October 2, 2015 |
NASCAR WILL BE losing another star driver after next season. Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, 44, confirmed yesterday he'll retire after the 2016 season. As expected, Clint Bowyer will take Stewart's place in the No. 14 Chevrolet in 2017. Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup series titlist, is completing his final season this year. Gordon, also 44, will make his final racing appearance Sunday at Dover International Speedway, weather permitting, in light of the approach of Hurrican Joaquin.
September 25, 2015 |
James T. McDermott Jr., executive director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority since May 1994, announced Tuesday in a letter to Gov. Wolf that he will retire April 15, 2016. In an interview, McDermott, 59, said, "I was told that to replace me there will be a national search for a new port director. I pledged to stay through April 15, until there is another person in place. " McDermott, son of the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott, joined the PRPA as chief counsel in 1991, after 10 years as an assistant Philadelphia district attorney.
September 17, 2015 |
FOR ALL intents and purposes, Simon Gagne's career was over in December, when he left the Boston Bruins to care for his late father, Pierre, who was losing his battle with liver cancer. His last game with the Bruins was Dec. 6. Fittingly, he scored a goal, one of just three he scored in his 23 games last season. He took a leave of absence following that game in Arizona and never returned to the Bruins after his father passed away the day after Christmas. Yesterday morning, Gagne officially decided to call it a career.
September 15, 2015 |
APARISH WITH a traveler as its patron saint will send a Northeast Philadelphia family to greet Pope Francis when his plane lands in Philadelphia later this month. Retired Highway Patrol Officer Richard Bowes - with his wife, Bernadette, and their three children - will stand with Archbishop Charles Chaput on a runway at Philadelphia International Airport on Sept. 26 to welcome the pontiff and give him a mountain laurel, the state flower of Pennsylvania. The Boweses, parishioners who live in the same block as St. Christopher Parish on Proctor Road in Somerton, include son Matthew, 12, and daughters Riley, 11, and Gabrielle, 9, all of whom attend the K-8 school adjacent to the church.
September 10, 2015 |
RALPH ROMANO had an impressive ability to mingle through the classes. He could sit with his fellow judges and hash out the complexities of a case in the afternoon. And at night, he could crack a beer with ordinary joes and discuss the frustrations of his golf game. "That [bleepin'] little white ball," he'd say. Even in his final days, he maintained the acerbic wit that served Romano so well in his days on the bench. He jokingly blamed a frequent adversary for the cancer that eventually took his life on Sunday.
August 30, 2015 |
In late afternoon, residents of the Springhouse Estates retirement community cluster at the entry to the dining room. Louis Senat, 23, the culinary-services supervisor, greets each diner by first name. But more is going on here than dinner. Mealtime at Springhouse is also when residents get to interact with their young waitstaff, high school and college students whom more than one resident described as being like their grandchildren. According to the 2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, more than 730,000 adults in the United States were housed in assisted-living and residential-care communities.
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.