September 9, 2014 |
Barry Ersek was a precocious lawn-care magnate. Steve Lange was a self-taught plant scientist at a Delaware bank that wanted brighter gardens. With 35 employees, they now run Holganix (as in holistic organics ), a Glen Mills company that manufactures liquid compost-starter - their brew of fermented, pasteurized and refrigerated sugars, bacteria and yeast - plus cooling units, jugs and applicators to spread it on lawns, farms and ballfields. Sales to NFL teams, Ivy League colleges, and landscaping services that want to use less chemical fertilizer and pest-killer nearly tripled in each of the last three years, to $4.4 million, landing Holganix on this year's Inc. 500 list of fast-growing U.S. firms.
August 29, 2014
MOLLY HAYWARD, 26, of Swarthmore, is founder of Cora, a startup that distributes customized packages of organic feminine hygiene products to college women in the U.S. and Canada. Part of the proceeds are used to buy sanitary pads for schoolgirls in India. Cora won the Philly Geek Award for Startup of the Year on Aug. 16. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Cora? A: I learned girls were missing school several days of every month in some countries because they couldn't afford sanitary pads.
August 23, 2014 |
Melissa Palmer has already lived a creative life as a master gardener, master beekeeper, hand-spinner of wool, and farmer who has raised sheep, chickens, quail, donkeys, and a goose named Greg. To this list of vocations and avocations, Palmer has added Florum, a floral-design business still in its maiden year. She's having a wonderful time. She thinks dill is "ethereal," for heaven's sake. Then why is she so sad? Palmer explains. The night before our visit, raccoons raided the chicken coop at her Titusville, N.J., farm near Lambertville, and slaughtered 30 beloved chickens.
July 16, 2014 |
Imagine a version of American Idol in which the contestants can sabotage one another in order to win and you get the gist of Bach at Leipzig , a thrill-ride of a comedy now playing at People's Light & Theatre. But that capsule description can't capture the magnitude of humor and the multiplicity of events depicted in Itamar Moses' clever play. It's 1722, and Johann Kuhnau, the world's greatest organist and music director of Leipzig's Thomaskirche, has died without appointing a successor.
June 25, 2014 |
As expected, the organizations that set national organ allocation policy on Monday permanently adopted the temporary rule change that enabled then-10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square to receive adult lungs a year ago. In a statement, the board of directors of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing said the change would expand access only "for a very limited group of young lung transplant candidates....
June 21, 2014 |
Ryan Patrick is all of 23. And on Tuesday, the Jamison, Bucks County, native joined the likes of Walter Cronkite and Steve Jobs as the recipient of a national Jefferson Award for public service. Patrick helped raise more than $13.3 million for pediatric cancer this year by leading THON, Pennsylvania State University's dance marathon, the world's largest student-run philanthropy. For his work with THON, Patrick was awarded the Globechanger Award for a volunteer under 25 during a ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington.
May 27, 2014 |
Members of 15 area churches gathered at LOVE Park on Sunday to turn the social-media activism of #BringBackOurGirls into an old-fashioned protest rally - the kind with chants, prayers, and song. About 250 people held signs and wore T-shirts condemning last month's kidnapping of 234 girls who were taken from their school in Nigeria by the extremist group Boko Haram. "We say no to terrorism. We say no to Boko Haram," said Pastor Funmi Obilana from the podium. "We want peace. We want education.
May 15, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Monica Forte sat in a House hearing room Tuesday, her son Tony wired to an IV in a backpack beside her, and tearfully begged lawmakers to pass a bill to update Pennsylvania's organ-donation law. "There are not enough kids as pediatric donors," Forte told a legislative panel. Tony, who turns 9 next month, was born with an intestinal disease and is on the waiting list for a stomach, liver, and small intestine transplant. He is one of 200 children on the state's waiting list for organ transplants.
April 25, 2014 |
STILL TRAILING after his team played its best game of the series, a coach begins to search around this time for an X-factor to insert in his lineup. One such gift could have landed in Craig Berube's lap yesterday. After the Oshawa Generals were ousted from the OHL playoffs on Wednesday, the Flyers recalled first-round pick Scott Laughton yesterday. Laughton, 19, already has five games' NHL experience under his belt with the Flyers from the 2013 lockout-shortened season. Laughton was lauded for his defensive responsibility as an 18-year-old, making the decision tough for the Flyers to send him back to junior hockey.
April 14, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Amira Davis, 9, sits near the front of her fourth-grade classroom each day at Aldan Elementary School in Delaware County. She can read each word when her teacher spells out lessons in thick, glossy strokes of black marker on the room's central whiteboard. But, she recently told her mother, when her teacher fires up the room's overhead projector, Amira has to squint to make out the words. "If she didn't mention that she couldn't see the board, we never would have come today," Amira's mother, Amber Lozado, said.