May 21, 2014 |
Edgar Friedrichs quietly left the Interboro School District 41 years ago, and his principal wrote him a recommendation that was cryptic at best. The fifth-grade teacher at Prospect Park Elementary had "fulfilled his teaching responsibilities" and had "a good rapport" with peers and parents, Robert Castle wrote. The letter concluded: "I would be happy to discuss any further observations with a prospective employer. " But none called. Friedrichs had been allowed to quietly resign from the Delaware County school amid allegations that he molested some of his students, including a boy who said the teacher raped him in a book closet.
May 21, 2014 |
VILLAS, N.J. - As other crew members hid behind the dunes, so as not to spook the birds, Larry Niles and Clive Minton peered through binoculars at the trap down the beach. The group had dug a shallow trench, folded a 30- by 60-foot net into it, and hidden it with dried seaweed. Three small cannons were buried along the net, too. All they needed now was to catch the birds. A flock of about 350 was down at the waterline of the Delaware Bay beach. The rising tide was pushing them toward the net. Closer and closer they came.
May 17, 2014 |
POST TIME: 1:15PM 1st RACE - Purse $38,000, Maiden special weight, 3 yo, F (fillies), 1M 70Y 01 Stormy Norma (L Carson) 113 20/1 02 Clowns to the Left (A Cruz) 113 12/1 03 My Merry Way (D Centeno) 120 3/2 04 Peaceluvncupcakes (J Navarro) 120 8/5 05 Luna Argenta (J Toledo) 120 2/1 2nd RACE - Purse $13,500, Claiming $5,000, 4 yo's & up, 1M 70Y 01 My Man Dan (F Martinez) 113 3/1 02 Sky Maggy (J Toledo) 123 4/1 03 Afleet Ahead (B Pedroza) 118 8/1 04 Fancy Runner (J Santiago)
April 27, 2014 |
A DELAWARE Chancery Court judge ordered late yesterday that Interstate General Media, the parent company of the Daily News , the Inquirer and Philly.com, should be dissolved and sold in a private "English-style" auction. Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Jr.'s decision backs the plan proposed by IGM co-owner George E. Norcross III. Parsons ordered the minimum bid be set at $77 million in cash. It must be held no later than May 28. The private auction is limited to the company's co-owners Norcross and Lewis Katz, who both want to dissolve the company because they are unable to agree on IGM's governance.
April 23, 2014 |
First you see a roof covered with solar panels. Then the native plants, where the lawn used to be. In the driveway, not far from the canoe, is an electric Chevy Volt. This is Maya van Rossum's house. It's in Bryn Mawr, which is in the Darby Creek watershed. Which drains into the Delaware River. Which van Rossum has adopted as her personal - and professional - mission in life. For two decades as the Delaware riverkeeper, she has championed the 330-mile river and its tributaries, source of drinking water for 15 million people.
April 19, 2014 |
Many people in Philadelphia don't know that there's a park at Penn's Landing Marina, hugging the Delaware River between Spruce and Dock Streets - and they definitely don't make a point of going there. That may change June 27 with the opening of Spruce Street Harbor Park, the most ambitious and expensive pop-up yet to transform a forgotten Philadelphia space into a destination. With three barges holding a floating restaurant and giant hammocks cantilevered over the water - plus mini art galleries, a water garden, a walkway of misting arches, and a slew of places to play games, buy snacks, or nap in a lounge chair - it will cost upward of $700,000.
April 11, 2014 |
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has announced the indictment of suspended lawyer Michael Kwasnik on charges of theft, securities fraud and sale of unregistered securities, the latest in a string of law enforcement and regulatory actions against him. Kwasnik, of Marlton, pleaded guilty to New Jersey money laundering charges a year ago in connection with the theft of $1.1 million from a 96-year-old Cherry Hill widow, whose investment accounts he...
April 2, 2014 |
The once-numerous Atlantic sturgeon, one of the ugliest fish ever to ply the Delaware, is now but a bit player in the river's ecosystem. If it prevails in federal court, though, this odd, ancient leviathan may get some new regulatory muscle. Declared an endangered species in 2012, the sturgeon already has surfaced as a consideration in some of the river's largest development projects, including the current dredging to deepen the channel. Last month, however, two environmental groups filed suit in U.S. District Court against, chiefly, the National Marine Fisheries Service to force it to designate "critical habitat" - river locales where the fish go to feed, reproduce, and seek cover.
March 29, 2014 |
Philadelphia spent the last decade working out a single, knotty planning problem: How should the old industrial spaces on the Delaware waterfront evolve? The consensus was that vacant land would be developed to resemble the rest of the city, with walkable streets, a mix of uses, and lively ground floors. No one was naive enough to think such projects could be realized without parking garages, but the expectation was that the structures would not dominate the river. It's a shame the conversation was never extended to the city's other riverfront, the Schuylkill, which has come alive since a trail park pushed into Center City.
March 29, 2014 |
The Delaware Art Museum is planning to sell as many as four unnamed paintings to cover $20 million in old construction debt and replenish its endowment funds, the museum said Wednesday. "After detailed analysis, heavy scrutiny, and the exhaustion of every reasonable alternative to relieve our bond debt, the trustees had two agonizing choices in front of them - to either sell works of art or to close our doors," museum chief executive Mike Miller said in a statement. "While today's decision is certainly hard to bear, the closure of this 100-year-old museum would be, by comparison, unbearable.