From the Philadelphia Business Journal

Main Line hospital plans $52.8 million emergency department expansion
Friday February 17th, 2017 08:34:28 PM John George
Lankenau Medical Center unveiled plans Friday to spend $52.8 million to expand and enhance its emergency department.The Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, hospital's emergency department, built to handle 35,000 patients, is currently seeing about 54,000 patients a year. Lankenau officials expect that number to increase to 73,000 by 2025.The proposed expansion project, which will require township approval, is expected to be completed in early 2019.“This expansion project will allow Lankenau to deliver…
Sen. Toomey moving Philadelphia office to Old City
Friday February 17th, 2017 07:46:33 PM Alison Burdo
Sen. Pat Toomey is relocating his Philadelphia office – moving from the city's Central Business District to the historic neighborhood of Old City.Toomey announced the office change on his Facebook page, writing the hunt for real estate began in May of last year and the selection has to do with a federal law that calls for a senator's office to occupy a federal building if space is available.Beginning next month, the Republican's Philadelphia office will be in Suite 600 of the U.S. Custom House,…
Montco bank to expand footprint by buying suburban peer
Friday February 17th, 2017 07:27:00 PM Jeff Blumenthal
Ambler Savings Bank will venture outside of Montgomery County for the first time in its more than 100 year history after agreeing to absorb Bally Savings Bank via merger.Bally, located in Bally in Pennsylvania's Berks County, has just $53 million in assets and $47 million in deposits and $30 million in loans. It earned $307,000 for the first nine months of last year, according to a call report on the FDIC website. It has just one branch.The transaction will create a banking institution with approximately…
For former Revel, another opening date missed as owner Glenn Straub blames state
Friday February 17th, 2017 06:44:24 PM Alison Burdo
Another self-imposed and publicly proclaimed opening date for the shutdown Revel has arrived. And yet again, Glenn Straub's foray into Atlantic City is not ready to open its doors.Rebranded as TEN, the boardwalk property has had other opening dates in the past – originating from comments made by its owner, who repeated his oft-mentioned scapegoat to The Press of Atlantic City when asked what the latest delay is.“Who wants to stay in a hotel and eat at a restaurant that doesn’t have liquor,”…
Le Méridien going after millennials with $1M in renovations
Friday February 17th, 2017 06:10:08 PM Kenneth Hilario
The Le Méridien Philadelphia will get a million-dollar renovation — its first major update since it opened in 2010 — that will re-imagine the common and food-and-beverage areas, gearing the spaces toward the millennial traveler.Millennials are an audience hotel brands have been targeting for some time now. This demographic has an annual spending power of $200 billion, with each U.S. millennial spending an average of $3,900 in 2015, according to a report by Oracle Hospitality.Why do Montco…
Wharton expert: Is 'Emotional Intelligence' still relevant in the workplace?
Friday February 17th, 2017 04:27:39 PM Dr. Angus McLeod
Emotional Intelligence (EI) was first coined by Leuner in 1966. The EI buzz came thirty years later with Goleman’s business EI book (Emotional Intelligence at Work, 1998). But, twenty years later, is EI still relevant? Recent research supports the view that it is:Management Professor, Massimiliano Ghini, presenting at the NexusEQ Conference at Harvard in 2013, showed a link between leader's Emotional Intelligence, the impact on organizational climate, and how that drives performance. His research…
5 things to know & check out these 2 stunning homes for sale
Friday February 17th, 2017 01:25:10 PM Dell Poncet
Good morning and well wishes to all the people who read this. We face one more period of slog before a long weekend (for some of you).Here are a few things of note to speed you toward happy hour.Penn and your pursestringsPicture two hands. One reaching deeper into your pocket, the other giving you money. That is a bit like what is happening at the University of Pennsylvania.As Michelle Caffrey reports, Penn is increasing how much it will cost to attend the prestigious school, but also increasing…
Beverage industry workers swarm City Hall, call for repeal of soda tax
Friday February 17th, 2017 01:08:17 PM Tom MacDonald
Just a month and a half after it was implemented, Philadelphia's soda tax is being challenged in City Hall as soda industry workers lobby to have the tariff rolled back.The cut is consumption is shocking, said John Carpineta, who works as a salesman for Coca-Cola and lives in Holmesburg. He was among the 30 or so workers who brought their complaints to city lawmakers Thursday.State lawmakers, more question soda tax impact on Pa. budget"I think as an industry — and I've talked to some of my…
Gov. Christie pushes forward with $300M Statehouse renovation project
Friday February 17th, 2017 01:03:32 PM Phil Gregory
Despite objections from several lawmakers, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is moving ahead with a $300 million renovation of the New Jersey Statehouse.Christie said the building constructed in 1792 is falling apart, and workers have covered at least eight of the iconic building's windows with plywood."Those windows are boarded up now because those windows were judged when they were inspected to be ready to fall out of the building," the governor said. "So, we're boarding them up ... and the fact…
South Jersey town flipping houses to combat neighborhood blight
Friday February 17th, 2017 12:57:11 PM Joe Hernandez
One South Jersey town is combating its growing stock of abandoned homes by getting into the house-flipping business.Using a decade-old state law, Collingswood officials sued for control of some abandoned properties, enlisted a group of volunteers to rehab the dilapidated homes, and now plan to sell them at market value.Mayor Jim Maley said the town had to step in after banks and mortgage holders failed to maintain or sell the homes, which were blighting neighborhoods."It starts with one house…

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New Florist Shop Owners Search For Artisans

lower pottsgrove township: New Sanatoga Florist Searches For Artisans

Flowers By Colleen will occupy a building now being renovated at 2296 E. High St., Sanatoga


Colleen Rodgers

SANATOGA PA – The owners of Flowers By Colleen, a new Sanatoga florist shop now under renovation at 2296 E. High St., are looking for selected local artisans interested in selling their made-in-the-U.S. works on consignment as part of the retailer’s gift offerings, they recently announced on their Facebook page.

Owners Colleen and Richard Rodgers of Pottstown expect the shop to open when work on the building is complete, but the company is already conducting business from a virtual store online. To discuss prospective consignments or floral needs, contact Colleen by e-mail, here.

At the Sanatoga location, their business sign has been erected, new doors and windows are installed, and the exterior has been painted in an eye-catching blue and yellow theme. Parking for vehicles driven by the disabled also has been added. Necessary plumbing, signage and electrical permits for some of the work were issued by Lower Pottsgrove late last year.

Colleen Rodgers has worked in floral design for more than 30 years, and for 14 years has been a special events designer for globally-known Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA. Flowers By Colleen will specialize in offering clients one-of-a-kind floral pieces and other merchandise for weddings, celebrations, corporate and business activities and seasonal events, according to its website.

Top photos by The Post; Colleen Rodgers’ portrait from Facebook

Virtual Campus Earns National Recognition

Virtual Campus Earns National Recognition

BLUE BELL PA – Montgomery County Community College’s Virtual Campus has received national attention after earning its first “Learning! 100” award from Elearning! magazine late last year.

The award recognizes innovative learning programs in public and private sectors across the country. The college ranked 24th in the public sector category and was specifically recognized for the comprehensive process through which faculty members design and refresh online courses.

“The refresh process is one of checks and balances. Faculty evaluate their courses to ensure they are meeting their intended goals, while providing the appropriate level of work for their students,” according to virtual campus Director Kelly Trahan. About 95 percent of more than 300 virtual campus courses now offered have been refreshed, she added.

During the Fall 2015 semester, 3,654 students were enrolled in online and hybrid courses through the Virtual Campus; an increase of almost 6 percent over the previous year. Courses are offered in flexible seven-, 10- and 15-week sessions, as well as a 21-day winter session.

Composite image from Montgomery County Community College

Ambler Savings Taps Dean For Business Lending

Commercial Lending VP John H. Dean, and the Limerick branch of Ambler Savings

Commercial Lending VP John H. Dean, and the Limerick branch of Ambler Savings

LIMERICK PA – John H. Dean has been named by Ambler Savings Bank, which operates a branch office at 438 W. Ridge Pike, as its vice president of commercial lending, the company announced Thursday (Dec. 3, 2015). He will be responsible for expanding its small business relationships, and grow the bank’s Small Business Administration lending program.

Dean arrives at Ambler with more than 30 years of experience at several financial institutions, ranging from larger regional banks to local community banks in the greater Philadelphia area, the bank said. During his banking career, Dean has been responsible for business development, credit underwriting, loan presentation, loan settlements, and maintenance of a commercial loan portfolio.

Outside of the bank, Dean is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America – Cradle of Liberty Council. He is an advisory board member and finance chairman of the Sisters of St. Joseph Welcome Center, and a member of the Board of Observers and Alumni at Muhlenberg College.

Photos from Ambler Savings Bank and Google Maps