June 23, 2008
Town leaders in tiny National Park believe they have come up with a novel way to generate new revenue in the Gloucester County community. They want to build ball fields on a capped landfill. That's part of a risky proposal to increase ratables by paving over three athletic fields - the last open parcels of land downtown - and replacing them with shops and houses. The idea is desperate at best, and foolhardy at worst. National Park is best known as the site of the Revolutionary War's Battle of Red Bank.
March 4, 2008 |
Yesterday, nearly two years after the remains of a College of New Jersey freshman were found in a Bucks County landfill, his parents filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the school, the state, and unnamed companies that manufactured and operated the campus trash compactor. John Fiocco Jr., 19, of Sewell, was last seen alive around 3 a.m. on March 25, 2006, sleeping in a dorm room after returning from an off-campus party. State police found his blood in a trash bin outside the dormitory, then spent a month searching the Tullytown Landfill before finding his mangled body there.
December 26, 2007 |
Come this morning, when most folks start discarding their Christmas wrappings and boxes, it will mean more business for Bob Watts. He's at the far end of society's waste stream, and from his perch in Chester County atop a mountain of trash, he can tell the time of year without looking at the calendar, or gauge the health of the economy without consulting retail sales figures. "We usually see a nice increase in waste each year," Watts says, "but this year it's been flat and slightly down.
December 5, 2007 |
For years, developers have coveted a seemingly unlikely tract in Camden's Cramer Hill neighborhood: an abandoned, contaminated landfill. Their ambitious plans to transform the Harrison Avenue landfill - ranging from a stadium, hotel and shopping complex to an 18-hole golf course - never materialized. Now the latest effort to develop the 85-acre landfill, which sits amid a stretch of prime real estate along the Delaware River, is taking shape. State and city officials gathered at the site yesterday to showcase work under way to clean up the landfill and transform it into a community oasis that would include a town plaza, a 132,000-square-foot community center, a gym, a library and athletic fields.
August 2, 2007 |
I'm on one of the country's original numbered highways from the 1920s. Signs and many addresses along U.S. 322 call it the 28th Division Highway, in honor of the 28th Infantry, the oldest division in the U.S. armed forces. Today, the unit's in service as part of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. At the western edge of Chester County, I first notice an unusual number of trash trucks on the highway, then the sign for the Lanchester Sanitary Landfill and a smaller attached sign that reads: Scenic Overlook.
May 26, 2007 |
The trash giant Waste Management will pay more than $700,000 in fines for violating state emissions standards at its Pottstown landfill in 2004. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials said yesterday that the hefty fine reflected the high number of citations Waste Management Disposal Services of PA Inc. received. The landfill, in West Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County, was closed 18 months ago. Tests done on a pipeline at the landfill in May 2004 showed excessive flow of gas - generated by decomposing trash - and a high rate of carbon monoxide emissions from one of the landfill's flares.
December 10, 2006 |
Harriet Lewis began to wonder what was buried behind her Franklinville home the day she spied men in white coveralls drilling into the earth. "Routine inspections," they told her. Years later, in the mid-1980s, she and her Gloucester County neighbors learned otherwise. Wells supplying their drinking water contained a toxic stew of mercury, lead, benzene, chloroform and other chemicals leaching from the long-abandoned Franklin Township Sanitary Landfill. The residents demanded to know how about 30 ranch homes could have been built on or near a toxic dump.
October 31, 2006
Fast-growing Burlington County faces a perpetual balancing act to provide affordable services, preserve farmland, and encourage reinvestment in aging communities. Incumbent Freeholders James K. Wujcik and William S. Haines Jr., both Republicans, have worked hard toward achieving those goals during multiple terms on the county governing board. They're both better qualified to continue serving than Democratic challengers Gail Cook and Sharon Atkinson. Wujcik, of Cinnaminson, was appointed in 1997.
October 10, 2006 |
The contents of "Landfill," a short story by acclaimed writer Joyce Carol Oates, sound eerily familiar: A college freshman, after a night of heavy drinking, is either pushed down a trash chute or falls in on his own, and ends up in a Dumpster. Weeks later, his mangled body is found in a landfill. "Landfill," published in the New Yorker last week, is sparking a furor at the College of New Jersey, which is still reeling from the death of John A. Fiocco Jr. "For people who are grieving, this story can be very painful," TCNJ spokesman Matt Golden said yesterday.
May 17, 2006 |
The parents of John Fiocco Jr., a freshman at the College of New Jersey whose mangled body was found last month in a Bucks County landfill, have hired a high-profile lawyer, a private investigator, and a world-renowned forensic pathologist to explore whether foul play was involved with the death of their son. New Jersey state troopers found the body of Fiocco, 19, on April 25, but authorities have not said how he died or whether they considered his...