April 30, 2013 |
The atmosphere is thick with the aroma of pasta sauce and lasagna from the Italian buffet, and across the room, a guitar player and an aspiring opera singer are performing. It's evocative of the Billy Joel song "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," but the venue in this case is SEPTA's Wayne Station in Radnor Township, for many years little more than a prosaic commuter shelter bracketing a ticket window. Fabio & Danny's Station Cafe, on the Philadelphia-bound side of the Main Line tracks, now hosts Friday-night BYOB dinners with free music.
April 13, 2013 |
HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. - A missing College of New Jersey senior whose purse was found on a walkway of the George Washington Bridge had been feeling a lot of stress, said her father, who worried her disappearance may have had something to do with her birthday. Paige Aiello, whose 22d birthday was Thursday, was reported missing two days earlier by her family in Hillsborough after she apparently took her mother's car without permission, authorities said. That night, a passerby reported finding her purse, cellphone, and car keys on the south walkway of the bridge.
April 13, 2013 |
Workers are nearing completion of a $36 million, multilevel Pennsauken train station to connect the Atlantic City Line and the River Line, and passengers are expected to be able to use it by fall. The Pennsauken Transit Center, near Derousse Avenue west of River Road, will allow direct transfers between trains on the east-west Atlantic City Line and the north-south River Line. The connection will provide additional access for area residents to 30th Street Station, Atlantic City, and the River Line's service between Camden and Trenton.
April 11, 2013
Plans show zoo's going places As a Fairmount Park Conservancy board member, I was pleased to read about the Philadelphia Zoo's new parking garage and traffic improvements ("Zoo wants a SEPTA stop," April 2). Given that the zoo has experienced record attendance during the past four years, it is commendable to see the organization realize its impact and plan for its future and that of the community. It is also tremendous that the zoo is exploring the long-term possibility of a train station in this much-needed area of West Philadelphia.
April 4, 2013
Cedar Park Cafe was a pillar to those around 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia, with hearty, budget-priced breakfasts and lunches and cheery service. But a Christmas Eve fire forced it out of Cedar Park. Last month, it resurfaced with the same food and the same name in lovely, more spacious quarters near the Overbrook train station. Pay particular attention to the fluffy, veggie egg-white omelets ($6.95). - Michael Klein Cedar Park Cafe, 2035 N. 63d St., 267-292-2715.
April 3, 2013 |
After 100 years of watching trains pass without stopping, Philadelphia Zoo officials are trying to restore passenger rail service to the zoo. A new study proposes a SEPTA station at 34th Street and Mantua Avenue, a short walk from the zoo's south entrance. Although the zoo was built on its West Philadelphia site in 1874 partly because of handy rail access, the original Zoological Garden station at 34th Street and Girard Avenue closed in 1902, a victim of Pennsylvania Railroad expansion.
March 29, 2013 |
OF ALL the movies culminating in a rite of exorcism, Romanian writer-director Cristian Mungiu's remarkable "Beyond the Hills" stands alone. It is a different sort of horror movie, focused on character and on the precarious emotional state of lovers whose affair has come to an abrupt close. Mungiu, whose works include "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" (once seen, never forgotten), allows his story to breathe and to evoke a community and a country where, as they say, everyone has his reasons.
March 6, 2013
AS I WAS watching the Academy Awards last week - the red carpet, the paparazzi, the cleavage - I was struck by the thought that Philadelphia missed a big opportunity a few months back to glitz up an award of its own. There were no breathless speeches or fawning reporters on hand for that one, though. Just a gaggle of tattooed passengers yelling obscenities in a stinky train station. OK, maybe it wasn't exactly like that, but that's the way I would've announced that SEPTA had won the 2012 transit Oscar - the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
February 25, 2013 |
ASSIUT, Egypt - Thousands of brick workers blocked railroad tracks from a southern city to Cairo for a second day Sunday to protest rising industrial oil prices, causing the cancellation of some services, security officials said. The government lifted industrial fuel oil subsidies last week as part of a reform program, prompting labor protests by quarry and brick factory workers. Egypt has been gripped by unrest in recent days, partially because of public discontent with new government measures designed to deal with a crippling budget deficit.
February 14, 2013 |
A new Paoli train and bus station, with a 600-space parking garage, will be built near the existing 60-year-old train station - if someone comes up with $80 million. SEPTA and local government officials on Wednesday announced the selection of the preferred site for the new station, but SEPTA has money only for design work. That $7.5 million design plan will take about three years, said Robert Lund, SEPTA assistant general manager of engineering, maintenance, and construction. Construction of the station and related parking facilities would cost from $50 million to $60 million.