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 |
A round of snow and wintry mix is making its way through the Philadelphia area Friday morning. Here's the latest information. Forecast Overnight rain has shifted to wet snow and sleet, which are expected to continue through the morning commute. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, which is in place until 10 a.m. in Philadelphia and the immediate surrounding area and until noon in parts of New Jersey and Delaware closer to the coast. Most of the region is expected to see about an inch or two of snow, with the potential for up to 4 inches in some areas.
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.
January 21, 2016
Ships carrying fruit, steel, and cars and other cargoes were up 5 percent last yearat private and public piers and terminals on the Delaware River, the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a trade group, said Tuesday. Port facilities on the river handled 2,242 ships, compared to 2,135 in 2014. "We are finally starting to turn the corner after the 2008-2009 economic down turn," said Dennis Rochford, president of the Maritime Exchange. "Last year, saw the highest vessel arrival count since 2008.
January 20, 2016
In the Region Rittenhouse plan revised Southern Land Co. is negotiating with the Rittenhouse Plaza's condo owners to buy a three-story annex beside their building to accommodate more retail space at its adjacent 1911 Walnut residential tower proposal. The Nashville-based developer would use the space to extend two stories of retail planned for the Walnut Street side of the project, multifamily development director Dustin Downey said Tuesday. The space would likely be sectioned for use by two restaurant tenants, said Downey.
January 18, 2016 |
Living on East Front Street in Florence, Kristan Marter and Luke Uzupis have a commanding view of what they wryly refer to as "Tullytown Mountain. " "They planted it with grass, so it's green and not ugly," says Marter, 56. "It just doesn't smell too good. " The dramatically steep slopes on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River are the eastern face of the Tullytown Landfill in Bucks County, where about 350 trucks a day dump municipal waste. Citing public complaints from New Jersey and Pennsylvania about odors and other unpleasantries associated with the operation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection last June ordered Tullytown to close on May 22, 2017.
January 16, 2016
A construction worker died Thursday night after falling into the Delaware River in South Philadelphia, police said. Police were called about 8:40 p.m. to Pier 78, where the man had been working and then disappeared, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The man's hard hat was seen floating in the river, and his car was still parked nearby. The police Marine Unit retrieved the man around 9:30 p.m. and he was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. How the man, whose age was not available, fell into the river was under investigation.
January 11, 2016 |
Next month, the first shipment of Marcellus Shale ethane will set sail from Marcus Hook to Norway, launching a new export trade for the Delaware River port that is being hailed as a boost to the gas industry, local maritime interests, and European manufacturing. Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. has committed $2.5 billion to the Mariner East pipeline network to transport ethane and other liquid fuels, such as propane and butane, across Pennsylvania from the Marcellus fields to that Marcus Hook terminal, erected on the site of a former oil refinery.