September 2, 2016 |
A late-July lightning strike left the venerable pipe organ inside Riverton's Christ Church "sounding like a haunted house," Deacon Naomi Cressman recalls. Says Jeff Mack, a lifetime member of the Episcopal parish, who is its senior warden, or lay leader: "The noise was just ungodly. " Lightning strikes have occurred before at the church, a landmark that rises over Fourth and Main Streets in the Burlington County borough's leafy heart. But the July 25 bolt disabled office computers, telephones, and even a coffeemaker; knocked out part of the air-conditioning system; and ripped a limb from a black cherry tree in the churchyard.
February 10, 2016 |
Albert M. Reeves, 88, of Riverton, chief of the Riverton Fire Company from May 1972 to January 1975, died of pancreatic cancer Friday, Feb. 5, at home. Mr. Reeves joined the fire company when he was 20 and was still listed on its website membership list. The most memorable event during his years in the company, son Gordon Reeves said, was a Christmas morning fire at a Cinnaminson home in which children died. Though the decade in which it happened and the specifics of the fire are lost to memory, Gordon Reeves said, his father's company was the first of several units to arrive at the scene and the first to enter the building.
December 14, 2015 |
Even from the street, Joyce and Donald Sico's Tudor on a corner in Riverton leaves no doubt that the holiday season is upon us. From its front porch to its upstairs balconies, the house is ablaze with lights that suggest a warm glow indoors as well. But seeing is believing, and a visit a few weeks before Christmas reveals a holiday enchantment inside that has been spun gracefully, without overpowering the home's innate charm. Joyce, 62, and Donald, 61, are both from New York state.
June 9, 2015 |
Something about the long rides and the sense of camaraderie first drew Carlos Rogers to competitive cycling when he was 22. About 18 years later, when Rogers relocated to his wife's hometown of Riverton, an idea struck him. "As soon as I moved here, I knew it would be a great town for a criterium [a competitive short-course bike race]," said Rogers. "It's like Mayberry. " The Burlington County community has many qualities reminiscent of Andy Griffith's Mayberry - tree-lined streets, few traffic lights, postcard-perfect homes with large front porches.
April 6, 2015 |
Two dozen members of the Riverton Yacht Club filed through the tall metal gate early Saturday morning and lumbered groggily toward the clubhouse. They could hardly hear one another's hellos over the wind's ragged breath, whitecaps slapping rocks, and plastic tarps complaining loudly, trying to break loose from the bungee cords strapping them to boats in dry dock. On either side of the pier, where the small but mighty sailing club has made its home for 150 years, the last stubborn patches of sooty snow had finally receded, leaving a crusty coating of moss crosshatched with broken tree twigs on the banks of the Delaware River.
October 30, 2014 |
Construction of a built-in pool in a charming section of Riverton came to a "screaming" stop when a worker discovered a human skull Monday afternoon. Tuesday, the normally quiet riverfront neighborhood with turn-of-the century mansions was transformed into a crime scene with police, detectives, and an anthropologist studying what appeared to be particularly old remains. How old? Joel Bewley, spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, could only say "very" old until experts do a thorough analysis to determine the age, gender, identity, and cause of death, and how the skeletal remains got to the spot about six feet deep in the 600 block of Bank Avenue.
February 27, 2014 |
Hello there After finishing her public relations degree from the University of Maryland a semester early, Kathryn moved home to Cinnaminson to job-hunt. The head start on the competition was nice. But all her college friends were in Maryland, all her high school friends were scattered at their universities, and her sister was moving to New York. "I was lonely," Kathryn said. Applying her job-networking skills to her social life, Kathryn wound up at a new friend's party in January 2008.
December 22, 2013 |
At Christmastime, from the moment you step onto Angela Sandone-Barr and Bill Barr's property in Riverton, N.J., the enchantment begins. Nestled on the wooded lot are three dancing reindeer adorned with twinkling lights, greeting callers as they wind down the country driveway. Wreaths and white candles in every window illuminate the brown house that sits at the edge of a bird sanctuary. That warm spirit radiates inside, not only from the fires that burn frequently in the fireplaces, but also from a couple who lovingly celebrate the joys of Christmas with family and friends.
October 28, 2013 |
The River Line awakens long before dawn. Soon, hundreds of slumbering souls are awake, too. Nearly 10 years have passed since NJ Transit inaugurated a 34-mile commuter line between Camden and Trenton. Yet, the horns blaring from light rail by day and Conrail freight trains by night still set teeth on edge. The first commuter trains pass about 6 a.m. through Riverton, a borough of 2,000 fronting the Delaware River. "We love it here," Brenda Fleig said last week, gesturing outside her door to the Victorian-era homes and gas streetlamps for which her town is known.
October 24, 2013 |
Walter Horn Jr., 89, who graduated from the same high school as the late St. Louis Cardinals star Stan Musial and served in World War II, died of complications from pneumonia Sunday, Oct. 20, at Care One Harmony Village in Moorestown. From 1960 to 1970, Mr. Horn was the manager of J.S. Collins, a lumber supplier in Riverton. Born in Grandview, Pa., Mr. Horn attended Donora (Pa.) High School and was drafted into the Navy while a high school senior in 1943, two years after Musial made his major-league debut in 1941.