December 4, 1988 |
Weeping mourners crowded around a mass grave for 52 munitions workers at the Chester Rural Cemetery, grieving for those killed just a few days before in a huge explosion at the Eddystone Ammunition Works. Altogether, 128 people were killed and 89 seriously injured. Most of those who died were munitions workers who had no warning when an explosion leveled one of the buildings at the sprawling plant. That was the scene described by several Delaware County newspapers in April 1917 when, four days after the U.S. entry into World War I, a munitions plant exploded in Eddystone.
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!"
November 7, 2011 |
Police are investigating the slaying of a 59-year-old man who was found bound, gagged and beaten to death in the basement of his North Philadelphia home. Wesley Murray's death was one of two homicides reported over the weekend. Officers responding to a call for a hospital case found Murray in the basement on the 2300 block of West Firth Street about 4:53 p.m. Friday, police said. He had been bound at the wrists and gagged and had suffered blunt trauma injuries to the head, neck and body, police said.
April 29, 2015 |
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.
September 8, 2012
The body of a man who had been fatally shot was found Friday morning in a basement in East Germantown, police said. The man, described as being between 40 and 50 years old, had been shot twice in the back, police said. His body was found in the basement of a home on the 800 block of East Price Street, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:18 a.m. - Inquirer staff
January 8, 2010 |
Question: Over the years we have had numerous water problems with our finished basement. In the far left of the basement, we enclosed the area that has the sump hole and made it a closet. We have a new sump pump in there, and one in the window well outside, which used to overflow when we had severe rain. It seems that even though the window well is piped to a French drain, the amount of water from all the other townhouses in the development backs into it during heavy rain. We had had no problem since we put in the sump pump in the window well.
August 2, 2013 |
Question: My husband and I are selling our home, and the buyer is requesting the removal of the oil tank in our basement. We switched to gas a few years ago. Do you have any advice for how we should go about having the tank removed? The oil was siphoned out when we switched to gas, but I don't know if it is 100 percent clean and dry. In other words, I don't know if it would be a big mess if we call a scrap metal guy to come cut it up. Answer: The solution is much easier than if the tank were one of those buried in the yard, because all sorts of environmental regulations kick in, and for good reason, since having fuel oil leaking into the groundwater is very bad. In your case, you should contact the nearest company that deals in removing basement tanks.
November 15, 1995 |
Once again, Ridley Township Solicitor Peter Rohana found himself before the Middletown Township Council Monday trying to legitimize the basement he illegally remodeled at his office condo several years ago. The township discovered in 1991 that the basement had been remodeled without a building permit, and the issue just won't go away. In September the council, with some objections, granted Rohana's request to use the basement after he successfully petitioned the Township Zoning Hearing Board to create three additional parking spaces at the Office Court at Pennell Place, where his office is. Parking concerns had been one of the reasons the township had prohibited the use of the basements for anything but storage.
October 16, 2012
A 70-year-old man died in a blaze Monday morning in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia. His identity was not released, but the man reportedly was living in the basement of a house on the 300 block of Buxmont Street. The fire started around 8 and was under control by 8:27, Fire Department officials said. No smoke alarms were present in the house, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. Neighbor Gail Comas said the elderly couple living in the house had recently taken in the husband's brother, who lived downstairs.