Monday, October 29, 2012
I-76 and I-476 are among the closed state roads Monday night.
Monday, October 29, 2012
PennDOT announced Monday that several state highways, including I-95, I-476 and I-76, would be closed to all non-emergency vehicles until 2 a.m. Tuesday morning in response to Hurricane Sandy. Roads were closed per the order of Gov. Tom Corbett, say reports. According to a release, the transpiration department is closing "the full length of Interstates 95 and 676; I-476 (non-toll portion); I-76 from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Passyunk Avenue and the U.S. Route 1 Extension in Philadelphia to all traffic except emergency vehicles" The Pennsylvania turnpike remains open. Before the closing, all area highways were placed under a 45 mph speed restriction. Additionally, NBC 10 is reporting that all Delaware River Port Authority bridges, the …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?' seeks contestants in the Greater Philadelphia region with local tryouts.
Do you want a chance to win a cool million? Who doesn’t? Area residents will have their shot very soon. ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Meredith Viera is a trivia show lasting 30 minutes, airing each weekday. Guests are quizzed with randomly selected questions. If they answer correctly, they win a randomly selected amount of money. As watchers know, guests are also given some “help” through resources like “Ask the Audience” or “Jump the Question.” Contestants work their way up the ladder in order to get to the big money, and try to win exactly what the name implies: a million dollars. Are you the local quizzo champion? Do you always beat family and friends at Trivial Pursuit? If this sounds like something you can totally do, you …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The production crew behind "Terror" was kind enough to invite Patch for a first look at the new attractions, as well as a peek behind the scenes, where we met the crew responsible for the hideous monstrosities that make men scream for their mommies.
Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary has played host to "Terror Behind the Walls" for more than two decades, but this year the cast and crew is aiming to build on their world-renowned success with the addition of a new attraction called "Detritus" and a special VIP experience titled "ALONE." Detritus expands the now six-part tour into never-before-seen areas of the 200-year-old prison, including the historic prison greenhouse, a newly opened cellblock and an outdoor labyrinth. In the event that the 45-minute journey through the haunted penitentiary isn't terrifying enough, guests can also elect for the VIP experience of navigating their way through the prison - ALONE! The production crew behind "Terror" was kind enough to invite Patch…
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Mayors of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown weigh in on Romney's running mate.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The Democratic National Committee Rapid Response Team issued a release on Sunday featuring statements from three Pennsylvania mayors – Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, Pittsburgh's Luke Ravenstahl and Allentown's Ed Pawlowski – on Mitt Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter: "If there was any doubt that Mitt Romney was the wrong choice for people in Philadelphia and cities across this country, today’s pick of Paul Ryan as a running mate makes it crystal clear just how wrong his priorities are. The Romney Ryan budget is an attack on our most precious resource, the very people who make up the fabric of this country: our parents, our children, our soldiers and our seniors. "Paul Ryan is the…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Montgomery County District Attorney Ferman says ringleaders lived lavish lifestyles.
[This article was updated at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7] Five people have been arrested and warrants issued for 17 others in an elaborate scheme to defraud Comcast of more than $2.4 million between April 2011 and April 2012, the Montgomery County District Attorney's office said Tuesday. The district attorney's office said Alston Buchanan, 28; Leighton Harrell, 26; Kendall Singleton, 26; and Richard Justin Spraggins, 29, all of Philadelphia; and Nicholas Caputo, 31, of Virginia Beach, Va., were "top members of an elaborate criminal organization" that led Comcast customers to make one-time payments to them in exchange for a one-time reduction in their Comcast service bills. "This is a corrupt organization involving a number of individuals …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The rapper, known for his Philadelphia roots, formerly owned a home on Steven Lane in Towamencin Township. Sigel, aka Dwight Grant, pleaded guilty to not filing income tax returns between 2003 and 2005
Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel, aka Dwight Grant, who used to own a home on Steven Lane in Towamencin Township until it went into foreclosure, has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to failing to pay income taxes between 2003 and 2005. Grant was ordered to report to prison on Sept. 12, 2012. The U.S. District Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has Grant listed with a Lansdale mailing address. Grant, 38, bought 1383 Steven Lane in Towamencin in February 2001 for $316,500, according to Montgomery County property records. It was bought by U.S. Bank N.A. in September 2010. According to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney, Grant pleaded guilty on August 9, 2011 to failing to file …
Monday, June 18, 2012
AAA says prices are the lowest they've been since January.
Gas prices have fallen below $3.50 a gallon for the first time since January, AAA Mid-Atlantic reported this week. “Not since late-January of this year have we seen gas prices in the Philadelphia area below the $3.50 per gallon mark,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Now that crude oil has settled in the $80 range, down from a triple digit highs this spring, gas prices are shifting downward as well. Analysts believe the recent drop in prices will likely last through the summer months and could potentially drop to the $3.00 to $3.25 per gallon range in some areas.” According to the release, the average price for gas in the Philadelphia region fell six cents last week, following a drop…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The leader of the nation stops by the City of Brotherly Love.
President Obama made a stop in the Philadelphia region this week on the heels of his comment that the "private sector is doing fine." Many asked him to address the comment during his visit to our region. Before he even set foot in the area, the PA GOP Chairman Rob Gleason, Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Chester) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) hosted a press call to focus on the looming visit. “As many of you are aware, President Obama made comments last week saying that ‘the private sector is doing fine.’ Does he actually believe that the millions struggling with 8.2 percent unemployment and the many unable to find jobs are all doing fine?," said Gleason to PoliticsPA.com during the press call. Obama attended three fundraisers at the Franklin …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
1 in 10 residents of the five county area to travel, says AAA.
AAA-Mid Atlantic estimates that 400,000 residents of the five county area will be traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, despite gas prices peaking near $4 a gallon. The agency defines traveling as journeys of 50 miles of greater. Of that figure, 88 percent plan to drive to their destination, roughly the same number as last year, says AAA. “Despite near-record-high gas prices this spring, Philadelphia area residents are ready to travel to welcome the summer season this Memorial Day holiday weekend,” said Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “While the economy continues to improve slightly, consumers have felt the pain at the pump in recent months, yet many will still travel. Local Memorial Day …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Jenkintown resident and breast cancer survivor Kerri Conner writes a kids' book about having cancer; has her name featured on the PECO building in Philadelphia
Most Americans have been touched in some way by breast cancer, but what one Jenkintown woman has done with her story is truly remarkable. Kerri Conner was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer when she was 33 years old, and in a circle of fate, the diagnosis occurred on the 10-year anniversary of her mother's previous breast cancer diagnosis. Knowing what it took for her own mother to conquer the disease, Conner began to think of ways that she could prepare her 2-year-old daughter for the changes that were about to take place. Pulling from experience, Conner decided to write a children's book, which she titled "My Mommy Has Breast Cancer But She Is OK". "I wrote the book because when I was diagnosed, I was trying to find something …