Foxwoods wants review

Investors behind the Foxwoods casino project in South Philly said they asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to review a Nov. 10 Commonwealth Court ruling, which rejected their request to order the state Gaming Control Board to hold a hearing to reconsider the revocation of their casino license.

The investors had argued in Commonwealth Court that the board acted too swiftly on two main concerns: whether they still had the financial ability to build the casino, and whether they had violated a series of deadlines set by the board to get the long-delayed project moving.

The investors were granted the license to build a casino on Columbus Boulevard at Reed Street in December 2006. The board revoked the license in December 2010.

Chesnut Hill plan OK'd

The City Planning Commission voted yesterday to recommend that City Council approve legislation changing the zoning at the former Magarity Ford property, on Germantown Avenue near Hartwell Lane, in Chestnut Hill, to permit a development project that would include a Fresh Market grocery store and condominiums on the 2.1-acre site.

For months, some residents in the upscale neighborhood have voiced opposition to the height and density of the proposed development by Chestnut Hill property-owner Richard Snowden. Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor of planning and economic development, said members of the Chestnut Hill Community Association's board voted to support the project Monday night.

Asian service honors

Penn Asian Senior Services, a home-health-aide agency, is accepting nominations for its 2012 Outstanding Community Service Awards. The awards honor individuals who have demonstrated outstanding community service to the Philadelphia region's Asian community.

The award will be presented at the agency's sixth annual gala in May. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1. For a nomination form, contact Patricia Eget at 215-572-1234, Ext. 11, or


New abortion limits

Abortion-rights advocates are lashing out at a pair of Republican bills to impose new restrictions on the procedure in Pennsylvania. Members of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania and legislators held a news conference yesterday to oppose the bills.

One bill, a response to the deaths of one patient and seven late-term babies at the former Philadelphia clinic operated by Kermit Gosnell (see related story, Page 8), would require clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. It won House approval yesterday and was sent to the Senate. The other bill would bar abortion coverage in health plans sold through state insurance exchanges required in 2014 by the national health-care law.

Guv seeks Europe biz

Gov. Corbett will lead a group of Pennsylvania business leaders to Germany and France in March in search of new international opportunities. Officials said the six-day trip will be financed and organized by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, a private, nonprofit partnership with the state.

Team Pennsylvania spokesman Jim Mentzer said that 15 to 20 businesses will be represented on the trip, which will run from March 18- 23.

- Staff and wire reports