February 6, 2014 |
It was like living aboard a floating city. There was recreation. Allen Polixa, a crew member on the USS Forrestal from 1980 to 1982, often took "swim breaks" miles out in the Atlantic Ocean, jumping into the water from just below the ship's top deck. There was order. Fight a colleague or steal from another crew member, said Jimmie Stewart, who served on the Forrestal from 1960 to 1962, and it was down to the brig. No questions asked. And there was chaos. In July 1967, a devastating fire and a series of chain-reaction explosions took the lives of 134 sailors aboard the Forrestal.
February 4, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Weather permitting, the USS Forrestal will leave the Navy Yard on Tuesday on its last voyage - to a scrap facility in Texas. The Navy has paid one cent under a contract to have the 60-year-old vessel dismantled by All Star Metals in the Gulf port of Brownsville. The Forrestal, the first of the post-World War II supercarriers, already has been stripped to the steel and will make its way to Texas under tow instead of its own power. The Navy said All Star Metals had contracted with Foss Marine Towing for the job. No time has been announced yet for the ship's departure from the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility.
January 27, 2014 |
WHEN A relentless winter storm buried the city under 14 inches of snow Tuesday, plenty of people knew they were in for a long, miserable night. Canceled flights. Delayed trains. Car rides that were destined to end soon after they started on the side of some whited-out road. But there was a silver lining amid all of the white stuff if you happened to be in a certain stretch of South Philly: the Marriott's brand-new hotel in the Navy Yard was open, and eager to take on guests. The Courtyard Philadelphia South at the Navy Yard, which opened for the first time earlier this month, sold out all of its 172 rooms on the night of the storm, said Jennifer Tran, manager of the Navy Yard's marketing and communications for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.
January 26, 2014 |
Once Marcelo J. Rouco decided on Philadelphia as the location for the North American headquarters of his Australian energy-efficiency firm, Ecosave Inc., he went all in. Last June, he paid $4.2 million for a small engineering firm in Bristol, DVL Automation, as a beachhead for his North American expansion. He also bought a Center City house and relocated his wife and two children from Down Under. "Australia is a great place, but a smaller market, only 21 million people," said Rouco, 44. "So I expect the North American office to generate a lot more revenue than the Australian office.
January 15, 2014 |
Dozens of Horsham residents turned out Monday to comment on the Navy's environmental impact study for redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station at Willow Grove. Most residents were concerned with traffic, noise, and other impacts during and after construction. Activists also submitted comments and distributed leaflets opposing the drone command center at the Horsham Air Guard Base, which is adjacent but unrelated to the naval base redevelopment. Troops at the Air Guard base are training to remotely operate MQ-9 Reaper drones to conduct strikes and surveillance overseas as part of the U.S. counterterrorism program.
January 3, 2014 |
Any tradition that has lasted 114 years must evolve to survive. And so, the annual Mummers Parade has been put through Darwinian paces. Routes have been tweaked. Hours curtailed. Rules imposed. Crowds have expanded and contracted. Drag queens, who strutted until the 1970s, returned to the frilled fold in 2013 - and oh, dem golden kinky boots. But the 2014 rendition, which rolled and strutted, boogied and high-stepped, clowned and twirled up South Broad Street on Wednesday in a well-hydrated flurry of confetti, sequins, feathers, and face paint, was 100 percent consistent with its century-old roots in the most essential Philadelphia ways.
November 25, 2013 |
WHAT DO YOU get for the corporate hot spot that seems like it has everything? How 'bout some underground transit? U.S. Sen. Bob Casey called yesterday for extending SEPTA's Broad Street subway line into the Navy Yard, given the area's dramatic rebirth as a sprawling office park that's home to about 10,000 workers. Casey sent a letter to Brigid Hynes-Cherin, the Federal Transportation Agency's (FTA) regional administrator, urging her to discuss the potential project with SEPTA, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)
October 9, 2013 |
Urban Outfitters, the iconic purveyor of hip clothing and housewares, doubled down on the city and state Monday, announcing that it was expanding its Philadelphia headquarters and adding a distribution center in Lancaster County. The expansion will ultimately mean an additional 2,000 jobs in the city and 500 in Gap, according to Richard Hayne, Urban Outfitters' founder and chief executive officer, who spoke at a news conference at the Marriott Hotel in Center City. The firm said it was investing $210 million in the projects, which include refurbishing a 250,000-square-foot structure at the Navy Yard and constructing a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County.
September 20, 2013 |
Martin Bodrog lived his dream. At Audubon High School, he twice made the National Honor Society. He played varsity sports in his sophomore year. In 1977, his senior year, he was among an elite group of young students accepted to the Naval Academy. On Monday, Bodrog's decorated military career ended tragically at Washington's Navy Yard, where he was among 12 people shot dead that morning by 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, a civilian employee. Bodrog was 54 years old. The Navy commander retired in 2003 to work as a civilian senior analyst for the Navy.
September 19, 2013
A RADIO station that I listened to on the day of the latest gun massacre described it is "a surprise. " The president asserted that the victims encountered "unimaginable violence that they wouldn't have expected here at home. " Both accounts are wrong. Ours is a country that is rife with mental illness, rage, hatred and the easy availability of guns that are designed to mow down human beings in rapid succession. We have seen this pattern time and time again, so what is "surprising" or "unimaginable" about it?