September 5, 2014 |
The feds promised to help West Philadelphia. And now a cabinet secretary is showing up to take a look around. Julián Castro, head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will tour parts of the new Promise Zone on Friday, as two local institutions commence a $4 million initiative to transform early childhood education in a troubled part of the city. The effort, led by the William Penn Foundation and Drexel University, seeks to double the number of neighborhood children in high-quality child care within three years.
September 4, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Jet lag is common for those who travel long distances. Roughly a 7-hour flight from Dublin to Pennsylvania? Yeah, that normally will put someone in a groggy, out-of-sync feeling for 24 hours or so. But the Energizer Bunny himself, James Franklin, said he and his coaching staff don't feel the effects of jet lag. In fact, they don't even use terms like "jet lag" or "tired. " "We don't use those words," Franklin said yesterday at his weekly news conference with a solemn look before changing moods.
September 4, 2014 |
In response to Sunoco Pipeline L.P.'s plans for a pumping station, a Chester County town passed a series of amendments to its zoning code Tuesday that will make it harder for pipeline companies to win approval for their projects. Under the amendments West Goshen Township supervisors approved at a special public hearing, the township will restrict pipeline companies to industrial areas, require them to prove their projects are necessary as public utilities, and force them to meet a series of requirements regarding safety and emergency planning.
August 21, 2014 |
When Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins got the night off Monday in a 4-1 win over the Seattle Mariners, Carlos Ruiz took his place in the batting order and looked comfortable in the No. 2 hole. Ruiz went 0 for 2 but drew walks in his first three at-bats and scored the Phillies' first run. This season as the No. 2 hitter, Ruiz is batting .269 but has a .437 on-base percentage in 87 plate appearances. He has drawn 14 walks, scored 12 runs and has an .840 OPS. Ruiz is obviously comfortable batting high in the order.
July 1, 2014
LAST WEEK'S U.S. Supreme Court ruling eliminating safety barriers between protesters and patients at clinics where abortions are performed in Massachusetts was insensitive and insulting, yes - but hopefully narrow enough to have limited impact at other clinics. The court banned 35-foot buffer zones around the state's clinics, ruling with the plaintiffs that the enforced distance prevented them from exercising their free speech and providing "counseling' to women entering the clinics for abortions.
June 13, 2014 |
DREXEL UNIVERSITY is now poised to purchase the old University City High School property in West Philly, following an amendment to a zoning bill that was adopted in City Council yesterday. Pressures from the cash-strapped school district and its immediate need to pay its bills before the fiscal year's end pushed Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and her team to negotiate with neighborhood community groups who had expressed concerns over Drexel's proposal. A deal was struck in the hallway outside chambers just minutes before the zoning bill went before Council for approval, clearing the way for the university to purchase the 14-acre parcel from the school district for $25 million.
June 8, 2014 |
After nearly a year of intense debate, Cheltenham has granted zoning approval for a Wawa store and 16-pump gas station on Route 309 in Wyncote. The proposal drew fierce opposition from residents of the adjacent townhouses who feared Wawa would bring excessive noise, traffic, and environmental risk - and might reduce property values. The proposal spurred 11 Zoning Hearing Board meetings, many of which ran more than three hours. An attorney for the residents called witnesses to testify that the 3.7-acre plot would be better suited for a hotel or offices, as it was originally zoned.
June 5, 2014 |
CITY COUNCIL moved forward yesterday with zoning changes for the sale of one shuttered West Philadelphia high school, but blocked the sale of another. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell unleashed a tirade on an attorney representing Drexel University, the interested buyer of the empty University City High School. Zoning changes that would pave the way for that project were put on hold during yesterday's Rules Committee meeting. Blackwell accused the would-be developers of not communicating with her, her staff or community members who would be affected.
May 24, 2014 |
With significant changes and the passage of time, a onetime controversial redevelopment zone in quaint Mullica Hill has quietly gained township approval. Harrison Township officials established the redevelopment zone - referred to as Block 64 - on Monday, months after a public outcry squashed original plans. Mayor Louis Manzo said the vote came amid "a little less fanfare" than the township's first attempt - in large part because the 50-acre plan no longer includes properties along North Main Street.
April 30, 2014 |
Come October, when discount designer-apparel chain Century 21 opens an outpost at the Gallery at Market East, Philadelphia will gain a part of a New York City retail institution known for both its business acumen and its community engagement. The department-store company last week signed a lease with mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust to fill 100,000 square feet, mostly on the second floor of the old Strawbridge & Clothier store at 801 Market St. In announcing the agreement, Joseph Coradino, PREIT's chief executive officer, called Century 21 an "iconic" retailer that "meets or exceeds the sales of any luxury department store in most malls in this country.