November 11, 2013 |
When Amy Schlein Kaufman steps into Lowell Elementary School in Philadelphia's Olney section, her eyes water, her nose runs, and the sneezing begins. After years of teaching there, she is accustomed to carrying tissues. But with respiratory ailments affecting as many as 10 Lowell teachers, she worries that the century-old building may simply be unhealthy. A former colleague at Lowell, art teacher Joyce Harris, shares that concern. Last school year, Harris, 48, said she felt sick almost every day on the job - something she blames on "black mold" that was found in a storage area next to her basement classroom just as the year ended.
August 24, 2013 |
Cedarbrook Middle School in Cheltenham is scheduled to open two weeks late, on Sept. 16, as crews continue to remove mold from the campus. The mold was discovered in some classrooms and hallways by maintenance crews in July, and remediation efforts are underway for the entire building, the district said in a letter Wednesday to parents, teachers and staff. An independent environmental auditor will have to certify air-quality levels before students and staff will be allowed to return, Superintendent Natalie Thomas said.
August 2, 2013 |
The White Dog Cafe in Wayne, the Main Line location of the well-known restaurant, was heavily damaged Thursday when a two-alarm fire broke out in the kitchen shortly before noon. Firefighters from the surrounding area fought the blaze, which started at 11:45 a.m., amid a heavy downpour, and brought it under control within an hour. The restaurant and offices in the building were evacuated when crews arrived, and no injuries were reported. "Our intent is to make the necessary repairs as quickly as possible and reopen," said Marty Grims, the owner of the restaurant in Radnor Township.
July 12, 2013 |
CITY COUNCIL is holding a series of special investigative-committee hearings in response to the deadly Market Street building collapse. A grand jury has been convened and lawmakers in Harrisburg are introducing legislation to prevent another tragedy. Meanwhile, out here in the real world, Heather Evans anxiously awaits actual change before pieces of her neighbor's neglected home come crashing down on her. The structural engineer's report can't be any clearer: Evans' neighbor's house on Passyunk Avenue near Washington is dangerous.
April 20, 2013 |
As firefighters, their faces smeared with soot, milled about, venting the smokey fumes from the 86-year-old Penn Wood High School building, senior Dwayne Henry watched in disbelief. "Wow, that's crazy," he said several times. "It's been, like, my whole life. It's breathtaking. " An early morning three-alarm fire - which, authorities said, may have been set - heavily damaged the school in Lansdowne, Delaware County, on Thursday, perhaps forcing the school to shut down for the rest of the academic year.
April 12, 2013 |
LEAKING ROOFS, decades-old fire extinguishers, rotted walls, exposed wires and toilets that overflow into kitchens are just a sampling of the horrendous conditions that still plague some of the city's Parks and Recreation facilities, according to a report released Wednesday by City Controller Alan Butkovitz. A host of maintenance issues was first documented in 2004 and 2008 by the Controller's Office. Problems remain for many of the 28 sites that were selected for inspection in this year's review.
April 5, 2013 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - No one was injured, but dozens were displaced when a fire ripped through a South New Jersey condominium complex. Residents reported hearing some sort of explosion and then saw flames coming out of the Heather Croft complex in Egg Harbor Township late Wednesday night. Assistant Fire Chief William Hancock tells WMGM-TV three units were destroyed and 12 sustained smoke or water damage. But fire walls helped contained the blaze from the other units in the building.
February 18, 2013
A two-alarm blaze Sunday heavily damaged several businesses in a Medford shopping complex, authorities said. Firefighters encountered intense fire in the Kanamizu Japanese Restaurant in the Ironstone Village Center on the 500 block of Stokes Road shortly before 2 a.m, police said. The fire destroyed the restaurant and two vacant business, police said. Eight to 10 other businesses suffered either smoke or water damage or lost electricity. The blaze was placed under control around 3:16 a.m., police said.
February 18, 2013 |
A two-alarm blaze Sunday heavily damaged several businesses in a Medford shopping complex, authorities said. Firefighters encountered intense fire in the Kanamizu Japanese Restaurant in the Ironstone Village Center on the 500 block of Stokes Road shortly before 2 a.m, police said. The fire destroyed the restaurant and two vacant business, police said. Eight to 10 other businesses either sustained smoke or water damage or lost electricity. The blaze was placed under control around 3:16 a.m., police said.
February 14, 2013 |
Police responding to a report of a disturbance found the body of a Norristown teenager inside a Chester County apartment that was on fire, officials said. The victim was identified as Kevin Allen, 17, who was staying at his father's unit in the Hanover Garden Apartments on East Schuylkill Road in North Coventry Township. The death was ruled a homicide, said District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan. State police, Philadelphia, and Chester County arson teams are investigating, he said. Hogan said that blood was found in the stairwell leading to the unit and that investigators were awaiting results of the autopsy and arson investigation.