July 6, 2014 |
At Paulsboro's northern tip, near a modest baseball and football field, a huge swath of open land along the Delaware River sits prepped and primed for reuse after years of being a desolate home to a former oil terminal and chemical plant. "They took down the tanks and they started, and then they stopped," Nirah Wilson, 80, said last week outside his Second Street ranch house, neighboring the site. "They're standing still," said Wilson, a retired Air Force aircraft mechanic. "That's what it looks like.
June 25, 2014 |
Police are searching for a man who attacked a 65-year-old nun Sunday morning in Port Richmond, then dragged her from a car and drove away with it. The nun, whose name was not released, was wearing her habit and was waiting in the passenger seat of a friend's car outside a Shop Rite store on Aramingo Avenue about 11:15 a.m., police said. The friend was inside and had left the engine on. The man opened the driver's-side door and said, "Tell me wherever you want to go," authorities said.
May 31, 2014 |
The U.S. Attorney's Office has asked the New Jersey legislative committee investigating September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge to postpone its plans to take testimony from the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a committee spokesman confirmed Thursday. Patrick Foye was scheduled to testify before the committee on Tuesday, along with Port Authority Commissioner William "Pat" Schuber. Federal prosecutors are investigating the lane closures, which tied up traffic for four days in September and were allegedly orchestrated by former allies of Gov. Christie.
May 25, 2014 |
FOR THE SECOND year in a row, the Port Richmond Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to a lack of funding and volunteers, according to a parade volunteer. "Everyone wants to watch the parade but no one understands how much work it takes," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, former president and current executive director of Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic Association (PROPAC). The organization has helped put on the parade in prior years. Kozlowski said she hopes the 50-year-old hallmark will return next year.
May 24, 2014 |
A truck driver, arriving at a lot in South Philadelphia early Thursday to pick up a load of new Hyundai and Kia cars headed for dealer showrooms, spotted tiny red insects - dozens of them - swarming on car tires. He asked around, and nobody knew what they were, so he telephoned the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg. "They got ahold of somebody, who got ahold of somebody," the driver said. Before long, inspectors from Customs and Border Protection "came out in white suits, took some bugs, and left.
May 1, 2014 |
TRENTON - As multiple investigations continue into lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, Gov. Christie named a former state attorney general Tuesday as the new chairman of the authority that runs the bridge. The governor nominated John Degnan - who most recently worked as a senior executive at Chubb Corp., an insurance company based in Warren County - to lead the troubled bistate agency that controls bridges and tunnels connecting New Jersey and New York, as well as airports and the World Trade Center.
April 18, 2014 |
By late Friday morning, the line was nearly out the front door of Stan Swiacki Meats. That's nothing, said Ed Swiacki, 36, who still smokes kielbasa the same way his grandfather did in 1950. By Good Friday, lines will form before dawn, snaking past the counter stocked with rye bread, babka, and pierogi, down Salmon Street and onto Venango. "We used to have an order line," where people could come right in and pick up advance orders, he said. "We had to stop it, because there were almost fights in the line, people thought they were cutting.
April 1, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA When the city cut a deal in 2012 for a holding company, Kenpor L.P., to take and rehab about 100 properties in Kensington and Port Richmond that had been in foreclosure after Robert Coyle, convicted of fraud, defaulted on $10 million in mortgages in 2009, Sandy Saltzman was skeptical. "We really were worried about the fact that these properties were in such poor condition that they were not going to be able to be taken care of in the way they needed to be," said Saltzman, executive director of the New Kensington Community Development Corp.
March 30, 2014 |
TRENTON - David Samson, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, resigned Friday amid continued political fallout over lane closures last fall at the George Washington Bridge. Gov. Christie, speaking to reporters at a Statehouse news conference, said the decision was Samson's and did not implicate Samson in the bridge scandal, which has spawned legislative and federal investigations. The resignation, effective immediately, comes a day after the law firm representing Christie's office released a report absolving the governor and his current staff of any responsibility for the September traffic jams.
March 10, 2014 |
ABOARD THE CRYSTAL SERENITY - I'm sitting beside a pool in the Bay of Biscay, sipping a gin and tonic as a Thai band plays a vigorous rendition of Van Halen's "Jump. " A life-sized Barbie in a black-fringed thong bikini has just lowered herself into the water, no doubt inducing heart palpitations and several cases of whiplash among the men relaxing on the Lido Deck around me. That might seem to be sufficient excitement for one afternoon, but all eyes are directed upward when a crimson helicopter appears overhead, dangling two black-clad men from cables.