March 20, 2015 |
WHEN MAYOR Nutter proposed hiking property taxes 9.3 percent to give $105 million to the struggling school district two weeks ago, not one member of City Council gave a thumbs up. Instead, many said they'd come up with other ways to help the schools. Yesterday, at-large Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. introduced a resolution which he said would generate millions, though he stopped short of estimating just how many millions. The resolution calls for the Nutter administration to ask large nonprofit institutions - think universities and hospitals - to voluntarily contribute money for the schools.
March 14, 2015 |
Raymond L. Freudberg, 92, formerly of Wyncote, a retired insurance company executive, died Wednesday, March 4, of heart failure at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr, where he had lived for 41/2 years. Born in Philadelphia to Herman and Rose Kierson Freudberg, Mr. Freudberg graduated from Olney High School in 1939 and took night courses at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1942. From 1942 to 1946 he served in Washington, in the finance division of the Air Transport Command, part of the Army Air Forces.
March 13, 2015 |
Edward A. Wiggins, 81, a former Pennsylvania legislator who represented a district in South Philadelphia during the 1970s and 1980s, died Sunday, March 8, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He was pronounced dead at the hospital after being rushed from his home in the King Village section of South Philadelphia, said his granddaughter Laurena Tolson. Mr. Wiggins was elected to the state House in 1976, was unseated in 1978, and won again in 1980.
March 11, 2015 |
Rowan University wants to do better: more freshmen coming back as sophomores, more students passing all classes in the right sequence, more students graduating in four years. Within a few years, according to current plans, every Rowan student will meet regularly with an assigned professional academic adviser and a faculty mentor, with the goal of boosting retention and graduation rates. "If we are going to maximize the impact of education and minimize its cost, then make sure that as many people who come in graduate with a degree and do so in as little time as possible.
February 26, 2015 |
IF YOU WERE FEELING a bit low and you were fortunate enough to be related to or just a friend of Willie Lois Adams, you wouldn't be down for long. "No matter what may have been going on in the world to tear you down, it only took one smile, one kind word or one hug to make you feel rejuvenated again," her family said. Willie was known as Granny - "because of her loving and compassionate demeanor. Granny's warm heart spread love and cheer even to the casual acquaintance. Willie was truly a person who was loved by all. " She died Feb. 14 at age 96. Willie was born in Wake Forest, N.C., to Willie Dunn and Mary Land.
February 26, 2015 |
Two days after Concha Alborg's husband died of cancer in January 2006, she asked her younger daughter to help her search his computer for the love notes she had requested he leave her. They logged in, and there they were: hundreds of letters, sorted and labeled in folders, along with photos and references to trips - not to Alborg, but to Jamie, Juanita, Josie, Dodi, Peggy . . . Peter Segal, Alborg's husband of 21 years, had been a serial cheater....
February 25, 2015 |
Kevin DeCaesar always wanted to play football for a Division I program. He will get his chance at Temple University. A first-team all-South Jersey linebacker as a senior, DeCaesar has decided to attend Temple and try to make the Owls' roster as a preferred walk-on. "I know it's going to be a challenge," DeCaesar said. "These players are no joke. I know I'm going to have to work hard, a lot harder than I've ever worked. " DeCaesar was a three-year starter at linebacker for West Deptford.
February 24, 2015 |
The first Philadelphia Collegiate Stock Competition, hosted by Temple University on April 11, will feature student stock pickers from Temple, Drexel, Villanova, La Salle, St. Joseph's, and Rutgers Universities. The competition is the brainchild of Temple students managing an investment fund at the university's Fox School of Business. By running the William C. Dunkelberg Owl Fund, students gain experience for careers in investment finance. Owl Fund assets have grown to nearly $250,000 at year end 2014 from $200,000 originally donated in 2012.
February 21, 2015 |
Joan S. Schmidt, 85, of Blue Bell, a professor at the former Beaver College, where she taught education for many years, died Friday, Feb. 6, of Alzheimer's disease at Foulkeways at Gwynedd. "Dr. Joan," as she was called informally, was a loving mother, grandmother, and devoted mentor to her students. Born in Philadelphia to immigrant parents from Stuttgart, Germany, just before the 1929 stock-market crash, she grew up in Germantown and attended Friends Select School. Dr. Schmidt graduated from Chestnut Hill College and took a job teaching sixth grade at Whitemarsh Elementary School.
February 21, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter said Thursday that his successor must understand the importance of preventing youth violence if Philadelphia is to thrive. "You know what year it is," he told a room crowded with educators, politicians, and youth outreach groups on Temple University's campus. "I will go. But the work, the effort, and the impact, must continue. Whoever comes next must understand how critically important, how critically vital, how impactful this work is. " The city has made some important progress, he noted: homicides are down, employment is up, and development is booming.