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February 12, 1986 | By Tony Frasca, Special to The Inquirer
By a 6-0 vote, the Tabernacle Township Planning Board gave preliminary approval last night to the reopening of a quarry on Bozarthtown Road. Residents had protested that operation of the quarry would increase truck traffic and possibly damage the water table. As a condition of approval, the board ordered James E. Haas, owner of the 63-acre sand-and-gravel operation, to construct a landscaped buffer zone on the site's Bozarthtown Road border, drill wells to monitor local water-table levels and improve the quarry's entrance and exit roads.
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July 4, 1997 | By Ric Sabatini and Chris Seper, FOR THE INQUIRER
The body of 26-year-old Levittown man was found yesterday in the old sand and gravel quarry where he apparently had gone swimming and disappeared June 22. The body of William Walko was seen floating in the water in the afternoon, and police were notified. Shortly after 5 p.m., rescue personnel and police pulled the body from Mill Creek Lake, which borders Mill Creek Road and Old Route 13. Bucks County Deputy Coroner Robert Zebley said the body was in relatively good shape when found, meaning it had probably plunged deep into Mill Creek Lake.
NEWS
December 21, 1989 | By Anne Fahy, Special to The Inquirer
Tredyffrin Township has adopted guidelines regulating quarries that will require the Warner Co. to get special permission before it can go forward with plans to expand mining operations. The guidelines, recommended to the supervisors by the Planning Commission, will require Warner, which operates the only quarry in the township, to obtain expansion approval from the township zoning hearing board, which has not been involved in the process before. Monday night, the supervisors unanimously approved the amendment to the zoning ordinance that also bans quarrying from within 300 feet of surrounding property lines, the rights of way of any public street, cemeteries, streams, lakes, and residences.
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July 31, 2004 | By Dave Turner INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Penns Park quarry can continue to operate on a limited basis even though a massive landslide there on Thursday forced the closing of nearby Swamp Road. Kurt Knaus, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the Wrightstown quarry must establish a safe zone that would prevent mining near the collapse, but digging can continue elsewhere. He said that about 500 to 600 feet of the quarry wall collapsed, pulling down rock, dirt and vegetation as far as 300 feet from the quarry.
NEWS
August 30, 1990 | By Suzanne Gordon, Inquirer Staff Writer
The controversial Llanerch quarry in Havertown is scheduled to go on the auction block Sept. 10 because of its delinquent tax bill. The quarry, owned by West Chestnut Realty of Haverford Inc., owes more than $169,000 in back taxes for the years 1987 through 1990, according to the Delaware County Tax Claim Bureau. The sale was prompted by the lack of payment for 1987 taxes. However, the sale price - called the upset price or minimum bid - will include all outstanding taxes for the last four years, according to a spokesman at the tax claim office.
NEWS
November 24, 1988 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rivers of rock run through the Philadelphia region, just under the surface of its country fields. For years, like ice fishermen on winter lakes, quarrymen have fished those rock rivers. The quarrymen have cut deep into the rock, drawn it up and trucked it away, to form ever-expanding roads through ever-expanding suburbs. Now, some residents who moved to those country suburbs on those rock-bedded roads are raising a cry against those quarrymen. In Bucks County, on the northern edge of the region, and in Chester County, on the western edge, there has been opposition to expansion of existing quarries.
NEWS
June 7, 1999 | By Melody McDonald, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Turning an old, chiseled-out sand quarry here into an $8 million premier public golf course wasn't easy. And for many golf enthusiasts, playing it won't be, either. The Scotland Run Golf Club, promoted as the only upscale public golf course in Gloucester County, is set to open June 21. And owner Chip Ottinger Sr. realizes the par-71 course, with its steep cliffs, towering trees, and some bunkers so deep that the greens aren't visible, can be intimidating to high-handicap golfers.
NEWS
March 17, 1986 | By Ruth Tallmadge, Special to The Inquirer
The Warner Co., owner of one of two quarry operations in East Whiteland Township, would go to court, if necessary, to oppose the township's intentions to regulate quarrying operations in the township. John M. Stoviak, attorney for Warner, said Thursday that the company would file legal action if the township board of supervisors approved the pending zoning amendments. Stoviak spoke with reporters after a hearing on the latest revision of the ordinance. A second quarry in the township is operated by the Glasgow Co. Both quarries are off Route 29 in the northeast corner of the township and abut Charlestown and Tredyffrin Townships.
NEWS
May 14, 1987 | By Susan Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Marple Township Board of Commissioners has denied an application to subdivide the Philadelphia Suburban Water Co.'s Foxcroft Quarry tract on North Sproul Road so part of it can be sold to a developer who has submitted plans to build a shopping center on the site. The board rejected the subdivision plan at its meeting Monday night, contending that the township has the first option to buy the land and that maps submitted by the developer, local restaurant owner Gus Costalas, did not show the correct zoning.
NEWS
September 16, 1997 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The fate of a 12-acre township plot has emerged as the central issue in a company's request to expand its Rushland quarry. Representatives of Miller & Son Paving Inc. maintain that collecting rock would be the only reasonable use for the property, which is next to the company's existing 45-acre quarry. Miller & Son has applied for a variance to blast closer to the edges of its quarry and into the adjacent land. But last week, in the eighth hearing over five months, township representatives offered alternative sketches showing as many as three single-family homes on the triangular-shaped property.
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January 28, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
A minor earthquake occurred near Downingtown on Sunday evening, possibly triggered by activity at a nearby quarry, Columbia University scientists said Monday. The magnitude of the quake was measured at 2.7 and there were no reports of damage or injury, according to Patty Mains, a spokeswoman for the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. The quake occurred at 6:25 p.m. with an epicenter in the north end of East Bradford Township - about a mile south of a quarry owned by Lehigh Hanson Inc. in East Caln Township.
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February 5, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey State Police have identified an ATV driver who disappeared into a Burlington County quarry Sunday as Philip Raimondo, 25, of Medford. Raimondo's ATV broke through an ice-covered waterway near Route 70 in rural Woodland Township, Burlington County, sometime before 5:15 p.m., state police said. Raimondo was with a group at the quarry. Rescuers were unable to locate Raimondo on Sunday. A plan to send dive teams on Monday was cancelled because of snow, but search efforts are expected to begin again Tuesday morning.
NEWS
February 4, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
POLICE IN NEW JERSEY will resume searching for a man who disappeared into a Burlington County quarry yesterday afternoon when his ATV broke through the ice. According to the New Jersey State Police, the unidentified man was riding ATVs with a group in a quarry off Route 70 in rural Woodland Township, Burlington County, when he attempted to cross an iced-over waterway. Temperatures were in the 40s for most of the day. Police say the man and the ATV broke through the ice and disappeared.
NEWS
February 3, 2014
Rescue teams are searching for an ATV rider at a frozen quarry in Burlington County after his companions told police he and his quad fell through the ice. The quarry is on Sooy Place in Tabernacle, which is in Woodland Township, a Burlington County 911 dispatcher said. A dive team is on en route to the scene. New Jersey State Police, who are investigating the incident, said they couldn't release any more information at this time as they continue to ascertain what happened. - Ben Finley
SPORTS
June 17, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The three quarry holes at Merion Golf Club showed their bite all week during the U.S. Open, but nothing stood out on the weekend like the monstrous 18th hole. Playing at 511 yards in Sunday's final round, No. 18 did not yield a birdie after Phil Mickelson's putt in the twilight on Friday evening. Only 31 of the 73 players parred the hole on Sunday, and it was Justin Rose's par that gave him a needed cushion as he went into the clubhouse to watch Phil Mickelson finish. Needing birdie to tie Rose and force a playoff, Mickelson drove into the rough, came up about 30 yards short with his second shot, and saw his pitch miss the cup by about four inches as it sped to the back of the green.
NEWS
April 29, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is the source of the 300-million-year-old stones that define Main Line houses, and the epicenter of concussive explosions that were said to rattle the china at the Llanerch Diner. In its time, it has ingested chunks of Philadelphia, massive quantities of Blue Route dirt, at least one car, and an airplane. In short, the old Llanerch Quarry, near one of the region's most densely developed corridors in Haverford Township, Delaware County, was no ordinary hole in the ground.
NEWS
March 11, 2012
A rocky journey ends at museum LOS ANGELES - After an arduous, 105-mile journey from a dusty, remote Riverside quarry to the cultural heart of the Mid-Wilshire district, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's now-famous 340-ton granite boulder arrived safely at its new home before dawn Saturday. It took 11 cold and grueling nights on the road navigating tight corners, "crabbing" across bridges and narrowly avoiding collisions with utility poles, but the monolith arrived at 4:25 a.m. local time, illuminated by string lights and resting in a steel sling on its custom transporter.
NEWS
March 8, 2012
Ralph McQuarrie, 82, the artist who developed the look of the first Star Wars trilogy's signature characters, sets, and spaceships, died Saturday at his home in Berkeley, Calif. John Scoleri, coauthor of a book on Mr. McQuarrie's art, told the Los Angeles Times that he had suffered from Parkinson's disease. In a statement on the official Star Wars website, George Lucas said that Mr. McQuarrie was the first person he hired to help him envision what would become some of the top-grossing movies of all time.
NEWS
July 29, 2011 | By Tom Avril, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania officials gave approval Friday for a mining company to excavate 50 feet deeper in a Bucks County quarry that residents have blamed for causing sinkholes and lowering the water table near Primrose Creek. The revised permit, granted by the Department of Environmental Protection to New Hope Crushed Stone Co., contains safeguards that were not previously in effect. These include a provision that, in the event of "mud seams" or another anomalies, mining must be halted pending a state inquiry to make sure there is no adverse impact to the basin's "hydrogeologic balance.
NEWS
September 16, 2010 | By CHRISTINE OLLEY, olleyc@phillynews.com 215-854-5184
Archie Watkins is counting his blessings after he survived a carjacking at gunpoint unharmed yesterday morning in Bucks County. Watkins, 68, was leaving Diamond Check Cashing in Levittown, where he has worked for the past four years transporting money, shortly before noon. He was driving to another branch in Philadelphia when his car was trapped by two vehicles near Quarry and Quill roads in Levittown. "When I got to the stop sign, a van pulled right in front of me, a car pulled up behind me, and a guy came out from behind the bushes," Watkins said.
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