May 11, 2016
A section of the Vine Street Expressway (I-676) will be closed during overnight hours four times this week, beginning tonight, PennDot has announced. The closures, in both directions between the I-76 and Broad Street exits from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., are set for Monday night into early Tuesday, Tuesday into Wednesday, Wednesday into Thursday, and Thursday into Friday. The closures are part of a four-year, $64.8 million project to replace seven structurally deficient bridges over the Vine Street Expressway between 18th and 22nd Streets, and to make landscaping improvements above the expressway.
May 9, 2016 |
Amazon giveth, and Amazon taketh. The giant internet retailer said on April 27 that it will create 2,000 full-time jobs by opening two more fulfillment centers in New Jersey. One will be a 600,000-square-foot facility in Florence, Burlington County, generating 500 new jobs. The other will be an 800,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Carteret, Middlesex County, that will generate about 1,500 jobs. Together, the two facilities will bring Amazon's total physical footprint in the Garden State to 2.5 million square feet of space, if you count three existing centers.
May 8, 2016 |
First CornerStone Bank of King of Prussia was closed Friday by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities. To protect customers, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., which was named receiver, has entered into an agreement with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co., of Raleigh, N.C., to assume all deposits at First CornerStone's six branches in suburban Philadelphia, which will reopen as First-Citizens branches. Customers should continue to use their current branch and can continue to access their money by writing checks or using ATM or debit cards.
May 8, 2016 |
For the last 10 years, Sharon Nelton has been getting into her car a couple of days a week and driving from her home in West Chester to school in nearby Exton. There, she studies film and teaches contemporary literature - and, at 78, has the time of her life. What draws her, she says, is "a hunger for being around intellectual people. " Nelton is one of more than 1,000 seniors who take part in a lifelong learning program sponsored by Widener University, and offered primarily at an Exton campus.
May 5, 2016 |
During the last two weeks, the Philadelphia health department has asked a number of restaurants, food stands and neighborhood grocery stores to temporarily close to address violations found during routine inspections. Most of the establishments were given the OK to reopen the next day. The most commonly cited violations included mouse droppings, lack of running water and an absence of a food safety certified person. An Inquirer analysis of city inspection reports last year found the average restaurant was cited with 7.8 violations, 2.3 of which were considered serious.
May 4, 2016 |
Philadelphia-based Hersha Hospitality Trust has closed on the sale of seven New York City hotels to a joint venture between itself and Cindat Capital Management Ltd. of China in a deal that values the properties at $571.4 million. The hotels encompass 1,087 guest rooms and include Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites and Hampton Inn properties around Times Square and other parts of Manhattan, Hersha said in a release Monday. The transaction grants Cindat, backed by investors including China Cinda Asset Management Co. and Taikang Life Insurance, a 70 percent ownership stake in the properties, with Hersha retaining a 30 percent equity interest.
April 30, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Science Festival closes with its traditional carnival, moved from the Parkway to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. It will feature more than 150 exhibitions, hands-on experiments, and performances, including live animals from the Philadelphia Zoo, wrestling robots, and more. (There will be exploding stuff, we think.) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. Admission is free. Information: philasciencefestival.org Catch a falling 'Star' Kids ask questions, many with no answers (many)
April 29, 2016 |
A law that would require Camden liquor stores to close at 10 p.m. has drawn both criticism and support from the city's business community, and approval from residents, who said it could reduce crime in some neighborhoods. Councilman Angel Fuentes, who drafted the proposal based on his talks with some residents of East Camden, met Wednesday with more than two dozen business owners and residents at City Hall to discuss the idea. Tom Jenkins, owner of a liquor store and a bar, was one of several who said city officials should target nuisance establishments, such as stores where customers linger outside and drink on the street.
April 15, 2016 |
CHICAGO - The 76ers can now exhale. Their season of disarray concluded Wednesday night in typical fashion. The Sixers had a commanding 21-point cushion with 2 minutes, 27 seconds left until intermission. Yet they still lost, 115-105, to the shorthanded Chicago Bulls in the season finale for both teams at the United Center. At 10-72, the Sixers finished the season with the second-worst record in franchise and NBA history. The 1972-73 Sixers finished the season at 9-73. "You feel like the season is appropriately coming to an end," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.