September 22, 2014 |
The most pleasant feature of Shawn and Lauren League's roof deck is the constant breeze - even on the most sweltering summer-in-the-city days. After visiting the roof deck of some Point Breeze neighbors at 15th and Dickinson Streets, the Leagues liked the idea so much, they took out a home-improvement loan to put in one of their own. "We moved to the city from Bucks County and missed having a yard," Shawn League said. "Yes, the roof deck improved the value of the house, but also our quality of life.
August 19, 2014 |
STRAWBERRY Mansion residents will be the benefactors of three Philadelphia Housing Authority projects within 24 months. The neighbors say they want and need the housing but they want to make sure they have a say in how it's done. City officials broke ground on the first development Tuesday: the Oakdale Street Apartments, on a longtime vacant lot in the north end of Strawberry Mansion. Twelve units will be built on Oakdale Street near 28th, across from the Widener Library. The three developments will result in a total investment of about $30 million.
February 9, 2014 |
Methacton's Eric Straup had seen Isaac Philip before, and he knew what he had to do to notch his third consecutive win over the Wissahickon senior in a 120-pound duel. "Front headlock," Straup said. "I've been using that a lot. " Straup's pin of Philip helped seal a loud win for Methacton as the Warriors downed host Wissahickon, 65-5, in a nonconference bout Friday. "I've wrestled him before, and I did pretty good," Straup said. "It was pretty much the same thing today against him. " Straup was one of the Methacton regulars to post wins, and some of the team's younger guys also had a productive match, as the Warriors' freshmen combined for five wins.
December 11, 2013
YOU'VE heard of stop and frisk, the highly controversial and often unconstitutionally applied tactic wherein police search people without evidence of wrongdoing. The Pennsylvania Legislature is now considering another category of unreasonable search and seizure: stop and swab. A bill pending in the House would allow police to collect DNA evidence from people who are arrested for felonies and certain misdemeanors by swabbing their cheeks when they're booked. It expands current law, which allows DNA evidence to be collected only after people are convicted of certain crimes.
October 22, 2013 |
The afternoon began with such promise. The Eagles could have claimed first place in the NFC East. Nick Foles could have enhanced his candidacy to become the team's starter. The team could have halted a home losing streak. They were shut out of all those possibilities on Sunday. They were even shut out of the end zone. The Eagles' 17-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys ended the momentum from a two-game winning streak with a resounding thud. "To do what we did is unacceptable," coach Chip Kelly said.
September 14, 2013 |
Long ago, before Emperor Jones , before Iceman , before Long Day's Journey , before the Pulitzer and the Nobel Prizes, before the work that made Eugene O'Neill the granddaddy of American drama, he was a sad young man, down on his luck, who shipped out as a merchant seaman. That rough, hard-drinking, vagabond life yielded what are known as "The Sea Plays" and two of them, Bound East for Cardiff and In the Zone , are Philadelphia Artists' Collective's 2013 Fringe contribution, giving us a chance to see a superb production of these rarely performed one-acts.
June 16, 2013 |
NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. - Investigators began examining a twisted pile of concrete, metal, and wood Friday to determine why a deck at a popular sports bar collapsed into shallow Biscayne Bay, injuring two dozen people gathered to cheer the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Authorities estimated that 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill when a support on one end apparently gave way, causing the deck to buckle in the middle and drop about eight feet into the bay. The scene Friday was a tangle of partly submerged green plastic chairs, tables, umbrellas, and even flip-flops and cellphones lost in the chaos of the night before.
June 15, 2013
Boston officer leaves hospital BOSTON - The police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects left the hospital Friday and headed home with a bullet still in his body, nearly two months after the gun battle that severed one of his major arteries. Officer Richard Donohue, 33, walked out of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on crutches, emerging with his wife, Kim, to the applause of more than a dozen fellow Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officers.
May 24, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Shane Victorino can't wait to get back to Philadelphia. It has been nearly 10 months since the Phillies dealt the popular outfielder to the Los Angeles Dodgers, a journey that continued on to Boston when he signed 3-year, $39 million contract in the offseason. Victorino returns to Citizens Bank Park - the scene of memorable personal and team triumphs - for the first time Wednesday when the Red Sox visit for a two-game interleague series. But first, Victorino's Red Sox host the Phillies on Memorial Day and Tuesday at Fenway Park.
May 10, 2013 |
I was looking at my home's back steps, constructed of pressure-treated wood, and decided it was time for the annual get-rid-of-the-mildew-and-seal-them program. For some reason, they aren't looking as green as they were last year, so the job will be a snap. It has been a long time since I discussed deck cleaning in this space, probably because these few steps are all I have since we sold the house with the deck 12 years ago. But because the summer entertainment season is coming, it might be appropriate to run through deck-cleaning 101 before the arrival of hotter weather, when things dry too quickly or not at all. If you don't want to do the job yourself - especially if it has been a while since the last cleaning - there are companies that will do it for you. Go online or ask your friends and neighbors.