October 23, 2013 |
The Race Street Pier, alongside the Benjamin Franklin Bridge off North Columbus Boulevard, extends into the Delaware River like a woman's slender hand slipping into an elegant opera glove. By day, the pier's landscaped, dual levels of metal, reclaimed plastic, and wood hover beautifully over the waters of the Delaware. By night, lit by more than 200 LED solar light blocks embedded into its paving, the pier is positively haunting. With the new FringeArts building across the boulevard, there couldn't be a more dramatic setting for the wistfully cinematic soundscape that Philadelphia musician Michael Kiley has created for the pier, a popular spot for picnics, weddings, and live concerts since it opened in 2011.
October 16, 2013 |
RIVERTON Shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday, I. Michael Heine heard what sounded like two gunshots on his leafy street, named for the carriage houses in which workers of wealthy residents once lived. Heine, who practices construction law in Cherry Hill, thought about getting up from his computer and investigating. Then he thought better of it. "I'm not part of CSI Riverton," said Heine, a Camden County assistant prosecutor in 1969 and 1970. "The street's not visible from my house. " Later that day, residents of Carriage House Lane, a sliver of a street in this Burlington County suburb, awoke to reporters in their midst.
October 12, 2013 |
Xiang "Billy" He loved the Delaware River. He, 38, a married father with boys age 4 and 13, moved into a tight-knit Bucks County riverfront community two years ago, where he fed passions for fishing and boating, neighbors said. On Wednesday, He's empty kayak turned up in the Delaware River in New Jersey, police said. By Thursday morning, investigators concluded the worst and abandoned their search. "Mr. He is still missing and is now believed to have perished in the Delaware River," Bensalem police said in a statement.
October 4, 2013 |
TO GET TO what those in the know called Wal-Mart Beach - a picturesque outcropping along the Delaware River - it used to be you'd have to squeeze through a hole in a chain-link fence behind a mega-retailer before trudging down a narrow, overgrown path. "I think it was mostly a hangout for homeless people and drug addicts," said Steve "The Rock" Johnson, a bicycle mechanic who stumbled upon the South Philly locale this summer. While exploring he noticed that someone had left behind stone steps, seats and fire pits.
September 25, 2013 |
PENNSAUKEN The new $40 million train station in Pennsauken is slated to open next month to link the River Line and the Atlantic City line. The multilevel Pennsauken Transit Center, near Derousse Avenue west of River Road, will allow direct transfers between trains on the east-west Atlantic City Rail Line and the north-south River Line. Pennsauken Township Manager Ed Grochowski said Oct. 13 "is the date we're being told," although NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. said Monday that "we have not finalized rail schedules, and a start date has not yet been finalized.
September 22, 2013 |
A sampling of recent romances features a touching contemporary story written by a local author, a compilation of four paranormal tales, and a new trilogy by a popular author. Changing Lanes By Kathleen Long Amazon Publishing, $14.95 paperback Abby Halladay has bought a fixer-upper with her fiancé in her hometown of Paris, N.J., a picturesque small town on the Delaware River. But in succession, she learns her new home has bad termite damage, her job is gone, and her fiancé has flown away to Paris, France, and won't return her calls.
September 19, 2013 |
Revitalize old and vacant buildings in fading inner-ring towns, develop the Delaware River waterfront, recruit new businesses, link industry with low-performing school districts. Those are some of the ideas Delaware County unveiled Tuesday in a 10-year economic plan aimed at creating jobs and heating up the local economy. The economic road map hooks the county's future to new business and development, particularly along the waterfront and in older towns such as Upper Darby, County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle said at a public meeting.
September 14, 2013 |
Carol R. Collier, who for 15 years was the executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, has announced that she will retire in March. In her announcement during Thursday's commission meeting at Burlington County College in Mount Laurel, Collier said 15 years at the helm was "long enough for the good of the person and the position. " "It was totally my decision," she said later. "I have been thinking about this for a while. "Obviously, the last few years have been a little rougher and uncertain, but that is not what made me make the decision.
August 30, 2013 |
Labor Day weekend marks the last of our Friday night summer suppers for friends and family at Canal House, our cookbook publishing studio along the Delaware and Raritan Canal in Lambertville, N.J. These suppers have become a tradition, thanks in part to Fireworks Friday, the spectacle launched from a barge anchored in the Delaware River south of the green iron New Hope-Lambertville bridge. The display is equal to any you'll see on a Fourth of July. We're already licking our chops for this year's finale.
August 19, 2013 |
A body was found in the Delaware River around 8 a.m. Saturday morning, police said, in front of the Quaker City Yacht Club in Tacony. Police have not yet identified the deceased, whom they described as a black man weighing around 200 pounds. The body was retrieved by the marine unit and taken to the Medical Examiner's office to be identified. Richard Wallace, a club member, found the body when he was storing a small, communal boat used to ferry people to their boats. A worker at Philadelphia International Airport, Wallace, 52, had gotten off work at 7 a.m. and had just tied up the "tender boat" when he spotted the body, hooked on a large tree that had washed up under the dock.