Morning Headlines: First Domino Falls in CHOP’s 2015 Building Bonanza

The Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania at UPENN.

The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania at UPENN.

CHOP announced the opening of a new specialty care center in Plainsboro, New Jersey this week. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the $19.8 million, 25,000 square-foot facility will offer an array of health care services and can be “very quickly” expanded to up to 100,000 square-feet if there is a demand:

Judi Lauria, CHOP’s senior director for specialty care services in New Jersey, said the additional space allows CHOP to bring a complete array of rehabilitation services — including physical, occupational and speech therapy and sports medicine programs — to the new center. In fact, it features two “kid-friendly” rehab gyms. The Plainsboro center also has its own X-ray equipment, something the old center didn’t have. It also has rooms for auditory brainstem response testing

As noted by the Philadelphia Business Journal, this is just the beginning for CHOP. In addition to the facility in Plainsboro, CHOP plans to welcome six more facilities throughout the region into the fold this year. In the city, CHOP is working on the primary care/library community center at Broad and Morris Street, the 700,000 square-foot Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care in West Philadelphia and another primary care center in Roxborough.

As for the suburbs, specialty care centers in King of Prussia and Concordville, as well as an urgent care center in Chalfont, are all expected to open by year’s end.

CHOP’s building boom begins with $19.8M New Jersey facility [Philadelphia Business Journal]

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Morning Headlines: Another Eminent Domain Case Leaves Owner in a Lurch

Photo via Google Street View

Photo via Google Street View

Yet another eminent domain case has popped up in the area, this time across the river in Camden. According to the Inquirer’s Jonathan Lai, real estate investor Milton Rubin was offered the short end of a deal by the  the Parking Authority involving the sale of his Commerce Building.

Lai reports the department offered Rubin a price significantly below the $4.5 million mark he had originally intended to sell it for.

The Parking Authority’s offer came in considerably lower. In a letter in June, the agency raised the specter of eminent domain as it offered minus $200,000 – essentially asking the estate to part with the building and pay on top of it.

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Police Warn of Pickpockets at Wegmans, Panera Bread

Cherry Hill Wegmans surveillance photos

Photos via Cherry Hill Police Department

Police in Cherry Hill yesterday released images taken from surveillance footage of two people they suspect of stealing a woman’s wallet from her shopping cart at Wegmans.

The incident took place on January 18th. One of the alleged thieves, cops say, distracted the woman with a conversation while her counterpart swiped the wallet from her purse. They then rang up $1,150.39 in jewelry at the Cherry Hill Kohl’s. Yes, thousands of dollars in jewelry from Kohl’s.

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Spotted: Jersey Digs with Elevated Reading Nook

All photos via Long & Foster Real Estate.

All TREND photos via Long & Foster Real Estate.

We’re really liking that book-shelved loft overlooking the living room and its log-burning fireplace (because of course that part would grab our attention first) Everything else? Well, to each her/his own.

Aside from the mini library, the home has a granite-countered kitchen with a 15×8 butler’s pantry, an office with built-ins and bookshelves, and a master suite with a sitting room, his & her closets and its own private veranda overlooking the pool. There’s also a great room with a wall of French doors and windows looking out to the grounds, which include a gazebo and pond.

Click here to see the inside of the home.

Caesars Atlantic City Fined for Losing Two Slot Machines

Bridesmaids Slots

Slot machines in Atlantic City in November 2014

When a casino says it has loose slots, it doesn’t mean this loose.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced on Tuesday it has fined Caesars $5,000 for losing two slot machines and reporting that all machines had been accounted for. A spokesperson for the DGE said the two slot machines are still missing.

Caesars, which did not respond to a request for comment, reached a settlement with casino regulators over the missing slot machines. Regulators said Caesars discovered it couldn’t find two machines when it was moving machines around in November 2013, but still reported on monthly filings that it knew where all of the machines were.

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Haddonfield Home Going for $1,085,000

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard Inc.

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard Inc.

Beautiful red oak stained floors are throughout the first two levels of this unassuming Jersey home that, it goes without saying, is very nice indeed.

To begin, there’s a showcase kitchen with a white Arabesque marble island, countertops made of granite, and Signature custom cabinetry. The dining room boasts a coffered ceiling and has pillars with custom trim work. Meanwhile, the great room offers a warming stone hearth gas fireplace.

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Hard Rock Gets OK for New Jersey Casino, But Where Will It Be?

A company has won preliminary approval to operate a new casino in New Jersey — and it has a license for more than just Atlantic City.

Today the New Jersey Casino Control Commission gave Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment a “statement of compliance,” paving the way for the company to open a Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City. The company also received preliminary OK for a casino at the Meadowlands in North Jersey, if a market there ever emerges.

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Man Pens Epic 2,300-Word Response to Our “I Hate Bruce Springsteen” Article

Photo by Craig O'Neal via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Craig O’Neal via Wikimedia Commons

I get a fair amount of hate mail here at Philadelphia magazine, especially when it comes to my opinions of American disgrace Bruce Springsteen, which I have shared in the form of two articles: 2012’s “Why I Hate Bruce Springsteen” and a version of that piece that I repackaged for Springsteen’s unfortunate 2014 tour, “Bruce Springsteen Sucks.”

But no pro-Springsteen, anti-Philly Mag hate mail approaches that which I received the other day from New Jersey’s David Meyers. He took the time to write more than 2,300 words in response — more than double the word count of the original piece, nailing me with things like:

  • Now allow me to tell you why you are not only wrong on the Boss, but a terrible human being in general.
  • Maybe to someone who does no research on Bruce before he writes an article on him Ms. Patti is solely in the band because of nepotism, but to someone who recognizes the true nature of the situation, she was in fact a part of the band well before she married Dr. Zoom (Bruce’s original nick name that he actually prefers to the Boss. I assume you knew this since you wrote an article on him published in a major magazine).

  • Now you attack “Streets of Philadelphia” as if that is a legitimate argument. I recognize that you have your own opinion regarding the song and I can’t change that. However, a song that wins a Grammy is certainly not a bad song. If you look at the lyrics you will see just how descriptive and poetic Bruce can be.
  • Did you ever think maybe there is a reason that his fans are so in love with him? Have you considered that maybe his talent and his heart are so extraordinarily huge that people can’t help but be passionate about him, his band, and their music?

  • So maintain your stuck up, arrogant, uninformed opinion about Bruce Springsteen. Because while you sulk in the corner at what he does, millions of us around the world will rejoice that God has blessed our lives with someone as giving and as talented as Bruce.

I found it quite, err, moving in parts and thought I should share. Check out the entire letter below:

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Chris Christie’s Anti-Gay Record Gets Spotlighted—and Applauded—at Iowa Freedom Summit


New Jersey governor Chris Christie was much ballyhooed over the weekend at the Iowa Freedom Summit, with much of his applause generated over his movement to stop same-sex marriage in our neighboring state. More from Time:

At the gathering of Republican leaders, which is regarded as the unofficial start of the presidential primary, Rep. Steve King introduced Christie with a list of the New Jersey governor’s conservative credentials. Among them was his past obstruction of same-sex marriage in the Garden State.

“He vetoed the gay marriage bill in New Jersey,” King said, inremarks reported by Time. “He is pro-life.”

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Unbelievably Glammed Out Jersey Estate Asks $1.35 Million

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard, Inc. Realtors

TREND photos via Lenny, Vermaat, & Leonard, Inc. Realtors

Wow, wow, wow, wow. (Just…wow.)

Haddonfield’s Lane of Acres street is kind of a big properties smorgasbord (scour around a bit and you’ll see what I mean), but this one really stood out to us, not least for its massive Tudor-style facade. What struck us especially about the home, though, was its unique interior, which in addition to boasting a 2-story foyer, office, library, and spacious family room with several skylights, has the following:

  • living room with wet bar section (wonder if the carousel horse here is included in the sale too…)
  • eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar and breakfast area
  • master suite with fireplace, exercise room, sitting area, his & her closets, walk-in closet, his & her master baths, Jacuzzi tub area, and –takes a breath– roof deck access
  • Au pair suite with living area, bedroom, full bathroom, sauna and storage room

Click here for the deets and full gallery of the interior.

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