July 13, 2014 |
U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey called Friday for more scrutiny of temporary worker fatalities, citing a man's death at a Bucks County sugar plant last year. The Pennsylvania Democrat pressed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the prevalence of such deaths and offer guidance to lawmakers. Casey also pushed for the Protecting America's Workers Act, a perennial bill that would increase penalties for employers who fail to follow safety laws. Casey's call was described by an attorney for employers as "saber rattling" because OSHA efforts are underway.
May 15, 2014 |
Vince Covello, a former resident of Havertown, fired a 2-under-par 69 Tuesday at Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel to win medalist honors in a qualifier for the U.S. Open. Covello, 31, who now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., carded three birdies and a bogey over a Laurel Creek course where he advanced through local qualifying for the Open in 2009. He competed last year on the Web.com. Six players advanced from Laurel Creek into sectional qualifying, which will be held June 2. The survivors in sectionals will qualify for the U.S. Open beginning June 12 at Pinehurst (N.C.)
March 7, 2014 |
Richie Cerebe's road to the state wrestling tournament was different, to say the least. The senior is the lone wrestler at his school, Calvary Christian, and is coached by his father, Rich, among others at MPR Endurance, a mixed- martial-arts gym in Fairless Hills, Bucks County. Cerebe will be representing Calvary Christian in Hershey this weekend, after winning the 152-pound final in the Southeast Region Class AA tournament Saturday at Wilson-West Lawn. "He wanted to be [at Calvary Christian]
February 2, 2014 |
Plymouth Whitemarsh's team defense ended Norristown's title defense on Friday night. The Colonials defeated the visiting Eagles, 56-44, to clinch their first Suburban One American regular-season boys' basketball title since 2011, with two games to play. Plymouth Whitemarsh pulled away with a dominant defensive run that bridged the third and fourth quarters, during which it allowed just three points on 13 possessions. Jimmy Murray scored 10 of his 19 points during a 21-7 third quarter for the Colonials, and Andre Mitchell also netted 19 points.
January 31, 2014 |
The U.S. branch of the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is facing some stiff headwinds. Gamesa USA on Monday gave notice that it will close its Western Pennsylvania plant, which manufactures giant turbine blades, and eliminate the 62 remaining jobs by the end of March. And the outlook is only slightly brighter at Gamesa's manufacturing operations in Fairless Hills, Bucks County, which opened to much fanfare in 2005. "We used to have 500 workers at Fairless Hills," said Lew Dopson, the subdistrict director for the United Steelworkers union.
January 12, 2014 |
After missing most of the football season with a broken right fibula, Abington's Anthony Lee was getting a bit stir-crazy. Thankfully, medical clearance came last month, enabling him to hit the hardwood. "It was hard being on the sideline and just watching," the senior said. "I was glad that we still had a pretty successful season, but it was rough on me. " In a taut Suburban One League National Conference affair Friday night with Pennsbury, Lee's 13 points and five assists helped the Ghosts leave Fairless Hills with a thrilling 62-61 victory.
December 28, 2013 |
With a key wind-energy tax credit set to expire Wednesday, Gamesa Technology Corp., the Spanish-based wind-turbine company with operations in Bucks County, said Thursday that it had signed a "framework agreement" with EDP Renewables to produce up to 225 of its latest generation of turbines through 2016. Gamesa issued a statement saying this was the largest such agreement for its G114-2.0 Megawatt turbines. Such turbines, which cost about $2 million apiece early in 2013, are the size of a cargo container and are hoisted atop towers to produce energy from the turning blades of a windmill.
November 17, 2013 |
The North Penn football players, with coach Dick Beck in the middle of it all, enjoyed a body-bump celebration after their latest victory. "That was an old-fashioned brawl," Beck said after his No. 11 Knights ousted No. 3 Pennsbury, 31-21, Friday night in a District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal in Fairless Hills. "I couldn't be prouder of the kids. " North Penn used a balanced offensive attack and a bend-but-don't-break defense to post its ninth consecutive victory and stop the host Falcons' winning streak at 10. "It's a little reminiscent of the 2011 season," Knights senior quarterback Austin Shearer said.
November 16, 2013 |
North Penn was all but written off after dropping its first three football games by a combined score of 118-16. Pennsbury, with a bunch of underclassmen in the rotation, was supposed to be a year away from being a legitimate contender. Yet here the Knights and Falcons are, still alive and set to clash in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday in Fairless Hills. Since losing to three top-10 squads - La Salle, Archbishop Wood, and St. Joseph's Prep - North Penn has reeled off eight straight wins, including last week's 31-0 blowout of defending district champion Coatesville.
October 18, 2013
ALL YOU'VE got to do is punch the name of your favorite establishment into Google to realize just how many self-styled restaurant reviewers there are out there. Yelp. OpenTable. TripAdvisor. Urbanspoon. Blogs blogs blogs. Everyone's a critic, only half of them liked the scallop risotto and a fair contingent found the Nordic-inspired small plates to be "more miss than hit. " While plenty of people planning an evening out are able to rise above the e-racket caused by a bunch of overstuffed people screaming inside a tiny epicurean echo chamber, the question remains: How do those offering all these opinions distinguish themselves?