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May 10, 2011
A look at the tortured history of Delaware River waterfront development: 1987: The city tries to lure Disney to the waterfront for a $300 million project. 1989: Developer Willard Rouse backs out on a $700 million retail/restaurant/housing development. Former Philadelphia City Councilman Leland Beloff later goes to jail for trying to extort him. 1997: Officials in New Jersey and Pennsylvania express interest in a tram over the river that would have cost close to $42 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1996 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Stacy Levy makes art by exploiting natural phenomena such as rain and wind. Her two Philadelphia exhibitions, at University of the Arts and Larry Becker Gallery, explore the underappreciated role that water plays in everyday life. "Watercourse," an installation in the university's Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, is really more of a Franklin Institute-style science project, although it's executed with an artist's sensibility. Using several thousand water-filled plastic cups in three sizes (the kind used to dispense cheap wine at art openings)
NEWS
May 5, 2013
A woman was in critical condition Saturday after being pulled from the Delaware River and resuscitated by police. The Marine Unit received a call just after 9 a.m. about a person floating in the river behind the Sugar House Casino. Police on scene were able to pull the unconscious woman from the river and resuscitate her. Medics took her to Hahnemann University Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition Saturday morning. – Jonathan Lai
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A body was found Saturday in the Delaware River behind the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. Camden fire crews responded about 4 p.m. after an aquarium employee discovered the body. The body was identified Monday as that of David Opoku, 27. Coast Guard officials said Opoku was wearing a blue jumpsuit. State police officials said he was often around the Camden area and in Trenton. The state police major-crimes unit is investigating. mboren@phillynews.com 856-779-3829 @borenmc
NEWS
May 21, 1991 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
Two Delaware County men remained missing yesterday after they fell from a 19-foot powerboat Sunday night while making a sharp turn during an outing on the Delaware River, police said. The boat was found in the river shortly before dawn yesterday, but no one was aboard, police said. Carl Gurer, 50, of Ridley Township, and Daniel Devaco, 48, of Essington, were lost about 9:30 p.m. Sunday near Philadelphia International Airport, according to police. A third person, Donna Weber, 32, of Collingdale, also fell from the boat, but she managed to swim to an unnamed island 50 to 100 yards from shore, where she collapsed, according to police.
NEWS
November 22, 1995 | By Douglas A. Campbell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As a calamity, the oil spill early yesterday morning on the Delaware River was no Exxon Valdez. About 160 gallons of crude oil mixed with diesel fuel "burped" out of a vent on the 900-foot tanker Sologne, which was moored at the Coastal Eagle Point refinery, according to Commander Michael D. Riley of the U.S. Coast Guard. There were no birds with oil-packed feathers, Riley said. There was no fouled coastline. But there was a sheen that spread about four miles downstream, to the Mantua Creek anchorage, Riley said.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2009 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In what could be another blow to the long-delayed deepening of the Delaware River, U.S. House and Senate budget negotiators have restricted an annual federal appropriation for the project, seen as a boon to the region's economy and ports. But Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) and Pennsylvania port officials said yesterday that the measure would not block the dredging from the current 40 feet to 45 feet once the Army Corps of Engineers decides to begin. The appropriations bill still must be approved by the full House and Senate.
NEWS
July 17, 2008
TRENTON - A stretch of the lower Delaware River is getting a special classification to protect it from pollution. The Delaware River Basin Commission yesterday approved the designation of the river as special protection waters. That designation limits direct discharges of wastewater into the river. The ruling affects the area of the river between the Delaware Water Gap and Trenton. The upper part of the river, north of the Delaware Water Gap, received the designation in 1992. The Delaware River Basin Commission's members include the governors of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York as well as a representative of the Army Corps of Engineers.
NEWS
April 14, 2012
A badly decomposed body was recovered from the Delaware River around midday Saturday, Philadelphia police said. The body was found floating by a pier near Delaware Avenue and Spring Garden Street, police said. Marine and rescue units were called to recover the body. Police could not provide the victim's name, sex or other details.
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NEWS
September 16, 2016 | By Michaela Winberg, Staff Writer
With six of her classmates from an after-school program in Camden, A'nkya Thomas, 16, rowed across the Delaware River in a whaleboat Wednesday morning. It was her first time paddling across the river. The Center for Aquatic Sciences program, she said, had helped her experience several other firsts as well: canoeing, kayaking, and holding a horseshoe crab with her bare hands. "We mess with these a lot," said Thomas, a student at Camden Charter High School, gesturing toward the crab in her hands.
NEWS
September 16, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, ARCHITECTURE CRITIC
The artist Ann Hamilton once took over the enormous drill hall in New York's Park Avenue Armory and turned it into a room-sized loom, powered by people on swings. The piece, the event of a thread , delved into the complex and fragile connections between human beings who find themselves thrown together in a common space. It was so popular the lines wound around the block. Hamilton has now commandeered a similarly gargantuan room in Philadelphia, in the underused Pier 9 warehouse on the Delaware River, for her latest interactive art installation.
NEWS
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ISSUE | PHILLY LABOR UNIONS Longshoremen geared up for a busier port Inquirer reporter Linda Loyd captured the excitement for all of us who work at the Port of Philadelphia regarding the long-awaited Panama Canal expansion that was recently completed ("Via canal to Philly," Aug. 29). With the canal expanded and reopened, and the Delaware River dredging project to a depth of 45 feet nearly complete, Philadelphia is attracting the interest of some of the world's largest cargo vessels.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
After 12 years, three trials, and 70 days of court testimony, a federal district judge in Philadelphia has ruled in favor of the Greek owners and operators of the oil tanker Athos I, which struck an anchor in the Delaware River in November 2004 as it nudged toward the Citgo refinery dock in Paulsboro. Judge Joel H. Slomsky in a 173-page opinion in late July and a final order Aug. 17 ruled that Citgo, the refinery operator, had failed its duty to provide "safe berth warranty" to the Athos I tanker sailing from Puerto Miranda, Venezuela.
NEWS
September 2, 2016
The body of a man was recovered by police searching Wednesday night for a swimmer reported missing earlier in the Delaware River along Burlington County, authorities said. The swimmer was reported missing just before 5:20 p.m. near Hawk Island in Delanco, a county dispatcher said. A New Jersey State Police marine unit found the body shortly before 7 p.m. Marine units from New Jersey and Philadelphia participated in the search, as did the Coast Guard. No further information on the body was immediately available.
NEWS
September 2, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
On summer mornings, Al Wachlin puts on his muckiest clothes and pilots a no-name barge up and down the Schuylkill, trawling for weeds. Wachlin, 77, steers slowly through lime-colored vegetation that motorists and joggers see blanketing the surface, but the salad he's after lives deeper down, a hearty and hairy fighter called the Eurasian water milfoil that's not supposed to be in the river or really anywhere in the United States. "It's just backbreaking labor," Wachlin said. Wachlin, a former rower for the University of Pennsylvania and a semiretired real estate investor, has gotten creative trying to keep one of the nation's premier rowing destinations clear of milfoil.
NEWS
August 25, 2016 | By Allison Steele, STAFF WRITER
By next spring, a plot of riverfront land in Camden that was once the site of a wastewater treatment plant may be open to the public as a nature preserve. On Tuesday Camden County officials formally announced plans to create the Cramer Hill Nature Preserve, which will encompass 35 acres on the banks of the Delaware River that has been empty since the plant was torn down in 1990. The site, which is adjacent to Petty's Island, has since become home to birds and deer. Once the park is completed, residents in the area will have direct access to an urban forest, as well as the river.
REAL_ESTATE
August 22, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. For most people, the word Solebury means expensive . It's true that this Bucks County township has within its borders some very high-priced houses. Martin Millner, of Coldwell Banker Hearthside Real Estate in Yardley, says the average list price of the 165 houses on the market here today is a remarkable $1.293 million. Forty-six percent of those 165 listings are priced at $1 million and above, Millner says.
NEWS
August 22, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, STAFF INQUIRER
Nearly two decades after the National Park Service proposed a 60-mile bike and pedestrian trail along a part of the Delaware River, the dusty plans are picking up steam. A colorful map of the Delaware River Heritage Trail depicts a loop connecting 24 towns, mostly on the riverfront, in southern New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Calhoun Street Bridge in Trenton and the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge would complete the circle. So far, studies have been commissioned on both sides of the river, and signs have been planted in areas where sidewalks, roads, and paths have been linked to create several fragments of the trail.
NEWS
July 29, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
New Jersey State Police identified a man who was found dead Wednesday in the Delaware River off Bordentown, in Burlington County, as that of a 29-year-old Somerset County man who had gone swimming in nearby waters on Sunday. The man was identified as Henry Alberto of the 600 block of Somerset Street in Somerset, said Capt. Stephen Jones of the New Jersey State Police. Jones said Alberto's first name was initially listed as Juan. On Sunday, Alberto, who was on a boat, had gone into the Delaware River near Bordentown and tried to swim to land, but disappeared in the water, police said.
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