June 25, 2013
By John A. Fry The United States is witnessing something that seemed next to impossible not long ago - the rebirth of its urban centers. Nowhere is this seismic shift more prevalent than along the 450 miles stretching from Washington to Boston, otherwise known as the Northeast Corridor. Indeed, this area is quickly becoming the nation's epicenter of high-quality urban living. This transformation is being driven by a powerful combination of demographic and social trends. Key among them is the millennial generation's strong preference for working, living, learning, and socializing in urban environments.
June 6, 2013 |
SECAUCUS, N.J. - New Jersey bid farewell to Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a strong advocate for the state's public transportation system, Wednesday afternoon with a brief ceremony at the train station that bears his name. Family and dignitaries, including Gov. Christie, gathered at the upper rotunda of the Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Rail Station, as police played "Taps" and "God Bless America" on bagpipes. Lautenberg, a five-time Democratic senator, died Monday of complications from viral pneumonia.
June 5, 2013
Vice President Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez will eulogize Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg on Wednesday in New York City, Lautenberg's office said Tuesday. Lautenberg, the last World War II veteran in the Senate, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, after one last stop at the train station bearing his name in Secaucus, next to the New Jersey Turnpike. Lautenberg, the Senate's oldest member at age 89, died Monday of complications of viral pneumonia.
May 9, 2013 |
A jackknifed tractor-trailer spilled its cargo of cooking fat on the Schuylkill Expressway near 30th Street Station late Tuesday, prompting a major cleanup that lasted until after Wednesday's morning rush hour. PennDot reported that the last section of roadway affected by the accident - Exit 344 at the I-676 Vine Street Expressway - reopened about 10:30 a.m. Officials said the rig jackknifed about 11 hours earlier on the stretch of I-76 that runs under the train station. The trailer hit a pillar and was ripped apart, spilling its cargo of boxes of shortening.
May 1, 2013 |
AN OFF-DUTY Philadelphia police officer was in stable condition after being stabbed during an attempted robbery last night in Northeast Philadelphia, authorities said. The stabbing happened on Grant Avenue near the Torresdale train station shortly after 10 p.m. Police described the robbers as two white men, one wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. It was unclear if anything was taken. The officer was transported to Aria Health's Torresdale campus for treatment. His name was not released.
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.