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November 7, 1990 | By Stella M. Eisele, Special to The Inquirer
In Schuylkill Township, the sludge stinks and the residents are peevish. The operators of the Valley Forge Sewer Authority, on the sending end of the sludge stench and the receiving end of the citizen peevishness, think they have a solution. Foam. As an experiment, they sprayed a fluffy gray lather, originally developed for landfills and hazardous-waste sites, over the reeking sludge pit. Presto, the putrid pile was neutralized with an odor-encapsulating latex skin. Although the jury is still out, the folks who run the sewer authority think they might have a winner.
NEWS
August 11, 2006 | By Sandy Bauers INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Foam floated in portions of the Wissahickon Creek yesterday, after a high-protein solution was released Wednesday from Merck's West Point facility into the Upper Gwynedd sewage treatment system. Merck & Co. Inc. spokeswoman Connie Wickersham said yesterday that the solution was "not toxic or hazardous in any way, but it does foam easily. " Field staffers from the state Department of Environmental Protection surveyed the stream yesterday and saw no dead fish or other aquatic organisms, said spokesman Dennis Harney.
SPORTS
November 28, 2006 | By Tim Panaccio INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The continuing saga of Peter Forsberg's right skate boot, nicknamed "footpa" by some, appears to have taken a positive turn. Harry Bricker, the Flyers' assistant equipment manager, seems to have found the right foam insert and is sending a sample right boot to the skate's manufacturer, Bauer, to mass-produce it for Forsberg. "We just found some foam and added it to the skate . . . and then we took some things out of the back of the skate boot," Bricker said. "We opened up the back of the skate and added this foam to hold his ankle in there.
NEWS
January 17, 1997 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
John the bartender was this lunatic who used to work at an old Center City tavern down on 15th Street. The bar was a grand oval, and at happy hour he worked it alone, like a one-man show on Broadway. You couldn't take your eyes off the guy, the way he performed. He'd stack his glasses in symmetrical rows, compulsively fidgeting if one seemed out of line. When he made change, he'd slam it backhanded to the bar, as if he were a matador putting the finishing touches on some poor Brahma bull.
LIVING
November 28, 2008 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Question: We would like to insulate our copper water piping to and from our gas furnace. My husband would like to use fiberglass insulation, since he can wrap it around the piping and make it fit. He is unable to find foam that will easily fit over the pipes. But he seems to remember hearing that there is some sort of problem with using fiberglass on copper. Answer: I assume that these copper pipes carry hot water to baseboards or radiators through cold spaces, and that you are trying to prevent heat loss.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2012
W E DON'T pay much attention to bubbles in our beer, unless they're foaming over the coffee table. When it comes to beer pleasure, though, bubbles are right up there with color, aroma, flavor, body and buzz. So, with the help of West Chester University chemistry professor Roger Barth, Ph.D., author of The Chemistry of Beer (Owl's Nest Publishing); Marty Nachel, whose second edition of Beer for Dummies (Wiley) was just released; and the draft beer gurus at Anheuser-Busch, here are 16 things to know about foam.
BUSINESS
March 4, 1996 | By Claire Furia, FOR THE INQUIRER
Afflicted with a brain condition called hydrocephalus, 2-year-old Datya Aston is prone to bumping into furniture and walls in her Norristown home. But a protective foam helmet called ProtectaCap is offering a new sense of freedom to children like her and to their worried parents. "It's perfect," said Valerie Aston, Datya's mother. Datya "has poor neck muscles, and, with the heavier helmet we tried, she couldn't hold her head up straight. " Janice Carrington, of Worcester, Montgomery County, began experimenting with and designing such caps a decade ago, and began selling them in the late 1980s.
SPORTS
May 26, 1995 | By Dave Caldwell, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was 8:30 yesterday morning. Randy King and Brenda Andis were doing what a lot of devoted race fans do at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at that time of day. They had staked out a choice spot to watch the race cars be rolled out for the final practice session for Sunday's Indianapolis 500. They also had cracked open their first cold beers of the day. Randy already had his Coors Light in a foam Harley-Davidson beer holder. Brenda had hers in a foam holder shaped like a shark's mouth.
BUSINESS
December 14, 1992 | By John J. Fried, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Every night, after the trucks have finished hauling about 1,500 tons of solid waste into the Monroeville Landfill near Pittsburgh, a bubbly foam creeps over the trash. And in Lynn, Mass., a similar latherlike substance has been appearing on the surface of an 80,000-square-foot sludge landfill operated by the local water and sewage utility. The froth oozing over the two sites is not a byproduct of some critical- mass reaction deep in the landfill trash and the pond sludge. A sort of environmental mousse, it is put there on purpose, spread to clamp a lid on the unruly elements in and on the assorted wastes.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1998 | By Ian Mount, FOR THE INQUIRER
College roommates Scott Cooper and Jon Hamilton loved playing sports at the Jersey Shore during summer vacations, but they always had a problem: Their equipment just wasn't suitable for the beach. The foam footballs they used got soggy in the surf and fell apart, and their leather baseball gloves couldn't handle salt water. These days, 12 years after the roomates' graduation from the University of Richmond, their two-year-old company, CoopSport, markets solutions to those problems.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2015
The long : Last week, the Please Touch Museum blocked out 1,100 square feet between River Adventures and the carousel by filling three soft, holey foam walls with hundreds of oversize blue foam bricks and noodles and plastic balls. The short : Get it? Blocked out? The demo : Three and up. (No fun for crawlers or new walkers.) The philosophy : "Unstructured play" continues to trend. The idea, says a museum rep: "Allow [children] to use their imaginations and creativity and to also develop fine and gross motor skills.
REAL_ESTATE
September 14, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Question: I had our attic spray-foamed in 2010. Our HVAC contractor recently did a semiannual service. The technician came down from the attic, where he was checking the air handler, and he was wringing wet with sweat. Another technician said we needed an energy consultant to check the spray-foam job since leaks in the foam were likely allowing hot, humid air into the attic. The consultant suggested removing all the batt insulation in the ceiling and redoing the spray foam to totally encapsulate the attic.
REAL_ESTATE
June 1, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Cape May Point homeowners are exploring the economics of building at the Shore using energy-efficient design. But they also have geared the house for graceful aging when they retire. The first thing Ed Barnhart and fiancee Anne Downey, both 55, did was plan for a first-floor bedroom and bathroom with wider doors and no thresholds. Situated near the southernmost tip of New Jersey, the house totals 2,132 square feet and was completed in May 2012 at a cost of $566,000. With it, Barnhart, an architect by training, faced a challenge: He wanted to create something state-of-the-art that would stand the test of time and that also availed itself of Energy Star technology and a modern construction and design interpretation.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
BLACKBERRY AND LEMON VERBENA JAM 2 pounds blackberries 1 pound sugar (a scant 3 cups) 4 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons lemon verbena leaves Pulse the blackberries in a food processor or mash with your hands. You can leave a few berries semimashed to give the jam texture. Add the sugar and lemon juice, and stir with a spatula to marry the ingredients. Pour into a large, heavy-bottomed pan. Place the verbena leaves in a cheesecloth bag and tie the bag to the side of the pot, with the bag submerged in the fruit.
NEWS
July 22, 2013
Coroner: Teen in Asiana crash killed by vehicle SAN MATEO, Calif. - As the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 burned, Ye Meng Yuan was lying on the ground just 30 feet away, buried by the firefighting foam rescue workers were spraying to douse the flames. No one knows exactly how the 16-year-old Chinese student got to that spot, but officials say one thing is clear now: She somehow survived the crash. And in the chaotic moments that followed - flames devouring the fuselage, those aboard escaping by emergency slides, flight attendants frantically cutting away seat belts to free passengers - a fire truck ran over Yuan, killing her. The new details - released yesterday by the coroner's office - compounded the tragedy for her family and confirmed the growing suspicions that emergency workers have had since soon after the July 6 crash: One of the three who died did so by rescuers' actions.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2012
W E DON'T pay much attention to bubbles in our beer, unless they're foaming over the coffee table. When it comes to beer pleasure, though, bubbles are right up there with color, aroma, flavor, body and buzz. So, with the help of West Chester University chemistry professor Roger Barth, Ph.D., author of The Chemistry of Beer (Owl's Nest Publishing); Marty Nachel, whose second edition of Beer for Dummies (Wiley) was just released; and the draft beer gurus at Anheuser-Busch, here are 16 things to know about foam.
NEWS
January 23, 2012 | By Mitchell Hecht, For The Inquirer
Question: What causes my urine to have a lot of foam? Is it serious? Answer: Have you ever had lemon meringue pie? Those tall peaks of frothy white that make up meringue are made from two simple ingredients: sugar and egg whites. When whipped, egg whites will at first foam, and then stiffen into white peaks with continued beating. That's a result of the unique properties of the albumin protein of egg whites. It's normal to have a trace of protein in standing urine, which foams like meringue as the urine mixes with the water in the toilet.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2011 | By Mike Armstrong, Inquirer Columnist
The word innovation gets tossed around a lot as the thing that will propel the United States forward. I'd dare say most people would interpret that to mean developing alternative energy sources or inventing lifesaving medical treatments. But John Cowles sees innovation as crucial to his company, which turns polyurethane foam into all sorts of products. Six weeks into his tenure as chief executive officer of Upper Providence-based FXI , Cowles explained how the company was exploring the use of foam in construction products, health care, and other areas beyond its major markets - bedding and autos.
NEWS
July 11, 2010
Most dog mats designed for travel are thin roll-up pads that provide meager cushioning for your precious animal companion. Bowsers' Fold-n-Go bed provides three cushy inches of foam padding. Composed of three connected panels that fold neatly against each other for storage in the car trunk, the bed comes in three stylish colors - cayenne, caramel or espresso. The Fold-n-Go measures 24-by-12-by-9-inches when closed, but opens to a luxurious 36-inch - ideal for Fido to stretch out in the back seat or on the cold, hard floor.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2009 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Trillions of dollars in lost stock-market wealth, hundreds of thousands of home foreclosures and a soaring jobless rate: For most Americans, the Great Recession hasn't been pleasant. But it may be the best thing that happened to Foamex Innovations Inc. - one of the Philadelphia region's most dysfunctional large corporations. The product of a debt-fueled roll-up of medium- and small-sized foam manufacturers for cars and furniture in the 1980s and 1990s, Foamex was buried in almost $1 billion in debt before filing for bankruptcy protection this decade, not once, but twice.
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