Malzetta O’Neal was a former milliner.
O’Neal died on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. She was 91.
She was born on June 13, 1919 to William Atchison and I. Lover Turner. She was educated in the public school district of Greenville, S.C.
Early in her life she took the role of mother to her siblings Willie Rufus, Samuel, Ralph, Marie, and Maryetta due the death of their mother.
Her personal interests as a young person included fashion, traveling and singing. Her father encouraged her to come North for a better life.
Upon arrival she began working in the thriving garment industry in Philadelphia. Her passion was in the millenary profession. She created beautiful hats and headdresses that she sold through close contacts in her church.
Soon after coming to Philadelphia and reconnecting with several friends from South Carolina, one of whom was William O’Neal, they later married and started a family. She was primarily a homemaker and also assisted with her husband’s insurance business. In their free time the O’Neal’s enjoyed traveling, especially to West African countries.
She was a lifetime member of the Bethlehem Church of God and Holiness and also attended the Chapel of the Good Shepherd for many years.
In her free time she enjoyed going shopping, church fellowship as well as the Friendship Circle Senior Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her sister Marie Woods; children William Henry O’Neal Jr., James O’Neal, Marcella Tsikata and Nathaniel O’Neal; daughters-in-law Marion O’Neal and Katherine Guerts- O’Neal, six grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Feb. 15, 2014, at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 654 Church Lane, Yeadon. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 10 a.m. Burial is in Glenwood Memorial Gardens.
Clarence Johnson Jr. Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is striving to increase the region’s economic competitiveness.
During a Tribune editorial board meeting, GPCC President and CEO Rob Wonderling laid out the organization’s key focuses and objectives for 2014 which include promoting a growth agenda to create jobs and economic development in the region and supporting the development of the energy industry in Pennsylvania.
High on the chamber’s public policy agenda is initiating a statewide dialogue with public officials, business leaders and education advocates to reexamine the public outlay for public education in Pennsylvania.
Wonderling said the chamber is committed to a safe, high quality and fiscally sound Philadelphia school district. The School District of Philadelphia faced a $304 million budget shortfall last spring.
“We think that there is still unfinished business with the passage of a cigarette tax in Harrisburg to help finance the schools. We’re hopeful that the mayor and City Council would move on the local action required to extend the sales tax in part to support the schools. We also firmly believe that organized labor needs to rationally move on such things like health care to create some economic considerations,” Wonderling said.
“We take that position because the business community along with residents has been consistently paying more in taxes to finance the Philadelphia public school system. Our number one priority is the execution of that package of things that have to happen, both in City Council and in Harrisburg.”
Wonderling said the GPCC spent last November and December engaging officials from 17 chambers throughout the state in discussions around modernizing the funding formula for Pennsylvania’s public school districts.
The chamber is also marketing Greater Philadelphia as a strategic energy location in the Northeast for manufacturers that need low-cost energy due to the Marcellus Shale natural gas reserves located in Pennsylvania. More than 50 percent of the oil and gas wells drilled in Marcellus Shale are located within three hours of Philadelphia. The chamber is touting the region’s strategic location, skilled workforce and supply of low-cost natural gas as a way to attract companies.
“We think that there is a tremendous opportunity here because of our location and because of the Marcellus Shale find,” Wonderling said.
He said many of chamber members are concerned about quality of life issues in Philadelphia that could help improve the city’s economic vitality.
“What always rises to the top are issues around quality of life. Yes taxes and ease of government are important but people in our membership care about issues around public safety, [and] cleanliness of the city,” Wonderling said.
Wonderling noted that the GPCC has many initiatives that focus on diversity and inclusion. Increasing the diversity of the organization’s board of directors and executive committee is a top priority of the chamber. More than one-third of all new members recruited to the GPCC board of directors since 2005 are people of color.
Elif Sen, an economic analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia recently released results of the GPCC’s fourth Economic Outlook Survey. The survey was designed to offer a perspective on the region’s economic competitiveness and the issues that will affect the business community in the coming year.
More than 150 chamber members participated in the survey which was conducted in December 2013. The survey indicated that poor sales, competition, labor costs and benefits and labor quality and taxes were some of the top issues facing GPCC members. According to Sen, respondents experienced improved business conditions in 2013 over 2012 and are optimistic that conditions will continue to improve in 2014.
The GPCC is the premier advocate for the region’s business community.
Regional sales, marketing, business and economic development organizations have partnered to launch the city’s first joint marketing campaign.
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Select Greater Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association and the city of Philadelphia have launched “PHL: Here for the Making” which aims to position Philadelphia as a world-class destination for business gatherings, expansion, talent attraction and global tourism.
The strategic partners have all committed to use this creative campaign in any existing placements over the next three years, and Comcast/NBC has committed to support the initiative with substantial annual in-kind media placements.
“This campaign gives us a strong platform to share the PHL message with more people around the world,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.
“The spirit of innovation in our modern renaissance city is a major reason why people want to do business here, travel here, work here and live here. Throughout its history, Philadelphia has been a city of makers and doers; with artists, chefs, convention planners, engineers, scientists, technologists and manufacturers all making and innovating right here.”
The cooperative marketing campaign highlights compelling stories about the people and businesses making great things in the city and region. Marketing components include a television commercial, online videos, advertising for all mediums, an extensive social media program, multicultural target market assets, and global press outreach. The campaign creative will be featured in convention, travel and business-related media online, in print, on the Comcast/NBC network and on-site at industry tradeshows.
“We know that the first impression many people have of Philadelphia is through their visits here for a convention or on business. So every traveler who has a great experience can potentially make or inﬂuence a decision to hold a meeting here, attend one of our esteemed universities, or relocate a company here,” said Jack Ferguson, president & CEO, PHLCVB, the sales and marketing arm for the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the city’s global marketing arm.
Officials said the campaign offers an unprecedented opportunity to shape broadly held perceptions of the city and region by bringing together the marketing expertise, reach and resources of many organizations
“Making things is a part of our region’s DNA; it’s a defining part of its present and future. And we need more decision makers to think of greater Philadelphia as a place where they can make anything – from helicopters to apps, from fashion to energy, and anything in between. PHL is here for the making,” said GPCC President and CEO Rob Wonderling.
Building on the successful launch of the PHLCVB’s global messaging project in 2012, the PHL: Here For The Making campaign is the next advancement, with economic development organizations leveraging common messaging to intensify their collective efforts around promoting the city and region for conventions, business expansion/location, global travel and talent growth.
The deadline to gain health insurance through the marketplace is approaching and efforts to enroll local residents are ramping up.
Congressman Chaka Fattah, State Sen. Vincent Hughes, Enroll America, Health Federation of Philadelphia, SEIU-PA, SRA International, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) and Urban League of Philadelphia have partnered to kick off the Affordable Care Act Week of Action.
The week of action features a number of events from Feb. 15-22 in an effort to enroll uninsured residents in the health insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.
Fattah said the week of action gives people take advantage of affordable health care.
“This is about reaching out to people. We thought that we would kick off this week and keep sounding the alarm all the way until the end of March,” Fattah said.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced that nearly 3.3 million enrolled in coverage as of February 1 through state and federal marketplaces. Pennsylvania residents accounted for 124,000 of those who gained coverage through the marketplace and there is a major push to enroll more.
“For the Public Health Management Corporation we see our role as critical in this final push up to March 31. A number of organizations throughout the city have received funding to train our staff and hire certified application counselors just to make sure that the community has access to the resources that it needs to enroll in health coverage,” said Melissa Fox, PHMC director of health services.
Since the marketplace opened last October, PHMC’s federally qualified health centers have been assisting consumers in obtaining coverage.
The week of action kicks off with an enrollment event on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Columbia North YMCA, 1400 N. Broad St. Fattah and Hughes are expected to be on hand for the event.
A number of enrollment events will be held throughout the week. An event will be held Feb. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bright Hope Baptist Church.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s eight health centers will offer enrollment activities on Feb. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
PHMC is hosting enrollment open houses on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its clinics located at Rising Sun, One & Olney Square, 5675 N. Front St. and PHMC Health Connection, 1035 Berks St. Education sessions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Consumers who visit the respective locations to apply for health coverage should bring Social Security Number and date of birth for household or immigration paperwork, Federal Income Tax forms (W-2 or 1099) or an estimation of your household income from all sources.
For more locations and information about the ACA Week of Action call (215) 871-4455.
The NAACP and Mayor’s Office are hosting town hall meetings to educate consumers about the ACA and provide enrollment opportunities. The first town hall will be held Feb. 22 at Bright Hope Baptist Church, 1612 N. 12th St. The second town hall will be held March 18 at 6 p.m. at Discovery Charter School, Belmont and Parkside. The town hall sessions will feature an overview of ACA benefits and a question and answer segment.
“There’s been a campaign to discredit the Affordable Care Act. There’s been a scare tactic type of campaign and we want people to be able to ask their questions freely,” said John Jordan, NAACP director of civic engagement.
The NAACP board of directors passed a resolution identifying health coverage as a critical civil rights issue and issued a mandate that all 38 state conferences in the organization facilitate workshops around ACA enrollment opportunities. The HHS estimates that 6.8 million African Americans have opportunities for coverage due to the ACA.
Mary V. Reid was a longtime educator and resident of West Oak Lane.
Reid died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. She was 92.
She was born on Oct. 21, 1921 to Mamie Torrence Wallace and Isaac Wallace, Sr. in Charlotte N.C. Reid graduated at the top of her class from Second Ward High School in Charlotte. She went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte in 1945. Reid was the first from the Wallace family to graduate from college and set the example for her nieces and nephews and their children.
While at Johnson C. Smith, she pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was a golden soror in the Omega Omega Chapter at the time of her death. She was also a member of Evening Star Chapter No. 53 of The Order of the Eastern Star for 35 years.
To honor her parents Reid established and funded a scholarship at Johnson C. Smith University in their names. The Mamie and Isaac Wallace scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student.
She was married to the late James S. Reid. The couple grew up together in Charlotte, N.C. and were considered high school sweethearts. After serving in the United States Army during World War II, James Reid enrolled at Johnson C. Smith. After graduating from Johnson C. Smith, the couple married and moved to Philadelphia.
Reid taught English and reading at Dobbins High School in the Philadelphia School District for 31 years. She encouraged her daughter to join the district.
“I was working as a nurse in area hospitals when Mom suggested that I change my work arena to the school district. I resisted at first because I really loved what I was doing. But because of her practical way of living life, she persuaded me to apply for a nurse position with the school board. She assured me that a secure retirement was in my best interest. I have never regretted my choice,” said her daughter Virginia A. Reid.
While teaching, Reid earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in education from Temple University.
Reid was active professionally and in the community. She was a member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and served on the building committee at Dobbins.
Reid was a faithful member of The House of Prayer Episcopal Church for 49 years. She was a previous member of Janes Methodist Church and Camphor Memorial Methodist Church. She was a former member of the Dr. Ruth Hayre Scholarship Committee. Reid had been honored by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Isaac, Sr. and Floyd, Sr.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her sister-in-law Helen Reid and other relatives and friends.
In lieu of cards or flowers please send donations in her memory to The American Red Cross or World Visions.
Services will be held on Feb. 13 at Little Rock AME Church in Charlotte, N.C. Burial will be in York Memorial Park in Charlotte, N.C.
Walter E. Sabbath Jr. Funeral Service handled the arrangements.