September 25, 2015 |
Rowan University is purchasing a 65-acre quarry a few miles from its Glassboro campus, with plans to turn it into a full-time public fossil park, where busloads of schoolchildren could dig up vertebrae, teeth, and other remnants of prehistoric creatures. University officials announced the $1.95 million purchase Wednesday afternoon at the bottom of the vast, muddy crater in Mantua Township, Gloucester County, as Rowan students shoveled nearby in search of bones. The township has hosted community "dig days" at the site every year or so, typically drawing more than 1,000 amateur fossil-hunters at a time.
September 18, 2015 |
After 13 years on the road, the Moorestown Theater Company would like to build a home of its own. The nonprofit group dreams of building a new performing arts center on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished former Moorestown library. "I have not heard one person say it's a bad idea," declared company founder and promoter-in-chief Mark Morgan, whose troupe stages 14 to 16 Broadway musicals annually at churches, schools, and other venues around town. Although Moorestown contemplates using the library site for green space, parking, or additional municipal facilities, the theater company would like to lease the ground while trying to privately raise perhaps $10 million to build the performing arts center.
September 7, 2015 |
The scorching heat coming off the molten iron that bubbled inside a giant kettle took David Ballard's breath away when he got a summer job at U.S. Pipe in Burlington City in 1965 after finishing high school. "I felt that intense heat, and said 'Wow.' . . . There were large fans blowing on the workers, . . . but they were still soaked in sweat," said Ballard, now the city administrator. While passing by the furnace on his way to doing maintenance, he had briefly witnessed a slice of New Jersey's industrial past and an operation that by some accounts churned out 700 tons of pipe a day and employed 500 workers around-the-clock.
August 27, 2015 |
I LOST $25 in the last few weeks. A few things didn't fall my way. It started the night of Aug. 11, when the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, hitting .298 at the time, went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Astros phenom Carlos Correa had the same stat line. Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, an All-Star for the first time last month, went 0-for-6 with a strikeout hat trick. It's tough to win a contest on DraftKings competing against more than 61,000 other lineups of 10 players - a complete diamond, but with two pitchers - when 30 percent of your lineup combines to go 0-for-14 with seven strikeouts.
August 5, 2015 |
Update : SEPTA said early Tuesday it had received 38,013 entries. The number of passes requested should be known later in the day. Earlier Story: THE ONLINE lottery for SEPTA Regional Rail passes for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit went "really well" yesterday, with 33,976 people successfully entering the lottery by 10 p.m., according to SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. The lottery was the transit agency's second attempt at selling the passes, after the first attempt July 20 resulted in a site crash due to high volume.
August 5, 2015 |
When Michael Manerchia, a heavy-equipment operator, found pieces of a broken plate under the flooring of a home he was renovating in Marcus Hook, he had no idea that he had opened a treasure chest of history. Not quite knowing what he had, he consulted a friend who is a local historian. He suggested probing further. A hole punched in the plaster revealed five-inch-thick walls made of wooden planks. Manerchia had purchased a rare "Plank House" - constructed with materials harvested from a ship dating from the early 18th Century.
July 25, 2015 |
SEPTA is paying $500,000 a year for information technology services to CapTech Consulting Inc., the company hired to design and build an e-commerce site on the agency's home page to sell special transit passes for the September papal visit. The site crashed within minutes of going live Monday morningand has remained down all week, as SEPTA considers hiring another outside vendor to sell the online passes if CapTech cannot solve the problems. The Wayne office of CapTech, a Richmond, Va.-based company, was awarded a three-year$1.5 million contract in March to perform information technology tasks for SEPTA.
July 23, 2015 |
THE SALE OF regional rail passes for the weekend of Pope Francis' visit will not resume this week, after the site for pass sales crashed when it went live on Monday due to high volume, SEPTA announced yesterday. In a statement, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said the agency is still considering how best to address the overwhelming demand for the papal passes. Within the first minute of launch, about 54,000 people visited SEPTA's papal pass site. When the site was shut down, more than an hour later, 64,000 people were still trying to buy passes.
July 22, 2015 |
SEPTA suspended its online sales of train passes for September's papal visit shortly after they began Monday morning, because demand to buy them overwhelmed the transit agency's website capacity. SEPTA will announce Tuesday its plans for resuming sales at www.septa.org/papalvisitphilly . It will provide a 24-hour notice before trying to restart online sales, the agency said. Most papal Regional Rail passes remain unsold, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said Monday. "The majority of the passes are still there.
July 22, 2015 |
Barbara Babcock says she is excited to meet her new neighbors, and she's not real fussy about whom they might be. Babcock co-owns Woodward Landscape Supply Co., whose next-door neighbor for nearly three years has been the abandoned Water World Park in East Pikeland Township. That 22-acre parcel, where weeds have sprouted around barren pools, soon could be sprouting new life. The property is to be auctioned next week. "We don't really care what it's used for, as long as it's not dirty, noisy, and loud," Babcock said.