November 14, 2014
I'VE BEEN INVITING readers to let me share their family financial feuds and offer my advice. The following is a dilemma one reader, who wrote to me during an online discussion, had with a sibling. The family background : "I am helping my niece pay for college," the person wrote. "I'm glad to do it, and she is doing terrifically well - nearly straight A's in a demanding program, got selected to a prestigious honor society, and is volunteering some time to a worthwhile cause - all the right things.
November 12, 2014 |
It is going to be an event, a celebration of everything he has accomplished. Bernard Hopkins said he has planned his farewell to boxing. And thinking about it makes the 49-year-old teary-eyed. Hopkins said his career is worth too much to simply retire in a quick postfight interview. His retirement is not an announcement, it is a statement, Hopkins said. He wants to retire with a farewell bout, one billed as his final fight: win, lose, or draw. "It isn't going to be a cheap, cheesy one. 'I'm done, I'm going, had a great time, bye ya'll,' " said Hopkins, who will turn 50 in January.
November 1, 2014 |
After almost four decades coaching boys' soccer, including the last 28 seasons at La Salle, Bob Peffle has announced his retirement. Peffle, 67, took over as Explorers coach in 1987, and while the first few years were rough, he soon built the program into one of the best in the Catholic League and all of Southeastern Pennsylvania. "There is no perfect time or perfect year for this," Peffle said Thursday. "I just hope and pray that [the team members] understand that this is when it fits for myself and my family.
October 29, 2014
AFTER 19 SEASONS, Bishop McDevitt basketball coach Jack Rutter has retired. Rutter, a retired member of the Philadelphia Police Department, will also no longer teach at the school and has accepted a job in the criminal-justice arena. Last season, the Lancers made the playoffs and finished 5-8 in Catholic League play and 12-13 overall. Eight years ago, he took time off to battle - and beat - stomach cancer. Among several players he coached, Rutter mentioned standout Ryan Presson, the son of Temptations tenor Ronald Tyson Presson (stage name Ron Tyson)
October 29, 2014 |
JIM MOFFATT once wrote that he used to tell his journalism students at Rutgers-Camden, "Just remember that while you guys are doing sex and drugs on Friday nights, I'm chasing commas at the Inquirer. " It never failed to get a laugh, although he wrote that once, after delivering the quip, an older student remarked, "Mr. Moffatt, you ought to get a life. " "Gee, I said to myself, I thought I had a life," he wrote. The piece was a sort of farewell note to the newspaper business, printed in the Inquirer on Nov. 11, 1996, shortly before his retirement after 32 years as a copy editor.
October 24, 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
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.