March 28, 2016
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March 25, 2016 |
Since North Philadelphia's St. Joseph's Hospital closed March 11, Hahnemann University Hospital has picked up most of the emergency-room volume that used to go to St. Joseph's, at 15th Street and Girard Avenue, a state official said. "The emergency runs primarily go to Hahnemann now. Sometimes, depending on where they are from, they may go to Temple or some other place," Ted Dallas, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, said this week. St. Joseph's was the biggest component of the perennially money-losing North Philadelphia Health System, which received a state subsidy that ballooned to $16 million in the year ended June 30, from an average of less than $10 million in the five years ended in fiscal 2012.
March 23, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Like a Monopoly player trying to keep a few remaining dollars under the board until he can pass Go, Mayor Don Guardian said the iconic seaside city will close City Hall, stop paying its workers, and cease all nonessential services starting April 8 as it staves off a catastrophic insolvency. The closure will remain in effect until at least May 2, when the city expects to receive its next payment of quarterly taxes, the mayor said. Guardian was in Trenton Monday seeking a bridge loan from the state Local Finance Board, but the state refused.
March 19, 2016 |
Evesham Township is losing an elementary school. The school board voted, 6-3, to close Evans Elementary School, with district officials citing declining enrollment and rising costs. Evesham School District currently operates seven elementary schools and two middle schools. Closing Evans, officials said, will allow the district to maintain class sizes and academic programming. Enrollment has fallen 18 percent from a high of 5,436 students in 2004, with a consultant projecting further decline to fewer than 4,000 students in five years.
March 17, 2016 |
Taylor Swift by the numbers Taylor Swift , Wyomissing's own girlie-girl-turned-global- music-industry-giant, is ready to commit to beau Calvin Harris , 32, till death - or a no-fault divorce - do them part in a $2 mil wedding, says OK! mag. ( Selena Gomez will be maid of honor, Hollywood Life says.) Swift, who has dated the Scottish DJ and producer for only a year, reportedly doesn't want him to sign a prenup. It's a dangerous idea: She's worth $280 mil, while his fortune adds up to a paltry $110 mil. The couple has not confirmed or refuted the various reports.
March 17, 2016 |
Customers crowded Ott's Camera shop on Castor Avenue for the final time last weekend, drawn by the 50 percent off sign in the front window. Some were longtime customers, some were photographers looking for a deal. And others wandered in, combing through the frames, greeting cards, and DVDs that remained. "It's a giant job, cleaning a place up after 68 years," said owner Bob Ott, 69. Ott's, known in Northeast Philadelphia for its retro storefront and large neon sign, is closing, following a trend of many older businesses shutting down on Castor Avenue in Oxford Circle, Castor Gardens and Rhawnhurst.
March 16, 2016 |
Cousin Danny's Exotic Haven, a West Philadelphia strip club, has closed in the wake of a report in the Inquirer and Daily News detailing violence in the area of the club. The Department of Licenses and Inspections issued several violations after an inspector tried unsuccessfully to meet with the club's owner over the last two weeks, L&I spokeswoman Karen Guss said. The March 4 story reported that eight people have been killed since 2009 within two blocks of the club, in the 300 block of South 52nd Street.