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.
March 13, 2016 |
Evans Elementary School got a new fifth-grade wing in 2000, a new playground in 2004, and a new roof in 2011. Soon, it might have a "For Rent" sign on its front lawn. Evesham Township's school superintendent says closing Evans is a sensible response to the district's declining student population and mounting budgets. Next year's school budget is predicted to rise 5.1 percent over this year's, to $74.1 million. Superintendent John Scavelli Jr. projects that closing Evans, reassigning its 498 pupils, and cutting 25 staff positions could save $1.4 million annually.
March 7, 2016 |
The week I got my driver's license, my parents rushed out of town to a funeral. "You can use the car, but don't go far," warned Dad on his way out the door. "Whatever you do, don't cross the bridge. " Meaning, I shouldn't go visit my teenage crush Ruth and buddy Jake, who'd introduced us, in remote Cherry Hill. Of course, I did that anyway, and got away with it. But probably wouldn't today, I realized last week, while cruising across the same Ben Franklin Bridge in a new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu equipped with Teen Driver tech.
March 6, 2016 |
After almost 56 years of community theater, the Society Hill Playhouse is expected to close on April 1. It's putting on one last premiere - a two-night show Friday and Saturday - titled Liberty Radio Theatre , by Bill Arrowood. It's a show modeled after classic radio drama. "For an old-timey show like this, the Society Hill is the right room," Arrowood said. Deen Kogan, who cofounded the theater in 1959, is "a big noir buff," Arrowood said, "so I wrote the last episode of the play for her. " (On March 19, the theater will host "Noir at the Bar," a gala night of readings by noir authors in honor of the theater and its longtime role as host of NoirCon.)
March 3, 2016 |
At first, Brandon Kersey refused to believe it. A relative had just told him that his cousin, a longtime police officer in Georgia, had been shot. It was early February, and less than a year had passed since Kersey lost another cousin on duty: Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III. "It was Robbie," his brother told him at the time, before Kersey heard Wilson's name on TV later and cried. This time: "Barney just got shot. " It was Greg Barney, a 50-year-old police major in Riverdale, who grew up in the South Jersey community of Lawnside, where Kersey - a 27-year-old Camden County police sergeant - also was raised.
February 25, 2016 |
The 76ers were prepared to make major changes to their roster to get the point guard they covet at Thursday's NBA trade deadline. The team offered a packages that included shooting guard Nik Stauskas, point guard Ish Smith, and a 2016 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for point guard Dennis Schroder, according to several league sources. The Sixers also considered adding a player with an expiring contract, the sources say. Former Sixer JaKarr Sampson was said to be player with the expiring contract in the deal.