May 3, 2014 |
It can't be easy to figure out where you stand against your competitors in the masters division of the Broad Street Run. With so many runners, how do you know who is over 40? "I totally know," said Linda Hawke, 46, of Malvern, last year's masters women's top finisher in this race. "I know the competition. I know them all. Most of the competition is on my team. " The Athena Track Club is a nationwide organization with a local affiliate, established in 2006 for elite female runners in masters competition.
April 16, 2014
IN A RECENT Daily News edition there was an article relating the difficulties that the Philadelphia Police Department had in recruiting and retaining new police officers. I would submit that an effort needs to be made to aggressively locate and recruit our returning military veterans for these police jobs. Our veterans are part of the best-educated, best-trained and most technically advanced military the world has ever known. They understand what service to mission before self means.
April 15, 2014 |
John B. "Jack" Hoffman, 66, of Whitemarsh Township, a former township police officer and detective, died Wednesday, April 9, of cancer at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Mr. Hoffman retired in 2003 as a detective after 32 years with the Whitemarsh police force. Earlier, he had served as an officer in the traffic unit, which he had created. He was certified to perform accident-reconstruction investigations. In 1991, Mr. Hoffman was honored with six other officers for rescuing three young children and an elderly woman from a house fire the year before.
April 12, 2014 |
VILLANOVA Judge Marc Carter is an Army veteran, and his father and brothers also served in the military. So it was no surprise that he was moved to act when a Marine veteran appeared in his Texas court in 2009. The Marine had recently served in Fallujah, Iraq, and came home to a "parade in his neighborhood," Carter said. But he ran into trouble after that, and appeared before Carter on a nonviolent felony charge. "That situation really, really took me," Carter said. "I was really emotional about that Marine's story.
April 11, 2014 |
VETERAN EDUCATOR Ozzie Wright knows how to handle a conflict. The Army veteran has served in Iraq, is a tae kwon do master and has dealt with "climate" problems at South Philly High and West Philly High. One week into his latest assignment as co-principal at Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia, in the wake of several violent incidents, Wright acknowledged yesterday that the troubled school needs more resources and increased involvement from students and parents. "Everybody needs to have a safe feeling.
April 9, 2014 |
JOSEPH FLEMING survived the Great Depression and war, but he could not survive the two bullets a gunslinging burglar pumped into his abdomen and pelvis on May 17, 2012. Fleming, a decorated Korean War veteran, husband and father of six, died 36 days after gunman Sean Johnson, 20, and his sidekick, Aaron Pitts, 22, broke into the victim's home on Yocum Street near 66th, Southwest Philly. After gunning down Fleming, 80, Johnson stole a laptop computer, and the two thieves fled.
April 8, 2014 |
Michael Carter-Williams is young in basketball terms. The 76ers' rookie point guard is a wide-eyed pup who has had limited veteran guidance this season. The 22-year-old still has a lot to learn, and the hard-knock lessons have piled up at times. Sixers coach Brett Brown and his staff have been racking their brains, trying to figure ways to help ease his growing pains. Perhaps the best option is bringing in a 10- to 12-year veteran point guard this offseason to help nurture the rookie-of-the-year favorite.
March 23, 2014 |
A former deputy superintendent of public works is suing Franklin Township, saying he was fired without being given the reasons and the hearing guaranteed him under state law for veterans. Richard Yusko, an Army veteran, submitted his suit against the Gloucester County township Friday, citing a law sometimes referred to as the Veterans Tenure Act. Under the act, veterans who are public employees cannot be fired "except for good cause shown after a fair and impartial hearing, but such person shall hold his employment, position or office during good behavior, and shall not be removed for political reasons.
March 22, 2014
Honor roll call Last year, I had the privilege to escort my father on a trip to Washington with the Honor Flight Philadelphia group, which takes mostly older veterans to the National World War II Memorial and many others. We filled seven buses with dozens of veterans. This trip meant so much to them and to all of us. Sadly, many World War II veterans did not live long enough to see the memorial, which opened in 2004. Honor Flight (honorflightphiladelphia.org) seeks to find as many of the remaining men and women as possible and take them there free on an upcoming trip.
March 21, 2014 |
AS FAR AS Bill Platt was concerned, there's a right way of doing things and a wrong way, and anything in between is suspect. And Bill didn't hesitate to call out anyone who violated this principle, be it politicians, government officials, greedy business executives, incompetent doctors or referees and umpires with vision problems. He would fire off an angry letter with the slightest provocation, making it unquestionably clear how he felt about anyone who didn't abide by his code of honor and responsibility.