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...
August 15, 2014 |
Early hype for WetLand , a live-in art installation by Mary Mattingly commissioned for the 2014 Fringe Festival, described it as a "visually stunning utopic" structure of green-roofed geodesic domes floating serenely on a barge. But the artwork/artist residence/community hub that Mattingly, previously of Brooklyn and currently of Penn's Landing, has been building since July is quite different: It is a ramshackle take on a postdiluvian rowhouse, listing and sinking into the Delaware River.
August 9, 2014 |
The Mason-Dixon Line seemed to take a detour north Thursday. At 6 a.m., with the sun just rising under the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge and country music blaring over the Delaware River, 106 big trucks towing 106 of the finest fishing boats to be had - $75,000 per, with sonar, radar, electronic charts - pulled into the Frankford Arsenal boat launch. Within the hour, 106 of the nation's top anglers, including the South Jersey bad boy favored to win, had gunned their 250-horsepower engines and roared off. Their quest: the river's elusive bass.
August 8, 2014 |
THINK IT SOUNDS fishy that largemouth bass swim in the Delaware River? Well, forget it. They do, and they're getting baited, bagged and tossed back. For the first time, the Bassmaster Elite Series is being held in Philadelphia, and yesterday's late-afternoon launch at Penn's Landing was anything but floundering. For the next three days, pro anglers and bass fishermen will have spectators and fishing fanatics hooked as the Elite pros troll the river to compete for a prize at the end of a four-day excursion.
August 3, 2014
A story about an I-495 bridge that reopened Thursday incorrectly identified its location. The Wilmington bridge crosses the Christina River west of the Delaware River.
August 1, 2014 |
A Greek-owned cargo ship has been anchored in the Delaware River for nearly 16 weeks, with 20 crew on board, caught in a quagmire between U.S. Coast Guard demands for operational repairs, and an owner who has not paid bills incurred since April. The Nikol H, which is registered in the Marshall Islands, needs additional repairs before sailing, and the owners allegedly owe as much as $1.2 million, which prompted vendors and others to sue to recover costs for providing fuel, food, and supplies while the ship has been here.
July 30, 2014 |
LEAH PEREZ had just finished her dinner at Spasso Italian Grill, on Front Street near Chestnut, when a black Volkswagen sedan sped past her down Chestnut. "It was all smashed up like [the driver] had hit something," she said. "He had trouble controlling it. " Minutes later, that erratic driver - who police said was fleeing a crash with a parked car - launched his damaged vehicle into the depths of the Delaware River. And about an hour after that, the 36-year-old man was dead.
July 17, 2014 |
HEFTY GRANTS were awarded to 15 projects yesterday with one overarching objective: to protect the drinking water of 15 million people. The money, announced at a news conference at Race Street Pier, comes from $7 million in funding by the William Penn Foundation, which is a part of a $35 million multistate investment. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was given $2.4 million in grants to delegate to the projects as a part of the Delaware Watershed River Initiative. Some of the initial grant recipients include Brandywine Conservancy Inc., Stroud Water Research Center and Berks County Conservancy.