October 30, 2015 |
FOUR-AND-A-HALF months after a water main break sent 10 million gallons of water washing through homes and businesses in a West Philadelphia neighborhood, residents are still living with Halloween-like horror stories of black mold, structural damage and unpaid claims. The frustrated residents lined up yesterday to tell City Council's Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities about the hardships they've endured since the June 14 break that damaged 78 homes and business in the area of 52nd Street between Wyalusing and Westminster avenues.
July 13, 2015 |
As the storm slammed into Clarksboro, Pam Kafka took shelter in her Kings Highway basement. "I heard the wind blowing and things cracking and breaking," the retired teacher recalls. "It sounded like a hurricane. " Emerging from the house about 10 minutes later, Kafka, 64, discovered that most of the landscape she loved was gone. Hundreds of trees on her family's property were uprooted, twisted, and broken - nearly four acres of dense woods so splintered and stripped that the property barely looks like home.
July 3, 2015 |
DEPLORABLE conditions at some of Philadelphia's district schools were alleged yesterday by City Controller Alan Butkovitz, who described them as "not something that happens in a First World country. " Evidence of asbestos in Francis Scott Key Elementary School in South Philadelphia; water damage in Samuel S. Fels High School in Crescentville; cockroaches crawling around restrooms in Central High School in Olney. It's all detailed in a report released during a Controller's Office news conference.
July 3, 2015 |
In a sweep of Philadelphia public schools, investigators from the City Controller's Office found a litany of health and safety threats, including exposed electrical wires, cockroaches, and widespread water damage. City Controller Alan Butkovitz, in releasing a report detailing "outrageous" School District building conditions, said his office found immediate health hazards that seemed to be largely ignored by district officials. "Why isn't that a public health emergency?" Butkovitz asked at a news conference.
June 30, 2015 |
A year and a half ago, most of the Camden County Historical Society's three-building complex was closed by water damage, the result of broken pipes during a severe winter cold snap. Leaks sprouted in the Camden County Museum, then in the Charles S. Boyer Building, where the Richard Hineline Library and administrative offices are located; and later in Pomona Hall, an 18th-century plantation house. But the setback didn't stop the institution from hosting visitors and researchers even as repairs got underway and plans were made for the future - now with help from the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
June 14, 2015 |
So far, what has passed for spring in the Philadelphia area this year has been relatively calm and much too dry. Yet Farmers Insurance reports that examined claims in 2013 and 2014 showed that spring accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners' claims nationwide during that two-year period. April, May, and June saw a 52 percent increase in homeowners' claims over January, February, and March, the claims showed. Twenty-five percent of all homeowners' claims filed during the spring in Pennsylvania were for water-related issues.
June 5, 2015 |
Six homes now sit abandoned in the 400 block of Bickley Place in Chester, their doors kicked in and windows boarded up, and residents of the rowhouse street say they are living in a state of fear. Dozens of them talked quietly among themselves Wednesday about the "suspicious" fires at three rowhouses. The fires have occurred every other night since Friday; three other houses have suffered smoke and water damage. The six now-vacant homes constitute about a quarter of the block.
March 9, 2015 |
The reenacting season opened with a literal cannon shot over the mud and snow at Fort Mifflin on Saturday afternoon. A diverse array of reenactors portraying German and Allied soldiers slogging through the bloody Battle of Verdun in 1916 looked on, and a group of 21st-century visitors watched in the bright sun, enticed by the fort's First World War reenactment and a break in the frigid weather. Despite the tangled, time-warpish nature of the gathering, it would seem a typical opening for Fort Mifflin, a local and National Historic Landmark by Philadelphia International Airport on the Delaware River.
January 30, 2015 |
When the grass needed cutting and money was running out, he brought in his lawn mower and took care of the grounds himself. When funds were unavailable for salaries, he didn't take a paycheck, so he could pay his small staff. And when the heat failed last winter and leaks sprouted from water pipes, he fought for quick repairs - a frustrating process still underway. Clearly, Jason Allen had his share of challenges as the first African American executive director of the Camden County Historical Society.
November 16, 2014 |
Daan Polders' whiteboard has seen better days. Polders trekked the implement, a staple throughout his coaching career, with him to Villa Maria this season from his previous gig at Colorado Academy in Denver. But it has taken a beating. The board has been stepped on, struck by misfired balls, and tripped over throughout the last three months - in addition to being subject to an occasional funny message or two scribbled by players. Nevertheless, the board is still magnetized. It still erases, despite a bit of water damage.