February 10, 1993 |
It never dawned on Barbara Lawler that the "great big bullet" rusting on a shelf under her basement stairs was a live artillery shell. Never, that is, until she heard that a World War II-era hand grenade was discovered Saturday in the basement of a house three doors away. "It was always there, in an inaccessible spot under the stairs, since I bought the house in 1980," Lawler said in a brief telephone interview yesterday. "But it wasn't in my mind as something dangerous until the incident this weekend.
April 26, 1989 |
Dear Polly: We would like to use our basement as a recreation area for the kids, but it has a very musty odor that I would like to clear up. Do you have any pointers for freshening up the basement? - Ann Dear Ann: If the basement is damp, you probably should install a dehumidifier, which will get rid of mustiness as it dries out the basement. Here are some other ideas to try: Place small bowls of baking soda around the room. Each week, stir the soda to loosen and activate it. After two or three weeks, replace the baking soda with a fresh supply.
August 29, 1998 |
A Mayfair man was stabbed to death in his home yesterday by an intruder who fled on a bus down Bustleton Avenue but managed to evade police, authorities said. The victim, identified by neighbors as Alan Schwait, in his 70s, was discovered in his basement yesterday evening by a friend who stopped by the house, neighbors said. As the friend rang the bell, a young man fled out the back door, ran down the alley behind Schwait's two-story brick rowhouse, and boarded the bus, neighbors said.
September 17, 2002 |
The chairman of the board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art said yesterday that the museum's staff was working "feverishly" to come up with a fire-protection plan for its basement storage area, but that no date had been set for presentation of the plan to the museum's board. Board chairman H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest estimated that the cost of installing adequate fire-suppression measures to the museum's two-acre, level B storage area would be $8 million to $10 million. He also said he thought the city and state should help defray the cost.
October 13, 2006 |
Question: We live in a 45-year-old two-story Colonial-style home, and we are interested in finishing a portion of our basement. In the summer, there is a good deal of humidity in the air. We have a dehumidifier, but it cannot handle the task. This causes mold on upholstered items, some rust on nailheads, faint water stains on concrete-block walls, and a few annoying bugs. Needless to say, my husband and I do not want to spend thousands without correcting the problem first. (We rarely ever get standing water during storms.
March 4, 1994 |
When Jim Hart's miniature world of locomotives and Pennsylvania countryside began encroaching on his suburban home a few years ago, he knew what to do. "That's why we moved. I wanted a bigger basement for the trains," said Hart, 56, a family doctor with a practice in Drexel Hill. The train aficionado has been building an elaborate land of railroad tracks, towns and mountains on a five-foot-high platform in his new basement since he settled into his Rose Tree home four years ago. Although he devotes every Thursday to his beloved hobby, he said, he is only half-finished with his project.
March 5, 1992 |
Efforts by the Pennsauken Fire Department to enforce a state law designed to protect firefighters in windowless basements have irked some property owners. The Fire Department began cracking down in May on violations. Nearly 75 people have been cited since then, said fire official Ernest Busch. The law was enacted by the state legislature in 1989 after a Hackensack blaze that killed seven firefighters trapped in a windowless basement. The law established a minimum size for an entryway into any floor of a building that is windowless and called for the installation of sprinkler systems.
February 3, 2012 |
Whether Texas street preacher Eddie Ray Wright is a victim, like the four people found captive in a Tacony basement - or is part of the alleged conspiracy to steal their government benefits - is a question a Philadelphia jury will decide. After an hour-long second preliminary hearing for Wright on Thursday, Common Pleas Court Judge Paula Patrick ordered Wright held for trial on assault, kidnapping, conspiracy, and related charges. On Oct. 15, police responding to a complaint found four mentally challenged adults - malnourished, abused, and locked in a fetid basement boiler room in the 4700 block of Longshore Avenue.
February 10, 2013 |
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!"
April 7, 2000 |
The $60 wet vac sitting in her basement is proof that Denise Keaton is willing to do whatever is best for her new home on 18th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue. After all, the beige and brick twin with its cheerful blue trim is the first house the 35-year-old single mother of two has owned. But the joy she felt in finally becoming a homeowner has been dampened by the water that seeps down the walls and under the basement door when it rains. "It's a new house. I shouldn't have this problem," Keaton said.