August 1, 2013 |
The Port of Wilmington's top banana - Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and the 65 million pieces of the yellow fruit it ships there each week - could be lost to the competing port across the Delaware at Paulsboro. After 30 years in Wilmington, Dole is considering relocating one ship a week - 3.4 billion bananas a year - to a new port being built on 190 acres in Paulsboro. For Paulsboro, landing Dole and gaining 100 to 120 direct port jobs, as well as the trucking and related businesses catering to the fresh-fruit trade, would be a major shot in the arm. The port, directly across from Philadelphia International Airport, is on 130 acres that had been the BP Oil Paulsboro Terminal, and 60 acres that was the site of Dow Chemical's former Essex Chemical plant.
July 26, 2013 |
WILMINGTON - City police arrested a man Wednesday who they said stole a priest's car at gunpoint outside the church where he was staying. The Rev. Paul Williams said that he was moving his car outside St. Paul's Catholic Church Wednesday morning when a man pointed a gun at him. Williams was not wearing his Franciscan habit when he was accosted. Williams, 62, said he thought he man was going to shoot him. The gunman drove off in his car. Police said two officers spotted Williams' car Wednesday afternoon.
July 26, 2013 |
IF YOU took a class at ComedySportz Philly in the late 1990s, early '00s, you might have been learning improv skills along with one of comedy's rising stars. That would be Aubrey Plaza . Best known for her role as April Ludgate on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Plaza, who was born and bred in Delaware, will star in first film, "The To Do List," in theaters tomorrow. Plaza plays Type A valedictorian Brandy Clark. After graduating from high school (class of '93), Clark makes it her mission to learn various sexual techniques - ranging from the tame to the X-rated - before heading off to college.
July 12, 2013 |
WAS SUNDAY night news night around the TV set for the Gallagher clan when John Jr. was growing up in Wilmington? Maybe not then, but it probably is now. This Sunday night marks the second-season premiere of HBO's drama "The Newsroom," in which Gallagher portrays the cable-news show's senior producer, James Harper. As a kid, the now-29-year-old actor recalled recently, it wasn't so much TV news that impressed him. He preferred the weather, as forecast by a popular Channel 10 meteorologist.
July 12, 2013 |
Bryan Sikora is back in business, opening La Fia Bakery + Market + Bistro in downtown Wilmington (421 N. Market St., 302-543-5574), catercorner from World Cafe Live at the Queen. Sikora and his wife, Andrea, dispense groceries and to-go breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, and other prepared foods from a small market, while the bistro side serves lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays). He may be a newcomer to Wilmington, but he's been on the Philly scene since 2001 when he and his now-former wife, Aimee Olexy, opened the BYOB hit Django in Queen Village, followed by a 2005 move to the nearby Brandywine Valley with Talula's Table in Kennett Square.
July 11, 2013 |
Hello there Raymond, then a student nurse anesthetist, was tending to a trauma patient at Christiana Care Health Systems in Newark, Del., when a surgical resident walked in. That summer day in 2010, Erin wore scrubs, a surgical hat, and a mask. All he could see were her eyes. Still, a small part of Raymond's brain thought, "Who is that ?" Raymond, who grew up in Ridley Park, wouldn't begin to know until mid-November. He was reviewing medical history with a patient when she walked in. "My God, that's the same girl!"
July 7, 2013 |
Ervinstene Harrell, 68, a gender-issues and HIV/AIDS counselor, died Sunday, June 30, of pancreatic cancer at her home in Mount Airy. Mrs. Harrell was born in Philadelphia and never left. Her life's work was doing research on adolescents struggling with their sexuality at her alma mater in Wilmington. She worked as a counselor for SILK, a support group for women with identity issues, and provided crisis counseling and HIV/AIDS counseling and intervention services. She obtained her certification as a counselor from Women Organized Against Rape five years ago and was active with the group.
June 17, 2013 |
NEW CASTLE, Del. - A cattle truck traveling on I-495 in Delaware overturned on Saturday afternoon, setting two or three cows loose along the roadway, state police said. The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. on the ramp from I-495 northbound to Terminal Avenue at the Port of Wilmington. Two or three cows escaped and walked onto I-495, Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day said. No people were injured. Day said he didn't know how many cows were in the truck or if any of them were injured.
May 12, 2013 |
KING CARL XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden stopped by City Hall yesterday to say " hej " to Mayor Nutter and commemorate the 375th anniversary of New Sweden, the early colonial settlement where Wilmington and Philadelphia would one day rise. The royal couple are on a U.S. tour with other stops in Washington, Wilmington and New York. Nutter and the royals exchanged gifts and pleasantries before checking out the Barnes Foundation, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the American Swedish Historical Museum in FDR Park in South Philly.
May 3, 2013 |
The University of the Sciences defeated Philadelphia University, 4-3, after falling to Georgian Court, 5-0, Thursday in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball tournament at Georgian Court in Lakewood, N.J. In the Philadelphia U. game, Haley Kavelak's walk-off single capped the Devils' comeback from a 3-0 deficit. Courtney Spina (Garnet Valley) became the Devils' all-time leader for strikeouts with 334. Jackie Keifer (Archbishop Prendergast) hit her first collegiate home run in the second inning, a two-run shot.