September 14, 2014 |
More than two years after a 48-inch water main ruptured and flooded a large portion of Southwest Center City, residents and business owners could finally be seeing some relief. Special master David Fineman, who was assigned by Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein to figure out how to distribute $500,000 - the city's liability - to people and businesses with claims totaling $1.7 million, filed his recommendations Friday, and if approved by the court next month, checks will soon be in the mail.
September 9, 2014
I PLAYED water polo with the city Friday afternoon to follow up on a recent column about Adam Lang, who got outrageous water bills for vacant lots. After the column was published, I heard more from others who complained about getting hosed. I wrote that I wasn't getting straight answers last time, so this time it was Your Favorite Columnist versus reps from the Philadelphia Water Department (4), the Water Revenue Bureau (2) and the Department of Revenue (1). For nonreaders, here's all you need to know: The customer hot line is 215-685-6300.
September 5, 2014
THE SOCIAL-MEDIA craze that was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has slowed to a trickle. But instead of letting the viral fundraiser, which had everyone from Oprah Winfrey to former President George W. Bush dumping buckets of icy water on their heads, fade into a summer memory, District Attorney Seth Williams has a plan to keep donations pouring in. He wants Philadelphians to pledge $1 or maybe $5 for every pound he loses between now and December....
August 31, 2014 |
On a Saturday afternoon two years ago, Matt Capucini navigated his 33-foot Formula through Ventnor Heights' back bays, where Shore life is good. From Memorial Day through the warmth of autumn, there's a steady flow of action: swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, plus parties spilling onto large decks. It was exactly what Capucini and his life partner, Jimmy Ruiz, were looking for. They had traveled from their vacation home in Rehoboth Beach to see a bayfront property for sale.
August 29, 2014
WHEN ADAM Lang got a bill in July from the Water Revenue Bureau, it hit him like an ALS bucket of ice. Part of the jolt was the amount - $760.60 due on a property he bought at a Philadelphia Housing Authority auction in April 2012. The bill jumped to $943.62 in August. The biggest shock was the address. The bill was for water used at 2047 Master St., an empty lot. There is no building on it now and there was no building on it when he bought it. A computer network engineer, Lang also bought a house at 2129 Master St. at the same time, both as investments.
August 29, 2014 |
A new drinking-water test requirement has led authorities in Warminster and Horsham to close four major wells and could further delay the redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) was commonly used in firefighting foams at Willow Grove and the former Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster. Both bases have been closed for years, and PFOS has not been manufactured in the United States for about a decade. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not begin requiring local agencies to test drinking water for those compounds until this year.
August 22, 2014
The deal: John Cardullo got in on the South Philly act of turning fruit, sugar and water into dessert in 1945. He ran his business from a boxy brick building built for that very purpose. John's is still there, under the direction of Anthony Cardullo Jr., John's grandson. There's another John's in Pennsauken, run by Anthony Jr.'s cousin, and a third that recently opened on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Where: 701 Christian St., 215-925-6955, johnswaterice.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday.
August 21, 2014 |
Upper Darby Township police will be treating about 1,000 township residents to water ice and a movie on Tuesday night. "We've decided to do something positive for the community," said Michael J. Chitwood, Superintendent of Police. The event will be held at the Second Ward Playground, at Crosley Avenue and Seaford Road, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., said Chitwood. The Lego Movie will be shown starting at 8:15 p.m., he said. On Monday, as 25 members of the township's ground crew were mowing the lawn at the playground and washing out the bathrooms, police were busy handing out about 800 flyers to residents.
August 19, 2014 |
DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. - Gov. Corbett pushed off into the Schuylkill from a boat ramp in southern Berks County early Sunday morning on Day Two of his annual kayaking tour of Pennsylvania waterways. The events are publicly billed as a way to promote tourism and the outdoors, but they also provide a quiet respite and few hours of haven for the usually media-shy chief executive. This year was no different, except that - given his standing in the polls - it might be the last kayak trip Corbett leads as governor.
August 19, 2014 |
"Days since last rainfall?" "Well, yesterday we got a little bit. " "Water clarity?" "Looks pretty clear to me. " "All righty. Stream bed color?" "Brown," Doug McClure pauses, staring at the mud, "with green highlights. " "Odor?" Wendy McClure doesn't wait for her husband's answer. She spreads her arms wide and raises her nose to the sky: "Doesn't smell like much of anything. Just a creek. " The North Wales couple were on their first official field survey Wednesday as "Creek Watchers" - a group of 60 amateur scientists collecting water-quality data for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.