February 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA More than two years ago, the University of Pennsylvania announced a project to expand the use of portable heart-shocking defibrillators with a new smartphone application. That app is still "a few months" from being ready, according to project director Raina Merchant. But on Thursday, Penn plans to announce a lower-tech approach to promoting automatic external defibrillator (AED) use: a contest to develop "public art" that would call attention to the devices. Or at least some devices.
December 8, 2013 |
There is fairly good statistical evidence that the housing recovery has not been a consistent one. In fact, the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, was a mixed bag regionally, according to economist Kevin Gillen of the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government. It's safe to say that home prices were flat regionwide compared with the spring, Gillen said, and that sales, while flat in Philadelphia, surged in the suburbs. For more than a year, I've been taking the idea of all real estate being local as far as possible, invading communities and neighborhoods in the region's eight counties to take their temperatures.
December 1, 2013 |
Coming soon to a Starbucks in New Jersey: Five guys huddled around a corner table with laptops open, playing poker online? That was a scenario discussed at an Internet gambling conference last month in Philadelphia. "You're going to have an informal clustering of people," Joe Brennan, former chairman of iMEGA, an online-gaming association, predicted at the World Regulatory Briefing. "That's natural social functioning," he said. Does that mean poker players and slots addicts will flood free public WiFi hot spots like Wegmans and Starbucks, now that online gambling is legal in New Jersey?
November 14, 2013 |
DELAWARE COUNTY Two-thirds of calls to Delaware County's 911 center in September made from wireless phones had inaccurate location information, according to data released Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission. And evidently, the problem is widespread. Close to 170 million wireless 911 calls are made annually in the United States, and last year about 73 million came through with inaccurate information, said Jaime Barnett, executive director of FindMe 911, a group of public-safety professionals.
September 6, 2013 |
After a frenzied six-week renovation, Peppercorn (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-964-2588) has opened at Eagle Village Shops in the spot that for 12 years was a Georges Perrier restaurant known as Le Mas Perrier, Le Mas, and georges'. The Main Line building's bones are the same. It's a series of rooms, including a rustic, high-ceilinged bar, a sunny rear garden room, a hushed main dining room, and assorted nooks. Where Le Mas Perrier aspired to the look of a farmhouse in the south of France, Peppercorn has opted for an overall feeling of warmth and luxury.
July 27, 2013 |
Ever since Philadelphia began taking its waterfronts seriously a decade ago, it has dreamed of shores lined with lithe, elegant, Vancouver-style towers. Master plans were assembled, new recreation paths were laid, parks were created. Yet only a few high-rises have materialized, none of them the least bit thin or urbane. That may be about to change. Developer Carl Dranoff is planning a 21-story apartment building on the Schuylkill that has the potential to raise the bar for all waterfront design in Philadelphia.
May 31, 2013 |
In the final three years that she worked for a chain of day-care centers, Lydia Otero, 46, took care of a lot of babies and young children. The Willingboro woman would begin her day at the Just Children's Cambridge Crossing center in Mount Laurel, work a full day there as a teacher and child-care worker, and then move on to the Just Children's Bishop's Gate location, also in Mount Laurel, where she worked primarily in the infant room. In total, Otero claims in a lawsuit she filed last week in federal court in Camden, she was putting in 55 to 60 hours a week between the two locations.
May 22, 2013 |
Jonathan Papelbon is in the century club. According to baseball-almanac.com, there is video evidence of his fastball being clocked at 100 m.p.h. during an April 22, 2008 game at Fenway Park. It's a cool accomplishment because there are so few people on this planet who can generate that kind of arm speed. But velocity is like good looks. Eventually, unless you're a super freak like Nolan Ryan, the speed of a pitcher's fastball is going to decline. Papelbon, in his second season with the Phillies, decided last year to take that matter into his own hands in an effort to prolong his career.
April 18, 2013 |
The number of disposal facilities for unneeded prescription drugs is being expanded in New Jersey, and state officials are encouraging residents to clear their homes of dangerous drugs. Concerned about a dramatic increase in the abuse of prescriptions, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs announced the expansion Tuesday of "Project Medicine Drop. " It now includes 40 locations statewide, a significant increase since the project reached all 21 counties last fall, officials said.
April 14, 2013
IT'S TRASH TIME. Philly Spring Cleanup, the annual anti-litter event that last year mobilized 12,000 volunteers, returns Saturday with more than 500 locations around the city. In its sixth year, the cleanup encourages city residents to take to the streets with brooms and gloves, and cleanse a city with a serious litter issue. Residents collect more than 1 million pounds of trash each year. How it works is the city relies on community organizations to help recruit volunteers and initiate projects.