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.
May 7, 2014 |
The City of Philadelphia, Delaware County, and Tinicum Township announced a multimillion-dollar financial settlement Monday in long-simmering tensions between the city-owned Philadelphia International Airport and its municipal neighbors over a massive plan to expand the airport. The tentative agreement, announced by Mayor Nutter, airport CEO Mark Gale, Delaware County Council, Tinicum officials, and U.S. Reps. Patrick Meehan and Robert Brady, includes funding to ensure "continuity of tax revenues" for the Delaware County neighbors.
April 29, 2014 |
DELANCO A black-and-white aerial photograph of the banks of the Delaware River snapped in 1946 led a judge to conclude much of the "Dunes" area in this tiny community was once underwater and therefore belongs to the state of New Jersey, not the township. The recent ruling by Superior Court Judge Karen L. Suter paves the way for the state to pursue tentative plans to dump tons of dredge spoils on the land, which is now occupied by hiking trails and a small woods. Under state law, tidal waters and the land beneath them are owned by the state, and these claims can date back to the 1940s.
April 28, 2014 |
TRENTON When he took office in 2010, Gov. Christie made liberal use of a previously little-employed tool to exercise control over state authorities, including the Delaware River and Bay Authority. Three times in 2010 and 2011, the Republican governor vetoed meeting minutes of the bistate authority, which operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge. Last week, he took out the veto pen again - this time, to nix pay raises for the authority's employees. The action - which officials at the authority said did not come as a surprise - provides an example of how Christie has asserted his powers as governor.
April 25, 2014 |
WEST DEPTFORD There's a small stretch of roadway in Gloucester County that will soon play a big role in what some describe as the biggest economic development project in the county's history. Paradise Road seems appropriately named for the artery that will help link I-295 to the first new port on the Delaware River in decades, in Paulsboro. But for people who currently use the roadway every day, the cratered path is anything but heavenly. "Looks like they were practicing dropping bombs," said an employee at the Gloucester County Utilities Authority, which is situated on the road.