June 13, 2014
DEAR CAMDEN, It's not that we don't feel miffed that the 76ers are moving their practice facilities and office operations across the river to your town - last we checked, they called themselves the Philadelphia 76ers - but we know that you're not in the habit of getting much good news, so we wish you well. As part of an interconnected urban ecosystem, we really want your city to do well. We suffer when you suffer. Now, could you step aside and let us speak to New Jersey? New Jersey: Hasn't Camden suffered enough?
May 27, 2012 |
PRINCETON - Carli Lloyd has enjoyed her recent New Jersey homecoming, and the soccer star is looking forward to the conclusion of her return to the area when the U.S. women's national team meets China in Sunday's 7 p.m. international friendly at PPL Park in Chester. This will be the national team's second-to-last match in the States before beginning play in the Olympics with a July 25 opener against France in Glasgow, Scotland. The final domestic game will be June 30 against Canada in Sandy, Utah.
October 30, 2011 |
There's a new love in town, sports fans. Michelle Stella grew up with season tickets to the Eagles, and hasn't missed a home game in 10 years. But the Union, a soccer team in only its second season, have their first-ever MLS Cup playoff game, against the Houston Dynamo, on Sunday. Turns out, the Union play in the afternoon, and the Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys at night, so Stella's boyfriend will rush her from one game to the next. But when she thought she had to choose - there was no choice.
July 23, 2010 |
When Delaware County Council borrowed nearly $30 million last year to put toward a Major League Soccer stadium in Chester, the plan was to pay off the debt using slots revenue designated for economic-development projects in the city. "I want to stress that the debt will be entirely covered by restricted gaming funds from Harrah's," then-Vice Chairman Jack Whelan said in a statement issued at the January 2009 meeting, when council voted to float the bonds. Yet, starting Oct. 1, anyone paying to stay in a county hotel or bed and breakfast will also be chipping away at that 30-year debt - whether or not they've ever been to PPL Park to see the Philadelphia Union.
June 28, 2010 |
Plenty of Philadelphia Union soccer fans went to the game worried. Not about the Seattle Sounders, who were whipped by the home team, 3-1. But about traffic. And parking. About all that could go wrong when 18,500 people pour into a tight space, with a major parking lot that's still rock and dirt, and highway exits that remain under construction. But at the first game at PPL Park - so new that even the employees were trying to figure out exactly what was where - things went mostly right Sunday evening.
June 25, 2010 |
IT'S LUNCH HOUR in Chester, and Obert Burchell is sitting in the back of his Jamaican restaurant on Route 291, playing cards with his cook. They're the only two people in the building. Oxtail is on the stove, but the lights are off. "Very good, mon," Burchell, a Montego Bay native, said of his traditional Jamaican dish. Just one problem: He has no customers. Last year, Burchell, 62, opened OB's Jamaican & American Restaurant, at 2nd and Lloyd streets. He's usually closed Sundays, but not this week.
June 24, 2010 |
Summer nights in Chester often come with the pop of gunfire and the flash of blue police lights. But since Saturday, when the mayor declared a state of emergency in the city, residents have heard something different. "Right now, I can rest in peace on my street," Alyce Johnson said. "I don't see the crowds, I don't hear cars zooming up and down the street at 1 in the morning, I don't hear loud music outside my window - because they're afraid you're going to lock them up. " Mayor Wendell Butler and the four other members of the city council agreed.
June 22, 2010 |
Just as Chester prepares to bask in the national spotlight, the city finds itself fighting the imposing shadow of a stubborn image further intensified by a recent rash of violence. On the weekend before the Philadelphia Union is to play its first game at its brand-new soccer stadium in the city's West End - the centerpiece of a hoped-for $500 million riverfront revival - Mayor Wendell N. Butler Jr. on Saturday declared a state of emergency after four shooting deaths in an eight-day period.
June 21, 2010 |
A MASSIVE PILE of stuffed animals filled the doorway of Terrence Webster's Chester home. "Rest in peace" was scribbled all over the door, along with well wishes for loved ones of the slain toddler. A picture of the bright-eyed 2-year old was posted to the door. In the middle of the makeshift memorial was a box of strawberry Pop-Tarts, his favorite. Webster was shot in the head June 13 through the closed door of his public-housing home after he and his family were ambushed by a gunman.
February 25, 2010 |
The Philadelphia Union and PPL EnergyPlus made their marriage official yesterday, announcing a 10-year agreement to call the soccer team's new stadium PPL Park. "We have found the perfect partner," Nick Sakiewicz, the Union's chief executive officer, said in a statement. "We are so energized over this partnership and can't wait to start working together to make our mark in the community. " PPL EnergyPlus will be the Union's exclusive energy provider. It is paying nearly $20 million to emblazon the PPL name on and around the 18,500-seat stadium, now being built on the Chester waterfront.