August 5, 2016 |
Water damage from a torrential storm last Thursday could delay the start of school for the more than 200 students in kindergarten through fifth grade who attend Elwood Kindle Elementary School in Pitman. Leaks affected most of the rooms at the front of the building, including three classrooms, administrative offices, the top-floor bathrooms, and a few spaces in the basement that are generally used for special education or other basic-skills teaching. "Some of those doomsday rumors are not true.
August 1, 2016 |
I hope I'm not too late with this advice, because the children in these parts have been off from school for summer vacation since June. Because the kids may be around the house a little longer than usual each day this time of year, there is increased opportunity for things to get messier. The best, but more expensive, solution is to send them to sleepaway camp for several weeks. If that option isn't available, however, Derek Niederquell of 1-800 Water Damage - a national firm in property restoration specializing in water, fire, and carpet cleaning - offers some tips for keeping your rugs in good shape.
July 25, 2016 |
Oh, those Wildwood days! Summer vacation means fun in the sun somewhere other than your backyard. But it's also prime time for burglars prowling the streets, looking for houses whose owners are out of town on holiday. Of course, that isn't the only thing vacationing homeowners have to worry about. Did you know that 49 percent of all lightning insurance claims and more than one-third of claims filed for hail damage each year are made during summer months? That's what Farmers Insurance says, anyway, and it suggests some things you can do to avoid unpleasant surprises on your return from that glorious week in Wildwood, or Ocean City, or Cape May: Unplug anything that doesn't need to stay plugged in, including televisions and computers.
July 14, 2016 |
A two-alarm fire severely damaged the Short Hills Restaurant & Deli in Cherry Hill early Tuesday, fire officials said. The Cherry Hill Fire Department received the fire notification at 2:34 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Chris Callan. Firefighters arrived at the scene on East Evesham Road about four minutes later, and had the fire under control by close to 3:30 a.m., he said. There were no injuries, Callan said. By Tuesday afternoon, the property was surrounded by caution tape and a dumpster sat outside the closed deli.
July 11, 2016 |
Sweat drips from her forehead. She strikes her fists on the large keys, her precision evident in the smooth and clear music that sprawls for acres across Valley Forge National Historical Park. The steamy air of a summer night seems to saturate the 100-foot Washington Memorial Chapel steeple that houses the bell tower, where Ulla Laage orchestrates the 58-bell carillon with conviction. "These bells have a special tone to them," said Laage, a visiting carillonneur from Haslev, Demark, who kicked off the chapel's free summer concert series Wednesday night.
February 23, 2016 |
SS. Cosmas and Damian Church, in Conshohocken, is closing its doors, effective March 16, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday. In July 2014, the church merged with three other nearby parishes - St. Gertrude, St. Mary and St. Matthew - to form a consolidated St. Matthew Parish under the archdiocese's ongoing Parish Area Pastoral Planning Initiative. St. Matthew, on Fayette Street in Conshohocken, became the main parish location, while the other churches became worshipping sites for occasional Masses and weddings.
February 3, 2016 |
A fire that damaged a Camden County deli appears to be accidental, officials said Monday, though investigators were still trying to determine a cause. The flames began in a storage area behind the deli counter at Amato Bros., 612 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, around 9 p.m. Sunday. The business had closed several hours earlier and no one was inside, Oaklyn Fire Chief Scott Cairns said. Several passing motorists reported smoke coming from the building. Firefighters contained the fire damage to the storage area and the roof, Cairns said.
January 10, 2016 |
I chuckled as I wrote this in December because it had been warmer than usual and the next several days promised to be in the upper 50s and mid-60s, if one believes the weather forecasters (I don't). What I offer are suggestions from the people who make the Snow Joe Hybrid iON, a snow blower that operates on either a lithium battery or an AC power cord. As veteran readers know, I bought a gas-driven snow thrower/blower in the fall of 1997 after having weathered the winter of 1996 and its record snowfalls.
December 18, 2015 |
Boyds co-owner Jeff Glass took one look at the first and second floors after the fire at the Center City clothier Nov. 30 and thought the damage was minimal. All of the pricey inventory - mostly designer suits for men, and dresses and coats for women - was intact. Other than some water damage to the women's area on the third level, it looked as if the venerable store at 1818 Chestnut St. had gotten off easy. But Glass then took the elevator to the fourth floor, and when the doors opened, he could smell the fire damage that destroyed the big and tall section and customer pickup area, also known as will call.
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.