April 20, 2015 |
The idea of buying cemeteries to generate revenue did not immediately appeal to Medford Township officials when the owner first made the unusual offer in 2012. Digging out of financial problems by raising property taxes was one thing. Digging graves and cremating remains was another. But they mulled the projected earnings of Park View Cemetery at Historic Medford Village and Park View Cemetery at Kirby's Mill, and decided the idea had merit. Several weeks ago, township officials approved a letter of intent to buy the cemeteries for nearly $11 million and said the investment could generate more than $82.7 million over 50 years.
April 6, 2015 |
About to coach in her first women's Final Four, Dawn Staley took time out the other day to tell people on Twitter that she had finally taken down her Christmas tree. It had been a running joke between Staley and her 25,000 followers about her still having the tree up. After a suitable pause, after one Gamecocks fan noted her inspiration was enough to take their own tree down, came Staley's next tweet: "APRIL FOOLS on taking down the xmas tree . . . Gotcha!!!" Laughing emoticons took up the rest of Staley's 140 characters.
April 2, 2015
IMAGINE YOU and a fellow worker were fired because you "liked" a Facebook post by a former co-worker. The post criticized the employer for allegedly making mistakes on their W-2s resulting in the worker owing additional state income tax. That's just one of several cases that may come up for discussion at a Philadelphia Society for Human Resource Management seminar here today and tomorrow. The case, which went before the National Labor Relations Board and was decided on Aug. 22, involved a waitress and a cook at Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille in Waterbury, Conn.
March 25, 2015 |
Tweeting and Facebooking with Comcast Corp. will get easier. The cable giant said Monday that it will triple its social-media employees to 60 by this summer as part of its flagging customer-service operations. Social-media employees respond to questions or concerns on Twitter, Facebook, and Comcast support forums. The hiring will be done in Philadelphia and Denver by this summer. "Wherever our customers are asking questions, that's where we want to be," Comcast spokeswoman Kate Finn said.
March 25, 2015 |
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Little League sensation Mo'ne Davis took the high road yesterday by publicly forgiving a young man who insulted her on the Internet. Joey Casselberry , a/k/a @Big Cass24, is no longer on Twitter, but posted last week: "Disney is making a movie about Mo'ne Davis? WHAT A JOKE. That slut got rocked by Nevada. " Casselberry, a junior and first baseman for the Bloomsburg University Huskies, was bounced from the team over the weekend after college president David L. Soltz said he was "deeply saddened" by the offensive tweet.
March 19, 2015 |
IT'S MARCH MADNESS, so that means it's time for TV to fawn all over Ashley Judd in her University of Kentucky T-shirts. There's nothing wrong with the incessant camera shots of the cheering Judd - so many of UK's games are blowouts they're not all that exciting - but the only cyber-criticism she should receive is that she's cheering for a pro team and pretending it's a college team. Hey, that's cool. Some people cheer for the 76ers, and that's a college team pretending it's a pro team.
March 9, 2015 |
Family, friends, and complete strangers have joined in the search for a missing Delaware County teen, combing the region on foot, by car, and in the air, their movements tracked electronically to ensure no spot is missed. More than 200 volunteers showed up at Episcopal Academy on Saturday as the search for Cayman Naib, 13, of Newtown Square, entered a third day. The Civil Air Patrol joined in the effort and the FBI was analyzing the youth's cellphone and computer to see whether he had contacted anyone before disappearing.
March 8, 2015
WITH THE NEWS earlier this week that the Eagles had released Cary Williams, a good many of the team's fans took to social media to give him a single-digit salute and hurl the kind of insults at the 30-year-old cornerback that they never, ever would have had the guts to hurl if he was standing in front of them. But that's par for the course these days when so many manage to find courage only when they're hiding behind an anonymous user name or a blog that doesn't require them ever to visit a locker room and look a man in the eye. I'm not suggesting Williams deserved a parade down Broad Street for his 2 years of service with the Eagles.
March 8, 2015 |
Hundreds of friends, neighbors, schoolmates and family members on Friday joined in the search for a missing Shipley School eighth-grader from Delaware County. The family's Newtown Square home has become a command central as volunteers - sustained by doughnuts, energy bars, and coffee - show up to receive their assignments in the well-coordinated search effort for Cayman Naib. The 13-year-old boy left home Wednesday evening after receiving an e-mailed progress report from school.
March 4, 2015 |
AFTER more than a month of scouring social media and consulting with police, Wilfredo Rojas found some relief. Well, as much relief as he can muster, knowing that the man allegedly responsible for his son's death in Feltonville is behind bars. Leonaldo Rivera, 25, turned himself in to police Friday. The Camden resident has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and firearms violations, court records show. Law-enforcement agencies on both sides of the Delaware River had sought Rivera in the death of Alejandro Rojas-Garcia, 24, who was gunned down Jan. 24 outside the A Lounge Social Club, on Macalester Street near Hunting Park Avenue in Feltonville, after a night out with friends.