March 11, 1995 |
Every bit as much a harbinger of spring as the Flower Show - and in its own way just as colorful - is the annual sale of the Suburban Contractors Association that begins at 8:30 a.m. today in Essington. Only instead of the gentle hues of forsythia and hibiscus, today's sale features the basic reds, yellows and greens of heavy construction equipment. It's a real guy occasion. The sale, now in its 13th year, usually draws more than 1,200 bidders, according to Jerry Fleming, construction division representative of the Vilsmeier Auction Co., which traditionally conducts it the second Saturday in March.
October 10, 2015 |
Mariya Plekan said she was in the Salvation Army thrift store, about to make her purchase and leave, when she heard a cracking sound. A steel beam landed in front of her, then an avalanche of debris entombed her. "I realized I was going to die here," Plekan told a Philadelphia jury Thursday. Her next thought: She was still alive, and she felt no pain. But she was pinned so tightly, she could move her arms only slightly. And then she waited, long into the night - almost 14 hours. For the first hour, she said, she screamed for help but could not be heard over the throbbing of construction equipment and the chaotic noise above her. A worried friend called her cellphone, again and again, but Plekan could not answer.
July 11, 1987 |
Bail was set at $1 million yesterday for a suspected thief who FBI officials say shot an FBI agent Thursday in a South Plainfield, Middlesex County, motel room. Special agent Edward White, 43, of the bureau's Newark office, was listed in satisfactory condition yesterday at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield after having been shot once in the rib cage as he struggled with theft suspect John Stonaker, 28, of Aurora, Colo., FBI spokesman Michael McDonnell said. Special agent-in-charge John McGinley said White had been interviewing Stonaker in a room at the Days Inn motel on Hamilton Boulevard as part of an investigation into interstate thefts of heavy construction equipment.
March 29, 1987 |
The East Marlborough Zoning Hearing Board has given Robert C. Civita, a general contractor, 45 days to remove a storage trailer from his property at 731 Unionville Rd. The board also is considering whether Civita is violating the township's zoning ordinance by maintaining a commercial use on his residential property. At a hearing Tuesday night, Civita contended that he was using the trailer to store construction equipment temporarily until he completed construction of a garage on the site.
August 12, 1987 |
Ernest Edwards, the MOVE neighborhood rebuilder, allegedly sold city-owned construction equipment to a private contractor working on the project, according to court documents and testimony presented at Edwards' preliminary hearing yesterday. Leroy Gaillard, a project manager for G&V General Contractors Inc. of Norfolk, Va., testified yesterday that Edwards sold the equipment to his company for $4,800. According to a grand jury presentment, the equipment was worth nearly $5,900.
June 28, 2000 |
While Philadelphia is welcoming visitors to the city for the Sunoco Welcome America! festivities - you know fireworks, Mummers, the whole schmear - Philadelphians are carefully negotiating the streetscape around town. The pavement and street in and around the Pennsylvania Convention Center are blocked with concrete slabs and it's just 33 days from the start of the Republican National Convention. Construction equipment, shovels and piles of stones and orange street cones line the area instead of potted plants.
October 3, 1990 |
Call it another victim of the city's cash crisis. When the central courtyard of City Hall was closed to pedestrians on Sept. 4, the signs said it would reopen on Oct. 3. The idea was to get it fixed up and pretty for tonight's celebration of the re-lighting of the newly restored City Hall Tower. The caged walkways and construction equipment would be gone, re-opening once-cherished views of the tower and the steep and stony grandeur of City Hall's inner walls. But Oct. 3 has arrived, and the courtyard is still closed, its portals blocked by chain-link construction fences.
June 27, 1992 |
With the marina business thriving along the Delaware, there could be no better time to sell off a well-established company's marine construction equipment. If you've ever thought of getting into the marina business, be sure to be in Pleasantville on Tuesday. That's when the Vilsmeier Auction Co. will sell off more than 1,200 lots of marine and heavy construction equipment belonging to Hansen Inc. The sale begins at 8:45 a.m. at Hansen's, 22 N. Franklin Ave. The 40-year-old company, originally Ole Hansen & Sons, is closing its heavy construction and marine division to concentrate on underground utility construction, Vilsmeier president Rick Hutchinson said yesterday.
December 17, 1987 |
Contractor J. Leon Altemose said last night that the Building and Construction Trades Council of Philadelphia and Vicinity had agreed to pay him "in excess of $1 million" as part of an out-of-court settlement of a series of lawsuits. The settlement, to be taken before a federal judge today for approval, would also call for member unions of the trades council to allow Altemose to operate his open-shop construction company without harassment. Altemose said the money to be paid in the settlement would go primarily to cover legal fees.
July 5, 1992 |
In Hatfield Borough lately, council members don't seek office. It seeks them. Folks aren't exactly clamoring to hold office, officials found out during the last month while trying to fill two council vacancies. But they filled them nonetheless, most recently with the swearing-in Wednesday night of 10-year resident Wayne Donahue to replace James Brucia, who resigned May 20, citing time constraints. Like most residents, Donahue, who sells construction equipment for Trico Equipment Co. of Freehold, N.J., hasn't watched borough government very closely, he said.