July 11, 2015 |
Tend your perennials. Although they love the heat and water of tropical storms, they don't particularly love heavy downpours and high winds. Stake perennials and tall annuals to keep them from getting beaten down. But be careful what you use: I once grabbed some trimmed privet branches to support the lilies, and every blessed one of them rooted. You can also buy green florist sticks or some of those fancy metal hoops that hold things up without being obvious - like a good sports bra. Pay special attention to container plantings.
June 12, 2014 |
A Common Pleas Court judge Tuesday ruled that former Philadelphia NAACP president Jerome Whyatt Mondesire must turn over financial records from a community development corporation that he controls to three members of its executive board. After listening to about an hour of arguments from lawyers, Judge Gary Glazer ruled that Mondesire, who was not present, must provide records of Next Generation CDC dating from 2005 to Donald "Ducky" Birts, Sid Booker, and the Rev. Elisha Morris.
January 20, 2014 |
The natural gas industry wants to use water from abandoned coal mines for hydraulic fracturing operations, replacing fresh water with acid-mine drainage that now poisons thousands of miles of Pennsylvania streams. What's not to like? Plenty, it seems. Environmental activists are mounting a campaign to derail a Pennsylvania Senate bill that would immunize Marcellus Shale gas producers or any other industry that uses acid-mine drainage (AMD) for "beneficial use. " Thirty-five environmental groups signed a letter delivered to senators Thursday that said the proposal known as Senate Bill 411 "would harm streams and communities where the AMD water is being withdrawn" by allowing the transfer of water out of source watersheds.
May 10, 2013 |
BAY HEAD, N.J. - The state Transportation Department is reversing gears on its ambitious plan to rebuild a road ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. The department originally planned to start work on the $215 million Route 35 project in Ocean County this summer. It now plans to wait until September to do the most disruptive parts of the plan. Instead of regrading and repaving the highway, the state will work on pumps and drainage improvements that won't require traffic to stop or lanes to be closed during the summer heavy-traffic months.
January 10, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has finalized a process to encourage the use of acid mine drainage for hydraulic fracturing, part of an effort to reduce the use of freshwater in extracting oil and gas from shale. The DEP's white paper says that proposals to use "mine-influenced" water must include sampling and characterization of the water, as well as details about how the water will be transported, stored and used. More than 300 million gallons of water is discharged from abandoned coal mines each day, impairing more than 5,500 miles of Pennsylvania waterways.
October 27, 2012 |
Second of a two-part story. It is late March, and the most visible part of my city garden has been reduced to bare dirt. Drainage problems in the front yard have finally been corrected and the five-foot-deep trenches filled in. The casualties include almost a decade's worth of plantings, which have either been moved elsewhere on the property or buried with the new pipes. It's time to plant again. Which illustrates the garden's most unforgiving lesson: You will never be "done," and this is both the fun and the pain of it. Emily Tynan, a professional gardener who is helping me get from pain to fun, calls this endless loop of doing and redoing "a lovely, beautiful, frustrating dance," one that I - and, I quickly discover, she - cannot resist.
October 9, 2012 |
By summer's end, the lovingly tended garden in Anthony Bellosi's backyard had yielded hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and beans; dozens of bushels of Brussels sprouts, Mexican sour gherkins, kale, and corn; $6,000 in township fines; an Oct. 9 court date, and a ton of aggravation. It was not exactly the harvest he had hoped for. A glum Bellosi recently surveyed his half-acre in Aston Township, Delaware County - the 20 raised beds he built over the last three years, the apple, plum, pear, and fig trees he planted - and braced for the worst.
July 14, 2011 |
A $32 million Pennsauken train station to link the Atlantic City Line and the River Line got a boost Wednesday when the NJ Transit board approved construction of the final phase. The board approved a $13.8 million contract with Terminal Construction Corp. of Wood-Ridge, N.J., which will build platforms, a parking lot, drainage improvements, and customer services. The new Pennsauken Transit Center, a two-level station near Derousse Avenue west of River Road, will allow direct transfers between trains on the east-west Atlantic City Line and the north-south River Line.
March 12, 2010 |
Question: In the last 10 years I have had the roof replaced, replaced five windows, the furnace, and a sewer line, added a sunroom, and had drain tiles installed around the house and yard. The first problem is water seepage from the outside walls into the basement. After retrenching inside and installing drain tiles outside, I don't understand why the water keeps coming in. The second problem is that the roof shingles look terrible - they are discolored, and losing texture.
November 29, 2006 |
A municipal judge ordered South Jersey's crabcake king yesterday to shell out nearly $200,000 in fines, saying he ignored a court order to fix problems at his Moorestown estate that flood his neighbors' properties after heavy rains. Judge Philip J. Iapalucci assessed the penalty after reviewing the financial records of Robert Sliwowski, who owns the Bobby Chez chain of crabcake take-out restaurants. The exact amount - $198,900 - comes to $650 for each day Iapalucci determined Sliwowski had failed to comply with the township's zoning laws.