October 7, 2013 |
With two new HMO plans introduced last week on the federal insurance exchange, Independence Blue Cross is offering consumers a road map to cut out-of-pocket health-care costs. The trick for consumers who sign up for Blue Cross' HMO Proactive plans is to choose hospitals, primary-care physicians, and specialists in the least expensive of IBC's three price tiers of health-care providers. IBC officials emphasized that tier one, the cheapest, is not a limited or narrow network because customers have access to the entire network; they just have to pay more if they choose a provider - a doctor or a hospital - in tier two or three.
October 4, 2013 |
Libby Rosof and Roberta Fallon are ready. They've got their artblog.org postcards laid out on Fallon's dining room table. They've got some artblog.org stats printed up. They've got a lime-green artblog.org tote bag tucked into itself like a tiny sculptural ball! "It's scary!" Fallon jokes, eyeing a reporter's tape recorder. "It's like us going in and interviewing people. We scare the bejeezus out of them!" Rosof chimes in: "We tag-team 'em!" Not to worry, she adds quickly.
September 28, 2013
FIELD HOCKEY TRI-COUNTY CLASSIC Pitman 2, Salem 1: Hannah Cressman and Melanie Mack's first-half goals were enough for Pitman to top visiting Salem. Megan Gipe assisted on each goal. Annie Beato stopped 13 of the 14 shots she faced from Salem. COLONIAL CONFERENCE Haddon Heights 3, Gateway 0: Myranda Christy tallied a pair of goals en route to the home win. Jacqui Rosati added the other goal for the Garnets. Haddon Township 4, Sterling 1: Sarah Gawrysiak scored twice in Haddon Township's victory over visiting Sterling.
September 22, 2013 |
Many a home sale is like a romance: Buyers find in that one perfect property their heart's desire. But sometimes, a little matchmaking is required - as area builders have discovered over the last 15 years or so with empty nesters, a market segment as significant as first-time and move-up buyers. "It's clearly a time when many realize that they need to rethink the next chapter of their lives, asking themselves, 'Now what?' " said Kira Sterling, chief marketing officer for Horsham-based Toll Bros., which has built several over-55 communities in the Philadelphia region.
September 1, 2013 |
When 19-year-old Jenna e-mailed me from college to suggest that she and I do an REI backpacking trip together, I was sure her father had put her up to it. But Jenna swore the idea was her own. "It's flattering you want to spend that much time with me," I told her happily. I looked forward to reconnecting with her after her school year and before she headed off to a semester abroad in the fall. Only three other people had signed up for this trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains. At the REI store in Fairfax, Va., on a steamy Thursday morning, the two REI trip guides made the introductions.
August 29, 2013 |
How does a blind person find what to "watch" on a TV with 200 channels and 46,000 video-on-demand choices of movies, shows, and clips? Tom Wlodkowski, a blind executive at Comcast Corp., thinks he has the answer: a talking TV channel guide. No joke. "The television is not strictly as visual a medium as you might think," said David Goldfield, a computer technology instructor at the Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired. "Radio drama in the U.S. is more or less dead.
August 16, 2013
J ASON MIFFLIN, 38, of Roxborough, owns Hidden River Outfitters, which provides guided kayak tours on the Schuylkill on Thursday evenings and weekends from May to October. Prices range from $40 per person for basic kayak tours to $75 for advanced tours. The company also offers paddleboard lessons at Penn's Landing for $50. Q: How did you get involved with Hidden River Outfitters? A: Several years ago I met a guy who was interested in starting kayak tours and told him I'd love to help.
July 31, 2013 |
A BUYER'S GUIDE to the Philadelphia Phillies . . . In the market for a last-minute addition to your already-formidable roster? Welcome to Philadelphia, where the Phillies finally are acknowledging what most of the rest of the world has understood for at least the last month. For a few weeks, they tried to pretend they believed they were on the verge of making a charge up the National League East standings. Alas, eight-game losing streaks are the stuff epiphanies are made of, and the Phillies experienced theirs over the weekend in Detroit.
July 5, 2013 |
BOSTON - Butler's historic Hinkle Fieldhouse couldn't compete with the Boston Garden and all those NBA championship banners hanging from its rafters. The Boston Celtics hired Brad Stevens away from the school he led to back-to-back NCAA title games, putting the 36-year-old coach in charge of their rebuilding effort. Stevens had turned down offers from bigger college programs, but couldn't resist the lure of the NBA's most-decorated franchise. "There are some brands in sports, and in the world of basketball the Celtics are one of those," Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in an on-campus news conference on Wednesday night.
July 2, 2013 |
Last week, we launched a state partnership with Camden to help improve outcomes for students in the city's public schools. I would like to lay out some beliefs that will guide us in the coming months, but first it is important to remember how we got here. In March, Gov. Christie and I stood with Camden Mayor Dana Redd, City Council President Francisco Moran, School Board President Kathryn Blackshear, and members of the state legislature to announce this partnership. We did this because, although Camden spends more than $24,000 per child per year, well above the state average, fewer than half of the students who start in ninth grade graduate four years later.