May 7, 2012 |
Kay Sykora had lived in Manayunk and Roxborough since 1973, raising her children there and renovating several houses. Over 39 years, she helped found the Manayunk Development Corp., where she spent 16 years as executive director. She loved the area's history and charm. Frank Meis spent four decades in a classic Colonial in Lafayette Hill, raising a family there with his then-wife. When he and Sykora decided to marry in 2008, they looked for a place that was "theirs. " She was smitten with the hill towns, and he warmed to the idea of city living, but with one caveat: He wanted a driveway.
April 19, 2012 |
Wood-fired oven by wood-fired oven, the city's pizza scene is heating up. When American-raised Antimo DiMeo, 20, expressed interest in following his Neapolitan-born father, Pino, 43, in the pizza business, the son insisted he wanted to cook in the old-country way, with a wood-fired oven. (Pino's parlors use conventional gas ovens.) Then the father and son said they performed a taste test at their parlor in downtown Wilmington: They made batches of dough with Wilmington tap water and with bottled water from Naples.
April 13, 2012
JOHN MANTON offers me a bowl of potato soup as I take a seat in his tight Roxborough home. He's made a pot that will last for a week. It must. Manton's learned to stretch his food, a frugality demanded by the $37.25 worth of food stamps he receives weekly. He supplements that small amount with $20 from his meager savings. Through no fault of his own, Manton's been unemployed for a year, and Gov. Corbett wants to snoop into his bank account before approving the food stamps that keep Manton from starving.
March 29, 2012 |
Pennsylvania State Sen. Shirley M. Kitchen (D., Philadelphia) lashed out at the new owner of Roxborough Memorial Hospital in a letter to the director of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, urging Eli Avila to help stop Prime Healthcare Services from taking over the 140-bed facility. Based in Ontario, Calif., Prime Healthcare is reportedly under investigation by federal authorities over aggressive Medicare reimbursement requests, though a company spokesman denies such reports.
February 25, 2012 |
The president and chief executive of Prime Healthcare Services, the California company that bought Roxborough Memorial Hospital this week for an undisclosed price, has resigned, the company announced Thursday. Prime Healthcare, which had already owned or managed 14 hospitals in California and one in Texas, has been operating under a cloud of allegations - brought by a labor union it has feuded with for at least five years - that it was improperly billing Medicare for certain infections and other conditions.
February 23, 2012 |
A fast-growing California hospital chain has purchased Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, giving the 137-bed institution its third owner since 2002. Prime Healthcare Services, of Ontario, Calif., near Los Angeles, said Wednesday that it bought the hospital from Solis Healthcare L.L.C. but did not say what it paid. Prime Healthcare, a for-profit company founded in 2001 by its chairman, Prem Reddy, a cardiologist, already owned or managed 15 hospitals, 14 in California and one in Texas.
February 14, 2012
A 22-year-old man was killed in a car crash Monday afternoon in the city's Roxborough section, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was driving a Volkswagen at 1:34 p.m. when it struck a curb, swerved into oncoming traffic, and struck another vehicle in the 6000 block of Henry Avenue, police said. The driver of the Volkswagen was transported to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:10 p.m. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor cuts and bruises.
February 13, 2012
Nobody liked losing school aides, administrative positions, or the supply budget at Shawmont Elementary School, but staffers and parents dealt with it. Times are tough; everyone did more. Teachers spent more money out of their own pockets; parents sent in supplies, too. But losing the school police officer was the last straw for Janet McHale and Michelle Havens, the Roxborough school's Home and School Association co-presidents. "We realize that in these tough economic times, something needs to be done to help stop the madness of overspending," McHale and Havens wrote in a letter to me. "We can deal with having to send in reams of paper so that the teachers can make copies to assist our children in learning.