January 6, 2012 |
THE OWNER of a now-defunct Feasterville law firm, Debbie Carlitz, told a federal judge yesterday that admitted fraudster Bonnie Sweeten stole her payroll checks and deposited them into her own personal account. Sweeten, 41, who was the office manager at the law firm, had been expected to be sentenced yesterday, but attorneys for the government and Sweeten spent all day arguing over how much money that Sweeten, who worked at the law firm from 2005 to 2009, stole. The feds say more than $1.1 million; the defense says $948,077.
October 24, 2011 |
No lightbulb went off over Marion Leary. She had just watched the parents of one friend after another fall sick, then worry which bill they could afford to pay. The health-care debate wasn't leaving her optimistic. There had to be something she could do to tap the generosity of the crowd to help the under- or uninsured. As a nurse, Penn researcher, and former event planner, Leary knew a bit about medicine and money. She wanted to establish an organization akin to Kiva.org, which allows visitors to make small loans to vetted causes.
August 5, 2011 |
Christopher Levy has been out of work since June of last year, when federal law enforcement officials shut down Life's Good Inc., alleging that its founder and chief executive, Robert Stinson, was running a $16 million Ponzi scheme. As if unemployment weren't enough of a burden for Levy, 48, of King of Prussia, the IRS is after him for $353,000 in Life's Good payroll taxes the agency says the Philadelphia company failed to turn over. "I had nothing to do with taxes," Levy said in an interview at his attorney's office.
July 31, 2011 |
The physician was full of bluster, threatening to sue the software vendor that had landed his practice in a quagmire as it tried to convert from paper medical files to an electronic database. "I'm feeling betrayed," he said last week, sitting in a crowded back office. Office manager Liz Wiener listened, letting the sound wash over her as she slumped over a conference table. Beth Schindele, Delaware's high-tech equivalent of the state agricultural extension agent, nodded her head in sympathy.
June 9, 2011 |
The soybean fields and peach-orchard remnants bordering the modern new building just off Route 55 in Mullica Hill demonstrate the transition from agricultural to high-tech that Rowan University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is all about. "This is where we hope a future is for tech jobs in South Jersey," said Sarah Piddington, the center's interim director. "Our purpose is to keep people around here who in the past have had to go away to be in tech. " The center provides research and laboratory space for Rowan students and professors and an incubator for tech-based businesses.
June 3, 2011 |
Nancy Maialetti Owen, 42, of Souderton, a volunteer with a municipal revitalization program there, died of gastric cancer Monday, May 30, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Born in Bristol Township, Mrs. Owen graduated from the former Archbishop Wood High School for Girls in 1987 and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting at Temple University in 1991. A sister, Donna Maialetti, said that from 1993 to 1996, Mrs. Owen was a personnel assistant in the human resources department of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Doylestown Township.
May 26, 2011
Yvonne Briscoe Ireland, 74, of Erdenheim, a retired office manager, died of organ failure Thursday, May 19, at Abington Memorial Hospital. In 1982, Mrs. Ireland became office manager for Erdenheim Pediatrics, which later became Lockman & Lubell Pediatric Associates in Fort Washington. After retiring at 65, she worked part-time for the practice as a referral specialist until January. Mrs. Ireland graduated from Yeadon High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Millersville University.
February 11, 2011 |
To describe "Just Go With It" as another failed romantic comedy would imply that at one time it wanted to succeed as romantic comedy. I doubt that's true. Star Adam Sandler and collaborator/director Denis Dugan don't really care if they conform to rom-com standards and practices. To Sandler Inc., "Just Go With It" is a forum for his freewheeling lowbrow brand (this movie makes "Little Fockers" look erudite), one that's increasingly unhinged from form and unregulated by taste. It's either proof of civilization's decline or underappreciated Dadaist genius.
December 14, 2010
RE COUNCILWOMAN Marian Tasco's op-ed, "Dwight Evans' 'Friends & Cronies' are Really Just Us," a touching tale about her visit to the Fresh Grocer in Germantown: I don't make any excuses about why I voted against Evans, I was up front about it, and I'll state it again: I voted against Evans because he cut funding in my district. As to Tasco's assertion that Evans got $1 million for the Maria Santos Medical Office, you've been sadly misinformed. Gov. Rendell was the one who helped me secure the $1 million for my district.
November 24, 2010 |
The kind of Thanksgiving that filled Lisa Brown with comforting memories had slipped through her fingers. Instead of the good silverware, steaming macaroni and cheese, and the punch bowl with the sherbet floating in it, last year's Thanksgiving was about someone else's house and someone else's holiday. Lisa Brown and her children were homeless, staying with friends. But in a matter of months, Brown went from sleeping in an enclosed porch to her own four-bedroom apartment. This year, Brown won't be just celebrating the holiday in someone else's home.