December 24, 2014 |
The long retreat of the DuPont Co. from the city it long personified took a giant leap Monday when the chemical-maker announced it would move about 1,000 employees, including its chief executive officer, from the center of troubled Wilmington to a suburban office park. DuPont said Monday it will consolidate its headquarters. Between 800 and 1,000 supervisors and staff will leave the high-rise complex that has loomed over the city's focal Rodney Square Park since Pierre S. du Pont created the modern company in the early 1900s.
November 2, 2014 |
WILMINGTON - They moved the sickest patients first - children in isolation, with ventilators and feeding tubes, blood pressure pumps and IV poles carrying many medicines. A team of five or even six nurses, respiratory therapists, and doctors surrounded each bed, piloting it out of the old room, down hallways and around corners, applauded and cheered by colleagues at every turn, until each patient was safely reconnected to pumps and monitors in a new room. In all, 120 patients, many of them critically ill, moved Saturday into a $270 million expansion of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.
October 10, 2014
HAL REAL, 61, of Wilmington, Del., is a former real-estate lawyer and founder of World Cafe Live, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Located in a former toilet factory on Walnut Street near 30th, the shrine to all music genres houses everything from WXPN's on-air studios to two main stages, a restaurant and recording studios, and is home to the World Cafe radio show. Q: How did you come up with the idea for World Cafe Live? A: I'm a lifelong pianist and wanted a club for grown-ups to hear live music, that was great for audiences and performers and had good food and drink.
September 19, 2014 |
Shares of DuPont Co. rose more than 5 percent Wednesday, to $69.25, after billionaire investor Nelson Peltz 's Trian Partners dropped the polite public mask he held up when he started accumulating shares last year and made it clear that he's had it with CEO Ellen Kullman 's resistance to his scheme to break apart the Wilmington manufacturer in hopes of fat shareholder payouts. Peltz and his partners, who specialize in squeezing big, old companies like H.J. Heinz and Pepsico , also vented disgust with DuPont corporate spending on "bureaucracy" and century-old hometown perks like the 217-room Hotel du Pont , the 1,252-seat DuPont Theatre , and the DuPont Country Club , with its three golf courses near the company's Wilmington headquarters.
September 13, 2014 |
M&T Bank , which took over Wilmington Trust Corp. as Delaware's largest bank was on the edge of financial collapse three years ago, agreed Thursday to pay $18.5 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges against Wilmington Trust. Accounting disclosure and fraud charges faced the bank because of "improperly" excluded loan losses of $300 million from its quarterly reports after the 2008 financial crisis, the SEC said. The deal follows a string of federal bank fraud prosecutions in Wilmington and Philadelphia against former Wilmington Trust officers and private developer clients.
September 11, 2014 |
Sister Margaret Jones, 77, a teacher and chaplain, died Saturday, Sept. 6, of cancer in Assisi House in Aston Township, Delaware County. She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 55 years. Originally named Margaret Jones, she became Sister Jozeta Marie soon after entering the religious order in the 1950s. She changed her name back to Margaret Jones when the Catholic Church allowed nuns to do so. Born in Detroit, she later moved to Allentown, where she graduated from Allentown Central Catholic High School.
August 13, 2014 |
Costa N. Calliagas, 77, of Philadelphia, a bridge painter and sandwich shop owner, died Saturday, Aug. 9, of complications from a kidney disease in Vitas Hospice at Nazareth Hospital. A native of Greece, Mr. Calliagas arrived in Philadelphia in 1964. He moved to Wilmington, where he worked as a dishwasher and then a bridge painter on the Delaware Memorial Bridge. "On the new portion of the Delaware Memorial Bridge, he was the first one to reach the top," said his son, Nicholas. Mr. Calliagas opened a produce business, followed by a series of submarine sandwich shops in Wilmington.
August 6, 2014 |
If you're a fan of rockabilly - the blues-country-swing music that birthed rock-and-roll in the 1950s - you enjoy a lot of cultural options, locally and nationally. And a big local blowout is right around the corner. Rockabilly is a frequent roots-music choice of AAA radio stations such as WXPN-FM. It thrives at local venues that include Glenside's Blue Comet and Wilmington's Oddity Bar. Aficionados have the Saturday-morning Rockabilly Roadhouse podcast (rockabillyroadhouse.com)
August 3, 2014
A story about an I-495 bridge that reopened Thursday incorrectly identified its location. The Wilmington bridge crosses the Christina River west of the Delaware River.
July 20, 2014 |
Patty and Jim Seif had always yearned for a waterfront home. They just never envisioned theirs would be overlooking the Brandywine Creek in Wilmington. Eager to downsize from their five-bedroom farmhouse in Blue Bell, the Seifs considered other Pennsylvania suburbs and Center City, but they couldn't agree on what would best work for them. Then, in 2011, Patty accepted a job in financial communications with DuPont in Wilmington. "I then pushed Jim for us to live closer to my work," says Patty.