March 17, 2015 |
More than a decade after a group of urban pioneers living in the Loft District suggested the abandoned Reading Railroad viaduct could be repurposed as an elevated park, an unusual partnership will make the idea a reality and enable construction to start this summer on the first phase of the project. The William Penn and Knight Foundations plan to formally announce Monday that they are joining forces and checkbooks to fund $11 million worth of park improvements in Philadelphia, primarily in underserved neighborhoods.
March 7, 2015 |
In the moments before Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig lost her life in a West Oak Lane house fire, her coworker Nyree Bright stood at the top of a stairway filled with flames. Bright, on the job for just over two years, was holding the nozzle on a hose - the first line of attack in a predawn basement fire last Dec. 9. Her lieutenant and Craig, a decorated 11-year veteran working an overtime shift, were behind her. Minutes earlier, when they had walked into the house on the 1600 block of Middleton Street, only a light, hazy smoke had filled the first floor.
February 16, 2015 |
A father-and-son team, Harvey and Noah Ostroff, is aiming to build and sell high-end townhouses for suburban-type buyers who love the nightlife - and might want to live at 22d and Walnut Streets in Center City. With partners Michael Murray and Howard Siegal, the company, Center City Development, already has completed Lombard Estates and Rittenhouse Estates, townhouses bigger and wider than is typical for Philadelphia that are for sale at 18th and 19th Streets at Lombard. They're repeating the model with the development of Walnut Estates at a corner that is now a parking lot. Starting price: $2.25 million a home.
February 13, 2015 |
Raymond L. Lex, 86, of Sewell, a former partner in the Chestnut House restaurant in Westville, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday, Feb. 9, at Woodbury Mews, an assisted living community. Mr. Lex grew up near Shibe Park in North Philadelphia, and ended his education at the eighth grade to help support his family. "His parents had a fish market," said daughter Carol. "He stopped going to school because he was the youngest and he was needed in the market. " Mr. Lex's father, Howard, had been a cook in the Army.
January 21, 2015 |
Out to help improve the beer-drinking experience, the Philadelphia life-sciences company Invisible Sentinel Inc. has entered into partnerships with four brewing companies for final validation of its Veriflow brewPAL. The technology by the University City start-up claims to be the first to provide same-day detection of pediococcus and lactobacillus, bacteria that attach to grain and can spoil the taste of beer. Last fall, Invisible Sentinel announced a partnership with Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown to work on validation of Veriflow brewPAL.
January 16, 2015 |
JON A. BAUGHMAN was an outstanding Philadelphia lawyer - but that's not all he was. "He was a man of total integrity, who loved life, loved his family and loved his job," said his lawyer son, Michael E. Baughman. His father was a man who delighted in feeding the homeless on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with his church, playing tennis and nurturing seeds in his garden in Fort Washington to produce corn, tomatoes and peppers and flowering fruit trees. But most of all, Jon Baughman, longtime partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP, was a family man. "I keep hearing what a great lawyer he was," said his son. "But he was an even greater father.
December 20, 2014 |
Nextdoor.com, a for-profit social-networking site, and the Nutter administration announced a partnership Thursday that will enable the city to communicate directly with Nextdoor's 17,000 local users. It will allow the city to more narrowly focus its online interactions with residents who belong to the online network. The Streets Department, for example, will be able to send a notification of a street closing to residents in the affected neighborhoods. "This offers us a cost-effective method to communicate with residents in a targeted way," Managing Director Rich Negrin said.
December 12, 2014 |
BEHIND every successful woman on television, there's a man (or two) causing her headaches. Or so it seems this season, in which fictional women are getting ahead - running law firms, embassies, record companies, even the country itself - while the men in their lives flounder. Or worse. Worse would be Dennis Boyd (Mark Moses), the professor husband of Martha Boyd (Laila Robins) on Showtime's "Homeland. " He committed treason on his wife's watch as ambassador to Pakistan, leading to a bloody attack on the U.S. embassy.
November 26, 2014 |
Morgan Lewis & Bockius L.L.P., the Center City-based law firm, announced Monday that it had finalized its acquisition of Bingham McCutchen of Boston, creating one of the world's largest firms and extending Morgan Lewis's dominance in the U.S. legal market. With the addition of 510 Bingham McCutchen lawyers, as well as about 250 additional staff, Morgan Lewis will have more lawyers in the United States than any other firm. Worldwide, the firm will rank among the top five, with just under 2,000 lawyers and revenue of about $2 billion a year.
November 1, 2014 |
A Philadelphia police officer fired a shot at a car that was dragging his partner in a case that led to a chase Wednesday night, police said. The man, Ronald Gaskins, 34, was a suspect in a Monday abduction in which a woman was bound with duct tape and left in a car, police said. Around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, patrol officers in the 15th District spotted a dark-green Toyota parked on the 7300 block of Ditman Street that matched the description of the car in the abduction. When the officers approached the car, Gaskins, who was sitting inside, reversed the car, and the sweater of one of the officers got snagged on the side of the car, police said.