July 26, 2013 |
Volunteer firefighters in Burlington County who lost their century-old headquarters five years ago are regaining a different piece of the past. The 1941 Ford truck that Franklin Fire Co. No. 1 sold in the 1970s and brought back home to Mansfield Township last year - after buying it on eBay - is being restored. The venerable apparatus will be used in parades and for educating kids about fire safety. "We were surprised it was still around," company president Doug Burgstrom says.
July 17, 2013 |
Alarmed by a demolition notice posted on a distinctive 19th- century firehouse in South Philadelphia, City Councilman Mark Squilla and Pennsport Civic Association representatives have arranged to meet with the owner in the hope of saving the building. Very little is known about the company's plans for the quirky, gabled Engine 46 building on Reed Street, wedged between I-95 and the Riverview Plaza movie theater complex. Cedar Realty Trust, the developer that owns both the firehouse and theater complex, has refused to respond to inquiries from city officials or reporters.
July 14, 2013 |
THAT WASN'T so hard, now was it? Cedar-Riverview LP, which owns South Philly's endangered Engine 46 firehouse, agreed yesterday to discuss the building's fate with local officials after the Daily News reported that residents and politicians were fed up with being left in the dark by the New York-based company. A demolition notice was tacked onto the vacant firehouse, at Reed and Water streets, earlier this week, indicating the 119-year-old property would be torn down on or after July 30. City Councilman Mark Squilla said he finally received a phone call from Bruce Schanzer, the president of Cedar Realty Trust, Cedar-Riverview's parent company.
July 12, 2013 |
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.
July 8, 2013 |
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.
June 19, 2013 |
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.
June 17, 2013 |
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.
May 27, 2013 |
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.
April 20, 2013 |
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.
January 15, 2013 |
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.