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December 11, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael DiBerardinis was preaching his personal gospel last Wednesday to parks and recreation directors from across the country, about the importance of working with the people they serve. "You have to value citizen engagement, you have to value citizen involvement," he told the group at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Skyline Room, where they had gathered for a two-day conference. "You have to not only believe in it, but you have to invest in it. " And it's something DiBerardinis has done for almost his entire adult life.
NEWS
December 9, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
By 2005, when Brett Bonfield and Beth Filla bought a big old house near Knight Park, Collingswood's evolution from sleepy Camden County suburb to dynamic regional destination had begun. So they rolled up their sleeves and helped move it along. "Instantly, we loved living here," says Filla, owner and director of Yogawood, the popular yoga studio downtown. "Collingswood has become such a cool hub," she adds. "And it keeps getting cooler and cooler. " Bonfield, since 2008 the director of the Collingswood Library, says the borough "has been a transformative place.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
On the first, wet Tuesday of December, Philly's Jesse Hale Moore - a keyboardist-singer known from bands such as Nightlands - showed his solo side at Boot & Saddle, with new songs and blue-eyed soul. It was the opener for the Weathervane Music Residency at Boot & Saddle. With the help of Philly's Weathervane - a nonprofit that supports independent music and its communities - every Tuesday this month, a different local act presents its wares to show which way the wind blows. Moore, Teen Men (Dec.
NEWS
December 8, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fire started with a single stray ember. Gene Sabbi had opened the door of his wood-burning stove, and the ember jumped onto a sheer curtain. Soon his love seat was in flames, too. Smoke quickly filled his Chester County home, part of which was a log cabin that was more than two centuries old. He tried to put out the fire but could not. He grabbed his love seat and pulled it to the nearest door. But the doorway was too small, the smoke was too thick. With second-degree burns to his hands and face, Sabbi watched from outside as the cherished home he had lived in and built up for more than 33 years burned to the ground.
NEWS
December 2, 2015
ISSUE | UNIVERSITY CITY Community partners In Friday's column , Inga Saffron reached an inescapable conclusion: Universities were complicit in postwar urban-renewal programs that failed to sustain strong, diverse neighborhoods. She suggested that requiring payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) by nonprofit institutions is the logical form of redress. But that narrative fails to account for 20 years of successful efforts in University City. And the conclusion is shortsighted - no program of PILOTs could match the impact that anchor institutions make today.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Community Energy Inc., a Radnor renewable-energy developer, has signed an agreement with Eastman Chemical Co. to develop a 5-megawatt solar-generation facility on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The specialty-chemicals company will buy power from the solar farm for 20 years. "This long-term power-purchase agreement converts the company's power consumption at its locations near the solar facility from a short-term expense to a long-term commitment that enables new, clean, renewable power," said Jay Carliss, a Community Energy vice president.
NEWS
November 20, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the first floor of the Moorestown Community House, where the organization the Tender Inc. has cared for dementia patients for nearly 40 years, Barbara Fetty could only stand for a few minutes Wednesday without coughing. The acrid smell of smoke from a fire Tuesday evening had settled over the room. Fetty, the nonprofit's CEO, doubted whether her patients could ever return. They range in age from 55 to 93, and are dropped off each day by family members before work. "This is a pretty fragile population," Fetty said.
NEWS
November 19, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writers
Fire struck Moorestown's Community House, a 90-year-old landmark in the center of town, late Tuesday afternoon. Before firefighters quelled the blaze, eyewitnesses reported seeing flames bursting through the roof of the brick and stone building on East Main Street. Firefighters responded just before 5 p.m. and had the two-alarm fire under control an hour later. No one was injured, according to Deputy Fire Chief Chris Chesner. Police assisted in evacuating the building, which had some employees in it at the time, Chesner said, adding that he wasn't sure how many.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ahead of what promises to be a contentious City Council zoning hearing Monday, the partnership planning to build the $450 million Live! Hotel & Casino in South Philadelphia said Thursday that it had won the support of the five community groups in neighborhoods surrounding the proposed development. Stadium Casino L.L.C., a partnership between Cordish Cos. of Baltimore and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., which owns Bensalem's Parx Casino, said its community-benefits agreement established a charitable fund that will disburse at least $15 million in grants over the next 20 years.
NEWS
October 28, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peco Energy Co. and its parent company, Exelon Corp., have arranged credit lines totaling $41.8 million with nine minority and community-owned banks located in Peco's service area, part of a broader Exelon effort to secure a more diverse supply for $123 million in credit lines. United Bank of Philadelphia served as a lead arranger for Peco's $34 million credit facility, of which the nine local banks contributed $19.8 million, said Ben Armstrong, a Peco spokesman. Exelon says its minority and community banking program, which is administered by JPMorgan Chase, has more than tripled in credit-facility size and quadrupled the number of participating banks since it began in 2003.
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