June 22, 2015 |
WHEN THE season ended and the Flyers had a vacancy at head coach, general manager Ron Hextall took a ride to the Lehigh Valley to meet with Phantoms coach Terry Murray. The meeting in Allentown wasn't to let Murray know he was being considered as a replacement to Craig Berube, but rather the opposite. Hextall told Murray, a former player and head coach in the organization, who also worked with Hextall in Los Angeles, he was not being tabbed as a candidate. Murray didn't expect to be, but he told Hextall he wanted to finish his career in the NHL. So once Hextall brought in Dave Hakstol from the University of North Dakota to be the Flyers' next head coach, many thought Murray would be the perfect fit to work alongside a guy with zero NHL coaching experience.
June 19, 2015 |
SOLID GOLD. Once again, legendary "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff have raised the bar: They've been elected to co-chair the board of directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, located in the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The duo - responsible for 15 gold singles and 22 gold albums - were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995, and also received the Johnny Mercer Award for best songwriting team. "As we have experienced, every hit record ever produced always started with us as great songwriters first," wrote Gamble.
June 19, 2015 |
It was a faceoff between city planners and city residents. And the residents won. The Philadelphia zoning board voted unanimously Wednesday to block a developer's hotly contested plan to build a four-story apartment complex across from Pat's King of Steaks. The 4-0 vote to deny a zoning variance drew elation from neighbors and disappointment from developer Paul Mirabello, and left the future of the long-vacant parcel at one of the city's marquee intersections uncertain. "I'm super-excited," said Robert Stewart, 35, among a handful of residents who pleaded during the two-hour meeting to allow only single-family homes on the large lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets.
June 16, 2015
The Museum of the American Revolution , Philadelphia, has elected David Urban and retired Gen. John Jumper to its board. Urban, an attorney, is president of American Continental; he also served for five years as chief of staff for Sen. Arlen Specter. Jumper is a retired four-star Air Force general; he was appointed the 17th chief of staff of the Air Force. The Independence Seaport Museum Board of Port Wardens , which oversees the Philadelphia museum, has elected Peter McCausland chairman.
June 7, 2015 |
A state advisory board has recommended creating a drinking-water regulation for a chemical found in Gloucester County water supplies, a move that could have implications for a company whose West Deptford plant is believed to be responsible for the chemical's presence. The unanimous vote Thursday by the Drinking Water Quality Institute followed more than a year of work evaluating the unregulated and little-studied chemical. The group's research and recommendation on perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)
May 24, 2015 |
For the group representing Pennsylvania school board members, when it comes to the state's billion-dollar charter-school industry, there's no such thing as too much information. But frivolous is the word charter-school operators are using to describe the blizzard of Right-to-Know requests submitted by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. They were lodged with about 180 publicly funded charters in every corner of the state, seeking data on how those schools spend millions of dollars on such items as salaries, consultants, rent, ad campaigns, and a long list of other expenditures.
May 20, 2015 |
THE DARKEST of clouds hovered over the Wells Fargo Center at noon yesterday, threatening a downpour of epic proportions. Inside, though, the sun's high beams were on. Accolades for a coach who has never dipped his toes into the NHL, from a first-year general manager who has never hired a head coach before. Accolades for both from an 82-year-old chairman whose very approval of it clearly indicates a mindset that is now all-in. Give the old man credit for this. Ed Snider defended the hiring of a career college coach yesterday by referencing the humble starts of Fred Shero and Mike Keenan, reminding us not only that his stewardship has not always been about hiring known quantities and former players, but also how long his tenure as head of this team has been.
May 17, 2015 |
Many know James Cuorato as the silver-haired CEO of the Independence Visitor Center, or as chairman of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, now working to revive the Market East corridor. Few know he lives a second, secret life: He's a Beatle. In fact, he's Ringo. At the Hard Rock Cafe this month, Cuorato, 61, banged a driving beat on the drums, transformed in a dark wig and Ed Sullivan-era suit as his tribute band, the Beat Tells, performed an exacting re-creation of the lads from Liverpool.