April 26, 2014 |
Richard J. Sestak, 54, of Springfield, Delaware County, brother of and campaign manager for former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, died of complications from cancer Wednesday, April 23, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sestak grew up in Springfield, and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School, Villanova University, and Villanova University School of Law. He started his law career in New York City, in the capital markets group of Price Waterhouse and went on to practice as a commercial litigator at Kittredge Donley in Philadelphia, and Baker & McKenzie, Brown & Winfield, and Ropes & Majeski in Los Angeles.
April 5, 2014 |
CHICAGO - There are only 30 big-league managing jobs, and everybody agrees that Ryne Sandberg paid his dues and then some to get one. Right around the time he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a tribute to his playing career with the Chicago Cubs, Sandberg decided he wanted back in as a big-league manager, and he was more than willing to take all the long bus rides and climb through each rung of the minor leagues to do it. ...
April 4, 2014 |
Constance G. Beresin, 78, of Swarthmore, a manager of nonprofit organizations, died Wednesday, March 19, of respiratory failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Born in Philadelphia, Ms. Beresin lived in Swarthmore before moving in 2010 to the Quadrangle, in Haverford Township. Even in retirement, she was known for packing her days with activity. "Mom was one of those people who you can't imagine when they slept," her family said in a tribute. Ms. Beresin graduated in 1974 from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in sociology, and three years later earned a master's degree in social work from Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
April 1, 2014
B RENDAN McCorkle, 33, of North Philadelphia, is CEO and co-founder of CloudMine, a Midtown Village startup with a software platform that mobile-app developers use to build back-end solutions. CloudMine lets developers focus on the front end of apps, features that users touch. Q: Where did you get the startup money? A: We got $20,000 from Dreamit Ventures to launch, which was seed money. We've raised $2 million to date from mostly local investors. Q: What's the biz do?
April 1, 2014 |
ON DAY 1 OF CAMP, when all his pitchers, catchers, infielders, outfielders, coaches and other staff members were in the same room for the first time, Ryne Sandberg spoke. He was anxious, not unlike a new kid on his first day of school, but he was excited, too. A believer in team unity - when he took over for Charlie Manuel late last summer, Sandberg implemented a rule that everyone in uniform had to stand outside the dugout during the pregame national anthem - Sandberg had all of the new players in camp introduce themselves in the middle of the room.
March 31, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Equipped with a two-inch-thick binder full of notes and handouts, city fleet maintenance supervisor Thomas Hall drew charts and summaries in blue and green marker on a big whiteboard in a classroom at Philadelphia University. Hall, a 23-year city employee, is usually busy making sure trucks in the city's aging fleet can tackle the latest snowstorm. But on Tuesday, he was explaining business innovation theories to city managers he normally wouldn't have worked with - perhaps not even met - had he not been selected to participate in the class.
March 29, 2014 |
Paul R. Tierney Sr., 84, of Bryn Mawr, former general manager of the Melrose Diner in South Philadelphia, died Saturday, March 22, of cardiopulmonary arrest at Sunrise of Haverford. The son of an Irish coal miner from Scranton, Mr. Tierney made his home in Narberth and Havertown before moving to Bryn Mawr. He grew up during the Great Depression and watched as his three older brothers went off to fight in World War II. He was too young to go. But he did serve in the Army Second Infantry Division during the Korean War, and fought in the Battle of Bloody Ridge and the battles at Heartbreak Ridge that followed.
March 27, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Carol R. Collier, who retired earlier this month after 15 years as executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, will continue to work on the myriad issues that face watershed management in the region. On Tuesday, the Upper Dublin Township resident was named senior adviser for watershed management and policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. As such, she will be doing one of the things she likes best - bringing people together to solve problems.
March 27, 2014 |
OF THE four general managers of Philadelphia professional sports teams, Ruben Amaro Jr. is perhaps best qualified to speak of the job's perks and perils. Celebrated for trades that made baseball in these parts extremely fun over his first three seasons as Pat Gillick's successor, he may be at an all-time ebb in popularity after a winter of free-agent signings that made his team older and even more suspect. As he did last spring, Amaro yesterday graciously agreed to sit down and discuss this and other topics in a wide-ranging interview.
March 26, 2014 |
IT WASN'T unusual to see the attractive, stylishly dressed and coiffed redhead in the corridors of a Center City apartment building with a wrench in her hand. Marguerite Tina Stefani had mastered the techniques of maintenance and repair by following the custodians into the boiler rooms, up on the roof or wherever work needed to be done at the 288-unit Casa Fermi at 13th and Lombard streets, where she was manager. Coming from Mussolini's Italy before World War II and the Allied conquest during the war, and having also lived in France and Egypt, Marguerite had a world view of history and culture.