July 24, 2015 |
There's a new player in town for home installations, repairs and renovations: Amazon. Wednesday morning, the Web shopping giant formally announced that it has expanded Amazon Home Services to 15 metros across the United States, with Philadelphia as one of the new additions. While no help if you need ghostbusting, Amazon's service, launched elsewhere in March, already claims access to 900 services, contracted through local, regional and national companies, to handle anything from fixing a dripping faucet to tuning up a computer.
April 13, 2015 |
New Jersey residents, like their counterparts in Pennsylvania (as outlined in this space last week), can avail themselves of free or low-cost home-repair programs, utility assistance, and housing-counseling services. Here is a sampling, compiled by the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey: Statewide The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency works with first-time home buyers, senior citizens, and special-needs homeowners. Call its consumer hotline, 800-654-6873, or visit the website, www.njhousing.gov/dca/hmfa , for information.
January 17, 2014 |
Four community leaders were honored Wednesday by the philanthropic arm of one of Camden's most prominent corporate citizens for working to improve life in the city. "A lot of issues get attention in Camden, and what's overlooked are these individuals who really make an impact and try to get to the root of poverty and the different things it affects - be it education, jobs, housing, and health," said Amanda Bauman, program director of the Campbell Soup Foundation, of the awards for Anthony J. Perno 3d, Curtis Myers, Bridget Phifer, and Sabine Mehnert.
August 15, 2013 |
Asher Raphael , "chief strategy officer" at Chester-based Power Home Remodeling Group , says it's time to expand into another new city. Hire a couple hundred people. Send them out to bang on a lot more doors. Sell more windows. Power has opened in Atlanta, Boston, and Chicago, and on Long Island in the three years since then- Gov. Ed Rendell authorized a $300,000 grant to ease the company's move into a state business-tax-break zone in Chester. At that site in a former electric utility building, Power now employs more than 200, and claims $40 million in yearly local sales, at about $10,000 a customer.
August 11, 2013 |
A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) to limit the amount of money senior citizens can borrow against the value of their homes became law Friday afternoon. President Obama signed the bill, which was also sponsored by Rep. Denny Heck (D., Wash.) and passed easily in the House and the Senate. It was one of only 22 pieces of legislation passed thus far in this session of Congress. The one-page bill authorizes the Federal Housing Administration to craft regulations that would cap the amount senior citizens can initially withdraw in return for some of the value of their homes.
June 28, 2013 |
LaVern Pyles Jr., 94, a retired Navy commander and former state legislator from Montgomery County, died Thursday, June 20, of heart disease and cancer at Brittany Pointe Estates in Lansdale. Mr. Pyles was elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania legislature in 1974 and represented the 151st District in eastern Montgomery County for six years ending Nov. 30, 1980. A native of Washington, Mr. Pyles graduated from McKinley Technical High School in 1937. He worked for the Western Electric Division of AT&T as a cable splicer in his hometown for two years before joining the Corps of Cadets at Clemson A&M, now Clemson University, in South Carolina.
February 26, 2013 |
David J. Damiano Sr., 79, of Garnet Valley, a former Philadelphia streets commissioner and longtime sanitation engineer, died Monday, Feb. 18, at home of complications from the flu. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Damiano was a 1955 undergraduate of Villanova University. He earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the school in 1963. He was a longtime Philadelphia employee, starting in 1955 as a graduate engineer and working his way up to chief engineer of sanitation.
February 15, 2013 |
Isadore "Irv" Rosenthal, 87, an expert on chemical and environmental safety who served on the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, died Sunday, Feb. 10, of pneumonia at Pennswood Village, a retirement community in Newtown, Bucks County. Mr. Rosenthal, a longtime resident of Levittown, worked for 38 years at Rohm & Haas Co. in a variety of positions. He was corporate director of safety, health, environmental affairs, and product integrity for the last 13 years of his career at the Philadelphia-based company.
January 22, 2013 |
IT WAS common for Pablo Valdez to open his door to people, whether it was for a neighbor seeking advice or a relative who needed assistance. That's the way a 30-year-old stepson remembered Valdez on Sunday, two days after the 56-year-old Cuban immigrant was gunned down in his Feltonville home during a home invasion. "Out of the whole family, he was the oldest man. His sisters and everybody used to look to him" for counsel, recalled the stepson, who declined to give his name for fear of retaliation because no arrests had been made in Valdez's slaying.