June 2, 2015 |
The planned demolition of an 1890 mansion once owned by a founder of U.S. Pipe may pale in comparison to another razing that took place at the Burlington City site about 100 years ago, after the stately home had been converted to company offices. The mansion, a three-story Colonial Revival-style building on the Delaware River, was occupied by Andrew McNeal and his family until 1899, when he sold his company to the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry, according to an application the city submitted to have the building placed on the state and federal Registers of Historic Places.
May 30, 2015 |
Bill Minahan recalls when his portable emergency radio failed while he was at a house fire a few years ago. The deputy chief of the volunteer Lionville Fire Company had to run to his car and use the mounted radio to tell county dispatchers about a woman police had rescued. First responders know there are certain places in the more than 750 square miles of Chester County where their portable radios probably will not work. So the county is working to upgrade its radio network to improve communications among its more than 5,000 first responders.
May 28, 2015 |
Philadelphia wants to buy the 27-acre property known as International Plaza on Route 291 in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, as part of a long-range expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. An ordinance was introduced in City Council on Thursday, paving the way for the city-owned airport to purchase the complex, which has two office buildings that were once the corporate headquarters of Scott Paper Co. The former Scott Plaza site is owned by a joint venture of affiliates of New York-based private equity firm Angelo Gordon & Co. and Amerimar Enterprises Inc., a commercial real estate development and management company.
May 25, 2015 |
My father, Maurice "Moose" Berry, was in the 104th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division and fought in the Ardennes, where he was wounded, and in the Battle of the Bulge. Over the years, he revisited places where he had seen combat, and he toured American Battle Monument Cemeteries with my mother and my husband. In 2005, he photographed the grave markers of all the men of the 26th who lost their lives in Europe. When my father told me in November 2013 he wanted to return, I wanted to go with him. We planned our visit to coincide with the 2014 Memorial Day ceremony at the Lorraine Cemetery in St. Avold, France; with more than 10,000 military dead interred, it's the largest American burial site in Europe.
May 19, 2015
City, state and federal leaders will gather at Frankford Junction, the site of the derailment of Amtrak Train 188, for a service of reflection at 5 p.m. Sunday. Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Nutter and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will be joined by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and by Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, in remembering the eight people who were killed in the May 12 crash at Frankford Avenue and Wheatsheaf Lane in Port Richmond. Amtrak chief executive Joseph Boardman and Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, will also be in attendance.
May 19, 2015 |
Laura Finamore, Jim Gaines, Abid Gilani, Robert Gildersleeve, Derrick E. Griffith, Rachel Jacobs, Giuseppe Piras, Justin Zemser. As each name was read, a bell rang out and white dove of peace was released into the afternoon sky. Dozens of first responders, volunteers, neighbors as well as city, state, and federal officials gathered Sunday near the site of Tuesday's Amtrak derailment for a service of remembrance and reflection for those who...
May 16, 2015 |
In the courtyard of City Hall, behind the cover of a temporary chain-link barrier, artists have spent the last few weeks constructing a monument within a monument - a scrap-wood counterpoint to the ornate marble of City Hall and the slick granite of Dilworth Park. The installation, a suggestion of a classroom by way of benches and an empty chalkboard frame, marks the home of Monument Lab - a thought-experiment-as-public-artwork that opens today and that will occupy the courtyard for three weeks, bringing together artists, civic leaders, and the public to share ideas on what would be an appropriate monument for 21st-century Philadelphia.
May 16, 2015 |
Donald Trump's vision of a 45-story condo-and-hotel tower - or at least one like it - may yet rise on the Philadelphia waterfront. The new owners of the Delaware River pier where the ill-fated Trump Tower Philadelphia was to have been built see the project as a possible template for developing the site, according to George Polgar, a spokesman for the recent buyers. The new owners, represented by Northern Liberties-based Shovel Ready Projects, have some alternative uses for Pier 351/2 in mind, too, including a plan for as many as 60 townhouses on the 2.13-acre tract, Polgar said.
May 15, 2015 |
There was a body in the grass. More under the cars. The injured were scattered on the ground. The battered passenger cars of Amtrak Train 188 had jumped the tracks just minutes before, and lay at odd angles in a scene emergency responders described as beyond anything they had seen before - or want to see again. "Carnage," one said. "Steel. " The first responders had pushed through the fence at Frankford Junction on Tuesday evening, and found the New York City-bound train at the foot of the hill.
May 14, 2015 |
Look out, YouTube. Move over, Vimeo. There's a new online home for music videos, a kinder, gentler website and mobile app (partly) grown and launching in Philadelphia on Wednesday. VuHaus ("view house"), as it's called, is backed by six public radio stations, including WXPN-FM, and promises a panoramic perspective on "adult alternative" music styles - from Americana to electronica, blues to rap to rock. It's opening the portal with an impressive crop of live concert streams from Wednesday through Friday from the Non-Comm (noncommercial radio)