September 19, 2016 |
Pam Schmidt thought Patrick Giblin was the perfect guy - someone who accepted her despite her weight issues and the fact that she was legally blind. In a three-hour phone call arranged through a dating service, he told her he felt a connection so strong that he wanted to fly her from her home in Wisconsin to New Jersey to see his beachfront property, she said. Giblin ended the call with one last question: If he ever needed money, would she help him? In that instant in 2014, the excitement of a new relationship gave way to concern as Schmidt, 48, of Milwaukee, wondered if this was too good to be true.
September 17, 2016 |
When Erin McClelland addressed Pennsylvania's delegates at the Democratic National Convention, she told them that female candidates are plagued by three words: " She . Can't . Win . " McClelland pointed to contests such as hers for the 12th U.S. House District in Western Pennsylvania as races that get overlooked. "We're going to keep working," the 41-year-old health-care consultant told the crowd. "We owe that to rural Pennsylvania, we owe that to the Democratic Party, and we owe that to every woman who has the guts to put her name on the ballot.
September 15, 2016 |
Donald Trump proposed new federal subsidies to make child care more affordable during a Delaware County campaign stop Tuesday, aiming to appeal to moderate women voters in the suburbs of Philadelphia and other cities who have resisted his candidacy. The initiative, which includes a promise of paid maternity leave, would rely on a series of tax deductions and rebates for low-income households, and would offer a new tax-advantage savings account for dependent care. "We need working mothers to be fairly compensated for their work, and to have access to affordable, quality child care for their kids," Trump said, speaking in soft tones as he touted the proposals at the Aston Community Center.
September 14, 2016 |
Patrick Giblin sounds like the perfect man. He's 52, single, and living at his beachfront home at the Jersey Shore. He doesn't care about a woman's weight, or appearance because he's more interested in her inner beauty. At least that's what he told women looking for love through dating services, according to federal authorities who say Giblin is actually a con man. He captured the hearts of lonely women, then stole their money using fantastic tales, authorities allege. On Monday, Giblin appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio in Camden for his first appearance on the most recent charges that he used telephone dating services to scam women from 2012 through 2014.
September 9, 2016 |
When the U.S. national soccer program asks you to join them for a workout, there often isn't much time to think. Not that there's much to think about. It's an invitation most soccer players dream of and one they wouldn't dream of passing up. "It still feels a little bit surreal," said Amirah Ali, standing on the balcony of her dorm room and peering out on the mountain peaks that surround the U.S. Olympic Training Center in San Diego. "It came out of nowhere. I didn't expect to be here at all. " Last Thursday, it was announced that Ali, the superstar forward of the Eastern girls' soccer team, was one of just 26 girls from around the country called up to the U.S. under-18 women's national team for a one-week training camp this week at the scenic, sprawling Olympic Training Center.
September 8, 2016 |
Merle DiVento and her husband, Larry, are in their 60s, but they spend a lot of time playing school, making art projects, and reading board books. It's the dream job they retired for: caring for granddaughters Gianna, 4, and Jewel, 15 months. Still, for Merle, who taught mostly kindergarten for more than 36 years, and Larry, now working at his at-home framing business around his babysitting duties - it's "exhausting. " The Mount Laurel couple wouldn't have it any other way. "Now we build our lives around theirs," said Merle, aka "Mimi," whose commute is a minutes-long car ride to their daughter's home.
September 6, 2016 |
Women earn less and live longer. That's why they need to pay special attention to saving for retirement. But how? Locally, there are some answers. Retirement Income Solutions for Women is a four-week course for those 45 or older who are concerned they won't have enough money for retirement. Cost for the series is $60, which includes four classes, an individual consultation with an accountant, and six monthly phone-coaching sessions. Classes take place on four Wednesdays, Sept.
August 30, 2016
ISSUE | GENDER BIAS All women deserve respect I was pleased to see Melissa E. Mishcon's commentary, "Swim like a girl? You wish," (Friday). As a parent and teacher, I have been disturbed by the continued elevation of male accomplishments over and against those of girls and women. The commentary's accurate critique of "female gender still being used as an insult" missed an even larger opportunity to challenge the dismissal of the accomplishments of women of color. In every example, there are added implications for females of color through attacks on their looks, supposed attitudes, and temperament.
August 27, 2016 |
While swimming laps, pretending to be in the Olympics, I overheard a comment, and not about my peculiar breast stroke. A gaggle of young guys were cannon balling into the deep end, having old-fashioned summer fun. Underscore old-fashioned. One dude belly flopped and groaned. The pal in the pool offered solace with: "Ah ... don't be such a girl. " Female gender is still being used as an insult. It's pretty common. I've heard professional sport coaches use something very much like that to chide their team.
August 27, 2016 |
Recently, some have noted that a statue of Frank Rizzo — police chief, law-and-order mayor, and lifelong South Philly scrapper — makes for a charged presence , looming nine feet tall on the steps of the Municipal Services Building. Rizzo - whose enduring image may be rushing to quell a riot, nightstick in his cummerbund - is a complicated fixture in the public square. But his likeness is just one quirk of a public art collection that looks very little like Philadelphia today, and a lot like a Main Line country club circa 1950.