November 14, 2015 |
The centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner may be missing from some holiday baskets distributed to the needy in South Jersey and around the region this year. Food banks and pantries are finding frozen turkeys in short supply, mainly because an outbreak of avian flu in the spring and summer wiped out 7.6 million commercial turkeys. Retail customers are unlikely to notice shortages because grocery chains typically order the birds far in advance of the holiday, and many locked in supplies before the outbreak.
November 3, 2015 |
Abigail Anderson had it all figured: With multiple loans, a work-study job and scholarships, she could pay for Immaculata University for all four years. Not anymore. Anderson, a freshman majoring in fashion merchandising, found out recently that after this year she will lose her federal Perkins loan, which amounts to almost $2,000. "It changes everything," said the Magnolia, Del., native, who will have to look for other scholarships, or turn to her parents, whom she said can't afford it. "Every little amount counts.
June 19, 2015 |
CITY OFFICIALS blew more than $500,000 on a failed computer technology upgrade that was supposed to track how the city used a $30.8 million grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development to combat homelessness. Now, officials with the city's Office of Supportive Housing are scrambling to find - and pay - a new vendor to quickly fix the mess, or potentially risk losing millions of dollars in HUD money needed to fund critical homeless-assistance programs in Philadelphia. "I think it's premature to talk about losing funding on any level," HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan said this week.
June 14, 2015 |
Like the scene at a mall on the day of a door-buster sale, scores of hopeful job-seekers thronged a job fair Friday in pursuit of work at the new Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood, set to open in August. Before the event at Camden County College in Blackwood began at 10 a.m., hundreds had already shown up. Many brought resumés and a willingness to accept any of the 800 positions available at the 90-store center. "I think it's a positive day," said Precious Jemibewon, 29, of Sicklerville, who has been out of work since a car accident in December.
May 20, 2015 |
ANTHONY Hardy Williams worked the Center City lunchtime crowd after someone slashed his wife's car tire outside their West Philly home overnight. Lynne Abraham dodged a heckler during a meet-and-greet at the Clothespin near City Hall. Nelson Diaz chatted up commuters with a former U.S. transportation secretary in his entourage. Jim Kenney tweeted. Doug Oliver talked with North Philly subway riders and attended a health fair. Milton Street hit busy street corners and said that a huge upset was looming.
May 15, 2015 |
The lawyers milled about a second-floor Center City bar, passing out fliers and plugging their last names and ballot numbers. "Think 42, like Jackie Robinson," said Philadelphia Common Pleas Court candidate Jodi Lobel. Anthony Kyriakakis, whose name lines the bottom of the judicial ballot with Lobel's, pushes the "We need good judges, and that's the bottom line" refrain. At a meet-and-greet for judicial candidates Tuesday, more than 30 people running for office swarmed the much smaller group of noncandidates with quick pitches and friendly reminders of who they are. With 15 vacancies - 12 on the Court of Common Pleas and three on Municipal Court - 52 names are on the ballot, a high in recent history.
February 1, 2015 |
AFTER 7 MINUTES last night at the Palestra, Penn had one more turnover (five) than the game had points. And yet somehow the Quakers led by a deuce. At halftime, they were up four, even though their top two scorers had zero points after getting into foul trouble. With 7 minutes to go, they were ahead by a dozen. So who figured they'd have to come up with a couple of big plays at both ends down the stretch to hold off Dartmouth, which was coming off a win at Harvard? The Quakers (6-10, 1-1 Ivy League)
January 26, 2015 |
They have been coy so far, but come next Monday the men and woman who want to be Philadelphia's next mayor need to show their hands. That is the deadline to file finance reports for campaign funds raised in 2014. The figures revealed in those reports will go a long way toward determining the true pecking order among candidates. They should also offer a hint as to how much more life will be injected into a campaign that has morphed in the last week from a rather sleepy affair into a potential barn burner.
January 15, 2015 |
THE MAY 19 DEMOCRATIC primary election is shaping up with some new faces expected on the ballot and one veteran city politician wrapping up her tenure. City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, leader of the 50th Ward, told her committee people Monday night that she will not run for an eighth term in the 9th District. Tasco yesterday said she hopes state Rep. Cherelle Parker takes her place on Council. Parker, who started her career as a high-school intern in Tasco's City Hall office, said she has been in "nonstop" conversations since Monday's announcement.
December 31, 2014 |
The fallout from the abrupt closing of the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School is spreading. Teachers say they fear they won't be paid for working in December. And amid rumors that the charter's flagship building in Northern Liberties would be liquidated to pay creditors, several teachers decided to retrieve personal items Monday - but were initially thwarted by security. Frustrated parents held a protest. "It's unfair to receive notification over the weekend that the school will be closed," said Jihan Pauling, a parent who organized a rally outside the charter's main campus.