February 2, 2015 |
Odette's was once the gateway to New Hope, a lively cabaret bar on the edge of town that for decades epitomized the ebullient spirit of the famously gay-friendly borough. But lately, it's been an eyesore. After being ravaged by floods in 2008, the historic building along the Delaware River has sat vacant with boarded-up windows. A group of local investors is planning to change that. In about two months, they say, work will begin on the Riverhouse at Odette's, a $25 million facility that will bring luxury hotel rooms, a banquet hall, restaurant, and rooftop bar to the 40,000-square-foot property.
January 29, 2015 |
THERE ARE only two domains of which to choose from these days for fans of the local hockey team. One is the Land of Hope and Dreams, where impossible or highly improbable are vulgarities better left unspoken, where last night's 4-3 shootout victory over the Arizona Coyotes is viewed as another step in a long climb toward a potential playoff berth. The other is Futureland, occupied by those who see too many flaws in the current team to warrant the optimism needed for that other world.
January 26, 2015 |
YOU WON'T find Shane White, 18, a freshman at Holy Family University in Northeast Philadelphia, giving $5 haircuts, manicures or facials today at Bucks County Technical High School to raise money for City of Hope cancer research. But you will find him working the HopeCuts fundraiser at his Feasterville alma mater, supporting the 50 student barbers and cosmetologists trying to raise more than $10,000 for City of Hope like they did in a snowstorm last year. White's expertise is technology, not cosmetology, so he's been networking for months to spread the word about today's $5 HopeCuts, hoping a good crowd shows up from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the money goes to support the famous cancer-research hospital in Los Angeles that has clinical-trial research partnerships with Thomas Jefferson University and other Philadelphia hospitals.
January 25, 2015 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - When Jason Kelce took a snap at a Pro Bowl practice this week, another player jokingly asked, "Do you guys even do under-center plays?" There were enough Eagles at practice who could have answered the question. The Eagles have six players in Arizona this week for the Pro Bowl on Sunday, which is the fourth-most of any NFL team and the most of any non-playoff team. The Eagles have nine total players who were invited to the Pro Bowl, which is the most of any team except the Denver Broncos.
January 24, 2015 |
Pete Rose was painful for opponents during his 24 Major League Baseball seasons, including five with the Phillies, because no one played harder and no one collected more hits. The less physical but more significant pain, of course, for Rose, baseball, and its fans was Rose's gambling habits, which led to his banishment from the game in 1989. Now, nearing his 74th birthday, Rose will be paid to promote a pain reliever. He signed a one-year contract to appear in advertisements for Myoflex, an older brand-name, over-the-counter cream used to treat sore muscles and joints.
January 22, 2015 |
PENN's WOMEN HAD come into last night's Big 5 finale against Villanova with high hopes after winning four of their previous five games and grabbing at least a share of their first-ever women's Big 5 championship. The Quakers had a chance to clinch the title outright with a victory. Harry Perretta's Wildcats squad scrapped those plans, earning the right to scribble their names alongside Penn's on this year's trophy after a 70-44 rout gave the 'Cats their 15th Big 5 title. Penn and Villanova will each finish at 3-1 in Big 5 play.
January 20, 2015
I HOPE THERE'S a wire service in the afterlife. I hope there's some celestial Internet cafe where the departed (regardless of their ultimate destinations) can access news about those of us they've left behind. For instance, I'd love it if the monsters who murdered the journalists at Charlie Hebdo could take a moment from baking in eternal hellfire to see how their acts only strengthened our resolve to speak out against intolerance. Similarly, I hope the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. can recognize, from his lofty perch in heaven atop his beloved mountain, how his awesome presence still resonates in the world.
January 9, 2015 |
BY NOW, the Hub of Hope, Project HOME's seasonal social-service center for the homeless in Suburban Station, should be buzzing with men and women wanting to see a case worker or a doctor or just get a short reprieve from the cold with a tepid cup of coffee or a pair of socks. But in a cruel irony, the Hub of Hope is homeless. In November, the landlord who had donated the space for the past three winters sent word that he would no longer be able to "due to complaints from tenants and brokers.
January 7, 2015 |
Of the five Dallas Cowboys games Gov. Christie has attended this season, team owner Jerry Jones supplied the tickets for three - along with a private plane ride for Christie and his family to attend Sunday's game in Texas, the governor's office said Monday. While New Jersey's rules allow the governor, a longtime Cowboys fan, to accept gifts from friends, two legal experts questioned whether the gifts gave the appearance of improper conduct. "We're going to see. This is a lot of money, being paid for by somebody who is an owner of a team in the NFL. The NFL has wanted a lot of things in New Jersey," said Larry Noble, former general counsel for the Federal Election Commission and now senior counsel with the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog group in Washington.
January 5, 2015 |
Matt Jenkins is still thinking about last winter. The 26-year tree-service veteran saw crushed homes, smashed vehicles, and a lot of property damage after February's epic ice storm. "It seems like it took us all year to get everybody cleaned up that had damage in our specific area," said Jenkins, owner of Top Notch Tree Service in Downingtown, Chester County. For the rest of the year, he saw about a 20 percent hike in business from customers looking for preventive tree work, he said.