August 21, 2015 |
PERRY BETTS lost his job as a Philadelphia Police officer, won it back and then nearly lost it a second time after testing positive for marijuana. Emphasis on "nearly" - Betts, a former narcotics officer, officially retired Aug. 10, the same day Commissioner Charles Ramsey was set to suspend him for 30 days with intent to dismiss, a police spokeswoman told the Daily News on Wednesday night. "He will not be able to return," Ramsey said to the People Paper in an Aug. 6 story detailing Betts' failed drug test.
August 21, 2015 |
SEPTA general manager Joseph M. Casey will step down on Sept. 30, after seven years in the position and 34 years with SEPTA. The leading candidate to replace Casey, an accountant, is deputy general manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel, a professional engineer in charge of rebuilding much of SEPTA's infrastructure. SEPTA's board of directors is expected to name Casey's replacement next month. Casey's tenure was marked by increasing ridership, improved state funding, new trains and buses, and national recognition: In 2012, SEPTA was named the best large transit system in North America by the American Public Transportation Association, and this year, SEPTA placed 33d in Forbes magazine's list of the nation's 500 best employers.
August 20, 2015 |
Danny Briere thought briefly about playing another year and even kicked around the idea of trying to finish his career as a fourth-liner with the Flyers. But in the end, the diminutive center decided it was more important to spend quality time with his three teenage sons before they head to college in a few years. Briere, 37, announced Monday that he was retiring after a 17-year NHL career. He held an emotional farewell news conference at the Skate Zone in Voorhees on Tuesday while his three sons Caelan, Carson, and Cameron watched from the back of the room.
August 20, 2015 |
WHEN IT CAME time for Daniel Briere to decide in 2007 where his future in hockey would continue, the Quebec native was at a crossroads. The diminutive forward who many thought was too small and fragile to play in the National Hockey League was coming off a career-high 95-point season with Buffalo. The Sabres had the most wins in the league in the 2006-07 season and fell in the conference finals for the second straight season. But the one-year, $5 million contract awarded to him in arbitration the prior offseason had expired, and it was time for him to decide his future.
August 19, 2015 |
Danny Briere, the undersized center who led the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, announced his retirement from hockey on Monday after a 17-year NHL career. "After taking a few weeks to think about it, it's time to hang them up and spend a little more time at home with the family," said Briere, 37, who lives in Haddonfield. ". . . The Flyers are where I played the bulk of my career. I've had a great time in Philadelphia and have been very, very fortunate to have the chance to play here.
August 17, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm retiring at the end of this year after 50 years of full-time employment and I'm very excited about it. Looking back over my life, I see there have been several life-changing events . . . marriage, the births of our children, buying a home and, now, retirement. My wife gets irritated every time I say (about twice a week), "When I retire. " I'm looking forward to all sorts of activities that I'll have time for. Why can't she be excited too? She makes snide remarks like, "Well, when you retire, you won't have anything to say. " The implication is that all I talk about is my retirement, which isn't true.
August 7, 2015
AS WITH A CATEGORY 5 hurricane, Americans are in for catastrophic problems if we fail to address the looming retirement crisis. Retirement planning cannot be shoved down on your to-do list. If you're in your 20s, start thinking about it now, because you've got plenty of time to correct the things that people in their 30s, 40s and 50s wish they hadn't put off. In its annual long-term financial outlook, the Social Security Board of Trustees said the trust funds that make old-age and disability payments are projected to run out of money by 2034, with only 79 percent of benefits payable.
July 31, 2015 |
Residents questioned township supervisors in a Chester County township Wednesday night, at a special meeting called to address allegations that officials made a secret deal to keep paying the longtime police chief after he retired. In a lawsuit filed last week against Kennett Township and the former chief, Albert McCarthy, Michael Hammon contends the supervisors signed a retirement pact with McCarthy on May 7, but never publicly discussed or voted on it, violating Pennsylvania's Sunshine Act. Supervisors and their legal counsel would not answer questions Wednesday about whether the agreement violated the Sunshine Act or why the agreement was not approved at a board meeting.
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.
July 22, 2015 |
Jack Pincus, 87, of Bryn Mawr, a retired insurance broker, died Monday, July 13, of Lewy body dementia at his home. Mr. Pincus was born in Philadelphia and graduated from West Philadelphia High School, where he served as student government president. He attended what is now Drexel University before graduating from the University of Miami. Because he was not drafted when he became eligible for military service, Mr. Pincus enlisted in the Army National Guard. Following his service, Mr. Pincus joined the family business, Albert A. Pincus & Sons, which had been in the wholesale meat industry since 1947.