June 16, 2015 |
Violinist Barbara Govatos once imagined her hometown as fertile ground in which to plant a chamber music festival. Her instincts were good. The Delaware Chamber Music Festival returned for its 30th season Friday with its founder leading the festival quartet at the Music School of Delaware in a program that skirted the usual to revive works featuring string bass. The festival has evolved in more than a generation, offering young musicians and established performers in repertoire that revived classics but included new works and genuine surprises.
June 14, 2015 |
Nobody bends and tugs on the blues like guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Sonny Landreth. His rangy, soaring tones, mangy, percussive clink, and penchant for wringing crisply original musical and lyrical vibes from the aged three-chord form are without equal. Ask John Hiatt and Patty Griffin, with whom he's recorded. Or Eric Clapton, with whom Landreth once gigged, winning this compliment: "Landreth is probably the most underestimated musician on the planet. " Adulation aside, you have to get up close to Landreth to appreciate what he does, especially in a trio setting such as the game he ran at Wilmington's World Cafe Live at the Queen on Thursday.
June 13, 2015 |
Delaware has given the green light to operations by UberX, the ride-sharing company that allows riders to electronically hail rides with drivers in private cars, the state transportation department said Thursday. An agreement between the department and Uber sets requirements for Uber and drivers, including background-check requirements, minimum insurance coverage, and bans on picking up riders at airports and train stations. Gov. Jack Markell hailed the agreement as a sign of "Delaware's continued commitment to embracing the innovations of our new economy.
June 12, 2015 |
The small shorebird - a ruddy turnstone - was not happy. Moments ago, it had been feasting on horseshoe crab eggs along the waterline of Delaware Bay near Villas, N.J. But now, University of Georgia researcher Deb Carter had a gentle but inescapable grip on the bird, and her colleague Clara Kienzle was sticking a cotton swab down its throat. Next, they swabbed the bird's other end and then jabbed a slim needle into a vein to draw blood before releasing it. Their goal: to see if this healthy bird was carrying a flu virus.
June 3, 2015 |
Delaware Investments, a Center City money manager with $180 billion in assets under management and 486 employees here, has a new president. Shawn Lytle started Monday, taking over from Patrick Coyne, who has been with Delaware Investments since 1990 and led the firm since 2006. Coyne's retirement was announced in February. Lytle joins Delaware Investments from UBS Global Asset Management, where he worked for 13 years, including the last five as leader of the business in the Americas, Delaware Investments said.
May 23, 2015 |
Some free advice from rapping, rhyming Skatewoman: Hold the magic table to keep you stable, bend your knees to absorb the G's. You get the drift. So push off and go. Scores of people will do just that starting at 11 a.m. Friday, during the Memorial Day-weekend opening of the new outdoor roller-skating rink on the Delaware River. The beach-themed rink looks to be a party on wheels, drawing the novice and expert to its smooth, confetti-patterned floor. Keep an eye out for Skatewoman - a skating-teaching star who in real life is Jen Goldstein, a forty-something financial officer who has rounded a thousand rinks in a thousand places.
May 21, 2015 |
About 75 percent of the Delaware River navigation channel is now at or deeper than 45 feet, and the dredging work that began in March 2010 should be completed in mid-2017, state and federal officials said Tuesday. Gov. Wolf last week released an additional $18.6 million for deepening a 103-mile stretch from Philadelphia and Camden to the Atlantic Ocean from 40 to 45 feet to accommodate larger ships. The state of Pennsylvania, as the local project partner, will contribute 35 percent of the cost of the $360 million multiyear deepening project.
May 13, 2015 |
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.
May 13, 2015 |
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.
May 10, 2015 |
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.