October 29, 2014 |
REST ASSURED, commuters: If a contract dispute between SEPTA and its largest union turns sour, the city's train operators and bus and trolley drivers won't strike until next week. And if they do decide to strike, they'll give us all 24 hours' notice, according to Willie Brown, the president of Transport Workers Union Local 234. "My decision to strike is totally up to SEPTA," said Brown, who noted that, even after months of negotiations, the distance between his union and SEPTA on key matters, especially pensions, is as wide as the gap between "California and Pennsylvania.
October 27, 2014 |
After 15 years in Morocco, Steve and Judi Bowman wanted to return home to a diverse community in the United States. So they settled in Upper Darby. The couple renovated a building across from the township building and opened it last year as Five Points Coffee. But Five Points is more than a coffee shop. The Bowmans also started a nonprofit organization, with a vision of serving international students, immigrants, and refugees. Their shop has become a regular meeting place for English conversation groups for nonnative speakers, a local church's SAT tutoring, and the township's multicultural committee.
April 18, 1995 |
Bob McMurtrie was a smart, lanky kid with eyes for bigger places than Two Street, the hard-bitten pocket of South Philadelphia where he came from. At 22, McMurtrie set out on a journey of unfathomable distance in pursuit of glitter and riches. From Two Street, he traveled to Center City, where he got a job in 1964 as a clerk in a real estate office. He worked hard and kept his eye out for opportunities. By 1990, he'd stitched together a small empire. His assets were $29 million.
June 11, 1998 |
Making the familiar trek from his Vineland home, following a route he has taken the last 12 summers, Asher Schwegel turns off Exit 14 of I-295 and heads west on Floodgate Road. As he navigates the final mile of his trip, across the railroad tracks, past the cornfields and whitewashed Cape Cods, a clearing on the right side of the road reveals his destination. On a 100-acre plot ringed by century-old trees sits Bridgeport Speedway, a clay racetrack five-eighths of a mile long. It's Saturday night, and there's no place Schwegel, 39, would rather be. Normally, he'd split his time between watching the races and serving as crew chief for his brother, Adam.
October 29, 2014 |
IT WAS JULY 19, 2013, Rusty Carrier's 57th birthday. Doing exactly what any former horse trainer should be doing, he was watching the first race from Saratoga at his Castleton, Va., farm when, suddenly, this gigantic horse, with these amazingly long strides, just appeared. "You couldn't even see him on the screen," Carrier said last Thursday by phone. "All of a sudden, this huge stride went flying by everything to win. I said, 'Oh, my God, what is that?' " That was Hardest Core, a son of Pennsylvania-bred Hard Spun, the 2007 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up out of the mare Lillybuster, a daughter of Bob Levy's racing Hall of Famer, Housebuster.
December 25, 1993 |
Here at Holy Land U.S.A., there are no rides - unless you count the wagon and minibus tours. Farm animals in this theme park often outnumber daily visitors. There are no lines for exhibits, no costumed cicerones. No food concessions, fast or otherwise. "Bring 5 loaves and 2 fishes and have lunch by the Sea of Galilee," suggests the park's brochure. Finally, the playland as parable. Situated in southern Virginia amid the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains between Lynchburg and Roanoke, this 245-acre replica of ancient Israel is a fantasy land tucked far away from mall-to-mall America.
September 25, 1986 |
Mary Lynn Vogel and Eugenia Iannone are two Bellmawr mothers who would like to have their children bused to school, but cannot. The Bellmawr Borough School District says that the distance between the two families' homes and the Bell Oaks middle school on Anderson Avenue, which their boys attend, is about 100 yards short of the 2-mile radius outside which children in the district can be bused. The women say the school district is wrong about the distance, and on Tuesday night they and their husbands asked the school board to remeasure the mileage between their homes in the 400 block of Roberts Avenue and the middle school.
November 23, 1996 |
When Ira Davis was a blazing world-class sprinter and triple jumper, he didn't look down on long distance runners. Davis, one of the greatest track athletes Philadelphia has produced, was impressed by their dedication. "I always admired them," Davis, a three-time Olympian from La Salle University and Overbrook High, said this week. "I said, 'I'd like to try that.' " Tomorrow, Davis will make his marathon debut as one of the more than 2,000 runners in the Philadelphia Marathon, which starts at the Art Museum at 8:30 a.m. "I promised myself I'd do it before I was 60," Davis said.
September 19, 2004 |
The 27th running of the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run, called by some the best and fastest half-marathon in the United States, is scheduled to be held today, rain or shine, starting at 8 a.m. The starting line for the 13.1-mile race will be at 10th and Market Streets, and the finish line will be at Cherry Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The total prize money awarded will be $39,000, with the winners in the men's and women's division earning $7,000 each.
December 11, 1989 |
The indoor track season is made up of weekly meets that more than one area coach said are as competitive as the District 1 outdoor meets in the spring. The competition, however, is conducted by the Track and Field Coaches Association of Philadelphia, not the PIAA, which means teams tend to consist of a couple of top athletes and a lot of underclassmen. The coaches use the indoor season to hone the skills of their best athletes and develop the skills of the underclassmen. This is a look at the area teams.