December 11, 2014 |
Ellen Greenlee, the longtime head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, who began her professional life as a high school language teacher and went on to develop and expand one of the nation's most prominent public-interest law agencies, on Tuesday announced her retirement effective March 1, 2015. Greenlee has served for 40 years with the association, which provides legal representation to thousands of low-income people in Philadelphia each year. For about 25 years, she has been chief defender.
December 5, 2014 |
The Nutter administration has invoked a provision of the controversial DROP retirement program to delay the departures of a dozen city managers and top officials who had planned on retiring next year. The administration cited the September 2015 World Meeting of Families, which includes a visit by Pope Francis, as a reason to extend the retirement dates for five managers, including the deputy commissioner for parks and recreation, Susan Slawson, and her chief of staff, Cynthia D. Douglas.
November 30, 2014 |
When Stephen Holt came to Philadelphia to run the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia nearly a quarter-century ago, home health care was a "land of paper and pencil. " His staff had no GPS systems, laptops, or cellphones. Nurses did all their records and billing by hand, and had to call coworkers by landline. Now, as Holt prepares to retire Dec. 31, his nurses carry laptops, and can easily see what therapists and other practitioners have done with patients. "The nurse admits the patient at the bedside and pushes a button, and the billing starts," said Holt, 66. He is still so remarkably enthusiastic about his work that it's reasonable to wonder if he's ready to retire.
November 26, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - One day soon, his portrait will hang next to Benjamin Franklin's in the main hall of the state Capitol. But on Monday, House Speaker Sam Smith (R., Jefferson) bid farewell to staff, lobbyists, and the press corps at a luncheon speech. During his talk, Smith served up stories about high points - a partisan conflagration in Gov. Rendell's office - and low points - the "Bonusgate" investigation - of his 28 years in the legislature. Smith, whose north-central Pennsylvania district is most famous as the home of Punxsutawney Phil, ends his three-year stint as speaker this month when he retires from office.
November 21, 2014 |
CONVERSATIONS with my friends have increasingly concerned when we plan to retire. Some have done the math and figure they'll have to work longer at their current jobs, hoping they can boost their retirement savings before health issues set in. Yet studies show that what people expect regarding retirement doesn't often match what really happens. To that point, the Employee Benefit Research Institute has just issued a report about the gap between expected and actual retirement.
November 14, 2014
I'VE BEEN INVITING readers to let me share their family financial feuds and offer my advice. The following is a dilemma one reader, who wrote to me during an online discussion, had with a sibling. The family background : "I am helping my niece pay for college," the person wrote. "I'm glad to do it, and she is doing terrifically well - nearly straight A's in a demanding program, got selected to a prestigious honor society, and is volunteering some time to a worthwhile cause - all the right things.
November 12, 2014 |
It is going to be an event, a celebration of everything he has accomplished. Bernard Hopkins said he has planned his farewell to boxing. And thinking about it makes the 49-year-old teary-eyed. Hopkins said his career is worth too much to simply retire in a quick postfight interview. His retirement is not an announcement, it is a statement, Hopkins said. He wants to retire with a farewell bout, one billed as his final fight: win, lose, or draw. "It isn't going to be a cheap, cheesy one. 'I'm done, I'm going, had a great time, bye ya'll,' " said Hopkins, who will turn 50 in January.
November 1, 2014 |
After almost four decades coaching boys' soccer, including the last 28 seasons at La Salle, Bob Peffle has announced his retirement. Peffle, 67, took over as Explorers coach in 1987, and while the first few years were rough, he soon built the program into one of the best in the Catholic League and all of Southeastern Pennsylvania. "There is no perfect time or perfect year for this," Peffle said Thursday. "I just hope and pray that [the team members] understand that this is when it fits for myself and my family.
October 29, 2014
AFTER 19 SEASONS, Bishop McDevitt basketball coach Jack Rutter has retired. Rutter, a retired member of the Philadelphia Police Department, will also no longer teach at the school and has accepted a job in the criminal-justice arena. Last season, the Lancers made the playoffs and finished 5-8 in Catholic League play and 12-13 overall. Eight years ago, he took time off to battle - and beat - stomach cancer. Among several players he coached, Rutter mentioned standout Ryan Presson, the son of Temptations tenor Ronald Tyson Presson (stage name Ron Tyson)
October 29, 2014 |
JIM MOFFATT once wrote that he used to tell his journalism students at Rutgers-Camden, "Just remember that while you guys are doing sex and drugs on Friday nights, I'm chasing commas at the Inquirer. " It never failed to get a laugh, although he wrote that once, after delivering the quip, an older student remarked, "Mr. Moffatt, you ought to get a life. " "Gee, I said to myself, I thought I had a life," he wrote. The piece was a sort of farewell note to the newspaper business, printed in the Inquirer on Nov. 11, 1996, shortly before his retirement after 32 years as a copy editor.