March 24, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - "Coach Pete, Coach Pete," the little girl along the leftfield foul pole screeched, her voice piercing the ears of anyone within a 20-yard radius - save those of one man. Pete Mackanin walked right past her, strolled among a stream of players and club personnel headed toward the Phillies' locker room with the distant stare of a professor devising the next day's lesson plan. He has been called many things in his 48 straight seasons of professional baseball.
March 20, 2016 |
When John M. Nazak was interviewed in 1991 about his work as a volunteer reading teacher, he cited a ready benchmark. "When my reading student first reads a complete story without making a mistake," Mr. Nazak said, the mark had been reached, almost. "The greatest accomplishment," for such a student, Mr. Nazak said, "is his faithfulness in coming" to classes "and not giving up. " For his work in their Camden County office, his wife, Susan, said, the Literacy Volunteers of America once named him its volunteer of the year.
March 9, 2016 |
Penn Capital Management Co. has agreed to lease 26,000 square feet at the 1200 Intrepid Avenue office building now under construction at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, according to developer Liberty Property Trust. Penn Capital will expand in the summer from a smaller space at another Navy Yard office building to 1200 Intrepid, designed by Denmark's Bjarke Ingels Group, Liberty said in a statement on Monday. The investment management firm's lease at 1200 Intrepid is the first to be announced at the 92,000-square-foot, four-story building, which Liberty began building in June.
March 5, 2016
One by one, the totems of poverty that once dotted Philadelphia's urban landscape have been disappearing. Since the late '90s, the Philadelphia Housing Authority has imploded 23 public housing towers and replaced them with traditional rowhouses. On March 19, two more of those alien towers, the Norman Blumberg Apartments, will be reduced to dust in the North Philadelphia neighborhood the PHA has dubbed Sharswood. This time, however, the housing authority's ambitions are much bigger than usual.
February 29, 2016 |
Edward J. Kaminski was a dinner-plate fisherman, comfortable seeking out blues and flounders for his kitchen from his 18-foot motorboat. Closer to land than to the ocean deep. But in the 1990s, he and a few older men ventured forth, joining a younger sailboat crew. "The young guys sailed to Bermuda, and raced in a regatta there," but they had to fly back to their jobs, his wife, Helen, said. "So it was the old guys who brought the boats back," with all the heavy lifting that the effort demanded.
February 26, 2016 |
INDIANAPOLIS - A tumultuous year in which Howie Roseman was removed from football operations in favor of Chip Kelly only to be reinstated after Kelly was fired illustrated that the two men had many differences. But as much as they seemingly had polar opposite personalities and football backgrounds, Roseman and Kelly differed on how to manage the Eagles roster and salary cap. It could be said that Kelly's free spending ways ultimately did him in, and as a result made Roseman even more attractive to owner Jeffrey Lurie.
February 18, 2016 |
Barry Eisele, 69, of Voorhees, a branch manager for United Refrigeration Inc. in South Jersey, died of cancer Monday, Feb. 15, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. United Refrigeration is a distributor for parts and equipment for air-conditioning, heating, and refrigeration units, with locations in 44 states. A 1964 graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mr. Eisele served in a New Jersey unit of the Army Reserve. Mr. Eisele had been with United Refrigeration since his high school graduation year, his wife, Jane, said.
February 18, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - As blizzard conditions began to strand motorists for what would become 24 hours of icy discomfort last month, Pennsylvania Turnpike managers were hampered because they relied on a single afternoon weather forecast that understated the severity of the storm, they said Tuesday. Testifying before a state Senate committee, Turnpike Commission Chairman Sean Logan said the officials relied on a Jan. 22 midafternoon advisory from AccuWeather Inc., its contracted forecasting service, that called for what seemed a "manageable range" of snow in south central Pennsylvania.
February 11, 2016 |
It was a dark day for Pete Mackanin. The Phillies had just finished a disappointing season with a .500 record, ending a run of five straight National League East titles. The misguided initial blame for the fantastic fall was placed on hitting coach Greg Gross, first base coach Sam Perlozzo and Mackanin, who was Charlie Manuel's bench coach that season. All three were immediately fired after the final game of the 2012 season in Washington. "It was disappointing, but I had been fired before for what I felt like was no good reason," Mackanin said last month during a Phillies winter banquet stop in Lakewood, N.J. Stick around baseball for 48 years and you are bound to be fired a time or two for no good reason.
February 11, 2016 |
Helena Hoffman Pinto, 66, of Burlington Township, an award-winning senior transaction manager for Binswanger, the Philadelphia commercial real estate firm, died of lung cancer Saturday, Feb. 6, at Samaritan HealthCare and Hospice in Mount Holly. In 2015, Mrs. Pinto earned the Holmes Davis Award, named for a stalwart of the company. David R. Binswanger, its president and CEO, said in an interview that the award is "the firm's most prestigious, honoring long-standing service. " In a statement to employees about Mrs. Pinto, Binswanger wrote that "no matter what time you left the Philadelphia office in the evening, it was likely you were doing so before Helena.