October 23, 2014 |
It looks as if reality-show producers are doubling down on Philly. My colleague Jenice Armstrong recently reported that "Real Housewives of Atlanta" producer Princess Anne Banton-Lofters has been checking out Philly's prominent women for a possible "Real Housewives of Philadelphia" spin-off. But I hear she's not the only reality producer sniffing around socialites. Reality-based production company Wilshire Studios, a division of NBCUniversal, which owns channels like E!
September 16, 2014 |
The blogger Brian K. Everett posted this image of himself documenting open sidewalks at Radio Lofts in Camden, nearly two weeks after a city inspection concluded the site should be fenced off to protect public safety. Four weeks after the Camden blogger questioned the stability of a vacant downtown building - and a day after he posted two-week-old municipal inspection documents urging immediate action - the city is finally moving to secure the structure. "If sounding a little alarmist is what it took to make sure people aren't killed by falling objects, so be it," said Everett, whose NJ Poverty Reality blog suggested the Cooper Street landmark may be in danger of collapse, or could be demolished.
August 29, 2014 |
Comcast Corp. has resurrected the hyperlocal news site EveryBlock in Philadelphia. The social-media site ( www.everyblock.com ) aggregates more than 600 data feeds. EveryBlock, which officially was relaunched on Tuesday, allows users who register to customize a Twitter-like feed to city zip codes or neighborhoods. On Wednesday, the free site - available to anyone - lacked Xfinity advertisements or any other connection to Comcast. The company said it was offering EveryBlock as a community service.
August 26, 2014 |
It would seem to anyone with a mastery of grammar that Ofo Ezeugwu blew it with the naming of his company, WhoseYourLandlord.com . That certainly was the reaction of his freshman English professor at Temple University when he visited a table Ezeugwu was manning on campus to promote his landlord-rating website. "I know I taught you better than this," Ezeugwu recalled James Mellis telling him. The name should be Who's YourLandlord, teacher told former student. But that would be missing the point, Ezeugwu explained to Mellis and, last week, to me. "We use the possessive form of who because we're giving renters ownership of their situation by putting housing in their hands," Ezeugwu said.
August 24, 2014 |
States running their own Affordable Care Act marketplaces enrolled more people in health insurance than those using the federal marketplace, according to an analysis by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute. Given the federal Website's dreadful October launch, that isn't exactly jaw-dropping news. But Penn's Health Insurance Exchange researchers were surprised to find that even after Healthcare.gov began working well in December, state-based marketplaces kept outperforming the federal site.
August 18, 2014 |
If you've ever tried online dating, or so I'm told, you're likely to encounter a persistent problem: When looking for love, people seem to shade the truth. Nearly 40 is the new 30, and 60 rounds down to farther than even a lovelorn mathematician could countenance. Self-portrayals can get a little grandiose. Words such as mature and fit can mean - well, it's anybody's guess. Do online-dating sites ever play the same game? Yes, according to the arbiters at the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus, who last week dinged eHarmony for stretching some of its own supposedly scientific claims to the breaking point.
August 5, 2014 |
Citing high upkeep costs, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that it had closed Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in West Philadelphia on Friday. In January 2013, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish merged with St. Cyprian Parish. Most services were held in St. Cyprian Church, 525 Cobbs Creek Parkway. Blessed Sacrament, at 63d and Callowhill Streets, was an "alternate worship site" that hosted occasional Masses, funerals, weddings, and baptisms, archdiocese spokesman Kenneth Gavin said.
August 5, 2014 |
Despite its failure to acquire the Lumberton property where it hoped to create a homeless shelter, the president of Citizens Serving the Homeless Inc. says her organization is still looking to create a large homeless facility in Burlington County. "Oh, definitely," Madelyn Mears-Sheldon said last week, adding that in February the county counted 1,660 homeless persons, the third-highest number in all the state's counties. "We've looked at three sites and found two that are definite possibilities" since the Lumberton deal fell through in June, she said.
July 30, 2014 |
At 8 a.m. on a Saturday in mid-July, a time many teenagers prefer to be asleep, Mika'al Broadus, a rising senior at Roxborough High School, was already at work at Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative's University City High School garden, harvesting armfuls of kale. The 17-year-old market manager directed his peers in rinsing, bundling, and weighing the bunches, and loading them onto bike trailers bound for a farmers market. He is still struggling with the possibility that this lush farm may soon be a construction site.
July 18, 2014 |
FOLLOWING through on regulations passed after last year's deadly building collapse on Market Street, Mayor Nutter yesterday unveiled new signage requirements for demolition and construction sites to make it easier for residents to alert the city about unsafe projects. For buildings three stories or higher, contractors must pay for a 3-by-5-foot sign showing a copy of the permit, a rendering of the project, its expected completion date, contact information for the owner and contractor, and instructions for reaching the city.