May 7, 2015 |
AS African-Americans who advocate for students and parents in our communities, we find the notion that billionaire hedge-fund managers who live on the Main Line should decide who will be our next mayor and determine the shape of public education in our city troubling, to say the least. The three partners of the Susquehanna International Group - Joel Greenberg, Jeff Yass and Arthur Dantchik - poured $6 million into the failed gubernatorial bid of Anthony Hardy Williams and now are spending more millions to make him mayor.
April 4, 2015 |
Jogging and running races did more than ease daily stresses for Bruce C. Brotzman. "It saved his life," his son, Michael, said. Mr. Brotzman had started running recreationally in the 1970s, but after a business trip to Dallas in 1993, his son said, "he began experiencing shortness of breath. " Tests revealed that "the heart muscle had been attacked by a virus. " But because years of running had given him "cardiac capability to spare," his son said, "he would continue to run nightly," just not as far nor as fast as before, until recently reducing his exercise to walking.
March 25, 2015 |
While the Eagles look for a wide receiver to replace Jeremy Maclin, the Soul have found one. Marques Colston, the New Orleans Saints' all-time leader in four receiving categories, won't be playing for the Soul anytime soon. Instead, the 10-year veteran, who joined the Soul as an ownership partner last fall, will be closely involved with the team. "With me being on the back end of my career, I know they are going to show me the door sooner rather than later," Colston, a seventh-round draft pick out of Hofstra, said of the Saints.
March 24, 2015 |
Joel Greenberg once donated $1 million to a struggling after-school music program in West Philadelphia, having read about it in the newspaper. The Main Line financial trader didn't bother to return a reporter's call asking why he did so. Greenberg is like that, those who know him say - passionate in his desire to help others, particularly children, and uninterested in self-promotion. "He does not want to be front and center," said Ina B. Lipman, executive director of the Children's Scholarship Fund, another cause that has benefited from Greenberg's largesse.
March 17, 2015 |
More than a decade after a group of urban pioneers living in the Loft District suggested the abandoned Reading Railroad viaduct could be repurposed as an elevated park, an unusual partnership will make the idea a reality and enable construction to start this summer on the first phase of the project. The William Penn and Knight Foundations plan to formally announce Monday that they are joining forces and checkbooks to fund $11 million worth of park improvements in Philadelphia, primarily in underserved neighborhoods.
March 7, 2015 |
In the moments before Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig lost her life in a West Oak Lane house fire, her coworker Nyree Bright stood at the top of a stairway filled with flames. Bright, on the job for just over two years, was holding the nozzle on a hose - the first line of attack in a predawn basement fire last Dec. 9. Her lieutenant and Craig, a decorated 11-year veteran working an overtime shift, were behind her. Minutes earlier, when they had walked into the house on the 1600 block of Middleton Street, only a light, hazy smoke had filled the first floor.
February 16, 2015 |
A father-and-son team, Harvey and Noah Ostroff, is aiming to build and sell high-end townhouses for suburban-type buyers who love the nightlife - and might want to live at 22d and Walnut Streets in Center City. With partners Michael Murray and Howard Siegal, the company, Center City Development, already has completed Lombard Estates and Rittenhouse Estates, townhouses bigger and wider than is typical for Philadelphia that are for sale at 18th and 19th Streets at Lombard. They're repeating the model with the development of Walnut Estates at a corner that is now a parking lot. Starting price: $2.25 million a home.
February 13, 2015 |
Raymond L. Lex, 86, of Sewell, a former partner in the Chestnut House restaurant in Westville, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday, Feb. 9, at Woodbury Mews, an assisted living community. Mr. Lex grew up near Shibe Park in North Philadelphia, and ended his education at the eighth grade to help support his family. "His parents had a fish market," said daughter Carol. "He stopped going to school because he was the youngest and he was needed in the market. " Mr. Lex's father, Howard, had been a cook in the Army.
January 21, 2015 |
Out to help improve the beer-drinking experience, the Philadelphia life-sciences company Invisible Sentinel Inc. has entered into partnerships with four brewing companies for final validation of its Veriflow brewPAL. The technology by the University City start-up claims to be the first to provide same-day detection of pediococcus and lactobacillus, bacteria that attach to grain and can spoil the taste of beer. Last fall, Invisible Sentinel announced a partnership with Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown to work on validation of Veriflow brewPAL.
January 16, 2015 |
JON A. BAUGHMAN was an outstanding Philadelphia lawyer - but that's not all he was. "He was a man of total integrity, who loved life, loved his family and loved his job," said his lawyer son, Michael E. Baughman. His father was a man who delighted in feeding the homeless on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with his church, playing tennis and nurturing seeds in his garden in Fort Washington to produce corn, tomatoes and peppers and flowering fruit trees. But most of all, Jon Baughman, longtime partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, was a family man. "I keep hearing what a great lawyer he was," said his son. "But he was an even greater father.