Thursday, September 04, 2014
Please share! On Tuesday, September 9, join Tookany - Tacony Frankford Partnership, Philadelphia Water Department & Philadelphia Parks & Recreation for a Public Meeting on Ferko Playground's storm water management project! Community input will make this project a success.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
-Due to track work along SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line, shuttle buses will operate in place of train service between Wissahickon Station and Elm Street Station for two consecutive weekends (September 6-7, 2014 and September 13-14, 2014).
Passengers traveling inbound to Center City will board shuttle buses approximately 35 minutes before regularly scheduled train times. After departing from Elm Street Station, buses will stop at Main Street, Norristown Transportation Center (NTC), Conshohocken and Spring Mill Stations before expressing to Wissahickon Station.
Shuttle buses will not serve Manayunk, Ivy Ridge or Miquon Stations. Inbound passengers traveling to these stations will need to transfer from shuttle buses to an outbound train at Wissahickon Station to complete their trips.
Trains will depart from Miquon Station eight minutes before regularly scheduled train times and will depart from from Ivy Ridge, Manayunk, Wissahickon Station, East Falls and Allegheny stations three minutes earlier.
Manayunk/Norristown Line trains will operate as far as Miquon Station. Trains will arrive at regularly
scheduled trip times up to Ivy Ridge Station before arriving at Miquon Station. Passengers traveling to stations beyond Miquon will board waiting shuttle buses at Wissahickon Station to complete their outbound trips. After departing from Wissahickon Station, buses will express to Spring Mill Station and will serve Conshohocken, NTC, Main Street and Elm Street Stations.
All passengers should plan to add approximately 35 minutes on their trips.
During shuttle bus substitution weekends, supplemental late night bus service will be provided for inbound and outbound passengers traveling between Manayunk and Elm Street stations.
Passengers can visit www.septa.org to view changes to their train lines and download the supplemental schedule.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Philadelphia is a good theater town. We have a lot of options, from Broadway quality and prices to local theater quality and prices. Here are a few of the better theater companies and some of their plays for this coming year. Most have subscription packages that let you get tickets for groups of plays at a reduced cost.
Wilma Theater -- Among their offerings are Hamlet in March and April, followed by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The lead in Hamlet will be played by an African American woman, Zainab Jah. In addition to established plays they are presenting two newer productions, The Body of an American, a contemporary war story, and Rapture, Blister, Burn, on the reunion of three women who were college friends.
People's Light -- They are offering three classics, three premieres, and two family plays, including their annual holiday panto. Two of the premieres have local ties. Row After Row is a dark comedy involving Battle of Gettysburg re-enactors. Stella & Lou takes place in a South Philly bar. One of the classics is August Wilson's Fences. Another is The Cherry Orchard, which will star David Stratharin and Mary McDonnell. (If you aren't acquainted with these two watch the movie Passion Fish; they were both in it.) On a personal note, I've always enjoyed the People's Light performances and bought a four play package for this season.
Walnut Street Theater -- The oldest theater in American (opened in 1809) is showing 15 plays this season. Five on the main stage, five on a smaller stage, and five family attractions.
There are a lot of other theaters in the area. These are just the ones who send me flyers lately.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This annual political event which benefits a local charity, Variety Philadelphia. The venue and all staffing and services are donated.
I took notes as people performed and as it is impossible to write as fast as people talk I missed some things. So this is by no means a complete transcript. I caught as much as I could. Information in parentheses indicates the candidate's party affiliation and office sought. Other than the two gubernatorial candidates everyone was a congressional candidate and the number indicates the district they are in. Information in brackets are my comments. In places it notes something that I missed; in others it is a more direct comment. For example, I don't follow any professional sports so sports jokes are completely beyond me. If someone told a lot of sports jokes I just noted that in brackets. I did not quite know how to record the performance by Mary Ellen Balchunis so that is one long bracketed comment.
It is entirely possible that I misinterpreted something, or that by missing part of a presentation the balance of it is out of context. If that happened I apologize for it, and also for any other errors or misconceptions. This is my best effort at recording as much as I could.
Montgomery County Treasurer Jason Salus, who also serves as the County’s Director of Tax Claim, today invited qualified bidders to participate in the upcoming Judicial Real Estate Tax Sale.
“Properties offered “free and clear” at Judicial Sale often represent attractive investment
opportunities for prospective buyers,” said Salus. According to Salus, the term “free and clear” refers to the divestment of all liens from Judicial Sale properties that occurs at the time of sale.
“While the sale of these properties will accomplish our short-term goal of returning them to the tax rolls and generating much needed revenue for our County, local school districts and municipalities, it will also encourage economic growth in the long-term by stimulating
Montgomery County’s real estate market through redevelopment,” said Salus.
The sale is scheduled for Thursday, August 28th at 10:00 AM in Courtroom A of the
Montgomery County Courthouse (2 E. Airy Street, Norristown PA). Prospective bidders must register prior to the sale.
A complete list of properties available in this Sale as well as the Sale guidelines and registration information can be found by visiting the Montgomery County Tax Claim Bureau website. Please note that this list is updated daily and may change up to the day of Sale. At press time, twenty properties were scheduled to be offered at Sale including Joshua Hill, a property stretching over ten acres in Whitemarsh Township.
Furthermore, it is recommended to consult with an Attorney or Abstractor prior to bidding. All properties are sold “as is” without warranty or guarantee as to condition of title.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
One of my favorite local bands, The White Cheddar Boys (sometimes also known as Huey and the Banjo), will be playing live at Kung Fu Necktie this Friday, August 8th. The address is 1250 N. Front St. Philadelphia. It's worth the time and money to go. The band is good.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Jack Hansen, Democratic candidate for the 24th state senate seat, ran a write-in campaign in the May primary. He needed 500 votes in the primary to be on the fall general election ballot. It's a tricky seat because the district contains parts of three counties.
How did he do? Overall he received 1,506 votes, triple what he needed. (That number is what his campaign reported; the write-in vote totals were a few higher which leads me to believe Hansen recieved most of the write-in votes in Berks and Bucks.) Here's the county breakdown, along with the votes received by Republican incumbent Bob Mensch:
Berks County: It just lists the number of write-ins (89 D); Mensch received 1153 votes
Bucks County: D write-ins (484); Mensch 1578
Montgomery: Hansen 945; Mensch 4,586
Since Hansen is listed by name in the Montco results, and there are other D votes just listed as "write-in" (118) I'm not sure if Hansen was on the ballot in that county or not. Since his votes were separated out from just write-ins I would think so.
For a write-in campaign he did extremely well. Even without the Montco results he would have received enough votes to be on the ballot. Kudos, Mr. Hansen.
Always late to the party, I'm just now taking an in-depth look at primary results. You can play along at home at http://www.buckscountyelections.org/ A few thoughts:
* More Democrats than Republicans turned out, probably due to the contested congressional primary. Almost twice as many Dems took the time to vote.
* However, the turnout wasn't consistent across races. For example, if my math is correct (never a good bet, check me on this before re-posting anything) 16,988 Republicans cast a vote for governor, 18,522 for lt. gov, and 19,634 for Mike Fitzpatrick in the 8th congressional race. That means nearly 3,000 Republican voters purposefully did not pull a lever or push a button for the governor's race. That's harsh.
* How did other races stack up? For govenor, Democrats cast 35,713 votes, for lt gov 32,226 votes, for 8th congressional district 33,363 votes. So Dems were more invested in the governor's race, less so the lt gov, and congress getting the Goldilocks spot in the middle.
from the inbox:
In response to the Pennsylvania State House of Representative’s decision to not return to Harrisburg to vote on HB 1177, Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Council President Darrell Clarke released the following statement:
“As we have stated repeatedly over the last year, the Cigarette Tax is a critically important part of a multi-pronged solution to support the children of Philadelphia and our public schools for the next school year and for years to come. The news that the House will not return next week to pass HB 1177 is devastating to us. Superintendent Dr. William Hite has been clear that without the new revenue from the Philadelphia Cigarette Tax to fill the now $81 million budget gap, he could not open schools on time. We support Dr. Hite’s belief that ensuring schools are safe and adequately staffed is more important than opening schools as planned on September 8th.
"We appreciate the House’s well-intentioned idea of having the City advance money to the District to help address the District’s short-term cash flow needs. However, this only advances money already included in the District’s budget and does nothing to address the substantial budget gap that the funds generated by the Philadelphia Cigarette Tax would help close. Superintendent Hite has requested certainty on the Philadelphia Cigarette Tax by August 15 in order to know that the District has the resources it needs to operate schools safely this year. For all of those reasons, we hope that the legislature will reconsider today’s decision and choose to come back to Harrisburg by August 15 and pass HB 1177.
"We remain grateful to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the State Senate for demonstrating that the education of Philadelphia’s youth is important for the future of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by passing versions of the Cigarette Tax earlier this month. The City of Philadelphia requests that state lawmakers take action once again for the sake of our school children.”