April 30, 2015 |
Camden was named one of eight new "Promise Zones" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday, meaning the city will receive help in securing federal funding for revitalization efforts. The Promise Zone program, initiated last year by President Obama's administration, is aimed at creating jobs, reducing crime, and improving schools. The program does not come with any immediate funding but asks communities to work with businesses and civic leaders to develop an improvement plan.
April 23, 2015 |
JUST TWO WEEKS after Philadelphia City Council passed laws allowing "Urban Experiential Displays" with full-motion 3-D video ads in Center City, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation canceled the city's four-decade-long authority to regulate outdoor advertising in certain areas. In a letter dated April 13, Leslie Richards, acting secretary of transportation, wrote to the Federal Highway Administration that the certification granted to the city in 1974 "to establish and enforce regulations with respect to size, lighting and spacing of outdoor advertising devices in zoned commercial and industrial areas has been canceled.
March 15, 2015 |
Homeowners are taking on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its efforts to redraw the nation's flood-zone maps by 2017. The leader of this fight is Toms River, N.J., homeowner George Kasimos, who discovered that because of FEMA's new map for his town he must pay nearly $7,000 a year for flood insurance, rather than the current $1,000. Toms River property owners were so upset that they filed an appeal of the FEMA map revisions and won. But that wasn't enough for Kasimos, a Realtor who runs a national group, Stop FEMA Now, that gained traction after a March 1 report on 60 Minutes about fraud among engineers hired to assess post-Sandy insurance claims.
March 8, 2015 |
Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. is withdrawing requests to override local zoning ordinances for its Mariner East pipeline project, tidying up a legal mess it created over the controversial Pennsylvania pipeline. The Philadelphia pipeline company on Thursday asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to withdraw the last nine of 31 requests for exemptions to local zoning rules. Sunoco said it has secured the local zoning approvals it needed for pump stations and valve stations along the 299-mile route, or has modified its project so that a zoning exemption is no longer required.
February 2, 2015 |
Meet Jamison. He was found in Philadelphia in August at 3 weeks of age, weighing less than four pounds, and suffering from parasites, cigarette burns, and seizures. He was rescued to Marlton by a compassionate Christian lady and later adopted by a nice Downingtown couple. Despite a hellish start, he has grown into a happy, friendly fellow with an athletic bent, an open heart, and, oh, what a nose. On Sunday, he goes national. Jamison, a pit bull-boxer mix, is in the starting lineup for Puppy Bowl XI, airing on Animal Planet.
December 26, 2014 |
Q: I DIDN'T GET laid once in 2014. My New Year's resolution is to change that. But besides that, I don't know what I can do different. I take women out from time to time, but always end up in the friend zone. Mia: Not the dreaded friend zone! Once you end up in that category, it's hard to get out. The next time you take a woman out, make it clear from the start that you are her date - not her friend. Hold her hand. Pull out her chair. Pay the bill and when the night is over kiss her good night.
December 10, 2014 |
AN ISLAMIC advocacy organization is suing a Bucks County township for discrimination after the town's zoning board rejected an application to erect a mosque. According to the lawsuit filed yesterday by CAIR-Philadelphia in federal court, Bensalem Township is demonstrating "burdensome, discriminatory and unreasonable land use regulations" by blocking local Muslims' ability to build a mosque. The proposed Islamic worship site would be the first in the suburban town just north of Philadelphia.
December 9, 2014 |
A plan to replace beloved Center City diner Little Pete's with a glitzy boutique hotel is on hold until early next year amid opposition to a bill that would clear the way for the massive proposed redevelopment at 17th and Chancellor Streets. The concerns of a hospitality labor union, a Center City civic group, and restaurant loyalists have stalled a rezoning bill sponsored by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson that would allow a 12-story Hudson Hotel to be built on a block that has been home to the restaurant since the 1970s.
December 5, 2014 |
THE EAGLES were rolling, first-and-10 at the Dallas 20, leading 14-7 in the second quarter of what would become their 33-10 Thanksgiving victory over the Cowboys. Jeremy Maclin had just toured the entire width and more than half the length of the field on a diagonal path, taking a short Mark Sanchez pass 58 yards. The Cowboys were reeling. First snap after the big play, Sanchez dropped back, looked at Darren Sproles on a screen to his right, saw there were blue shirts in front of Sproles, and fired farther down the same sideline to a wide-open Brad Smith, who had thrown a perfunctory block on the screen setup and now had maybe one Dallas player between him and the end zone.
November 1, 2014 |
All week, the questions about how the Eagles are going to handle J.J. Watt this Sunday were numerous and persistent. Center Jason Kelce, preparing to play for the first time since undergoing Week 4 abdominal surgery, said all the usual things about how smart and fierce Watt is, how hard it is to prepare for an opponent who moves around the line so much. Finally, though, after question number eleventy-billion about Watt, Kelce said this: "We don't care who we're playing, we're playing our offense.