September 15, 2015 |
Stretching along either side of Marcus Hook's busy 10th Street, nearly 800 acres of industrial machinery tower above the placid waters of the Delaware River. Inside the complex, hundreds of construction workers bustle every day, their hammering and drilling echoing throughout the otherwise-quiet town. The sprawling facility in the tiny Delaware County borough of 2,400 wasn't always this way: Just three years ago, the complex - once the site of Sunoco Inc.'s oil refinery - sat largely vacant, its smokestacks extinguished, and most of its more than 500 workers long laid off. For as long as residents can remember, the refinery grounds that long belonged to Sunoco were not just a presence in the borough.
September 14, 2015 |
Fixed income? I had no idea what those words really meant until we retired and were there. Like many baby boomers, we've taken our share of financial hits. We've also made a few "great decisions at the time" that have come back to bite us in our fixed incomes. Neither of us got the 30-year handshake, which would have given us the financial freedom to play in Europe like many of our friends. We play anyway. The other day, we went on a European road trip . . . in Bucks County and New Jersey.
August 13, 2015 |
Those planning to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia next month will also have the opportunity to join the Navy for a night, should they book a bunk on the Battleship New Jersey in Camden. The Delaware River waterfront attraction is offering $75-per-person overnight stays on the World War II battleship, with 400 bunks available. The fee includes breakfast and dinner. The ship hosts special encampments throughout the year, including New Year's Eve, normally a sellout. About 17,000 visitors stay overnight on the ship each year, said Jack Willard, a spokesman for the battleship.
July 28, 2015
State and local police were searching late Sunday night for six unidentified tubers who set out on the Delaware River for a float downstream and then disappeared near Point Pleasant in Bucks County, New Jersey State Police reported. The police said seven tubers began their ride at some point Sunday afternoon. One tuber, an unidentified woman, came ashore in the evening, but her companions did not. At 8:45 p.m., police received a report that the six were missing. State and local police from Stockton, Lambertville, and Hunterdon County were all involved in the search.
July 21, 2015
A man drowned in the Delaware River on the South Jersey side Sunday evening after going in for a swim, New Jersey State Police said. The man, whose identity has not been released, reportedly went in the river just off of York Road in Burlington City but went under water around 7:15 p.m., said Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams. The state police Marine Unit recovered the man's body just before 9 p.m. and is investigating the incident. - Claudia Vargas
June 30, 2015 |
The duck is dead. Deflated. Done. After three frenzied days of working to repair and reinflate the world's largest known rubber ducky for the Tall Ships Festival, crews gave up on her Sunday, saying it was time to send the badly wounded waterfowl to the "duck doctor. " Mama Duck's entourage dashed revelers' hopes for resuscitation just hours before Sunday's fireworks extravaganza on the Delaware River waterfront in Camden and Philadelphia. The 61-foot-tall nylon creation was to have been a major draw to the four-day festival but suffered grave wounds on Day 1 and was nowhere to be seen for most of the weekend.
June 26, 2015 |
Come to Mama. You'll have lots of company. Mama Duck, the world's largest known rubber ducky, will be making its Philadelphia-area debut on the Delaware River as part of the Tall Ships Festival Thursday afternoon. Weighing in at 11 tons and soaring 61 feet, the duck, which has drawn throngs around the globe, will be pulled by a tug for part of the 1 p.m. Parade of Sail, said organizer Craig Samborski of Minnesota-based Draw Events. Then, for the rest of the festival, which ends Sunday, this mountain of yellow vinyl with the friendly countenance will reign over the Camden waterfront.
June 10, 2015 |
The metal detector was beeping, and that meant it was picking up an object in the ground. Was it an artifact from the Battle of Red Bank in 1777? A lead musket ball? A cannonball? A button? Tim Reno of Toms River, N.J., dug about three inches down and carefully extracted a piece of grooved brass shaped like a bow tie. The find in National Park had probably been there 238 years, ever since England's Hessian allies massed for an attack on the Americans at Fort Mercer during the Revolutionary War. Mercer - along with Fort Mifflin on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware River - had prevented British ships from supplying the Redcoat army occupying Philadelphia.
June 1, 2015 |
"Almost an island" is how Joseph Busler describes tucked-away Delanco, the quiet Burlington County township he's called home since 2003. "We've got the Rancocas Creek on one side and the Delaware River on another," says the retired newspaperman, 71. "And along the railroad track is a long narrow strip of water called Nellie's Pond. " Referred to as "haunted" in online guides to New Jersey's spookiest places, the otherwise unremarkable pond has less impact on Delanco's sense of place than the creek and the river.
May 23, 2015 |
A bill that would pave the way for a new prison along the Delaware River to replace the aging House of Corrections was put on hold Thursday after push-back from the city Planning Commission and Northeast Philadelphia residents. Councilman Bobby Henon held his bill, which would have authorized City Council to spend up to $7.2 million to purchase 58 acres just south of the current facility at 8001 State Rd. near the House of Corrections in the city's prison complex. On Wednesday, the Planning Commission voted 5-0 against the proposal after impassioned speeches by residents, including Peter McDermott of Mayfair, who also spoke at Council on Thursday.