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 Outdated textbooks.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.
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.
June 16, 1999 |
The man appointed yesterday to lead a review of the Camden school system readily admits that he knows little about the place where, starting this summer, he will spend almost every workday for at least several months. But there is no question that he knows school systems. Vito A. Gagliardi, 60, a former Union County schools superintendent, has more than 30 years of experience in New Jersey as a teacher and an administrator. He also was a special education adviser to State Senate President Donald T. DiFrancesco (R., Union)
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.
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.
November 12, 1993 |
On Tuesday night, two masked men walked into a corner grocery store in South Philadelphia, drew their guns, and asked the wrong guy to open the cash register. Sgt. Dennis Gagliardi. Gagliardi, a plainclothes officer who had stopped in for a soda, pulled his gun from his holster and fired four shots, striking one gunman in the neck. The two would-be robbers ran out of Rob's Place, at 15th and Moore, pursued by store owner Robert Crociante and Gagliardi, who called on his police radio for backup.
August 15, 1996 |
George McCloskey says he can't remember what he had for dinner. He gets lost in Kmart. He's afraid to get into a car. The 49-year-old forklift operator hasn't been the same since he suffered what his doctors call "post-traumatic brain injury" in a head-on collision May 7 at the intersection of Front Street and the southbound entrance to Interstate 95. McCloskey can't remember what happened that day, but he hasn't forgotten how dangerous the...
March 29, 1994 |
Ask John Gagliardi, owner of a hair salon, if he supports universal health care, and he offers an unqualified yes. But Gagliardi, president of the Collingswood Business and Professional Association, representing about 125 ventures, feels just as strongly that the Clinton administration's plan for an employer-paid health system could bankrupt small businesses such as his own. So when Secretary of Labor Robert Reich began fielding questions during...
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.
June 12, 1991 |
Eugenio "Gene" Gagliardi, 90, who left his native Italy in 1922 with less than $20 in his pocket and built a local meat processing business that he eventually sold for $20 million, died Saturday at Lankenau Hospital. He was a resident of Lower Merion Township. "He was a self-made person," his son Ralph said. "He made the most of the opportunity he was given in this country. His work ethic was unbelievable. " Mr. Gagliardi transformed Gagliardi Bros., a family butcher shop in West Philadelphia, into a meat processing plant whose products included Steak-Umms, a frozen, wafer-thin sandwich steak.