November 25, 2015 |
WE INTERRUPT my usual "You gotta do better, people!" rant with a column full of gratitude. I know . . . let's embrace the fleeting moment. It was kind of a nutty idea, I admit. But after hearing Jennifer Pownall's story, I couldn't resist. The Northeast Philly mom was diagnosed with three meningioma brain tumors last year. Sometimes, she told me, music was the only thing that got her through the pain. So, she created the Rock Out Brain Tumors Air Guitar Challenge to raise money for the National Brain Tumor Society by asking people to make videos of themselves rocking out for a good cause.
November 22, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - A proposal that could shape how much money is paid to victims of the May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia is facing legislative and political stumbling blocks as a key deadline looms in Congress. The plan would raise to $295 million the liability cap for railroads - hiking by $95 million, or nearly 50 percent, a limit on damages that critics say is outdated and insufficient for an incident that killed eight and injured hundreds of passengers. But the proposal, which easily passed the Senate as part of a bipartisan transportation bill this year, is now part of crunch-time negotiations on a House-Senate compromise, and under scrutiny by rail lobbyists and House Republicans, including a powerful Pennsylvanian.
November 22, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Chalfont has much going for it, but in real estate terms, location, and affordability, top the list. And let's not forget the Central Bucks School District. "It is a perfect location for those who need to commute to work," says Frank Dolski, of Coldwell Banker Hearthside, Realtors, who has sold houses in this Bucks County borough for more than two decades. Two train stations on SEPTA's Doylestown-Lansdale line - one in Chalfont, the other in New Britain Borough - serve the area, so commuting to jobs in Center City is easy.
November 19, 2015
A story last Thursday about SEPTA's leaf-removing trains misspelled the name of one of the train engineers, Pat Battel. A story Nov. 7 about the arrest of two Chester County residents charged with violating animal-cruelty laws misstated the legal status of Teresa Campos. She is not on probation.
November 14, 2015 |
The first new SEPTA train station to open in 20 years will begin operation this weekend. The 9th Street Station in Lansdale will add a stop to the Doylestown Line, SEPTA officials said Thursday. Lansdale's existing station will continue to operate, they said, and all trains on the line will stop at the new station at 141 West 9th Street. The existing Lansdale Station is undergoing construction to its parking facilities and free parking will be offered at the new station until construction is complete.
November 13, 2015 |
DURING HER 20 years as a crime-busting Philly FBI agent, Jerri Williams slogged through the city's smarmy swamp of sleaze, wondering whether the undulating underbelly of unsavory ooze was calling out to her: "Who needs job security? Write your book!" Williams, who just resigned from her second career as director of SEPTA Media Relations to embrace her inner ink-stained wretch full time, said her pulp-fiction passion has been years in the making. Her first novel, Pay to Play , currently being shopped to publishers by her agent, is the story of a married female FBI agent - "It's not me in the book!"
November 13, 2015 |
Water dribbled, a nozzle spun faster, and then, for a few minutes, the trickle became a jet, roaring as it blasted the tracks beneath a train. "It'd take your fingers off if you put them in there," said Dennis McAnulla, the assistant chief mechanical officer on Regional Rail maintenance for SEPTA. Oozing from a pipe a few feet farther along the train was a milky solution of sand, tiny metal beads, and oil that ran like melting ice cream over the rail. The train's three-man crew ran a few more checks, tested the brakes, and Wash 2 heaved forward from the Wayne Electric Car Shop off Germantown Avenue into a drizzly night to combat nature's bane of trains: Fallen leaves.
November 7, 2015 |
Season-high train ridership at the Temple football game last weekend is the latest marker of a growing trend of people taking public transportation to college and professional football games at Philadelphia's sports complex. The 18,776 passengers who boarded the Broad Street subway line Saturday at the AT&T Station were more than any other home football game at nearby Lincoln Financial Field, according to newly released SEPTA figures. That was the day of the nationally televised game between Temple University, which went into that match undefeated, and Notre Dame.
November 6, 2015 |
MAYOR-ELECT Jim Kenney's first order of business yesterday was sitting down with the little people - the really little people. Kenney sat elbow-to-elbow with wide-eyed kindergarten students at South Philadelphia's Andrew Jackson School, asking the kiddos if they knew Mayor Nutter, the guy he'll replace in January. They didn't. How easily people forget! But aside from the cute photo-op, Kenney's primary purpose for visiting the school, at 12th and Federal streets, was to outline the transition process that will lead up to the start of the Kenney administration.
November 5, 2015 |
A MAN WAS KILLED yesterday after jumping onto the Market-Frankford El tracks in front of an approaching train in West Philadelphia, SEPTA officials said. The unidentified man was struck by a SEPTA train on the elevated tracks about 11:45 a.m. at the 56th Street Station, said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. SEPTA Police found the man trapped underneath the train, and he was pronounced dead shortly afterward, she added. The Philadelphia Fire Department removed the man from beneath the train, Williams said.