Judge open again

Father Judge High School reopened today after being closed since Monday, after dozens of visitors to the school Sunday suffered eye and skin irritation of an unknown cause.

The city Department of Public Health notified the school that its buildings were safe, and an outside environmental firm also found the building safe, although neither entity could find a cause for the irritation.

Onion Flats to develop

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority board has selected local developer Onion Flats to develop the Rivage site in East Falls with 126 residential units and 8,700 square feet of retail use. To be called "The Ridge," the development will occupy the vacant parcel bordered by Kelly Drive, Calumet Street and Ridge Avenue.

Lincoln Drive closing

The southbound lanes of Lincoln Drive between Wissahickon Avenue and Ridge Avenue/Kelly Drive will be closed temporarily on Saturday for roadway repairs.

All work will be completed and the lanes will be restored by 5 p.m.


Good news for booze

Pennsylvania beer lovers will soon have more time to buy beer on Sundays under a bill lawmakers approved yesterday. The legislation will allow beer distributors to more than double their hours on Sundays, to between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The legislation also creates a license for small distilleries to sell bottled liquor at the distillery and up to two satellite locations as long as the price is the same as in state-owned liquor stores.

Supporters see that measure as a potential tourist attraction - it will allow for on-site tasting samples - that also will help foster craft distilleries in the state.

Gov. Corbett plans to sign the bill, his spokesman said.

Thief's graveyard shift

James Tidmore, 48, is headed to prison for stealing more than 200 memorial vases from cemeteries. Tidmore was sentenced yesterday in Montgomery County Court to two to four years in prison.

He had pleaded guilty to charges of theft, vandalism and related counts stemming from thefts from March into May. He stole the decorative vases from graves at Highland Memorial Cemetery, in Pottstown, and Mount Zion Cemetery, in North Coventry. Cemetery officials estimated the value of the vases, which were sold for scrap for a fraction of their worth, at about $140,000.

- Staff and wire reports