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July 12, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THE MYSTERY over the fate of South Philly's empty Engine 46 firehouse has finally been solved. Well, kinda-sorta. Pennsport Civic Association president Jim Moylan snapped a photo earlier this week of a demolition notice that had been tacked onto the 119-year-old building, at Reed and Water streets, in the shadow of the I-95 overpass. The notice indicates that the firehouse will be torn down on or after July 30. But trying to find out why the beloved red-brick building will be reduced to rubble - or what sort of development will take its place - continues to be a maddening task for Moylan, nearby residents, preservationists and even City Councilman Mark Squilla.
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July 8, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
DOES ENGINE 46, the empty, eye-catching firehouse that lords over a chunk of South Philly, have a date with a wrecking ball? That's been the buzz around Pennsport since reports first surfaced in the spring that a demolition permit had been tacked to a window of the 119-year-old building, which sits at Reed and Water streets. The news website PlanPhilly reported last month that Cedar Realty Trust, the New York-based company that owns the firehouse and the nearby Riverview movie theater, had indeed filed for a demolition permit in January and February.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Engine 46, a distinctive and familiar 19th-century firehouse that survived the construction of I-95 through South Philadelphia's Pennsport neighborhood and the subsequent deindustrialization of the Delaware waterfront, is now in danger of demolition by a New York real estate developer. Members of the Pennsport Civic Association say they learned last week that the company, Cedar-Riverview, had just renewed an existing demolition permit for the old firehouse on Reed Street, along with an adjacent one-story commercial building on Columbus Boulevard.
NEWS
June 17, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano and Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writers
For the first time that night, it was quiet on the pile. The rescue dog wasn't barking. The excavator digging up debris from the building collapse at the Salvation Army thrift shop was turned off. Firefighters from the elite Rescue 1 unit, drained from eight hours of pulling bodies from the rubble, were off to the side, awaiting their replacements and drinking water. Amid the mess and ruin, Capt. John O'Neill, 50, a search-and-rescue specialist from Squad 72, stood by himself.
NEWS
May 27, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Seven months ago, Gov. Christie, clad in the navy blue fleece that would soon become a wardrobe staple, told a group of residents at a firehouse in North Wildwood to get out of town - fast. Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the Jersey Shore, and, in typical blunt fashion, Christie told the small crowd gathered at the firehouse to, essentially, prepare for the worst. Two days later, Sandy slammed into the coast, making landfall near Brigantine and leaving destruction up and down the barrier islands.
NEWS
April 20, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second time, Time magazine named the gov to its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. (For the second time, I did not make the list.) The twist this year, though, was that Time enlisted a fourth grader from the down the Shore to write the accompanying article about Christie. The girl, Ginjer Doherty, has become something of a symbol of the pain and rebirth from Hurricane Sandy ever since Christie consoled her Nov. 5 in front of the Port Monmouth firehouse.
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January 15, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A South Jersey firefighter, who admitted to burning down a vacant home with gas from the township firehouse, pleaded guilty today to aggravated arson. Michael S. Petrilak, 23, was a volunteer with the Deptford Township fire department. On Jan. 26, 2012, he and a friend took three bottles of firehouse gas, doused a home on Cattell Road, and lit it ablaze, prosecutors said. Petrilak, who pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Walter L. Marshall, faces five years in prison at sentencing.
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January 10, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
ABOUT 200 activists from Philadelphia's firefighters union theatrically disrupted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at the city's first new firehouse in 15 years by staging a walkout as an opening prayer was being said and by chanting criticisms of Mayor Nutter outside the $6.7 million station in Tacony. Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters also announced a petition drive to hold a recall election for the mayor, who has angered firefighters by appealing a series of legal decisions that would award them retroactive pay raises and other benefits.
NEWS
January 10, 2013 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was supposed to be a simple dedication of a $6.7 million firehouse in Tacony, Philadelphia's first in 15 years. Suikang Zhao had journeyed to the event from New York to explain his artwork, which honors the Fire Department and the Disston Saw Works, the company that built Tacony. Fourth and fifth graders from Planet Abacus Charter School, wearing red baseball caps identifying them as members of the Junior Fire Patrol, waited for their chance to help push a fire engine into its parking spot, the traditional way of welcoming a new station.
NEWS
August 12, 2012 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas C. Elvins III, 88, a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Hammonton, N.J., for more than 60 years, died Friday, July 27, at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City after being injured in a July 13 car accident in Egg Harbor Township. Mr. Elvins was born in Hammonton, graduated in 1941 from Hammonton High School, and worked on his father's fruit farm before serving in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, mostly as a shipboard turret gunner in the South Pacific. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 825 for more than 60 years, driving bulldozers and road graders on jobs across South Jersey, his daughter, Bonnie Lou Petruzzo, said in an interview.
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