October 18, 2014 |
Following years of drama, litigation, and scandal, the ribbon was officially cut Thursday on the new $122.3 million Family Court building at 15th and Arch Streets. Speakers included a who's who among Philadelphia and state court officials, many of whom were inside the marble-laden lobby for the first time, including former Gov. Ed Rendell; Kevin M. Dougherty, administrative judge; and Ronald D. Castille, chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. "What they get will be equal to what they see here," Castille said.
October 2, 2014 |
Five area schools scored a prestigious National Blue Ribbon, including a city school that won for the second time, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced Tuesday. Franklin Towne Charter High School, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy, and Hill-Freedman World Academy, all in Philadelphia, won the award given by the Department of Education. So did Merion Elementary School in Lower Merion and Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown. The award has special meaning for Hill-Freedman, a Philadelphia School District magnet school that has long educated middle schoolers and is expanding to become a high school as well.
December 20, 2013
ONE THOUSAND years from this Monday, people around the world will celebrate Festivus by airing their grievances, displaying feats of strength and praising the miracle of a towering pole made of beer cans. That's the way the rituals of mankind evolve, isn't it? From a simple act - a child born in a manger - to the sacred. It's been 16 years since the writers of the sitcom "Seinfeld" first alerted us to the wonders of Festivus, the goofy secular solstice festival "for the rest of us. " A mere blink of the eye in terms of humankind.
September 28, 2013 |
MALVERN With a DJ in the gym, and an inflatable slide in the parking lot, St. Patrick School looked like a carnival Thursday. And instead of their everyday green uniforms, the pupils were dressed in blue. St. Patrick School was named one of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools, an honor bestowed on 50 private and 236 public schools in the country. And that called for a blue palooza. Principal Patricia O'Donnell said the school in Malvern had been notified by the Department of Education over the summer that it might win the award, and she made sure it was ready to celebrate.
September 19, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Speaking publicly for the first time since they lost their daughter, Anne, in the Market Street building collapse in June, city Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband, John Bryan, called Tuesday for the city to convene a panel of nationally recognized experts to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the Department of Licenses and Inspections. "We believe an independent blue-ribbon panel of national safety experts . . . should look at what happened and fully evaluate what system should be in place . . . so that in the future, citizens of the city of Philadelphia can feel confident, when they walk the streets and enter buildings, that they will be safe," Winkler told reporters.
June 21, 2013 |
The organic-foods industry is no longer going gangbusters, as it did before the U.S. economy collapsed five years ago. But despite the slowdown, Albert's Organics Inc., a national distributor of produce and other perishables based in Logan Township, still outgrew its distribution center there in the last couple of years. The organic and natural-foods market is "still growing in the strong single to double digits. People are continuing to want to eat healthier," Albert's president Scott Dennis said Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting for a 70,000-square-foot distribution center and headquarters at the Gloucester County site.
May 25, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Margaritaville, the sprawling Jimmy Buffett-inspired dining and entertainment complex at Resorts Casino, was unveiled Thursday, with Gov. Christie cutting the ribbon. "This place is an example of the fun and entertainment that Atlantic City can be all about," said the Republican governor, who was introduced by Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority chief executive officer Mitchell Etess. The authority became co-owner of Resorts with majority owner Morris Bailey last year, and the 40,000-square-foot Margaritaville project was among the first announced by the partnership.
May 20, 2013
SOME DOGS need their space. That's the message of TheYellowDogProject.com , which is raising awareness of the meaning of a yellow ribbon on a dog's leash. The ribbons mean that a dog may be fearful, aggressive or even too fragile to be pounced on by friendly people or dogs. Sometimes the situation is temporary and the dog is being rehabilitated, either physically or mentally. But sometimes the Yellow Ribbon status is permanent. The website says that the concept is based on putting a ribbon on a horse's tail, to indicate an animal who may kick.
September 10, 2012 |
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - Jobs - keeping them, finding the right people for them, and which presidential candidate will generate more of them - is among the nation's biggest issues right now. The drugmaker most famous for Botox, Allergan Inc., cut the ribbon on a new facility here last week, and many pieces of the employment puzzle and debate were on display. Allergan's headquarters is in Irvine, Calif., only six sunny miles from the Pacific Ocean, but it came east to expand because of the talent in this region.
May 15, 2012 |
Five years ago, as soon as her breast-cancer treatment ended, Mindy Cohen put on the pink. She e-mailed everyone she knew, asking whether they'd walk in her name at the annual Race for the Cure. By that first race day, Team Mindy was already a juggernaut. About 120 people marched by her side to raise money for the cause - so many that they won an award from the race organizer, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, for assembling the largest entrant in the event's friends and family division.