March 2, 2016 |
Crews are scheduled to break ground Tuesday on an 85,000-square-foot supermarket-anchored shopping center near Third Street and Allegheny Avenue that city officials said would be a new economic engine for the surrounding Fairhill neighborhood. The $16 million project will create 140 permanent jobs in the community, according to a release from Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. (PIDC), which is helping to fund construction. Fairhill can expect a "major economic boost" from the Plaza Allegheny project, Mayor Kenney said in a release.
February 28, 2016 |
Maynard Webster Krug, 88, of West Chester and Dyken Pond, N.Y., a railroad company engineer and longtime train enthusiast, died Friday, Feb. 19, of dementia at home. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., he was the son of John Alfred and Martha Beatrice Fine Krug. Mr. Krug graduated from Gorton High School, Yonkers, in 1945 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving in World War II until November 1946. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., on the G.I. Bill, and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.
October 31, 2015 |
A lawyer representing plaintiffs in federal litigation over the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment asserted in a filing Thursday that Conrail misled the court about its training program, leading to an adverse ruling against those suing over the accident and chemical spill. The filing in U.S. District Court in Camden claims an affidavit by a Conrail risk officer provided false testimony, and that the company's training program for conductors - approved by the Federal Railroad Administration months before the Nov. 30, 2012, derailment - was withheld in court.
October 28, 2015 |
Their number already dwindling due to settlements and dismissals, many of those suing a railroad in federal court in Camden over the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment are now being confronted with an unexpected jurisdictional hurdle. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler has asked dozens of plaintiffs to demonstrate why their cases should not be dismissed under a requirement that such claims in federal court be valued at more than $75,000. Attorneys for both plaintiffs - including Paulsboro residents who reported medical concerns following the train wreck and chemical spill - and Conrail, which operated the freight train and rail line, have opposed the judge's move.
July 29, 2015 |
Thomas J. O'Donnell, 70, of Huntingdon Valley, a veteran who served in Korea and a manager at Conrail Corp. for more than 30 years, died Sunday, July 19, of pancreatic cancer at home. Born in Mount Airy, Mr. O'Donnell was a 1963 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School and a 1967 graduate of what is now La Salle University. He served in the Army along the Korean demilitarized zone from 1967 to 1969. Mr. O'Donnell had worked for Conrail starting in 1963 and interrupted his career to go to South Korea.
June 12, 2015 |
Another lost summer is in store for boaters in Mantua Creek, a lingering consequence of the November 2012 train derailment in Paulsboro. Marine traffic in the creek, which leads to the Delaware River, will continue to be stifled by bridge construction for nearly a year longer, according to a work update released by Conrail on Wednesday. The rail company - which is replacing the bridge at East Jefferson Street where the derailment and chemical spill occurred - announced it expected work on the new bridge's lift mechanism to be complete by April 1, 2016.
December 4, 2014 |
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 16 emergency responders seeking compensation and medical monitoring for health concerns stemming from a 2012 train derailment and toxic spill in Paulsboro. The lawsuit names Conrail, CSX, and Norfolk Southern, which operate a bridge that malfunctioned and caused the accident. It also names the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, a consulting firm hired to assess medical problems. A lawyer representing the workers said the firm, hired by the railroad companies, either failed to take urine samples for medical monitoring or lost them.
September 26, 2014 |
A state legislator representing Paulsboro is asking law enforcement officials to consider whether criminal charges may be fitting against the rail company, which was faulted in the 2012 train derailment and chemical spill in the borough. Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D., Gloucester) sent letters dated Tuesday to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark as well as to the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. His request was prompted by the findings of a lengthy investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, which concluded this summer.
September 21, 2014 |
A string of weather stations will be placed near I-295 and rail lines to assist Gloucester County officials should an event like the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment and toxic leak occur again. The county Prosecutor's Office announced this week that it had secured $150,000 in funding to buy and maintain nine of the devices, which officials say can help them make critical decisions during emergencies. The stations can measure wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.
August 9, 2014 |
The incessant banging of a pile driver Thursday marked another day of construction in the replacement of the East Jefferson Street Bridge over Mantua Creek in Paulsboro - the setting of a notorious train accident nearly two years ago. Though it was a sign of progress, it was to some an irritating reminder. "We're quite pleased that there's work going on," said Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D., Gloucester), but he added that the noise drowning out much of the early-afternoon news conference demonstrated "how the railroad conducts itself.