May 28, 2015 |
Federal prosecutors Tuesday accused two employees of a campus hotel at the University of Pennsylvania of stealing more than $3 million over four years. Kenneth Kapikian, the hotel's former general manager, and Dennis Gagliardi, who was chief engineer, allegedly took more than $710,000 in kickbacks paid to them by contractors who overbilled for services at the Sheraton University City Hotel, according to government court filings. Federal authorities also accused the pair of submitting nearly $2.5 million in false invoices to the hotel from a washing-machine company they co-owned.
May 17, 2015 |
Reading Terminal Market on Friday named Anuj Gupta its general manager. The announcement was made by the market's board of directors after an extensive search process, Chairman Albert Mezzaroba said. "Anuj brings a rare blend of management success, not-for-profit leadership and vision at a consequential time in the market's history," Mezzaroba said. Gupta, 41, takes over the position that has been vacant since Paul Steinke stepped down on Dec. 31, 2014 to run for an at-large City Council seat.
May 12, 2015 |
Gus Sarno still makes cakes in the basement of the South Philadelphia rowhouse his grandfather bought in 1904 and turned into Isgro Pastries. He still stacks cookies into boxes at the dining room table where his family ate supper 60 years ago when the doorbell to the shop wasn't ringing. Sarno still sells cannolis out of glass cases a few steps from his grandmother's original kitchen. The bakery at 1009 Christian St., in other words, has seen a lot come and go at the Italian Market - good times, bad times, so-so times.
May 7, 2015 |
GEORGE HETTENBACH had a lifelong love of automobiles, so it was considerably trying for him when he wasn't allowed to drive while recuperating from a heart attack in 2011. "Neurologically, he's fine," his wife, the former Alyson Walsh, said at the time. "I'm not dealing with any other issues, other than his complaints about my driving, which he believed could cause him to have a heart attack. " George's life was saved by a dedicated team of doctors and nurses when he suffered cardiac arrest at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in September 2011.
May 2, 2015 |
Though Thomas P. Ferguson III never performed at the Plays and Players Theatre in Philadelphia, he was a longtime contributor to it. And with a group from Plays and Players, in recent years "he would go and entertain at retirement homes," said his friend John Pantages, a fellow performer. Mr. Ferguson sang and played the piano, Pantages said, "and had a great sense of humor. " On Wednesday, April 22, Mr. Ferguson, 89, of Pennsauken, who retired in the 1970s as a manager of government contracts for Radio Corp.
April 30, 2015 |
AN EAST MOUNT Airy man was held for trial yesterday on murder charges in the February stabbing death of singer Nicki Minaj's road manager and on attempted-murder charges in the wounding of another Minaj crew member. Pierce Boykin, 31, is accused of fatally stabbing De'Von Pickett, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., outside the Che Bar & Grill on Stenton Avenue near Johnson Street in East Germantown about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 18. Pickett was stabbed twice, in the heart and abdomen, Assistant District Attorney Kirk Handrich said.
April 29, 2015 |
Running a Wawa store and managing a Roman Catholic parish might not seem to have much in common. But last week, a group of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary students, a year from being ordained as priests, had the last of five management-training sessions inspired by a program that St. Joseph's University professors developed for the convenience-store chain. For the seminarians, the Thursday management classes at St. Joseph's Haub School of Business were in sharp contrast to the philosophy and theology classes that are central to their formation as priests.
April 25, 2015 |
After his first wife, Marie, died in 1992, Henry Saia lived alone for 13 years. Mr. Saia had retired in 1980 as a clothing factory manager in South Jersey and later became financial director for St. Mary Church and its school in Williamstown. "The church gave him a parking spot with his name on it," his son Thomas said, "and one day after Mass, a lady his age was standing there. " She introduced herself, now a widow, as the Elizabeth Schaeffer with whom he had been friends in a grammar school in Cedar Brook.
April 24, 2015 |
PAT DUNLEAVY was getting some medical tests last December and, for no particular reason, his wife, Alice, said, "He never got his Bronze Star. " Pat Dunleavy, an Army combat veteran of some of the toughest fighting in the South Pacific in World War II, rarely spoke about his experiences. So, it was a surprise to his son-in-law, William O'Donnell, that there were missing commendations. When he asked Pat about it, he got an even bigger suprise. "Billy," Pat said, "they owe me four Bronze Stars.