April 16, 1987 |
The long-awaited stabilization of the eroding banks of Stony Creek, in the southeastern corner of Springfield Township, moved a step closer to reality this week. Gov. Casey on Monday ordered the state budget office to release $275,000 in 1986-87 capital budget funds for a flood protection project that has been under discussion since 1984. The project, which calls for the construction of a U-shaped concrete channel between Joseph Place and Ivy Lane in the township's Second Ward, is designed to alleviate chronic erosion and flooding problems.
April 5, 1996 |
About this time each year, just before the state Fish Commission enlivens the waters of long dormant creeks with farm fresh trout, Charles Wood and his eight brothers set out with their waist-high waders, rakes and dumptrucks to restore a six-mile stretch of polluted creek and bank. From Stony Creek's shallow, murky waters, they have pulled the shell of a car, a washer, dryer, tires, scrap metal, building materials, antique liquor and medicine bottles, and countless cans and bottles.
July 2, 1992 |
Sometime this fall - for the first time in 11 years - a freight train pulling from 10 to 25 cars will rumble down a 10-mile stretch of track linking Norristown and Lansdale. It will blast its horn four times at each railroad crossing - twice long and twice short. It will travel from 5 to 10 miles per hour. The rejuvenation of that track, the Stony Creek line, will, proponents say, allow businesses to grow, create jobs and reduce truck traffic. But others - including Whitpain Township's Police Chief Joseph Stemple, some township officials and about 100 residents - are concerned that bringing the tracks back to life will pose a public safety hazard.
July 16, 1987 |
Preparing for a boom in elementary school enrollment, the Wissahickon Board of Education has authorized the business manager to investigate methods of financing a $5 million expansion project. The school board voted, 7-0, Monday night in favor of a resolution permitting business manager William Giambrone to seek sources of money for new construction and renovations to the Mattison Avenue, Shady Grove, Stony Creek and Blue Bell Elementary Schools. The district's elementary enrollment of 1,222 in the 1986-87 school year is expected to increase to 1,524 by 1997-98.
August 3, 2004 |
Norristown police are trying to identify the body of a man found this weekend in Stony Creek. Police said the man had been dead two to four days when he was found around 8 a.m. Saturday by pedestrians near the southern end of Crawford Park, where the creek flows into the Schuylkill. Police said an autopsy showed the man had drowned, but authorities have no other details, Lt. Kevin McKeon said. "Right now we have not ruled anything out," McKeon said. The area where the body was discovered is used for fishing, though people frequently swim there, according to authorities.
November 9, 1986 |
An electroplating company's application to discharge treated waste water into a Whitpain Township creek has been opposed by 40 residents who are concerned that the discharge would pollute their wells and drinking water. About 40 Whitpain residents voiced their concerns Thursday night at a Department of Environmental Resources hearing in the township building. The DER held the meeting to enable the public to have its say on the application by Sigma Electroplating Inc. to discharge waste from its plant into the adjacent Stony Creek.
April 24, 2013 |
The Wissahickon school board approved an elementary redistricting plan Monday night, realigning boundaries to deal with declining enrollment. The vote came and went with no comment from the board, ending several months of vitriol and a long series of public-input sessions. The debate peaked in January, when the board voted to close Ambler's Mattison Avenue Elementary, the district's smallest campus and the only one serving kindergarten through fourth grade. Parents pleaded to save the school, which is within walking distance for most families and has had moderate success serving a large population of English-language learners.
August 8, 1995 |
Officials here have worried for years that a strong rainstorm or mishap could break it, sending tons of raw sewage through Norristown and into the Schuylkill. In 1990, workers discovered that the underground pipe, which carries about 400,000 gallons of sewage a day to a nearby pumping station, had become an underwater pipe. The cause: decades of erosion by adjacent Stony Creek. Declaring it an emergency, local officials looked to the federal government for help. Yesterday they said they thought their wait was finally over.
January 22, 1989 |
A request to expand a Center Square service station has been unanimously denied by the Whitpain Zoning Hearing Board. After a brief hearing Thursday, the board voted 3-0 to deny the request of Werner Koller, proprietor of the Sunoco station at DeKalb and Skippack Pikes, to put a 540-square-foot addition to the rear of his shop. Koller leases the shop from the Sun Oil Co. Several neighbors opposed the request, which had also drawn neighborhood opposition at a hearing in December.