September 15, 1993 |
A bright white light at the end of a tunnel. A feeling of being outside your body. A sense of well-being and total love. Contact with a deceased loved one. A spiritual reawakening. These are just some of the phenomena described by people who have had a near-death experience, or NDE, as it is called by members of Delaware Valley Near-Death Studies Inc. "I think we're the only group on the East Coast," said Doris Patterson, past president of the study group, which was formed about six years ago. "We hold four general meetings a year on the Main Line, which are open to the public, plus we have support group meetings for members that are held on the Main Line, in Northeast Philadelphia, and another group is forming in the Lehigh Valley area.
June 30, 1989 |
A study released yesterday on the future of the Philadelphia Gas Works came to this conclusion: Sell it. The report, by the Pennsylvania Economy League, an independent financial- analysis group, said the city could expect at least $200 million from the sale. Gas bills of PGW's 516,000 customers would drop by as much as 6 percent, on average, if the gas were controlled by a private company. However, senior citizens probably would lose the $14.4 million in discounts they now enjoy, which the report notes would be sure to raise objections.
April 9, 1998 |
Three areas of the township are in critical need of public sewers, a citizens' commission told the supervisors Tuesday. Two other areas were identified as less critical but still in need of public sewers within 10 years. The supervisors appointed the study group six months ago to review work done by the Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority and propose alternatives to installing sewers in all of the 60 percent of the township that still uses private, on-lot septic systems. "The 15 members of our committee were not entirely convinced the entire township needed to be sewered," said Steven Gilmore, chairman of the study group.
August 5, 1987 |
A regional study group that is hammering out a water plan for northern Gloucester County communities has told local officials that their communities must decide soon whether they will participate. The state, which has ordered more than 36 communities in South Jersey to substantially cut their use of ground water, has set a March 1988 deadline for each to explain how it will make up the shortage. The state has ordered these communities to reduce water consumption by a total of 55 million gallons a day. But Wenonah Mayor Jack C. Sheppard, who is chairing the regional study group that includes Gloucester County and local officials and area engineers, said last week that local officials must decide on alternate sources of water even sooner.
December 12, 1997 |
As they prepare for the deluge of cars that would accompany development of a commercial zone next to Interstate 95, officials from Newtown and Lower Makefield Townships agree on at least one point: Doing nothing could be disastrous. That was the consensus yesterday when representatives of both communities discussed preliminary ideas for road construction and improvements in the area, where about 350 undeveloped acres are zoned for office and research buildings. If the land were fully developed, and no road changes were planned, rush-hour traffic "would be a nightmare," transportation engineer David A. Stroud told township supervisors and engineers who belong to a study group considering the issue.
June 4, 1992 |
Arlene Spector uses her needle to create sacramental embroidery, to give her family a sense of Jewish tradition. "We call it mikdash maot, making the home a small sanctuary, keeping a sense of Judaism in the home," said Spector, of Cherry Hill. As president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, which meets at the Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, Spector leads monthly meetings, some devoted to study, some devoted to hands- on work.
April 29, 2015 |
Theodore B. Cohen, 92, of Narberth, a psychoanalyst who specialized in treating children and adolescents for more than 60 years, died Wednesday, April 22, of dementia at his home. Dr. Cohen was well known for his active study and practice, both focused on what he called "the vulnerable child. " He was deeply committed to understanding children, how they learned, and how their mental health issues could be overcome. In 1976, he organized the first international meeting centered on children and adolescents.
December 4, 1988 |
A planning group studying ways to expand the Downingtown Area Regional Authority's (DARA) sewage-treatment capacity by 5 million gallons a day has been asked informally to consider increasing that capacity by 800,000 more gallons a day. Representatives of Rouse and Associates, developer of the 1,300-acre Church Farm School site, told DARA's Phase III study group at a meeting Thursday that they eventually want to transfer 800,000 gallons of...
June 15, 1991 |
Officials of Arco Chemical Co. and the federal government are dismissing a new industry study that suggests the Clean Air Act's formula for reducing smog does not work. The study, a joint effort released this week by the three major U.S. automakers and 14 oil companies, concluded that reducing aromatics - octane boosters that react with the sun to form smog - and adding oxygen to gasoline had "no clear effect on ozone formation. " Reducing aromatics and adding an oxygenate - a compound that adds oxygen to gasoline, such as methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE)
December 5, 1986 |
What has become of the old values in American life today? In a mid-November report that deserves a wider reading than it has received, a White House study group looked at traditional values and found them in sorry shape. Somewhere along the way, in the "me first" generation of the 1960s and 1970s, old concepts of virtue and right conduct took a beating. The study group's primary concern was the value of family, the core unit of father and mother, caring for their children and guiding them toward constructive adulthood.