May 11, 2016 |
Standing in the swift, ankle-deep current of the Tookany Creek on Monday afternoon, DaiJzanaee Martinez dipped a fine-meshed net into the water to gauge the creek's overall well-being. She was delighted to find a juvenile mayfly, an insect that does not thrive in polluted water. "It must be good water," said Martinez, 18, a senior at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. In some respects, yes, but the creek is one of hundreds in the Delaware River watershed that need care and monitoring.
May 9, 2016
As Alexander Hamilton enjoys a musical makeover and star turn on Broadway, hum along to the story of a truly musical treasury official: Francis Hopkinson, treasurer of the Continental Loan Office. Born in Philadelphia to a prominent family, Hopkinson (1737-1791) was a member of the first graduating class of the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) in 1757. Before returning for an advanced degree, Hopkinson wrote "My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free," commonly regarded as the first secular musical composition by an American composer.
April 22, 2016 |
Operating the Delaware River's ferry has been a losing proposition for the Delaware River Port Authority, but a vote Wednesday will give a Philadelphia nonprofit a shot at using the boat to improve waterfront tourism. After operating the service for 16 years, the DRPA approved a plan to hand ownership of the RiverLink Ferry (named Freedom), which travels between Penn's Landing and Camden, to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The decision at the authority's monthly board meeting caps four years of negotiations over the boat's ownership.
April 6, 2016 |
After graduating from Central High School in Philadelphia, William T. Moore enlisted in the Navy. For two years, he studied at a naval training center on the Navy Pier in Chicago, son Thomas said, while learning to become a carrier-based aircraft machinist. But then he was diagnosed with rheumatic fever, which a Mayo Clinic website states "can cause permanent damage to the heart. " A Navy physician "went to him and his mother, Edith," who had gone to be with her son, "told them he was doomed," and gave him an early discharge "to go home to perish.
April 5, 2016
ISSUE | MARCELLUS SHALE Cleaner is better A Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce report says Philadelphia could become an energy hub with construction of a massive natural-gas pipeline and a network of energy-intensive industries along the Delaware River ("Push for natural-gas pipeline grows," Wednesday). Its leaders suggest the pipeline could be supported by public financing. This shortsighted plan is based on a single source of energy. Many energy companies are investing in alternative energy services, which are good for their investors, consumers, and the environment.
March 6, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. When you look at a map of Bucks County, what you first notice about Riegelsville is that it's up there. That's simply a reference to the geography of this quaint little borough on the Delaware River, 63 miles north of Philadelphia but just 10 miles south of Easton. "It's a quiet place," says Frank Dolski, an agent with Coldwell Banker Hearthside Real Estate in Lahaska. "It has a few businesses, an inn, antiques shops, but it is only one square mile, just a tad smaller than Chalfont Borough," which is 1.6 square miles yet has a population nearly six times larger, Dolski says.
February 29, 2016
Palmyra Cove Nature Park held its annual fund-raiser, the Frost & Feathers Ball, on Feb. 6 at its Environmental Discovery Center in Palmyra, at the base of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge. Seventy people attended the gala, which supports the park's educational programs and efforts to preserve its 250 acres of woodlands and wetlands along the Delaware River. South Jersey's largest outdoor classroom provides a setting for environmental education and recreation opportunities for all who visit.
February 25, 2016
At a rowdy public meeting Tuesday night, numerous residents spoke out to oppose - and a smaller number to support - a proposal to open a hazardous-waste-treatment plant in Bucks County. The crowd of about 300 shouted, booed, and cheered, repeatedly yelling at one another and at speakers from Elcon, the Israeli company proposing the facility. Critics have raised concerns that the plant - which would be in Falls Township, one mile from the Delaware River - could contaminate the river, a major drinking-water source.
February 11, 2016 |
The project to deepen the Delaware River navigation channel will receive $22 million in the Army Corps of Engineers' current fiscal year work plan and $33 million in President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2017, which begins Oct. 1, according to Sen. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.). About 80 percent of the channel is now at or deeper than 45 feet, and the dredging work that began in March 2010 should be completed next year, said Ed Voigt, public affairs chief for the Army Corps' Philadelphia District.
February 7, 2016
Kristina O'Doherty (maiden name Kristina Johnson) knew her family had emigrated from Sweden. But it wasn't until she retired that she found the time to start digging. Cleaning out her parents' house, she discovered that her grandfather had emigrated through Philadelphia. His surname was Johannson, Americanized to Johnson. "It really set me on a course to find out more," she recalls. "I knew my grandparents attended a Swedish Lutheran church in Wilkes-Barre, and that was it. " In 2003, she retired and took a writing class.