July 19, 2013 |
TRENTON - An investigation into 15 New Jersey school districts turned up more than 100 public employees and family members who lied about their incomes to get free school lunches for their children, according to the state comptroller. Their applications bolstered district enrollment figures in the federal free lunch program - a factor that allows school districts to receive more state aid. Designed to help low-income families, the federal program "has been compromised by widespread fraud," Comptroller Matthew Boxer said Wednesday, announcing the investigation results during a news conference at his office.
June 14, 2013
WHAT DOES a wife buy for Father's Day when she's married to one of the highest-paid athletes in the entire world? Kijafa Vick , wife of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick , is thinking of getting him some more golf gear but she told me, "I don't know. " She's right to hesitate. If you're Michael Vick and you want golfing items, you could buy out any sporting goods store you want. He probably has what he wants already. "I think I'm going to have a cookout and have his family come over and just be with him. I don't know what else to do for him," Kijafa said laughing.
June 9, 2013 |
It's the time of year when our attention turns to graduates and their commencement speakers. But at a lunch with a friend last Friday, our conversation was about the often unacknowledged: the teachers for whom we're grateful. I said that I'd been fortunate. My list is long, a product of a sound, K-12 education in the Central Bucks public schools, followed by four years at Lehigh University and three more at Penn Law. There are so many to whom I owe so much. But one in particular. David Curtis Amidon Jr. Truth be told, I was admitted to Lehigh as a legacy by virtue of my father and brother having received degrees before me. Before I arrived on campus, a fraternity brother (of my own brother)
May 30, 2013 |
Eagles tight end Brent Celek views his day job this way: "Football players have the easiest job in the world. " He and several silent partners, including teammate Todd Herremans, have opened Prime Stache , an American bistro, at 110 Chestnut St. in Old City. The site, with the same owners but under different management, previously was a bar called 879. Celek, 28, led a redecoration that included a marble-topped bar and reclaimed wood over a concrete floor. He rustled up a chef, Hee "Chino" Chang, who ran the kitchen at Redstone Grill in Marlton when Celek was a rookie and used to come in on Friday nights for feasts.
May 23, 2013 |
Tom's Lunch, which stood across from the Budd Co. factory in Nicetown, had a family history touching two families. It was named Pete's, after Tom Bezanis' father, when it opened in the 1920s in a tin shed on Hunting Park Avenue near Fox Street. But Tom told a Philadelphia Daily News reporter in 2003 that one day, Edward G. Budd, an executive of the family-owned firm and a regular customer, told Pete that he had bought the property and that Pete's would have to move nearby. The reporter wrote, "Budd built him a new place and said he'd never have to worry about the rent.
May 23, 2013 |
The cover art on the brochure for Shady Maple Smorgasbord - Lancaster County's largest - features a stainless-steel buffet trough reminiscent of an Army mess hall's and an aerial photograph that gives a taste of the dimensions of its Walmart-sized parking lot. An inside page depicts customers at the ready, poised to dig in. They are promised, right here in East Earl Township (between Morgantown, roughly, and New Holland), "200 feet of deliciously authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking.
April 5, 2013
Rush to return part of their pay WASHINGTON - A day after President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said they would return 5 percent of their pay to the Treasury, several other senior administration officials said they, too, would give back part of their salaries, in the spirit of government spending cuts. Secretary of State John Kerry, the richest cabinet member; Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said they would voluntarily reduce their pay and donate it to nonprofit agencies.
March 6, 2013 |
PENN STATE football coach Bill O'Brien will participate in a coaches caravan tour starting April 30, when there will be an evening reception in Philadelphia. O'Brien and other PSU coaches will make stops in 12 locations over 2 weeks. "We had a great turnout of Penn State alumni and fans during the coaches caravan last year and I enjoyed meeting so many people who have great pride and passion for Penn State," O'Brien said in a statement. "It's important for me to get around Pennsylvania and other areas where we have a lot of alumni and give them a chance to get to know me and to hear from them.
January 18, 2013 |
If you want to get ahead in corporate America, you have to answer this question correctly: Do you eat lunch, or do you crush lunch? What do I mean by crush , you ask? I'm not referring to physical flattening, as of a cardboard box. I'm talking about complete domination - the way an NBA franchise might crush a girls' junior varsity squad. Crushing lunch is one of the most important skills in the corporate workplace. If you can high-five, fist-pump, and lunch-crush, you are going to do big things in this world.
December 6, 2012 |
Chef Eric Ripert is stepping away from his affiliation with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and its 10 Arts restaurant after nearly five years. He said a project in New York affiliated with his famed Le Bernardin required too much of his time. Ripert did say he will maintain his apartment next door at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Sous chef Nathan Volz, who manages 10 Arts' day-to-day operation, will continue to run the kitchen while Miguel Hernandez, the hotel's assistant food-and-beverage director, oversees the dining room.