November 20, 2015 |
After months of contentious talks and a dispute that roiled one of the region's elite school districts, Radnor Township's school board and teachers have approved a three-year contract. Teachers will receive annual raises, but starting next school year they will have to pay a share of any health-insurance increases, according to details released Wednesday night by the Radnor Township School District. The 320-member union ratified the contract Tuesday, and the board unanimously approved it Tuesday night.
November 19, 2015 |
In a deal worth nearly $1 billion to founder Peter McCausland, Airgas Inc., a Radnor distributor of industrial gases and related goods, has agreed to a $10.3 billion takeover by French giant Air Liquide, the two companies said Tuesday. The deal comes five years after McCausland survived a bitter takeover fight with Allentown's Air Products & Chemicals Inc., which wanted to buy Airgas for as much as $5.9 billion, or $70 a share, before giving up in February 2011 after a court loss. Paris-based Air Liquide agreed to pay Airgas shareholders $143 a share, a 50 percent premium to Airgas' close Thursday, the last day of trading before speculation about a deal started driving Airgas shares up. Airgas shares closed at $137.35 on Tuesday, up $31.17, or 29 percent Including debt, the deal is worth $13.4 billion, according to Air Liquide, which has a corporate hub in Houston, a research and development center in Newark, Del., and operations in Bucks County.
November 4, 2015 |
Radnor Township police said they discovered a large cache of ammunition dating to World War II when they entered a home Monday after receiving complaints about the property conditions and noticed a strong odor emanating from the house. The county bomb squad was summoned to help search the two-story stone Colonial on Marlyn Circle, blocks from the heart of Wayne. At 6 p.m., police, fire, and county investigators were still at the site. Inside, police found the rooms filled with garbage and other items, said William Colarulo, police superintendent.
October 24, 2015 |
A 26-year-old Wayne man was arraigned Thursday morning in Delaware County after police said he attempted to lure three elementary-age children into the woods with him. Daniel Lee was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly approaching three siblings, ages 8, 9, and 10, twice as they played together outside, away from parental supervision. He has been charged with attempted luring of children into a structure, corruption of minors, and harassment. According to Radnor Township police, the first incident occurred shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when Lee approached the three children as they rode their bikes along Arbordale Road near West Wayne Avenue.
October 17, 2015 |
With labor talks still simmering six weeks into the new school year, unionized teachers and staff in the Radnor School District say they're turning up the heat to build pressure on board members for a new contract. After considerable pushback from students and parents, they dropped their initial formula for a breakthrough - withholding recommendation letters for college-bound seniors. And packing a school board meeting earlier this month with 100 teachers and staff in black union T-shirts did nothing to change the equation.
September 18, 2015 |
Radnor High School teachers, who two weeks ago instituted a ban on writing college recommendation letters to protest their stalled contract talks, said Wednesday they will resume writing the letters after being "overwhelmed" by responses from parents. Radnor Township Education Association president David Wood also said the school board has scheduled several meetings with the union. The letter-writing protest rattled the highly competitive district, where more than 95 percent of students go on to attend college, university, or trade school.
September 17, 2015 |
The New York Stock Exchange is threatening to delist the shares of embattled Radnor oil producer Penn Virginia Corp. for failing to maintain an average closing stock price of at least $1 for the last 30 consecutive trading days. Under NYSE rules, Penn Virginia will regain compliance if, on the last trading day of any calendar month in the next six months, its closing share price and its consecutive 30 trading-day average closing share price are at least $1 per share. Penn Virginia's shares have sunk in the last year along with the oil price; its 52-week price has ranged from $13.99 to 71 cents.
July 27, 2015 |
Fans and foes of Bill Spingler agree on at least one thing. "He was able to get things done," said Delaware County Democratic Chairman David Landau, an admirer of the longtime county Democratic political figure. "When he wanted to get something done, he got it done," said Sara Pilling, a recently acquired adversary. She fought Spingler, then president of the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners, on a plan approved last week for new dormitories for Villanova University, Spingler's alma mater.
June 30, 2015 |
Rosabelle Gifford, 100, of Radnor, an Irish American deeply devoted to Philadelphian community affairs and her family, died of natural causes on Tuesday, June 16, at her daughter's house in Radnor. Mrs. Gifford danced and sang at a large party in Haverford marking her 100th birthday last August, and was in "vigorous good health" until the very end of her life, according to relatives. She was born Rosabelle Blaney in a small town in County Donegal, Ireland, on Sept. 15, 1914, at the start of World War I; she was a young mother in London during World War II. She had five children with her first husband, Edward Harvey, whom she divorced in 1956.
June 12, 2015 |
Explaining that "when one door closes, another door opens," Susanna Foo says Sunday will be the finale of her namesake restaurant in Radnor, which opened in 2006. Foo and her son Gabriel have decided to focus completely on SuGa , the upmarket Chinese restaurant they are building at 1720 Sansom St., which was Genji. It is expected to open in September. Brewpub for Jenkintown Downtown Jenkintown gets its own brewpub June 19 with the opening of Guild Hall Brewing Co. (208 York Rd., 267-287-8698)