April 13, 2012
RE: Stu Bykofsky's column about his health: I have taken it upon myself as a mission to inform my friends for the last couple of years about going to the ER. If you feel something abnormal, go. It's best to get a battery of tests and get a follow-up referral than not address the feeling at all. Thank you for encouraging the men of our age (I'm 55)! This will save lives! Michael Black Philadelphia In the minority Re: James Lynch's letter about the article on minority contracting: You accuse the article of not offering an explanation for the lack of minority contractors.
May 21, 2012 |
ROME - An earthquake struck the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring dozens, leaving thousands homeless and damaging historic buildings as well as warehouses and factories, officials said. The earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said had a magnitude of 6.0, crumbled church roofs and Renaissance-era towers, according to Italian television reports. Large cracks riddled apartment blocks in dozens of small towns. And Italy's national Civil Protection Department said that at least 3,000 had been left homeless.
January 22, 2012 |
At Trainer Borough's "psychic night" of entertainment two months ago, several residents who had their fortunes read left the community center sobbing. Organizer Marilyn Maher has a hunch why. "Two refineries are closing. My husband is losing his job. Our taxes are going up," she said. " Hel-lo? " Strung along the river in southern Delaware County, blue-collar towns like Chester, Marcus Hook, and Trainer once formed the racing heart of the region's shipbuilding industry, which employed tens of thousands at its height during World War II. In the decades afterward, those communities got to know too well the pain of prosperity gone by. That doesn't make it any easier now. The projected March closings of the Sunoco-Marcus Hook and ConocoPhillips refineries, with the direct loss of about 1,500 jobs; the insolvency of the Chester Upland School District; the shuttering in June of a beloved 95-year-old Catholic parochial school - all are ratcheting up the already ingrained stress in these faded industrial towns.
February 28, 1988 |
The Ardmore business district is seeking to regain what it lost about a decade ago - curbside parking along Lancaster Avenue - as part of plans to rejuvenate the busy shopping area. Additional parking is high on the merchants' list and may be forthcoming by next year. The Ardmore Business Association is poised to hire an engineering consultant to make recommendations on architectural improvements and other renovations to the district in Lower Merion Township, according to Bob Grossman, a spokesman for the group.
January 19, 1998
I've been going to the Mummers Parade for 20 years, standing at Broad and Pine with about 75-100 people. We enjoy it and we'll never stop going, but when the parade goes by and it's a designated area and all the units walk past it, you start losing interest. If it's a designated performance area, the bands and the brigades should all perform there. Leave the parade outside, but make sure they stop. People aren't going to stand in the cold for six and seven hours, as we do, if people are just going to walk by without playing music or performing.
October 7, 1986 |
Striking Temple University faculty members have picked up a formidable ally: Henry Nicholas, president of the hospital and health-care workers' union. Although the influential leader of District 1199C did not order his members at Temple to join the strike before the faculty union officially asks them, he told them at a meeting last night that if he were a worker at Temple, "I would indeed follow my conscience and not cross the picket line. " Nicholas' union - the National Union Of Hospital & Health Care Employees - represents 800 workers at Temple University Hospital and another 2,200 clerical and maintenance workers at the university.
February 28, 2012 |
MARCUS HOOK has long been a quintessential company town, joined at the hip with the iconic Philadelphia company Sunoco for more than a century. With imminent closure of Sunoco's refinery there, most of the 590 workers get their last paychecks Wednesday. Now, fear is seeping into in this quaint, tight-knit, working-class burg in Delaware County - fear that it could turn into a modern-day ghost town. When Sunoco said in September that it would dump the last of its remaining refining operations and focus on oil pipelines and fuel retailing, local workers and residents hoped a buyer would emerge for the 110-year-old, 175,000-barrel-per-day refinery.
June 22, 2015
Desaparecidos Payola (Epitaph ***1/2) Read Music/Speak Spanish , the first Desaparecidos album, came out in 2002. Conor Oberst had taken a break from Bright Eyes to join some friends from Omaha to play loud, pointed punk rock, and the record seethed with Bush-era political venom. The band soon went on hiatus, however, to let Oberst devote himself to other projects, until a few years ago, when a reunion show led to some topical new singles. And now we have Payola , the second Desaparecidos full-length.
August 2, 2006 |
What happened to the people of Riverside? Did they lose their minds? Did they mentally move to another country? Because as far as I know, this little township is still part of the Greatest Nation in the World, among whose proud citizens are immigrants from around the world. Did Riverside's entire population forget about the immigrant blood running through its veins? Or did that blood go through their cold hearts and freeze their brains? Instead of trying to solve the problem of illegal immigration with existing codes and laws, Riverside's people decided to come up with a new ordinance - a new order - that just proves their minds are surrounded by a wall of ignorance and lack of humanism.
May 27, 2005 |
As the days begin to get warmer at the Jersey Shore, year-round residents are not happy. I stroll into one of my favorite stores and announce to my shopkeeper friend, "Summer is just around the corner!" She looks at me and moans, "Oh, no. " "What's wrong?" I ask. "Don't you miss the good ole summertime?" "Well," she sighs, "It's just that those of us who live here dread summer. " I know why she feels this way. Summer at the Shore means crowds galore. Gone are the parking spaces, the empty beaches and the peaceful waterways.