February 16, 2015 |
The Maple Shade Township Council has voted unanimously to investigate the possibility of erecting a memorial to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the former site of a cafe where the young King was confronted by a bartender who refused to serve him and his friends. The now state-owned plot on Main Street next to busy Route 73 was the location of Mary's Place, where a 1950 incident helped shape King's character and inspired his passion for civil rights. The town approved a motion Thursday night to seek state authorization to install a memorial there.
February 9, 2015 |
When the Parking Authority of the City of Camden decided it wanted to tear down the decades-old Commerce Building in the heart of downtown to put up a parking garage, it made an offer far below the property owner's expectations. The Estate of Milton Rubin, a real estate investor in the city, had been paying property taxes on an assessment of $1.66 million, and in 2007 had prepared to sell it for $4.5 million. The Parking Authority's offer came in considerably lower. In a letter in June, the agency raised the specter of eminent domain as it offered minus $200,000 - essentially asking the estate to part with the building and pay on top of it. The authority based its offer on an appraisal it commissioned that said the cost of renovating the building would exceed its potential income.
February 8, 2015 |
Two area congressmen said Friday that the Navy's repeated delays on off-loading the former Willow Grove air base were having a ripple effect on the ability of local, state, and federal agencies to plan for the future. Reps. Patrick Meehan and Brendan Boyle said the continued delays on transferring the 850-acre base were hindering planning for school enrollment, transportation projects, and attracting real estate and business investment. "We're now 10 years into" the base's being decommissioned, said Meehan, a Republican.
January 20, 2015 |
After scrapping a controversial plan for a hotel, apartments, and retail space on one of the region's most desirable sites, BioMed Realty Trust has returned to Radnor Township with a counterproposal. But officials and residents of the Main Line community say the new plan - for an office park near the heavily traveled intersection of the Blue Route and Lancaster Avenue - is even worse. "The dismay that I feel, it comes from the fact that this is a very sophisticated community and we should be able to come up with a better solution for this site," Commissioner Elaine Schaefer said at last Monday's meeting when the plan was presented.
January 16, 2015
Philadelphia has been selected as the host city for the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, according to a source with direct knowledge of the decision. Lincoln Financial Field beat out Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, Atlanta's Georgia Dome and most notably East Rutherford, N.J.'s MetLife Stadium. The home of the NFL's New York Giants and Jets had been the overwhelming favorite to host the title game of the signature tournament for North and Central Americans national teams. But officials in Philadelphia worked extremely hard to snatch the big game out of the Meadowlands' grasp.
January 9, 2015 |
The news shook Flyers center Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare to the core. Twelve people were killed Wednesday when masked gunmen attacked the Paris offices of a satirical news magazine that has published cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. "I woke up this morning to hear the news, and it seemed too crazy to be real," Bellemare, who was raised in Paris, said after the Flyers practiced in Voorhees on Wednesday. "I'm kind of eager to go home and see what's going on. It's all around the news, and what has happened is terrifying.
January 9, 2015 |
FORMER IRONWORKERS business agent Edward Sweeney told a federal jury yesterday that 90 percent of the time, he didn't tell his boss Joseph Dougherty about acts of violence or sabotage committed by union members until after the fact. And "no one asked for permission" from Dougherty to commit "night work" - or crimes done on behalf of the union - until after a December 2012 arson at a new Quaker meetinghouse site, which got a little out of hand, he said. But, Sweeney testified under questioning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Livermore that "night work" was spoken about at union meetings, and some members and Dougherty himself expected such things to happen.
December 26, 2014 |
Coyote Crossing , at age 18 one of the region's longer-running Mexican restaurants (800 Spring Mill Ave., Conshohocken, 610-825-3000), has reopened after a dramatic renovation. Owner Carlos Melendez did more than reconfigure and revamp the bar and dining room, playing off the vaulted ceilings yet keeping the warmth. He brought in a new chef, Jose Antonio Hidalgo. The men met in Mexico while Melendez was there developing a line of Coyote Crossing mezcal, the agave-based spirit that now is a specialty at the bar. He also hired his former wife, Jennifer Melendez Lazorcheck, as general manager.
December 21, 2014 |
When 2-year-old Brandon Schultz of Bryn Mawr was diagnosed with autism in 2009, his mother, Jean, was devastated. "You never think it's going to happen to you," she says. But since those early days, Schultz, 44, a cardiac clinical care specialist, has become an advocate for finding a cure for and the causes of autism spectrum disorder. She speaks to parents and clinicians on her experience, and has enrolled Brandon in several clinical trials at the Center for Autism Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.