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BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
With more than half of the Delaware River navigation channel now at or deeper than 45 feet, the dredging project that began in March 2010 is on target for completion in 2017. President Obama has proposed $35 million for the deepening of the Delaware in his 2015 fiscal year budget. About $20 million in federal money this year will be spent to deepen, from 40 to 45 feet, a stretch between the Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges and the southernmost 15 miles in the lower Delaware Bay. The lower channel contains sand, which will be used to build dunes and storm-damage protection at Broadkill Beach, said Ed Voigt, public affairs chief for the Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2014 | By Diane Fiske, For The Inquirer
If you ask Peter Shaw why he rebuilt his Bucks County house 100 feet from the Delaware River after it was destroyed by major floods - three times - be prepared to listen to him talk for a very long time. But the bottom line is: Living next to the river is worth it. And after awhile, it becomes clear that Peter, a financial investor, is confident that the latest version of his Tinicum Township house, designed on stilts by an architect and a structural engineer, is now pretty indestructible.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
In what the proposal's opponents are calling a victory, the company that wants to build a hazardous-waste incinerator in lower Bucks County has put its efforts on hold indefinitely. Allen Toadvine, attorney for the for Route 13 Bristol Partners, said that Bristol Township had asked for more specifics on the potential release of pollutants, but he said that the firm would need to choose a manufacturer for the plant before it could provide those details. The township zoning hearing board was to consider the firm's application for a variance on Monday to build the incinerator, the first step in a years-long approval process that would end with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
NEWS
February 18, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
NORTH CAPE MAY - It was a big adventure 50 years ago for a young man like Capt. Billy Ray Phillips to leave the Chesapeake Bay, where he had cut his teeth piloting ferry boats, and embark on a fledgling new enterprise. But as thousands of cheering people lined the shores of two states and hundreds more packed two ferries for the inaugural twin voyages on July 1, 1964, of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, Phillips, then 29, knew he had made the right choice to come and guide one of the vessels on that 16-mile maiden trip.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A body was found Saturday in the Delaware River behind the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. Camden fire crews responded about 4 p.m. after an aquarium employee discovered the body. The body was identified Monday as that of David Opoku, 27. Coast Guard officials said Opoku was wearing a blue jumpsuit. State police officials said he was often around the Camden area and in Trenton. The state police major-crimes unit is investigating. mboren@phillynews.com 856-779-3829 @borenmc
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
The USS Forrestal is slated to begin its final voyage from Philadelphia to Texas at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Jim Daley, of Foss Marine Towing, said the journey down the Delaware River will take about 18 hours. He said the tug Lauren Foss, assisted by four McAllister Tugs, would move the Forrestal from its berth at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at the former Naval Ship Yard to the river's shipping channel. The Navy says the best place to view the ship will be from publicly accessible spots along the Delaware.
NEWS
January 30, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A spill of about 1,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River near Trainer, Delaware County, was largely cleaned up Tuesday, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The spill happened about 1 p.m. Monday when a pipe burst in the marine off-loading area at the Monroe Energy L.L.C. refinery, just south of the Commodore Barry Bridge. The majority of the oil is gone, said DEP spokeswoman Deborah Fries. "What is remaining is sheen. " She said the cold weather helped response workers do their job. Cold oil has a higher viscosity, which made it easier to collect and contain, she said.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - A shivering two-year-old pit bull who was stranded on a frozen patch of the Delaware River for hours Sunday is safely home with his family after being rescued by two daring dog-lovers. Russ Miller, a former firefighter, and Ciro Silvestri, a bystander who refused advice to stay off the ice, ventured about 200 yards out into the river to reach the frightened dog as the sun was setting on a frigid day. Miller took along an ocean kayak to use for flotation if he fell in and to carry the dog back to the shore.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
After nearly four hours of trying to coax a frightened 85-pound mastiff stranded on a frozen section of the Delaware River Sunday afternoon, four men ventured onto the ice. "He was about 200 yards out, and we were throwing hot dogs to him and whistling, but he wouldn't come," said Richard Hutchinson, a Ewing Township animal control officer who had received a call to help. No one knows how the 2-year-old mastiff became stranded near the Calhoun Street Bridge, but crowds soon appeared on both sides of the river.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
More snow fell on the region Saturday, glazing roads and slowing traffic. And continued subfreezing temperatures are starting to threaten the Delaware River traffic that feeds produce markets, energy plants, and other key industries. Three inches of snow fell on Ardmore and Ridley Park, two inches in Warminster and Wayne, and 1.7 inches in the Fox Chase section of Philadelphia, said the National Weather Service's Anthony Gigi at his Mount Holly office, as snow tapered off Saturday evening.
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