October 11, 2013 |
¿No habla Inglés? That could make a big difference in obtaining relief money for some Hurricane Sandy victims, according to a Latino-rights group. In the latest controversy over aid for those affected by the storm that ravaged the Shore last October, a complaint filed this week by the Latino Action Network charges that people who speak only Spanish were not given access to crucial information. The Spanish-language version of the state website created for residents to apply for assistance programs provided incorrect deadlines and hours of operations, according to the network, which represents a coalition of Latino advocacy groups.
October 5, 2013 |
Accessing Healthcare.gov was better Thursday - but not for everyone. "Nothing" was what Kate Kozeniewski found when she logged on to the government's new website for purchasing health insurance. "When I log on, I make it to the point where it asks the security questions, and then it says there is an error in the system," said Kozeniewski, program coordinator with the Philadelphia-based Resources for Human Development (RHD), which is providing health insurance enrollment assistance in 10 counties in Pennsylvania.
October 5, 2013 |
Philadelphia high school students are eligible for a year's free admission to 12 of the city's most prominent and popular art and cultural institutions, thanks to a new program to be launched Friday afternoon at a special ceremony at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Dubbed STAMP, Students at Museums in Philly, the program began as a $75,000 Knight Foundation challenge grant two years ago. "STAMP reflects the cultural community's collective effort to invest in the youth of Philadelphia," Michael Norris, interim executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, said in a statement.
October 3, 2013 |
As millions clogged the government's new website for purchasing low-cost health insurance Tuesday - with many unable to get through - Alfred Chavis filled out an application the old-fashioned way: On paper. Chavis, 55, who works part time at a McDonald's restaurant and is taking classes at Community College of Philadelphia, applied for coverage at the Rising Sun Health Center in Olney. He was happy to learn he might pay as little as $290 a year for a midlevel "silver" insurance plan, after receiving a government subsidy that could amount to thousands of dollars.
October 1, 2013 |
On the 1500 block of Walnut Street, a culinary story is unfolding. Telling this tale of the gastronomic venture that will emerge where the once-regal, now-retired Le Bec-Fin thrilled so many palates will fall to a small business in the midst of its own reinvention of sorts. Since its launch in April 2011, HyLo Boutiques (for hyperlocal ) has been primarily promoting fashions created in Philadelphia using an unconventional marketing approach - one premised on the idea that consumers will buy local if they get to know the person or people behind the designs.
September 9, 2013 |
Curiosity got the better of Christine Ridout a year ago when she browsed through an estate sale at a Buffalo home and spotted the gray cardboard glove box on a kitchen table. Inside were six fragile, tattered documents. The timeworn parchment and graceful handwriting were eye-catching. "I asked, 'How much?' and was told three dollars, so I said, 'OK, I'll take them,' " said Ridout, 52, a veteran bargain-hunter who hit more than dozen yard sales that day. "I had no sense of their history or value.
August 25, 2013 |
Because the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is President Obama's signature legislation, it seems only fair that Independence Blue Cross is lifting a page from his 2012 reelection ground game to target and woo the region's uninsured. In an out-of-the-box move for health insurance marketing, Independence used data bought from a third party and supplemented with public records to create a density map of uninsured people in the region's five Pennsylvania counties, right down to their estimated income level.
August 23, 2013
S YREETA LOCKETT, 27, of East Mount Airy, is founder and CEO of Dream Guider, which develops action plans to help clients turn dreams into reality. The company offers starter ($40), one-year ($250) and five-year ($1,000) plans that lay out monthly goals and objectives with articles and worksheets. Lockett, who formerly worked for a New York-based image agency, started the biz in March 2013. She also has modeled and in 2010 founded MosaMuse, a website for young women. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Dream Guider?
August 16, 2013 |
IN RESPONSE to the school-funding crisis, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. says he wants to nix union seniority rules for laying off and rehiring teachers, and to block incremental guaranteed pay hikes. With almost no movement to meet his ultimatum of $50 million in new funding by tomorrow to ensure the safe opening of all schools on time, Hite plans to ask the School Reform Commission to approve the plan at an emergency meeting this afternoon as a way to stretch the district's thin resources.
July 28, 2013
For more information about the Well Spouse Association and the Oct. 25-27 conference, go to www.wellspouse.org . The Alzheimer's Association also runs numerous support groups and a 24/7 helpline at 1-800-272-3900 and has a website, www.alz.org/desjsepa .