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September 23, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
International Housekeepers Week, celebrated worldwide in the hotel industry last week, resonates personally with Robert Allen, general manager of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. "My dad passed away when we were young," Allen said. "My mom needed to get a job, and she was a housekeeper in a hotel. You look and you see her come home after taking a bus, getting home at 7 p.m., and having to help me with homework. Cook a meal. Clean. "We can never do enough for these people," he said.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ask Sam Katz where he was born, and he will say "West Philly. " Had the municipal finance expert been born Catholic instead of Jewish, however, he would likely reply, "St. Francis DeSales," the parish that bounded his first boyhood home. "Parish boundaries were social boundaries in Catholic Philadelphia," Katz remarked on a recent visit to Old St. Joseph's parish in Society Hill. "It used to be that you were 'intermarrying' if you married somebody from another parish. " What explains Katz's newfound interest in things Catholic?
BUSINESS
September 23, 2014
SCA , a global hygiene and forest products company with Americas headquarters in Philadelphia, hired Carrie Harcus as consumer marketing director for U.S. and Canada. She had been senior business director-traditional food service in Campbell's North America Foodservice division. Webster Bank named Scott Meves senior vice president, commercial banking, and regional president for the Philadelphia area. Meves will be based in Radnor. He had been senior vice president and group manager at Brown Bros.
NEWS
September 23, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
A TEEN POINTED a gun at police in West Philadelphia last night, prompting them to shoot him, police said. At 8:53 p.m., officers responded to Frazier Street near Media for a report of a man with a gun, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. When the cops arrived, they spotted a teen holding a gun who matched the description of the gunman, he said. The 17-year-old saw the officers and ran to 57th Street, Small said, but then turned and pointed his gun at the cops, prompting two officers to fire, hitting him in the shoulder and torso.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
Andrew J. Marsico, 40, of South Penn Square, Philadelphia, was arrested Saturday and charged with sexually assaulting an unidentified 27-year-old woman Aug. 21 in Center City, police said. A.J. Marsico is identified on the website of the Harrisburg lobbying firm Greenlee Partners as a lawyer and senior associate, who joined the firm in 1999. Marsico is charged with indecent, simple, and aggravated assault; unlawful restraint; and related offenses, police said. Efforts to reach Marsico were unsuccessful.
NEWS
September 21, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs benefits office, which has been under national scrutiny for months, is scheduled to be the focus of a congressional investigative hearing in New Jersey on Oct. 3. The hearing of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs is set to probe whether administrators at the Germantown office have corrected problems that came to light this summer when whistle-blowers alleged widespread mismanagement there, organizers said. It will also delve into the facility's "management and leadership, claims processing, and employee morale," according to an invitation sent to the head of the VA and the agency's inspector general by Rep. Jon Runyan (R., N.J.)
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia knows its families of artists, families in which the spark of creative vision is passed from one generation to the next and ignites in each. Just stand in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, beneath Alexander Calder's white mobile, Ghost , look down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Swann Fountain's sculptural figures by Alexander Sterling Calder, and on to City Hall's tower, where Alexander Milne Calder's William Penn presides. Son, father, grandfather - three generations of artists defining one city boulevard.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Take 100 Philadelphians drawn from every age group, ethnicity, and neighborhood, put them on a theater stage, and have them share stories about their lives. Sheer madness? Pure cacophony? Try a piece of cutting-edge theater. And a fascinating one at that. Called 100% Philadelphia , the FringeArts production will stage three performances, Friday through Sunday, at Temple Performing Arts Center. And yes, each will be an evening of storytelling, show-and-tells, and audience Q&As featuring 100 ordinary Philadelphians ranging in age from 2 months to 81 years.
NEWS
September 19, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey registered the highest increase in the number of poor people in America between 2012 and 2013, while poverty dropped slightly in Philadelphia. In South Jersey, which includes Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties, an additional 12,145 people became impoverished, a spike of 10 percent that year. In Philadelphia, while 9,000 residents moved out of poverty - a dip from 26.9 percent to 26.3 percent - the city was still the poorest of America's 10 largest cities. The findings were compiled in the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey One-Year Estimates, a huge and diverse set of data based on a survey of people living at 3.5 million addresses throughout the nation.
NEWS
September 18, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo is poised to enter the 2015 race for mayor Wednesday morning at a news conference he has scheduled in front of Philadelphia School District headquarters. He will be the second Democratic candidate to officially join the race, following Terry Gillen, former director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, who announced her intention two weeks ago. Trujillo would be the first Latino to run for Philadelphia's top elective post. In a brief interview Tuesday, Trujillo said he was running to ensure that Philadelphia's young people have the same opportunities he enjoyed as he rose from being a child from a disadvantaged background to a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and then a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.
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