October 31, 2014 |
JoAnn Hobbins, 69, of Blackwood, who retired in 2007 as warehouse manager for the Cherry Hill Board of Education, died Friday, Oct. 24, of brain cancer at home. A 1962 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School, Ms. Hobbins, known as Sis, worked first as a warehouse supervisor at the former Superior Record Co. in Runnemede, a niece, Denise Melvin, said. Her career at the Board of Education warehouse spanned 32 years, her niece said. "She was made supervisor and manager in 1984.
October 27, 2014 |
A 2010 federal law bars private money managers who invest state and local pension funds from making political contributions to state and local officials who hire private money managers. But wealthy hedge, buyout, and real estate investment magnates still can and do finance Congress members and national political committees closely tied to state and local politicians while also collecting fat fees from state and local pension funds. Last week, New Jersey and Philadelphia both acted on legislation that attempts to curb these conflicts of interest.
October 21, 2014
FOR THE FOURTH time in 5 years, soccer fans in Philadelphia won't witness the hometown club in the MLS playoffs. But at the very least, the Union sent the PPL Park regulars out with a win. "I know we came up short and the focus now, the only word I use around the guys is playoffs for next year," Union interim manager Jim Curtin said after Saturday night's home finale, a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City. "We're not going to talk about championships or anything like that. We're talking about the playoffs for 2015 and that's the goal.
October 15, 2014 |
THE UNION pulled an astounding choke on Saturday night. In a span of 5 minutes, it blew a 2-0 lead late against the Columbus Crew to lose, 3-2, and got eliminated from the Major League Soccer playoff race. You decide which of the following statements sounds closer to the truth: In June, when he fired manager John Hackworth and replaced him with current interim manager Jim Curtin, Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said: "I think we have a lot of quality in our team. We're a good team; we have quality in the locker room.
October 9, 2014 |
Gregory Rowe, 63, of Berwyn, an arts and culture visionary, whose business and fund-raising strategies helped push Philadelphia's cultural progress, died at his home Friday, Oct. 3, after a 14-month battle with cancer. Mr. Rowe's knowledge of financial management led to one of the most successful periods in the history of People's Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, where he worked as managing director from 1983-1997. During that time, the theater's operating budget tripled, capital assets quadrupled, and it developed one of the country's largest arts-education programs - all while remaining free of operating debt.
October 7, 2014 |
After more than 40 years bouncing in and out of the criminal justice system and mental-health institutions, Mae Harden was ready to strike out on her own. She and her psychiatrist sketched out a recovery plan. She set and achieved goals, becoming a certified peer specialist and earning a bachelor's degree from Chestnut Hill College. She gave up disability benefits and increased her work hours to full time, leading group therapy to help others cope with their mental illnesses. "But I still kept one secret.
September 26, 2014 |
The Union's interim manager, Jim Curtin, wanted to clear up some rumors and began Wednesday's news conference at PPL Park with a simple message: The interim tag has yet to be taken off. Curtin was responding to published reports that said it would happen. (The Inquirer reported that the sides were on the verge of a deal but that it was not completed.) This is not to suggest that Curtin won't have the tag removed, but as of Wednesday's news conference, his status had not changed.
September 24, 2014 |
Drinker Biddle & Reath L.L.P. said Monday that CEO and chairman Alfred W. Putnam Jr. will be succeeded by Andrew C. Kassner, effective Feb. 1. Kassner, who has been serving as executive partner at the firm and who has been deeply involved in its management for years, is one of Drinker's top bankruptcy and restructuring partners. "Andy was the natural choice," said Putnam. "He has been our executive partner, with extensive management responsibilities, for almost a decade, and our partners see him as an effective leader with the experience and expertise to guide the firm going forward.
September 23, 2014 |
International Housekeepers Week, celebrated worldwide in the hotel industry last week, resonates personally with Robert Allen, general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. "My dad passed away when we were young," Allen said. "My mom needed to get a job, and she was a housekeeper in a hotel. You look and you see her come home after taking a bus, getting home at 7 p.m., and having to help me with homework. Cook a meal. Clean. "We can never do enough for these people," he said.
September 19, 2014 |
An investigation into an unsuccessful investment by the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement System (SERS) has "found no evidence of illegality" by Anthony Clark, the system's former chief investment officer, who persuaded the system to pump $250 million into Tiger Management Advisors as the first step in a planned hedge fund strategy. "Whether Clark intentionally misled the board by seeking to conceal Tiger's poor performance is open to question," the investigator, former acting state attorney general Walter Cohen, added in his two-page note to the board summarizing his findings.