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September 30, 1997 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
She's young. She's smart. She's outtahere. Yesterday was Channel 6 reporter Kristen Sze's last day on the air for WPVI. She's departing for New York City, and a spot as the sole East Coast correspondent for the syndicated show Extra, which airs locally on the competition, WCAU (Channel 10), at 7 p.m. Sze describes the show as "a People magazine on TV," covering feature stories, interesting people, medical developments and, of course, celebrities and their woes (the show was big on Diana's funeral, Versace's murder, and recent fave, the Marv Albert trial-cum-guilty plea)
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October 17, 1997 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
On Thanksgiving weekend in 1973, the affluent Connecticut suburb of New Canaan finds itself frozen in the grip of a sudden ice storm. For the town's residents, the freakish weather is merely nature's affirmation of the moral and political climate of their world - slippery, treacherous and totally unpredictable. As a recurring visual motif and as a pliant metaphor that is as many-sided as a prism, Ang Lee's icebound imagery in The Ice Storm is sustained and brilliant. It illuminates the plight of two generations of especially confused Americans and makes a compelling argument for the importance of the early 1970s in shaping what we have become in the late '90s.
BUSINESS
January 12, 1994 | By Regina Medina, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last weekend's ice storm may have been disastrous for most local businesses, but it pumped life into the region's hotels. With 564,000 Peco Energy Co. customers reporting loss of service between Friday and Sunday, families turned to hotels that were well-heated and well- stocked with food to pass the time comfortably. "The consensus is that hotels fared better" than usual, said Kelly Boyd, director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association. "The hotel community made money over the past weekend.
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - State lawmakers gave utilities a passing grade for their handling of the Feb. 5 ice storm that knocked out power to nearly one million households. But each company, they said, has room for improvement. In testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Thursday, executives for Peco, PPL, and First Energy said that although the ice storm was more destructive for Pennsylvania than Hurricane Sandy, its outages were resolved faster and customer satisfaction was higher.
NEWS
February 3, 2011 | By Larry King, Anthony R. Wood, and Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writers
The produce aisle of the Doylestown Acme looked like a vegetable morgue early Wednesday afternoon. A very dark vegetable morgue. White insulating shrouds covered the bins from arugula to zucchini, in hope that the food would stay sufficiently cool until a massive area power outage ended. "We had to close the store just to maintain our perishables," assistant manager Chuck Woodill said. Central Bucks County appeared to be ground zero for the darkness wrought by a nasty overnight ice storm that brought down trees and power lines throughout the Philadelphia region, leaving about 200,000 area homes and businesses in the dark at some point.
NEWS
January 19, 1987 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
A winter storm slickened the Delaware Valley yesterday with an icy rain that left some major highways so slippery that police closed parts of them for several hours in the morning to clear wreckage and prevent other accidents. Forecasters were predicting a chance of morning ice again today, they said. Yesterday, police closed parts of Interstate 95, the Schuylkill Expressway and the Roosevelt Boulevard Extension because of the ice after a rash of fender-benders and a chain-reaction accident.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Too many customers received mixed messages, contradictory messages - or no message at all - from their electric utilities during the massive February ice storm, according to state regulators. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Monday documented shortcomings in the way Peco Energy Co. and other electric utilities communicated with customers during the storm, which knocked out 960,000 customers, including 724,000 Peco customers. While generally commending the utilities' response, the PUC made 11 recommendations - mostly regarding outreach with customers and local governments.
NEWS
January 12, 1994 | By ANNE CONSTANT EWING
The silence awakened me. At 10 minutes after 2 on Saturday morning, all the little motors that keep us comfortable stopped humming in my Mt. Airy home - the heater, the refrigerator, the humidifier, the electric clock. We had lost electric power in the great ice storm of '94. Some tree branch somewhere had snapped under the weight of ice and crashed into an electric line, severing our connection to the power grid. I peered out the window looking for broken tree limbs, walked about the house looking for leaks and wondered what I should do about our two dozen house plants.
NEWS
January 2, 1998 | by Paul Davies, Daily News Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
The ice man of '99 cometh. The first winter storm of the new year is expected to hit Philadelphia today, bringing snow, sleet, rain and ice. "There could be significant ice accumulation," said Bob Wanton, a meterologist at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. Snow is forecast to begin falling here late this afternoon. About an inch is expected to accumulate before changing over to sleet and then rain in the evening. The rain is expected to end tomorrow around noon.
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November 8, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tree guys all over the Philadelphia region still talk about Feb. 5, 2014. That day, a brutal ice storm toppled even the hardest of the hardwood trees. Oaks, hickories, and beeches, along with the Eastern white pines and other easy marks, keeled over, ripped through utility wires, and crashed onto cars, roads, and houses. Nine months later, as another winter approaches, Chris Miller, a certified arborist and district manager of Davey Tree in King of Prussia, continues to plow through a backlog of work from the ice storm and other winter damage, especially in Chester and Montgomery Counties.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Talk about storm damage. What started as a leaky roof at a Norristown house in February ended this week with the resignation of the borough's code-enforcement officer and embarrassment for the local district judge who, it turned out, had illegally rented the building. Joseph Januzelli, Norristown's code officer since 2008, was forced to resign, town officials say, after an internal review found he failed to make sure the 81-year-old renter's house was up to code. Januzelli came under scrutiny after Ilene Schwartz told municipal council members that her landlord, District Justice Francis Lawrence, was slow to fix her roof after it was damaged in an ice storm.
NEWS
July 13, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
After almost 66 hours without air-conditioning, or use of the stove or microwave, the Moock family of Yardley finally got the power back Friday afternoon. "It was getting a little hot, and it was just frustrating not knowing when we would get it back," said Jimmy Moock, who endured the prolonged outage with his pregnant wife, Cairssa, and 19-month-old daughter with some help from a generator. The Moocks, who live off Main Street, were among the last to have power restored after fast-moving, wood-whacking storms Tuesday night knocked it out to 260,000 Peco customers.
NEWS
June 3, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Unbeknownst to Todd Hilsee, the power company's chain saws had just cut down 189 trees on his grandmother's property when he sat down with Upper Pottsgrove Township officials to discuss how to save it from development. It was a 17-acre haven - she'd called it Fairy House Wilds - where he'd spent many summers. One of the officials recognized the location. "Snyder Road? Have you seen it lately? It looks like a logging camp. " Hilsee raced over and was sickened by what he saw. Along a quarter-mile stretch of one of Montgomery County's most scenic byways, contractors for the electric company, FirstEnergy Corp., had taken down scores of mature hickories, oaks, beeches, dogwoods, and redbuds.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Too many customers received mixed messages, contradictory messages - or no message at all - from their electric utilities during the massive February ice storm, according to state regulators. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Monday documented shortcomings in the way Peco Energy Co. and other electric utilities communicated with customers during the storm, which knocked out 960,000 customers, including 724,000 Peco customers. While generally commending the utilities' response, the PUC made 11 recommendations - mostly regarding outreach with customers and local governments.
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Jessica Parks and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - State lawmakers gave utilities a passing grade for their handling of the Feb. 5 ice storm that knocked out power to nearly one million households. But each company, they said, has room for improvement. In testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Thursday, executives for Peco, PPL, and First Energy said that although the ice storm was more destructive for Pennsylvania than Hurricane Sandy, its outages were resolved faster and customer satisfaction was higher.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Wednesday said it wants to hear from electricity customers whose service was knocked out during last month's ice storm. The PUC will hold hearings on March 24 at Montgomery County Community College Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, and on March 26 at the Tredyffrin Township Building, 1100 DuPortail Road, Berwyn. The hearings start at 6:30 p.m. The storm knocked out 968,000 Pennsylvania electric customers, some for as long as nine days, and the PUC is particularly interested in hearing testimony about utility communications during the storm.
REAL_ESTATE
February 24, 2014 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
House-hunters keep hearing that inventory is tight. They're keeping a weather eye on interest rates. And, like the rest of us, they're enduring this patience-trying, snowblowing, when-will-it-end winter. As 2014's first ice storm hit, the 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped to 4.09 percent, the lowest in several weeks. Has the white stuff stopped folks from looking and buying? Not so you'd notice, some real estate agents say. "We were in [no-power] houses with flashlights," said Mary Beth Hurtado of Re/Max Executive in Bryn Mawr.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
This month's ice storm was the costliest in Peco Energy Co.'s history, surpassing Hurricane Sandy in 2012, even though it knocked out 19 percent more customers. Peco estimates that the Feb. 5 storm, during which 715,000 customers lost power, will cost between $90 million and $120 million when the final bills come due. The recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which knocked out 850,000 customers, cost $72 million, said Cathy Engel Menendez, a Peco spokeswoman. Peco says the ice storm recovery was more arduous because winter working conditions were more harsh.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
This month's ice storm may be the most expensive in Peco Energy Co.'s history. The Philadelphia utility estimated that restoration from this month's ice storm will cost between $90 million and $120 million. Hurricane Sandy in 2012 cost upwards of $91 million, according to filings by Peco's parent company, Exelon Corp. The utility will spend $60 million to $80 million in operating and maintenance expenses and $30 million to $40 million in capital expenses related to the ice storm, said Cathy Engel Menendez, a Peco spokeswoman.
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