July 16, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney wants Washington to take another look at renovation plans for the old Family Court building after they were rejected by federal officials. Kenney has written to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, asking to meet with her after a subsidiary agency's decision not to qualify the project for tax breaks under a historic preservation program. The request comes as the developer Peebles Corp. approaches its deadline to have permits and funding in place to convert the city-owned building at 1801 Vine St. into a hotel about two years after it was awarded the job. "The mayor has reached out to the Secretary of the Interior," Kenney spokeswoman Ajeenah Amir said in an email Wednesday.
July 7, 2016 |
Aaron Altherr is on his way back. The 25-year-old Phillies outfielder, who injured his left wrist when diving for a ball in spring training, began taking live batting practice and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment next week. The damage was severe, as the sheath that holds the wrist tendon in place was torn. The Phillies originally said that Altherr, who has a history of wrist problems, would miss four to six months after surgery on March 9. If he spends the maximum 20 days on his rehab assignment, his recovery time will fall around the five-month mark.
July 3, 2016 |
Stanley Anderson had been in recovery programs before, but this time was different. His family said he seemed to be succeeding at Self Help Movement, an all-male inpatient drug and alcohol treatment program in the Byberry section of Northeast Philadelphia. "My brother was trying to get his life together," said Christopher Anderson, the oldest of four brothers. "This time he was really going to turn the corner and not look back. " In a tragic twist, Stanley Anderson, 53, was killed Thursday by an alleged drunk driver who ran a red light and hit him as he walked across Roosevelt Boulevard, police said.
July 1, 2016 |
The shipping container, the kind one sees on a freight train, appears out of place, sitting alone on the lawn next to a Chester County church, on a quiet stretch of road facing green open fields. But it will fit right in with other containers as the final piece of a community center for orphans and the families who care for them in a town in South Africa. "It'll be wonderful to see kids using this," said Cammy Brantzeg, a church member who is leading the makeover project with her husband, Tony, both of whom were trained as actuaries and have no professional construction experience.
June 24, 2016 |
READING - Wednesday night did not exactly begin the way Vince Velasquez had planned. The Phillies pitcher forgot to retrieve his toll ticket when entering the Pennsylvania Turnpike en route to Reading for a rehab start. He was required upon exiting to pay the maximum fee. Velasquez then allowed a home run to the first batter he faced at double-A Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium. It was a frustrating start, but Velasquez recovered. The righthander gave up just one more hit and threw 76 pitches in five innings of a 4-1 win against Akron.
June 24, 2016 |
READING - Phillies starter Vince Velasquez learned two things on his rehab trip to Reading on Wednesday. One, was that it went well out there on the mound. He threw 76 pitches in five innings and felt no discomfort in his previously strained right biceps. The second lesson involved the toll policy of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Those without E-Z pass must get a ticket upon entering. Velasquez, a California native who came up through the Astros organization, doesn't have E-Z pass, didn't get a ticket and now has to pay nearly twice as much.
June 23, 2016 |
Some insomniacs count sheep. Lori Quintavalle used to count treatment centers. Her son Alec, now 24, had cycled through at least 10 alcohol-and-drug rehabs. He'd stay clean while in a program, but once he was out for a week or two, he's relapse. At one point, he slept in his car in a Walmart parking lot in Florida; other times, he'd text Quintavalle, begging for money. More than once, he overdosed; only a shot of Narcan dragged him back from death. Keriann Meyers was a homeroom mom who planned rollicking kindergarten birthday parties and made chocolate chip cookies dipped in crumbled Heath bars.
May 28, 2016 |
READING, Pa. - The statistics may not suggest it, but leftfielder Cody Asche said he is close to re-joining the Phillies after being sidelined since suffering an abdomen injury early in spring training. Asche completed his fourth rehab game with double-A Reading, going 0 for 4 with a walk in Thursday's 7-4 win over Erie at FirstEnergy Stadium. In four games with Reading, Asche is batting .125. Before that, he began his rehab stint at high single-A Clearwater, where he batted .167 in five games.
May 14, 2016 |
City Council President Darrell L. Clarke is looking to pump $100 million into preserving Philadelphia's aging housing stock, including giving owners of deteriorating homes loans for repairs. He has proposed paying for the effort with a bond, and on Thursday introduced legislation to pay the debt service on that borrowing with a 0.1 percent increase in the real estate transfer tax. Clarke said he wanted to "expeditiously change neighborhoods. " "Not little, rehab four or five houses at a time," he said.
May 12, 2016 |
Bancroft, a Cherry Hill provider of services for people with intellectual and neurological disabilities, acquired Independence Rehab, also of Cherry Hill, from its owner, Joan Roush, Bancroft said Monday. The price was not disclosed. Roush is now a senior vice president in Bancroft's NeuroRehab division, and Independence Rehab's 25 clinicians, nurse case managers, and practice management staff have become employees of Bancroft. Bancroft NeuroRehab employed 290 before the acquisition.