September 25, 2015 |
Leading to Rome After just about seven years at 2012 Sansom St., Gianluca Demontis and Rosemarie Tran have remodeled Melograno , their Italian BYOB. In the process, Demontis has steered the menu even more toward his native Rome. Besides fried smelts, lamb ossobuco, roasted pork ribs, and two kinds of pappardelle, Luca Demontis added an electric oven to make four varieties of pinsa , a precursor to what we now call pizza; made of wheat, soy, and rice flour, it's more of a flatbread with a bolder flavor.
September 25, 2015 |
IF YOU PLAN on seeing the pope this weekend, plan well: SEPTA has already started to scale back its services. Last night, the transit authority shut down Suburban Station as well as entrances at City Hall, 15th and 5th streets. They'll remain shuttered through the weekend, and will back to business as usual Monday morning, SEPTA said yesterday. Today the Regional Rail will switch to a Saturday schedule, with a few exceptions on the Cynwyd and Wilmington/Newark lines. Subways, buses and trolleys remain unaffected and will operate on normal schedules.
September 2, 2015 |
Airline passengers flying into Philadelphia the week before Pope Francis' visit will be able to purchase a regular fare ticket on the SEPTA's Regional Rail Airport Line to go from Philadelphia International Airport to Center City. On Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, when the pope will be here, SEPTA will sell rail passes for the train outside Tranportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints in Terminals A, B, C and D. The Papal Passes will be available at the airport only on Saturday and Sunday, SEPTA said.
May 17, 2015 |
An East Germantown man was sentenced Friday to 20 to 40 years in prison for the 2013 rape of a woman he forced into the commuter rail tunnel at Suburban Station. Rafiq Smith seemed stunned by the sentence imposed by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Donna M. Woelpper, who ruled that he was a "sexually violent predator," and called him a "danger to society who has shown no remorse. " Smith, 44, whose real name is Malcolm Mininal but who was charged under one of several aliases, said nothing before sentencing.
April 18, 2015 |
Two parallel government agencies - both designed to help unemployed Philadelphians get jobs - have been integrated into one, with the first job search center holding reopening ceremonies Thursday morning. "We should be able to provide seamless service," said Mark Edwards, president and chief executive of Philadelphia Works, speaking at the opening of the newly organized CareerLink office in Center City. Philadelphia Works, the funnel for national, state, and city workforce dollars, oversees the job search centers.
January 25, 2015 |
Three wall-size video schedule boards for Regional Rail passengers in Suburban Station are the centerpiece of a $7 million deal between SEPTA and Verizon. SEPTA unveiled the schedule boards and a new Verizon retail store in the station Friday. SEPTA will receive $4.55 million over three years in the advertising deal, with two three-year options that could bring the nine-year total to $15.6 million, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. In addition, SEPTA's advertising agency, Titan Outdoor L.L.C., will receive $2.45 million from Verizon for the first three years, and $8.40 million over the nine-year span.
January 9, 2015 |
BY NOW, the Hub of Hope, Project HOME's seasonal social-service center for the homeless in Suburban Station, should be buzzing with men and women wanting to see a case worker or a doctor or just get a short reprieve from the cold with a tepid cup of coffee or a pair of socks. But in a cruel irony, the Hub of Hope is homeless. In November, the landlord who had donated the space for the past three winters sent word that he would no longer be able to "due to complaints from tenants and brokers.
November 27, 2014 |
Make it 'a true gratuity' The term "no-tip restaurant"- which is what people are attaching to the new Girard in Fishtown - is a bit of a misnomer, say owners Brian Oliveira and Cristian Mora. "It isn't that we are banning tipping," says Mora, who met Oliveira, a chef, last year while both worked at Parc on Rittenhouse Square. "We're not putting it on the guest to pay our staff's salary. We are paying their salary. If [customers] go above and beyond and want to leave a true gratuity . . . by all means.
September 8, 2014 |
Market East Station, the 30-year-old subterranean commuter rail hub beneath Center City, will be renamed Jefferson Station in a multimillion-dollar deal between SEPTA and Jefferson Health System. SEPTA, Jefferson, and city officials will unveil new signs Thursday at a news conference in the station. The deal will mean millions of dollars for SEPTA and increased public exposure for Jefferson, whose Thomas Jefferson University Hospital complex is just two blocks south of the station.
July 18, 2014 |
DOUGLAS Ioven, the SEPTA police officer arrested last month for allegedly arresting a woman on Christmas morning after she attempted to file a complaint against him, yesterday was ordered to stand trial for witness intimidation, retaliation against a witness, false imprisonment and related counts. Common Pleas Judge Teresa Carr Deni made the ruling after Muibat Williamson testified during a preliminary hearing about the encounter with Ioven at Suburban Station last Christmas. Williamson, a registered nurse, had just left work and stopped at a Dunkin' Donuts in the station about 8 a.m. when Ioven, 42, who was in uniform, cut to the front of the line and stepped on her foot, she said.