September 23, 2015 |
IF YOU THOUGHT all those apocalyptic warnings about not parking on certain Center City streets during Pope Week didn't apply to you, then you're probably among the dozens of people looking for a ride to pick up your car. If you're looking for a hotel room, however, you're blessed. There's still room at the inn for you, according to the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, which represents Center City establishments. As of yesterday afternoon, 124 cars had been towed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, said deputy executive director Richard Dickson.
August 6, 2013 |
RECENTLY, THERE was some concern that NFL officials wouldn't let Eagles coach Chip Kelly dictate the pace of the game via his up-tempo offense. It ended up being a non-story. He said he understands the NFL rules and will have no trouble following them. After all, Kelly ran a blistering-quick offense at Oregon and never had any trouble there. That's not good news for opposing teams. Former Oregon center Jordon Holmes tells a story about how the Ducks were playing Tennessee when, in the third quarter, a Volunteers' defensive end said to him, "If you guys run two more plays at this speed.
October 5, 2011 |
PARKING ain't easy down in South Philly. On rough nights, you might have to circle a dozen times and smoke a coupla cigarettes before you find a spot three blocks from your house. Unless you're an off-duty police officer willing to bend the rules. In that case, Help Desk learned this week, there's a loophole in the city's parking enforcement big enough to park your car. For most people, an illegal spot isn't worth it. Philadelphia Parking Authority officers stalk the streets.
September 21, 2011
About 100 demonstrators gathered in Center City Wednesday evening to protest the scheduled execution of Troy Davis in Georgia. The protest had been announced on Twitter and other social media outlets earlier, but the crowd took police by surprise. Traffic was briefly shut down on 15th Street near City Hall. The protesters grudgingly complied with police orders to only cross the street during green lights. They waved placards and chanted for the release of Davis, who was to be executed at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the 1989 slaying of an off-duty police officer.
June 15, 2011 |
The folks desperate to save the Stiffel senior center were handed a tough numbers problem this spring: Raise $200,000 in two months, or say good-bye to the multicultural mecca at Marshall and Porter. With only $20,000 in hand this week, and the June 30 deadline looming, the South Philly center's supporters decided to pose a question of their own: What do you get when you hand placards to three dozen elderly people and ask them to walk in a circle for an hour in the noonday sun?
September 16, 2010
LETTER-writer Robert Schloss wrote that "Teachers have an allotted number of personal days, and it's not for the district or the Daily News to scrutinize when teachers use what they're entitled to. " It certainly is the business of the school district and the Daily News . Taxpayers pay teachers' salaries, and they have a right to know what they're paying for. Private industry generally requires personal days to be requested in advance....
August 23, 2010 |
When Mayor Nutter took office, he reduced the number of free parking spaces awarded to city employees and to politically connected local VIPs. But a lucky few got to keep their free spots, even though they don't work for the city. Michael Meehan, general counsel for the Republican City Committee, still parks for free in the 1500 block of Market Street. He did not return a call seeking comment. Democratic City Committee Chairman and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady nabbed a space, as did Elmer Brun, Charles Bernard, and Lou Farinella, who also work for the local party as aides to Brady.
September 10, 2008
RE THE letter "Fighting Abuse of Handicapped-parking Placards": I went to a local movie complex and was approaching a handicapped parking space when another car got there first. Oh, well, sometimes I got there first. What stunned me was when I observed a young man and woman in their early 20s jump out of the car and start running to the theater while holding hands. Ah, their youthful hearts! But not handicapped bodies! I seriously doubt that the placard belonged to that driver, passenger or car. In Center City, I've seen small commercial trucks with a handicapped placard, while the occupant was a young seemingly healthy male.
August 19, 2008
I'M WRITING on behalf of all handicapped people who have handicap plates (not placards) on their cars. It is a shame that PennDOT can't screen people with placards, as it seems that anyone and his uncle can get one. Just fill out the form and get someone pretending to be a doctor or police officer to sign it. Send it to PennDOT, get the placard and pass it on to friends or relatives so they can park in handicap areas or get out of the car and...
November 7, 2007 |
Philadelphia's ordinance prohibiting signs on utility poles and street signs might make for a neater landscape, but it violates the First Amendment when applied to political advertisements, argues a federal suit brought by an unsuccessful City Council candidate. The lawsuit, filed Oct. 30, says that a right-of-way next to a public street is a "classic public forum" for political speech, and the only reasonable advertising alternative for many candidates in local races. Plaintiff Damon K. Roberts was challenging City Council President Anna Verna in the May 15 Democratic primary, and he was assessed $4,750 in fines about one week before the polls opened.