July 7, 2010
Dorothy Mae Simmons, whose 30-year employment with the Postal Service earned her numerous citations and awards and who was a woman much admired for her stylish dress, died June 24 at age 75. "Dorothy was a very gregarious, fashionable lady who loved to shop and always dressed to impress," her family said. She was born in Philadelphia to William and Carrie Smith and married her childhood sweetheart, Norman Simmons, after high school. Dorothy was a devoted member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and later Greater Faith Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Ushers Ministry.
November 12, 2001 |
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has completed tests on the Bellmawr postal worker suspected of being infected with anthrax. The results: still inconclusive. The results for William W. Trainer Jr., 54, of Wilmington, came back from the CDC on Friday, said Heidi Truschel-Light, a spokeswoman for the Delaware Division of Public Health. Two blood samples tested positive for exposure, one biopsy was unreadable, and the other was negative, she said. Trainer is doing well and is expected to return to work this week, postal officials said yesterday.
July 7, 1999 |
Modern office workers might want to make sure their health insurance covers treatment for claustrophobia. Office cubicles are getting smaller. Office-space planners say companies moving into new facilities are allocating about 200 square feet a worker. Some call centers allocate only 100 square feet or less. A decade ago, most offices had a norm of 250 square feet per worker. In some offices, even the dividers are coming down, making privacy a desperately prized commodity.
May 26, 1987 |
Eddie Mamasian - hard worker, friend, adviser, child caretaker - could be the original Mr. Nice Guy. Yet it was Mamasian, 62, who remained missing and trapped under the rubble of a collapsed two-story supermarket in West Philadelphia into early afternoon. "He's a workaholic. He has to be doing something all the time," said his wife, Eartha, 47, whom he married three years ago. When a worker at a nearby store called to tell her that her husband, who had been doing renovation work at the market, was trapped, she said: "I ran down there.
May 10, 2000 |
A car driven by a Florida man struck and killed a construction worker on the New Jersey Turnpike early Tuesday, state police said. Jorge Collazo, 19, of Tampa, lost control of his 1999 Mazda near milepost 36 in Mount Laurel and hit Ronnie Dominquez, 32, of Piscataway, and a nearby construction truck, said Lt. Wendy Galloway of the state police. Dominquez had been rebuilding a storm drain when he was hit. Both men were flown to Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden.
December 18, 2007 |
A Philadelphia city employee was charged yesterday with extortion by illegally accepting money for providing assistance in real estate matters, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Theresa Pinkett, who worked in the City Controller's Office and was a former aide to Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller, is accused of illegally receiving payments totaling $5,000 and a cell phone. While working in Miller's office, Pinkett, 53, provided assistance on real estate issues to an unnamed person, gave the names of other city workers who could assist, and then contacted them, said U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan.
February 11, 1988 |
A construction worker smiled and gave a thumbs-up sign moments after being rescued from a 12-foot-deep trench that caved in on him and buried him at an Upper Dublin work site. "I'm fine," William Orr said as paramedics helped him onto a stretcher and wheeled him to an Upper Dublin ambulance on Tuesday afternoon. Orr, 19, of Philadelphia, had been digging in the trench on Norristown Road near Welsh Road when dirt from the sides of the trench caved in on him. Orr and other workers, employees of Horgan Brothers Inc., were digging the trench for the installation of a sanitary-sewer line needed for a housing development to be constructed nearby.
May 4, 2009 |
Arthur Schwartz, 81, a professor of social work who lived in Center City, died April 17 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania of complications from a blood disorder. Dr. Schwartz taught at Columbia and Rutgers Universities and the University of Hawaii. He also was a teacher for 16 years at the University of Chicago and for 15 years at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. From 1994 to 1998, he was a scholar-in-residence and professor at the Center for Social Work Education at Widener University.
May 22, 2015 |
THERE ARE MANY stages of grief, the counselor told Jeff Bayers' co-workers. Some people cry. Some deny. Some get angry. Every part of the process is OK, and everyone's way is OK. Unless, it seems, you're Charles Sharper. Sharper is a towing operator for the Philadelphia Parking Authority. On April 22, he was in deep grief. That morning, PPA lot officer Jeffrey Bayers was killed at a towing and impoundment lot in South Philly when a young tow operator backed over him. PPA employees were reeling.
November 13, 2006 |
Ambioris Antonio Pena-Duran thought he could overpower the young, armed suspect who came into Cesar's Grocery Store in South Camden on Saturday night. The robber entered just after 8, pointed the weapon at the woman behind the counter, and told her to open the register. Pena-Duran, a store employee, charged him from behind and tried to take the gun. It was a fatal gamble. The gunman broke away and shot Pena-Duran once in the abdomen. The 35-year-old city man charged him again and was felled by a second bullet.