April 14, 2016 |
Amid concern that a chronic teacher shortage is impeding student learning, the Philadelphia School District expects twice as many high school students to fail courses this year and be required to attend summer school. District officials said this week that they are bracing for 1,000 high school students in summer classes this July, up from 500 students last year. The expanded summer session will cost the district $546,000, they said. In addition, the district expects to spend $1.3 million on what they describe as summer enrichment classes for about 2,500 struggling students in lower grades who score poorly in reading or math or who have not had a certified teacher for a third of the year or longer.
April 11, 2016
The national average price of a gallon of regular gas in the first quarter was $1.86, according to the American Automobile Association. That's only 16 cents more than a gallon of Perrier water if you buy it at Walmart as a six-pack of 16.9-ounce bottles. Even if gasoline goes up 15 to 25 cents a gallon by Memorial Day, as AAA suspects it will, the price is still a powerful incentive to drive to where the fun is. Which raises a question: Is the family transit up to the rigors of the road?
April 8, 2016 |
Following a successful drive in 2014 to fund the start of her Wild Mantle line of winter hooded scarves, Main Line entrepreneur Avi Loren Fox is launching another Kickstarter campaign Thursday to support a new line of hooded covers for warm weather. Fox, 29, a Narberth native who is Wild Mantle's CEO and designer, is looking to raise $44,000 to release a summer collection. She raised $39,827 in 2014 from 300 backers. The current campaign will kick off at 4:44 p.m. Thursday. "44 is my lucky number," Fox explained in an email.
March 29, 2016 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - To say that Mark Soifer would go to the ends of the earth for Ocean City may be an understatement. Because in the 45 years that Soifer - who will retire at the end of the summer from his position as the resort's public relations director - has commuted from his home in Vineland to his office here, he could have circumnavigated the globe three times. Soifer, aside from creating and executing dozens of local events and activities over the years, has also written about 5,000 columns for the local newspaper, the Ocean City Sentinel, and thousands of news releases about everything from the annual Doo Dah Parade to the Mister Maturity Pageant.
March 7, 2016 |
NORTH WILDWOOD - For some politicos, it may be all about poll numbers right now. But up and down the New Jersey coastline, where the local economy depends on the popularity of a beach town with summer visitors, officials say the only numbers that matter this time of the year involve cubic yards - as in the amount of sand on their beachfronts. Tourism in New Jersey is a $42-billion-a-year enterprise that employs more than 300,000 people and accounts for more than 6 percent of all jobs, according to the Department of Labor.
February 26, 2016
This week alone will bring the announcements of three significant restaurant projects planned this summer by out-of-town operators: Scarpetta , a splashy Italian out of New York, coming to the Rittenhouse Hotel; Tasty Tuscan , billed as a four-star Italian (by Italian businessmen) with a marketplace, coming to the former Tashan space at 777 S. Broad St.; and, if scuttlebutt is correct, P.J. Clarke's , an offshoot of the century-plus-old New York City saloon, setting up in the Curtis Center on Washington Square.
February 21, 2016 |
Hello there They met in summer 2001, before the start of their senior year at Council Rock High School, when his friend was dating hers. Then school began, and another of Evin's friends asked Brett to be her date to the fall dance. Not understanding his mumbled answer, and, this being high school, she asked Evin to find out Brett's intent. "I'm going," he told Evin. "But just to hang out with you. " Despite that movie-worthy line, nothing happened at the dance. But Brett and Evin began talking more at school, and hanging out more together outside school.
January 24, 2016 |
The public will be able to see the inside of the first Mormon temple built in the city - and in the entire state - when it opens in Philadelphia this summer. A four-week open house, with free tours, will begin Aug. 5 and last until Sept. 3, but will exclude Sundays, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release this week. The massive, neoclassical, granite-exterior temple, with two soaring spires, is nearing completion on the 1700 block of Vine Street in Franklintown - about a block north of Logan Square, the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
December 25, 2015
DOYLESTOWN The Bucks County 4-H Club is offering a paid summer internship with its Penn State Extension. The extension is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the country's land-grant universities that operates "innovative, research-based knowledge and vital educational programs," according to Penn State. Qualifications for the internship include completion of at least two years as a full-time college student and current enrollment as a full-time college student.
December 2, 2015 |
Yes, it's early, but since the Holy War is upon us, eighth-ranked Villanova visiting St. Joseph's Tuesday at Hagan Arena, it's not too early to note tonight's home team is a different team this season, so far a better team. Maybe the easiest way to see it is look at one Hawks player and his changing role. Last season, needing to replace a group of stars that took them to an Atlantic 10 title, the Hawks placed some big expectations on freshman James Demery. Too high, said Hawks coach Phil Martelli, speaking for himself.