May 14, 2016 |
Two weeks ago, Paul Laskow watched plumes of mud rise in the Schuylkill as rowers tried to push their boats off from the docks at Boathouse Row. Normally, the water surrounding the docks is six feet deep. But these days, outside some boathouses, Laskow says, you can sit on the dock, put your hand in the water, and touch the river bottom. Sediment buildup caused by the Schuylkill's various dams has long been a problem along Boathouse Row and the racecourses just upriver. With the annual Dad Vail Regatta getting underway Friday, the river is long overdue for a dredging, said Laskow, who runs the river restoration committee of the Schuylkill Navy, the governing body of Boathouse Row. Funds to dredge the river, however, are hard to come by. Laskow and his committee have been working for three years to get a dredging barge up the Schuylkill.
April 30, 2016 |
The spectacular view of the Cooper River remains the same at the new Cooper House restaurant, while the place has been given a complete makeover and new menu. More than a year after upgrades began to spruce up the once-popular Lobster Trap, the restaurant is only weeks away from opening. Besides its new name, the restaurant, closed since 2013, will have a new lease when it officially opens June 5. The building is owned by Camden County. There will be no TVs or stools at the bar, which will offer locally brewed beer and wines from South Jersey.
April 25, 2016 |
South Jersey law enforcement officials are investigating the discovery of skeletal human remains in the shallow, muddy waters of the Cooper River on Saturday afternoon. The remains were found in an area of the river along the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, across from Zinman Furs, Pennsauken Police said. The human bones were found by volunteers picking trash out of the river. Pennsauken Police as well as the Camden County Prosecutor's Office are investigating. - Bob Fernandez
April 9, 2016 |
A soon-to-be released report commissioned by Camden County is expected to bring greater potency to residents' and county officials' demands for the dredging of Kirkwood Lake. The report by Sadat Associates will claim that contamination from the upstream Superfund site is entering the lake and passing downstream to the Cooper River, according to Emery Coppola Jr. of Sadat. It will also say the lake is threatened without dredging. Preliminary findings of the report were discussed at a public meeting Thursday night at Voorhees Town Center.
March 8, 2016 |
A dredging operation on the Cooper River is taking longer than expected, Camden County officials say, and rowing teams likely will not be allowed on the water before May 1, disrupting the practice schedules of hundreds of rowers. A May start would be two months later than the county told a meeting of coaches in early February, and not what the Haddon Township Crew Club imagined as members towed their floating docks into place on Feb. 21. "My expectation was that we'd be starting practices out there two days ago," Haddon's visibly disappointed head coach, Gregg Francis, said Thursday on learning of the delay.
February 19, 2016
Eight flood-prone lanes of traffic and two miles of dreams that have been stalling, falling short, or failing for nearly 100 years. That's how I see the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, which recently became the first South Jersey highway included in the online Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia (philadelphiaencyclopedia.org). But the erudite author of the encyclopedia entry takes a longer, broader, bigger-picture view of what is arguably one of the region's least loved, yet most lore-laden, thoroughfares.
February 12, 2016 |
A bitter wind was snapping flags and rippling the Cooper River on Wednesday as Jamie Stack strode the snow-clad riverbank toward a chain-link fence. "Out of the west. This is a typical wind," said Stack, head coach of the South Jersey Rowing Club and manager of the Camden County Boathouse. Straight, narrow, and scenic, the Cooper has for decades been a destination for national and collegiate rowing championships and home to dozens of local teams. But an environmentally sensitive dredging operation launched in August to deepen its notoriously shallow racecourse is taking longer to complete than anticipated, county officials said this week.
February 8, 2016 |
Kapil Wadera lifted the lid of a domed chafing dish, and a cloud of cumin, onion, and coriander rose at Cherry Hill's Palace of Asia restaurant. "This is the chicken tandoori," explained Wadera, gesturing to the reddish-pink legs and breasts. "It's made in clay pots. " Other lids on the table revealed chicken breasts in a saffron and yogurt sauce, and dishes bearing names like lamb kadai and also gobhi - seasoned cauliflower and potato. Come March, however, bulldozers and backhoes will demolish this traditional Northern Indian restaurant, which for 10 years has overlooked the scenic Cooper River.
October 31, 2015 |
Detectives knocked on doors Thursday in Haddon Township as they searched for clues in the mystifying death of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found in the woods more than two weeks ago, hours after he was reported missing. "They said [to] keep our eyes and ears open," said Danielle Burnham, 44, who said that she spoke to two detectives around 10 a.m. and that she saw six on her leafy street. With Halloween around the corner, in a neighborhood decorated with ghosts, goblins, and pumpkin faces, the unsolved death of Brendan Link Creato has added a real-world spookiness.
October 23, 2015 |
NO ONE BROKE into the Haddon Township apartment to snatch Brendan Creato, police said, and the boy wasn't sexually assaulted before he died. That's the first new information released in the death of the 3-year-old since last week when the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said an autopsy could not determine a cause and manner of death. The boy was found dead on Oct. 13 in a wooded area near the Cooper River about a half-mile from the apartment where his father, DJ Creato, lived. Authorities have released little information on the case and have not said whether there were any suspects or whether neighbors had reason to be afraid.