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February 18, 1990 | By CALVIN TRILLIN
Learning that the Defense Department may have stored away $30 billion worth of things it doesn't need made me feel a lot better about my basement. We don't have anywhere near $30 billion worth of stuff down there. In fact, according to the lowest estimate - that would be my wife's - what we have in our basement has no monetary value at all. She didn't actually prepare a formal estimate with hard numbers; I've put them together by extrapolation from the phrase "a bunch of worthless junk.
NEWS
August 4, 1991 | By Christopher Shea, Special to The Inquirer
A fire in a basement storage room caused the evacuation of 23 apartments at the Forge Gate complex on Snyder Road in Towamencin Township on Wednesday night. Damage was limited to Building D of the five-building complex and was estimated at $20,000. One resident was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. The storage room was "gutted," said Towamencin Fire Chief Christopher Bohmueller. A laundry room in the basement also sustained heavy heat and smoke damage. The seven apartments on the first floor sustained heat damage, Bohmeuller said, and all 23 apartments in the building sustained smoke damage.
NEWS
September 11, 1991 | by Leon Taylor, Daily News Staff Writer
The strange phone calls about a body in a South Philadelphia house started coming in at the Roundhouse about 6:30 last night, Homicide Lt. Joseph Witte said. After the third or fourth call, detectives went to a rowhouse on Cleveland Street near Fitzwater, talked to the tenants who had moved in just a few months ago, and got permission from them and the owner to dig up the cement basement floor. "We dug down about 20 inches before we found the bones," Witte said. The unidentified skeletal remains - possibly those of a woman - were discovered wrapped in a sheet, just where the caller said they would be, Witte said.
NEWS
December 10, 1987 | By Lara Wozniak, Special to The Inquirer
In a brief meeting Monday, the Lower Merion Planning Commission recommended approving the conversion of a basement to an apartment in the Yorklynne Manor Condominiums at 465-471 City Ave., even though the proposal has yet to win authorization from the Zoning Hearing Board. Commission members John C. Donlevie, William H. Loesche, Davis Pearson and Francis J. Travascio voted in favor of the proposal. James Greenfield, Harry G. Rieger and Eleanor W. Winsor voted against it. A request for permission to expand the number of units on the lot is pending before the zoning board.
NEWS
July 21, 1988 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
The Warrington Zoning Hearing Board has approved Benjamin Grove's proposal to work out of the basement of his Pickertown Road home. The fire-equipment repairer received an exception Monday night to convert his basement into an office, said township manager Stanley Gawel. The board approved the conversion, 3-0, but limited Grove to paper and telephone work. Grove assured the board that he does all repairs at the fire departments that hire him, Gawel said. The zoning board made short work of the rest of its agenda Monday, continuing two requests for a special exception, Gawel said.
NEWS
March 10, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anyone worried about basement flooding might find useful some tips from New Jersey utility PSE&G. Customers of other gas and electric providers should contact their utility company as needed. Peco, which serves Southeastern Pennsylvania, can be reached for non-emergencies at 1-800-494-4000 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday), or for emergencies, including outages, at 1-800-841-4141 round-the-clock. Online reporting, including through mobile devices, is available through www.peco.
NEWS
February 9, 2007 | By Kathy Stevenson
Winter has finally arrived and many of us are spending a lot more time indoors. In this part of the country, that means migrating down to the basement. Whether your basement is used mainly as a place to store "stuff" or a place to store kids, it likely reveals your family's true personality. Upstairs might be the face we show to the public, but down below the designer kitchen anything goes. The most desirable basements, in my continuing informal survey of how people live, are those maintained by older, retired couples.
NEWS
July 30, 2004 | By Judy Harch
My basement has become a living history museum. Pieces of my life story are scattered among dusty boxes, plastic containers, and shelves laden with the fallout of 40 years of accumulated stuff. The exhibits in this museum have moved to three locations during that time. My basement also happens to be an archive for my children's life stories. It slowly evolved into a storehouse for special toys from days gone by, an assortment of outgrown beds, and books ranging from easy readers purchased at school book fairs to outdated college textbooks that my girls just couldn't part with.
LIVING
December 4, 2009 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Question: We live in a home that is more than 50 years old. It has a cement foundation with a finished wallboard basement. We noticed an earthy smell in the basement. We feel that the smell is coming from the high moisture content of the old cement walls behind the wallboard. We have been advised that to fix the problem, the wallboard would have to be torn down and wire mesh would have to be put up on the walls and more cement and then a special paint be applied. The estimated cost for the wire mesh process alone would be roughly $10,000, not including the demolition and refinishing of the basement.
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NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Harrowgate woman was charged with false imprisonment after she locked her four children in the basement of their home for more than 12 hours, police say. In addition to false imprisonment, Charnae Lee, 29, faces charges of unlawful restraint, endangering the welfare of a child, and recklessly endangering another person. Police said one of her children called 911 from a cellphone at 1:31 p.m. Sunday and said he and his three siblings were locked in the basement in a home on the 1900 block of East Atlantic Street.
NEWS
April 16, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I STEPPED through a hole in the wooden fence surrounding the Mantua home and beheld the filthy wonder of the once-majestic property. The yard was shin-deep in trash. The second floor's bay window was gone, opening a huge hole to the elements. An extension cord ran from the house to an alley light, dangerously affixed there by God-knows-who. As I picked my way past another missing window, the spring breeze caught the stench of feces (Animal? Human? Does it matter?), jolting me to my senses.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
TATTOOS WERE everywhere in Courtroom 608 yesterday. Men with dollar signs on their hands sat by women with stars on their cheekbones in the Criminal Justice Center. Some had lips on their necks and roses peeking out from their cleavage, and at least one man had a tattoo inside his ear that just looked like engine grease. Gary Valecce, 53, sat in the gallery with them all, the right sleeve of his jacket pulled up to reveal a dark tattoo with hints of blue and emerald green from his elbow to his wrist.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Give credit to Superintendent William Hite: He stepped forward Thursday and said his district has a plan for the thousands of unused books that sit in the basement of the School District headquarters and in shuttered Bok High School. "It is totally and wholly unacceptable to have usable, relevant teaching and learning materials in storage when our students and teachers need these materials in our schools," he said. "I will take full responsibility if in fact there are usable and relevant teaching and learning materials.
NEWS
March 12, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
We know enough now about the death of Firefighter Joyce Craig to say that many things went wrong the night she lost her life battling a West Oak Lane basement blaze. It's also clear that Craig's death is wrapped up in a larger problem: The Fire Department needs to recommit to giving its members the training they need and want. Craig's professionalism and bravery are not in question. Neither is the bravery of other firefighters who gave their lives battling fires in recent years: Lt. Robert Neary and Firefighter Daniel Sweeney, killed in 2012 when a roof collapsed in an abandoned factory in Kensington.
NEWS
February 27, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Investigators said Wednesday that an explosion that leveled a house and injured a dozen people Tuesday was caused by gas from a two-inch street main on Oak Avenue that leaked into the house and was ignited by a utility flame in the basement. Minutes before the explosion, police evacuated residents of the neighborhood following reports of a heavy odor from a chemical added to natural gas. As utility workers tried to find the leak's source, the house exploded at 10:32 a.m. Among those injured were utility workers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The students leaned in for a better look at their subject - a flattened skeleton, curled up and encased in a brown gunk of dirt and wax. "I've never been this up close and personal with something . . . that old," said Carly Sokach, 21, a University of Pennsylvania senior. That's 5,300 years old. The skeleton was excavated from a 50-foot pit in Iraq in 1930, packed in a crate and shipped to the Penn Museum. Not much more was known about it. For decades, the skeleton had rested in obscurity, with no paperwork to explain its provenance.
SPORTS
February 8, 2015 | By E.J. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to his older brother, Mike McLaren may never grow a mustache. Much to his babysitter's dismay in the early 2000s, the youngest of three future La Salle wrestlers tussled over a plastic sword with his middle brother, Matt. The dispute ended with an emergency room trip and six stitches to Mike's upper lip. The oldest brother Andrew McLaren, an 18-year-old senior, remembers the incident as vividly as he remembers the family's unfinished basement with a mat, where the boys spent hours wrestling each other under their parent's supervision.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2015 | By Brion Shreffler, For The Inquirer
The DIY music scene is thriving in Philadelphia. And the do-it-yourself ethos extends to how emerging bands get their music recorded. Take PUDH, a former DIY venue/house in Lansdowne, whose basement seems better suited for an Evil Dead remake than a makeshift recording studio. Members of the band Snoozer now call its basement home. Vocalist and guitarist Tom Kelly, who lives there with his two bandmates, says he has recorded demos for his band there. "We put the mics in the ventilation ducts," he said.
REAL_ESTATE
January 5, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: Last year, we bought a house in the suburbs, and we've decided that we'll need to refinish part of the basement. The basement is very humid in the summer, and the dehumidifier we have isn't up to the job. The excessive moisture is creating mold problems, attracting bugs, and causing water stains on walls. We don't want to spend a lot of money to fix this problem. It is not water intrusion during heavy rains, but dampness. We have been told by some people we have brought in that we need a new heating/cooling system.
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