May 15, 2015 |
Eight corporate and civic leaders have joined H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, owner and publisher of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, to serve on a board of directors for the Philadelphia media company. Philadelphia Media Network L.L.C., the corporate parent of the news operations, announced the formation of the board Wednesday. Lenfest said the board would meet quarterly and provide him with guidance on the management of the company. The new members range from a former newspaper publisher to one of the region's leading philanthropists, from the Philadelphia founder of a top venture-capital fund to two leaders of prominent city law firms.
March 6, 2015 |
THE SCHOOL district's Charter School Office has laid down the law to charter operator ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania over the charter renewal of one of its schools, John B. Stetson. In a detailed letter dated Jan. 22 and obtained by the Daily News , the charter office seeks an immediate overhaul of Stetson's board of trustees, its business practices and its oversight of the school. The letter's author, Charter School Office operations coordinator Lauren Thum, lists 17 conditions that ASPIRA must satisfy before the office will recommend that the School Reform Commission extend Stetson's charter for one year.
April 27, 2014 |
What's in a name? To hear the American Board of Surgery tell it, quite a lot. It recently won a $174,000 judgment in federal court against something called the American Board of General Surgery. In a lawsuit filed in 2010, the American Board of Surgery said the American Board of General Surgery wasn't a medical board at all, but a sham created by a Las Vegas man with a history of selling bogus medical certificates to physicians. Boards award certifications to doctors for showing expertise in a particular specialty.
March 13, 2014
WE ONCE called the Board of Revision of Taxes flesh-eating zombies. That was back in 2010, when the BRT filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court challenging the city's ability to abolish it, prompted by decades of patronage, mismanagement and arbitrary property assessments. The city, with the support of voters, split the BRT into two, separating its property-assessment function from its appeals function. When the city tried to gain control of the appeals function, the BRT balked, and the court backed them.
February 23, 2014 |
CAMDEN A new governing body for Rutgers-Camden, in its first meeting Friday, took a series of quick administrative actions, including appointing two members to a board that has eminent domain power in the city. Though it is still two gubernatorial appointments short, the board voted to fill positions on a joint panel with Rowan University that is expected to oversee the development of an "eds and meds" corridor in Camden. "The [Rutgers] board wanted to get started, Rutgers wanted to get started, I wanted to get started.
January 30, 2014 |
Lauren DeBruicker knows some people look at her and see her wheelchair first. They see the metal seat as a negative, something holding her back. She's wheelchair-bound , as the cliche goes. That's ridiculous, she said. " Bound . Like I've been tied to it by pirates or something," DeBruicker scoffed during a recent interview in her office at the city law firm of Duane Morris L.L.P., where she is a partner. More than 20 years after she lost the use of her legs and some of the movement in her arms, DeBruicker, 41, has a full, rewarding life and she wants other people to know it. She'll spread that message as an ambassador for Inglis, the nonprofit that helps people with disabilities live independently while providing 24-hour care to those who desire it. "There's a perception that people with disabilities don't work, don't play, don't have any fun," she said.
December 13, 2013 |
BEFORE ADJOURNING for its five-week holiday vacation, City Council yesterday passed a flurry of important bills. Here's a wrap-up of what went down: * After years of proposals, months of negotiations and weeks of uncertainty, Council unanimously passed a bill to make Philadelphia the largest city in the country to create a land bank. Lawmakers hope the new agency, intended to streamline the process of selling land now handled by an array of agencies, will breathe new life into the tens of thousands of abandoned, vacant and blighted buildings throughout the city.
December 13, 2013 |
The Curtis Institute of Music board of trustees on Wednesday elected Baroness Nina von Maltzahn its new chair, replacing H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest as of June 1. Lenfest, head of the board since 2006 and the most generous benefactor since its original patrons founded the conservatory, was recognized with the title chairman emeritus. Maltzahn lives mostly in Uruguay but spends time in Berlin, Zurich, and New York - reflecting Curtis' ever-expanding reach into other geographic areas for students, audiences, and donors.
October 31, 2013 |
The Chester County SPCA, which has come under fire from former staff, board, and volunteers for alleged mistreatment of animals and neglect at its shelter, has hired two new top staff members. Emily Simmons of the Animal Farm Foundation, a pit-bull rescue service, and who formerly was affiliated with the Pennsylvania SPCA, has accepted the newly created position of executive director. Danielle Ball recently was hired as the shelter's operations manager. Ball had been with the Humane League of Lancaster County, said Marsha Perelman, board member for the shelter.