October 27, 2013 |
Smoking even in one's own home may someday be a thing of the past, as more real estate developers and landlords in the Philadelphia region are embracing the trend toward healthy housing. The 86-unit South Star Lofts at 521 S. Broad St. will prohibit smoking when it opens in early 2014, said Marianne Harris, director of marketing for the owner, Dranoff Properties. Tenants there will pay about $1,600 monthly for a studio and as much as $2,600 for a two-bedroom apartment, Harris said.
October 26, 2013 |
Deep poverty appears to be accelerating in Delaware and Camden Counties, as the poorest of the poor scramble for rent, heat, and food. In the city of Chester, Donald Grover, 47, and his wife, Melissa Zirilli, 43, can't do their jobs - he because the home-remodeling firm he works for cut his time from 60 hours a week to nearly nothing, she because debilitating seizures keep her from being a nurse's aide. In the city of Camden, Mark Woodall, 49, once a construction worker and a trained cook, now makes $10 an hour in a soup kitchen as he and his out-of-work fiancee are forced to live on a street he says is thronged with armed teenagers "without morals.
October 24, 2013 |
To say Ken Ludwig's 1986 farce Lend Me a Tenor is enjoying something of a resurgence is to ignore its ongoing popularity. It's one of the most-produced contemporary farces, and its 2010 Broadway revival spawned a flurry of regional activity. Bud Martin, who directed Act II Playhouse's entry last season, found it so nice he decided to mount it twice, importing much of that cast for Delaware Theatre Company's current production. And why not? Tony Braithwaite has proved his mettle on area stages as a farceur extraordinaire, with lightning timing and a performance style loose enough to allow for ad-libbing during inevitable bedding/running/door-slamming mishaps.
October 19, 2013 |
A man sought on a pair of warrants was shot by U.S. marshals Thursday in the parking lot of a restaurant along the Delaware River, authorities said. Eugene Dykes Jr. was wanted in connection with a stabbing in South Philadelphia and a violation of his parole on an aggravated-assault conviction, said Tom Smith, assistant chief of the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia. Marshals and state parole officers on a fugitive task force had received a tip that Dykes would drop off his girlfriend for work at the Chart House restaurant on Columbus Boulevard, Smith said.
October 11, 2013 |
SO YOU THINK you're good enough to play pro ball? Got $200 to chase the dream? The Delaware 87ers, the 76ers-owned squad in the NBA Development League, will be holding open tryouts the next two Saturday mornings. If you think you're better than Leo Lyons, Tyler Wilkerson, Jerome Randle or Hamady N'Diaye - all on the 87ers' current roster - here's your chance to prove it. This Saturday, tryouts will be held at the Community College of Philadelphia at 8 a.m. If you are planning to walk up to walk on, get there by 7. To get on the court, it will cost you $200.
October 4, 2013 |
TO GET TO what those in the know called Wal-Mart Beach - a picturesque outcropping along the Delaware River - it used to be you'd have to squeeze through a hole in a chain-link fence behind a mega-retailer before trudging down a narrow, overgrown path. "I think it was mostly a hangout for homeless people and drug addicts," said Steve "The Rock" Johnson, a bicycle mechanic who stumbled upon the South Philly locale this summer. While exploring he noticed that someone had left behind stone steps, seats and fire pits.
October 3, 2013 |
Delaware Valley is the only Middle Atlantic Conference football team ranked nationally in Division III. The Aggies (4-0, 3-0 MAC) also are the only undefeated team overall in the conference after Saturday's 41-23 win over previously unbeaten Stevenson University. Del Val is No. 16 in the American Football Coaches Association Division III poll and No. 21 in the D3football.com poll. The Aggies will visit Lycoming (3-1, 3-0 MAC) on Saturday in a battle for first place. Field hockey.
September 26, 2013 |
The region's slow rise from the recession continued in August, with New Jersey and Delaware slightly outpacing Pennsylvania, according to the latest measure released Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The Fed's Coincident Index had economic activity improving 0.1 percent in Pennsylvania, 0.4 percent in New Jersey, and 0.2 percent in Delaware. The Coincident Index looks at four indicators that, taken together, trend in tandem with a region's gross domestic product.
September 23, 2013 |
Brandon Snyder's 25-yard field goal with no time left gave No. 21 Delaware Valley a 20-17 road win over Albright in a thriller in Reading on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies (2-0, 2-0 Middle Atlantic Conference) trailed by 17-14 in the fourth when they took over at their own 29-yard line and moved to the Lions 20. The drive stalled, but Snyder boomed a 37-yarder to tie the game at 17 with 7 minutes, 16 seconds remaining. After Danny Wynne (North Penn) and Rashaad Lighty stacked up Ty Hughes, Delaware Valley took over on downs at its own 18 with 2:31 to go and all three timeouts.
September 17, 2013 |
With his company's name on the baseball park, Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, 50, president of Citizens Bank for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, spends many a fine evening at the bank's skybox, entertaining clients. But his first contact with one famous Phillie came decades earlier. Question: You pitched against Jamie Moyer when he played for St. Joe's and you were at La Salle, right? Answer: We were opposite starting pitchers in a game at La Salle in 1984. After losing that game to Jamie and St. Joe's and seeing his great command of pitch location, I knew I should study harder and prepare for a career outside of baseball.