August 23, 2014 |
Susan McHugh-Ringiewicz walked into the dorm room and sized it up: Three beds. Three desks. Three chairs. Two closets. Three girls. "And a lot of stuff," said the respiratory therapist from West Chester, who was moving her daughter, Kerry, into the University of Delaware on Saturday. Would everything fit? "We're still trying to figure that out," she said. With larger than expected freshmen classes, the University of Delaware in Newark and Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. are requiring more students than ever before to triple up in dorm rooms traditionally designed for two. That can make for a tight squeeze - and some parents and students are less than thrilled.
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 |
For the first time since slot machines were introduced in Delaware in 1995, Delaware Park, near Wilmington, has cut horse-racing purses in the middle of a racing season, according to a racing official. The new purses, which take effect Saturday, range from $31,000 to $33,000. They are down by about 15 percent, or $5,000 to $6,000. They reflect a continued slide in slots revenue, which subsidizes horse racing in Delaware, as it does in Pennsylvania. The cuts will enable the track to finish its season of 81 race days, an official with the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association said.
August 2, 2014 |
Weeks ahead of schedule, Delaware officials Thursday afternoon reopened the southbound lanes of the I-495 bridge that spans the Christina River in Wilmington. The bridge's concrete piers had started to lean sideways after a construction company stored 50,000 tons of dirt at its feet, compressing the soft, underlying soil. Contractors have been working night and day to fix the problem since early June, first removing the dirt, then drilling 150-foot shafts to accommodate new underground concrete supports, and finally erecting steel towers so the bridge could be jacked back into a level position.
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.
July 17, 2014 |
A far-reaching $35 million effort by the William Penn Foundation to study and improve water quality in the Delaware River watershed is working its way into specific on-the-ground and in-the-water projects across the region. On Tuesday, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced $2.4 million in grants to 15 organizations that will not only do the work, but also bring in partners and additional funds. Amanda Bassow, director of the Eastern Partnership Office for the wildlife foundation, said that the grantees "are able to leverage more than twice that amount" for the projects.