March 7, 2015 |
David Gray, who has been serving as interim executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet since last summer, has had his interim status removed and will manage the company going forward, ballet board chair David Hoffman announced Thursday. Hoffman touted Gray's "strong leadership style and breadth of experience in ballet, nonprofit, and financial communities" in making the announcement. Gray, 55, who began in the press office of the New York City Ballet and then became a certified financial planner and consultant to many nonprofits facing change, has also been executive director of the American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey's largest dance organization.
March 6, 2015 |
Two public-policy centers in the Philadelphia region are joining forces with the goal of improving civics education in schools. The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, created in 2013 in collaboration with the National Constitution Center, has relocated from Arcadia University in Glenside to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the institutions announced Wednesday. The Rendell Center, a nonprofit led by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, develops civics lessons for lower grades, while the Annenberg Center has worked with middle and high schools.
March 4, 2015
A Business column Sunday on Pennsylvania and international trade misidentified the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.
February 25, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - As he begins his tenure facing a $2 billion budget gap, struggling schools, and aging bridges and roads, Gov. Wolf said there's another key area to improve: his state's self-esteem. "I think one of the responsibilities that leadership in Pennsylvania [has] to address head on - not only the structural issues in education, transportation, all those things, but also the psychological issues that keep us, hold us, back," Wolf told other governors during a panel discussion of their states' economic challenges.
February 8, 2015 |
Excitement filled the Merriam Theater on Thursday night as the Pennsylvania Ballet presented a program featuring a world premiere by resident choreographer Matthew Neenan and a trio of rising stars. Mayara Pineiro, who joined the corps last fall, was outstanding in Neenan's Shift to Minor . Brand-new soloist Oksana Maslova distinguished herself - with the superb Ian Hussey as her partner - in Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia . And Alexander Peters, a Pennsylvania Ballet apprentice just three years ago, was a revelation in the title role of George Balanchine's Prodigal Son . Set to a piano score by György Ligeti played by the excellent Martha Koeneman, Polyphonia was an impressive opener.
January 22, 2015
NEW GOV. Wolf has made increasing state aid to public education one of his priorities, but to do anything about it now would be putting the cart before the horse. Before the debate begins in Harrisburg over how much to give the public schools, a decision should be made on the formula by which the money is handed out. A special commission is looking into the matter and its recommendations are due in June. One thing everyone agrees on is that the current method is out-of-date and unfair.
January 9, 2015 |
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's "Fresh Start for Pennsylvania" campaign promised better school funding, plus economic stimulus to create more jobs. Voters approved. But "Pennsylvania's tax base is not expanding at a fast-enough pace to maintain current levels," let alone fund more spending, warned Tom Kozlik , municipal credit analyst at Janney Capital Markets , the largest investment banking group based in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's reputation among bond buyers is already low enough that the state has to pay a 0.3 percent surcharge over the interest rate charged for top-rated states such as Delaware, Virginia, and Utah, Kozlik noted in a report to clients Wednesday.
December 23, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - When David Carmicheal was growing up in rural Ohio, he asked his father to build him shelves so he could display his historic artifacts, the Civil War bullets and other objects he collected. Today, he has lots of shelves to manage - several miles of them. Carmicheal took over as Pennsylvania archivist last month, overseeing 220 million documents. Among them is Pennsylvania's hallowed founding document, Penn's Charter, housed for now in a windowless tower next to the State Museum in the Capitol complex.
December 18, 2014 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams yesterday charged Philadelphia-area state representatives Ron Waters and Vanessa Lowery Brown with bribery, criminal conspiracy and conflict of interest in connection to a grand jury probe into legislators taking envelopes full of cash in exchange for political promises. Waters and Brown, both Democrats, were subjects of a grand jury investigation into the political dealings of various Pennsylvania elected officials that has already taken down some, including Sen. LeAnna Washington and former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes.