June 28, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM - A casino built on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Pennsylvania has donated land for a town square - but the deed comes with restrictions that some find alarming. The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem deed bans union organizing and activities with themes "offensive" to casino operators. The Morning Call of Allentown reports that the deed applies to 21/2 acres donated for the SteelStacks arts and entertainment complex. Associate Professor Seth Moglen of nearby Lehigh University calls it ironic to ban unions at a site so crucial to the steelworkers union.
September 29, 2000 |
The stone war memorial in the new town square - an object that looks like a tombstone to some residents - will be settled into place permanently by next week, local officials say. The memorial had been dedicated on July 4, before the square at Greenwood Avenue and Leedom Street was finished. Earlier this month, the stone was removed from its temporary spot in the square in anticipation of the Jenkintown Jazz Festival Sept. 17. Because the monument had not been secured into the ground, Borough Manager Edwin Geissler said, it could easily have been knocked over during the festival, possibly causing injury.
May 27, 2014 |
In Glassboro's historic downtown, the story of one building chronicles the district's past - and, perhaps, its future. A colorful storefront at 11 E. High St. that now houses an artsy glass business previously held a short-lived studio and art gallery, a locally owned coffee shop, and, as far back as the mid-1900s, a neighborhood grocery store that was reportedly the first in the town to sell frozen food. Once thriving and serving the everyday needs of nearby residents, this downtown district is the subject of a revitalization campaign as borough officials try to build on the success of nearby Rowan University and create a vibrant arts community.
August 11, 1996 |
When William Penn sketched the first map of Philadelphia in 1682, he made one slight mistake: He generously planned five town squares for the City of Botherly Love, but he neglected to create a town square for the so-called "Liberty Lands" north of Vine Street. It's time to correct Penn's oversight by creating a sixth town square for Philadelphia. This new park, which would be established in the heart of Northern Liberties, would be called Liberty Square. America's most elegant town square is Tappan Square in Oberlin, Ohio.
July 9, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - One-hundred-fifty years ago last week, the Confederate Army retreated from blood-soaked fields here with their numbers depleted by catastrophic casualties. But in 2013, as visitors, spectators, and reenactors left Gettysburg following a 10-day sesquicentennial celebration, the activities in this rural town were decidedly more positive. Carl Whitehill, a spokesman for the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, said total attendance was well over 100,000. A final tally will be unavailable for several weeks, he added.
November 30, 1987
Remember when one's home town was the place where the City Hall was located on the town square, surrounded by the five-and-dime store, the barber shop, the greasy spoon, the church and the nearby clapboard homes of the town fathers? Remember when a trip to the grocery always went in one direction - downtown? Remember when taking friends home for the holiday didn't mean hanging out at the mall? The town fathers in Washington Township, on the fast-expanding edge of South Jersey's suburban sprawl, are becoming intrigued by a hot new development concept - recreating, amidst the cornfields, real American downtowns.
September 24, 2010 |
In 1997, Sicilian-born filmmaker Marco Amenta made an hourlong documentary about Rita Atria, the young woman who risked her life by ratting out members of the Sicilian mob, including members of her own family. Now the filmmaker has revisited this heroine in a fictionalized feature film. Many of the names have been changed, and the screenwriters pump the story full of standard-grade melodrama. Not to stoke any rivalries, but the movie's no "Gomorrah," the recent Italian crime drama ripped from the headlines made by the Neapolitan mob. "The Sicilian Girl" does, however, hold your interest.
November 3, 2015 |
Christian Soltysiak hastily drew a face on the pumpkin with a marker. "He didn't want to carve it," Soltysiak said of her 4-year-old son, William. "He only wanted to drop it. " William fidgeted nearby. "Mommy, move it right now!" About 45 minutes remained before the event would begin. But already, six other pumpkins were lined up, and William was determined to watch his pumpkin take the ride of its life over Jenkintown. It would get loaded into a homemade cage in the middle of the town square, tied to the borough's fire truck ladder, and hoisted 105 feet in the air. That's 10 stories high.
May 15, 1986 |
One fine morning 123 summers ago, Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, rode on horseback into Town Square leading 80,000 troops, exclaimed, "What a beautiful town!" and the next summer his cavalry torched the quiet burg. One spring morning six weeks ago, Dorothy Graeham, a mother of four from Pittsburgh, rolled into Town Square in her 1978 Ford LTD, said, "What a lovely town!" and announced that her 72,000 troops would gather in every farmer's field, on every western hill. Chambersburg, invaded thrice during the Civil War but peaceable since, is holding its breath.
January 9, 2013 |
In April 1999, Nick L. Petroni walked to the Dumpster near the Glassboro building that housed his accounting practice and found a body inside. The grisly discovery, during a local crime wave, led Petroni and other downtown business owners to question whether they should relocate. They took their concerns to then-Mayor Alvin Shpeen and launched a years-long process of rethinking the borough. On Monday, a pleased Petroni saw Glassboro take its latest step in the revitalization of its town center, which now features Rowan University student housing, retail, and, soon, a hotel.