April 21, 2015
A telling tumble I do not think it appropriate to question mayoral candidate Lynne M. Abraham's health because of her age. However, her recent collapse at a televised debate appropriately raised a question about her judgment. In other words, what could she have been thinking if, in fact, as reported, she had not eaten all day? I ask the question as a longtime admirer. But with her judgment at issue, that bears directly on her qualifications to govern Philadelphia. |Karen Porter, West Chester Time taken for tests As a retired School District teacher, I am in complete agreement with a recent letter writer who cited two of the real problems with testing: that they address only an extremely limited set of skills, and that they do not take into account the variety of backgrounds from which the student body is drawn ("One size doesn't fit," April 13)
April 2, 2015 |
Here is the sad, short story of the life of Sebastian. And the story of the agency charged with protecting him. Sebastian's story is heartbreaking. The other story is proof that while Philadelphia has come a long way in protecting endangered children, there is still a good way to go. Sebastian Wallace died of an overdose in October. He was 2. He had enough of his father's illegally obtained Oxycodone pills in him to kill an adult three times over. Police in Bucks County - where Sebastian was staying with his father - have not said exactly how Sebastian ingested the pills.
February 11, 2015 |
Irv Segal, 81, of Warminster, formerly of Elkins Park, a pioneer in the development of social and recreational programs for special populations, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, of kidney failure at Abington Hospice in Warminster. In the 1960s, Mr. Segal, a licensed social worker, founded one of the earliest socialization programs for those with special needs, and in 1972, he branched out by founding the Guided Tour Inc. The social agency, believed by his family to be one of the first of its kind, took thousands of adults with developmental and physical challenges on supervised vacations in the United States and throughout the world.
November 4, 2014 |
Geraldine Saunders Jones, 73, of Wyncote, a social worker and pastor's wife who did not let a physical handicap stop her from carrying out her life's work, died Monday, Oct. 27, at Dresher Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center. A Philadelphia native, Mrs. Jones married her college sweetheart, the Rev. G. Daniel Jones, on Nov. 27, 1965, in Tioga Presbyterian Church. The two built a life around his pastoral assignments and her social work. Three years later, as she was driving on Route 128 around Boston, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer collided with her car. The accident left Mrs. Jones a paraplegic using a wheelchair, but her spirit was undaunted.
October 28, 2014 |
First, she lost Here Comes Honey Boo Boo the TV show. Now, June "Mama June" Shannon , 35, could lose Honey Boo Boo the girl - her daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson , 9-year-old star of the show - and Alana's sisters, Lauryn ("Pumpkin"), 14, and Jessica ("Chubbs"), 17. Citing "an insider," website Radar Online reports that the Georgia Division of Family and Child Services is looking into Mama June's relationship with Mark McDaniel , 53, and its possible effect on her girls.
October 22, 2014 |
DARLIENE BONNER demonstrated in her early teens that she wasn't about to let rules and regulations stand in her way. She was in middle school at age 14 when she decided she wanted to attend West Philadelphia High School because she thought it would give her the quality education that she wanted. Unfortunately, the school was outside the boundary of her South Philadelphia neighborhood and those pesky rules and regulations said she couldn't go there. Oh, yeah? Darliene challenged the school district and, although it's not known what her arguments were, they were obviously persuasive because she was admitted to West Philadelphia High School.
October 18, 2014 |
Katherine Linton Eyre, 89, a social worker in the Philadelphia area, died Saturday, Oct. 4, of breast cancer at Rydal Park in Jenkintown, where she had lived for 14 years. Formerly of Fox Chase Manor in Abington Township and the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Mrs. Eyre graduated from Frankford High School. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wilson College and a master's degree in social services from Bryn Mawr College. Mrs. Eyre was a preacher's daughter who lived through the Depression and World War II. "She was exposed to social justice issues, so she took into consideration the poor, the mentally ill, and the elderly" in her life choices, said daughter-in-law Jenifer Eyre.
August 20, 2014 |
Renee Shai Levine loved reading to children, not only infants but also elementary students. She was convinced it would "encourage them to read and listen," reinforce their development, and prepare them for their future lives, her son Stefan said. "She felt everyone could achieve excellence. " Mrs. Levine, 82, a school social worker, died Saturday, Aug. 17, after a long battle with cancer. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Levine graduated from Midwood High School in 1948 and Brooklyn College in 1952.
July 26, 2014 |
A troubled patient opened fire on a caseworker and psychiatrist in a small office at a unit of Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Delaware County on Thursday afternoon, police said, leading the doctor to draw his own weapon and shoot the assailant. The confrontation left the caseworker, 53-year-old Theresa Hunt, dead and the 52-year-old psychiatrist, a veteran doctor at the hospital whom sources identified as Lee Silverman, with a graze wound to the head. The patient, Richard Plotts, was in critical condition Thursday night from three gunshot wounds.
June 13, 2014 |
THEY WERE foster kids. And disabled kids. Children who needed help. Instead, a group of tax preparers with a Southwest Philadelphia company and a former social worker with Catholic Social Services allegedly used the kids' identities to profit in a scheme by falsely claiming them as dependents on clients' income-tax returns, according to documents unsealed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. The alleged scheme lasted from about January 2008 to April 2013 and involved tax preparers with Medmans Financial Services, on 65th Street near Chester Avenue and on Woodland Avenue near 66th Street.