August 16, 2016 |
Were you skeptical that crowdfunding would help small companies go public? So were we, but it's actually happening. Forthcoming IPOs include craft beer companies, a bionic pancreas, and a camp for girls. Roughly 75 small companies, some start-ups and some longtime small businesses, have filed with federal regulators to go public using crowdfunding "portals. " These stock and bond offerings are put out via the new financing portals, which are all electronic. The portals became legal as of May, but regulators stress that investing in start-ups is risky.
June 29, 2016 |
Arie Gluck, 86, of Voorhees, a member of Israel's first Olympic track team and a legendary director of a summer camp in the Poconos, died Thursday, June 23, at Virtua Voorhees Hospital. Mr. Gluck was the director at Camp Harlam for 37 years, starting in the summer of 1966. Current director Aaron Selkow described him as "one of the great legends in this field. " While he ran an organization built around fun and play, Mr. Gluck's former colleagues remembered him as a leader commanding great respect.
June 21, 2016 |
DURING THE school year, Manuel Walker and his 8-year-old son start their day at 4:40 a.m. when they leave the shelter where they live in West Philly for school in Mount Airy. Two trains, a bus, and an hour and a half later, Walker leaves his son at the before-school child care and continues to travel for another hour to work. For homeless parents like Walker, relief in the summer months comes not from a reprieve from the school commute, but from knowing their kids still have somewhere to go. Walker will gratefully shuttle his son to and from camp this summer - thanks to funding from Child Care Information Services of Philadelphia with the help of their shelter, Families Forward Philadelphia.
June 20, 2016 |
Summertime. A lake, quiet woodlands, mini-golf. Ah, sleepaway camp in the Poconos. Philadelphia natives Joanne Thomas, 65; her twin sister, Diane Colf; and their mother, Anne Thomas, 91, had long wanted to travel together. When Colf retired from her corrections job, they chose Camp Ladore in Waymart, Pa., operated by the Salvation Army. "And there's no sleeping in tents," Joanne Thomas said with a laugh. The senior- friendly summer camp has comfortable quarters, and a swimming pool.
May 23, 2016
BENJAMIN Camp and Jacob Winterstein started hatching impish schemes as teens at a Quaker summer camp in New Jersey. They would unscrew enough lightbulbs to throw the entire camp into chaos for at least 20 pitch-black minutes. They would use mealtimes to try out the wackiest ways to eat, sitting cross-legged beneath the tables. For Camp, a suburban kid from King of Prussia, and Winterstein, a city kid from Mount Airy, Camp Dark Waters in Medford cultivated a mischievous creativity.
May 9, 2016
1 A tree grows near State Road and Linden To kick off this year's Love Your Park Week, Mayor Kenney will help plant trees near the fishing pier in Pleasant Hill Park in Torresdale today. More than 100 volunteers are expected to help clean and mulch at the park, starting at 8:30 a.m. The mayor and other dignitaries speak at 11:30 a.m. 2 Juniata Park Parade returns After a 15-year absence, the Juniata Park Parade is back, beginning at 1 p.m. today. This year's parade features the Samuel Fels High School Band and the Polish American String Band.
April 14, 2016 |
Bob Miller loves summer camp - the arts and crafts, canoeing, and making new friends. "And when else can you do archery?" he asked after having spent a week at Medomak Camp in Maine for eight of the last 11 summers. At 54, though, Miller, of Downingtown, is not your typical camper. But he is part of a growing number of parents who have discovered they don't have to head back home after dropping their kids off for the summer. In 2014, nearly half of American Camp Association members reported offering some kind of family camp, up from 41 percent in 2011, the first year it was tracked.
April 12, 2016 |
George Carlton Shafer Jr., 86, formerly of Newtown Square, an educator, coach and volunteer, died Tuesday, April 5, of leukemia at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr. Mr. Shafer was a history teacher and tennis coach for 43 years at Episcopal Academy. During his tenure, his teams won 20 Inter-Academic League championships. At the same time, he was co-owner and director of Susquehannock Camps in Brackney and Friendsville, Pa. He also volunteered in the tennis world as coach of the Philadelphia Gold Cup advanced junior tennis program; board member and teacher for the National Junior Tennis League; board member of the Philadelphia Indoor Tennis Corporation; and operations chairman of the U.S. Pro Indoor Tennis Tournament for 19 years.
March 16, 2016 |
The identity of the Penn State quarterback never has been in question since the opening game of 2013 when Bill O'Brien sent Christian Hackenberg onto the field at MetLife Stadium against Syracuse. But after 38 consecutive starts over three seasons for O'Brien and James Franklin, Hackenberg has left Happy Valley for the NFL, and Franklin now will oversee the competition for the starting quarterback job beginning Friday when the Nittany Lions open spring practice. The two primary candidates are redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley, who came in after Hackenberg injured his right shoulder in the second quarter of the TaxSlayer Bowl, and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens, who was listed as third-team QB last year and never played a snap.
February 14, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There are those who might observe that a visit to Berlin, N.J., was "long-a-coming. " This Camden County borough was originally known by that name, attributed alternatively to shipwrecked sailors looking for a brook with clean water, to stagecoach travelers stopping here on an otherwise boring ride from Philadelphia to the Shore, or, most likely, to the Leni-Lenape and the Lonaconing Trail from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean, as the historic marker notes.