Crime Has Some Thinking Twice About Philly Life

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BORN-AND-RAISED Philadelphian Danielle Harvey never really saw herself moving away from her hometown.

Then, last spring, she witnessed a shooting at the same bus stop where she had been robbed about a month before.

Harvey, 24, who worked at a law office in Center City, said that she was able to shake off the robbery, in which her phone was stolen and pockets rifled through at a bus stop outside Frankford’s Margaret-Orthodox El station.

“You live in the city, this stuff happens,” she said.  “That made me think this city is getting a little tiring to live in, but I never really imagined myself being somebody who could move.”

Then, about a month later, as she waited at the same bus stop, a man across the street from where she stood was shot in the neck.

“[The shooting] was pretty much the thing that more or less sealed it for me thinking I should get out of here,” she said.

Read more:  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130225_Crime_has_some_thinking_twice_about_Philly_life.html

Property Taxes To Rise Across Philadelphia Suburbs

English: Pennsylvania county map

English: Pennsylvania county map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hundreds of thousands of property owners in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties are getting something they probably don’t want in the new year – higher real estate taxes.

Countywide increases, approved in December, affect the owners of all 382,304 real estate parcels in Chester and Delaware Counties.  Some people are taking a double hit, as at least 27 towns in those counties also have increased taxes.

Bucks and Montgomery Counties kept their rates the same, but at least 28 municipalities raised real estate levies.

While the reasons vary, officials say the overarching reason is basic: Revenue is down; costs aren’t.

Read more:  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/suburban_pa/20130128_Property_taxes_to_rise_across_Philadelphia_suburbs.html

Fuel Spill At Philadelphia International Airport

Okay, this is getting ridiculous!  A tanker truck overturned at the Philadelphia International Airport and spilled fuel all over the runway in front of Terminal F.  All commuter/regional flights have been halted until the spill is cleaned up.  The amount of fuel spilled is undetermined at this time.

You just can’t make this stuff up folks!

Tony Hayward has not been spotted near the airport!

Philadelphia Hospital Makes Best Children’s Hospital List For 2010/2011

170 hospitals were surveyed, 96 responded and 62 were ranked.  Eight hospitals ranked in all ten specialties: cancer, diabetes, endocrinology, gastroenterology, heart and heart surgery, kidney, neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

CHOP aka Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia made the top ten list.  Kudos to CHOP for providing excellent medical care for children in the Philadelphia Region.

Eagles Beat Falcons 34-7 In One-Sided Game

The Atlanta Falcons were no match for the Philadelphia Eagles today.  The Falcons finally scored at the very end of the game.  Kinda felt like that was a gimme.  Otherwise it would have been a total shut-out.

Michael Vick received alot of support in Atlanta.  Many people cheered and held up signs in support.  Vicki got his first NFL touchdown since returning.  Donovan got a break and stood on the sidelines.

I must say I am impressed at the amount of support Donovan McNabb is giving Michael Vick.  Looks like he is happy to share the limelight with Vick and was gave Michael a big hug after he threw the scoring pass. 

Might we see a changing of the guard here?  Time will tell.