The Daily Numbers - December 31
4.6 acre parcel that developers of the Chester soccer stadium project want added to a Keystone Opportunity Zone for tax breaks. They’re locked in a dispute with the Chester Upland School District Empowerment Board.
1.8 million dollars in sales taxes the group would save if they can add that parcel to the KOZ.
115 million dollars, how much the developers will spend on the stadium.
4 percent jump in taxes under the new budget in Newtown Township.
1 million dollars more in spending in this year’s Sharon Hill budget, although council will not hike taxes.
15 percent decline in homicides in Philadelphia this year. The city had 392 homicides last year, compared to 332 so far in 2008.
11 city libraries that have gotten a temporary reprieve with a judge saying Mayor Michael Nutter cannot close them without getting the OK from city council.
10 statues of the baby Jesus that were stolen from various Nativity displays in Bucks County. Police have recovered them and are looking for the owners. It is believed to have been a prank played by kids. Bah, humbug!
60 exotic birds removed by state animal investigators from a home in Monroe County that was described as being “deplorable.”
1 dead in the crash of a small plane in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
1 dollar, what someone paid for the 80-year-old Beesley’s Point Bridge that links Somers Point and Upper Township down at the Jersey shore.
500 workers getting pink slips at QVC in West Chester, which is eliminating jobs in its distribution center.
10 a.m., time the Mummers Parade will kick off Thursday morning on Broad Street in South Philly.
1.69 a gallon, average price for gas in the Philadelphia region, after prices dipped another 2 cents.
15 to 1, odds on the Eagles winning the Super Bowl after they made the playoffs.
14,000 tickets still available to Sunday’s NFC Wild Card game pitting the Eagles against the Giants at the Metrodome.
40 percent of Vikings season ticket holders that decided to skip the playoff game.
1 win in 3 tries on the road for the Flyers, who beat the Canucks in Vancouver last night, but might have lost Simon Gagne in the process.
Call me a Phanatic: A look at the ups and downs of being a Philadelphia sports fan.
Something that should concern Eagles fans. The Vikings have the No. 1 defense against the run in the NFL. That could lead Andy Reid to throw the ball on Sunday. A lot.
I Don’t Get It: Be safe tonight. Don’t drink and drive. And please don’t take part in that other odd New Year’s tradition, firing off weapons to mark the new year. Here’s a tip: What goes up must come down.
Today’s Upper: Hey, we survived another year. At this point, we’ll take it.
Quote Box: “All I want is our piece of the action.”
-- Juan Baughn, Chester Upland Empowerment Board member, on a request for tax breaks from the developer of the city’s new soccer stadium.