July 22, 2016 |
When the Kenney administration announced its new contract with the city's blue-collar union on Friday, it suggested that changes to the union's retirement plan would benefit the city's underfunded pension fund. "Making the pension fund sustainable has been a key goal of my administration from the beginning," Mayor Kenney said in the announcement of the $175 million four-year contract. But when questioned this week, administration officials could not say by how much the pension deficit would be reduced given the changes.
July 22, 2016 |
HARRISBURG — Two former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices and one of the region's most prominent lawyers filed suit Thursday to stop an eleventh-hour change in wording to a forthcoming ballot question on raising the retirement age for judges, calling it an attempt to hoodwink voters and influence the outcome. In the suit against the state's top election official, Pedro Cortes, former Chief Justices Ronald D. Castille and Stephen Zappala Sr. and Philadelphia lawyer Richard A. Sprague contend that the GOP-controlled legislature's revised language is "deceitful," and would deprive them and other voters of their constitutional right to have all the facts necessary to make an intelligent and fully informed decision on the measure.
July 21, 2016 |
There were few things that Jerome Rodio, a retired Philadelphia police officer, loved more than fishing. On a dock last week on Chesapeake Bay, Rodio watched as an older man worked to bring up several crab traps. Rodio, 75, offered to help. A trap scratched the inside of Rodio's arm as he lifted it out of the shallow water. Three days later, Rodio, of Oxford, Chester County, was dead. "At one point he showed me the scratch and we laughed about it," said son Gene, who accompanied his father on a boat that morning to reel in perch.
July 13, 2016 |
Is Philly a retiree's dream city? According to Kiplinger's latest ranking, yes - the City of Brotherly Love helps seniors live healthier in the golden years. Kiplinger's says the most important component of a happy retirement isn't financial security or proximity to family and friends. It's good health. The magazine listed 12 retirement destinations that are "havens for healthy living, with lots of opportunities to pursue an active lifestyle and great medical facilities. " Philadelphia ranked 12th on the list cities.
July 11, 2016 |
The call came in to the Cheltenham police station on a rainy night in 2009. A driver had struck an elderly woman along Church Road and then drove off. Frances Gordon died on her 85th birthday. No good tips ever came in. Seven years later, the hit-and-run death remains unsolved. For John Norris, it's cases such as Gordon's death that will haunt him the most. Norris retired at the end of June after a dozen years as Cheltenham's police chief. He cleaned out his office; the walls were stripped bare.
July 9, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - The GOP-controlled legislature was within its powers when it approved an eleventh-hour delay - and rewording - of a ballot question raising the mandatory retirement age for judges, a Commonwealth Court panel has ruled. A three-judge panel found that the legislature acted properly when it approved the delay just weeks before the April 26 primary, when the question was initially scheduled to appear on the ballot. Legislators sought the delay because they said they believed the wording was obscure and confusing.
June 21, 2016 |
FAMILY MEMBERS say that had she been born in a different time there would have been no limits to what Ethel Marie Hendricks Taylor might have accomplished. Ms. Taylor, who grew up in South Philadelphia, died June 11. She was 90 years old. The retired federal worker considered the raising of her two Ivy League-educated daughters her proudest accomplishment. "If my mother met you and talked to you, within two minutes, she would let you know that she raised two doctors," said Dr. Susan C. Taylor, a noted Philadelphia dermatologist.
June 21, 2016 |
Mary Ann Ryan McDonough, 76, of Medford, a former school labor union leader in Medford Township Public Schools, died on Thursday, June 16, at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly following a heart attack. Mrs. McDonough was a bus driver for the Medford school system from 1967 until she retired in 1994. Her husband, James, said in an interview that she became the first president of the Medford Township Schools Support Union. "It took in mechanics, drivers, cafeteria workers," he said.
June 11, 2016
St. Joseph's Prep soccer coach Jim Murray will retire after the 2016 season, his 50th year in coaching and 46th at the Prep, the school announced. Murray, with 614 wins, is the second-winningest soccer coach in state history, according to the school. He became the first soccer coach at St. Joseph's Prep in 1971 and in 2006, according to the school, became the third soccer coach in Pennsylvania history to reach the 500-win mark. His team won the Catholic League title in 2010. Murray also coached for four seasons at Friends Central before his stint at St. Joseph's.
June 10, 2016 |
Edythe Celestine DeGraffenriedt Porterfield loved many things. She loved entertaining friends and family and attending social events, and she loved going on outings to the theater, her family said. But her greatest love was reserved for her three children, to whom she devoted her life and served as a steady and vocal champion. Mrs. Porterfield, a retired federal employee, active church member and family matriarch known as Celeste to family and friends, died Saturday, May 21. She was 92 and lived in West Philadelphia.