Billionaire Yuri Milner Bids Another $100M to Explore Cosmos

VOA News Russian billionaire, Yuri Milner, wants to learn more about Alpha Centauri- one of Earth’s closest neighbors; a solar system with three stars. Milner, along with Physicist Stephen Hawking, announced in a news conference on Tuesday a project
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Curiosity to Begin Hands-On Science on Mars

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
The Curiosity rover is moving across the surface of Mars, approaching its first target to conduct contact science, gathering and analyzing samples of materials. In the true tradition of NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory managing the project, the ground team has named this target (more...)

Highlights Renovations To Be Made Along Germantown Ave.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter visited three redevelopment projects along Germantown Avenue to highlight smart investments being made in neighborhoods across Philadelphia.  The projects are funded by the Department of Commerce and the Office of Housing and Community Development. City Councilwoman Cindy Bass (more...)

Stack, Tomlinson Announce Significant RACP Grant for Aria Health-Torresdale

State Sens. Mike Stack and Robert Tomlinson have secured $3 million in state funding for an expansion project at Aria Health-Torresdale in Northeast Philadelphia. The lawmakers presented the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds to the hospital at a news conference. The Emergency Department construction project at Aria’s Torresdale campus will (more...)

$645 Thousand For Manayunk Canal Towpath Renovation

Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the completion of $645,000 in renovations to the Manayunk Canal Towpath. The project was funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the City of Philadelphia.  The Manayunk Canal Towpath is a key linkage in Fairmount Park’s multi-use recreational trail system. It (more...)

Renovation Of Dilworth Plaza Will Reinvigorate Center City

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (PA-13) joined U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, City Council President Darrell Clarke, representatives of the Center City District and SEPTA, and Philadelphia labor officials for the groundbreaking of a $50 million investment (more...)

Porch at 30th Street Station

On Market St., between 30th Street Station and the site of the former US Post Office building a new public space – “The Porch” at 30th Street Station has been open in November. The parking lane along the Market Street side of 30th Station was closed to (more...)

Diaspora Co-Founder, 22, Found Dead

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, one of the four founders of a new social network Diaspora, died last weekend in San Francisco at the age of 22. It is believed that he has committed suicide because of depression. Diaspora was billed as an alternative to Facebook, offering its users full control over (more...)

Officials Break Ground On Venice Island Tank

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by Congressman Chaka Fattah, City Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and city officials, broke ground on the Venice Island underground storage tank, a $46 million, Water Department funded project that will improve water quality in the Schuylkill River. The purpose of the project is to divert water (more...)

Anna Karenina is About to Get a Hollywood Makeover

Completed in 1877, Anna Karenina was not the book Tolstoy intended to write. He had been working on a novel about Peter the Great, designed to follow up his spectacular success with War and Peace. But the project went nowhere, and Tolstoy's thoughts turned increasingly to an incident that haunted (more...)

$4.25 Million In Grants To Revitalize Brownfields

The City of Philadelphia announced a total of $4.25 million in grants from HUD through the Brownfields Economic Development Initiative Program. The grant money is intended to stimulate job growth and revitalize unproductive industrial areas known as ‘brownfields.’ In addition to the grant money, an additional $4.75 million will be (more...)

Cottman Ave Lane Openings Near I-95

Cottman Ave. Lane Openings Near I-95

State Sen. Mike Stack and Rep. Mike McGeehan announced today that the two westbound lanes of Cottman Avenue were opened as part of the ongoing project to improve the Cottman/Princeton interchange of Interstate 95 in Northeast Philadelphia. "This is good news as the unofficial start of summer begins,” Stack said. “This (more...)

Race Street Pier And Playground Along the Parkway

Race Street Pier And Playground Along the Parkway

There are two news about center city of Philadelphia, that could give you some ideas for summer time: The Race Street Pier opened in May, revived effort to make the Delaware a destination. Mayor Nutter was opening the new public space along the waterfront in Old City, at the corner (more...)

Contactless Cards in SEPTA

Contactless Cards in SEPTA

SEPTA is implementing a new smart card system that will allow for purchasing fares on Septa transportation with the use of a credit, debit, or prepaid card.  The cards will need to hold the “contactless” technology that simply involves placing the card near a ticket machine as opposed to actually (more...)

New Project For Richboro

New Project For Richboro

Richboro in Bucks County is a suburban community, which has a mix of stores & restaurants, but doesn't have the town center for strolling from place to place. The Northampton Township has a project, called Addisville Commons, to make a pedestrian-friendly district, and to redevelop an old car dealership (more...)


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