May 18, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. For J. Barrett and Janet VanDame, Franconia Township had the perfect house, just what they needed five years ago for taking care of his parents, both 95 years old. "We had been looking for something with single-floor living that could accommodate them, and this was it," Barrett VanDame says of the house they moved to from Souderton Borough. Halver and Mary VanDame have died since their son and daughter-in-law moved to this Montgomery County community, but Barrett and Janet have no intention of leaving Franconia.
April 4, 2015 |
It didn't take long for the uproar over religious-freedom laws in Indiana and Arkansas to reverberate in Pennsylvania. Democrats, including Gov. Wolf, grabbed onto the controversy this week to bolster their bid for a state ban on discrimination against members of the LGBT community. The proposal would make it illegal for businesses to fire workers or deny customers because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. It would also offer protections beyond antidiscrimination measures already passed by more than 30 municipalities, including Philadelphia, Haverford, Abington, and New Hope.
March 3, 2015 |
Freezing rain, slush, and snow made driving treacherous across much of the region Sunday, causing numerous crashes, some involving multiple injuries. The icy conditions prompted authorities to reduce the speed limit to 45 m.p.h. on most highways. More than 400 flights in and out of Philadelphia International Airport were canceled as the Federal Aviation Administration slowed traffic to cope with the storm and highway delays. Staffers were preparing to hand out cots, blankets, and water bottles if delays left travelers stranded after midnight, spokeswoman Diane Gerace said.
February 23, 2015 |
Heavy snow Saturday wreaked havoc on regional transportation systems, causing flight cancellations at Philadelphia International Airport, mass-transit delays, and a spike in motor-vehicle accidents. The Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground stop for several hours barring flights from taking off from the airport. Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said the action was taken because of the reduced visibility and high winds in the storm. The FAA lifted the ground stop in the late afternoon, but about 20 percent of flights into and out of the airport were canceled, and flight delays persisted the rest of the day. A winter storm warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Sunday.
February 9, 2015 |
It's not often I can honestly ever say these words: I just couldn't wait to get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. But ever since the Turnpike Commission decided to raise the speed limit to 70 on a stretch from Chester County west to the Blue Mountain Tunnel in June, I'd wanted to see what traffic was like and whether anything had changed. It wasn't just because I wanted to go faster. No, seriously. Driving it at the end of 2014 gave me the opportunity to see how traffic was flowing at about the halfway point of the agency's study of raised speed limits.
August 21, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A top state prosecutor told a judge Tuesday that the Attorney General's Office was "breaking new legal ground" in using "a pattern of conduct" - and not explicit "quid pro quo" evidence - as the foundation for its ambitious corruption case against Pennsylvania Turnpike officials and several others. Special Deputy Attorney General Laurel Brandstetter said that the pattern would prove that a cozy and corrupt culture permeated the turnpike leadership, and that contractors plied officials with baseball tickets, golf outings, lavish meals, and campaign donations in return for contracts.
August 20, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Lawyers for six defendants charged with corruption in connection with Pennsylvania Turnpike contracts ripped into the state prosecution Monday in a last-ditch attempt to shut down or seriously weaken the case before a forthcoming trial. The lawyers said the indictment unfairly sought to criminalize the legal practice of dunning government contractors for campaign contributions. And the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, the defense lawyers said, had fallen far short in amassing evidence tying gifts and campaign money to specific contracts.
August 13, 2014
An off-duty veteran Philadelphia police officer was killed Tuesday in a motorcycle accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Officer Seth Stellfox, identified by police sources, was riding his motorcycle on the turnpike in Cumberland County, outside Harrisburg, in the late afternoon when the accident happened. Commanders and supervisors in the department were notified around 6:30 p.m. that he had died, police sources said. Stellfox, 33, was an 11-year veteran who worked in the 39th District, at 22nd Street and Hunting Park Avenue, on the border of Nicetown and Tioga.
July 25, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The speed limit on much of the Pennsylvania Turnpike could rise to 70 m.p.h. by next summer, state officials said Wednesday. The move comes as state transportation officials increase travel speeds on several interstate highways, including sections of I-80 in northern Pennsylvania and I-380 in northeastern Pennsylvania, which will go to 70 next month. A 100-mile stretch of the turnpike, between the Blue Mountain interchange (Exit 201) and the Morgantown interchange (Exit 298)
June 20, 2014 |
Commuters are not wont to chat with toll collectors, especially during peak hours, but a woman arriving at the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Valley Forge toll plaza Wednesday morning was compelled to issue an urgent warning: The bees are coming! Within minutes, up to 40,000 bees descended on the canopy connecting the toll booths in Lanes 9, 10 and 11, slowing traffic and driving collectors from their booths. Panicked workers used their radios to alert the nearby interchange office, where they could hear the buzz of the bees over the radio's static.