April 21, 2015 |
William B. Fretz Jr. and John P. Freeman thought they had hit a low point in 2009, when one of their biggest clients - and one of the state's premier power brokers - was convicted of corruption. As former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo headed to prison, their Montgomery County hedge fund, Covenant Partners, sagged under the weight of the recession and federal investigations. But the two were never charged, and Covenant carried on with the type of high-risk, high-reward investments that had made them millions.
April 1, 2015
IN HIS OFFICE, on the mantle, Joe Lombardo has an urn with the remains of his beloved Samoyed, Butkus, named after the intimidating Chicago Bears linebacker. Butkus died in 2008. The dog, that is. The thing is, Lombardo can't be sure that's actually Butkus in the urn. After receiving Butkus' ashes, Lombardo questioned the cremation company. "They tell you, 'We're telling you,' " Lombardo tells me. "That's all well and good, but wonder if this is really . . . " he says, his voice trailing off. His suspicions motivated him to research online, which I duplicated.
March 24, 2015 |
When it comes to dogs and cats, Camden has long had some of the strictest ordinances in the state, including one requiring all owners to spay or neuter their pets. In fact, until recently, Camden was the only municipality in New Jersey with such a mandate. This month, after city officials became aware the ordinance was more restrictive than state law, City Council voted to amend it. Now, the city no longer tickets pet owners who don't fix their dogs as long as those dogs are licensed.
March 22, 2015 |
Deathly ill, Harley was marinating in his own toxins. The 4-year-old cat's kidneys had stopped performing their vital blood-cleansing function. The orange tabby from Jordan - his owner was a diplomat in Washington - was carried into the dialysis suite limp, eyes half-closed and glazed over. The veterinarians and other staff at the University of Pennsylvania were already masked and gloved. They hooked Harley up. Penn's Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital is one of a dozen dialysis centers nationally (four are on the East Coast)
March 14, 2015 |
Liz Hendley has $17 left after paying all of her bills each month. That's barely enough for a week's worth of groceries for herself, much less for her two dogs, Shadow and Chichi. "If it wasn't for Marianne, I couldn't keep up with them," the 79-year-old Warminster woman said. Marianne Iaquinto is the founder of Sam's Hope, a nonprofit that donates pet food, treats, toys, anything a pet would need, to low-income people in Philadelphia and Bucks and Montgomery Counties. In the last 19 months, Sam's Hope, named in memory of a dog Iaquinto used to have, has distributed more than 67,000 pounds of pet food through a combination of home deliveries and partnerships with food pantries and nonprofits that assist seniors.
March 2, 2015 |
One man's ceiling is another man's floor. And one man's entrée is another man's pet. Today I'm talking about one of my chickens, who just died. And, yes, I had it cremated. Rather than barbecued. I can't decide if this makes absolute sense. Or is completely crazy. You be the judge. To give you some background, I keep a flock of about 15 hens, of different varieties. There are white Wyandottes, a shiny black Australorp, a few Rhode Island Reds and brown Ameraucanas, which lay greenish-blue eggs.
February 22, 2015 |
Don't let the dogs out. At least not without proper attire. Friday marked the coldest day in Philadelphia in 21 years - the high was only 17 degrees - and it's not going to get much better over the weekend. That makes the Animal Care and Control Team's offer of free straw bedding this weekend to city residents not only appealing, but possibly essential. Although some believe that an animal's fur is sufficient in freezing weather, it's still important to provide properly insulated shelter for dogs, cats and other animals, said ACCT spokeswoman Ame Dorminy.
February 3, 2015 |
Last summer, Posh was just another stray cat, living out his days at Quakertown's "Last Chance Ranch. " Now, the chunky feline with deep green eyes has a home in a Delaware Valley College dorm. Posh playfully crawled last week across an organic chemistry notebook left open on the dorm-room desk. "No one's real favorite, except for, I guess, his," observed Russell Desmond, a West Chester sophomore and aspiring veterinarian who with his roommate, Nate Borger, shares custody of the cat. A couple of doors down, Sarah Boughton clutched Isla, a white rabbit that loves to hop around the room but that never scales the baby gate barring the doorway.
January 6, 2015 |
WHEN AN early-December fire consumed their kitchen and filled their North Philadelphia house with smoke, Sharon McCurdy and her adult son, Wilson Washington, fled onto 27th Street near Somerset. Their beloved gray-and-white cat, Tigger, was missing. Once the fire scene was secure, former firefighter Jennifer Leary and her Red Paw Emergency Relief Team responded to Tigger's absence as intensely as the Red Cross responds to families displaced by disaster. Leary found Tigger at the scene of the fire, boarded him in her house, took him to a veterinarian and placed him in Red Paw's network of temporary foster homes until he could return to his. After staying with relatives, McCurdy and Washington were able to move back home just before Christmas.
December 23, 2014 |
In the midst of last month's unwelcome arctic blast, animal-control officer Danny Rivera responded to South Philadelphia, where a dog had been left outside with no protection from temperatures that were expected to drop into the 20s. Another officer from the nonprofit Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia had visited the home on Titan Street three days earlier. Rivera was returning to make sure the dog was indoors. A woman led Rivera down into the basement to show that her tan-and-white pit bull was sheltered against the elements and appeared healthy.