August 27, 2016 |
Hours after the FBI raided Bobby Henon's City Hall office, the councilman fired off a statement on Twitter. "Any seniors out there need a PA Senior Citizen Transit ID card?" he tweeted. "My office can help!" In the three weeks since, it has been more of the same, a string of business-as-usual posts about community cleanup days and free financial-planning courses that belie the trouble Henon seems to be in with federal authorities. The councilman has repeatedly refused to answer questions.
August 2, 2016
The Free Library of Philadelphia said Mayor Kenney has appointed Maria Arias, Doug Carney, and Anuj Gupta to its board of trustees. Arias is vice president of diversity and inclusion at Comcast Corp. Carney, a registered architect, is the senior vice president for facilities, real estate, energy, design and construction at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Gupta is general manager of Reading Terminal Market. Daemion Counseling Center, a 45-year-old nonprofit mental-health agency in Berwyn, has named the following board members: Kenneth Chen, director of digital marketing at BTC, Wayne; Joseph Koebele, research analyst at West Capital Management, Philadelphia; Jean Hughes, senior producer-director at Vanguard Media Services, Malvern; and Emily Magee, supervisor of Flagship Services at the Vanguard Group, Malvern.
July 28, 2016 |
In a contest between the Philly cheesesteak and New York cheesecake, which comes out on top as the big cheese? In the NY/PA Food Fight, a competition that matched five classic Philadelphia foods with five New York City counterparts Tuesday, Philadelphia just barely came out on top. For many, it was a welcome and lighthearted respite from the drama and party turmoil of the first days of the Democratic National Convention. The event starred U.S. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D., Pa.) and Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.)
July 14, 2016
The wholesale failure of SEPTA's new commuter railcars has been inconvenient, unsettling, and, to the extent transit officials cast it as the public's problem rather than theirs, exasperating. But it was not entirely unforeseeable. The tortuous process that led to SEPTA's star-crossed purchase of the 120 Hyundai Rotem cars now sidelined with structural flaws produced more warning signals than an active railroad crossing. To wit: SEPTA preliminarily awarded the quarter-billion-dollar contract to a Hyundai-led consortium in 2004 even though the agency's staff ranked the proposal last of four bids.
July 13, 2016
LAST WEEKEND was a cesspool on social media. I was using Twitter and Facebook to keep up with local protests against police shootings that I feared would go bad, and some did - though not as bad as they could have. At one, participants were shouting extreme things like, "No justice till there are dead f---g police. " That's repulsive, especially in the wake of the assassination of five Dallas police officers after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. Then I started to get screenshots of ignorant posts on Facebook from people who are apparently Philadelphia police officers.
June 22, 2016 |
A life celebration will be held Wednesday, June 22, for Walter R. Hertler, 74, of Bryn Mawr, a trailblazing Philadelphia restaurateur, who died Thursday, June 2, of cancer at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Known as "Wally," Mr. Hertler had a knack for anticipating where the city's next hot spot would be, and moved quickly to establish elegant bar-eateries that helped spawn Center City's "restaurant renaissance" in the 1970s. In 1976, he took an antique bar from a derelict tavern and installed it in a building at Fourth and Bainbridge Streets in Queen Village.
May 12, 2016 |
Has Philadelphia's famous "councilmanic prerogative" been used in Point Breeze to encourage construction of affordable housing, or to punish a political foe? That was the question a federal jury had to grapple with Tuesday in the first day of trial for a lawsuit developer Ori Feibush filed against City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. Feibush, who lost the 2015 Democratic primary election for the Second District to Johnson, said his projects had been repeatedly stymied and opposed by Johnson and his staff.
March 15, 2016 |
AS ANTON MOORE and Nakia Carr got out of a car at Hollywood and Morris Streets in South Philly on Friday night, gunshots rang out. "We heard 'pow, pow, pow.' I said, 'What the hell?' It was not even a half a block up the street," said Moore, 30, president and founder of Unity in the Community. Not that they were surprised, really. Gunshots are an all-too-familiar sound in that neighborhood. Two days earlier, they'd been there going door-to-door imploring parents to monitor their children and to ensure there were no illegal guns in their houses.
March 2, 2016 |
THE THOUSAND or so hand-painted faces looking down from the buttery walls of the Palm restaurant are full of smiles, for the most part. Mr. T isn't happy, of course, and it's hard to tell how the collies (Dixie and Pumpkin) feel, but most faces are beaming, from Rob Lowe's brother, Chad, to former Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones and the actor Lorenzo Lamas, who played Lance Cumson on the 1980s TV show Falcon Crest . Chad who? Falcon what? Isn't Donnie Jones the Eagles' punter? That's been the problem lately at the Palm.