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June 14, 2011
WPCS International Inc. said it won $7.4 million in communications infrastructure contracts for projects in the United States and abroad. They include electrical work for Camden County and construction of a wireless communications network for Toms River police cars. The Exton company also will install surveillance cameras in the cars. WPCS is an engineering company specializing in wireless communications, specialty construction and electrical power.    - Jingwen Hu
NEWS
May 12, 1994 | By Tom Avril, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The U.S. Justice Department has decided not to pursue a criminal investigation into the bidding practices of the Burlington County Bridge Commission, the commission announced yesterday. The inquiry centered on the fact that since 1991, the bridge commission has contracted with a Delanco firm owned by the wife of former Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Foy for more than $1 million in electrical work. Foy resigned in January in the wake of criticism over the commission's failure to seek competitive bids before awarding the work to the company, Electrical Construction & Installation Consultants (ECIC)
NEWS
August 2, 1993 | By Bill Frischling, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The planned expansion and renovation of the municipal building could cost about $378,000 more than anticipated if the lowest bids received by the Borough Council Thursday night are accepted. "I'm a little upset," said council member Chester C. Tyson Jr., who is chairman of the property committee. "I just felt the bids came in much higher than expected. " Six bids were accepted for general contracting, and four were accepted for mechanical work, but only two bids were received for electrical work, and one bid was taken for plumbing.
NEWS
May 20, 2002
Love for his hometown lingers In reference to the May 6 column by Lola H. Moore ("Before you slam a place, think about those who care"), for 28 years I lived in Camden, and I loved it. I was born and raised in the Cramer Hill section at 28th and Cleveland. I was born in my house. My childhood was the best a kid could ever want: Wiffle Ball, wire ball and handball on a corner of 28th Street; baseball and football at Von Neida Park; basketball on our dirt court on Arthur Avenue; hopping trains to get a ride to Tippins Pond; fishing off the Pett's Island Bridge; going to the Rio or Arlo movies on Saturdays; riding our bikes to the Cherry Hill Mall.
NEWS
September 18, 2003 | By Terry Bitman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The start of school in the Swedesboro-Woolwich district once again has been delayed, but the possibility of beginning the year with split sessions apparently has been avoided. Superintendent Richard Fisher yesterday said that classes now were scheduled to begin next Thursday instead of Monday in the Gloucester County district's two elementary schools. Fisher said that while some electrical work remained at the Walter H. Hill School, he was confident it could be done by the weekend.
NEWS
September 26, 1991 | By Suzanne Sczubelek, Special to The Inquirer
The Chester County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded the last of the major contracts for its new government services building in West Goshen, saving more than $12 million from the project's original estimates. "I'm really tickled pink about these numbers," said Commissioners Chairman Joseph K. Kenna in an interview Tuesday. "We couldn't have picked a better time to do it. " Kenna said the savings would allow the county to reconsider borrowing money next year to finish financing the project.
NEWS
February 11, 1996 | By Jennifer Van Doren, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Bucks County commissioners last week approved spending more than $1 million to renovate a county-run Falls Township swimming pool. The Oxford Valley Pool, on Hood Boulevard, has been falling apart for years, said Charles Steinbach, county director of general services. It was built in the 1950s. Repairs are expected to begin soon and be finished by summer. More than $431,000 will be spent on general construction, $107,790 on electrical work, $408,908 on pool reconstruction, $67,632 on plumbing work and $10,562 on mechanical work.
NEWS
June 12, 1991 | By Richard A. Oppel Jr., Special to The Inquirer
Chester County yesterday cleared a legal hurdle in its plans to build a $48 million county services center in West Goshen Township when a judge refused to stop the county Board of Commissioners from awarding the first contract for the project. John L. Philips, an electrical contractor, had asked Chester County Court to stop the county from making an award Tuesday for landscaping and other "site work. " Philips contended the county had violated state law by improperly lumping together, into the same bid package, the landscaping, paving, and electrical work needed to be completed before the erection of the building begins.
NEWS
October 4, 1986 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
The reopening of Martin Luther King High School moved a little closer to reality this week after the Board of Education awarded repair contracts totaling $9.2 million for the 14-year-old school. William G. Krupinsky, the district's director of design and engineering services, said yesterday that district officials hoped to be able to reopen the school in time for the start of the 1987-88 school year. "We are under the gun right now," Krupinsky said. "It's scheduled to be completed in time for September of 1987.
NEWS
September 5, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Curtis Thomas Sr., 100, a retired electrician who brought nearly two dozen others into the trade and who was a block captain in Germantown for 40 years, died Thursday, Aug. 28, at Dresher Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the father of State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas. Mr. Thomas, who served with the Tuskegee Airmen, was one of the first African Americans to work for Philadelphia Gas Works, where he was an electrician for more than 40 years, said his son. He also installed the Christmas lights at his church, Jones Tabernacle A.M.E.
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September 5, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Curtis Thomas Sr., 100, a retired electrician who brought nearly two dozen others into the trade and who was a block captain in Germantown for 40 years, died Thursday, Aug. 28, at Dresher Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was the father of State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas. Mr. Thomas, who served with the Tuskegee Airmen, was one of the first African Americans to work for Philadelphia Gas Works, where he was an electrician for more than 40 years, said his son. He also installed the Christmas lights at his church, Jones Tabernacle A.M.E.
NEWS
August 1, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Theodore Schleifer, and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
The recently renovated South Philadelphia rowhouse that blew up this week in a natural gas explosion was thoroughly inspected and approved by city building inspectors just last week, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday, adding that he would wait for a report from city fire marshals before speculating on what caused the blast. "These are complicated situations. Most fires are," Nutter said at a midafternoon news briefing. "It is tedious, diligent work, but the [fire marshals] are very good at what they do, and I am confident they will figure this all out. " The most seriously injured victim, contractor Steven Barrientos, 40, of Northeast Philadelphia, was inside 428 Daly St. when the explosion occurred at 11:09 a.m. Monday.
NEWS
December 15, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicholas Anthony Travaglini, 83, of Chester Springs, a pilot and later a search-firm executive, died Friday, Dec. 7, at Paoli Hospital after a heart attack. The son of a barber, he was born in the front bedroom of his parents' house on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr. He graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1947; from Villanova University in 1951 with a bachelor of arts degree; and in the 1960s from New York University with a master's degree in business administration. Mr. Travaglini was an Air Force pilot in South Korea from 1952 to 1957.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alfred F. Schwartz, 73, of North Coventry, whose passions were family, Corvettes, and construction, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, of respiratory failure at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center. Born at home in Danboro, Bucks County, he was a graduate of Central Bucks High School in Doylestown. He and his wife, the former Sally McKeown, lived in Montgomery and Chester Counties. Mr. Schwartz worked in construction for 45 years. He was employed as a construction manager with L.F. Driscoll Co. for 14 years, retiring in 2001.
NEWS
July 2, 2011 | By Joseph Tanfani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two competing contractors would both be paid to do electrical work on a new, $140 million Family Court building under a tentative deal that would allow construction to go forward - but now with union labor. John J. Dougherty, business manager of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said Friday that he had come to terms with the owners of the Farfield Co., a nonunion Lancaster County firm that won the state bid for electrical work on the courthouse at 15th and Arch Streets.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
WPCS International Inc. said it won $7.4 million in communications infrastructure contracts for projects in the United States and abroad. They include electrical work for Camden County and construction of a wireless communications network for Toms River police cars. The Exton company also will install surveillance cameras in the cars. WPCS is an engineering company specializing in wireless communications, specialty construction and electrical power.    - Jingwen Hu
NEWS
October 15, 2010
A PHILLYCLOUT favorite, former City Councilman Rick Mariano could be doing electrical work at a job site near you any day now. Mariano, who was sentenced to six years for corruption, is set to leave the minimum-security federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa., Monday and move to a halfway house in Juniata Park, according to an e-mail he sent to friends and family on Sunday titled "8 Days to Go. " In the note, Mariano said he hoped to...
NEWS
July 30, 2008
SUPPORT FOR the troops? More like contempt. Contempt is the only word to describe the tolerance for incompetence and dishonesty that allowed the deaths of at least 16 U.S. soldiers in Iraq from electrocution - as well as 283 electrical fires, some fatal, attributed to shoddy electrical work. Injuries from electricity are the No. 1 noncombat hazard in Iraq - and, unlike bombs and insurgent ambuses, most are preventable. Except they weren't prevented and, even when reported, they weren't repaired.
NEWS
March 29, 2008 | By John Shiffman, Craig R. McCoy and Nancy Phillips INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A Philadelphia electrical contractor who faces trial in May on 100 counts of theft and tax offenses is expected to plead guilty to 98 of them - but not to the two counts that he made illegal payments to union leader and State Senate candidate John J. Dougherty. The electrician's intentions, presented by his lawyer to a federal judge Thursday, signal that he is not likely to assist the government in its related investigation of his childhood friend, who is running in next month's Democratic primary for the First Senate District seat to be vacated by Vincent J. Fumo.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2007 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
City Councilman Juan Ramos has introduced a bill that would require many Philadelphia electrical and telecommunications workers to get a license through a program that requires several years of work and study. Supporters say such legislation is long overdue for public safety, but opponents say it amounts to a power grab by an already powerful union and could hurt small contractors and increase costs. Licensing of electricians and telecom workers is not unusual. In fact, many states require it, though regulations vary greatly.
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