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.
January 24, 1986 | By JOE BALTAKE, Daily News Film Critic
"Troll. " A comedy-fantasy starring Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, Noah Hathaway and Jenny Beck. Directed by John Buechler from a screenplay by Ed Naha. Photographed by Romano Albani. Music by Richard Band. Running time: 90 minutes. An Empire Pictures release. In area theaters. In "Troll," there's this sweet little girl (played by Jenny Beck), all blonde and dressed in pink, who makes fast friends with the little troll that inhabits the basement of the apartment where she lives with her parents and older brother.
September 30, 1996 | By Joe Fite, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
With two Bensalem snaps of the football Friday night, Harry S. Truman escaped from the Suburban One National basement. The Tigers converted a pair of bad punt snaps into touchdowns and beat the visiting Owls for their first league win of the season, 20-0, at Henry C. Morgan Stadium. Bensalem (0-5 overall, 0-4 league) ended its first series on its 24-yard line with a fourth and 10. Brian Mattoi, who punted eight times in the game, watched the snap sail over his head. He tracked down the ball at the goal line and looked to complete a pass.
February 10, 2013 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
The passion for collecting can be a happy diversion. It also can quickly turn into a space invader. And when you happen to own what is believed to be the largest private sheet-music collection in the world, as Sandy Marrone does, space becomes an overwhelming challenge. It all began 38 years ago, when Marrone was seeking a diversion beyond her work as a photojournalist for Penn Mutual in Philadelphia and as a new mother. She had energy to spare. Soon, passion turned into magnificent obsession, as the sheet-music collection morphed into a thriving business, with collectors flocking to her. Five years ago, when Sandy and her husband, Dennis, looked around at their two-story house in the Cinnamon Hill section of Cinnaminson, one word flashed: "Basement!"
December 8, 2011 | Staff Report
The basement of a Deptford home partially collapsed early this morning during the tail-end of the storm that dumped inches of rain on the area. Emergency crews were called to the 700 block of Wills Avenue about 8 a.m. today. Technical rescue and construction crews were called to the scene. There were no injuries reported, but residents were removed from the one-story home, which is situated a few hundred feet from Gateway High School. More than two inches of rain were recorded in South Jersey yesterday into today, and flooding was reported at various locations.
August 20, 1998 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Baptist minister, identified as Thomas Lee Devlin, 39, was shot and killed last night in the basement of his church, a converted home on Old York Road near Courtland Street in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia, police said. The shooting occurred about 8:40 p.m. while Mr. Devlin and three members of the congregation were in the basement. A masked man who entered the basement shot Mr. Devlin several times, police said. Detectives said the assailant then ran. No one else was harmed.
February 12, 1986 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Pennsauken teenager died early Monday in a fire that engulfed his basement bedroom, but the rest of his family escaped unhurt after they were alerted by smoke detectors installed on the upper floors of the frame house. Christopher Houser, 17, was already dead when firefighters found him in the basement of the two-family house at 1839 45th St. The basement was the only portion of the house not equipped with smoke detectors, according to David G. Aron, Camden County's chief fire marshal.
July 1, 1998 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man excavating the basement floor of a house he had recently purchased uncovered the skeletal remains of a man who authorities said was beaten to death more than 12 years ago. The former owner of the house at 402 Ireland Ave. was arrested and charged with the murder of Barry Dallman, who was 21 when he disappeared. Authorities said Dallman had lived in Pleasantville. The suspect, Ernest Ireland, 51, of the first block of West Redwood Avenue in Pleasantville, had been an acquaintance of Dallman, investigators said.
October 27, 1993 | By Mary Anne Janco, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Ridley Township Solicitor Peter Rohana's troubles began about three years ago when he decided to renovate the basement of his office condo with a library, kitchen and bathroom without a building permit. When township officials discovered the additions in 1991, they said the work violated the development agreement that limits the use of the basement to storage and housing of mechanical equipment. After the council refused to modify that agreement, the case went to Delaware County Court, where Judge Maureen Fitzpatrick sent it back to the Township Council for another review.
January 25, 1996 | By Lisa Kozleski, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Officials investigating the cause of Tuesday's four-alarm fire in a vacant Audubon house are awaiting test results of water that accumulated in the basement before they can proceed. The County Health Department and the Department of Environmental Protection ordered the tests to determine whether chemicals that had been stored in the house had contaminated the water that firefighters used while battling the 2 1/2-hour blaze. The results could come as early as today, said Camden County Fire Marshal and Audubon Fire Chief Paul Hartstein.
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