October 28, 2013 |
Parx Casino in Bensalem has accounted for nearly three-quarters of all charitable donations by Pennsylvania casinos. Parx, whose parent company is 86 percent owned by Watche "Bob" Manoukian, an ethnic Armenian who calls London home, has donated $36.6 million to charity over the last six years, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The next most generous casino was Rivers in Pittsburgh, which spent $3.2 million on charitable giving and community outreach over the same period - less than a tenth of the amount donated by its cross-state rival.
October 12, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - With one condition, the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission on Thursday gave the parent company of Parx Casino in Bensalem a green light to continue its bid to build an $800 million casino south of Washington. The condition is that Greenwood Racing's chairman, Robert W. Green, end his friendship with the penny-stock swindler Robert E. Brennan, who served more than nine years in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud and obstruction of justice. Green and Brennan got to know each other in the late 1980s when Green formed a company to buy PhiladelphiaPark racetrack - now home to Parx - from Brennan's International Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. for $67 million.
July 18, 2013
Pennsylvania's 11 casinos generated $59.5 million in table game revenue in June, up 4.2 percent from a year ago. Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, with 183 tables, was the leader at $16.9 million; second place was Parx Casino in Bensalem with 166 tables, which grossed $9.1 million. Two other Philadelphia area casinos rounded out the top four - SugarHouse placed third at $6.7 million from 58 tables, and Harrah's Philadelphia grossed $6.3 million from 121 tables. For the fiscal year ending June 30, total table game revenue at the state's gambling houses was $713.1 million, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous fiscal year's total of $663.9 million.
July 17, 2013
In the Region June revenue up at Pa. casino tables Pennsylvania's 11 casinos generated $59.5 million in table games revenue in June, up 4.2 percent from a year ago. Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, with 183 tables, was the leader at $16.9 million; second place was Parx Casino in Bensalem with 166 tables, which grossed $9.1 million. Two other Philadelphia-area casinos rounded out the top four - SugarHouse placed third at $6.7 million from 58 tables, and Harrah's Philadelphia grossed $6.3 million from 121. For the fiscal year ending June 30, total table-games revenue at the state's gambling houses was $713.1 million, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous fiscal year's total of $663.9 million.
July 17, 2013 |
THOMAS DRAYTON said goodbye to Fox 29 on Friday after five years with the station. The former nighttime anchor (and Sexy Single, of course) replaced Dave Huddleston at the desk in 2008. "It has been a pleasure. You guys are unbelievable, talented, wonderful to work with," Drayton told Mike Jerrick and Sheinelle Jones of "Good Day Philadelphia. " "We want to thank Thomas for his many contributions to our station, as he was an important part of our news team for several years.
July 11, 2013 |
A 44-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested after being accused of leaving his 18-month-old son in his parked car Saturday night while he gambled at the Parx Casino, Bensalem Township's public safety director said. Danny Ngo was being held on $100,000 bail at the Bucks County Correctional Facility, Fred Harran said. Ngo was gambling inside the casino while the boy was locked inside a sweltering Lexus for 40 minutes, authorities said. The boy was hot and sweaty when he was rescued, but paramedics determined that he was in good condition, Harran said.
June 15, 2013 |
Joanna Pang, the longtime owner of the Trocadero, is a serious businesswoman, not given to superlative. Neither is respected film curator Josh Goldbloom. Yet, ask them about their newest joint venture and each turns gushing teen. "There's never been anything like this ever and the only word to describe it is awesome," exclaims Pang, talking about the summerlong Awesome Fest, with its mix of concerts, dressed-up live events, film screenings, and celebrity meet-and-greets - all around an '80s theme.
June 14, 2013
The Awesome Fest opens Friday and continues through mid-August at various venues. All information, times, dates, and prices: www.theawesomefest . com. Psychedelic Furs 8 p.m. Friday at the Trocadero, 1003 Arch St. Tickets: $20. Information: 215-922-6888, www.thetroc.com . The Awesome '80s Themed Prom and 'Pretty in Pink' screening. 8 p.m. Saturday at Parx Casino's 360 Lounge and Nightclub, 2999 Street Rd., Bensalem. Tickets: Free. Information: 1-888-588-7279, www.parxcasino.com/awesomefest .
June 4, 2013 |
As the riders approached the finish line of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic at the always grueling Manayunk Wall, little separated Evelyn Stevens of California and Joelle Numainville of Montreal. In the final moments, the outcome of Sunday's race was still in doubt. "I closed my eyes and just dug deeper at the end," Stevens said. Her digging paid off. Both were clocked in the 60-mile race in 2 hours, 33 minutes and 25 seconds, but Stevens, a Massachusetts native competing for the Specialized-Lululemon team, crossed the finish line first to capture the $5,000 first prize in the women's race.
May 30, 2013
What: The inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic When: Sunday Schedule: Women's pro race, 8:30 a.m.; men's pro race, noon. Course: 12-mile circuit. Men's race is 10 laps for 120 miles, women's race five laps for 60 miles. The start and finish are at the "Manayunk Wall. " The rest is on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill to Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill, then returning to Manayunk along Main Street. Purse: $60,000 total. Men and women $30,000 each, including $5,000 each for King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain.