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December 11, 2006 | By Dianna Marder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The heavyweight pols were there: the governor, the House speaker, Mayor Street, and a host of mayoral contenders. But so were educators. And arts administrators. Humanitarian leaders and corporate executives. People who run nonprofits and public utilities, physicians and hospital administrators, lobbyists, lawyers, and religious leaders. When the Pennsylvania Society convened its 108th annual dinner Saturday night at New York's storied Waldorf-Astoria, it was "not just a political gathering," said executive director Carol Fitzgerald, a hard-driving blend of Ava Gardner and Ethel Merman.
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December 13, 1999 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Pennsylvania politicians gathered here for a weekend of partying at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, there was lots of talk about the Philadelphia mayor's race. In 2003. Democrat John F. Street, winner of a narrow victory over Republican Sam Katz on Nov. 2, hasn't even been sworn in yet. But Republicans were urging Katz to plan for a rematch. They had already given the fight a promotional tag: Street-Katz II. It took two tries for New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican, to beat Democrat David Dinkins.
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December 11, 2005 | By Marcia Gelbart and Carrie Budoff INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Manhattan at Christmastime was very special last year for John Perzel. Attending Pennsylvania's premier out-of-state political party as the State House speaker, Perzel saw a $55,000 reception thrown for him by a paving contractor, a billboard giant, and 10 other politically connected companies. And this weekend it occurred all over again - not for Perzel this time, but an equally powerful cast of political bigwigs. With all the recent talk about ethical lapses in the Capitol corridors and Philadelphia City Hall, the drive for cleaner government has not reached New York - site of the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering of more than 1,000 politicians, business executives and lobbyists, which will end this morning.
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December 14, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Nelson A. Diaz, a former judge and Philadelphia city solicitor, confirmed Friday night that he will announce his bid for mayor in mid-January. His entrance will bring the Democratic field to five - and make it the first time in modern memory that the list of viable candidates includes two Latinos. Speaking briefly to a reporter at the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in Manhattan, Diaz said: "Yes, I will announce on Jan. 15. " Diaz, 67, will focus on education, said Elliot Curson, a veteran political advertising consultant who has been advising Diaz as he weighed a run over the last several months.
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September 21, 1993 | By Peter Landry, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If history is the impression left on the collective spirit, there is little doubt what marked the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Wars. On Saturday night the hereditary society will herald its 100th anniversary with a trio of toasts: to the queen of England, to the president of the United States, and to the armed services of then and now. To each, in order, the honor of its time. It will be an elegant occasion for a men's organization whose rolls brim with great Philadelphia names, whose founders included Waynes and Mifflins and more, whose members, even today, must be able to trace their lineage back to leaders of the colonial period before the 1775 Battle of Lexington.
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September 27, 2009 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A suspect has been arrested for duct-taping and abandoning a cat in the backyard of a home in the 2200 block of Edgley Street in North Philadelphia earlier this month. The arrest was made by an enforcement officer for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The cat was found Sept. 22. The PSPCA offered a reward of $2,000 for the conviction of whoever did the deed to the female cat, nicknamed "Sticky" by workers at the society. Only the cat's head was uncovered; she had to be sedated while the tape was cut off. Liz Williamson, a spokeswoman for the society, said tonight that the society will be announcing details Monday morning, and at this point, she could only say that she believed the arrest had come from following up on a lead that was among the dozens called in after the reward was offered.
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December 16, 2014
NEW YORK - It's not unheard of to develop double vision at some point during the annual alcohol-infused Pennsylvania Society weekend. After all, many of the 60-plus receptions, fundraisers, dinners and private parties offer open bars. But this year's 116th gathering of the Keystone State's power elite, elected officials, lobbyists, wannabes and hangers-on included a double-shot of, "Wait, am I seeing two of who I think I'm seeing?" Both cases involved current newsmakers.
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December 17, 2010 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
With U.S. government auditors demanding answers after years of questionable spending, the Philadelphia Housing Authority sent two officials to New York City last weekend to join the Pennsylvania Society's celebration. A PHA spokeswoman said Thursday that the agency spent $2,515 on travel expenses for Shelley James, an assistant executive director, and Kafi Lindsay, who recently was promoted to senior counsel after serving since 2008 as an assistant to PHA Board Chairman John F. Street.
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December 12, 2008 | By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Attorney General Tom Corbett gets a posh party thrown for him at a Fifth Avenue apartment. Former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan takes guest-of-honor billing at a reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. And Lehigh County executive Don Cunningham is hosting an "Irish tea" at that famed hotel's bar. Like debutantes taking center stage at the ball, Pennsylvania's gubernatorial hopefuls will descend on Manhattan today for the annual Pennsylvania Society event: a weekend of politicking, partying and, perhaps, even some policy-making.
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October 5, 2010 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Top managers at the Delaware River Port Authority ran up corporate credit-card expenses of $38,167 in 13 months, DRPA records show. The expenses included $500-a-night lodging at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City for two executives to attend the Pennsylvania Society gala, an annual meeting of Pennsylvania politicians and power-brokers. In March, two executives charged $4,666 to attend a cruise-ship convention in Miami. On other trips, three executives went to Miami and Seattle last October in pursuit of cruise-ship business, putting $2,325 on their cards, primarily for lodging and dining.
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February 14, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Beckett Pakradooni, 75, of Wynnewood, a businessman and contributor to fraternity life in Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Lankenau Hospital of heart failure. Mr. Pakradooni worked in his family's business, International Printing. The business was started in Old City by his grandfather, Haig H. Pakradooni Sr., the Persian consul in Philadelphia. When the firm closed in 1983, the younger Mr. Pakradooni joined Packard Press in Philadelphia, and later, Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Co., where he was vice president until his death.
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December 16, 2014
NEW YORK - It's not unheard of to develop double vision at some point during the annual alcohol-infused Pennsylvania Society weekend. After all, many of the 60-plus receptions, fundraisers, dinners and private parties offer open bars. But this year's 116th gathering of the Keystone State's power elite, elected officials, lobbyists, wannabes and hangers-on included a double-shot of, "Wait, am I seeing two of who I think I'm seeing?" Both cases involved current newsmakers.
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December 14, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Nelson A. Diaz, a former judge and Philadelphia city solicitor, confirmed Friday night that he will announce his bid for mayor in mid-January. His entrance will bring the Democratic field to five - and make it the first time in modern memory that the list of viable candidates includes two Latinos. Speaking briefly to a reporter at the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering in Manhattan, Diaz said: "Yes, I will announce on Jan. 15. " Diaz, 67, will focus on education, said Elliot Curson, a veteran political advertising consultant who has been advising Diaz as he weighed a run over the last several months.
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December 13, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - When Gov.-elect Tom Wolf heads to New York City on Friday for the annual wining, dining, and networking extravaganza known as the Pennsylvania Society, he will be the man saying No-Thank-You in the land of Thank-You-Very-Much. With many high-profile staff and cabinet positions yet to fill, Wolf will be a main attraction as he joins scores of officials, lobbyists, and political strategists at cocktail receptions and parties hosted by the well-heeled and well-connected.
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April 13, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania has relatively high cancer rates, many rural counties with no cancer specialists, rising cancer care costs, and shrinking reimbursements. "We face a perfect storm of challenges," said Marilyn Heine, a hematologist-oncologist with a group practice in Langhorne. Heine, a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology, joined several colleagues this week in discussing two new reports on cancer - one national and the other focused on the Keystone State.
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December 16, 2013 | By Amy Worden and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
  NEW YORK The annual migration of the commonwealth's wealthiest and most powerful - otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Society gathering - roared into Manhattan this weekend. This year's event was supposed to be about the governor's race - and the question of whether Gov. Corbett will be able to overcome sagging public approval ratings to earn another term in office. Most of the Democratic candidates vying for his job made the trek to hold fund-raisers and rub elbows with potential supporters and influential advocacy groups.
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December 14, 2013 | By Angela Couloumbis and Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - For the last two decades, Manhattan billionaire John Catsimatidis has opened the doors of his Fifth Avenue apartment, overlooking Central Park, at Christmastime to toast the biggest names in Pennsylvania politics. This year will be no different. Catsimatidis is hosting a fund-raiser Friday afternoon for Gov. Corbett to start the weekend-long festivities of the Pennsylvania Society, the annual gala for Pennsylvania politicians, who travel to New York City to talk policy, raise cash, and, of course, indulge in wining and dining.
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June 28, 2013 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since March, when the 2013 Flower Show had its lowest attendance in more than a decade, layoff rumors have traumatized staff at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the show's producer. On Wednesday, the rumor came true - 22 of 133 full- and part-time jobs were cut and two more downgraded to part time. The changes affect almost every level except the top - including communications; development;   Green Scene magazine; human resources; landscape management; library; marketing; programs; and Meadowbrook Farm, the PHS estate garden, greenhouse, and retail operation in Abington Township.
BUSINESS
June 18, 2013
AAA Mid-Atlantic , Philadelphia, has named the following members to its Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Board: Frank E. Pawlowski , immediate past commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police; Curt Schroder , regional executive of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council, senior vice president at the Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania, and a former nine-term member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Earle Bradford...
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April 15, 2013
America's first abolitionist organization was founded in 1775, when a group of Quakers met at the Rising Sun Tavern in Philadelphia. The Quakers had been anti-slavery proponents for some time, having banned its members from enslaving African Americans by the 1770s. From this meeting was borne the Pennsylvania Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage. The society was devoted not only to the abolition of slavery, but also to the social and economic improvement of African Americans.
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