February 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia's biggest hurdle in securing the 2016 Democratic National Convention was convincing the selection committee it could come up with the money, organizers said. Now that the gig belongs to the city, it comes with an $84 million fund-raising challenge. Amid celebration Thursday were promises Philadelphia can bring in the money, even with a concurrent fund-raising push to raise $45 million for Pope Francis' visit in September. Mayor Nutter said the plan was to rely on federal and private dollars and use no city funds for the weeklong political fest.
January 22, 2015 |
With the crack of metal against wood, and a rumble that briefly shook the sidewalk, the ornate molding that pointed skyward from the roof of the Louis Street house disappeared Tuesday morning into the jaws of an excavator's bucket. Within an hour, most of the building was on the street in a pile of bricks and debris, soon to be hauled away. The long-vacant house at 1510 Louis in Camden's Whitman Park neighborhood, one of many that officials say have harbored crime over the years, was gone by Tuesday afternoon.
October 16, 2014 |
A group of Camden high school seniors will have the opportunity to complete a medical apprenticeship and training program with the hope of landing jobs in the city's growing health-care field. Ten to 15 seniors will be selected in December to participate in a paid apprenticeship at an area health-care organization and then go on to a training program to get officially certified as a medical assistant. The program is the first launched by the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden board of governors, created in April.
May 9, 2014 |
A proposal to build an offshore wind farm about three miles east of Atlantic City could be back in the race to become the nation's first. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the New Jersey project would receive up to $47 million in funding over the next four years - a quarter of the $188 million plan. Financial feasibility had been the main issue when, in March, the state Board of Public Utilities rejected the plan. Fishermen's Energy asked for a reconsideration, which was rejected in late April.
November 16, 2013 |
CAMDEN A $5 million federal grant will fund a training program to prepare current and aspiring principals for leadership roles in some of New Jersey's most challenging schools. The Camden City School District said it would use the five-year grant to launch Camden Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools (CamdenPLUS), a program that selects and prepares principals to lead in local district and charter schools. The program, run through TNTP, a national nonprofit founded by teachers, already was launched in Philadelphia with the purpose of placing leaders in the schools to give them experience managing issues confronting low-income communities before their first day on the job. Philadelphia has 13 participants in its first year.
September 6, 2013 |
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Bucks), surrounded by SEPTA officials, announced Wednesday a $10 million federal grant to add a third track to a commuter-rail and freight corridor in southeastern Bucks County. The six-mile stretch of track, to be laid between the Yardley and Woodbourne stations along SEPTA's West Trenton Line, will decongest the route, officials said. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, said Jeffrey Knueppel, SEPTA's deputy general manager. The federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, from the U.S. Department of Transportation, represents about a quarter of the project cost, which is expected to be around $38 million, officials said.
July 29, 2013 |
Carmen Mendez, 62, rarely went without health insurance over 25 years as a child care worker in the city. But after starting a new job in early 2012, she missed the company's open enrollment period and her coverage lapsed. And before she could get enrolled, she fell ill with colon cancer. "I've always had insurance. This is the first time I don't," Mendez said. "I'm worried and anxious every single day. " Uninsured and sick, Mendez sought help at Esperanza Health Center, where they secured charity care for her at Temple University Hospital for surgery and chemotherapy.
June 28, 2013 |
Beating out a challenger, the Family Planning Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania has won renewal of the federal grant that has been its lifeblood for 42 years. Melissa Weiler Gerber, the council's executive director, announced the three-year, $15.7 million award in an e-mail to the 26 hospitals, health centers, and clinics that will use the money to provide birth control, STD tests, and breast exams. "We are honored to be able to continue our work together through this lifesaving, life-changing program that has been a cornerstone of the Family Planning Council's reproductive and sexual health work for over 40 years," Gerber wrote.
April 11, 2013 |
A new marina will finally be built along the Delaware River in Bristol Borough, after it was announced Tuesday that the borough will receive a $1.5 million federal grant to cap off the funding needed for the $2.5 million project. For nearly a decade, local residents and politicians have hoped to construct a marina in the river to complement the borough's waterfront park and trail, which are only a few hundred feet from the borough's main stretch of shops and restaurants. But officials had not been able to find ways to fully fund the project until this federal grant was awarded.
March 12, 2013
New Jersey employers who hire and train former pharmaceutical workers can receive training grants of up to $14,000 per worker over six months, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced Monday. Employers from all industries can participate, but the program will only cover former employees from approved locations of Bristol-Myers Squibb, Hoffman-La Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., and Pfizer. The state received the federal grant that underwrites this program in October 2010.