June 24, 2015 |
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials stood in front of a verdant baseball diamond Monday morning in Camden. The field used to be a landfill where folks from across the city dumped their trash, including chemicals and medical waste. "As I look out behind me, I remember what it once was," U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J) said. But Norcross joined EPA officials not to tout a mission accomplished, but instead to focus on an area behind the ball field and playground, a part of the former landfill site that is not yet ready for development.
June 13, 2015 |
If the rocks could cry out on a hill off Old Marple Road, the stories would go back to the 1830s. That is when a tiny church of free blacks began burying the dead on the slopes beneath it, using stones from a nearby quarry to mark the graves. That small cemetery in Marple Township, with about 100 graves, still sits near an overpass of the Blue Route, though abandoned and covered with brush. The Hayti Cemetery (pronounced Hay-tie ), which shares a name with the neighborhood around it, is in need of care and attention, and a local historian intends to provide it. Rich Paul, chairman of the Heritage Commission of Delaware County, is in the early stages of a plan to mobilize the nearby community to clean up a cemetery where headstones have been toppled and graves have been robbed.
June 12, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - In the only previous game in which Maikel Franco batted cleanup for the Phillies, a lefthanded pitcher was on the mound and both Chase Utley and Ryan Howard were given a Sunday off. In a 5-2 loss Wednesday to the Cincinnati Reds, Franco batted in the No. 4 spot between the slumping Utley and Howard, who also has cooled off over the last two weeks. If the Phillies' rookie third baseman continues to hit, he might continue to see his name penciled in the cleanup spot. "We'll see. He has that potential," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
June 4, 2015 |
Neighbors of Camden County's contaminated Kirkwood Lake got some good news and some bad news this week. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed $14 million major cleanup of a federal Superfund site in Gibbsboro and Voorhees. The contaminated cluster of miles of land and waterways includes the county-owned lake. The area, one of more than 100 Superfund sites remaining in New Jersey, was contaminated by paint-makers that operated in the area from the mid-1800s until the late 1970s.
May 1, 2015 |
ST. LOUIS - Following Wednesday night's 5-2 loss, the Phillies' offense had failed to score more than two runs for the 12th time in 22 games this season. The top of the lineup, led by Odubel Herrera, hasn't been an issue. The bottom of the lineup, where Freddy Galvis had been hitting regularly before yesterday, wasn't a problem. But the middle of the Phillies' lineup - their Nos. 3 through 5 hitters - had combined to hit .156 (38-for-243) with 14 extra-base hits entering yesterday's matinee at Busch Stadium.
April 30, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - Ron Leonard stood a few paces from a ransacked and charred pharmacy Tuesday and gazed at the crowded corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenues. Leonard had witnessed the Monday night violence that made this intersection the epicenter of the city's riots. The looting and torching of cars was fresh out of an action movie, he said. The crowds returned Tuesday - as did the police - but the mood was different this time. There was singing, dancing, preaching - and a cleanup effort.
March 18, 2015 |
Camden and state officials said Monday that they hoped an infusion of federal funds for environmental cleanup would begin the transformation of the abandoned former Camden Laboratories site into housing, businesses, and other development. Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd was joined by Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) in making the announcement at the Davis Street site. Last week, the city received $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to use toward the revitalization of the Mount Ephraim Avenue corridor.
March 12, 2015 |
SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Gov. Christie on Tuesday defended the settlement of a lawsuit with ExxonMobil Corp. for billions of dollars less than the state had been seeking, saying the deal would ensure the cleanup of polluted land. At a town-hall-style meeting in Somerset County, Christie said news coverage of the state's agreement to settle the decade-old lawsuit with ExxonMobil for $225 million - compared with $8.9 billion the state sought at trial last year - did not highlight a requirement that the company pay for remediation.
March 6, 2015 |
New Jersey lawmakers plan a hearing and a lawsuit over a settlement that the Christie administration has reportedly reached with ExxonMobil Corp. in a years-long legal battle over the company's discharge of hazardous materials onto 1,500 acres of state land. Lawmakers said the Senate would sue to block the settlement - which the New York Times, citing anonymous sources, reported last week was for $250 million. The state previously sought billions for restoration and damages. "If what's been reported is accurate, then this is an egregiously irresponsible decision that raises many, many questions and concerns," Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson)
March 4, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The day before the Phillies' first workout of the spring, manager Ryne Sandberg declared Ryan Howard the team's everyday first baseman "unless he gets unseated. " Come Tuesday afternoon, when the Phillies take the field for their Grapefruit League opener, Howard will again man his position of the last 10 seasons. It will be the slugger's first game action since he reported to camp slimmed down. Howard will bat fourth at Bright House Field against the New York Yankees and righthander Adam Warren.