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January 26, 2016 | By BONNIE L. COOK, Staff Writer
SIRAJ SHARMA, 87, of Plymouth Meeting, a native of Hyderabad, India, whose influence in the field of occupational therapy was felt here and abroad, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, of interstitial lung disease at home. A pioneer in her field, Mrs. Sharma was a member of one of the first graduating classes of occupational therapy students in South Asia and was the first Indian student to receive a Colombo Plan Scholarship to study at the London School of Occupational Therapy in 1952. She continued to blaze trails after her graduation as the liaison between the Occupational Therapy School in Bombay (now Mumbai)
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July 18, 2006 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Deborah Rubin Labovitz, 63, an author and professor of occupational therapy at New York University, died of brain cancer Friday at her home in Elkins Park, where she lived since 2004. Dr. Labovitz wrote Ordinary Miracles: True Stories About Overcoming Obstacles and Surviving Catastrophes, a collection of essays about occupational therapists working with accident victims, the disabled, the sick and elderly. The book was published by Slack Inc.'s professional book division in 2003.
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June 12, 2016
On April 23, Baker Industries held its 35th annual gala at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford. Baker Industries is a nonprofit work rehabilitation program for adults who are on parole, in recovery, homeless, or who have been diagnosed with a disability. About 180 supporters turned out, raising $99,000 while enjoying an evening of fine food, a silent auction, and the presentation of the Steps to Independence Award to Thomas Jefferson University's Department of Occupational Therapy. Proceeds will be used to support Baker's rehabilitation programs.
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June 20, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
THE CAVANAUGHS have raised their son twice. They taught him to speak, twice. They taught him to walk, twice. Jack Sr. even taught Jack Jr. to ride a bicycle, twice. Jack Cavanaugh Jr. was 21 in August 2013 when he fell 12 feet from an indoor balcony at his parents' cabin in the Poconos. The fall caused a traumatic brain injury that left him comatose for a month. When he awoke, he couldn't walk, communicate, or swallow. His body was a strange machine he couldn't control. Cavanaugh had played soccer and run track at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County.
SPORTS
February 12, 1997 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Erin Cann of Bordentown, The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' soccer player of the year, has signed a letter of intent with East Carolina. Cann, a four-year starting midfielder, said she will receive a partial soccer scholarship. She made her decision late last week. Cann chose East Carolina over the College of New Jersey. "East Carolina has an excellent academic reputation and also offers my major, occupational therapy," Cann said. "I had a good visit three weeks ago and thought I would fit in well.
NEWS
April 30, 2000 | By Linda K. Harris, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What does it feel like to be 100 years old? "Just like it does to be 99," said a smiling Grace Monteith, her hands folded firmly across the pocketbook in her lap. "I don't feel any older, unless I'm trying to get in and out of a car. " Monteith, who will celebrate her 101st birthday in July, was the guest of honor yesterday at the National Park Service's annual gathering of volunteers, held at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church on Columbus Boulevard. She has devoted as many as 2,000 hours of volunteer service to the Deshler Morris House in Germantown and may be the country's oldest volunteer, said Stephen Sitarski, VIP coordinator for the Park Service.
NEWS
May 13, 1989 | By Donna St. George, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Lame, 80, an occupational therapist-turned-volunteer who taught children to read and to know nature during three decades of community work, died Wednesday at the Waverly Heights retirement center in Gladwyne, where she had lived for three years. She was previously a lifelong resident of Germantown and Chestnut Hill. A 1927 graduate of Springside School in Chestnut Hill, Mrs. Lame had gone on to attend Smith College, but after two years her education was cut short by the Depression.
NEWS
February 5, 2013
THE TWO GROUPS could hardly have been more different. One group included graduate students from the Jefferson University Hospital School of Health Professions, working on their master's degrees in occupational therapy - educated, optimistic, confident of the future. The other group included employees of Baker Industries, a nonprofit that helps its participants transition from down-and-out to up-and-coming. Many Bakerites lack life skills and confidence. The 10 Jeff students have excellence stamped on their resumes.
NEWS
February 1, 2013 | By Kathleen Tinney, Inquirer Staff Writer
She had him at do-si-do. The end of World War II set off a square-dancing craze, and Elizabeth Moses, an occupational therapy student of Quaker stock, kicked up her heels, twirled her pettiskirts, and joined in. At a hoedown in Philadelphia, she circled left and circled right into the path of her future husband. She and lawyer Charles Thomas later settled on a 13-acre Deptford farm and turned it into a square-dance Xanadu. Hoedown Hall opened in the early 1950s, first in the Thomases' barn and then in an outbuilding with a floor reinforced to take a pounding from 150 or more feet on Saturday nights.
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June 20, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
THE CAVANAUGHS have raised their son twice. They taught him to speak, twice. They taught him to walk, twice. Jack Sr. even taught Jack Jr. to ride a bicycle, twice. Jack Cavanaugh Jr. was 21 in August 2013 when he fell 12 feet from an indoor balcony at his parents' cabin in the Poconos. The fall caused a traumatic brain injury that left him comatose for a month. When he awoke, he couldn't walk, communicate, or swallow. His body was a strange machine he couldn't control. Cavanaugh had played soccer and run track at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Delaware County.
NEWS
June 12, 2016
On April 23, Baker Industries held its 35th annual gala at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford. Baker Industries is a nonprofit work rehabilitation program for adults who are on parole, in recovery, homeless, or who have been diagnosed with a disability. About 180 supporters turned out, raising $99,000 while enjoying an evening of fine food, a silent auction, and the presentation of the Steps to Independence Award to Thomas Jefferson University's Department of Occupational Therapy. Proceeds will be used to support Baker's rehabilitation programs.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By BONNIE L. COOK, Staff Writer
SIRAJ SHARMA, 87, of Plymouth Meeting, a native of Hyderabad, India, whose influence in the field of occupational therapy was felt here and abroad, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, of interstitial lung disease at home. A pioneer in her field, Mrs. Sharma was a member of one of the first graduating classes of occupational therapy students in South Asia and was the first Indian student to receive a Colombo Plan Scholarship to study at the London School of Occupational Therapy in 1952. She continued to blaze trails after her graduation as the liaison between the Occupational Therapy School in Bombay (now Mumbai)
NEWS
December 26, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
Kadir LaLena pushed his finger against the glass of the small tank in his mother's living room. Michelangelo, his pet turtle, was hiding. Gina LaLena guided the boy's hand. He'll come out, she said. He'll think it's food. Five years ago, Kadir came to LaLena as another foster child who required a bed for the weekend. She was divorced before age 25, was unable to conceive a child, and felt adrift. Hers was 5-year-old Kadir's 16th long-term home. He is autistic. He suffers from ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and other developmental delays.
SPORTS
December 7, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
Josh Van Blarcom ran off the field with as much speed and lots more purpose than during any play in the South Jersey Group 1 championship game. Van Blarcom found his best friend's mother and embraced her as Pennsville's players reached to the brilliant blue sky in celebration of the program's first sectional title since 1981. "We did it," Van Blarcom whispered in Crystal Parks' ear. "We finally did it. " The 28-6 victory over Clayton in the sectional title game at Rowan University was overwhelmingly emotional for the Eagles, who dedicated the season to Parks' son and Van Blarcom's buddy, senior Kyle Pszenny.
NEWS
September 13, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University of the Sciences and Salus University have begun talks about "forming a broad strategic partnership" that could result in a merger, the president of Salus wrote in an email to colleagues Thursday. "Although discussions are very much in an exploratory phase, our respective boards recognize the potential for growth as a combined institution far exceeds what either of us can accomplish alone," wrote Michael H. Mittelman, president of Salus, the Elkins Park institution formerly called the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
SPORTS
February 6, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
AVERY MARZ is stepping up and then off of an aerobic platform. Her left foot lands on the platform first and her right foot follows. She does this repeatedly as her physical therapist watches. Her mother, Mary Beth Schoellkopf, stands off to the side and watches intently. Marz, a Saint Joseph's freshman, is wearing a T-shirt from the basketball camp of women's coach Cindy Griffin, a pair of Jordan-brand basketball shorts, athletic shoes and a white headband to keep the sweat from trickling down on her face.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
An occupational therapist says his former employer owes tens of thousands of dollars in back wages plus other damages because company officials did not pay him for the time he spent traveling between clients. In a suit moved to federal court in Camden last week, Omar Graham of Sicklerville says his supervisor at SunDance Rehabilitation Services Inc. deleted his travel time from his time records "to prevent [him] from being paid for travel time and overtime. " "We are looking into the allegations," said Jeanne Moore, a company spokeswoman.
NEWS
February 5, 2013
THE TWO GROUPS could hardly have been more different. One group included graduate students from the Jefferson University Hospital School of Health Professions, working on their master's degrees in occupational therapy - educated, optimistic, confident of the future. The other group included employees of Baker Industries, a nonprofit that helps its participants transition from down-and-out to up-and-coming. Many Bakerites lack life skills and confidence. The 10 Jeff students have excellence stamped on their resumes.
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