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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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July 1, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Some 223,000-square feet of office and retail space in the adjacent Wells Fargo and Witherspoon Buildings at Broad and Walnut Streets are hitting the market. Jack Resnick & Sons of New York are selling the first five stories and two basement levels of the buildings, said Douglas Rodio, a managing director at real estate services firm JLL, which is marketing the property. The upper sections of the 30-story Wells Fargo Building and 11-floor Witherspoon Building are separately owned.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, STAFF WRITER
A woman's body was found in the basement of a house in East Germantown after a fire there was put out, police said. The house, on the 200 block of East Price Street, was believed to be vacant, police said. The fire was reported shortly before 9 p.m. and placed under control about 9:30 p.m., when the body was discovered, according to police and the Philadelphia Fire Department. jlai@phillynews.com 856-779-3220 @elaijuh
BUSINESS
June 19, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Everywhere Nick DeJesse goes, he sees a problem. So a nice stroll in South Philadelphia en route to a cup of cappuccino Friday turns into an hour-long lecture on fall hazards, trench hazards, and silica dust exposure, with the examples framed by scaffolding on nearly every block. "Whose mother, whose father, whose grandmother, whose baby is breathing that dust?" asked DeJesse, the Philadelphia director of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as he watched workers repairing bricks at a residential project near 25th and Christian Streets.
NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office withdrew all charges Tuesday against the suspect in a 1998 murder and dismemberment at a Chinatown restaurant, because the key witnesses against him have returned to China and were unavailable to testify against him. Kai Guo Huang, 39, was released from custody after an aborted preliminary hearing in the slaying of Hoi Yang, 27, in the basement of the former Min Du Restaurant in the unit block of North 10th...
NEWS
April 11, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Police are working to identify a man who was found stabbed to death inside a West Oak Lane home early Saturday. Police responded to the home, on the 6400 block of Limekiln Pike, at about 1:41 a.m. after receiving a report of a stabbing victim inside. In the basement, they found the victim, approximately 35 to 40 years old, with several stab wounds to the chest. He was pronounced dead at 1:55 a.m. Officer Tanya Little said the home's owner found the victim. But she said the owner does not know the victim's name, as he rents out the home and the deceased was not his tenant.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2016 | Jennifer Adams, For The Inquirer
Q: My basement flooded this weekend, and I don't know whether I should throw away or keep the boxes I was using to store books, clothing, etc. My wife thinks we should throw it all away - she has wanted to get rid of it for years - but some of this stuff is from my childhood. And what should we do about the carpet?    - W.B. A: Oh, no. Sorry to hear about this mess. As you know, basements are great for storage. At the same time, we hold on to boxes simply because we have the space.
NEWS
April 4, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the basement of a Nicetown home by firefighters responding to a fire that evidently was set deliberately. She appeared to have been shot. Police identified the victim as a woman in her 50s but did not release her name. Shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, firefighters and police went to the house in the 1900 block of West Bristol Street for a report of a fire and a person trapped. Firefighters were met with a house full of smoke and flames on the first floor.
NEWS
April 3, 2016
A body of a person who was shot to death was found in the basement of a house that apparently was intentionally set ablaze Friday night in Nicetown. Firefighters were called shortly after 7 p.m. to the 1900 block of West Bristol Street to battle the house fire and placed it under control at 7:25 p.m. Afterward, firefighters found the body of the shooting victim in the basement, said Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer. Police were investigating. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Authorities are asking for help finding the man suspected of killing a coworker last week at a Vietnamese restaurant in South Philadelphia. Philadelphia police said Monday that 27-year-old Noel Ortea Lemus Del Cid is a person of interest in the slaying of Thoung Nguyen. Nguyen, 54, was found in the basement of Lee's Cafe & Bistro, located at 522 Washington Ave., shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday with her throat slashed. She had been preparing food with the suspect at the time of her death, police said.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Brad Kenney opens a door at the Moorestown Community House that reads "Authorized Personnel Only," and immediately comes the smell of smoke, a stark contrast from the hallway and ballroom on the other side that were spared damage during a November fire. Past the door, in a dim kitchen, the vinyl flooring has been pulled to reveal the original hardwood from when the building opened in 1926. In the adjacent club room, a sheet covers a water-damaged Steinway piano - 103 years old - that Kenney is trying to salvage.
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