September 18, 2012 |
Power line problems disrupted service on SEPTA's Regional Rail system this morning and will result in some schedule changes tonight. Hardest hit was the Manayunk/Norristown Line, where downed overhead power lines halted service throughout the morning. Service resumed with the scheduled departure of a train from Center City to Elm Street at 1:26 p.m. The first inbound train was to leave Elm Street at 2:32 p.m. But normal service will operate only until 6:10 p.m., SEPTA said. After that, service will operate on a special, two-hour schedule so repairs can be made to the downed wires.
August 15, 2012
LIKE SO many transplants before her, Channel 10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen, a native of the Tampa Bay, Fla., area, has found herself falling in love with Philadelphia. As such, we asked her to answer some very Philly-specific questions: Phillies or Eagles? "I like baseball, but I could never choose one over the other. " Geno's or Pat's? "Uh-oh. I don't want to say. That's a dangerous question. No comment. " Manayunk or Old City? "Manayunk is really cool, and so is Old City, in different ways.
August 14, 2012 |
Actress Rin Barton moved to Philadelphia two weeks ago and wanted a modern, progressive church similar to what she had attended in Virginia. "I went to Google and I put in 'cool churches' in Philadelphia, and the first thing it gave me was Epic," said Barton, 24, who describes herself on Twitter as a Shakespeare nerd and future crazy cat lady. "I thought - whoa! It's epic. I better check it out. " And that's what she did Sunday morning, joining a couple of hundred other mostly twentysomethings and thirtysomethings who gathered to worship at Epic Church's Center City location at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, 480 S. Broad St. Billing itself as a casual, contemporary Christian church, Epic was started nearly four years ago by Pastor Kent Jacobs, 32, a North Carolina native who trained at an Oklahoma ministry school.
August 10, 2012 |
Another day, another water main break in Philadelphia. The latest gusher is at Ridge and Manayunk Avenues in Manayunk. John DiGiulio, a Philadelphia Water Department spokesman, say it's a 12-inch main and that initial reports indicate at least two homes have water in their basements. Repair crews are at the scene. The break does not appear to be as serious as others this summer. Work crews are still doing repairs at 21st and Bainbridge Streets, where a 48-inch main ruptured July 22, gouging a sinkhole in the roadway, flooding basements and knocking out utilities to scores of homes.
July 22, 2012 |
The kid from Roxborough, then a freshman at Princeton, heard the words from his coach: "You think you have a sense of your limits. What is the edge of your limits?' " He decided to find out. When Glenn Ochal told his younger brother, Justin, what he was planning for himself one winter day on and around the Schuylkill, Justin responded, "Dude, are you insane?" Glenn's childhood nickname had been The Moose. His family entertained friends by having little Moose push people around the house in a chair.
July 19, 2012 |
Moon Krapugthong, who owns Chabaa Thai in Manayunk, is going the Japanese route with a second BYOB opening Friday just down the street. For Yanako (4255 Main St., 267-297-8151), she enlisted a team of designers that included new graduates of Philadelphia University architecture program. One of them, Jun Suh, is segueing into the general manager's role. Smashing job: The former boutique now has a two-story skylight. Birdcagelike light fixtures hang from the ceiling over a terra-cotta overhang.
July 16, 2012 |
It might make financial sense for Lisa Fiorilli to just walk away from her home in Manayunk — a tidy, three-story rowhouse on one of the neighborhood's familiar, hilly streets that rise up from Main Street and the canal. But Fiorilli, facing foreclosure after a two-year bureaucratic tangle with Bank of America over a mortgage modification, would rather stay and fight — even if her home is now worth less, as she says bank officials have suggested, than what she owes on it. Fiorilli's saga — backed up by a thick file of documents and call logs — is a story of a mortgage accommodation dangled and apparently snatched away for flimsy reasons, such as a phone payment that came in 35 cents short, and another payment that came in two weeks early.
June 19, 2012 |
A new regional Catholic elementary school that had been proposed for Manayunk will not open in September due to low enrollment, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Monday. St. Blaise Regional School was going to be created through the merger of St. Bridget parish school in East Falls and Holy Child Regional School in Manayunk, and based at Holy Child. But only 155 students had registered as of Friday, and the archdiocese said the school needed to have at least 250 students to cover teacher salaries and provide a quality education.
June 19, 2012 |
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia on Monday nixed its proposed school merger between St. Bridget Parish School and Holy Child Regional School because the combined entity had failed to attract the 250 students that would have made it viable. Both St. Bridget's in East Falls and Holy Child in Manayunk will close now, leaving no parochial school left in either section of the city, an Archdiocese spokeswoman said. Only 155 students had signed up to attend the proposed St. Blaise Regional School in Manayunk as of Friday, the Archdiocese said in a statement.
June 19, 2012 |
It was an uncertain Father's Day for many dads and moms of St. Bridget's parish in East Falls as they awaited news on the fate of a regional Catholic elementary school that never was — and might never be. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is expected to announce Monday whether it will create a new regional elementary school in Manayunk that would include the youngsters of St. Bridget's parish school, which closed its doors forever Friday....