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May 13, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE SCHOOL REFORM Commission voted yesterday to renew the charters of 12 schools and not to renew two others. Delaware Valley Charter High School and Universal Bluford Charter School were not renewed based on recommendations from district staff. Both schools will remain open, pending an appeal process that could take more than a year. Delaware Valley, located on Old York Road near Wagner Avenue in Olney, opened in 2000 and has 696 students. According to the district, the school failed to meet academic standards, with declining reading and math scores over the last three years.
NEWS
May 13, 2015 | By Martha Woodall and Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writers
During a special meeting devoted to charter schools, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Monday to begin the process of closing two for academic and management shortcomings. One of the schools - Universal-Bluford, an elementary with nearly 600 students - is run by Universal Cos., the nonprofit founded by music mogul Kenny Gamble. In a 4-1 vote, the SRC voted not to renew Bluford's charter for five years. It was the first time a school run by Universal has been targeted for closure.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River pier where the KatManDu nightclub once operated is for sale. Pier 25, now the site of Cavanaugh's River Deck, has been listed by Colliers International, the brokerage said today in a statement. Bids on the 90,400-square-foot property at 417 N. Columbus Blvd., between Waterfront Square and Dave & Busters, are due on August 15, according to Colliers. The property would be well-suited for a residential complex with retail, the brokerage said. Colliers also said it was listing Downey's Restaurant, a nearly four-decade-old pub at Front and South streets.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A company bought a parcel beside Waterfront Square towers along the Delaware River and plans a residential development at site, the broker who handled the deal announced Monday. Michael Barmash of Colliers International said in a statement that Pier 35 1/2 - same name as the site - acquired the 2.13-acre tract from SA Group Properties on April 29. Barmash did not immediately return a phone message regarding pricing details and specifics about the buyer's plans. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
The federal investigation into the improper use of a pesticide that apparently poisoned a Delaware family vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands has expanded west to another Caribbean island, Puerto Rico. The Environmental Protection Agency reported Thursday that there was evidence that the pesticide, methyl bromide, had been used improperly "at various locations" in Puerto Rico. However, officials were unable to further characterize the settings - whether they were residences, resorts, or other locations.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Get ready to roll: The city will kick off summer by opening a beach-themed, outdoor roller-skating rink on the Delaware River. The first day will be May 22, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, and the day the pop-up Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for a second season of urban boardwalk fun. Both will be open every day through the end of September. "The summer of 2015 is really going to be cool," said Mayor Nutter, who helped announce details of the plans at City Hall on Thursday.
NEWS
March 19, 2015
ISSUE | VETERANS Early sign-up rules should go national Two years ago, then-U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D., Pa.) introduced a bill that should have been a no-brainer, but it died anyway. It would have given veterans the ability to register for college classes early. Veterans have limited time to complete courses, and priority registration would have given them the same privilege that athletes and some others have received for a long time. Last year, Pennsylvania joined California, Florida, Tennessee, and Wisconsin as the only states to grant veterans the right to enroll early.
NEWS
March 12, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coast Guard is investigating an oil spill on the Delaware River near Pennsville, Salem County, N.J., authorities said Tuesday. Authorities were notified after globs of oil began washing ashore at the Pennsville boat ramp near Riviera Drive and Eaton Road. Police reports said there was a strong odor of oil. Neither the source of the oil nor the amount possibly spilled have been determined, said John Hammond, an operations specialist first class with the Coast Guard in Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Help-desk analyst was the job title, paying in the low-$40,000 annual range. The winning candidate for the position at Reed Technology & Information Services Inc. in Horsham did not have a college degree, or even years of experience. Instead, she had completed a 16-week training program, passing a test certifying her in CompTIA A+, a commonly recognized credential in the world of technology. That, plus a five-week internship, which was part of the program, was enough to take her from "disadvantaged youth" to middle-class and employed.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Population: 10,142 (2010) Median household income: $107,166 Area: 5.8 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 31 Homes for sale: 30 Days on market: 152 Median sale price: $320,000 Housing stock: 4,299 units, from condos to single-family detached School district: Rose Tree Media SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; City-Data.com; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report; Barbara Mastronardo,...
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