April 11, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Revel, the $2.4 billion former casino hotel sold this week for $82 million, went dark - literally - Thursday afternoon. Power was cut off around 2:20 after its supplier, ACR Energy, made good on multiple threats to new owner Glenn Straub and shut off the lights to the 6.2 million-square-foot, 47-story Boardwalk property. "Everything is out, it's a dead building," a security guard said after the plug was pulled. It was a hard-to-fathom turn of events even for the endlessly twisty saga of the Revel, once predicted to be an Atlantic City game-changer and now standing tall, dark, and empty in the unpredictable hands of Straub, a maverick Florida businessman and polo player.
October 19, 2014 |
In the town where I live, every household gets a calendar each September (based on the school year). The latest edition celebrates the 250th anniversary of the volunteer fire department, the nation's second oldest after Philadelphia's. As it happens, October is Fire Prevention Month. So, as a public service designed to reduce the number of calls for electrical fires, "Your Place" offers the following tips from Leviton, manufacturer of electrical devices and lighting controls (dimmers, switches)
September 22, 2014 |
WE LOVE saying, "never again. " We said it on June 20, 2007, when that abandoned horse-blanket factory burned to the dirt at H Street and Westmoreland in Kensington - but not before spreading to 19 homes, destroying seven of them, along with nine cars. For years, neighbors had complained to the Department of Licenses and Inspections about the city-owned building, which had been so vandalized by squatters and addicts that L&I cited it as a fire hazard. But then came April 9, 2012, when Lt. Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney died while battling the blaze that engulfed Kensington's abandoned Buck Hosiery Factory at York and Jasper streets.
February 28, 2014 |
A Wednesday night meeting in Clayton's Borough Hall that became contentious even before its starting time drew a crowd so large that borough officials ultimately canceled the session, citing a fire hazard. Nearly 90 residents packed the courtroom for the zoning and planning board's 7:30 p.m. meeting, at which a proposed recycling facility was to be discussed. It was unclear when the meeting would be rescheduled. The plant, to be dubbed East Coast Material Recycling Facility, has been presented for an area off the 300 block of Cenco Boulevard.
June 2, 2013 |
JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. - Fire crews in New Mexico on Saturday fought two growing wild blazes that have scorched thousands of acres, spurred evacuation calls for dozens of homes and poured smoke into the touristy state capital. State officials said the uncontained blaze near Santa Fe had spread to 8 square miles, leaving the city under a blanket of haze. The thick smoke also covered the Gallinas Canyon and the New Mexico city of Las Vegas. The fire in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest is burning just 25 miles from the city, prompting the Red Cross to set up an emergency shelter at a nearby high school.
October 19, 2012 |
State and federal authorities on Thursday arrested the owner of a furniture store where two firefighters were killed earlier this year. The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office would provide no further details on the state perjury and fraud charges filed against Richard Knellinger, 40, owner of Giamari Furniture & Bedding on Kensington Avenue. The store was adjacent to the vacant Thomas W. Buck Hosiery complex, which burned to rubble April 9. One of the mill's five-story brick walls collapsed on the furniture store while four firefighters were inside.
June 25, 2012 |
Pat Nally got a hero's welcome as he stepped off a fire truck to the embraces of friends who had gathered Saturday for a fund-raiser and block party in Torresdale. It had been 21/2 months since Nally was pulled from the rubble of a building that collapsed in an adjacent warehouse fire and killed two fellow firefighters, Daniel Sweeney, 25, and Robert Neary, 60, in the city Fire Department's worst day in more than seven years. Still on crutches, with his badly crushed foot in a cast, Nally, 26, chatted with throngs of friends and well-wishers.
May 24, 2012
THE H STREET FACTORY was a weaving mill and made slipcovers and handbags, among other items, from its opening in 1914 until 1973. 1973: Ayres-Philadelphia manufactures horse clothing there. Ayres acquires a loan, and the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID) becomes the conduit to get tax-exempt financing. Ayres goes out of business in the early 1980s. May 2006: Warehouse is scheduled for sheriff sale, but sale is postponed six times over the next two years.
May 17, 2012 |
WHEN Darby Borough cops found what they said were more than 200 marijuana plants inside Daniel Thomas' rowhouse Tuesday morning, he told them that he was an out-of-work horticulturalist. Technically, that's accurate, police say — if by "out of work" Thomas meant that his massive pot-growing operation featured an automated lighting and irrigation system that could function without his daily participation. "This guy is a major-league grower of marijuana," said Police Chief Bob Smythe, strolling in borough hall through a knee-high forest of pungent cannabis plants, which police had transported, using a rented Budget truck, from Thomas' house on Glen Avon Road.
January 17, 2012
DEAR ABBY: I have very nice neighbors who believe in leaving the wild and natural growth on their property. They have posted a sign that claims it to be a "certified natural habitat. " They never weed or cut anything back. At first, it was cared for, but now it has become an eyesore, and people who visit our house have made comments. I have tried to grow border plants to hide the mess, but nothing seems to help. I believe it affects the value of our home. My husband doesn't want me to say anything for fear of hurting their feelings.