June 12, 2014 |
ON AN ICY Christmas night in 1776, George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River to secure America's independence and to fight unfair taxation. Yesterday, Philadelphia 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil flexed the franchise's freedom to find tax breaks, announcing that the team and its employees will cross the river to the Camden waterfront to open a new headquarters and a state-of-the-art, 120,000-square-foot practice center by June 2016, thanks to $82 million in tax credits approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority Board.
June 6, 2014 |
The piano had no use. Someone hauled the beat-up piano into a big trash bin parked at a nursing home in Germantown, then took off. The woman had no memory. Sometimes, her son had to remind her to change her clothes or turn off the gas stove after cooking. But when the piano came into the life of the 79-year-old mother, magic happened, not only for her, but for all the seniors at the NewCourtland LIFE Center in North Philadelphia. The story begins two years ago with R. Max Kent.
May 15, 2014 |
The union that represents casino workers in Atlantic City has for years been experimenting with ways to reduce health-care costs for its members while improving results. The latest effort is a primary-care center opened this year in Atlantic City by Unite Here Health, a national labor-management trust fund that provides health benefits to 20,000 Unite Here Local 54 members and dependents. The center, which had its grand opening Tuesday, has three physicians and a nurse-practitioner.
May 8, 2014 |
After more than a decade of pleas, talks, threats, and work stoppages, the Convention Center board on Tuesday unanimously approved work rules supporters say will attract more big shows to the underused, taxpayer-built showplace. The substantially altered rules are meant to make it easier to fill hotels and restaurants with free-spending conventioneers. That is a vision, heretofore unmet, on which a generation of Philadelphia's leaders have bet Center City's economic future. The board's action created a rift - noteworthy in a town that has long considered itself rock-ribbed union - among the six unions that represent the 500 or so workers at the Convention Center on any given day. Four unions have signed on to the altered work rules.
January 16, 2014 |
OLD CITY Citing the growing number of women in the military, officials on Tuesday opened Philadelphia's first center to provide services specifically for women veterans. With some military officials and female veterans on hand, officials cut the ribbon at the Women Veterans Center at the Veterans Multi-Service Center on North Fourth Street in Old City before about 50 people. Women's center coordinator Aronda Smith, an Army veteran who served in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, hailed the new facility as a place of opportunity and support for women vets.
January 13, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA A 48-inch water main broke Saturday morning, flooding the parking lot of a newly developed North Philadelphia shopping plaza and causing an 80-by-60-foot cave-in, officials said. Multiple stores in Bakers Centre, which cost $58 million to build on the 3400 block of Fox Street in an industrial area and onetime food desert, were closed Saturday after 13 million gallons of water gushed through. The main broke about 4:30 a.m., and Philadelphia Water Department workers arrived to shut the pipe down by 6:20, spokesman John DiGiulio said.
January 7, 2014 |
MOORESTOWN Carved from a high school gymnasium built in 1934, the township recreation center will reopen Monday with a new look and many more programs after a $600,000 renovation. The three-story red-brick building was shuttered over the summer so the aging gym floor, air-conditioning, and mechanical systems could be upgraded. New offices and a police substation now occupy the upper floors. After a fire destroyed the Town Hall more than six years ago, officials had considered replacing the recreation center and adjacent town library as part of the rebuilding plan.
January 1, 2014 |
COLLEGEVILLE Ursinus College will establish a center for entrepreneurship to help students develop creative projects that cross disciplines and apply what they are learning on the small, liberal arts campus. As part of the effort, the 1,600-student Collegeville college will hold a competition in April to encourage students to develop ideas for a marketable product or service, or that address a social problem. The top prize will be $7,500, plus free housing for the summer so students can carry out their projects.
October 29, 2013 |
TEA-BAGGER! Marxist! Racist! Traitor! From the political name-calling you get from the extremes, you'd swear that Americans, politically, are as divided as North and South Korea and have no center. You'd be wrong. Here's the New American Center: * Photo ID at the polls: 75 percent support, 58 percent strongly; * Gun control: 60 percent want background checks and/or stronger gun laws; * Ending affirmative action in hiring and college admissions: 57 percent support; * Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants: 54 percent oppose; * The Constitution can't provide guidance for many modern problems, 54 percent agree; * Religious organizations should have no role in politics: 59 percent agree; * Increase to $10 minimum wage, 67 percent support; * Government assistance (food stamps, welfare, Medicaid)
September 23, 2013 |
The state and city officials and business and labor union representatives who oversee the Convention Center haven't fixed the national problem of too many taxpayer-funded exhibit halls chasing too few big conventions. Nor has the board rewritten the local labor contracts that pit unions protecting workers' hours against exhibitors who want to hook up their own stuff. The center's contracts have been extended into next year. But the center's board is going ahead, almost on schedule, to farm out management of the Center City complex to Conshohocken-based SMG , which beat Comcast affiliate Global Spectrum to get the job. Lawyer Greg Fox , the board's chairman, had hoped to install SMG by Oct. 1. But Gov. Corbett's budget office responded to the draft proposal with a fat file of questions, which Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni wouldn't show me because, he says, they are "pre-decisional.