July 9, 2015
ISSUE | TAXES Less is more When does a tax become a "smart" tax, as Carolyn Adams proposes ("A tax on Philly house flippers," Sunday)? One of the primary forces for the revitalization of residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia in the past two decades has been the 10-year tax abatement provided to redevelopers. Because of the reduction in the tax burden, the demand for housing and subsequent appreciation of real estate have done far more to build wealth for working- and middle-class Philadelphians than any tax-and-redistribution policy.
June 30, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The Republican-controlled legislature on Sunday began fast-tracking yet another budget proposal that Gov. Wolf has said he will not support: privatizing the state-run liquor stores. The measure, introduced Sunday evening by GOP senators, would allow beer distributors, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and others to sell for takeout wine and hard liquor, which now can be purchased only at one of the state's wine and spirits stores. The proposal, which passed a key Senate committee, also calls for leasing the wholesale operations of the state Liquor Control Board.
March 27, 2015 |
Law enforcement officials have evidence that both Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams fired fatal shots in the murder of Officer Robert Wilson III, prosecutors said Wednesday, adding that they were weighing whether to seek the death penalty in the case. A preliminary hearing for the two men, scheduled for Wednesday, was delayed at the prosecution's request because the investigation is continuing. Assistant District Attorney Brendan O'Malley said a daylong hearing is scheduled for May 20. Video from inside the GameStop store where Wilson was killed, plus testimony from a dozen witnesses, will be presented, he said.
February 6, 2015 |
In the rarefied world of vintage wine, a perfectly preserved lot of bottles ranging from three decades to 87 years old is usually the province of a Sotheby's wine auction or a high-roller market in Hong Kong. This is not the kind of liquid treasure usually found in a South Jersey discount liquor shop wedged between a ShopRite and a Great Clips salon. But there was wine buyer Andrea Billick, understandably nervous as the "Ron Burgundy" Pandora station played in the background at Joe Canal's in West Deptford.
September 11, 2014 |
Police announced on Tuesday they are looking for a Cumberland County woman they say was the getaway driver for the Aug. 17 attempted robbery of the Florence Town Liquor Store on Route 130. Rachel Lavalle, 24, of Millville is accused of driving a red Honda Odyssey after two others fled the store with nothing, even after one of them fired a gun in the direction of the cashier, said Florence Capt. Brian Boldizar. "We believe it was an attempt to scare," Boldizar said of the shot fired.
July 1, 2014 |
Dania Sargenc often joked that the neon sign above Benash Liquor Store, with its bold yellow lettering, rusty red background, and arrow pointing toward the door, would one day be hers. The sign went up in 1948, when her uncle opened the store along Route 38 in Cherry Hill. Soon her father worked there, and even through ownership changes during the next 66 years, the sign remained. Then, last week, it came crashing down. What was one man's misfortune - accidentally toppling the sign with a red pickup truck - was Sargenc's chance to reclaim a part of her family's history.
March 25, 2014 |
In "The Buccaneer" yearbooks from a decade ago, the three former Cinnaminson High School students looked happy. Bryan Hawthorne sported a sharp orange suit and stuck his tongue out at a school dance. Charles Richards grinned without teeth in the standard tuxedo top worn by seniors. And Elizabeth A. Albertson appeared in an old photo of Mrs. Logandro's kindergarten class, just a few feet tall. But in a Stratford liquor store on Super Bowl Sunday this year, the picture was much different.
February 16, 2014 |
A trio allegedly responsible for a string of convenience-store robberies in Camden and Burlington Counties have been tied to several other holdups - and accused of using the stolen money to buy drugs, authorities said Friday. Elizabeth Albertson and Charles Richards, both 28, and Brian Hawthorne, 26, all of Cinnaminson, were charged. Police said they robbed two stores on Route 73 - a Sunoco on Jan. 14 and a Country Farms store in Maple Shade on Jan. 21. Richards and Hawthorne are accused of robbing the stores at gunpoint, with Albertson as the getaway driver, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said.
January 24, 2014 |
When Jamie Timmons looked out her window Tuesday morning and saw snow starting to accumulate on the street, she knew to take an overnight bag to work. Good thing she did. As a 311 call agent for the City of Philadelphia, Timmons and her colleagues were about to work round the clock from 8 a.m. Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon or even to midnight, taking calls on everything from trash pickup to requests for plowing and salting on city streets. The 26-person crew, tucked inside a first-floor office in City Hall, received the city "mandate" at 11 a.m. Tuesday that it would be going into an emergency 24/7 operation.
November 25, 2013 |
Richard Sclaroff, 78 of Lumberton, former co-owner of Martin's Liquors on Route 38 in Mount Laurel, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, of cancer at Pennsylvania Hospital. A 1953 graduate of Moorestown High School, Mr. Sclaroff, a brother, and their parents opened Martin's on Oct. 15, 1953, and sold it in 2002, his daughter Sara Sclaroff said. "He worked there his whole working career," she said. Mr. Sclaroff was a New Jersey National Guard airplane mechanic at McGuire Air Force Base who was called to active duty in the Air Force during the Berlin crisis of 1961-62, stationed in Atlantic City.