April 1, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA When the city cut a deal in 2012 for a holding company, Kenpor L.P., to take and rehab about 100 properties in Kensington and Port Richmond that had been in foreclosure after Robert Coyle, convicted of fraud, defaulted on $10 million in mortgages in 2009, Sandy Saltzman was skeptical. "We really were worried about the fact that these properties were in such poor condition that they were not going to be able to be taken care of in the way they needed to be," said Saltzman, executive director of the New Kensington Community Development Corp.
March 30, 2014 |
TRENTON - David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, resigned Friday amid continued political fallout over lane closures last fall at the George Washington Bridge. Gov. Christie, speaking to reporters at a Statehouse news conference, said the decision was Samson's and did not implicate Samson in the bridge scandal, which has spawned legislative and federal investigations. The resignation, effective immediately, comes a day after the law firm representing Christie's office released a report absolving the governor and his current staff of any responsibility for the September traffic jams.
March 10, 2014 |
ABOARD THE CRYSTAL SERENITY - I'm sitting beside a pool in the Bay of Biscay, sipping a gin and tonic as a Thai band plays a vigorous rendition of Van Halen's "Jump. " A life-sized Barbie in a black-fringed thong bikini has just lowered herself into the water, no doubt inducing heart palpitations and several cases of whiplash among the men relaxing on the Lido Deck around me. That might seem to be sufficient excitement for one afternoon, but all eyes are directed upward when a crimson helicopter appears overhead, dangling two black-clad men from cables.
February 28, 2014 |
Cargoes were up 15.1 percent in 2013 in the Port of Philadelphia, the fourth consecutive year for gains and an indicator the economy is recovering, officials said. More steel, more paper, more cocoa beans, and more sugar accounted for the increase. Total tonnage: 5.1 million. The year was not all rosy. Unconventional cargoes, known as "project cargoes," were down 10.8 percent. Automobile imports from Hyundai and Kia were down 9.8 percent, due in part to labor strife in South Korea and Japanese automakers' bouncing back to regain market share, said Robert Blackburn, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority's senior deputy executive director.
February 22, 2014 |
TRENTON Republican lawmakers on Thursday pitched changes to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arguing that the Legislature should act now to address problems at the agency as investigations continue into the George Washington Bridge lane closures. At a Statehouse news conference, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R., Union) and other Republicans said the ongoing nature of the legislative probe should not preclude adoption of policies to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority.
February 22, 2014 |
Eugene Nowakowski and his wife spent the night at a Red Cross shelter following a water-main break Wednesday that flooded the basement of his Port Richmond home and left him without water or heat. As he prepared to spend a second night at the Red Cross House in West Philadelphia, what pained him most was the water damage to his custom-made Ken Smith bass guitar. "You can't buy it anywhere. It was made just for me," an angry Nowakowski said Thursday night. The water-main break Wednesday afternoon flooded the basement of at least a dozen homes in the 3000 block of Livingston Street, where the 55-year-old Nowakowski has lived for two decades.
January 24, 2014
L UIS TORRADO, 46, of Old City, owns Torrado Construction Co., a general contractor in Port Richmond. Torrado worked as a subcontractor on three local projects for a Texas-based construction-management firm that manages Barnes & Noble College Bookstores' construction accounts. Torrado, a North Philadelphia native, started the firm in 1996. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the biz? A: While I was a student at Community College of Philadelphia, I got a part-time job with an electrical contractor in Center City who was working on Liberty Place I. Later, I worked for a contractor who [mentored]
January 18, 2014 |
Over the years, firefighters have been called many times to Richmond Street just under I-95 in Port Richmond. There, where four rail lines cross the roadway, lurks a long-haul trucker's nightmare - a set of trestles with low clearances and a tendency to rip the tops off taller trailers. The solution, more often than not, has been to flatten the rig's tires and gradually ease out the trapped trailer. All that is going to end, officials said Thursday, but Richmond Street will be closed between Lehigh Avenue and Cambria Street beginning Thursday for about two years to make it happen.
January 17, 2014
Buzz: Hey, Marnie - my brother gave us some tiny wine glasses. What the heck can I do with those? Marnie: I bet those are pony glasses, Buzz, used for serving fortified wines or dessert wines. Sometimes called sherry or port glasses, they're for wines best enjoyed in smaller servings. Buzz: You wine people are so weird. Everyone knows bigger is better. Who would choose to drink less instead of more? Marnie: This is the norm for wines that are either very sweet, very strong or both.
December 6, 2013 |
For a group of young, culturally diverse artists, the epiphany came two years ago. Sharing a workspace in the emerging creative haven of Port Richmond, the five decided pooling their talents and opportunities would pay off faster than individual struggle. Amber Art & Design was born, and already the public-art collective has left an impressive imprint, including the Roots mural honoring the Philly hip-hop neo-soul ensemble presented over the summer at Broad and South Streets.