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March 8, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
February's ice and snow storms cost taxpayers in Chester County about $7 million, much of it for salt, plowing, and overtime for emergency personnel. In Montgomery County, the bill was about $8 million. Millions more were spent in Bucks and Delaware Counties. But despite suffering one of the worst stretches of weather in its history - not to mention a mammoth number of power outages - the Philadelphia region will receive zero dollars in federal aid. That's because the weather failed to wreak enough havoc across the state.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Carolyn Davis, and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
As another winter storm rumbled toward the region Sunday night, schools closed, officials declared emergencies, plow trucks rolled - and winter-weary residents searched for salt, all the while yearning for signs of spring. Philadelphia public and Archdiocese schools announced they would close Monday. So did Lower Merion, Radnor, Upper Darby and other suburban districts. Several in Chester County announced two-hour delays. In South Jersey, the list of Monday closures included Cherry Hill, Lenape, and Washington Township schools.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The winter storms so far have cost Northampton Township taxpayers $600,000 - double what the town had budgeted and enough of an economic toll to delay plans to repave some roads. So the Bucks County community calculated what it could get if the federal government decides to help. The answer: $20,000, at most. "I'll never turn the money down," Township Manager Robert Pellegrino said. "But it's not going to matter in the grand scheme of things. " Unlike devastating floods or hurricanes, federal aid for winter-related storms - no matter how disruptive - is often far less generous.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
THERE WAS ONCE a time when a young Denzel Washington, not yet world famous, was spotted hanging out at North Philadelphia's New Freedom Theatre. It was in the 1980s, and Washington, in his 20s then, had starred off-Broadway in the Negro Ensemble Company's "A Soldier's Play. " The play won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for playwright Charles Fuller, a Philadelphian. Thirty years later, Jaleel C. McCoy, 17, a dancer who attends the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, is also spending time at Freedom Theatre.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
This month's ice storm was the costliest in Peco Energy Co.'s history, surpassing Hurricane Sandy in 2012, even though it knocked out 19 percent more customers. Peco estimates that the Feb. 5 storm, during which 715,000 customers lost power, will cost between $90 million and $120 million when the final bills come due. The recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which knocked out 850,000 customers, cost $72 million, said Cathy Engel Menendez, a Peco spokeswoman. Peco says the ice storm recovery was more arduous because winter working conditions were more harsh.
SPORTS
February 20, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lauren Willis glided from left to right, then back to the middle of the floor to run out the clock. As the buzzer sounded, she pounded the basketball against the floor, immediately looked up, and aggressively slapped the hand of Northeast teammate Ciera Nimmons. Nimmons, a senior in her first year at Northeast, teared up. After winning three Public League titles at Prep Charter before sanctions against her old school led her to transfer, she teamed with Willis to bring Northeast its first Public League Class AAAA championship with an 80-59 win Tuesday night against Central at Lincoln.
SPORTS
February 16, 2014
THE RECENT winter storms caused the following Catholic League quarterfinal schedule adjustments: (10) Bishop McDevitt vs. (1) Roman Catholic, today at 1 p.m. at West Catholic. (8) West Catholic at (2) Saints Neumann-Goretti, today at 1. (6) Archbishop Wood at (3) Archbishop Carroll, today at 1. (5) St. Joseph's Prep at (4) La Salle, today at 4 p.m. - Aaron Carter
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
This month's ice storm may be the most expensive in Peco Energy Co.'s history. The Philadelphia utility estimated that restoration from this month's ice storm will cost between $90 million and $120 million. Hurricane Sandy in 2012 cost upwards of $91 million, according to filings by Peco's parent company, Exelon Corp. The utility will spend $60 million to $80 million in operating and maintenance expenses and $30 million to $40 million in capital expenses related to the ice storm, said Cathy Engel Menendez, a Peco spokeswoman.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Angelo Fichera, Melanie Burney and Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writers
A lingering snowstorm that dumped a foot of snow on parts of southern New Jersey over the last two days played havoc with public transportation, caused scores of accidents, and forced the closing of schools, universities, municipal offices, courts and major shopping malls. More snow - another 2 to 5 inches in some places overnight - was expected to complicate the area's Friday commute and further cut into salt supplies depleted by a series of winter storms. On Thursday, more than a foot of accumulation was recorded in Pennsauken while other communities such as Cherry Hill and Camden reported just under 12 inches, National Weather Service officials said.
NEWS
February 15, 2014 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
Around noon Thursday, during a lull in the storm predicted to dump a foot or more of snow outside his door, Jeffrey Sklute took a break and sized up the situation. Many of the 20 or so workers at his Yardley Flower Co. feverishly cut and arranged roses while others answered ringing phones. His delivery vans, however, were idle. "Everything is kind of working against us, but we're doing the best we can," said Sklute, a florist for decades in lower Bucks County. "We'll probably be here till midnight.
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