July 7, 2016
A minor exterior fire was reported Tuesday night at a church in South Philadelphia, authorities said. The fire was reported at 8:55 p.m. in the rear of City Church in the 2300 block of South 13th Street, a fire dispatcher said. The blaze was declared under control 11 minutes later. No injuries were reported and the extent of the property damage was not immediately available. - Robert Moran
May 24, 2016 |
Maurice Scott opened the tailgate of his pickup, revealing enough quick-drying Krylon industrial spray paint to palpitate the heart of a graffiti artist. "Anything within 25 feet, we have to mark," said Scott, an underground-utility locator for USIC, a Peco Energy Co. contractor. Scott consulted a map of the underground circuitry at 22nd and Walnut Streets in Center City, where a four-story condominium building is being constructed. He confirmed the location of the wires using an electronic tool that wailed when it detected underground electricity.
January 31, 2016 |
Last week's nor'easter at the Jersey Shore caused more than $67 million in public and private damage in Cape May County alone, according to preliminary figures released Friday by county emergency management officials. Local, county, and state officials have spent the week since Winter Storm Jonas struck assessing cost estimates to determine whether the region will be eligible to seek federal disaster assistance. Beach and dune erosion cannot be factored in, and other damage to private property and public infrastructure losses determine whether a region meets the federal thresholds for receiving aid, officials said.
January 26, 2016 |
STONE HARBOR - Peering out from Nesting, her storm-flooded children's boutique on Third Avenue in this tony Shore town, and experiencing a Sandy déjà vu, only colder, Maggie Day had a message for her governor. "I was in my waders in three feet of water and my friend is saying Gov. Christie is on TV saying it's not that bad," said Day, 39, whose home and shop were damaged from winter storm Jonas, which sent icy flood waters coursing down Stone Harbor's shopping drag during each of three high tides, lifting up and sending heavy flower boxes on a choppy four-block ride past Peace A Pizza.
December 15, 2015 |
Who will speak for the trees? The question explored decades ago by Dr. Seuss is now being debated in a woodsy South Jersey town where a 43-year-old Shade Tree Commission faces the ax. On Tuesday, the Southampton Township Committee is expected to abolish the commission, saying the group of volunteers has too much power and has become too aggressive. The vote comes at a time when the commission is surveying thousands of trees in the 43-square-mile community and is devising a strategy to deal with a dreaded beetle that threatens to wipe out ash trees in the area.
January 3, 2015 |
The two uniformed police officers were walking through Camden's Liberty Park neighborhood late Wednesday afternoon when residents urgently flagged them down. A house was on fire, with children trapped inside. Sean McMahon and Aaron Roselli, officers in the Camden County Police Department, ran to the house on the 800 block of Atlantic Avenue, where neighbors were breaking windows and trying to get upstairs. "The smoke was extremely thick," McMahon said. "It was overwhelming. " A mother and her young son and daughter would ultimately be saved by officers, who helped them jump from the burning home, police said Thursday at a news conference.
November 3, 2014 |
AINE DOLEY knows that kids will be kids, but she draws the line at 60-person melees. "It's not like we want kids to be quiet all the time or stay inside; we want a welcoming environment," said Doley, the block captain of Rockland Street near Germantown Avenue in Germantown. "But we also don't want to have to live with property damage and other issues. " Doley says that a "feud" between two groups of kids who live in houses a few yards apart - one on Germantown Avenue, the other on Rockland Street - is to blame.
November 2, 2014 |
FORTESCUE, N.J. - As volunteers had done at least a half-dozen times in the last few months, a group came to scrub, scrape, and paint to try to save the old Charlesworth Hotel, inundated two years ago by Hurricane Sandy. When the sunny morning rolled into a dark and cloudy midafternoon, one of the 20 or so volunteers noticed a piano among the still topsy-turvy mess of the main dining room. An impromptu concert broke out featuring Bach, Chopin, show tunes, and that beginner's favorite, "Heart and Soul.
May 25, 2014 |
From his Chester Springs office, Tim Jefferis saw the hail start to fall from the sky in chunks Thursday afternoon, pummeling cars and causing passing drivers to seek shelter under trees. Then came the noise. "It was crazy," said Jefferis, a vice president at Penn Liberty Bank. "We were waiting for the windows to break. It almost sounded like the water was coming through the ceiling. . . . I've never seen anything like it. " When the storm passed, Jefferis and his colleagues ventured outside to survey the damage, which included dozens of dents on the roof of his car. Later, Jefferis learned he'd gotten off easy.
October 18, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday to increase penalties for arsonists. The bill, which goes to the House, was prompted by arsonists who set 70 fires in Coatesville between February 2008 and March 2009. The fires led to the death of an 83-year-old woman, caused more than $3 million in damage, and left scores of people homeless. "Too often arson is considered primarily a paper crime of fraud, most affecting insurance companies, but that is simply not the case," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. John Rafferty (R., Montgomery)