September 2, 2016 |
On summer mornings, Al Wachlin puts on his muckiest clothes and pilots a no-name barge up and down the Schuylkill, trawling for weeds. Wachlin, 77, steers slowly through lime-colored vegetation that motorists and joggers see blanketing the surface, but the salad he's after lives deeper down, a hearty and hairy fighter called the Eurasian water milfoil that's not supposed to be in the river or really anywhere in the United States. "It's just backbreaking labor," Wachlin said. Wachlin, a former rower for the University of Pennsylvania and a semiretired real estate investor, has gotten creative trying to keep one of the nation's premier rowing destinations clear of milfoil.
August 12, 2016
ISSUE | SCHUYLKILL RIVER Slow rowing The Summer Olympic Games have begun, and Philadelphians are justifiably proud of local rowers who trained on our beautiful stretch of the Schuylkill River (From the Schuylkill to Rio," Aug. 3). Accumulating silt and the resulting weeds and debris along the rowing course, however, is threatening the long tradition of this iconic Philadelphia sport. Weed-whacking barges must clear the racecourse before regattas. The docks along Boathouse Row are mere inches above the waterline.
June 22, 2016 |
Water, sunlight, and construction nails have been showering the plants at one of Center City's most popular community gardens. Among the blooming flowers, tomatoes, and herbs is the occasional two–by–four sticking out of a plot of soil. So far, the nails and other construction detritus has resulted in closures, meetings, special committees, and input from a lawyer. On Monday, after another meeting, a solution was reached. It involves a task force. The problem began when Dranoff Properties and contractor Intech began construction of One Riverside, a 22-story residential tower at 210 S. 25th St. The Schuylkill River Park Community Garden is its immediate neighbor to the south.
June 12, 2016 |
AN ELMWOOD man was arrested Friday for allegedly slashing a woman's face on Thursday afternoon along the Schuylkill River Trail. Isiah Cheeseboro, 29, of the 2600 block of South Daggett Street, was charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person,and related offenses in the random attack, police said. In light of the attack, an organizer of the Schuylkill River Trail Watch said the group would go "into hyperspeed" to get on the trail by the week of June 20. "A huge part of the watch is, how can we advocate for equal opportunity for women to feel safe on this trail, too," said Jon Lyons, leader of the running group Run215.
June 11, 2016 |
A 24-year-old woman was slashed on the face by an unknown assailant just off the Schuylkill River Trail near Walnut Street in Center City on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The attack occurred about 2:55 p.m. while the victim was walking up the stairs from the trail to the Walnut Street Bridge, police said. The woman and a female friend had been walking on the trail when they noticed they were being followed by an unidentified man, police said. As the woman began to walk up the stairs, the man followed her and said, "You don't know anything.
February 13, 2016 |
The popular Schuylkill River Trail, which over the last year has suffered occasional spikes in crime, winds about 10 miles through Philadelphia. "It's a long stretch," said Capt. Ray Convery, commander of the Ninth Police District in Center City. "We can't be everywhere. " So city officials are looking for vigilant trail users to help improve safety conditions. At a meeting Thursday on Boathouse Row, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson sought volunteers to join a new Schuylkill River Trail Watch.
February 7, 2016 |
Police said Friday that they had arrested two teenagers in connection with an armed robbery this week on the Schuylkill River Trail, and are investigating whether they were responsible for other assaults on the popular pathway. The boys, 16 and 17, are facing charges that include aggravated assault, robbery, theft, and related crimes in Wednesday night's attack on a 38-year-old man, police said. The victim told police he was walking north on the trail just before 9 p.m. when four teenagers on bicycles approached him near Paine's Park, pointed handguns at him, and demanded money, his cellphone, and his bag. He handed over the phone, but was beaten and punched when he refused to unlock it, police said.
January 28, 2016 |
A Montgomery County man was drunk, high and unlicensed when he backed his station wagon into a canal, killing two friends, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said today. Robert Bruce Hoffman, 21, of Collegeville, was charged with homicide by vehicle and related offenses for the deaths of Clinton Berger, 29, and Lauren Magargal, 25, according to District Attorney Kevin R. Steele. Hoffman, Berger, Margargal and another passenger were parked in a 2007 Volkswagen Passat between Tow Path Road and the Schuylkill River the night of Oct 4. As Hoffman prepared to leave, he instead backed over the edge of the embankment and into the canal.