February 18, 2015 |
The region has just shivered through two of the most punishing cold days of the winter. And it is about to get colder. And snowier. Temperatures climbed into the teens Monday afternoon, but the searing winds kept windchill factors in the single digits after 36 consecutive hours at or below zero. Fueled by powerful northwest gusts, the Arctic conditions helped knock out power to 13,000 Peco customers, stall more than 1,500 cars, close Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools in the city, and plunge the Delaware River to its lowest level in 22 years.
February 2, 2015 |
Odette's was once the gateway to New Hope, a lively cabaret bar on the edge of town that for decades epitomized the ebullient spirit of the famously gay-friendly borough. But lately, it's been an eyesore. After being ravaged by floods in 2008, the historic building along the Delaware River has sat vacant with boarded-up windows. A group of local investors is planning to change that. In about two months, they say, work will begin on the Riverhouse at Odette's, a $25 million facility that will bring luxury hotel rooms, a banquet hall, restaurant, and rooftop bar to the 40,000-square-foot property.
January 31, 2015 |
Cargoes were up 16 percent in 2014 in the Port of Philadelphia, the fifth consecutive year for gains and a sign of an improving economy, officials said. More steel, more paper, more automobiles, and more imports arriving in 20-foot and 40-foot containers accounted for the increase. Total tonnage was 5.9 million. Not everything was up, as sugar, fresh fruit, and so-called project cargo, which is large, odd-size pieces of equipment such as boilers and generators, were down. Cocoa-bean shipments appeared to decline, but only because of a change in how the bean cargoes were shipped, port officials said.
January 29, 2015 |
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., the Philadelphia pipeline and fuel terminal operator, increased its cash distribution Tuesday for the 39th straight quarter. The company will pay 40 cents per common unit on Feb. 13 to unit-holders of record on Feb. 9, a 5 percent increase over the previous quarter's distribution of 38.25 cents. The boost represents a 21 percent increase over the 33.12-cent-per-unit distribution 12 months ago. Among its projects, Sunoco Logistics is building the Mariner East pipeline to transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus Shale region to its Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Delaware River.
January 16, 2015 |
THE SAGA OF Kramer vs. Kramer and the couple's red Corvette continued in court yesterday. After a preliminary hearing, John Kramer, 50, was held for trial on all charges in connection with the day he allegedly drove the sports car into the murky Delaware River, dumping it there. At the start of the hearing, Stephanie Kramer, also 50, sat in the witness chair and pointed to the man she called her "estranged husband. " She appeared calm, and he, dressed in a green collared shirt and jeans, sat at the defense table looking at her. She said she had obtained a temporary protection-from-abuse order against her husband in June, and a final one Oct. 27. Under questioning by Assistant District Attorney Maryellen Fields, the wife said between that period, her husband had violated the order several times.
December 24, 2014 |
The long retreat of the DuPont Co. from the city it long personified took a giant leap Monday when the chemical-maker announced it would move about 1,000 employees, including its chief executive officer, from the center of troubled Wilmington to a suburban office park. DuPont said Monday it will consolidate its headquarters. Between 800 and 1,000 supervisors and staff will leave the high-rise complex that has loomed over the city's focal Rodney Square Park since Pierre S. du Pont created the modern company in the early 1900s.
December 15, 2014 |
EXCEPT FOR wedding planners going gaga over its Gilded Age grace and birders beholding its bald eagle, the city's only public Delaware River waterfront estate is a hidden treasure on the residential streets of Torresdale in Northeast Philadelphia. Glen Foerd - 18 acres of woodlands, wetlands, a waterfront trail and English gardens at the confluence of Poquessing Creek and the Delaware River - is open free to the public daily from dawn to dusk on Grant Avenue near Milnor Street. Who knew?
December 15, 2014 |
A Grinch - or Grinches - evidently sabotaged the annual Delaware River "Santa Run," in which gifts are distributed to visiting seamen, some from thousands of miles away. After discovering that the tugboat Jupiter had an inoperative propeller, the Seamen's Church Institute and the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild canceled the event Saturday. The Seamen's staff had planned to deliver ditty bags to seafarers from many nations aboard ships docked on the Delaware River.
December 13, 2014 |
After seeing plans for a new riverfront promenade in Burlington City, several people at a special meeting Thursday night pressed the landscape architect for an answer to one question. "Can you give us a date when this will be done?" Jeri Waters asked. "You've been working on it for a while. " Waters and others said the plans looked exciting, but they wondered if it would be years, maybe decades, before the grassy 14-acre space along the Delaware River is beautified. Richard Newton, a partner with the Philadelphia-based Olin Studios, told the 100 people at the meeting in City Hall that the availability of funding would set the timetable.
December 9, 2014 |
After nearly a year of study, a prominent architectural-landscape company in Philadelphia will present its vision Thursday for improving the tired riverfront promenade in Burlington City. The grassy 14 acres along the Delaware River would be transformed into a more inviting space, with new park benches beneath a grove of shade trees; winding paths; changing art installations; designated areas for concerts, kite-flying events, and children's sports; and more, said Richard Newton, an Olin Studios partner who is working on the project.