May 3, 2013 |
By this time next year, the Coast Guard Auxiliary hopes one corner of Marcus Hook will have become a bustling hub for local members to train, teach classes, patrol the waters, and more. Marcus Hook officials, businesses, and politicians are collaborating with the auxiliary, a uniformed, all-volunteer branch whose members perform almost all of the tasks associated with the National Guard, to build a training facility on the edge of the Delaware River. The facility, which Coast Guard members are aiming to have completed by midsummer, will have room to hold boating safety and other classes for recruits, and the river will provide a site for training with the auxiliary's boats and floating piers.
April 23, 2013 |
Bensalem Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo calls his township's five-mile waterfront a "mishmash" of uses. There are light industry and chemical storage; parks and older apartment houses; riverside cottages and the 18th-century Andalusia estate. But on 45 open acres on State Road just over the Philadelphia line, tucked between a truck yard and small warehouses, the mayor sees the future taking shape. A builder will start building and selling the first of 600 homes, including townhouses, condominiums, and 16 customized, million-dollar houses.
April 17, 2013
THE OWNERS of the SugarHouse Casino have agreed to pay $650,000 to settle claims that their workers illegally dumped material into the Delaware River as the building was being constructed in Fishtown, prosecutors said Monday. SugarHouse HSP Gaming will pay a $25,000 civil penalty and donate $625,000 to the Brandywine Conservancy, a nonprofit agency dedicated to protecting natural resources, U.S. Attorney Zane D. Memeger announced in a news release. "This case reinforces our commitment to protecting the environment by ensuring that corporations either follow environmental laws or face serious sanctions," Memeger said.
April 16, 2013 |
Philadelphia's Hidden River is going to become a lot easier to see starting on Mother's Day, when boat tours return to the Schuylkill. The cruises, run by a company new to the river, Patriot Harbor Lines, begin May 12 and will leave from 24th and Walnut Streets for three-hour cruises that include a two-hour stop at Bartram's Garden, the historic jewel in Southwest Philadelphia. Tickets are $30, which includes the $10 admission to visit the home of famed naturalist John Bartram.
April 12, 2013
Authorities recovered the body of a 49-year-old Gloucester County man that washed up on the shore of the Delaware River on Tuesday night. At about 9 p.m., a passerby discovered the body along the shoreline at Finns Point. The deceased, from Franklinville, had jumped from the Delaware Memorial Bridge on Jan. 20, said Cpl. John Day of the Delaware State Police. Although found on the eastern shore of the river in Salem County, the small strip of land actually is part of Delaware by a quirk of history, and Delaware authorities led the investigation.
April 11, 2013
In the Region Regional unemployment down Unemployment in the Philadelphia region fell to an estimated 8.7 percent in February, from 8.8 percent a year earlier, the U.S. Labor Department said. The numbers were not seasonally adjusted. The national unemployment rate in February was 7.7 percent. Rates were lower in February than a year earlier in 287 of 372 metropolitan areas monitored by the department, higher in 69 areas, and unchanged in 16 areas. Yuma, Ariz., had the highest unemployment rate in February, at 25.6 percent.
April 11, 2013 |
A new marina will finally be built along the Delaware River in Bristol Borough, after it was announced Tuesday that the borough will receive a $1.5 million federal grant to cap off the funding needed for the $2.5 million project. For nearly a decade, local residents and politicians have hoped to construct a marina in the river to complement the borough's waterfront park and trail, which are only a few hundred feet from the borough's main stretch of shops and restaurants. But officials had not been able to find ways to fully fund the project until this federal grant was awarded.
March 19, 2013 |
OFFICIALS reported Monday that two people were injured after a piece of equipment malfunctioned at a plant in Port Richmond, spilling about 50 gallons of hazardous material into the Delaware River. The spill happened about 11 p.m. Sunday at a Kinder Morgan Company facility along the 3300 block of North Delaware Avenue. Officials said 50 gallons of phenol, which is also known as carbolic acid, spilled into the river. Two workers were taken to the hospital after being exposed, and were reported to be in stable condition.
March 10, 2013
A Philadelphia Police Marine Unit on Saturday rescued a 53-year-old man who had jumped into the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia to save his dog. Police brought the man and the dog ashore at State Road and Rhawn Street, where the man was treated by medics. The drenched man, who was not identified, declined to go to the hospital and departed with his son and his dog, said Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. - Andrew Maykuth
March 10, 2013
A Philadelphia Police Marine Unit on Saturday rescued a 53-year-old man who had jumped into the Delaware River in Northeast Philadelphia to save his dog. Police brought the man and the dog ashore at State Road & Rhawn Street, where the man was treated by medics. The drenched man, who was not identified, declined to go to the hospital and departed with his son and his dog, said Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. Andrew Maykuth