 5, 2015 |
After two decades of service, a nonprofit group focused on revitalizing Woodbury's downtown may have to rein in its efforts as the city looks to revamp its economic-growth strategies. Officials in Gloucester County's seat say they will no longer provide Main Street Woodbury Inc. with the entire sum that the municipality receives for economic development from the Gloucester County Improvement Authority. The money ($40,000 last year, previously $45,000) was used to underwrite the Main Street's executive director's salary, city officials say. Most will be redirected to boost the city's Economic Development Office efforts.
February 3, 2015 |
Randolph Sanders was worried - his boss was onto him. He knew Kim Jones, his supervisor at Families and Schools Together, an after-school outreach program, suspected he was misappropriating funds, law enforcement sources said Sunday. He knew that she had scheduled a meeting for that very morning with Department of Human Services officials, the sources said. He was worried she would report him. He was worried that he would lose his job. So, law enforcement sources said, he packed a gun in his duffel bag. He knew her morning routine - that she caught the bus at 12th and Jefferson Streets on her way to work.