September 5, 2014 |
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.
August 1, 2013 |
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.
December 15, 2012 |
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.
December 3, 2012 |
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.
July 2, 2011 |
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.
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
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...
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.
March 29, 2008 |
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.
February 27, 2007 |
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.