February 13, 2016 |
Fixing every Philadelphia School District building - more than 300 schools, athletic fields, offices, shops, and garages - could cost $5 billion, district officials said Thursday. But amid a perpetual budget crisis, the school system manages to allocate just $160 million yearly on maintaining its buildings, leaving thousands of work orders unfilled and putting students' health at risk daily, some suggested. "We find ourselves in a very difficult position of having to play catch-up.
June 23, 2014 |
When a dog came into Monica L'Tainen's life, the two of them agreed: It was time to move. She had been pining for her own patch of green, and after rescuing her pup, Bodhi, Center City loft living just wasn't providing enough country-style respite for either of them. One night, as she was sitting with friends in Chestnut Hill, having drinks around a fire pit, L'Tainen said, she had an epiphany and observed, " 'Everyone is happy here.' Someone in the group replied, 'Yes, because we all live out here!
February 18, 2013 |
The city's aging parks and recreation facilities are going to get a lot more attention starting this spring. Thanks to a $2.6 million increase in the department's budget, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis plans to hire 63 full-time people, most of them in skilled trades and maintenance. It's the first such expansion in as long as any one in the department - which receives less funding than parks do in most big cities - can remember. "Parks have never gotten anything close to this in recent history," DiBerardinis said.
January 27, 2013 |
Laura Rogers-Fisher lived the high life. There were trips to the Bahamas, Las Vegas, and Mexico; expensive cars; World Series tickets; a suite at the Army-Navy game; home remodeling projects; and tuition paid to the Haverford School and Brown University for her son. Her activities were documented in photos and in the gifts she spread around the office of Sho Aids, a small business in Sharon Hill. On Friday, Rogers-Fisher pleaded guilty to theft, conspiracy, and forgery, and was sentenced to two to four years in state prison and five years' probation, and ordered to pay restitution for embezzling more than $660,000 from the company where she worked for 10 years and whose coworkers once considered her a "sister.
January 26, 2013 |
Laura Rogers-Fisher lived the high life. There were trips to the Bahamas, Las Vegas and Mexico; expensive cars; World Series tickets; a suite at the Army-Navy game; home remodeling projects, and tuition paid to The Haverford School and Brown University for her son. Her activities were documented in photos and in the gifts she spread around the office of Sho Aids, a small business in Sharon Hill. On Friday, Rogers-Fisher pleaded guilty to theft, conspiracy, and forgery and was sentenced to two to four years in state prison, five years' probation, and ordered to pay restitution for embezzling more than $660,000 from the company where she worked for 10 years and whose co-workers once considered her a "sister.
May 13, 2012 |
Construction workers are expected to be back on the job at the Goldtex Building near Center City Monday, after the city lifted a "stop-work" order it placed at the site more than a week ago. Developers Matthew and Michael Pestronk met with the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections for nearly three hours Friday, Mike Pestronk said. The stop-work order was lifted after the brothers presented the contracts, business-privilege licenses, contractors' licenses and certificates of insurance for every subcontractor on the job at the abandoned textile factory building, at 12th and Wood streets.
May 12, 2011
DEAR ABBY: Our daughter, "Julie," came home for the weekend so we could meet her new boyfriend, "Scott. " He's a delightful young man, and my daughter is clearly smitten. When I suggested Scott sleep in the guest room, Julie and my wife gave me this perplexed look as though I'm from a different planet. In the end, I was deeply disappointed that they shared a bedroom. After 30 years of marriage, this created the first disagreement between my wife and me in a long time. I'm no prude.
July 5, 2005 |
In some ways, they seem to come from another era - sisters still garbed in distinctive, dark, heavy cotton habits with rope belts tied into three knots and long rosaries that swing when they walk. But you won't find them in some sort of Sound of Music setting. These nuns live on a pastoral patch of land in the middle of built-up Cherry Hill. Few realize that the tiny but growing order, the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus, exists at all - let alone that the delegation house, or national center, sits back from busy Kresson Road, where the order is about to put the finishing touches on the most ambitious project in its history.
March 13, 2004 |
A federal judge has dismissed a $50 million civil-rights lawsuit filed by a West Conshohocken man who claimed last year that borough officials and his neighbors had conspired to thwart his plans to build an addition to his house. U.S. District Judge Edmund V. Ludwig ruled Tuesday that Joseph "Jay" Soppick waited too long to claim that borough officials had retaliated against him by yanking his building permit. Soppick had two years from April 23, 1999, when a stop-work order was issued by the borough, to file his claim, the ruling states.
December 5, 2001 |
For the first time since 1978, a New Jersey judge has jailed striking public schoolteachers for refusing to return to work. Choosing names alphabetically from a list, Superior Court Judge Clarkson S. Fisher Jr. yesterday ordered 43 members of the Middletown Township Education Association to report to jail for contempt of court. He jailed four other members on Monday. Fisher has threatened to jail all the striking teachers and secretaries from the 1,000-member union unless they return to work at the 17 schools in the district, the largest in Monmouth County.