July 8, 2016 |
Gov. Christie's campaign last year to overhaul pension and health benefits for New Jersey's public employees hasn't come to fruition. But the governor took action last week that could serve as a bargaining chip in his call to cut costs: He tied millions of dollars for municipalities and nonprofits in the state budget to negotiations over worker health benefits. Christie issued an executive order placing nearly $100 million into reserve from the $34.5 billion fiscal year budget he signed into law last week.
July 7, 2016 |
Now that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has pulled out of a deal to sell a 213-acre tract in the heart of a heavily developed area of Delaware County, a group of local residents wants the county to buy the land for preservation. Organizers of a group called Save Marple Greenspace plan to attend the Delaware County Council meeting Wednesday morning to present their proposal to have a bond issue on the November ballot. "We're asking for a $100 million bond," said Ken Hemphill, an organizer with the group.
June 26, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I'll be 38 when I deliver my first child next year, and I'm thrilled about being a mom, but also a little intimidated. My husband and I moved to a new city not long ago, so I'm several hours away from my closest girlfriends, and while I have made new friends, most of them are younger, single, and childless. Do you have any suggestions on how to find other moms who can sympathize with the glories of going through this at an "advanced maternal age"?
June 25, 2016 |
A national abortion rights group on Thursday criticized Philadelphia Media Network for refusing to publish a prominent digital ad on Philly.com. The National Partnership for Women and Families wanted to publicize its "Lies into Laws" campaign against restrictive state abortion laws with a one-day, $17,600 "home-page takeover" ad that would wrap around the top and both rails of Philly.com's landing page. The partnership declined the company's offer of an ad that would be randomly placed in a less prominent spot on the website, saying such an ad would have "reduced impact and visibility.
June 22, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's your natural, loving response to point out an incremental sign of progress, or appreciate someone's creation. The support you give others feels so good to you, it's its own immediate payback. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Many romantic comedies rely on the story line of two characters who can't stand each other, except for that they are actually in love. As you'll discover today, sometimes opposites do attract. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). All you've absorbed has changed your purpose and being.
June 17, 2016 |
Citing the "disturbingly low performance" of many virtual charter schools across the country, two leading national charter organizations on Thursday called on state education officials to make tough policy changes to improve cyber education and close chronically troubled virtual schools. The unprecedented action by the charter school community has special relevance for Pennsylvania, one of the nation's "big three" in cyber enrollment. The state's 13 cyber charters enroll 35,250 students who receive instruction online in their homes.
June 15, 2016 |
Two Pennsylvania nonprofits will share nearly $1.5 million in federal money to increase low-income children's access to health care in the state - an award that is especially timely. For reasons officials don't fully understand, the number of eligible children who are covered by Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has fallen slightly in Pennsylvania even as participation has grown nationally. "We don't have a specific idea why there was a decline," said Alain Oliver, executive director of the Maternal and Health Care Consortium in Chester County, which will get $1 million.
June 13, 2016 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - In the end, it was Jeremy Boucher who hoisted the water jug and drenched his coach. And why not? It was a final act in a school year in which Boucher was the consummate utility man, ready for anything. In the fall, he was a senior wide receiver and a defensive back and won a state championship with his Pennsville football team. On Saturday, he was a savvy, workmanlike, righthanded pitcher, the team ace who led his Pennsville baseball team to a 3-2 win over Waldwick in the Group 1 state championship game at Toms River East.
June 13, 2016 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Craig Mensinger called it "mystifying. " His Ocean City team was "super confident" entering the Group 3 state championship game Saturday against Northern Highlands. The Red Raiders had won 14 of 15. They had ace Sean Mooney on the mound. They were playing a team with 10 losses. They were on the brink of the first state title in the history of the program. But when Mooney allowed his first two earned runs of the season in the first inning, thanks to a bloop, an opposite-field double, and a windblown double, the Red Raiders never recovered.
June 12, 2016 |
AN ELMWOOD man was arrested Friday for allegedly slashing a woman's face on Thursday afternoon along the Schuylkill River Trail. Isiah Cheeseboro, 29, of the 2600 block of South Daggett Street, was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person,and related offenses in the random attack, police said. In light of the attack, an organizer of the Schuylkill River Trail Watch said the group would go "into hyperspeed" to get on the trail by the week of June 20. "A huge part of the watch is, how can we advocate for equal opportunity for women to feel safe on this trail, too," said Jon Lyons, leader of the running group Run215.