July 23, 1992 |
The Tinicum Township Commissioners agreed to extend the grace period for delinquent real-estate taxes as an incentive to businesses and residents unable to pay because of tough economic times. The decision came at Monday night's meeting but awaits formal approval in the form of a resolution next month. Normally, a penalty would be imposed if taxes were not paid by Aug. 31. The extension will move that date to Oct. 1 and will be effective only this year. "This is an incentive particularly to the hotels who owe a lot already," said Councilman Thomas Giancristofaro, referring to the Holiday and Ramada Inns, which have filed for bankruptcy.
August 26, 1997 |
Like any player, Mike Grace wanted to get back to the big leagues as quickly as possible. Unlike many players, he acknowledged his personal timetable might not have been in his best interests. When Grace walked into the Phillies' clubhouse last night, it was exactly five months since he strained his right triceps in an exhibition game against the Cardinals in St. Petersburg, Fla. Five months since he pitched for the Phillies. Five long months of lonely rehab and Triple A starts for Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.
March 1, 1990 |
The first grace period for the nation's 2.5 million student loan defaulters begins today, but its incentives are limited, education and government officials say. Under instructions from Congress, the Education Department for the next six months will allow borrowers in default on guaranteed student loans to pay off their debt without penalty costs. The principal and interest on the loan must be paid off in full within the six-month period. The principal and interest due could often be $4,000 or more.
June 17, 1996 |
After righthander Bobby Munoz was cuffed around Tuesday in his first big-league start following elbow surgery, Phillies manager Jim Fregosi shrugged. "It's going to be a little struggle, but the only way to get him back is for him to get some innings in," Fregosi said soothingly. Five days later, Munoz took the mound at Coors Field to face the Colorado Rockies on their turf, on their terms. He lasted just four innings and allowed six runs - two earned - on six hits. This time, Fregosi wasn't nearly so sanguine.
March 24, 1998 |
Mike Grace thinks he'll locate the command of his pitches that's been missing when the season starts. He thinks his mechanics will fall into place. He thinks he'll stay healthy. He thinks he'll start getting ahead of the hitters. He also thinks he's thinking too much. "Keep it simple, stupid. That has to be my philosophy," he said after giving up two runs on five hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings of yesterday's 7-4 exhibition win over the Rangers at Charlotte County Stadium.
June 30, 1987 |
First Pennsylvania yesterday introduced a new Visa credit card charging the lowest interest rate among the city's biggest banks. The variable-rate card will carry an initial rate of 14 percent through Sept. 30. The rate then will change quarterly, based on the bank's prime rate. If the variable rate were in effect today, interest charged for the new card would be 14.3 percent. The bank will waive its $18 annual fee for the card during the rest of the year. The card won't offer a grace period, however, which means that finance charges are imposed immediately from the date of posting for a purchase.
August 14, 1992 |
Chester's Democrats have been feuding almost since the day they got into office early this year. A few weeks ago, the battle took a new turn. Call it the "prayer wars. " In began at a City Council meeting in July when City Clerk Shelia Hyland finished reciting the customary prayer that opens council sessions. Mayor Barbara Bohannan-Sheppard, whom Hyland has labeled a "liar," then called the Rev. Tom Torosian to the front of the room. Mr. Torosian then proceeded to lead an alternate prayer - which, while differing little from Hyland's, presumably stood a better chance, in the mayor's judgment, of bringing God into the proceedings.
June 3, 1996 |
Two hours before game time, Phillies manager Jim Fregosi put on his rose-colored glasses and gave an upbeat analysis of his club's starting pitching. He pondered Curt Schilling's 1.33 earned run average, Mike Grace's 7-2 record and Terry Mulholland's five wins. He thought about a healthy Bobby Munoz, who is expected back next week, and Sid Fernandez, who he hopes won't be far behind. "If you talk about Schilling throwing well and Grace throwing well and Mulholland, if you talk about Sid coming back healthy and Munoz coming back, you're talking about five pretty good starters," Fregosi said.
October 11, 2008 |
The Philadelphia Parking Authority will give $100 refunds to 4,390 motorists ticketed this year, because its red-light cameras were a little too quick on the draw. Seven months after discovering that cameras along Roosevelt Boulevard and elsewhere were suffering from "premature activation" - but failing to determine the depth of the problem - the authority yesterday announced that it would wipe out the tickets at a cost to the agency of $440,000. "All I can do is offer my apologies to those who were affected, and assure them that the system is working properly," said Vincent Fenerty, the authority's executive director.
March 10, 1999 |
Until yesterday, the number 856 meant nothing in particular to Bill Harper. Now it means visions of vans, images of storefronts, and dreams of "for sale" signs in front yards. Every one of them with the wrong area code. "I'll be getting the calls," said Harper, owner of National Sign Systems in West Berlin. Faced with the exploding demand for telephone lines and the industry's outdated, inefficient system for distributing numbers, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities voted last month to split the 609 area code.