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Union makes significant trade

The Philadelphia Union filled a significant hole in their defense on Monday with a trade for the Chicago Fire’s center back Austin Berry. The Union shook up their defense in January, trading center back Jeff Parke to D.C. United in exchange for Ethan White while also swapping allocation spots. White wasn’t seen as an immediate replacement for Parke, however, and team manager John Hackworth repeatedly said the team was still looking for another defender to fill out the line. The 6-2 Berry, acquired for an undisclosed amount of allocation money, can be that replacement. The 25 year-old has appeared in 62 games for the Fire and was named MLS Rookie of the Year in 2012. “Austin is a talented central defender that will add quality to our back line,” Hackworth said. “He already has a lot of MLS experience and we think he is the right fit to help strengthen our central defense. We’re happy to have a player of his caliber and look forward to him joining the team.” Berry will join the team in Deltona, FL for preseason training. The Union’s season kicks off March 8th  on the road against the Portland...

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Dedicated to the written word

Nasty weather did not prevent avid readers from attending their Book Club meeting at Friendship Circle Senior Center last week. Led by former teacher Diane Tinucci of Glenolden, this month’s discussion was on Erik Larson’s novel, In the Garden of Beasts, a true story set in Nazi Germany. The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 A.M. at Friendship Circle, 1515 Lansdowne Ave. in Darby. The reading for March is Wish You Well by David...

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Influential health leader retires; successor named

One of America’s most influential leaders in the national health care industry has announced his retirement as president and chief executive officer of AmeriHealth Caritas after nearly 20 years with the company and four years at its helm. Michael A. Rashid will be succeeded by Paul A. Tufano, Independence Blue Cross (IBC) executive vice president and AmeriHealth Caritas board chairman. Tufano will now serve as chairman and CEO, effective March 31st. Rashid will serve as special advisor to IBC President and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty through year end. During his tenure, Rashid positioned the company as a national leader...

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Marriage equality effort launches nationwide

Thousands of people across the country will take to bended knee to pop the question this Valentine’s Day, but in a majority of states, it is still illegal for same-sex couples to tie the knot. To get the message out that marriage equality should be the law in the U.S. (and throughout the world), a new campaign is being launched to stamp out discrimination –through messaging on money. “We hope to start a grassroots effort that has supporters stamping the message of ‘Marriage Equality Now’ on dollar bills across the country,” said Joe Palan, president of “As more and more people get involved, those stamped bills will end up in the hands of politicians, judges, longtime couples seen under the law as nothing more than friends, or small town teens worried about coming out.” The average life-span of a dollar bill is between two and five years and it changes hands often over that time. So each person taking part and each single dollar stamped will reach thousands upon thousands of people across the U.S. The idea comes from a similar campaign with another goal. “There’s a nationwide effort to get money out of politics and overturn Citizens United,” Palan said. “It’s called StampStampede and is the brainchild of Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s.” An analysis done by an attorney on behalf of StampStampede concluded that...

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12 things you never knew about Valentine’s Day

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They wore that name pinned to their sleeves for one week for everyone to see. This was the origin of the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve.” In 1537, England’s King Henry VII offi cially declared Feb. 14 the holiday of St. Valentine. Richard Cadbury produced the fi rst box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s. More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day. 73 percent of people...

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