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October 22, 2013 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A stunner of a shopping center that opened with a ShopRite a few months ago in a vast industrial pocket of North Philadelphia came about, you could say, through the cravings of a developer's mind and stomach. One dreary day a couple of years ago, Michael Grasso was driving around Fox Street and Hunting Park Avenue in the winter rain to consider snapping up an old Tasty Baking Co. warehouse about to hit the market as the treats maker headed to new digs at the Navy Yard. Grasso, president of Metro Development Co. of Ardmore, and vice president Greg Bianchi passed forlorn hulks from the city's manufacturing glory days - some in use, some vacant - along with modest homes tucked out of sight of the maze of industrial concrete and brick.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The widow of one of two Philadelphia firefighters killed last year battling a warehouse blaze in Kensington has filed a wrongful-death suit against the owners of the building, contending that they persistently ignored dangerous conditions that led to the conflagration. The owners, the suit contends, knew from 2008, when they took possession of the old Thomas Buck Hosiery factory at 1817 E. York St., to the day of the multi-alarm fire that more than 60 vandals, vagrants, prostitutes, and others were living there illegally.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By Rita Giordano and Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writers
As smoke continued to waft from the fire-gutted Dietz & Watson warehouse in Delanco, officials probed the cause of the multialarm blaze, and the company on Tuesday expressed confidence it would be able to get its products to its customers. "If there's any glitches at all, it will be minor and over the next couple of weeks," Dietz & Watson spokesman Steve Riley said. "The products are perishable, so we don't have months and months of supply on hand at Delanco. It's usually into Delanco and out really quickly after that.
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Firefighters battled a multi-alarm fire late into Sunday night that ravaged the six-year-old Dietz & Watson warehouse on Coopertown Road in Delanco, which stores meats and cheeses from company factories in three states. The blaze remained out of control as of 9 p.m., and crews were expected to fight the fire well into the night, according to Burlington County's fire and EMS dispatch center. Flames were reported along the roof, which has solar panels mounted on it, about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, according to the Delanco Fire Department.
NEWS
August 25, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan - as well as allied Super PACs - are ratcheting up personal attacks in the special U.S. Senate race in New Jersey, seemingly competing to denounce the other as too radical for his own party. On Friday, the conservative Super PAC American Commitment Action Fund joined with the antiabortion Susan B. Anthony List to release a new ad calling Booker's stance on abortion "too extreme" even among Democrats. Noting Booker's role on the Democratic National Convention's platform committee last year, the ad accuses Booker of supporting "taxpayer-funded" abortions and of opposing any restrictions on or safety regulations for the procedure.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | BY OSCAR CASTILLO & JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writers castilo@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
FEDERAL AUTHORITIES yesterday filed suit against a food distributor in North Philadelphia's Fairhill section, saying the firm failed to improve improper conditions after four Food and Drug Administration inspections dating to 2011. The suit alleges that FDA inspectors who visited New Rich City Trading Corp., on American Street near Huntingdon, discovered "the widespread presence of animals such as rodents, birds, cats, and dogs, as well as the animals' feces and urine, throughout the facility, including on and around articles of food.
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Chris Kelsey is the tax assessor in Newtown, but for the better part of three weeks, his job has been setting up and organizing a warehouse to hold the toys, school supplies, and other gifts donated in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Despite the town's pleas to stop sending gifts, Kelsey said trucks have been arriving daily with tokens of support from across the world, some for the families of those killed, others for the children of Sandy Hook, still others for the town.
NEWS
December 28, 2012 | By Dan Zak, Washington Post
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Christmas is gone, and with it the satellite trucks, and now the residents of this most famous small town in America are left with tens of thousands of teddy bears that they don't know what to do with. Mountains of plush stuffed animals - some the size of grizzlies - await itemizing and boxing in a warehouse just east of Main Street, where the highest flag in town now flies at full-staff. Two weeks after the mass shooting at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, nearly a week after the streets were jammed with hearses and funeral processions, Newtown is digging itself out from an avalanche of altruism.
NEWS
December 18, 2012
J ULIE HOLAHAN, 49, and her husband, Michael, 54, of Elkins Park, have owned Pennsylvania General Store since 1987. The business, which sells local food products, is now a combination 750-square-foot retail space at the Reading Terminal Market and a 4,000-square-foot warehouse in Manayunk, home to a mail-order business that produces $2 million in annual revenues. Q: How have you stayed viable? A: By taking care of the customer. The answer is always "yes," then, "What's the question?"
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Sam Wood, BREAKING NEWS DESK
A four-alarm fire raging in South Philadelphia may put a serious damper on New Year's celebrations in the City. A blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m. at a warehouse rented by one of Philadelphia's preeminent Mummers organizations. At Second and Wharton Streets, more than 120 firefighters from 33 companies battled the fire in the building where the celebrated Fralinger String Band stored its equipment. Men from Fralinger stood at the scene as huge plumes of thick black smoke billowed from the three-story structure's roof.
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