September 25, 2015 |
Burlington County freeholders put off the day of reckoning for the Centerton Bridge after hearing emotional testimony from residents for whom the 112-year-old span has been a scenic shortcut. Recognizing residents' attachment to the two-lane span between Mount Laurel and Willingboro, which was shut in April after it was found to be structurally deficient, the freeholders postponed an expected vote this week on demolishing it. The board decided to hold another hearing in the next few weeks before proceeding with the vote.
June 29, 2015 |
Consider it Philadelphia's very own Stonehenge, a towering structure of mysterious origin on the Delaware waterfront that faces the morning sun, and that every summer weekend receives hordes of pilgrims who gather around its base. True, they're usually there for a music festival, not to worship at the four-story, concrete megalith draped with a "Welcome to Penn's Landing" banner. The plinth has loomed over the riverfront for so long an entire generation probably has no idea what purpose it was meant to serve.
February 7, 2015 |
More than a century after being built between two country roads, the one-lane Chandler Mill Bridge is largely unchanged. The rest of Chester County, however, has changed. Minutes away from the Kennett Township structure, cars and tractor-trailers rumble along Route 1. Developments are multiplying. It's no surprise that old and new interests collided at the picturesque bridge, but the outcome was unlikely. Last month, the township supervisors agreed to spend $1 million to acquire and preserve the bridge as a pedestrian walkway, scuttling a county plan to demolish it and replace it with a two-lane thoroughfare.
August 30, 2014
ISSUE | LABOR DEAL Own up, don't blame If my plane takes off at 2:00 but I arrive at the airport at 2:05, it is my fault that I missed it ("Carpenters ready and willing to work," Aug. 26). The Convention Center set a deadline for the unions. Two out of six missed the deadline. Whose fault was that? Union leaders are not doing their members any favors by blaming management. Union members should elect more responsible leaders who can follow the rules. Large ads in newspapers complaining about being locked out only serve to pass the buck for their irresponsibility.
August 18, 2014 |
Community improvement projects across the region have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development changed its low- and moderate-income maps in the middle of the grant process. The update, which happened in June, took some local officials by surprise and has them scrambling to find money for such projects as a pedestrian bridge at a Hatboro-Horsham school and improvements to the Ambler Community Center. Montgomery County had already selected the projects to fund when HUD updated the maps.
April 28, 2014 |
St. Joseph's University truly is the home of the Hawks. They've got the birds to prove it. Two red-tailed hawks have nested in a towering pine on the lawn of McShain Hall, a freshman residence next to the pedestrian bridge that arches over City Avenue into Philadelphia. The university community is enthralled with the birds, monitoring them via a "Hawkcam" set up April 2 on the fifth floor of McShain. There are signs that chicks are on the way. "Everybody's got their fingers crossed," Michael McCann, biology professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said Thursday.
April 27, 2014 |
St. Joseph's University really is the home of the Hawks. They've got the birds to prove it. Two red-tailed hawks have nested in a towering pine on the lawn of McShain Hall, a freshman residence next to the pedestrian bridge that arches over City Avenue into Philadelphia. The university community is enthralled with the birds, monitoring them via a "Hawkcam" set up April 2 on the fifth floor of McShain. There are signs chicks are on the way. "Everybody's got their fingers crossed," Michael McCann, biology professor and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said Thursday.
April 3, 2014 |
Villanova University has cleared a major hurdle in its expansion plans, which include building dormitories on an existing parking lot along Lancaster Avenue. The Radnor Township Board of Commissioners voted late Monday night to approve zoning changes for the estimated $300 million project, a step that took two years and drew strong opposition from some residents. Villanova wants to build new dormitories, a performing arts center, parking garage, and campus bookstore. A vocal group of residents has spent thousands of dollars and has packed meetings to fight the plans, which some said would increase traffic and noise while bringing an unwanted urban feel to their Main Line community in Delaware County.
March 18, 2014 |
PENNSAUKEN Just after his van struck and killed a pedestrian on Admiral Wilson Boulevard early Sunday morning, the driver got out of his vehicle to help - only to be hit by a vehicle that fled the scene. The tragic sequence of events occurred about 3:10 a.m. at the intersection of Admiral Wilson Boulevard and Lee Avenue, police said. The pedestrian, a 31-year-old man whose name was not released, was walking across the highway when he was hit, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
January 31, 2014 |
NOTRE DAME yesterday announced a $400 million plan to expand its 84-year-old football stadium, adding thousands of premium seats plus new buildings at the "House that Rockne Built. " The new buildings will house a student center on the west side, the anthropology and psychology departments and a digital media center on the east side and music and sacred music departments on the south side, leaving the side facing Touchdown Jesus unchanged. The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, called it "the most ambitious building project in the 172-year history of Notre Dame," saying more space was needed to accommodate the university's broadening research activity.