December 15, 2000 |
They've waved to each other, tossed a few words of greeting back and forth and they've smiled. It's all done discreetly and out of the public view. Mayor Street, the former activist and now master of the insider political game, and Lt. Mary Kohler, a determined city paramedic suffering from hepatitis C and fighting for her union cause. They are on opposite sides of a contentious legal battle over an arbitration award that set out a two-year contract for 2,400 city firefighters.
August 8, 1993 |
Years of medical training did not prepare F. Peter Kohler for his moonlighting job - helping people with visas and reparation checks and organizing sightseeing tours. Since 1987, Kohler has been the German consul for Philadelphia, an honorary diplomat. "In medicine you deal with people when they are at their most vulnerable time," said Kohler, a Bryn Mawr resident who for many years has been a urologist at Lankenau Hospital. "Patients rely on you for truth, competency and ability.
December 19, 2000 |
Some averted their eyes from her makeshift bed and her weary form. Others, too busy toting glasses of white zinfandel or noshing on diced cheese and hors d'oeuvres, didn't notice her at all. But Mary Kohler was very much there, last night, in the hallway at City Hall, just feet from the mayor's annual holiday staff party, a lush spread of cakes, fruit, and countless gourmet platters. City bigs walked past her makeshift air mattress bed without acknowledging her. But that didn't bother Kohler, who grows weaker in body but stronger in resolve every day. Yesterday marked day 14 for Kohler, who has gained national attention for camping outside Street's office to demand better health benefits and coverage for firefighters stricken with hepatitis C. "It doesn't bother me at all," said Kohler, resting her head against a wall, as music keyed up and glasses clinked a room away.
October 19, 1992 |
"Stay in the present" is this year's philosophy of the soccer team, the slogan displayed prominently on a sign posted in the locker room. No one involved has to be reminded about living up to the past at Lower Merion High. An area power back as far as anyone can remember, a district power almost annually and a state contender for the last eight years, the school keeps producing top talent. Over the last four years, the Aces have had four scholastic all-Americans: Lou Spivak, who went on to a strong program at Textile; Chris Schreiner, who went to Mercer County (N.J.
October 5, 1992 |
Lower Merion has one of the richest soccer traditions in all of District 1. The school has more than 650 varsity wins since play began in 1924. The Aces have won a state title and been a runner-up two other times. Lower Merion also has captured 27 league titles. And in the last six years alone, Lower Merion has produced six high school all-Americans. But, according to current Lower Merion coach Bob Davidson, one player stands above them all. And on Thursday, Will Kohler showed again why he's the best, scoring 2 goals, including the game-winner, to lead the Aces past Radnor, 4-3, in a very big Central League contest.
December 8, 2000
As people in 12-step programs will tell you, Denial is not a river in Egypt. Denial is what makes a bad problem even worse. Denial is also the city's M.O. in dealing with hepatitis C among the 150 or so firefighters who have contracted it. The city routinely denies all worker's comp claims filed by firefighters with hep C. They continue to deny that it's a work-related problem, because if they did, it would cost millions. Lt. Mary Kohler is not the first person that has shown us the ravages of firefighters infected with hepatitis C. What Kohler, a paramedic, has done is put a human face on the city's denial of the problem.
December 6, 2000 |
A paramedic who has become something of a symbol of the city's hepatitisC-stricken firefighters began a one-woman protest yesterday that continued early this morning outside Mayor Street's office. Lt. Mary Kohler, 37, wants to meet with the mayor and persuade him to implement the firefighters' contract awarded last month by arbitrators. But Street has declined to meet with Kohler. He passed her in the second-story hallway of City Hall twice yesterday without acknowledging her. "I'm not going to negotiate contracts with each one of 24,000 [city]
May 17, 2013 |
STONE HARBOR and Avalon tend to be the most tradition-bound places at the South Jersey Shore, even more than Cape May, with its Victorian claptrap. A change in a menu item from one season to the next can cause an uproar around here. And when an Italian restaurant closes, for instance, another must take its place (as has happened over the years at a space at 98th Street and 3rd Avenue in Stone Harbor). Even the lifeguards return to the same stand year after year. So it is difficult to uncover real quirks for the cognoscenti.
June 21, 2000 |
A 44-year-old Upper Darby man was sentenced to six to 15 years in state prison yesterday after pleading guilty to having sex with a then-14-year-old boy from Chester County he met on the Internet. Joseph A. Kohler pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, moments before jury selection was set to begin in his trial. Attorneys on both sides declined to comment after the hearing. The victim, whose name is being withheld by The Inquirer, left the courtroom in tears.
December 11, 2000 |
As Mayor Street hobnobbed at a New York City political gathering this weekend, hepatitis C-stricken paramedic Lt. Mary Kohler continued her vigil outside his City Hall office. Kohler said she continues to lose weight. She battles fever off and on. But she said she isn't budging until the mayor agrees to stop blocking an arbitrator's extension of benefits to stricken firefighters and medics like her, or at least talks to her. "I'm hanging in there," Kohler told Barbara Hogan, a Northeast Philadelphian who came bearing a supply of Nutrigrain cereal bars and offering Kohler a sympathetic hug. "People like you have been great, coming in and showing support.