October 22, 2013 |
More than a month after a fire gutted its Burlington County meat warehouse, leaving a rancid smell hanging in the air, Dietz & Watson has hauled away up to 10 million pounds of meat and demolished most of the building. The stench is virtually gone from the company site in Delanco Township, some residents in nearby Edgewater Park said, and an odor-neutralizing solution has spouted out of supply hoses and aerosol fogging nozzles around the clock. "We're pleased and feel very good that those neighbors are breathing fresh air again," company spokesman Steve Aaron said last week.
October 17, 2013 |
At the National Constitution Center, the government shutdown is turning out to be good for business: Attendance is up 57 percent. Elfreth's Alley drew a bigger weekend crowd, Christ Church got an initial bump, and attendance is up slightly at the tours and attractions run by Historic Philadelphia Inc. It appears that the shutdown that closed Philadelphia's biggest historic sites, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, may be diverting visitors...
October 16, 2013 |
The news that a company coming to Camden would be accepting applications for as many as 1,000 positions brought double that number of people to a job fair whose organizers combined it with a political rally Monday afternoon. Amir Khan, a Camden mayoral candidate, hosted the ribbon-cutting for Acts Industries L.L.C., a maker of modular temporary housing units that is leasing a former factory building at East State Street and River Avenue. Khan, who said he has no financial stake in the company, said he was a friend of Acts owner Irv Richter, who is also chairman and chief executive of the Evesham-based construction management company Hill International.
October 14, 2013 |
Looking for a great recipe for apple cinnamon sugar cookie bars? Need suggestions on where to go pumpkin picking? Local real estate agency Philly Home Girls is attracting customers by sharing favorite Philadelphia restaurants, local events, and do-it-yourself interior-design projects on social-media sites. The two-woman sales team, based at Coldwell Banker Preferred's Old City office, shifted its marketing approach earlier this year, launching a new website and Instagram account and using Twitter and Pinterest differently, along with an already-established Facebook page, to connect with clients.
October 13, 2013 |
The Philadelphia restaurateur Jose Garces has set his sights on the longtime location of Old Original Bookbinder's, the historic restaurant that has been closed since 2009. A spokeswoman for the Garces Group said Friday that an agreement had not been finalized, but that Garces "has been looking at this historic space for some time and discussing how it can be utilized. " Old Original Bookbinder's claimed that its origin dated to 1865. Another account said it was an oyster saloon that opened in 1893 at 525 S. Fifth St. and then moved to Second and Walnut Streets in 1898.
October 11, 2013 |
ANNE McLaughlin, director of tourism at Old City's Christ Church, spent years handing out Beyond the Liberty Bell pamphlets to encourage visitors to see Philly's less-famous historic sites. Thanks to the government shutdown, they no longer have a choice. "We've had a lot of people coming up and thanking us for staying open, being very grateful," McLaughlin said between greeting German tourists. Visitors from abroad, school groups and long-haul charters routinely plan trips to the city well in advance.
October 7, 2013 |
City officials, mindful of the June 5 building collapse that claimed six lives, shut down the demolition of a two-story North Philadelphia rowhouse on Saturday after neighbors complained of unsafe conditions and authorities determined that neither the owner nor the contractor had permits. Rebecca Swanson, spokesperson for the Department of Licenses & Inspections, said that the building, at 2352 W. Thompson St., had been mostly demolished by the time the city halted the work.
October 5, 2013 |
Accessing Healthcare.gov was better Thursday - but not for everyone. "Nothing" was what Kate Kozeniewski found when she logged on to the government's new website for purchasing health insurance. "When I log on, I make it to the point where it asks the security questions, and then it says there is an error in the system," said Kozeniewski, program coordinator with the Philadelphia-based Resources for Human Development (RHD), which is providing health insurance enrollment assistance in 10 counties in Pennsylvania.
October 3, 2013 |
As parts of the U.S. government shut down Tuesday, thousands of federal workers in the area were furloughed, hikers were barred from Valley Forge trails, and tourists eager to view the icons of American freedom were compelled to photograph the Liberty Bell through thick glass. The 46,880 federal employees in the Philadelphia and Camden metropolitan areas were asked to report to work Tuesday, with many furloughed without pay by the afternoon. But confusion in some federal offices remained, as several workers still on the job were not sure whether they would be designated as essential and told to report to work Wednesday.
September 30, 2013 |
MANTUA TWP. Six-year-old Daniel Konkle ran up to the head paleontologist and held out a circular clump of dirt. "What's this? Is this something?" "That's a consolidation," Kenneth Lacovara, director of Drexel University's paleontology and geology department, said. "What's a compstilation?" Daniel asked, looking up from under a baseball cap, a roaring T-Rex emblazoned on the front of his shirt. "It's a packed-together bunch of soil," Lacovara said. " With that, Daniel threw his find to the ground and sprinted back up the mountain of sediment where 65 million-year-old fossils were waiting to be unearthed.