December 10, 2015 |
NASHVILLE - Tyler Goeddel, a former-first-round pick by Tampa Bay, appears to be the player the Phillies will target with the No. 1 pick in Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft. Goeddel, a 23-year-old outfielder, spent all of last season in double A. Tampa Bay drafted him in 2011. He spent his first three seasons as an infielder before transitioning to the outfield last year. He can play any of the three outfield positions. The righthander batted .279 with a .350 on-base percentage in 473 at-bats.
December 8, 2015
Marian Baldini has been hired as president and CEO of KenCrest, a nonprofit Plymouth Meeting provider of human and social services for people across the age spectrum who have, or are at risk of having, intellectual disabilities and autism. She had been chief operating officer of Jewish Employment and Vocational Services of Philadelphia. Amy J. Goldberg has been appointed professor and chair of the department of surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University , surgeon-in-chief for Temple University Health System , and medical director of perioperative services at Temple University Hospital.
October 29, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH JR., who is battling federal prosecutors and agents in a trial in which he is both the defendant and the defense attorney, is expected to mount his case sometime today. The son of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr. is not a lawyer and didn't graduate from college. He is representing himself against charges that he defrauded banks, the IRS and the Philadelphia School District. "Yes, the defense case will start [today]," Fattah, 32, said yesterday after another long court day. He said he expects to call witnesses to the stand.
October 21, 2015 |
IN FEDERAL COURT yesterday, a former Drexel dormitory suitemate of Chaka Fattah Jr. described the Henry Avenue apartment Fattah and his onetime freshman roommate moved to as filled with pizza boxes, big-screen television sets and two closets full of high-end clothing that Fattah wore. But he said he saw little work being done there. "They were just collecting pizza boxes," Albert Guerraty told jurors yesterday. He said he only saw Fattah laying on a couch "watching 'Law & Order' every day" and Fattah's roommate, Matthew Amato, spending time at a nearby apartment pool and bar. Yet, he said that Amato was driving a BMW, which Fattah later said cost $48,000, and that Fattah was driving a Range Rover Sport, costing $70,000.
August 20, 2015 |
BB&T Corp., the North Carolina-based banking giant, is buying its way into Pennsylvania, where it says it will compete with market leaders Wells Fargo, PNC Bank, and Citizens Bank. The bank on Tuesday said it had agreed to pay $1.8 billion in cash and stock, or $13 a share, for National Penn Bancshares of Allentown. National Penn has $9.6 billion in assets and 124 branches in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. The deal, plus BB&T's recent $2.5 billion purchase of Lancaster, Pa.-based Susquehanna Bancshares, will make BB&T the largest or second-largest bank by deposits in Chester, Lancaster, Berks, and Lehigh Counties.
August 15, 2015 |
Much has happened to Billy Joel since his sell-out shows last summer at Citizens Bank Park, which was also Thursday night's venue. Once each month, in an amazing display of audience loyalty and personal dedication, Joel has been packing them in at Madison Square Garden. Then on Wednesday, at the age of 66, Billy became the father of a baby girl, Della Rose Joel, after recently having married (in April) his 33-year-old then-girlfriend Alexis. So there was much to celebrate on Thursday night, and Joel hit the CBP in kinetic, fired-up form from the start.
August 14, 2015 |
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania and other units of Rhode Island-based Citizens Financial Group have agreed to pay more than $30 million in restitution and penalties for not bothering to correct small deposit errors - up to $50 a transaction - for business and consumer customers from 2008 through 2013, federal bank regulators said Wednesday. "We are pleased to have resolved this matter from an earlier era," Citizens said in a statement, admitting that its past practices "could have been better.
July 26, 2015 |
In 1981, a Genuardi's supermarket opened in Chesterbrook, anchoring a shopping plaza that helped define the sprawling Chester County development as a cutting-edge planned community. Three decades later, the shine was off. Three quarters of the plaza was vacant, and the supermarket was an abandoned shell. On Tuesday, the former Genuardi's building is set to fall. Its demolition marks the first swing in an $85 million plan to remake the 34-year-old plaza. When it ends, Chesterbrook Village Shopping Center is expected to sprout 123 new townhouses around a 30,000-square-foot retail strip.
July 22, 2015 |
This is going to be something to see and that is seldom said around here anymore. For a five-year span, Citizens Bank Park trumped the Jersey Shore, the Poconos and every other site in our area as the place to be in the searing heat of summer. From the parking lot tailgates to the congested strolls out on Ashburn Alley, the ballpark was a happening as much as it was a place for a great baseball game. That is all gone now. Only the diehards and those with free or deeply discounted tickets plop into the blue seats to watch a team that has trouble hitting, pitching and fielding most nights.
May 30, 2015 |
Herb Hortman, 57, of Doylestown, an airplane pilot and president of Hortman Aviation Services Inc. in Northeast Philadelphia, died Sunday, May 17, of a heart ailment at Doylestown Hospital. Mr. Hortman succeeded his father, Norman, in running one of the oldest flight schools in the region. The school has been in continuous existence for 35 years; it has been based at Northeast Philadelphia Airport since the 1980s. Dozens of Mr. Hortman's students have gone on to professional aviation careers, mimicking their teacher, who was an international airline pilot.