January 10, 2014 |
RADNOR With new state standards and worries over America's slipping academic standing, interest in early childhood education has never been stronger - President Obama last year declared that "the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. " But in affluent Radnor Township on the Main Line, a move to expand to full-day kindergarten this fall has spurred an unexpected reaction: Opposition from a growing number of parents complaining about school overcrowding and disruptions, and the end of a half-day option.
December 13, 2013 |
Chun "Tony" Tong sat at the dining room table in his Devon apartment Tuesday, sipping coffee and fighting back tears as he discussed the new push to find his wife's killer. "I am very happy" police reopened the case after 20 years, Tong said. "I want to know who killed her. " Tong was at work on June 26, 1993, when Jennifer Tong's body was found in the backseat of her car, with a gunshot to the head. Radnor Township police announced last month that they had reopened the case, saying they were hopeful new advances in fingerprint and DNA technology might yield leads.
December 11, 2013 |
Katie Koestner was a freshman at the College of William and Mary in the fall of 1990 when she met a fellow student she described as having awesome hair, a great jawline, and buttons on his shirt. "I thought he was fantastic," she said. Then he raped her, she said. Koestner, now director of Campus Outreach Services in Wayne, spoke Monday before a group of about 100 counselors, teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officials about date rape and risky behavior at the Radnor Township Municipal Building.
December 5, 2013 |
RADNOR - As a major with the Air Force Reserve, John J. Murphy thought his extensive military record would be an asset when he applied to be manager of Radnor Township. Instead, he contends, it cost him the job. Lawyers for Murphy and the township are meeting this week to discuss a possible trial date on Murphy's claims that the Radnor Township Board of Commissioners discriminated against him on the basis of his military service: They didn't hire him, Murphy alleges, because they worried that his commitment to the Reserve would require him to leave town too often.
December 5, 2013 |
Northeast Ship Repair , the Boston-based firm that has been stripping aged Navy guided-missile frigates at the old Philadelphia Navy Yard under an $8.5 million government contract, has been sold for about $18.5 million to a Radnor investment firm and its partners. "It's a good investment: There are maybe five dry docks on the East Coast that can handle ships 750 feet or bigger, and they're not building any new" installations, said Andrew Panzo , general partner at NewSpring Capital in Radnor.
November 9, 2013 |
Radnor Township has a deal to buy 71 acres of the storied Ardrossan Estate, preserving at least a slice of the rambling Main Line property where socialite Hope Montgomery Scott once waltzed, accumulated marriage proposals, and inspired Broadway and then Hollywood to produce The Philadelphia Story. The township has agreed to pay Scott's grandson Edgar "Eddie" Scott III, a family spokesman and real estate broker, $11.6 million for three separate tracts near the 47-acre Willows, a township mansion and park, Commissioner Bill Spingler said.
November 5, 2013 |
Qlik Technologies Inc., better known as QlikTech, has been on a roll lately, adding customers worldwide from its Radnor headquarters. QlikTech has also been winning kudos in the tech community for its easy-to-use data analytics software. Even so, Lars Björk, 51, wasn't having his best day recently. QlikTech's chief executive had just returned from a 10-day bicycle trip in Africa with the founder of HopeHIV, a charity that helps African children orphaned by AIDS. The ride was great.
October 31, 2013 |
VILLANOVA Kinara Patel's drinking binge began and ended in a Villanova University dorm room. Radnor police say that three days after returning to Villanova in August for her sophomore year, the 18-year-old from Hackensack, N.J., started drinking in Sullivan Hall, one of the largest dorms on campus, with 400 students. She moved on to Maloney's Pub in Bryn Mawr, then returned to the dorm for more partying. Patel was found unresponsive just before 10 a.m. the next day. The Delaware County medical examiner said she died of acute alcohol poisoning.
October 26, 2013 |
It has been 20 years since the body of Jennifer Tong was discovered in a car left on a tree-lined Delaware County street. Now, Radnor Township police are hoping improvements in DNA and fingerprint technology will give them the assist they need to solve the cold case. "About a month ago, we decided to give this case another look," William Colarulo, the police superintendent, said Thursday. He added that some details in the case "just don't add up. " In June 1993, Tong's body was found in a kneeling position in the backseat of her 1993 Toyota Camry with a single gunshot to the head.
October 12, 2013 |
The continuing rush to profit from the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania and elsewhere has pushed PVR Partners L.P., a Radnor-based energy firm, into the $5.6 billion embrace of a Texas pipeline operator. Regency Energy Partners L.P., with headquarters in Dallas, purchased PVR on Thursday for $3.88 billion in stock and cash while taking on $1.8 billion in debt. The deal, expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014, almost triples PVR's estimated value of $2 billion just 18 months ago, when it plunged deeper into the natural gas pipeline business with the purchase of Chief Gathering L.L.C.'s pipeline system, which services the state's Marcellus Shale region.