September 8, 2015 |
Ironically, the 160-year-old social service agency Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia at times has been without a home in a demographic hotspot. The agency, which started out as a Jewish orphanage, occasionally had no office on the Main Line, a longtime hub of a Jewish community that is one of the fastest-growing in the nation. So the organization that serves more than 15,000 people a year implemented a strategic plan to expand and found the perfect spot: a Bala Cynwyd office building that once belonged to a titan of area philanthropy.
June 24, 2015 |
Michael Duncan said he doesn't want you to drive far to see his staff if you live in southern Chester County. So Duncan, the president and CEO of Chester County Hospital & Health System, recently opened a $28 million medical facility in West Grove. The addition came after a 2010 study showed that many southern Chester County residents were forced to travel out of their areas for health services. That indicated to Chester County Hospital that there was a need for more physicians in the West Grove area.
June 5, 2015 |
A Bucks County employee with multiple sclerosis claims that the county violated her rights when it discontinued a shuttle service that transported disabled courthouse visitors and employees between the county parking complex and the justice center. In an allegation of discrimination brought to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Maria Alff, 56, a receptionist in the District Attorney's Office since 2006, said the county had violated her rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act. On March 16, county commissioners decided to discontinue the service.
May 1, 2015 |
Two weeks ago, a child who was sexually abused in Delaware County was shuffled from sterile office to sterile office as police, then prosecutors, and then social workers all asked the child to recount the incident. That was standard procedure, and one that often further traumatized child victims, experts say. But now, a victim will have to tell that story only once. On Tuesday, Delaware County dedicated a Children's Advocacy Center in Media that will serve as a child-friendly setting in which investigators and social workers can coordinate responses to child-sex-abuse cases.
April 14, 2015 |
Facing a couple hundred of his employees this month, Drexel University president John A. Fry outlined his latest plan to remodel the campus once named the nation's ugliest. "That East German-like plaza that we have right now is going to be replaced by something that's really wonderful," he said. Fry pointed to an artist's rendering of a renovated campus quad thick with trees and grass and bordered by the LeBow College of Business building, a contemporary glass-and-limestone tower opened two years ago, and the Korman Center, which would get a much-needed face-lift.
March 4, 2015 |
The corner of 15th and Christian Streets is clogged with snow. As the storm intensifies, only a few people keep trudging through the slush. Among them are Martha Tellaz and her children, Alan and Santiago. Bundled tightly, the three seem to materialize out of the storm and enter the building of Mighty Writers South on Christian Street. Mighty Writers, a nonprofit that fosters critical thinking skills and creativity, offers daily afterschool programs, nightly classes, scholarship programs, college preparatory courses, and more, all free to Philadelphia students.
October 25, 2014 |
On its first day open to the shopping public, Century 21's new Philadelphia department store was hopping Thursday with a curious lunchtime crowd of men and women, young millennials with dyed hair, mothers pushing baby strollers and masculine sports fans in Eagles jackets and caps. And the high price tags for some luxury items on offer in the old Strawbridge & Clothier building at 8th and Market Streets didn't seem to scare anyone away. At the Century 21 entrance inside the Gallery mall, Carol Goodlett wandered in to inspect the store's designer sunglasses, jewelry, gloves, perfume, and handbags, like a Dolce & Gabbana gold sequined clutch for $1,998 and a Prada handbag for $1,469.
October 24, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In an event seen as symbolic of Atlantic City's future, city and state officials, as well as the head of gambling giant Caesars Entertainment Inc., signed the final steel beam Wednesday to top Harrah's new $126 million conference center. Caesars Entertainment chief executive officer Gary Loveman said the project, due for completion in August, reflected his company's continuing commitment to Atlantic City, even as four casinos - including Caesars' own Showboat - have closed, and a fifth teeters on the brink.
September 20, 2014 |
Liberty is not free. It's fragile, and it occasionally needs to be updated. To that end, Old City's National Liberty Museum on Thursday unveiled a new welcome center that bridges the gap between its exhibits and the concepts it promotes. Since 2000, it has been tasked with conveying a lofty ideal - "liberty" - in a historical district flush with museums, national landmarks, and other attractions. Gwen Borowsky, the museum's CEO, said the Welcome to Liberty Gallery would help visitors understand the museum's mission.
June 12, 2014 |
ON AN ICY Christmas night in 1776, George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River to secure America's independence and to fight unfair taxation. Yesterday, Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil flexed the franchise's freedom to find tax breaks, announcing that the team and its employees will cross the river to the Camden waterfront to open a new headquarters and a state-of-the-art, 120,000-square-foot practice center by June 2016, thanks to $82 million in tax credits approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board.