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.
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.