March 22, 2015 |
It's a sunny morning in Bellmawr, but a thunderous boom pierces the air. Then another, and another. The bangs echo for blocks. At nearby businesses, the earth shakes. Photos rattle on walls, startling sleepy residents, but the skies remain clear, because, although it sounds like a storm, Mother Nature has nothing to do with it. The small town, located where Route 42 and I-295 and other thoroughfares converge, is in the midst of construction that has sent residents complaining to their neighbors, their mayor, the New Jersey Department of Transportation - and some to lawyers.
March 19, 2015 |
A decision will not be made for at least another month on whether to allow construction of a multimillion-dollar theater and museum on the former Bucks County farm of Oscar Hammerstein II, according to the project leader. Will Hammerstein, grandson of the Broadway lyricist and the driving force behind the proposal, said a three-hour Doylestown Township zoning board hearing ended Monday night without a vote. Four witnesses testified, Hammerstein said, but at least two township witnesses are still expected to testify, and a meeting next month is slated to allot significant time for public comment.
February 16, 2015 |
| Lola Figueroa Clark doesn't have her advanced degree in marketing yet. But at 8 years old, the Mount Airy third grader already knows why construction toy manufacturers like K'nex Brands L.L.C. in Hatfield become so frustrated when marketing to girls. "Boys and girls both like" construction toys, Lola said. "But if you want to look for them in the toy stores, you have to look in the boys' section. " The result? In the growing $1.8 billion building and construction toy market, nearly half the potential buyers (i.e., girls)
February 6, 2015 |
The Rev. John L. Wiggins Sr., 86, of Albion, Camden County, a construction company owner who was the founder and longtime pastor of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ in Lawnside, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Thursday, Jan. 29, at home. "He was a pillar in the historically black community" of Lawnside, daughter Ovetta said. Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., Rev. Wiggins studied in public schools there and worked in mills and on farms and construction sites before moving with his wife, Florence, to Philadelphia in the early 1950s.
January 21, 2015 |
KEMEL DAWKINS had a problem. As one of the lead contractors on the construction of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the 1990s, he needed to find a black superintendent to oversee the toughest part of the project - renovation of the Reading Terminal train shed. Dawkins, himself African-American, needed a black man to boss the difficult operation in order to adhere to the Convention Center's strict affirmative-action program. Inspectors roamed the enormous project daily to make sure the proper ratio of women and African-American workers was on the job. Kemel Dawkins, who died Jan. 11 at the age of 91, solved the problem after a nationwide search when he and his partners selected Angelo R. Perryman, an Evergreen, Ala., native then working construction in Detroit.
January 7, 2015 |
Every eight months or so, Rose Valley Creek breaches its banks, sending two to three inches of water around the old trees, across the fields, and up to the Quinn family's front door in Ambler. Flooding is a perennial problem in Ambler, a small Montgomery County borough criss-crossed by creeks and downstream from miles of suburban runoff. If the Wissahickon Valley were a bathtub, Ambler would be the drain. So when a developer in the fall introduced plans to build houses on the only untouched creek-side lots, neighbors were up in arms.
November 8, 2014 |
Rodman A. Boston, 89, of Drexel Hill, a carpenter and construction supervisor for many years, died Friday, Oct. 31, of respiratory failure at Lankenau Hospital. Born in West Philadelphia, Mr. Boston, known as "Roddy," was one of six children. He was taken out of West Catholic High School at age 16 to work in the family's butcher shop. Later, he received a diploma from West Catholic. He enlisted in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge as part of Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army.
November 4, 2014 |
A Camden County man died Monday morning after being struck by a one-pound tape measure that fell 50 stories from a high-rise under construction in Jersey City, N.J., authorities said. Gary Anderson, 58, of Somerdale, was delivering drywall to the downtown construction site about 8:40 a.m. when the tape measure fell off the belt of a worker on the top of the building, said Carly Baldwin, Jersey City public safety spokeswoman. The tape measure "hit another piece of metal construction equipment 15 feet off the ground, then ricocheted and hit this man in the head," Baldwin said.
October 28, 2014 |
Michael Parrington, 70, of Burlington City, a former commercial archaeologist who unearthed rare artifacts on construction sites from Britain to the Jersey Shore and from Philadelphia and Manhattan, died Saturday, Oct. 18, at home of progressive supranuclear palsy. Born in Lancashire, England, Mr. Parrington moved to the Philadelphia area in 1976 and took a job at an excavation site at Valley Forge where he met and worked alongside fellow archaeologist Helen (Linny) Schenck, who became his second wife.
October 3, 2014 |
Residents gave their approval to capital projects in seven of the eight South Jersey school districts that put them up to a vote Tuesday. Statewide, 17 of 21 districts' school construction proposals were approved - totaling more than $300 million. It was not full approval in every case. Some districts with multiple ballot questions, including Cinnaminson, Haddon Township, Delsea Regional, and West Deptford, had their core proposals accepted, but secondary proposals rejected. Moorestown voters approved both proposals put before them.