December 12, 2014 |
Staff Sgt. Zachary Huston missed seeing his family during most of the fall. He was deployed from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst along with members of the Air Force's 621st Contingency Response Wing to Liberia, where they provided much-needed food and medical supplies during the Ebola crisis in that West African nation. When Huston finished his work in Operation United Assistance, he was placed in a controlled monitoring area for 21 days to make sure he hadn't picked up the deadly virus.
April 29, 2014 |
In a rare bit of good news for the poor, a Philadelphia nonprofit increased participation by city seniors in the food-stamp program by using marketing techniques better known to the private sector than the anti-poverty world. Food-stamp usage among people ages 60 and older grew by 23 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to a new report prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the food-stamp program, now known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
February 15, 2014 |
The Christie administration is cutting its ties with a second contractor involved with managing a Sandy rebuilding program that has been the target of blistering criticism by stymied homeowners. Word of the impending termination of the $20 million URS Corp. contract, first reported Thursday night by WNYC public radio, came two days after dozens of distraught homeowners described inexplicable delays and a stalled rebuilding process - even after being approved for grants. The $700 million rebuilding program known as RREM - Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation - was designed as the centerpiece of the state's aid to Sandy-damaged homeowners.
January 15, 2014 |
Christine Marie Ambrose, 49, of Narberth, a program manager at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who helped adolescents learn to live with HIV, died Monday, Jan. 6, of metastatic lung cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Starting in 1997, as an adolescent social worker at Children's, Ms. Ambrose managed the cases of 55 HIV-infected youngsters and their families. She did individual and family therapy and home visits, and tried to help patients establish a life direction while dealing with the virus.
December 22, 2013
Coach's impact spans decades I cannot imagine what swimming coach Dick Shoulberg possibly could have done to deserve such disrespectful treatment after his long and successful career at Germantown Academy ("GA swim coach to return, but only in limited role," Dec. 17). Maybe he fostered too much happiness by enabling hundreds of swimmers to confidently access their full potential. Perhaps the life lessons learned in the pool inspired too many of his swimmers to become teachers, doctors, lawyers, leaders, coaches, and outstanding citizens.
November 14, 2013 |
Celestine Phyllis Alston, 77, of Royersford, a program manager for an aerospace company, died Friday, Nov. 8, of cancer at Phoenixville Hospital. Mrs. Alston enjoyed a 30-year career in the aerospace division of General Electric Co. She started in 1955 as a temporary administrative assistant at the company's offices at 34th and Chestnut Streets. At the height of her career she was a program manager working from aerospace headquarters in King of Prussia. "During the 1970s, it was unheard of for anyone to hold such a position without a college degree," said her daughter, Yvette Alston-Pepper.
October 29, 2013 |
AFTER SEVERAL months of sending out resumes and applying for jobs, all Joyce Bacon wanted was an interview - a chance to meet with an employer face-to-face to talk about her skills. Little did Bacon know that chance would come at a world-renowned medical institution, and one not far from her home - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In April, she was hired as a patient sitter, and recently promoted to in-patient clerk. Bacon, 36, is among dozens of West Philadelphia residents who have gotten opportunities through the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, a job-training program created by the University City District (UCD)
July 23, 2013 |
It's a good thing red bread mold grows so quickly. Camden County College student Paul Manofu has only a few weeks to study the effects of tobacco on the fast-growing Neurospora crassa , considered a "model organism" for research because of its 24-hour growth spurts. He's hoping the experiment offers clues in the study of the "internal clock" that helps regulate cycles such as sleeping patterns, eating times, and energy levels. It's all part of a larger project led by Rutgers-Camden biology professor Kwangwon Lee. "If the circadian rhythm is altered in the model organism, it's likely to be modeled in humans as well," Manofu said, as he examined six glass tubes bound together with the fungus growing inside, fuzzy bursts of peach-colored mold every few inches.
January 31, 2013 |
Ralph Collier, 91, of Society Hill, a sophisticated voice in Philadelphia radio who interviewed celebrities and newsworthy figures, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, of heart failure at Pennsylvania Hospital. Until this month, Mr. Collier was writing a weekly travel column for the Main Line Times. For two decades until 1988, Mr. Collier hosted a daily interview program on classical-music WFLN-FM. "He had a knack for opening people like a book," said his wife, Birtan. "He was never confrontational," said Dave Conant, the station's program manager during part of Mr. Collier's tenure.
October 18, 2012
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has named former Philadelphia prosecutor Robert Spinelli as the new chairman of the Archdiocesan Review Board, which advises him on matters of child sexual abuse and misconduct with the five-county archdiocese. Chaput also named Arnold Gordon, a former Philadelphia first assistant district attorney, as the board's vice chairman. Both men have served on the 12-member panel since June 2011. Christine Campbell, trauma program manager at St. Christopher's Hospital, and the Rev. Stephen Leva, pastor of St. Timothy's parish in Mayfair, were also appointed to the board.