November 12, 2013 |
WHEN RYAN KUCK pulls up in front of the Older Adult Sunshine Center in West Philadelphia in his converted bread truck each Wednesday, he's like the ice-cream man on a 95-degree day. Seniors line up to cradle Kuck's cucumbers, inspect the onions and pore over the potatoes. "These are people who are used to cooking," said Sandi Ramos, the center's director. "They're used to living off the land. They want to get all the parts and pieces that go in it. " Kuck's truck - better known as the West Philly Fresh Food Hub - gives them the opportunity to do that in an area that he and Ramos consider underserved.
November 2, 2013 |
SEWELL Buying ghost-shaped cookies Thursday from the Ghost Chasers' Club didn't mean - ha-ha - that you believe in ghosts. But for the students selling those cookies at a table in Gloucester County College's student center, disembodied voices and sourceless shadows and floating lights are no laughing matter. "I started it last fall," founder and club president Justin Leach said shortly after lunch. "I figured a lot of people have had paranormal experiences that they're afraid to talk about or can't explain.
September 30, 2013 |
MANTUA TWP. Six-year-old Daniel Konkle ran up to the head paleontologist and held out a circular clump of dirt. "What's this? Is this something?" "That's a consolidation," Kenneth Lacovara, director of Drexel University's paleontology and geology department, said. "What's a compstilation?" Daniel asked, looking up from under a baseball cap, a roaring T-Rex emblazoned on the front of his shirt. "It's a packed-together bunch of soil," Lacovara said. " With that, Daniel threw his find to the ground and sprinted back up the mountain of sediment where 65 million-year-old fossils were waiting to be unearthed.
July 15, 2013 |
A fossil-rich Gloucester County sandpit that has long provided a window into the past may also hold a view of the future. The Inversand Co., the Township of Mantua, and Drexel University are working on a preliminary proposal to transform the 65-acre site near Route 55 into an educational attraction. While no costs have been estimated or drawings made, the concept calls for creating a "world-class fossil park" where children and adults could enjoy hands-on experience of paleontology.
December 17, 2012 |
The fifth and final vinyl-chloride train car was removed from the East Jefferson Street Bridge derailment site in Paulsboro, officials said Sunday. Cleanup is progressing steadily under the direction of five agencies working together as a "unified command," Coast Guard spokesman Nick Ameen said. Ameen said the railcars were being secured on a barge in Mantua Creek. The bridge must now undergo repairs and inspection before returning to operation. "Once the bridge is deemed safe, that's when they'll be rewheeling the cars on the track," he said.
December 12, 2012 |
Work crews used a 150-ton crane today to remove a tank car that was breached and leaked its toxic contents when it fell into Mantua Creek off a failed railroad bridge in Paulsboro Nov. 30. A Conrail spokesman announced the operation early this evening. The car, one of four that ended up in the water, was carrying toxic vinyl chloride, some of which escaped into the air as a gas and forced the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents for days. Cleanup crews finally removed the chemical from the car three days ago. Three other tank cars are still in the waterway.
December 10, 2012
Police are searching for the gunman who fatally shot a 25-year-old man early Saturday inside the Easy Corner Bar at 537 N. 35th St. in the city's Mantua section. Officers from the 16th District responded to the call at 12:39 a.m., Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman, said. Officers found the victim on the floor, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at 1:49 a.m. Police are withholding the victim's identity pending notification of family.
December 5, 2012 |
A pedestrian was struck Monday in Mantua by a driver with a suspended license and later died, authorities said today. Carol Gonzalez, 70, of Gloucester City, was hit on Bridgeton Pike, near a Kohl's department store, shortly before 6 p.m. She was taken to Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, where she died, Mantua police said. Jeffrey Bond, 50, of Deptford Township, the driver of the Ford Explorer involved in the crash, was charged with driving with a suspended driver's license while being involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash.
September 22, 2012 |
What to make of this week's dueling economic headlines? Somehow, Philadelphia is growing both more impoverished and more competitive. The Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative is out with a new study revealing that the suburbs, not the city, have raised residential taxes most rapidly over the last decade. Philadelphia hasn't achieved tax parity - not by a long shot - but the Pew report suggests strongly the city is moving in the right direction. Encouraging. And yet The Inquirer's Alfred Lubrano reports that Philadelphia's poverty rate jumped 6.4 percent in a year, solidifying Philadelphia's status as one of the nation's poorest big cities.