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 1, 2012 |
As Mexico's first lady and the U.S. ambassador to the country were speaking there early last month, David Suro felt and heard the rumbling of the nearby Popocatépetl Volcano. Suro, owner of Tequilas restaurant in Center City, was on his foundation's third annual trip to the town of San Mateo Ozolco in the Mexican state of Puebla, from where many Mexican immigrants who live in South Philly hail. He asked a student who attended about the noise, and she replied: "Don't worry.
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.
February 18, 1999 |
A touching story from Germany tops this week's list of new movies on video. Beyond Silence (1998) (Miramax) 106 minutes. Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit. German filmmaker Caroline Link's drama is a compelling, if somewhat conventionally told, tale of a daughter torn between love and loyalty for her deaf parents and a blossoming career in music. Trieb, who plays the protagonist as a child, and Testud, who plays her as a young woman, bring the story to life.