April 7, 2015 |
ANYONE with a problem, no matter how severe - or even how minor - could count on a listening ear from Clinton H. Muir. "If you needed it, he would plead a case for you," said his longtime companion, Goldie Kennedy. "He was a magnificent man, very generous, and always reaching out to help someone. " Clinton Muir, retired administrator for the Social Security Administration, a devoted churchman and civic leader, died last Monday of a heart attack. He was 93 and lived in Oak Lane.
August 6, 1992 |
When Kathleen Runner received an official-looking letter telling her it was important to register her newborn daughter with the Social Security Administration, she mailed in the $15 the letter requested. Runner, 21, of Levittown, knew she needed to register her daughter, Courtney, but, she said, "I had no idea the service was free. " John McBeath, district manager of the county's regional office of the Social Security Administration in Bristol Township, said Runner was the victim of a scam that uses deceptive wording to mislead people into paying for a service that is free - and just a phone call away.
October 11, 2013 |
If Ivy Maude Jones could still work, life would be easier. Cleaning houses, caring for the sick, toiling in corporate cafeterias - Jones always had money coming in, right up until the North Philadelphia woman retired two years ago at age 74, when her heart and thyroid conspired to end her clock-punching days. But like many American elderly, Jones is now struggling without a paycheck. Her tiny pension and Social Security income can't save her from a crushing poverty that could soon have her living on the streets.
March 3, 2014 |
THE SOCIAL Security Administration yesterday expanded a Philadelphia-area pilot program nationally to help bar criminals from controlling benefits on behalf of the disabled and elderly. The program was launched locally in June 2012 in the wake of the Tacony dungeon case. That case made headlines after police rescued four mentally disabled people from a filthy basement where Linda Ann Weston and four co-defendants allegedly held them captive in a scheme to steal their Social Security benefits.
December 29, 1988 |
Not every child is born with a silver spoon, but beginning Sunday, every newborn in the Philadelphia area can at least have his or her own Social Security number. Federal and state officials yesterday announced that, beginning Jan. 1, new mothers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and 23 other states will have the option of ordering their child a Social Security number when they fill out the baby's birth certificate. If this seems like the federal government is literally tracking the individual from cradle to grave, officials hope new parents will see the option as a convenience: a way to avoid some postpartum paper work.
July 13, 2011 |
Charlotte Ann Conaway was described by those who knew her as a "social butterfly. " That was because she had a passion for entertaining and treating friends and family with her gourmet cooking skills. Besides party guests, Char, as she was called by family and friends, favored a great-nephew, Zachary Tyler Coates, with her special homemade pound cake every birthday. "Her love of baking could be tasted in every bite of her original delicacies," her family said. Charlotte Conaway, a 28-year employee of the Social Security Administration and a devoted churchwoman, died June 26 after a lengthy illness.
February 27, 1988 |
A former patient accused Ancora Psychiatric Hospital officials in a lawsuit filed yesterday of misappropriating her Social Security benefits. Martha Patricia Hance of Vineland said in the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Camden that the hospital improperly took her money and used it to pay her hospital bills at Ancora. Even though an Ancora physician found that Hance was capable of handling her financial affairs, the suit said, the hospital applied to the federal Social Security Administration to become her "representative payee" - meaning that Hance's benefits would go to the hospital, which would administer them on her behalf.
December 12, 1988 |
Would you like to make sure you get every penny due you from Social Security when you retire, or if you become disabled? And assure that your spouse and children will get the maximum Social Security benefits if you die? Of course you would. The first step is to check your Social Security earnings record - now - to make sure the maximum possible earnings have been credited toward your Social Security. The penalty for not checking could be the loss of hundreds of dollars in benefits payments later on. To be sure, the chance of losing a really large amount of money is slim.
January 8, 2011 |
Ten months after her husband died of cancer, Karen Capato of North Jersey chose to have his children. This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia ruled that Capato's twin boys, conceived by artificial insemination, were entitled to Social Security survivor benefits. "This is, indeed, a new world," the three-judge panel wrote in Wednesday's decision. The boys, now 7, were conceived with sperm that their father, sick with metastasized esophageal cancer, deposited with a sperm bank about three months before his death in 2002.
April 27, 2006 |
Congress is moving to knock down barriers that bar the IRS and Social Security Administration from sharing information that could help law enforcement identify illegal immigrants and the businesses that employ them. The two agencies routinely collect strong evidence of potential workplace crimes, including names and addresses of millions of people who are using bogus Social Security numbers, their wage records, and the identities of the bosses who knowingly hire them. But the agencies don't analyze their data to sift out likely immigration fraud - and, citing privacy rules, they won't share their millions of records so that law enforcement agencies could do that either.