September 4, 2014 |
FOR SOME FOLKS, the wind's howl in the night makes them grateful to be safe under cozy covers. Joe and Janet Witkowski are not among these people. In their home - a sweet little rowhouse on Rhett Road in the Northeast - the roar of wind chases them out of their bedroom, in the rear of the house, and into the living room, up front. That's because their property backs up to the forested Walton's Run section of Pennypack Park. The Witkowskis fear that a gigantic limb from one of its ancient sassafras or maple trees will crack through their roof, crushing them in their bed. Branches have plummeted before; Hurricane Sandy blew a heavy limb on top of their backyard fence.
January 28, 2014 |
James Dupree says city officials are trying to pave paradise and put up a supermarket. Dupree, a renowned Philadelphia artist, is embroiled in a bitter back-and-forth with the city over the fate of his art studio, an 8,600-square-foot building that takes up nearly a block along Haverford Avenue in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. The property was seized in December 2012 by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. The authority condemned a two-block stretch through eminent domain, a legal process that allows government to take private property, pay the owner, and develop the land for public use. When the authority seized the Mantua property, it said the surrounding neighborhood was in desperate need of a supermarket.
September 25, 2013
Hold the questions There must have been an intensive training program for local waitstaff that included a mandate to ask diners the question, "Is everything all right?" This questioning is probably proper, but I suggest that I should not always be quizzed only a moment after putting a morsel of food into my mouth. At that point, all I am able to do is nod my head - even though the broccoli may be cold and the mashed potatoes lumpy. Another possible training item is that, after requesting another cup of coffee, I more often than not hear a response of "No problem!"
September 2, 2013 |
It's not unusual to hear gunshots on the tree-lined street in an otherwise tranquil neighborhood of southern Chester County near the Delaware border. Up and down South Fairville Road in Kennett Township, more than a few residents regularly practice target shooting in their backyards. At a large farm down the road, there's a couple who even fire off cannons on occasion. But some residents began hearing gunshots at night and worried about stray bullets that could hit houses in the area, so Kennett Township supervisors are poised to vote on an ordinance this week that would restrict when and where residents can fire guns on their properties.
June 21, 2013 |
TOP NUTTER administration officials told City Council yesterday at the first public hearing on the Center City building collapse that the city isn't responsible for the work done by contractors on private property. Council members on the Special Investigatory Committee raised an array of concerns, including the minimal requirements needed to get a demolition permit; the lack of urgency that followed the citizen's complaint; and the ever-changing mix of contractors, subcontractors and day workers found on job sites, despite permits that name only a developer or "expediter," an industry term for someone who pushes through the work and approvals.
May 26, 2013 |
A Common Pleas Court judge has blocked a religious group from holding loud, racially charged demonstrations in front of the entrance to One Liberty Place at 16th and Chestnut Streets. Judge Ellen Ceisler, in a ruling issued Thursday, barred gatherings by a group that the owners of One Liberty Place said spewed hatred toward whites, women, and gays. They said the demonstrations disrupted the peace, disturbed passersby, and interferred with business at nearby shops. The group, which calls itself the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, gathered weekly, bullhorns in hand, and chanted offensive rants, according to a suit filed by the owners of One Liberty Place.
May 24, 2013 |
A RELIGIOUS GROUP spewing what the owners of One Liberty Place called hate speech against women, whites and gays can no longer demonstrate immediately outside the building's entrance, a judge ruled yesterday. The owners of the Center City building filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge. The group is frequently perched on street corners shouting at passers-by through bullhorns. Liberty Place Retail Associates, which owns the building, asked the state court to bar the group from gathering in front of the entrance to its 61-story tower at 16th and Chestnut streets.
April 5, 2013 |
TRENTON - Environmental officials are entitled to conduct searches of private property where they have grounds to suspect environmental laws have been violated, New Jersey's Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The court said in a unanimous opinion that homeowners and others who acquire permits under the state Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act agree as part of the process to allow such inspections, so long as they are conducted at reasonable times. In its 56-page opinion, the court said the government's right to search for wetlands violations carries restrictions.
March 6, 2013 |
A Common Pleas Court jury today acquitted 12 Occupy Philadelphia demonstrators arrested in a 2011 sit-in in a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Center City. The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated a total of about 13 hours since Friday before it returned, shortly before noon, to announce the verdicts: not guilty of conspiracy and defiant trespass against each of the 12 protesters. The 12 - one woman and 11 men - were arrested Nov. 18, 2011 when they staged a sit-in inside the Wells Fargo branch at 17th and Market Streets.