February 5, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It would be easy to look at the Seahawks following their dominating 43-8 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and envision what might have been for the Eagles, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles, in theory, could have had Seattle's entire starting lineup, and, in fact, once had linebacker Chris Clemons on their roster. But the same could be said for virtually every other team in the NFL, and detailing every missed opportunity would be an exercise in futility.
February 3, 2014 |
WHEN THE people of Mount Airy wanted to satisfy their cravings for foreign or obscure films, they went to see Bill Mercer. Mercer, the manager of the Video Library of Mt. Airy, helped link them with titles like "El Violin," a 2005 Spanish-language movie about a violin player, and "Little Otik," a bizarre Czech movie that provides a modern take on a classic fairy tale. Now, the library, the city's last remaining independent movie-rental store, has announced that it will be closing on Germantown Avenue near Mount Airy as soon as it liquidates its remaining stock of tapes and DVDs.
January 29, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY It takes a lot to close the iconic Irish Pub in Atlantic City - before this week, the last time was Hurricane Sandy. But a man who was refused service Sunday afternoon left the pub on St. James Place and had some trouble executing his getaway. Next thing anyone inside knew, his SUV was crashing through the front wall, landing in a heap of brick, old stained glass, and dark wood, denting the wooden bar and brass foot railings of this place just off the Boardwalk that dates back to before Prohibition (but has Foghat on the jukebox)
January 25, 2014 |
Kmart stores in the Gallery and Northeast Philadelphia will close in late April, the company said Thursday. Liquidation sales will begin Feb. 9. Employees at the Gallery store were told Thursday that the stores would close. But rumors had been rampant for months, and the smell of closure had already settled in. Following the holidays, the Gallery store had been looking sparse, with Christmas decorations and seasonal merchandise cleaned out but not replaced. The Gallery store has 120 employees and the Kmart at 900 Orthodox St. has 169, some of whom will receive severance pay and will be able to apply at other Kmart and Sears stores.
January 23, 2014 |
THE DREADED polar vortex hit Philadelphia again yesterday morning - earlier than expected - and resulted in school closures today, massive flight cancellations and a snow emergency that's in effect until noon. All Philadelphia district and Archdiocesan schools are closed today. Early-childhood and after-school programs run by the district also will be shuttered. For more information on school closures, call the district's information hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636) or log on to philasd.org.
January 18, 2014 |
Acme supermarkets on Wilmington Pike in Westtown and Lincoln Highway in Exton will close by mid-February after their leases expire, though there are no plans to close additional stores in the near future and the chain's new owners plan to renovate several others this year, a spokeswoman said Thursday. The two supermarkets, among the Acme division bought last year from Supervalu Inc. by real estate investor and private equity consortium AB Acquisition L.L.C., employ 120 unionized workers who "will have the opportunity to transfer to open positions at stores nearby," said Angela Perez, an Acme spokeswoman in Malvern.
January 16, 2014 |
WHERE THERE'S smoke, there's fire. And in the case of one Roxborough fire station, where there are noxious fumes, there's a major problem. But what that problem is, and how long it will keep the station shuttered, remains a mystery to those close to the issue. "The Fire Department is reluctant to give us information," said Joe Schulle, president of Local 22 firefighters union. "As far as we've been told, there's no timetable for reopening the station. " The station is Engine Company 66, which has sat unused on Ridge Avenue near Shawmont since Dec. 18, when one of its workers was taken to Roxborough Memorial Hospital after becoming dizzy and light-headed, Schulle said.
January 12, 2014 |
CITING CONCERNS about stability and consistency, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William Hite said yesterday that he will not recommend any school closings this year. The announcement follows 30 school closings in the past two years, including 24 a year ago, to address steadily declining enrollment and underutilized buildings. In announcing his decision during a conference call with reporters, Hite said his focus was on bolstering existing neighborhood schools. "The primary factor is we could not guarantee, based on where space was available, we would be improving the academic environment for children," he said.
January 12, 2014 |
No Philadelphia public schools will close in 2014, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Friday. Last year, the School Reform Commission permanently shuttered 24 schools, and officials warned that more closings were coming. But after studying the situation, "we could not guarantee based on what space was available that we would be improving the academic environment for children" if schools were closed, Hite said. "Even in a process like school closing, I have to be in a place where I'm making that recommendation based on improving the academic environment for those students.