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March 12, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The developer of Center City's luxury 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street condominiums said Monday that he plans to build a 26-story, 40-unit condo tower at Fifth and Walnut Streets at a cost of $150 million. The tower will overlook Independence Hall, developer Tom Scannapieco said, and will be built on an 18,155-square-foot site vacant for more than a decade. A number of proposals for the land have been made, most recently in 2004. Scannapieco said construction should begin in spring 2015, with units ready for occupancy in March 2017.
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February 5, 1998 | by Melanie C. Redmond, For the Daily News
Valentine's Day is Saturday, Feb. 14, and stores are selling tons of flowers and candy. But how many know the holiday's real history? Legend has it that the holiday became St. Valentine's Day in honor of a priest in ancient Rome. Emperor Claudius II had forbidden Roman soldiers to marry; he thought it would make them weak. Valentine ignored the emperor's decree and secretly married the young couples. He was arrested, and while in prison converted a prison guard and his family to Christianity.
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April 21, 1988 | By Jan Hefler, Special to The Inquirer
The Pennsauken Township Committee last night decided to locate a proposed $6.4 million municipal building and senior citizen housing complex at the former site of the Walt Whitman Theater on 47th Street at Westfield Avenue. Plans call for the first floor, with 18,000 square feet of space, to serve as the municipal center. On the remaining six floors would be about 80 apartments for the elderly. Financial consultant Fred Greene said the township would rent the municipal center from a group of real estate investors for approximately $127,000 a year.
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August 29, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 26, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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August 24, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
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.
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August 18, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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August 5, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 5, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 30, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 18, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
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.
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July 11, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A plan to clean and cap a Superfund site in the small Gloucester County borough of Newfield falls short of a true solution, several residents who have long coexisted with the toxic area told federal officials Wednesday. "When you have an infection, you don't put a Band-Aid on it. You take the infection out, or you die," said Linda Paladino, a Vineland, N.J., elementary-school teacher who lives on Fawn Drive in Newfield. A meeting in the borough hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency outlined a $5.3 million plan to address the 67-acre Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp.
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July 10, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, VINNY VELLA & DYLAN SEGELBAUM, Daily News Staff Writers zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IT WOULD HAVE been impossible for firefighters to arrive any quicker at Saturday's devastating blaze on Gesner Street that claimed the lives of four young children. That's the message that Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer wanted heard loud and clear yesterday as the city, in an unusual move, released 9-1-1 recordings and a list of GPS-tracked response times of the first four companies to arrive on the block in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia. "You cannot get there quicker than a minute," Sawyer said, referring to the time between when a firefighter from Ladder 4, around the corner from the fire, notified dispatchers that the ladder truck was heading there and when the truck arrived on the block at 2:48 a.m. "That's not humanly possible," he said.
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