July 30, 2014 |
LEAH PEREZ had just finished her dinner at Spasso Italian Grill, on Front Street near Chestnut, when a black Volkswagen sedan sped past her down Chestnut. "It was all smashed up like [the driver] had hit something," she said. "He had trouble controlling it. " Minutes later, that erratic driver - who police said was fleeing a crash with a parked car - launched his damaged vehicle into the depths of the Delaware River. And about an hour after that, the 36-year-old man was dead.
July 17, 2014 |
HEFTY GRANTS were awarded to 15 projects yesterday with one overarching objective: to protect the drinking water of 15 million people. The money, announced at a news conference at Race Street Pier, comes from $7 million in funding by the William Penn Foundation, which is a part of a $35 million multistate investment. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was given $2.4 million in grants to delegate to the projects as a part of the Delaware Watershed River Initiative. Some of the initial grant recipients include Brandywine Conservancy Inc., Stroud Water Research Center and Berks County Conservancy.
July 17, 2014 |
A far-reaching $35 million effort by the William Penn Foundation to study and improve water quality in the Delaware River watershed is working its way into specific on-the-ground and in-the-water projects across the region. On Tuesday, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced $2.4 million in grants to 15 organizations that will not only do the work, but also bring in partners and additional funds. Amanda Bassow, director of the Eastern Partnership Office for the wildlife foundation, said that the grantees "are able to leverage more than twice that amount" for the projects.
July 16, 2014
ISSUE | GOV. CHRISTIE Homework to do How commendable of Gov. Christie to raise record amounts for the Republican Party ("Christie hits record in fund-raising effort," June 11). Meanwhile, in New Jersey - if he remembers the state that rocketed him into the national spotlight - we have a low credit rating amid no increase in jobs. The announced closing of the Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos will send thousands onto the unemployment line soon. And Revel? Remember all the tax incentives the governor gave to open that casino?
July 9, 2014 |
BEHIND THE stage, seagulls bobbed and boats rocked in the Delaware River current. Out front, dancers swayed and bounced in tiered rows. Onstage, the bands played, one after another, each accompanied by a new instrument, one that wasn't so prevalent at the last Jam on the River festival in 2008: the laptop. Arguably the most divisive instrument since the electric guitar, the laptop has impacted nearly every music genre and even forged new ones, like the so-called jamtronica that brought thousands to the River Stage at Penn's Landing in late May. Jam - the open-ended, improvised end of the rock music spectrum - was once ruled by the Grateful Dead and Phish, which comes to the Mann Center tonight and tomorrow for two sold-out gigs.
July 5, 2014 |
The Coast Guard has called off the search for a sailor missing since Wednesday evening in the Delaware River. Police declined to give the name of the man, 66, who was last seen clutching a cooler to stay afloat during a rainstorm. Coast Guard officials said there were no plans to reactivate the search. The man's 21-foot sailboat was not found during a search that resumed Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and stretched from Neshaminy Park to the Walt Whitman Bridge. Four other people on the boat swam to the Philadelphia Fire Department building on the west bank of the river and called 911 about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.
July 3, 2014 |
A TASK FORCE of emergency-management officials spent much of last night searching for a man who had been in a sailboat in the Delaware River off Holmesburg, police said. The man, 66, was last seen clinging to a cooler in the river just before 8 p.m., after the sailboat capsized in the evening's heavy winds and rain, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. As the boat took on water and sank, four other passengers - a man and woman in their 20s and two men in their 40s - swam to the riverbank at State Road near Pennypack Street, Small said.
June 26, 2014 |
WHAT IT LOST to New Jersey in 76ers practices, Philadelphia has gained in bologna. Deli giant Dietz & Watson has agreed to expand its national headquarters in Northeast Philly to replace a South Jersey food warehouse destroyed by a fire last fall. The 75-year-old, fourth-generation Philadelphia company will build a new distribution plant in Tacony, officials announced yesterday. Councilman Bobby Henon, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp.
May 27, 2014 |
The Jam on the River, a music festival that's been cheered, changed, merged, and abandoned, returned triumphantly to Penn's Landing on Sunday. This time it was reincarnated as - of course! - an electronic dance party. The come-and-go history of the event made no difference to hundreds of fans who came to hear bands such as GRiZ, Conspirator, Zoogma, Grimace Federation, and the headliner, Lotus. It was a crowd mostly in its 20s that exuded a peace-and-love vibe, where clothes the color of the rainbow were standard, and dozens of people moved to the music accompanied by a throw-back accessory: the hula hoop.
May 8, 2014 |
LT. ANDREW Napoli spends most of his day riding up and down the city's rivers. But it's no pleasure cruise - he's looking for threats to the safety of Penn's Landing and other waterfront properties. Oh, and dead bodies. "Spring is one of our busier seasons," Napoli, who leads the Police Department's Marine Unit, said during a recent patrol along the Delaware River. "Because the water is so cold, the bodies don't decompose, and they sink to the river bottom. "So in the spring, when the water warms, they start to surface.