August 17, 2015 |
On Thursday, 4,500 people dressed in white, having paid for the privilege of lugging their own tables, chairs, and picnic dinners, will gather at an as-yet-undisclosed location in Philadelphia, then ceremoniously wave their napkins and share a meal. It's the fourth annual Diner en Blanc, Philadelphia - a radical act of public dining that has been polarizing in a city where the preferred alfresco meal is still a cheesesteak. Yet, 30,000 people have joined a wait-list (those who previously attended or were invited get first dibs)
July 31, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, owner of Exton Square Mall in Chester County, plans to demolish the site's Kmart building and replace it with a large-format organic grocery store. PREIT chief executive Joseph Coradino told analysts in a conference call Wednesday that the grocer would be named in the coming days. A lease for 55,000 square feet has been executed, he said. Philadelphia-based PREIT also has identified a dine-in movie theater and a bowling-and-entertainment center as prospective tenants for the former site of a 118,000-square-foot J.C. Penney Co. store at Exton Square, Coradino said.
July 30, 2015 |
TODAY, I WILL NOT need to stop at the cemetery to visit the grave of my little girl. Nor will I have to escort her to dialysis appointments, emotionally draining visits to the ER, or endure any long hospital stays. It was not long ago, however, when I feared those excursions would become a routine and I was terrified I'd eventually be spending a good deal of my time grieving for my daughter in a cemetery. But today, instead of walking into a quiet, lifeless house after work, I will enter a home full of love and be greeted by my precious child who was never supposed to live.
July 29, 2015 |
ONE OF Sachi Mallach's main characteristics was optimism. And it was catching. Optimism gave Sachi the spirit and drive to make a successful career in fundraising and development for the many educational and charitable organizations she worked for over the years. And there was little doubt that same optimism infected those she dealt with, encouraging them to believe in her and the mission to which she dedicated her life. Sachiko Suzanne Mallach died July 1 after a five-year battle with cancer.
June 30, 2015 |
IT WAS BACK to the 18th century at Century 21 yesterday after a power outage left the department store and 300 other Center City customers without electricity for eight hours. The outage, which stemmed from a problem with an underground cable on 9th Street near Race in Chinatown, occurred about 7:30 a.m., PECO Energy Co. spokeswoman Liz Williamson said. With crews working on it throughout the day, power was restored to all but three customers as of 3:30 p.m., Williamson said.
June 28, 2015 |
The Kenney campaign is looking for a few good community organizers. Or, to be more accurate, a few good community organizers-to-be. "We want to have anchors in all parts of the city," said Lauren Hitt, spokeswoman for Philadelphia Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney. "We want people who believe in Jim or who believe in their community or who just want a voice in city government. " To that end - and to help register new voters - the campaign is looking for volunteers in its "Summer Organizing Fellowship for Jim Kenney.
June 26, 2015 |
Come to Mama. You'll have lots of company. Mama Duck, the world's largest known rubber ducky, will be making its Philadelphia-area debut on the Delaware River as part of the Tall Ships Festival Thursday afternoon. Weighing in at 11 tons and soaring 61 feet, the duck, which has drawn throngs around the globe, will be pulled by a tug for part of the 1 p.m. Parade of Sail, said organizer Craig Samborski of Minnesota-based Draw Events. Then, for the rest of the festival, which ends Sunday, this mountain of yellow vinyl with the friendly countenance will reign over the Camden waterfront.
June 23, 2015 |
Anne Marie Jones is bracing herself to tell a story of drug addiction, prostitution, and recovery to a city preparing for a pope. The 48-year-old mother of three clawed her way out of a life on the streets with the help of Dawn's Place, a residential treatment program for women involved in human trafficking. "Here, I found immediate peace and safety," said Jones, sitting at a table at the program's headquarters, where she is now a peer mentor. Jones is scheduled to share her story on Monday at a news conference to announce the formation of a charitable fund aimed at ensuring that the visit of Pope Francis, scheduled for Sept.
June 17, 2015 |
THE NHL DRAFT is June 26-27. In order to know where the Flyers are going, it is important to recognize where they are coming from. With the benefit of one year since last June's draft, here is a ranking of the top 15 prospects in the Flyers' organization in order of predicted NHL success: 1. TRAVIS SANHEIM Position: Defense Age: 19 (March 29, 1996) Drafted: 2014, Round 1 (17th overall) 2014-15 team: Calgary Hitmen (WHL) Key stat: 83 points in 84 games, including WHL playoffs.
June 9, 2015 |
With multiple proposals for oil and natural gas pipelines into and through New Jersey - and a slew of organizations fighting those proposals - one state environmental group is hoping a soft-spoken activist can organize the pipeline opposition. Thomas A. Gilbert, 45, a longtime activist known for his land preservation work, will begin working June 15 as a campaign director at New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Currently, pipeline proposals are evaluated case-by-case by a range of governmental agencies: the PennEast pipeline carrying natural gas into New Jersey from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale fracking region, the Diamond East pipeline on a similar track, the Pilgrim Oil pipeline to carry Bakken shale oil, and the New Jersey Natural Gas and South Jersey Gas pipelines through the Pine Barrens.