June 27, 2015 |
Clean up. With typical Philadelphia capriciousness, hot dry weather gives way to hot wet tropical monsoons, and our gardens respond by both thriving and taking a beating. Don't be afraid to do some manicuring: foliage from tulip and daffodil bulbs is too ugly to bear; a few more hosta leaves burn out every time it tops 90 degrees; dead azalea blossoms still cling to the bushes. You have my permission to get rid of anything you don't like the looks of. But use the proper tools: handpicking for fine work, pruners for anything up to a half-inch in diameter, loppers up to an inch, and a saw for anything bigger.
June 5, 2015 |
GIVE US THE resources and we will have better outcomes. That was the message yesterday from dozens of school principals as City Council continues to debate the Philadelphia School District's request for $103 million in new funding. In a letter delivered to Council and signed by more than 75 principals throughout the district, administrators described an "ongoing crisis in our schools" due to insufficient city and state funding. "It is a crisis that affects the daily lives of children and whether or not they develop their skills and capacities," the letter reads.
March 25, 2015
Three Philadelphia men have been charged with stealing power tools from work trucks and vans throughout the Philadelphia suburbs. Matthew Suarez, Nicholas Suarez, and Donald Hodum allegedly stole power tools from vehicles in Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties over the course of several months, Then they resold them. The three men are charged with a total of 197 counts of theft by unlawful taking, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Whitemarsh Township Police Chief T. Michael Beaty announced Monday.
March 22, 2015 |
Have you ever coveted your contractors' professional tools and building supplies and wished you could buy similar gear? Just such an opportunity is about to present itself. For the first time, the DelChester chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) will host an open-to-the-public garage/yard sale March 29 in Chester. The trade group's contractor members from Delaware and Chester Counties will be donating overstock items, wrong orders, slightly used equipment, extra parts, tools, appliances and housewares.
March 1, 2015 |
Charles J. Devlin Jr., 90, of Stone Harbor, N.J., founder of the Camden Tool Co. and later the 3D Tool Co., both in North Camden, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Wesley Manor in Ocean City, N.J. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Devlin grew up in the Fairmount neighborhood and graduated in 1942 from Roman Catholic High School. During World War II, Mr. Devlin served in the Army Air Corps and flew 30 missions from England as a nose gunner on a B-24 bomber, said a son, Tony. He studied accounting at the Spring Garden Institute and in 1950 opened Camden Tool, which distributed industrial metalworking equipment, material he had sold in his first job after the war. In 1990, Mr. Devlin opened 3D Tool on the same site, and served as president of both firms until retiring in 1995.
February 3, 2015 |
Camden County homeowners, gardeners, and fix-it-yourself types will soon have a new money-saving resource. This summer, county officials hope to launch a tool library in Gloucester Township that can help residents work on home projects without having to buy special equipment. The program will be similar to the West Philly Tool Library, which Camden County Freeholder Michelle Gentek visited last year, along with Chris Waldron, county director of sustainability and shared services. "In the short time we were there, about 20 people came through the door," Gentek said.
January 11, 2015 |
John Gellert had health insurance for the first time last year. The self-employed Juniata resident qualified for a tax credit subsidy on the Affordable Care Act marketplace and bought Independence Blue Cross' silver tier Keystone HMO Proactive plan. He liked the plan and was ready to renew last month when he was told that he no longer qualified for a marketplace subsidy because his income was below the $16,105 federal poverty level. The marketplace representative "asked a series of questions and that's when I knew that I didn't qualify," said Gellert, 57. "That's when I said I need to look to see what I qualify for. " The deadline to have insurance for Feb. 1 is Thursday.
October 20, 2014 |
Next month, Thomas G. Frazier will sit down with colleagues at Bryn Mawr Hospital's Comprehensive Breast Center and unseal the results of a blind study for Dune Medical's MarginProbe. The four-month, 30-patient study is the second conducted at Bryn Mawr on the new diagnostic tool designed to help breast cancer surgeons determine - within minutes - whether they have removed all the malignant tissue during a lumpectomy and reduced the need for later surgery. If the second study is positive, the device could become a key tool for breast cancer surgeons at Bryn Mawr and elsewhere.
September 15, 2014 |
Merck & Co. said on Sept. 4 that the Food and Drug Administration approved what Merck said was a groundbreaking cancer treatment that it hopes will cure many patients and generate billions of dollars in revenue. On the same day, Bristol-Myers Squibb said bunk to that, alleging patent infringement in a lawsuit in federal court in Delaware, where both global pharmaceutical giants are registered. Bristol-Myers, whose version of that type of cancer drug was approved in Japan in July, hoped the legal move would thwart Merck in the industry race to sell expensive cancer medicine.
September 13, 2014 |
Sick of being cyber-bullied? Know a friend in trouble? In a dark place yourself, but not sure where to turn? If you are a student at Haddonfield Memorial High School, help is at your fingertips. At two assemblies Thursday, the school marked its rollout of STOPit, a smartphone and tablet application that makes it easier for students to report bullying or other concerns to trusted adults. "We feel we're giving them a safer, healthier environment," said principal Charles Klaus, who considers the potential benefits well worth the approximately $3 per student the district will pay. App developer Todd Schobel, a Cherry Hill native who lives in Hunterdon County, N.J., said STOPit grew out of his devastation over the story of Amanda Todd, a Canadian teenager who killed herself in 2012 after being cyber-bullied for years.