November 17, 2015 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, under indictment and facing his first competitive race in decades, announced Sunday night that he has tapped veteran political operative and former city managing director Joe Certaine to run his reelection campaign. "Joe has three qualities that make him uniquely qualified to lead my campaign: He has proven managerial capabilities, he has unmatched knowledge of every neighborhood and every neighborhood leader in my district, and he has unparallel [sic] political expertise," Fattah said in a statement.
November 14, 2015 |
Paul Hogan, 77, a longtime manager at Robin's bookstore, Philadelphia's oldest independent bookseller, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer. A Center City resident, Mr. Hogan was well-known to book lovers who flocked to Robin's not only for books but also to experience the place as a community center, counterculture magnet, and performance space for artists, poets, musicians, and teachers - many of them iconoclasts. Beset by consolidation in publishing, online mail-order houses, and e-books, the store closed in 2012.
November 14, 2015 |
Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia's parks and recreation czar and a longtime cabinet appointee to two mayors, is Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's choice to be his managing director. Kenney is to announce the choice of DiBerardinis for the top cabinet post at a news conference Friday, a city hall source with knowledge of Kenney's decision said. The source spoke on condition of anonymity. DiBerardinis will be one of three high-level appointments to be announced Friday. Currently parks and recreation commissioner and a deputy mayor in the Nutter administration, DiBernardinis will be moving up to a post that the mayor-elect has said will take on more authority.
November 11, 2015 |
Ruth Esherick Bascom, 93, the daughter of wood sculptor Wharton Esherick, who worked to preserve his legacy, died Friday, Oct. 23, of congestive heart failure at Paoli Hospital. Mrs. Bascom was born at the family's home on Diamond Rock Hill in Paoli. She was one of three children of Esherick, a painter turned sculptor and wood crafter. As a girl, she was active with the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, first appearing on stage at age 9 in A.A. Milne's Make Believe and apprenticing at the theater during her senior year at Radnor High School.
November 10, 2015
Univest Corp. of Pennsylvania, Souderton, parent company of Univest Bank & Trust Co., has promoted Michael S. Keim to president of Univest Bank & Trust, from chief financial officer. Keim also will join the Univest Bank board of directors. Jeffrey M. Schweitzer, who was president of Univest Bank & Trust, will continue to serve as president and chief executive of Univest Corp. and chief executive officer of Univest Bank & Trust. Peirce College, Philadelphia, has promoted Uva C. Coles to vice president of institutional advancement and strategic partnerships, from vice president of student services, and Brad K. Hodge to vice president of student services and retention management, from vice president, finance.
November 9, 2015
'Herding cats," is how Dario C. Altieri describes his job leading the brainy scientists who form the heart of the workforce at Wistar Institute in West Philadelphia. "It's built into the job - a strong sense of independence," said Altieri, 57, in his melodic Italian accent, which he undersells as "straight out of the Bronx or South Philly. " In March, Altieri moved from herded to herder, promoted from the Institute's chief scientific officer and Wistar Cancer Center director, to chief executive and president, succeeding Russel Kaufman, who led Wistar for 12 years.
November 2, 2015 |
Yvonne Wagner Purdue, 62, of Cedar Brook, Winslow Township, a registered nurse who was a branch manager at Virtua Home Health Care in Mount Laurel from 2003 until earlier this year, died of cancer Monday, Oct. 26, at her home. Mrs. Purdue's agency managed "continuity of care following hospital discharge" of patients, she wrote in autobiographical notes. "She managed teams of 10 to 15 registered nurses, a pretty active manager," son Steven C. Purdue said. "Every time she took over a new team," he said, the scores for patient satisfaction "went up to 98 percent, pretty consistently.
October 30, 2015
MAYBE YOU'VE noticed that by this time of the year, we sorta hate politics. We write about candidates and campaigns with the same gusto as, say, taking out the trash. Or plunging a toilet. Just vote and get it over with. But we do like professional wrestling. So imagine our delight when a Clout tipster informed us that the campaign manager for a Supreme Court candidate is a former wrestler named "Jason the Terrible . " It's true. Mitch Kates , who's running David Wecht 's campaign, is a 6-5 former ax-wielding wrestler who used to don a "Friday the 13th"-style hockey mask before pulverizing his opponents in the ring.
October 30, 2015 |
YOU COULD SEE that smile coming a block away. It belonged to Bill Peake, and when he turned on that smile to go with his ebullient personality, people were drawn to him. Like bright, ambitious young men everywhere, Bill Peake had plans and dreams. He was on track to make a name for himself in the field of hotel management, when he was diagnosed with kidney disease in October 2013. William Braxton Peake II died of the disease on Oct. 21. He was 30 and lived in Roslyn, Montgomery County.