June 2, 2012 |
City officials have selected a joint venture of three companies to manage the planning and construction of the multi-billion-dollar expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. CH2M HILL, a Denver-based engineering and construction firm, will be the lead company, and will work with minority-owned companies Delon Hampton & Associates of Washington D.C. and CMTS Inc. of Dallas. The city has agreed to pay the team $25 million for the first four-year term of the project. The project-management team will oversee the complex financial, engineering, design and scheduling elements in preparing for the expansion of the city-owned airport, airport chief executive officer Mark Gale said Thursday.
May 22, 2012 |
In further progress toward a new lease agreement, leaders of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association and Kimmel Center Inc. have signed an amendment to their existing lease that reduces the base rent, a Kimmel spokeswoman said. The new terms were not entirely clear; a copy of the amendment was not filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court as of Monday evening. Details are expected in the orchestra's forthcoming reorganization plan. According to a statement released by both groups, the deal calls for a reduction in the rent the orchestra pays to the Kimmel, from about $2.5 million to $1.5 million annually.
May 9, 2012
Marc Staal scored a power-play goal 1 minute, 35 seconds into overtime after Brad Richards tied it in the dying seconds of regulation to lift the host New York Rangers to a stunning 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night. With goalie Henrik Lundqvist pulled for an extra attacker, Washington's Joel Ward took a four-minute penalty for high-sticking Carl Hagelin with 21.3 seconds left in the third period. Richards tied it on the first half of the power play with just 7.6 seconds to go, and Staal won it with a drive that appeared to deflect off a Washington player before beating goalie Braden Holtby.
May 9, 2012 |
ELDER GOLDWIRE Mclendon could be a contender for the Guiness Book of World Records. Yet he already considers himself blessed. "I'm highly favored, more than a conquerer through Christ," testified the Mount Olive Holy Temple church elder in a recent chat. "But if they want to put me in the book," he added with a chuckle, "I'm all for it. " For his great and abiding gospel vocal abilities, still enthralling at the tender age of 81, Mclendon has already earned much earthly praise.
April 25, 2012 |
Resolving the most quarrelsome aspect of its bankruptcy, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association has settled with the national musicians' pension fund that had threatened expensive and time-consuming litigation over the orchestra's withdrawal from it. The American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund (AFM-EPF), which had filed a $35 million claim in the case, will drop all its legal challenges in exchange for $1.75 million from the orchestra. The fund did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
April 24, 2012 |
Resolving the most quarrelsome aspect of its bankruptcy, the Philadelphia Orchestra Association has settled with the national musicians' pension fund that had threatened expensive and time-consuming litigation over the orchestra's withdrawal from the fund. The American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund (AFM-EPF), which had filed a $35 million claim in the case, will drop all its legal challenges in exchange for $1.75 million from the orchestra. The development allows the orchestra to approach bankruptcy Judge Eric L. Frank with an uncontested reorganization plan, which means - if the orchestra can wrap up talks with the Kimmel Center over a new lease - that it could be out of bankruptcy within 90 days.
April 23, 2012 |
It was 3:10 p.m. last Tuesday when Ron Savastio began to lean against the Bishop Shanahan fence - the giveaway that the fun-loving 79-year-old coach might turn serious, according to catcher Claudia Boggi. Savastio chewed and spit out a handful of sunflower seeds. He popped a piece of gum into his mouth and began chewing some more. Practice was supposed to start at 3:15, but only six girls from the undefeated Eagles had arrived, chatting and giggling. Wearing a white "Eagles Softball" shirt tucked into khaki pants, Savastio already had carried two buckets of balls to the empty dirt field and walked the 500-some feet to the outfield bleachers and back to check on the junior varsity team.
November 24, 2011
We are thankful - especially this year - for family. First, for our adorable, immensely bright grandchild adopted from China, now nine years old. Her name is Kate Lenore Stechert. She is the daughter of our oldest daughter, Barbara, and our son-in-law, Rick Stechert, of North Wales. We are thankful, too, that Kate is now Aunt Kate, even at her young age. Her older half-brother, Kyle Stechert, and his wife, Marie, welcomed baby Mia into the world this year. Kate is learning to read and write Mandarin Chinese, and is doing wonderfully in school.
October 27, 2010 |
Gov. Rendell signed an executive order Tuesday that bans further leasing of state forests for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, a move lauded by environmentalists but shrugged off by Republicans as the symbolic effort of a lame-duck leader. Rendell, who will leave office in January, signed the moratorium in a bitter denouement to the legislature's failure to enact a natural gas severance tax, which left Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for the breakdown. The governor underscored the overt political nature of Tuesday's signing ceremony at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia by using the occasion as a call to action in next Tuesday's legislative and gubernatorial elections.
October 25, 2009 |
W. Neil Barto's 180-acre Angus breeding farm reflects a man struggling with burdens. A barn has collapsed into a heap of lumber and hay. Tomatoes rot by the driveway. Rusted junk and empty bottles clutter the porch. Weeds flourish. Barto's wife, Louise, came to the door in a wheelchair. She was disabled 23 years ago in an automobile crash, and Barto quit his county job to care for her. Barto's health is not so good, either. He lost a finger to a log splitter, got a knee replacement a few years ago, and had a kidney transplant in 1995 that freed him from dialysis.