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Recounts in 75 Phila. precincts got Hillary 5 more votes

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 05:10:05 PM Nick Field
Well so much for that idea.Disappointed Democrats were holding out hope that a recount would unveil some massive fraud on the part of Donald Trump/Russian hackers etc.These people were so passionate that Green Party nominee Jill Stein was able to use them to fuel her statewide efforts. Stein, though, has been generally unsuccessful.Furthermore, those areas that have conducted recounts found little or no change.A recount of 75 precincts in Philadelphia turned up just five more votes for Hillary…

New bank pushes in Philadelphia suburbs with $150M deal

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 04:41:50 PM Jeff Blumenthal
Berkshire Hills Bancorp has completed its acquisition of privately held First Choice Bank — a $1 billion-asset bank with six branches in Central Jersey and two more in southeastern Pennsylvania.Since announcing the deal in June, Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based Berkshire (NYSE: BHLB) saw the purchase price jump from $111.7 million to $150 million. Berkshire said the transaction will benefit its capital and liquidity metrics and is book value accretive.With a trademarked tagline of America’s…

Nurses to picket Delco hospital to inform public about safe staffing levels

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 04:25:47 PM John George
About 400 registered nurses and technical employees at Delaware County Memorial Hospital are planning to hold an informational picket in front of the Drexel Hill, Pa., hospital to advocate for improved quality of care and safety for patients as well as employees.The hospital workers, who joined the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurse and Allied Professional (PASNAP) union earlier this year, are in the process of negotiating their first union contract with Prospect Medical Holdings, which acquired…

Eater names Old City restaurant among 'Best in America'

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 03:57:31 PM Alison Burdo
A darling of Philadelphia's culinary scene, the Israeli restaurant Zahav is once again named one of the best restaurants in America for third consecutive year, propelling the Old City dining experience into the Eater Hall of Fame.Zahav was the only restaurant in the Greater Philadelphia region to make the list, which named 38 restaurants from around the country as "best." Eater admits the meaning of "best" is fluid, and in this case, it represents the restaurants that are leading "the dining conversation…

Family-owned ice cream shop opening first brick-and-mortar in Fishtown

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 01:30:28 PM Alison Burdo
The husband and wife team behind the Philadelphia-based "micro creamery," known for its small batches of unique ice cream flavors, are opening their first location in the busy Frankford and Girard avenues intersection in the city's Fishtown neighborhood.Jen and Andy Satinsky started Weckerly's Ice Cream in West Philadelphia at the Green Line Cafe four years ago. The couple eventually relocated from a restaurant kitchen to a North Philadelphia facility to make their French-style ice cream. Now Weckerly's…

5 things to know & how's a 29-story tower in the middle of Jewelers' Row grab ya?

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 01:25:34 PM Dell Poncet
Good morning, people of the region and beyond.Let's check out some stuff worth talking about.On top of the hill againFirst off, Vernon Hill is back as a chairman of a bank.Hill is the founder of Commerce Bank (since acquired by TD Bank), which put longer hours of operation, customer service and dog bisquits in the forefront. He became a figure of controversy over some real estate maneuvers that ended up being investigated. He was never charged but ended up resigning.Now, Hill is back and…

How drone advances could boost New Jersey's economy

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 01:00:14 PM Phil Gregory
The use of drones is accelerating, and five New Jersey universities are developing applications for the unmanned aerial devices.During a roundtable discussion with lawmakers at the New Jersey Statehouse Monday, researchers discussed how drones can provide emergency communications links for first responders, inspect bridges, monitor traffic, and market real estate.Chris Molloy, vice president for research and economic development at Rutgers University, said researchers there have started a new…

Republican state Senator, Gov. Wolf point fingers in state layoffs

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 12:51:13 PM Katie Meyer, WITF
Republican state Sen. Scott Wagner is filing a right-to-know request over the layoffs of several hundred employees of Pennsylvania.The York County lawmaker is blamed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and union leaders as a major cause of the layoffs.But Wagner contends that Wolf is at fault.At the end of the 2016 legislative session last month, the GOP-led Senate decided not to vote on a funding bill for the state's unemployment compensation program.Without it, the governor and the Department of…

Swarthmore Borough unanimously approves rezoning house for cancer patients

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 12:44:16 PM Kyrie Greenberg
Despite some previous opposition, re-zoning a large house in Swarthmore to be used as a group residence for cancer patients won unanimous approval last night from the Borough Council.The HeadStrong foundation will renovate the home to be a temporary residence for up to seven cancer patients. Council approved the plans provided that parking, fire, and accessibility plans are brought up to code, and no more than 14 people stay at the property at once.The new zoning designation will not be tied…

This Week in Comcast: How big of a threat is AT&T's DirecTV Now?

Tuesday December 6th, 2016 12:35:21 PM Michelle Caffrey
Comcast took a shot this week as AT&T announced its DirectTV Now streaming service would bring customers a bundle of more than 100 channels for $35 a month, no set-top box or dish needed.Some experts think the move by AT&T — which is investing more in content as Comcast works to develop a wireless offering — isn’t a definite death knell for traditional cable operations, but it's not exactly good news either.A key shortcoming of DirecTV Now, Motley Fool reports, it doesn't include increasingly…

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