June 10, 2015 |
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - As the school year comes to an end and the Jersey Shore's summer season begins, beachgoers traveling between Sea Isle City and Avalon won't be able to use the Townsends Inlet Bridge for at least 10 more days. With the bridge under repair, drivers must take the Garden State Parkway - which can add about 10 miles each way - to get back and forth from the neighboring Shore towns. Construction on the bridge - which began in January - was expected to be finished by Memorial Day. But Mugrose Construction Inc. now hopes to have the bridge open by June 19, said Cape May County engineer Dale Foster.
June 10, 2015 |
Go-go bars and hot-sheet motels seemed to disappear overnight as Admiral Wilson Boulevard's $30 million transformation moved full speed ahead in 2000. But 15 years after then-Gov. Christie Whitman sought to improve the boulevard's aesthetics in advance of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, the pretty park that replaced the ugly south-side strip is still not open to the public. The 30-acre stretch along the Cooper River hugs the eastbound Admiral Wilson from just west of Baird Boulevard in Camden to the Pub restaurant in Pennsauken.
June 7, 2015 |
Faced with declining finances and church attendance, Atlantic City's four Catholic parishes will be merged into one, Camden Bishop Dennis Sullivan announced Friday. The combined parish will be called the Parish of St. Monica as of July 1. Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. Nicholas of Tolentine will serve as the churches of the parish. The churches of St. Monica and St. Michael will be closed as of July 1, a diocesan spokesman said. At a briefing Friday, Sullivan introduced the priests assigned to the merged parish.
June 5, 2015 |
With a budget deadline looming, Philadelphia City Council is close to crafting its alternative to Mayor Nutter's proposed property-tax hike to fund the city's public schools. In closed-door meetings this week, Council considered four potential revenue streams - building blocks that would fall at least $20 million short of the $103 million the School District has asked for, according to sources familiar with the discussions. On the table are a sale of city tax liens; an increase in the city's use-and-occupancy tax on businesses; a hike to the parking tax; and a real estate tax increase far more modest than the 9.34 percent proposed by Nutter.
May 28, 2015 |
After emptying the salt and pepper shakers, Anna Diamantis walked to each plum-colored booth in the main room of the Freeway Diner in Deptford on Tuesday and unloaded the sugar jars. A son-in-law had claimed the custom silver wall clock, whose numbers are replaced with the eatery's name. Other area restaurants had agreed to buy the surplus food on hand. Longtime customer Lily Corbett, a retired bank manager, stopped in to see the restaurant owners and left with crab cakes for her husband, Charlie.
May 22, 2015 |
Il Cantuccio , which has held the corner of Third Street and Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties since 1999, is out of business. The BYOB was the second restaurant owned by the cantankerous but lovable chef Giuseppe Rosselli of La Locanda del Ghiottone. Rosselli died suddenly in 2000 of a heart attack, and his widow ran it until February 2014, when she sold it. Yet another White Dog University City-bred White Dog Cafe , which branched out to Wayne in 2010, now has a third location, in Haverford Square (379 Lancaster Ave., 610-896-4556)
May 17, 2015 |
The troubled Truebright Science Academy Charter School in Olney will close at the end of the academic year next month - unless it obtains a stay from the court to remain open. A Commonwealth Court three-judge panel on Friday affirmed a state Charter Appeals Board decision that said the School Reform Commission had ample grounds to close Truebright for poor academic performance. The judges said that Truebright had promised that its students would "realize high academic rank" and would score proficient or higher on the state's standardized math and reading tests.
May 16, 2015 |
Over the seven months since New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, were found mortally wounded amid a deliberately set fire in their central New Jersey home, the official opacity surrounding their deaths has been steadily stripped of every defensible rationale. Now that the conclusion of the criminal investigation is more than a month old, it's clear that the persistent secrecy serves only to cover up incompetence or worse. According to law and logic, continuing investigations are among the most compelling justifications for government discretion.
May 16, 2015 |
Not long ago, a father could not cry. He had been diagnosed with cancer in his jaw in 2013, and it had returned last year, and the chemotherapy and radiation treatments had cost him his tear ducts. The fluid backed up, infecting his eyes. So in the middle of April, he underwent surgery. The doctors inserted a temporary tube that ran from his eyeballs to his palate and drained the tears away. "It's always something," Jim Kelly said recently. "But you know what? Oh, well. " He was talking on the phone about the sequence of events, some of them serendipitous, some of them tragic, that would bring him to Philadelphia this weekend, to celebrate good news and a righteous cause.
May 13, 2015 |
During a special meeting devoted to charter schools, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Monday to begin the process of closing two for academic and management shortcomings. One of the schools - Universal-Bluford, an elementary with nearly 600 students - is run by Universal Cos., the nonprofit founded by music mogul Kenny Gamble. In a 4-1 vote, the SRC voted not to renew Bluford's charter for five years. It was the first time a school run by Universal has been targeted for closure.