January 9, 2012 |
Sarah Boardman Furnas, 68, of Chestnut Hill, a senior administrator with the Philadelphia Health Promotion Council who helped simplify health-care and medical literature for consumers, died of cancer Thursday, Dec. 22, at Pennsylvania Hospital. The nonprofit council, on which Mrs. Furnas served from 1986 to 2002, was founded in 1981 as the Southeastern Pennsylvania High Blood Pressure Control Program. Funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, its mission is to implement community-based programs to fight hypertension.
November 21, 2011
Michael B. Steinberg has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life , a nonprofit Horsham provider of services to seniors. He recently was the board's first vice chairman. Steinberg is vice president and a principal at The Montgomery Benefits Group, Jenkintown. The following were elected to the board: Donald A. Berg , manager of Linnbrook Management Co. L.L.C., Philadelphia. Andy I. Bronstein , president of Lighthouse Services Inc., Blue Bell.
October 26, 2011
Others worthy of sainthood It's wonderful that the Rev. Luigi Guanella has been canonized ("Delco man's recovery yields newest saint," Sunday). Yet, it's virtually always a nun, priest, bishop, or founder of a religious order who is canonized a saint, meaning they are definitely in heaven with God and can intercede for us here on Earth. Nuns, priests, bishops, and founders are, what, 5 percent of the population? I look forward to the canonizations of more lay people, the ordinary citizens such as Irish missionary Edel Quinn; Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk Indian; Blessed Franz Jaggerstatter, an Austrian conscientious objector; businessman and social reformer Pierre Toussaint; and Dorothy Day, who cofounded the Catholic Worker houses and movement, among others.
September 19, 2011 |
When Tamia Howard's twin daughters were born premature, at just 28 weeks, she feared they would have learning deficits all their lives. But Trude Haecker, the girls' pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, had a suggestion: "Keep reading to them. Read aloud. Read every day," Howard recalled the doctor advising. Now 15, Tiarra and Tamairra Ferguson are high school freshmen - strong students in Philadelphia School District magnet schools, high-achieving girls with a deep affection for reading.
September 16, 2011 |
Reading lays the foundation for everything we do, and I mean everything. The reality is that without being able to read or comprehend, the quality of life folds like a deck of first-grade vocabulary cards. I'm not just saying this because I read and write for a living. (Shout-out to my pragmatic mother who instilled a love of books in me by designating the library as our second home - a free and easy form of entertainment.) Seriously, though, can you imagine being unable to fill out a job application because you can't understand it?
August 31, 2011 |
Exploring the frontiers of newfound freedom, many tweens and teens quickly embrace the raunchy, rude lingo of cyberspace, casually flinging insults, obscenities, and taunts that make chat rooms sound like barrooms. "Foul language is just what is popular," said Rachel Carrasquillo, a junior at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. "I think half of the stuff people say on Facebook they'd never say face to face. " But now, as kids head back to school, they may find more adults are paying attention.
August 23, 2011
Invincible. Amazing. Unstoppable. When I was a kid, such larger-than-life language sucked me into the world of comic books. They featured ordinary people for the most part, who through a set of bizarre circumstances acquired powers that made them superheroes. The Avenging Angel. The Diabolical Dr. Doom. And my all-time favorite, the Uncanny X-Men. The combination of great illustrations, over-the-top prose, and riveting story lines kept me spending my 25 cents each week for the next cliff-hanger.
July 26, 2011
Linda Katz, the founder and executive director of the Children's Literacy Initiative, will retire Friday after more than two decades. The Center City nonprofit, which Katz founded in 1988, said that Kelly Hunter, director of professional development, would serve as interim executive director while a national search is conducted for Katz's permanent successor. The Children's Literacy Initiative works with teachers in prekindergarten through third grade to help low-income students develop strong reading skills.
May 3, 2011 |
HELEN Wilhelmina Robinson believed so strongly that early education helps to reduce adult illiteracy, she established an award for accomplished third-graders at the schools her children attended. She named the award after her parents, William T. and Mattie B. Robinson, and it went to the most-improved third-grade reader at her childrens' schools. Helen Robinson, retired administrative assistant at the health-and-benefits management firm Towers Perrin Forster & Crosby, and a strong family matriarch and devoted churchwoman, died April 24 of complications of the respiratory ailments she endured most of her adult life.