May 19, 2014 |
The City Hall courtyard filled with 1,000 people on May 17, 1994, to celebrate Jeffrey Lurie's introduction as owner of the Eagles. Mayor Ed Rendell and Eagles players, Mummers, cheerleaders, season-ticket-holders, and the Keystone jazz band all welcomed him. They snacked on cheesesteaks, hoagies, and soft pretzels. Lurie spent a then-record $185 million to buy the Eagles, fulfilling a dream of owning a professional sports franchise. The Boston native was an outsider prepared to make Philadelphia home.
May 13, 2014 |
Herb Hauls grew up far from environmental nirvana, in an asphalt-heavy North Philadelphia neighborhood where buses and cars junked up the air and blades of grass were few. He earned a degree in electrical engineering at Drexel University, working first at Peco Energy Co. and then for the Navy in ship acquisitions, overseeing vessels' electric plants and control systems. He cleared six figures last year, he said. Now, he's mowing lawns for a living. This is not an act of desperation.
April 29, 2014 |
As matchmaking goes, this is as unromantic as it gets: hooking up small contractors with commercial-property managers. But a Kansas company has been at it with great financial success since the late 1990s, and now it wants to break into the Philadelphia market. City Wide Maintenance hopes to have franchises open here and in Pittsburgh within the year to manage commercial-space upkeep in these regions. Despite its name, City Wide's target market would not be the Comcast Center or other downtown properties, but, rather, suburban complexes of 10,000 to 100,000 square feet.
March 17, 2014 |
When the 76ers decided to rebuild through the draft, everyone knew they would slip significantly. It was just a question of how far the tanking Sixers would fall. The answer is that the Sixers, two years removed from the postseason, are on par with one of the most infamous teams in sports history when it comes to consecutive losses. They suffered a 103-77 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It was their 20th consecutive defeat, tying the franchise record set by the 1972-73 squad that finished 9-73.
March 10, 2014 |
Yo, Paulie, I hope this don't sound crazy or nothing, but I think I feel a song coming on. In the strangest pop crossover since Jerry Springer: The Opera, Rocky , the saga of the stumblebum boxer from Philadelphia, will open this week on the Great White Way. As a musical. But what brought this ungainly adaptation about? And why now - 38 years after the first film debuted? The project owes its life to the stubborn persistence of Sylvester Stallone, the creator and on-screen alter ego of Rocky Balboa.
February 25, 2014 |
With winter's fury paralyzing this region again and again, the wisdom of Taria Avery's decision six years ago to chuck a 13-year career in international marketing became clear as ice. Not because she didn't have to travel anymore, but because it was difficult for pet owners to get around. What better way to sell the attributes of her new mobile pet-grooming business? "People are calling . . . saying, 'We can't get out,' " Avery said one morning last week when the Philadelphia area awoke to a few more mayhem-causing inches.
January 29, 2014 |
The City of Philadelphia is asking residents to complete surveys on Comcast Corp.'s cable-TV services as it prepares to renegotiate a multiyear franchise agreement with the telecommunications giant. Printed copies of the survey are available in library branches and city-run "Keyspots," a network of public computing centers. Officials believe most people will complete them online at www.phila.gov/cablefranchises . The city informed residents of the survey through Twitter and Facebook, said Steven Robertson, chief of staff for the Office of Innovation and Technology, which is handling the franchise negotiations.
January 29, 2014 |
Comcast Corp. could acquire Time Warner Cable Co.'s New York cable-TV properties, along with other franchises on the East Coast, in a deal with Charter Communications Inc., according to sources in the industry. A deal would expand Comcast's market power along the I-95 corridor between Boston and Washington. Comcast, the nation's largest cable-TV company, already offers cable and Internet in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Charter declined to comment Monday. Comcast also had no comment.
January 7, 2014 |
Is Nick Foles a franchise quarterback? It's a very simple question, but a complicated one to answer. Even Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie couldn't give an affirmative response after Foles led the league in passer rating and set an NFL record in touchdown-to-interception ratio. "I don't want to comment on any player, but how can you not be impressed with Nick, with everything he has accomplished, including tonight?" Lurie said immediately after the Eagles' 26-24 playoff loss to the Saints on Saturday.
December 13, 2013 |
When Rich Ferns and Phil Stoops say they are so excited about their new business that they are jumping up and down, they mean it. They are the proud owners of a 21,000-square-foot room full of trampolines. Ferns and Stoops opened their first Sky Zone trampoline park in Glen Mills last month. They plan to open two more outposts of the national bounce house franchise in Levittown and Chalfont in the spring and summer, then expand to Philadelphia and South Jersey. Another owner already operates a Sky Zone in Oaks.