June 1, 2015 |
Inside the gates of PPL Park on game days, nearly 18,500 fans bustle around the $122 million Major League Soccer stadium on the Chester waterfront. They cheer the Union, they relax, they buy drinks and food. For a few hours, it's an image from Chester that few might recognize. But by the day's end, those visitors abruptly leave - returning to homes far outside Chester's city limits - without ever venturing beyond the I-95 ramp leading to the complex. It's been nearly five years since PPL Park opened with high expectations: The stadium would become a hub for economic development, the centerpiece of a waterfront stretch that would include housing, corporate offices, and a convention center.
September 19, 2014 |
Like cartoon thought bubbles, a series of bold, red decals will be appearing on sidewalks around Philadelphia this week. City transit planners are hoping the decals will inspire passersby to think about - and give feedback on - the potential of the 85 tagged sites as station locations for the city's long-awaited bike-share system. The stickers, designed by Mural Arts Program artist Eurhi Jones, are part of a high-tech and, according to the city, unprecedented effort to incorporate public opinion in shaping the system, which will launch in May with 600 bikes and 60 docking stations over 8.28 square miles.
August 9, 2014 |
Lawyers for the NCAA, Gov. Corbett, and other state officials think they can settle within the next month a lawsuit over the $60 million in penalties Penn State is paying for its mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual- abuse scandal. In a joint motion filed Wednesday in federal court in Harrisburg, the sides said another month would give them a "meaningful opportunity" to resolve the lawsuit. However, nine members of the university's board of trustees have recommended a meeting Aug. 22 to decide on an official negotiating position for Penn State in the matter.
May 20, 2014 |
Have a complaint about L&I? A new website wants to hear from you. The Special Independent Advisory Commission, which is studying the way the city Department of Licenses and Inspections does business, seeks information from the public as it prepares a comprehensive report. Mayor Nutter appointed 17 people to the commission in October at the urging of city treasurer Nancy Winkler, whose daughter Anne Bryan was killed in the Salvation Army thrift shop at 22d and Market Streets on June 5, when the building next door collapsed on it during demolition.
May 10, 2014 |
WEST CHESTER In the latest step toward a 10-year economic development strategy, Chester County government and business leaders are encouraging residents to visit a newly launched website and fill out a questionnaire about the direction the county should take. The strategy, called the VISTA 2025 initiative, is an effort to balance economic progress and the preservation of natural and historic resources, and is to guide future projects and spending. The plan will help the county maximize its assets and address its challenges, Commissioner Ryan Costello said.
April 7, 2014 |
In a move it said would "increase transparency" in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management opened a 30-day public comment period on an important hazard mitigation plan - a full week after it had already submitted the plan to the federal government for approval. The state emergency management office - which regulates everything from dispatch of personnel and equipment to mandatory evacuations during a disaster - on March 11 opened a 30-day public comment period, which it heralded as the first time the agency had ever sought input for the plan from "civilians.
March 13, 2014 |
Hurricane Sandy shook much of the New Jersey Shore off its foundations, literally and figuratively. So the state's Office of Emergency Management is asking the public - for the first time - to review the hazard mitigation plan being submitted to the federal government. The plan is updated every three years. No hearings are scheduled, but in writing, citizens may weigh in on concerns about withstanding disasters, as officials lay the groundwork for mitigating future storms. In a news release, the state's emergency management office said the public comment period is an effort to "increase transparency" with regard to its "disaster risk reduction strategies.
November 20, 2013
IF YOU OWE a debt, you should make every effort to pay it. After all, you've enjoyed the services or goods that your debt bought. And companies have a right to try to collect or even sell that debt to recoup their money. The more they can collect, the less likely they are to pass on their debt troubles to other consumers in the form of higher prices or the cost of credit. But consumers have a right to accurate documentation to back up the collection efforts. And certainly folks who don't owe a debt shouldn't be harassed or bullied because of some computer error or faulty debt data.
October 15, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN What was Montgomery County like 10 years ago? What do you want it to be 10 years from now? Those existential questions will be front and center over the next year as officials solicit public input for a countywide master plan through 2040. Such plans tend to be voluminous, dry, and bureaucratic. But they touch upon elements that affect residents' lives every day - transportation, parks and trails, housing, economic growth, recreation, senior care, energy, and more, said County Commissioner Leslie S. Richards.
October 4, 2013 |
After Owen J. Roberts' season-opening loss to Penn Manor in field hockey, the Wildcats held a meeting in which they sat down, took out pen and paper, and wrote down everything that had gone wrong. "We talked about it," coach Clarence Jenelle said. "[The players] gave their ideas. I gave mine. I put them into drills for the next day. They needed to buy into what we needed to do. Now, we have a set pattern. " An Owen J. Roberts practice is structured like a field hockey democracy. There's a meeting before every practice in which coaches and players set goals for the day. The players mostly run the practice.