April 24, 2012 |
HIS OWN lawyer was worried that Michael Lane - a saucy, outspoken South Philly man - would curse on the stand. It's not as if Lane didn't have cause. To begin with, Lane, owner of the local restaurant chain Steak' Em Up, never thought the lawsuit against him would make it to federal court. In fact, he thought it was a gag when he received a cease-and-desist letter from the owners of Steak-umm, a brand of thinly sliced frozen steak based outside Reading. The letter threatened Lane with a trademark-infringement suit if he didn't change the name of his chain within 24 hours.
January 24, 2012 |
THE OBITUARIES have it wrong. Joe Paterno, the Penn State coaching legend who was 85 when he died Sunday morning of complications from lung cancer, was not the last dinosaur of his profession. He was not the last of his kind. In Collegeville, Minn., a picturesque hamlet located 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis, there is someone whose accomplishments as a football coach and as a nurturing mentor to his players rival that of JoePa, and in some instances are even more astounding.
November 6, 2005 |
Vito A. Gagliardi Jr. is the hired gun for Shore towns grappling with school-tax issues. Seaside Park, Cape May, Long Beach Township, and Beach Haven all have retained the lawyer from Morristown, N.J., to help them withdraw from regional school districts, dissolve the districts, or change their funding mechanisms. As home prices have soared, the Shore towns are paying what some say are a disproportionate share of the costs in regional school districts. Change won't be easy, says Gagliardi, who litigated cases that led to the dissolution of two regional school districts in New Jersey in the last decade.
May 28, 2005 |
Reputed Trenton mob associate Anthony "Tony Gags" Gagliardi, who opted to serve as his own defense attorney, was convicted of federal cocaine-trafficking charges yesterday following a weeklong trial in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Gagliardi, 52, was found guilty of two of the four counts in the case and faces a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence because of a prior conviction for heroin trafficking, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Gross. Gross prosecuted the case along with Erik L. Olsen, the chief deputy attorney general in the Organized Crime Section of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office.
November 21, 2003 |
Chester County voting officials reversed the outcome of a closely contested supervisors race here after counting 64 missing ballots. With the missing ballots, Louis J. Gagliardi, the endorsed Republican candidate, fended off a well-organized write-in campaign from incumbent Brian M. Smith by 14 votes. Smith, who could not be reached for comment, has five days to challenge the results. The ballots were not counted on election night because they were put in the wrong pile, said Sue Hillenbrand, a supervisor in the county's Department of Voter Services.
November 6, 2003 |
A Thornbury Township supervisor was reelected Tuesday, thanks to a well-organized write-in campaign. Preliminary results indicate that incumbent Brian Smith narrowly won a rematch that pitted him against challenger Louis J. Gagliardi, who defeated Smith by 24 votes in May's Republican primary. On Tuesday, Smith, 29, beat his opponent by 15 votes - but that could change when Chester County voting officials begin examining ballots on Friday. Gagliardi, 39, said he had not decided whether to challenge the results.
August 30, 2001 |
New Jersey Education Commissioner Vito A. Gagliardi yesterday said a state task force assigned to the Camden school system would remain indefinitely, and he urged school officials to work with the panel and "stop pointing the finger at Trenton. " Gagliardi cited a state report, released yesterday, that said that while the beleaguered school district had made improvements since the oversight team was appointed in 1999 to help turn it around, more work was needed. "They did make some progress," Gagliardi said in an interview.
June 12, 2001 |
Three years ago, the New Jersey Supreme Court directed the state to ensure that all children in the state's most disadvantaged school districts receive a well-planned, high-quality preschool education. The court recognized that unless these children could enter school ready to learn, they had little hope of benefiting from reforms in kindergarten through 12th grade. Unfortunately, an evaluation by the Rutgers University Center for Early Education Research of the state's implementation of that court order in the long-running Abbott v. Burke case shows that the state has disregarded the rights of its most vulnerable residents and shattered their dreams for a better future.
July 18, 2000 |
When a state-appointed task force was dispatched to Camden schools a year ago, the retired educators who made up the team found to no one's surprise that it was a district with a lot of problems. Outdated textbooks. An unfocused curriculum. Uncertified teachers and administrators. Low test scores. A high dropout rate. A year later, the state says it has laid the foundation for Camden's recovery, while others say the task force has fingered the obvious problems without providing the help to resolve them.
July 13, 2000 |
A year after he was sent to the troubled Camden School District, Vito Gagliardi has resigned as head of a state-appointed task force, saying the job was too demanding. Gagliardi, a retired superintendent of schools in Union County, has been a consultant to the state for three years. He said he had hoped to work only one year with the state but kept accepting assignments, including the one in Camden. "I'm retired," he said. "I wasn't looking to work full time, and, quite honestly, that Camden project is not only full time, I see it as at least a five- to maybe 10-year project in order for it to be done correctly.