November 13, 2014 |
Voter turnout in Philadelphia's once solidly red neighboring counties bucked a national trend, and that was a major reason Democrat Tom Wolf won the governor's race convincingly, according to analysts and a review of voter data. Though across the country, turnout hit its lowest level in more than 70 years - with only 36 percent of eligible voters bothering to show up - closer to half of the voters turned out in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties. Wolf won comfortably in part because he ran so well in those four counties.
November 12, 2014 |
A Northeast Philadelphia man in the middle of a divorce sent his estranged wife's Corvette into the Delaware River on Monday afternoon, police said. About 4 p.m., 15th District police officers were called to the 5000 block of Magee Avenue, where a witness reported seeing a man drive a red Chevrolet Corvette to the bank of the Delaware, where he got out of the car and let it roll into the river. Then, police said, the man ran off. The department's marine unit sent divers into the water, where visibility was almost nonexistent, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.
November 12, 2014 |
An arrest warrant on charges of reckless endangerment has been issued for a Northeast Philadelphia man accused of sending his estranged wife's Corvette into the Delaware River on Monday night, police said. John Kramer, 50, of Mayfair, also faces charges of harassment and violating a protection of abuse order in the incident, which sent police divers into murky water to search for the car, police said. Kramer and his wife are going through a divorce, police said, and his wife told police Monday night she believed her husband, who had keys to the car, had taken the Corvette.
November 11, 2014 |
HONEY, YOU got to slow down. A man in the throes of a bitter divorce didn't heed Prince's famous advice and let his 1990 "Little Red Corvette" roll into the Delaware River yesterday, police said. Just before 4 p.m., police received reports of a man driving a red Corvette into the river from a fishing pier on State Road near Magee Avenue in Tacony, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Witnesses told officers that they saw the driver get out of the idling car, which he kept in drive and allowed to plunge into the river, Small said.
November 1, 2014 |
On a hot-button political issue like repealing Obamacare, U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R., Pa.) can be expected to toe the party line. But Meehan - seeking his third term in an outrageously gerrymandered district that sprawls across five counties from his home base in Delaware County - has shown a willingness to run interference with his party on gun control, the government shutdown, big-dollar federal projects like the Delaware River deepening, and preservation...
October 18, 2014 |
Vice President Biden toured a dredging barge at Penn's Landing on Thursday to show support for the project to deepen the Delaware River shipping channel. Biden, the latest high-profile politician to visit the region in recent days, was flanked by a phalanx of Pennsylvania Democrats - U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., and U.S. Reps. Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah. Before delivering remarks on the ongoing deepening of the Delaware, Biden and the delegation were taken on a tour of the large barge by Brian Puckett, project manager for Great Lakes Dredging & Dock Co. The vessel's main feature, a dredging bucket that can haul as much as two dump trucks, immediately caught Biden's eye. "That's a hell of a bucket," the vice president said after walking a gangplank onto the ship.
October 16, 2014 |
Alice McGlynn Moran, 98, of Ocean City, president of Marine Services Group in Philadelphia and Marcus Hook, died Monday, Oct. 6, at home. The firm provides transportation for people and goods from Shore points to ships anchored in the Delaware River, from the Delaware Bay to Morrisville, a son, James, said. Mrs. Moran's husband, William J. Moran II, died in 1974 and, since 1976, Mrs. Moran had shared ownership of the firm with sons William J. III, the corporate secretary, and James, the corporate treasurer, he said.
October 1, 2014 |
Light shimmers through the trees and scatters on the surface of the Delaware River's back channel. About 45 of us have crossed a two-lane bridge from the mainland, cleared security, and parked on Petty's Island. "Welcome to Acquikanasara," tour guide Bob Shinn says, launching the vivid volley of vowels in the Lenape name for this place. There's anticipation, as well as the unmistakable aroma of autumn, in the air; the private island we stand upon has pretty much been closed to the public for 100 years.
September 25, 2014 |
Beyond some rocks, to the side of a riffle, in the knee-deep water of Tacony Creek, community watershed specialist Alex Cooper leaned over, dug around in the bottom, and planted a freshwater mussel. It was an act of optimism. Freshwater mussels - which, unlike their saltwater brethren, are inedible - are a definitive sign of a healthy stream. But more than indicators, they're enablers, each filtering about 10 gallons of water a day. In 1919, when the zoologist Arnold Edward Ortmann surveyed Pennsylvania streams for mussels, many species were plentiful.
August 18, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If a wealthy descendant of the original Swedish settlers had not dug in his heels, this borough on the Jersey side of the Delaware River from Tacony would still be called Texas . But landowner Isaiah Toy considered that name, given to the stretch of Burlington County shoreline by the Camden & Amboy Railroad, "inappropriate" and, the official...