July 15, 2015 |
In the spring, Philadelphia's single-family housing market had its best quarter in a decade, with prices and sales volume surging throughout the city. The average house value "soared" by 7.3 percent in 2015's second quarter compared with the first three months of the year, said Kevin Gillen, chief economist of Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Based on single-family home sales data between April 1 and June 30 from the city Recorder of Deeds, Gillen said, the quarterly price rise was the largest since second quarter 2005, at the height of the real estate boom.
May 14, 2015 |
Kate showed up for her student ID, in her first days at Allentown College (now DeSales University). The junior staffing the table already knew who she was. "I gave him my name and he said, 'You're a politics major, right?' I was a little freaked out. " She'd missed the orientation and Jim, a politics major with a good memory, had taken note. Over a boisterous dinner with mutual friends, they learned that both loved sports, cherished their Catholic faith, and had grown up in large families; Jim is the oldest of five, and Kate is one of eight.
April 6, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It might have been sunny enough Wednesday to lure a few homeowners with rakes into their front yards, but for Grace Metzinger and Joyce Hines it was business as usual in the basement of the Rockledge Municipal Building at Huntingdon Pike and Robbins Avenue. Metzinger, the borough's manager for the last seven years, and Hines, its administrative assistant, spent the day, as they always do, sweating the details that make things run efficiently in this Montgomery County community tucked into 0.3 square miles between Fox Chase and Abington.
March 2, 2015 |
HIGH ON A FOX Chase hill, Carole Covert and her husband Bill McMenamin will wear their Victorian clothes, channel the 19th-century spirits of Robert and Maryann Ryerrs, and welcome folks to Robert's 184th birthday party. The free, family-friendly, 2 p.m. celebration on March 8 at the Ryerss Mansion & Library on Central Avenue near Shelmire Street includes wandering among the 1859 estate's Asian antiques, its gallery of animal oil portraits and its collections of teapots, shoes, seashells, rocks and minerals.
January 10, 2015 |
A former recreation center volunteer treasurer, accused of financial improprieties in an audit report released this week, said Thursday that she was never contacted during the audit and rejected its findings. Kathleen Goodwin, a retired administrative assistant, volunteered from 2006 to 2011 as treasurer of the Fox Chase Advisory Council, which manages funds for the recreation center. During part of that time, she also worked as the center's after-school coordinator. On Wednesday, the City Controller's Office presented a financial audit of the advisory councils at three rec centers, including Fox Chase, which found that all had sloppy bookkeeping practices that put them "at risk of fraud.
October 9, 2014 |
Michael Milken, the long-retired 1980s junk-bond king and now big-time prostate cancer philanthropist, blew into the Wanamaker's Crystal Tea Room on Tuesday evening for one of the city's bigger and faster-growing charitable events. He jets around the nation to about 100 of these events a year, flying into Philadelphia on Tuesday from Dallas and planning to immediately depart Philadelphia for Washington. "I see light at the end of the tunnel," Milken said of cancer cures, adding that he believed philanthropists like those in Philadelphia had to support young scientists as the federal government has curtailed medical-research funding in recent years.
April 3, 2014 |
JOE SNYDER and his old pals pumped iron in the early mornings at Jardel Rec Center for 40 years until Tony the maintenance man suddenly told them he could no longer let them in until staffers opened the building at 2 p.m. Snyder, 60, a postal worker who has been weightlifting early at Jardel "since we used pineapple cans filled with concrete," couldn't believe it. Neither could his fellow early birds. Chris Vogt, 80, drove from Bucks County to the Castor section of Northeast Philadelphia, lifted with Snyder, then spent the day working at his brother's transmission shop.
March 23, 2014 |
Montgomery County officials are planning to convert more of the old Newtown Branch rail line to a recreational trail through Lower Moreland, Bryn Athyn and Upper Moreland, and down through Rockledge. The $1.6 million, 3.8-mile addition will triple the length of the Pennypack Trail, extending it north and south of its current path through Lorimer Park. The gravel trail, designed for walkers, runners and recreational bikers, is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2015, said Michael Stokes, assistant director of the county planning commission.
March 6, 2014 |
Temple University Health System said Tuesday that it is converting Jeanes Hospital to primarily private rooms, and cutting 75 full- and part-time positions at the facility in Philadelphia's Fox Chase section. Temple, which reported an overall operating loss of $23.9 million for the six months ended Dec. 31, cited the widespread industry trend of declining hospital admissions as a key reason for the changes. Hospitals have also been dealing with an increase in hospital stays that do not count as full admissions and have lower reimbursement rates.
January 21, 2014 |
IT MUST BE a mistake. That's what Rich Muller's friends were hoping as they walked up Stevens Street toward his home just after dusk yesterday. They'd heard that the 22-year-old college graduate and his mother, Donna, had been shot to death inside their Lawncrest rowhouse. They just didn't want to believe it. "He wouldn't hurt a fly. He wouldn't get in fights. It couldn't have been him," said classmate Brian Zukowski. "They don't have much. If it was a robbery, I don't know what they would have got. The hubcaps on his car didn't even match.