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May 28, 2005 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The former finance manager of a Mount Airy food co-op has reached an agreement that will allow her to avoid jail time on charges that she stole money from the co-op. Andrea Sheaffer agreed last week to pay the Weaver's Way Co-op $30,000 in restitution and to issue an apology to the co-op, at 559 Carpenter Lane in Mount Airy, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Sheaffer's financial dealings nearly forced the collapse of Weaver's Way in 2002, officials said.
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June 25, 2006 | Inquirer suburban staff
What it is: Swarthmore Co-op, one of the oldest cooperative grocery stores in the country, offers locally grown produce and organic and natural foods, as well as fresh meats, prepared meals and bakery items. You don't have to be a member to shop there. What we like: It's a friendly, community-oriented store that deals with a lot of local suppliers for everything from fresh strawberries to raspberry jelly rolls. And if a customer really wants a certain item, general manager Jack Cavanaugh will try to stock it. The co-op gets some of its produce from Linvilla Orchards in Middletown and Pete's Produce in Westtown.
LIVING
September 13, 1987 | By Dodge Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
Maureen McGeehan graduated two years ago from Drexel University with on- the-job experience, eight job offers and money in her pocket instead of college debts. McGeehan was one of the nearly 175,000 students nationwide working annually in a cooperative education program, alternating semesters in class with semesters in the field. Such students earn as they learn how their studies apply in the world outside. "When I got sick of studying, it was time to go to work. And when I got tired of working, it was time to head back to class," says McGeehan.
NEWS
May 17, 2005
THIS LETTER is to let you know that I have the back of all the Sixers fans (and all Philly fans for that matter) who were unjustifiably taken to task by Brad Geiger in his recent op-ed. How dare he call out Sixers fans because they didn't "rise to the moment" and fill the house for Game 4 of the recent playoff series. Sixers fans are so loyal, so passionate and so knowledgeable that I won't even dignify Mr. Geiger's incredible statements with any type of lengthy argument. None is necessary.
NEWS
January 9, 2006
AS ONE OF THE plaintiffs in the recent successful verdict against the School District of Philadelphia, I take issue with some of the points that Rotan Lee made in his Dec. 28 op-ed, "In Defense of Carl and the Cracker Slur. " I have no problem with Mr. Lee's defense of Carl Singley's outburst as "venting. " What I do resent is his contention that there was "backslapping jocularity between the plaintiffs and the jurors. " First of all, Mr. Lee wasn't there in the courthouse and wouldn't know firsthand what transpired.
NEWS
December 2, 1995 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The holdup man fled when the cashier shot back - with a camera. Camden police said Sone Lin, 20, was tending the counter at the Happy Dragon Restaurant about 7 Thursday evening when a man came in with his hand placed in his jacket in a way that suggested he had a gun. "Give me $300 or I'll kill you," the man said. Instead of going to the cash register, Sone picked up a 35mm camera and clicked. The startled robber ran from the store and Sone, 20, called police. Investigators rode with Sone through the neighborhood, and they spotted Manuel Melandez, 19, of the 100 block of Eutaw Street.
NEWS
August 13, 2008
THE OP-ED "Phony Drunken Driving stats" by Sarah Longwell was long overdue. In January 1994, I wrote that MADD's credibility was in question since its emphasis on arrest numbers seemingly overshadowed the real goal of highway safety. It seemed that MADD was upset because, in '92, there was reported a 12 percent drop in the number of "drunken driving offenders. " In an August column, I expressed outrage over MADD's campaign to lower the BAC from 0.10 to 0.08. I also condemned the MADD-supported and unconstitutional ALS (administrative license suspension)
NEWS
May 10, 2004
I AM APPALLED at the op-ed you featured on the Special Olympics. Without even getting into my opinion on such segregated activities, ones in which people with disabilities are seen as pitiful and less than worthy of participation in society with the rest of the human race, you need to know that your language is offensive and demeaning. "Mentally handicapped"? "Emotionally retarded"? "Retarded"? These terms are as offensive as any racial or ethnic slur. And how comforting to know that the Special Olympics segregates individuals according to their IQ and so-called "ability levels.
NEWS
August 18, 1991 | By Jane Pepper, Special to The Inquirer
"We're all mothers, we all work, we all enjoy being together, and we all love to garden," explains Jean Hunt as she describes the beginnings of the Philadelphia garden co-op she developed with Marilyn Wood, Pat Urevick and Pat MacFarland. Chatting one day last winter, they decided that to make light work of bed building and patio installation, they would pool their resources and work together. The system had worked for car pooling, babysitting and vacations. Why couldn't it work outside in the garden?
NEWS
April 16, 2008
RE THE op-ed "How Hillary lost my vote": Ms. Spector made a major misstep in suggesting that Sen. Clinton essentially be let off the hook for her Iraq war vote, while Sen. McCain should be held accountable for having "cuddled" up to the Bush administration. The quotes: "If you had voted against it, would you have been able to have a seat at the table with the big boys or been derided as a weak sister who didn't have enough patriotism to put country ahead of politics?" and "But, perhaps even more than that, I don't want John McCain.
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NEWS
November 6, 2014
YOUR PAPER recently published an oped by Chad Dion Lassiter, the President of Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, that called real-estate development company Templetown Realty and Temple University, "the new Jim Crow. " The objective of Mr. Lassiter's letter is to raise awareness of the allegedly heavy-handed tactics used by the realty company and Temple to displace the poor African-American community that surrounds the campus, and to call for a campaign of civil disobedience against the university's expansion efforts.
REAL_ESTATE
October 27, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
For as long as she can remember, Susan Stapler Davis has loved fabric. Actually, it's in her DNA. When you come of age in the Stapler family, longtime owners of Stapler Fabric at 1222 Walnut St. until it closed in 2007, that sort of predilection is predictable. "I loved the store, and I loved being there. I spent most of my adult years working there in sales and design after the kids were grown," Davis fondly recalls in her cooperative apartment on JFK Boulevard, where lush fabrics are everywhere.
NEWS
September 3, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Obamacare, organic soy milk, and birth control pills have proven to be a volatile mix for Eden Foods, a small, highly regarded natural foods company. Last year, the Clinton, Mich., company's owner, Michael Potter, sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, objecting to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires company health insurance plans to cover preventive medicine - including contraception. Citing his Catholic beliefs, Potter said he should not be forced to help his employees obtain birth control, or any other "lifestyle drugs" such as Viagra and hair-loss remedies.
NEWS
June 30, 2014 | BY CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writer stansbc@phillynews.com, 215-854-5914
LENA HELEN, of East Kensington, could barely contain her excitement upon learning that her dream of a member-owned grocery store, filled to the brim with healthy products, was finally coming to fruition. "It's going to be huge!" she exclaimed. Helen, the president of the Kensington Community Food Co-op (KCFC), dreamed up the idea for a neighborhood food co-op back in 2008. But the organization was only able to secure space for a permanent home in April, she said. The co-op will be at Frankford and Lehigh avenues in what was formerly O'Reilly's Pub. Renovations on the property are expected to begin next year in preparation for a 2016 opening.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
I AM a 28-year-old recovering heroin addict. Having said that, Ms. Flowers, I now need to address your perceptions of addiction and specifically Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. Being educated in this field, both academically and personally, I am blessed with a unique insight into the disease of addiction. And, make no mistake about it, it is a disease. However, it is not a disease like cancer or diabetes, as some like to compare it to. It is a disease not like any other. It is threefold in nature: a mental obsession, like obsessive-compulsive disorder; a physical allergy, like one would have to peanut butter; and a spiritual malady, which I have no words to explain.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
DOYLESTOWN Lisa White and John LaSala have spent their adult lives in the corporate world. They had no idea how to open a grocery store. But after years of planning - and with lots of help - White, board president of the Doylestown Food Co-op and a management consultant, and LaSala, a fellow board member and a former Johnson & Johnson executive, are days away from celebrating the grand opening of the co-op's 1,400-square-foot store on West...
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
ELKINS PARK The Creekside Co-Op in Elkins Park has eliminated employee health insurance and outsourced its payroll, sparking some consternation among employees of the struggling community-owned grocery. Some employees said morale dropped in mid-December when they were told they would have to find their own health insurance, and were ordered to fill out "new hire" paperwork that included a detailed medical history and waivers for random drug tests. Jeff Rotter, president of the co-op board, said the moves were necessary because, a year after opening, the store still isn't profitable, and costs for worker compensation and employee health insurance were going to rise significantly.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP Loren Dann began class Tuesday the way many children would like school to start: by handing out candy. Before her students could unwrap the treats, though, they found out they had been baited into an ethics lesson. Should the 7- and 8-year-olds keep the candy or give it to a sick friend, who could surely use a pick-me-up? Perhaps more important, do they have a duty to do so? "Today," Dann declared, "we are going to talk about charity. " Soon, the students were debating whether people had a right to health care, an education, home ownership.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
By most measures, the CreekSide Co-op in Elkins Park can be called a runaway success. But the most important metric, revenue, is lagging to such an extent operators fear they won't make it to the one-year mark in November. The store, part of a growing movement of community-owned and -operated grocers, has anchored a revival of the downtown area that includes three new restaurants, a renovated park, and a community development project at the nearby train station. The co-op has attracted 2,150 member households, nearly double the target.
NEWS
August 21, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A tasty array of restaurants, a bountiful farmers market, and a fresh crop of food-related businesses on Haddon Avenue make Collingswood a great town for people who like to eat. Now borough boosters hope to add another ingredient: a retail co-op offering local produce and products. "We need this," says Lisa Murphy, who started to stir the pot by posting an online query - "Is anyone out there interested in starting a food co-op?" - in July. The response was immediate, connections were made, and a Facebook page set up; supporters also solicited input from patrons of the Collingswood Farmers Market.
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