August 28, 2014 |
I T DIDN'T TAKE a whole lot to make Jon Weir happy: his wife's spaghetti-and-meatballs dinner, a souvenir hat from a sporting event, a stroll along State Street in Media, watching his children play sports, a bike ride on the Ocean City boardwalk. For a man who was exposed as a newspaper copy editor to the frequently painful reality of breaking news for 46 years, his need for simple pleasures was understandable. Colleagues remember a devoted professional who could keep his cool even when big news was breaking on deadline, and could be counted on to get the copy out, clean and clear.
August 27, 2014
A RECENT COLUMN about the importance of getting your Social Security statement prompted a lot of retirement questions from readers. In turn, the questions reminded me just how complicated it is to retire these days. We chide people for not saving enough, but as one reader noted, that's almost the easy part. Trying to understand the many rules, and caveats to the rules, makes planning for retirement so difficult. Readers wanted to know about a plan by Social Security to resume paper statements.
August 22, 2014 |
A.J. BURNETT'S answer wasn't definitive, but it did reinforce the widely held belief that the veteran pitcher would lean toward retirement when the 2014 season ends. After taking the mound for his 27th start of the season on Tuesday night, Burnett earned himself a half-million dollars (a performance bonus in his contract) and set himself up to make $1.5 million more for next year, too. Burnett's player option for the 2015 season can increase twice more this season if and when he reaches 30 and 32 starts on the season.
August 21, 2014 |
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he will accept Gov. Christie's changes to a bill intended to expedite development of privately run public "Renaissance" schools in Camden. Christie, a Republican, axed a provision in the legislation that would have allowed the Camden school board to provide pension sweeteners as early-retirement incentives to some district employees. The state-run district laid off 200 teachers last spring because of budget cuts. "I am disappointed with the governor's conditional veto, but I am committed to moving the bill forward," Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
August 15, 2014 |
When Carol Wolff took over as the head of the Camden branch of a federally funded community health organization, a disease was making headlines as "gay-related immune deficiency," or "gay cancer. " As HIV and AIDS became better understood, Wolff led her organization, the Camden Area Health Education Center, to establish a clean-needle exchange, group and individual counseling for those with HIV or AIDS, and HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness campaigns. The community-based mission led the group to create, in 1996, a weekly summertime farmer's market in downtown Camden.
August 13, 2014 |
Marvin B. Pittman, 71, a retired Philadelphia police officer and music collector, died last Tuesday, Aug. 5, of complications from cancer at Nazareth Hospital. Called "Bobby" by his friends, Mr. Pittman joined the Police Department in 1973. He retired four years later after sustaining injuries in an auto accident while on duty. Despite retiring, he remained active in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5. He later worked as a garage security guard at Pennsylvania Hospital, and for SpectaGuard Inc. He stopped working in 2001.
August 11, 2014 |
DURING SPRING training, Roy Halladay regularly reported to work at Bright House Field hours before the sun rose each morning. The dedication to his craft continued into the season. He was meticulous in his routine. Almost every minute of his day was accounted for and had a purpose. Step in his direction when he was making his way from a bullpen session to the weight room and you'd see the steely look of a guy you really didn't care to interrupt. But then one day in Clearwater, a video-game commercial featuring the pitcher and a Carlos Ruiz pillow began airing regularly.
July 31, 2014 |
As David and Betty Hasiuk rode through the clouds in a small airplane delivering mail to a remote Alaskan wilderness last month, the Bucks County couple realized the adventure was one of their most unusual. The plane was the only way to reach Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which had been among the few national parks that the retired Warrington Township couple had not yet visited. When the plane landed, they saw a handful of local residents waiting on the tiny runway for letters and packages.
July 26, 2014 |
Many of us think of food aimed at the elderly as the bland, dated stuff that might show up on an early-bird-special menu: meat loaf and mashed potatoes. So, it may be a bit of a surprise to learn what dinner was like on a recent weeknight at Normandy Farms Estates, a Blue Bell retirement community that is home to more than 500 people. Average age at entry: 80. The menu at the Fireside Grille included marinated salmon on sautéed fresh spinach, topped with sliced peaches; sweet and bitter grilled cheese (three cheeses with Spanish onion marmalade, tomatoes, and baby arugula)
July 24, 2014 |
Ralph Loucks Rogers, 92, formerly of Norwood, Delaware County, a retired research chemist, died Thursday, July 10, of heart failure at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He had lived at Peabody Retirement Center in North Manchester, Ind., since 2009. In 1996, he moved to Indiana to be near family. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., he lived in Pittsburgh until he was 9, when he moved to the Loucks family homestead and dairy farm in Scottdale, Pa. It was while working in the dairy that Mr. Rogers' lifelong interest in science was kindled.