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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 8, 1994 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
The Wandering Bambino may finally have a home. The proposed 9-foot statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo now seems destined to reside in front of the Municipal Services Building, practically in the shadow of the abstract sculpture Rizzo publicly ridiculed 20 years ago. A joint committee of the Fairmount Park Commission and the Philadelphia Art Commission recently scouted three Center City sites, and sources say the MSB location is the...
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July 23, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE SALE OF regional rail passes for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit will not resume this week, after the site for pass sales crashed when it went live on Monday due to high volume, SEPTA announced yesterday. In a statement, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said the agency is still considering how best to address the overwhelming demand for the papal passes. Within the first minute of launch, about 54,000 people visited SEPTA's papal pass site. When the site was shut down, more than an hour later, 64,000 people were still trying to buy passes.
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July 22, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA suspended its online sales of train passes for September's papal visit shortly after they began Monday morning, because demand to buy them overwhelmed the transit agency's website capacity. SEPTA will announce Tuesday its plans for resuming sales at www.septa.org/papalvisitphilly . It will provide a 24-hour notice before trying to restart online sales, the agency said. Most papal Regional Rail passes remain unsold, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said Monday. "The majority of the passes are still there.
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July 22, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
IF YESTERDAY'S botched online sale of SEPTA regional-rail passes for the papal visit is any indication of what's in store when it comes to transportation during Pope Francis' visit in September - heaven help us. SEPTA's papal-pass site, which went live at 9 a.m., crashed almost immediately due to high volume. By 10:40 a.m., SEPTA officials had shut down the site and put the sale on hold. Sales will not resume today, but SEPTA is expected to announce today when sales will reopen.
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July 22, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Babcock says she is excited to meet her new neighbors, and she's not real fussy about whom they might be. Babcock co-owns Woodward Landscape Supply Co., whose next-door neighbor for nearly three years has been the abandoned Water World Park in East Pikeland Township. That 22-acre parcel, where weeds have sprouted around barren pools, soon could be sprouting new life. The property is to be auctioned next week. "We don't really care what it's used for, as long as it's not dirty, noisy, and loud," Babcock said.
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July 19, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A long-vacant former municipal complex at the site of what was a Cold War-era Nike missile base is to be dismantled to make way for a public safety center in Lumberton Township. The base was one of a dozen constructed in the Philadelphia region in the '50s to defend the country against a possible Soviet bomb attack and was decommissioned in 1974. Lumberton, then a mostly rural Burlington County community, renovated the Army base's two dormitories to house its municipal offices and police department.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brandywine Realty Trust has bought almost the entire Center City block that had been the site of 2013's deadly building collapse that flattened a Salvation Army thrift store. The 37,000 square feet of property purchased by the company Tuesday include all but three parcels along the southern side of Market Street between 21st and 22d streets, Brandywine president and CEO Jerry Sweeney said in an interview. The site includes two three-story buildings that Brandywine will renovate into rental lofts, offices and retail spaces, Sweeney said.
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July 3, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2010, John Erlenbach walked away from a job at Acme Markets, where he had worked in every area from produce to shelf stocking for 20 years since leaving the Navy. "I wasn't well," Erlenbach, 61, said. He struggled with depression, couldn't hold a job or keep an apartment, grew apart from his five kids, and was homeless for years - sleeping on couches, the street, or in shelters in Salem and Camden Counties. On Wednesday, Erlenbach stood in front of his one-bedroom townhouse at Riverfront Village in Pennsauken, a 75-unit affordable-housing complex for working families earning less than 60 percent of the area's median household income, as well as five previously homeless veterans.
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July 1, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
South Jersey is expected to have a second medical marijuana dispensary open this fall, according to the New Jersey Health Department. It announced Monday that it had issued a growing permit to Compassionate Sciences Inc., which is leasing a facility in Bellmawr, Camden County. Compassionate Sciences plans to open in a former T-shirt factory in an industrial park on Coolidge Avenue. Earlier this month, the operator announced it had also applied for a dispensary license in New York. The New Jersey Health Department issued a statement saying Compassionate Sciences was the fifth nonprofit in the state to obtain a growing permit.
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June 30, 2015 | Joel Wee, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 2007, Indy Hall in Old City was the only coworking space in Philadelphia. Eight years later, Indy Hall buzzes with more than 300 member companies. And now it's one of at least 16 coworking spaces in Center City. An additional 11 sites have sprung up in South Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. "Coworking has been growing globally by over 100 percent a year for at least five years now," said Alex Hillman, 31, the founder of Indy Hall. "It's happening on every continent except Antarctica.
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June 23, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
They've found musket balls and shell fragments, the expected refuse of battle. Archaeologists and volunteers combing the grounds of the Red Bank Battlefield this month have unearthed at least 150 artifacts, about 50 of them tied to the crucial Revolutionary War fight 238 years ago. But they have also discovered objects with a more personal, human connection, said Wade Catts, regional cultural director of JMA, a division of Commonwealth Cultural...
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