February 16, 2015 |
IN 2011, JOE CALTAGIRONE, a bartender/actor from Port Richmond, was watching TV coverage of angry "Arab Spring" crowds toppling leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, when he suddenly flashed back 30 years. Caltagirone remembered being in a thrift store on Kensington Avenue in the 1980s, browsing through the "All Books 10 Cents" shelves, when he came upon an old Kensington High School for Girls library copy of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar. " Caltagirone, 61, remembers thinking, "When a book's down to 10 cents, it's two feet from the trash can. Caesar and Shakespeare for a dime!
January 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia Gas Works is measuring the market to potentially expand its liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Port Richmond. The city utility on Monday announced it is accepting nonbinding proposals for the purchase of LNG. The response will help PGW decide if it wants to expand its capacity to produce LNG, for which there is a growing market as a transport fuel or for use in areas unserved by natural gas pipelines. The deadline for responses is Jan. 23. PGW last year sold the equivalent of 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas to long-haul trucking companies and to companies extracting natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region.
January 1, 2015 |
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hired a consulting firm for $1 million to help a panel convened by the states' two governors analyze the embattled agency. The contract with Promontory Financial Group L.L.C. raises the price tag of the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, which already had saddled taxpayers and toll-payers with millions of dollars in legal fees. Gov. Christie of New Jersey and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York released the panel's 103-page report on the future of the Port Authority late Saturday in a joint news release in which they announced they had vetoed a proposed legislative overhaul of the agency.
December 29, 2014 |
The governors of New Jersey and New York late Saturday vetoed legislation passed unanimously by each state's legislature to overhaul the operations of the Port Authority, and instead endorsed their own plan to revamp the troubled bistate agency. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, had until Saturday to take action on the legislation, which needed the signature of each state's governor. About 6 p.m., Cuomo and Gov. Christie, a Republican, jointly released and endorsed a 103-page report compiled by a special panel the governors convened in May in the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal, which laid bare cross-Hudson rivalries among leaders of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
December 28, 2014 |
David Samson, the former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a close ally of Gov. Christie, has dropped a lawsuit that sought to block a state ethics probe into alleged conflicts of interest between his role in a public office and the private business interests of his law firm. Samson and his firm, Wolff & Samson, withdrew their lawsuit Wednesday, court records show. Casey Woods, legal specialist for the state Ethics Commission, confirmed that the suit had been dropped but said he could not "comment on any open investigations.
December 12, 2014 |
The on-again, off-again reopening of the Franklin Square PATCO station is on again. The Delaware River Port Authority board on Wednesday approved $500,000 in the agency's 2015 capital budget to examine reopening the "ghost station," closed since 1979. The long-range DRPA budget estimates the total cost of reopening the station beneath Sixth and Race Streets at $12 million. No date was set for reopening it. The rebirth of the once-seedy Franklin Square park above the station and new development nearby has brought renewed bustle to the area and renewed interest in again using the station.
October 18, 2014 |
Vice President Biden toured a dredging barge at Penn's Landing on Thursday to show support for the project to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel. Biden, the latest high-profile politician to visit the region in recent days, was flanked by a phalanx of Pennsylvania Democrats - U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., and U.S. Reps. Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah. Before delivering remarks on the ongoing deepening of the Delaware, Biden and the delegation were taken on a tour of the large barge by Brian Puckett, project manager for Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Co. The vessel's main feature, a dredging bucket that can haul as much as two dump trucks, immediately caught Biden's eye. "That's a hell of a bucket," the vice president said after walking a gangplank onto the ship.
September 18, 2014 |
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority will seek "expressions of interest" to develop the 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. The board agreed at its monthly meeting Tuesday to accept proposals - called "request for expressions of interest" - from terminal operators, steamship lines, automobile manufacturers, energy companies, and investment firms with ideas for the maritime property, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge on the Delaware.
September 10, 2014 |
It's the stuff of reality television: a Battle of the Port Titans. Two prominent marine-terminal operators with big stakes in the Delaware River each want to manage and control some of the 200 acres known as Southport, at the eastern end of the Navy Yard, south of the Walt Whitman Bridge. Vying for the millions of dollars in business opportunities that could result: John Brown Jr., president of Penn Warehousing and Distribution Inc., a paper-import company that operates from Piers 38 and 40 and 78 and 80, who also runs Murphy Marine Services at the Port of Wilmington; and the Holt family, whose companies operate the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal and Gloucester Terminals L.L.C.
August 22, 2014 |
Was it sabotage? A federal judge didn't think so. He called it a case of the "broker wars" at the Port of Philadelphia. Ozburn-Hessey Logistics, one of the world's largest third-party logistics companies, sued when 10 employees left to start a rival U.S. Customs brokerage in Philadelphia. Customs brokers help importers clear perishable produce through customs inspections at U.S. ports before it is delivered to grocery stores. Philadelphia is a major perishables port, and about 150 companies ship fresh produce through here, noted U.S. District Judge L. Felipe Restrepo.