October 23, 2014 |
Greg Cuprak was able to salvage a few chunks of coal. The facilities manager at West Chester University put them in a small box - for posterity - and took them to a celebratory event on campus Wednesday. The university was formally decommissioning its coal-fired boiler plant, which for more than 50 years provided steam heat for the campus. It was replaced by a more-efficient geothermal system. The old anthracite plant hasn't been used since May, Cuprak said. But officials wanted to make sure the new system was working perfectly before they made the formal switch.
October 22, 2014 |
A former Philadelphia police detective who helped reunite missing children with their parents died Saturday of wounds received during an assault at her home in Suffolk, Va. Virginia Hill, 69, who spent 24 years on the force, was found with severe injuries about 5:30 a.m. and died later at a local hospital, authorities said. No other details were provided Monday by the Suffolk City Police Department. Hill joined the police in 1978 and began working in the department's Juvenile Aid Division by 1981.
October 17, 2014
IN TAKING THE pulse of how people feel about retirement, a Wells Fargo/Gallup survey of investors found that nearly half fear they will outlive their savings. This certainly was the sentiment of many readers who participated in one of my recent online discussions. "Quite frankly, I am afraid to retire," one woman wrote. "My running default answer to when will I retire is,'I will work until I am unable.' I am 53. I've been divorced since 2004. My kids are adults. My parents are still around.
October 14, 2014 |
Lawrence F. Brennan, 82, of Lindenwold, a former postal clerk in Cherry Hill, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at home. Born in Mahanoy City in Schuylkill County, Mr. Brennan graduated from what is now Mahanoy Area High School in 1950 and served as a Navy gunner's mate from 1950 to 1954, part of that time in combat on a destroyer escort off Korea. He wasn't under fire, "but he did a lot of shooting," a son, Patrick, said. Mr. Brennan began his career with the post office in the late 1950s as a mail sorter in the Philadelphia headquarters, moved to the Cherry Hill office when it opened, and retired in the late 1980s from the Postal Service.
October 10, 2014 |
Msgr. Robert McDermott grew up on the 2900 block of Carman Street in the thriving East Camden of the 1940s and '50s, when family, faith, and community were a seamless whole. So when "Father Bob" returned to East Camden as pastor of St. Joseph's Pro-Cathedral Parish in 1985, he brought along the lessons he learned on Carman Street, where people kept tabs on each other's kids and nearby Dudley Grange Park was for athletes, not drug dealers. In 1985, "the conditions of life were terrible" for many East Camden families, says McDermott, 73, who retired last week.
October 10, 2014
RETIREMENT is something I've increasingly been thinking about. My husband and I have set a goal of retiring once our youngest child finishes college in about eight years. We've talked about whether we might move. We know we eventually want to live close to our children when they start to have their own families. We both want to do full-time ministry work helping people with their financial problems. If you're married, I believe you should adopt the "two 'yesses' and one 'no' rule," which means you both have to agree to whatever major decisions you make, from buying a dining-room table to your retirement choices.
September 24, 2014
HANOVER, Pa. - Two-time harness racing Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous has been retired, trainer Tony Alagna said Monday. A 4-year-old, Captaintreacherous finishes his career with 23 wins in 33 races and $3.14 million in purses. His earnings rank No. 12 among all pacers in history. This season, Captaintreacherous won two of seven starts. He was scratched from the Canadian Pacing Derby in August. "Captain just hasn't been himself for the last several weeks," Alagna said.
September 24, 2014 |
Charles I. Plosser, president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia since 2006, announced that he will retire on March 1. "For more than eight years, I have had the honor to work alongside many talented colleagues here at our bank and throughout the Federal Reserve System during an extraordinary period in this nation's economic history," Plosser said in a statement. "After more than three decades of economic research and teaching, this has been a unique opportunity and privilege to serve the nation," he said.
September 22, 2014 |
Financial independence can mean being able to live on your own, feeling free to retire, or feeling free to work at something you enjoy without worrying about the size of your paycheck. J.D. Roth , founder of the Get Rich Slowly website, says in this post that he has boiled the subject down to a "one-page guide to financial independence" in the retirement sense. What does he suggest? A rather ambitious program to save money, and not just 10 percent or 20 percent of your income. "Your goal should be to save at least 50 percent of your income - and 70 percent is better," Roth says.
September 19, 2014 |
IT HAS been a legendary era. But at the end of this season, his 23rd at Penn and 33rd overall, Al Bagnoli will call it a career. Few coaches have accomplished more, in any sport. Understandably, the story line will center on him. Still, the last thing he wants is for that to be a singular theme. "Honestly, if it wasn't brought up all the time by you guys, I wouldn't give it two thoughts," said Bagnoli, whose team finally gets to play its opener Saturday afternoon at Jacksonville.