September 12, 2016 |
At Martin's Patershof in Mechelen, Belgium, the hotel owners don't roll out the welcome mat for you. No, when you arrive, you will find spread out at your feet a projection of a long stained-glass window. It's a harbinger of surprises to come when you stay at this boutique hotel - transformed from a Franciscan monastery dating to 1867. The stained-glass projection, it turns out, is of one of the few original windows that have been preserved but that can no longer be seen in the hotel, which had to be renovated and repurposed under the extremely strict preservation guidelines of the Belgian government.
August 24, 2016
WINCHESTER, Va. - Political arguments are rarely gentle or polite anymore, so it was a gift to see two Republicans who passionately disagree about what Donald Trump means for our nation hash out their differences with grace. Their exchange helps explain the mess Trump has made of his campaign. One clear indicator: Trump has handed Hillary Clinton a substantial lead in this former bulwark of conservatism. He is thus speeding along a process by which Virginia, a state that voted for Republicans in every election from 1968 to 2004, finds itself on the verge of becoming reliably Democratic in presidential contests.
August 21, 2016
We often receive emails from readers with specific travel questions. Here, we'll answer a few: Dear Larissa and Michael: I read your travel tip where you suggest leaving multiple travel adapters at home and only take the adapter needed. I have a question specific to electronics like iPhones, iPads, and the like. With many countries using 240 volts and not 110, what do you pack so you don't ruin your electronics? I currently carry a transformer along with the required adapter, but the transformer is rather heavy.
July 24, 2016 |
Lutheran Pastor Violet Little held her cup up, as part of the Mass, to her congregants on the streets. Little's outdoor ministry at Logan Square is attended by the homeless and society's neglected. The twice-a-month church service is followed by coffee hour in the park, hosted by visiting congregations. She left behind her traditional congregation of 14 years to create this "church without walls," also called the Welcome Church. Retiring from her old congregation to found the new one "happened because of everything in my life leading up to it," says Little, 64. "It was exactly the right time.
July 12, 2016 |
We are hearing quite a bit about the transformation of health care, but what does that really mean? If you are Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it is the complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act. If you are the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton, it is modifying the existing platform. Regardless of the interpretation, we are a long way from implementation of any significant policy shifts. We simply shouldn't delay tackling the challenges right in front of us while the presidential campaign drags on and a new administration sets up shop.
July 11, 2016 |
M ark Stettler 's Camden roots go deep. As a kid he lived in Cramer Hill, playing at the fire-prone Harrison Avenue Landfill, near the ex-boatyard where his great-grandfather Rickenbach built tugs, barges, and yachts. Now, he works rebuilding Camden: Stettler is vice president at T&M Associates , consulting engineers to the sprawling, taxpayer-backed Holtec International , Subaru , Camden County , and South Jersey Port Corp. projects transforming the waterfront and downtown of the Philadelphia region's long-depressed second city.
June 29, 2016
Firefighters in Lower Merion Township were investigating a portable transformer that caught fire Monday night and leaked possibly hazardous fluid near a creek, authorities said. The fire was reported just before 6:50 p.m. at the Green Hill Condominium complex in the 1000 block of City Avenue. PECO had brought in a portable generator and transformer while the utility conducted planned maintenance and the transformer malfunctioned, causing it to smoke and leak fluid, authorities said. The incident left several hundred residents at the complex without power.
June 26, 2016
A transformer fire Thursday caused a power outage in Superior Court in Camden, forcing the courthouse to close, officials said. The fire started about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. PSE&G crews repaired the damage around 1 p.m. Friday, when the building was closed again, a Camden County spokesman said. No other buildings were affected. The courthouse will reopen 8:30 a.m. Monday on its regular schedule. Court officials said some cancelled hearings will be rescheduled during the next two weeks.
June 13, 2016 |
Building contractor Angelo Perryman's summer project gives new meaning to the term "fast-track construction. " That's because his company, Perryman Building and Construction Services Inc., has less than six weeks to turn the entire Wells Fargo Center and its parking lots into what amounts to a pop-up city for 50,000, including the 6,000 delegates and 15,000 journalists, at the Democratic National Convention starting July 25. As part of the...
June 4, 2016 |
Kit Byrne cuts across Rittenhouse Square's six-acre park every morning as she walks to her job at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. For the last few months, she has looked for signs of progress on her way home. "It reminds me of a painting being created," said Byrne, of Fitler Square. "First the canvas is prepared, then the layers start to accumulate, and you can begin to see what the final idea will be. " In this case, the final idea is a landscape rejuvenation, the last phase of a $1.5 million restoration of the park that also included new irrigation, a fence and fountain renovation, new sidewalks, and the repair or replacement of more than 300 stone balusters.