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.
April 6, 2013 |
Montgomery County officials are taking an extra step to combat drug addiction, establishing 10 permanent locations to drop off unused prescription medications. Drug addiction can begin in the home where supplies of powerful narcotics are left unattended in medicine cabinets, official say. It gives minors easy access to steal the unused medications and turn underage drinking parties into "pharm parties. " A nationwide program "Got Drugs," sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency, holds two yearly drug collection days for the public to turn in unused prescriptions drugs.
March 23, 2013 |
TRENTON - Three years after New Jersey passed a law allowing patients with serious ailments to use medical marijuana, debate has erupted over whether the program is languishing. On Thursday, hours after the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of NJ held a panel discussion in the Statehouse annex to criticize the state's handling of the program, the Department of Health issued unexpected news. Donna Leusner, the department spokeswoman, said in an e-mail that five of the six nonprofit companies that have been preliminarily approved to open marijuana dispensaries have "secured locations.
March 8, 2013
What is it? A "mobile farmer's market" that whips up hearty sandwiches, soups and salads made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Fare that's more healthy and tasty than you might expect from two guys in a truck. What to eat: Owners Kris Pepper and Eliot Coven are still plating their winter menu, which features the flavorful grilled squash sandwich (squash, ham, mixed greens, goat cheese and homemade herb mustard on multigrain bread) and rib-sticking soups, such as chipotle black bean chili and organic potato and leek.
February 27, 2013
Circle Thrift 2233 Frankford Ave., 215-423-1222 1125 S. Broad St., 215-468-0645 circlethrift.com Goodwill Various locations, goodwill.org ORT Resale 29 S. 19th St., 215-563-2377 Philly AIDS Thrift 710 S. 5th St., 215-922-3186 phillyaidsthrift.com. The Second Mile Center 214 S. 45th St., 215-662-1663 thesecondmilecenter.org. 2nd Avenue and Village Thrift Various locations, 2ndavestores.com.
February 12, 2013
ISARail, an Italian railroad-safety firm, is seeking assistance to locate a U.S. headquarters in the Philadelphia area. The facility could employ 30 to 50 full-time employees. ISARail representatives met last week with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to discuss options, a state official confirmed. - Bob Fernandez
February 6, 2013 |
Just two weeks before property owners learn the results of a reassessment that will alter tax bills across Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter on Monday announced a new effort to find tax deadbeats and "encourage" them to pay up. Nutter said the city would spend $40 million over the next five years to overhaul the Department of Revenue's software - which dates to 1993 - hire 55 new employees, and start a call center to chase down tax delinquents. The city also will employ outside collection agencies and get cases to them quicker than in the past.
February 6, 2013 |
As a boy in Brooklyn, Roger Ortiz learned about the healing power of touch from the Puerto Rican grandmother who raised him. Alejandrina Rivera was descended from a long line of healers among the island's indigenous Taino people. She was respected in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood in the 1980s for the beneficial effects of her home-brewed teas, herbal remedies, and traditional laying on of hands. And she guided her grandson's hands to show him how to change the state of a body and a mind.
February 1, 2013 |
Philadelphia's most gifted neurosurgeon has a very dark secret. That's the premise of Do No Harm , the new NBC drama premiering Thursday night at 10 p.m. that is set and shot in Philadelphia. Steven Pasquale stars as Dr. Jason Cole, the pride of the city's apocryphal Independence Memorial Hospital. Pasquale also plays Cole's alter ego Ian Price, a havoc-wreaking wild man interested in only three things: sex, drugs, and then more sex. In the tradition of Jekyll and Hyde, they're having trouble coexisting.
January 11, 2013 |
AFTER 85 YEARS as a grand temple to consumerism, the Gimbel Brothers Department Store was demolished in 1979, at a time when Philadelphia thought the next great thing was about to happen on East Market Street. We're still waiting. Next up for the south side of Market Street between 8th and 9th streets - dominated for more than three decades by parking lots - is a proposal for the city's second casino license. "I think East Market Street is still as critical an artery as exists in Philadelphia," said Ken Goldenberg, the developer leading the investors seeking the license.