Wolf says Pennsylvania can address labor shortage with safer, better paying jobs

To address Pennsylvania’s labor shortage, Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Thursday that his administration says will make workplaces safer, guarantee paid leave and increase wages. Wolf says the lack of workers and the abundance of available open positions are interrelated. The problem isn’t necessarily a shortage of workers, but more specifically not enough…

The Mission Inn to close after three decades as Cape May bed and breakfast

The Mission Inn will close for good at end of December, ending a nearly three-decade run on New Jersey Avenue in Cape May. The unique getaway destination at the Jersey Shore has been distinguished for its California mission style architecture, which stands in contrast to the Victorian homes most often associated with Cape May. Rooms…

Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Birchtree Catering among Philly businesses joining effort to reduce food waste

Six Philadelphia restaurants and caterers have joined a pilot program designed to help them reduce food waste and develop sustainable practices. The Philadelphia Food Waste Business Challenge will provide resources to help restaurants prevent, donate and recycle wasted food. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Ben Simmons’ Moorestown mansion features gaming and candy rooms

Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons listed his mansion in Moorestown, New Jersey for $5 million as he navigates a standoff with the team. The home features an aquarium, private gaming room and candy room in the basement. The house also has a wine wall and includes five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Top Featured Tags: -…

Sixers, William Penn Foundation award grant to promote homeownership in Sharswood

The Philadelphia 76ers, as part of their owners’ commitment to racial equality, is helping promote homeownership and wealth creation in the Sharswood section of Philadelphia. The Sixers presented a $100,000 grant to financial services agency Clarifi on Monday. The grant has been matched by the William Penn Foundation’s Family Recovery Fund, to bring the total…

Rachel Levine sworn in as nation’s first openly transgender four-star admiral

Dr. Rachel Levine was sworn in Tuesday as the nation’s first openly transgender four-star admiral. The former Pennsylvania health secretary, who now serves as President Joe Biden’s assistant health secretary, joins the ranks of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Philly-based flight attendants for Piedmont Airlines flight authorize strike

Piedmont Airlines flight attendants voted to authorize a strike Thursday for better wages and benefits after three years of contract negotiations. The airline flies to more than 55 cities and the majority of its flight attendants are based at Philadelphia International Airport. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

It’s ‘not true’ that witnesses filmed rape on SEPTA subway, Delco D.A. says

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer denied that witnesses on board a SEPTA Market-Frankford Line subway used their cellphones to film a rape that occurred on Oct. 13. The incident gained national attention after 35-year-old Fiston Ngoy was charged with sexually assaulting a woman on the SEPTA train car. Police said numerous witnesses failed to…

Philly’s rat problem is among the worst in the U.S., pest control company says

Philadelphia ranked No. 7 on pest control company Orkin’s list of the most rat-infested cities in 2021. The news comes as rat complaints surge in the Hunting Park neighborhood. The health department advises residents to call (215) 686-9000 as soon as they spot evidence of an infestation. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress Release Distribution…

Rendering depicts replacement for Downey’s Irish Pub on South Street

Downey’s Irish Pub, shuttered at Front and South streets since 2016, will be demolished and redeveloped into a mixed-use building that will include 18 apartments and ground floor retail. A rendering of the project from Ambit Architecture shows plans for the property, which may be part of a revived corridor as development continues along Philadelphia’s…

South Jersey parks slated to receive state funding for improvement projects

New Jersey officials are looking to invest more than $100 million in parks, playgrounds and open spaces across the state. The funding, which would be provided through the state’s Green Acres Program, would benefit several parks in South Jersey. The Garden State Preservation Trust has approved the projects. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress Release…

Growing number of Philadelphia households have high-speed internet, city survey finds

A new report examining Philadelphia residents’ access to high-speed internet shows that more people have broadband subscriptions at home now, 84%, compared to 2019, when just 70% of households had high-speed internet access at home. Also, 91% of families with school-aged children have high-speed internet access at home, part of which may be a result…

Delonte West arrested in Florida after alleged incident with police

Former NBA player and St. Joseph’s University standout Delonte West was arrested Tuesday night in south Florida after an alleged drunken encounter with police, authorities said. Earlier this year, West reportedly had gotten a job at the rehab facility he had entered. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Scooter rider inappropriately touching women at Temple University, police warn

Temple University police are an investigating a string of incidents involving a man on a motorized scooter who has inappropriately touched women on several occasions over the last four weeks, authorities said. Students are advised to be aware of their surroundings, walk in groups and request a walking escort when necessary. Top Featured Tags: -…

Lighting to be installed on Manayunk Bridge Trail by early next year

A $1.5 million improvement project that will add lights and new security cameras to the Manayunk Bridge Trail will get underway this month. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2022. The new enhancements will allow the trail, which connects Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township, to be accessed 24/7. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia…

Orionid meteor shower peaks early Wednesday, but full moon could make it difficult to see

The Orionid meteor shower peaks early Wednesday, Oct. 20, but it could be difficult to see due to the full moon, which will brighten the sky, obscuring some of the dimmer shooting stars. However, there will be additional opportunities to see meteor shower though early November. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Auto thefts, vehicle break-ins spike in Art Museum area, Philly police say

Philadelphia police say there has been a spike in stolen vehicles, car break-ins and other theft crimes in the vicinity of the Museum of Art and along Kelly Drive, as well as elsewhere in the department’s Ninth District. Motorcycles and scooters have especially been targeted this year, police said. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress…

New Jersey E-ZPass users now can receive mobile alerts of toll charges

New Jersey E-ZPass customers can receive push notifications alerting them of charges incurred after passing through toll plazas. A new law requires the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and South Jersey Transportation Authority to deliver mobile alerts within 24 hours of a toll charge posting to a customer’s account. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress Release…

Historic Vickers Restaurant & Bar to close in Exton after nearly 50 years

The historic Vickers Restaurant in Exton, Chester County, will close for good on Oct. 30, ending a run of nearly 50 years. The restaurant has occupied a farmhouse on the homestead of notable Pennsylvania potter and abolitionist John Vickers, whose property was a central station on the Underground Railroad in Chester County. Top Featured Tags:…

Maurice Hill gets trial for police standoff case pushed back

The trial for Maurice Hill, the man accused of shooting at dozens of Philadelphia police officers during an August 2019 standoff, has been postponed until September 2022. The trial was expected to begin Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Hill, of Delaware County, faces 62 sets of murder and aggravated assault charges. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia…

Babysitter fatally stabbed Pennsylvania woman after ‘adverse reaction’ to marijuana cookies, police say

Lavrius O’Brian Watson, 26, of Pocono Summit, is charged with criminal homicide in the fatal stabbing of 41-year-old Elizabeth Bennett Leonard. Watson, who had been babysitting for Leonard, allegedly consumed edible marijuana cookies and blamed the stabbing on an “adverse reaction” he had to the drug. Top Featured Tags: – Philadelphia NewsPress Release Distribution Service

Former Penn State students get $22,500 in lawsuit over roommate’s alleged spying

A couple in Center County, Pennsylvania has been awarded $22,500 stemming from claims in a lawsuit against a former roommate when the trio attended Penn State University together. The roommate, 31-year-old Nils Knutrud, allegedly installed a secret camera and storage device inside a DVD player planted in the couple’s bedroom. Videos and photos were later…

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