January 25, 2016 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - At the Jersey Shore, it was a matter of perspective Saturday as a powerful winter storm brought fierce winds, tidal flooding, and snow accumulation for more than 24 hours. To some, the 1 to 2 feet of water flooding streets in Ocean City and Margate didn't seem like much of a threat in places where nor'easters are common at this time of the year and heavy rainstorms often produce the same results. In other spots, officials lamented "record flooding" that forced a number of road closures all along the coast from Atlantic City to Cape May. Record tides were reported at Cape May Harbor and Stone Harbor: 9.38 feet and 10.52 feet, easily beating the highs registered during Sandy in 2012.
January 16, 2016
FLORIDA Helmet leak disrupts astronauts' walk Two astronauts aborted their spacewalk Friday and hurried back into the International Space Station after water leaked into one of the men's helmets in a scary repeat of a near-drowning 21/2 years ago. The trouble cropped up after the astronauts - including Britain's first spacewalker - successfully restored full power to the space station. NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra took everyone by surprise when he reported a small water bubble and then a film of water inside his helmet.
January 16, 2016 |
Anna Okropiribce, 16, drinks from the water fountains at Northeast High School only when she's "desperate. " The water is warm and metallic-tasting. "It's pretty gross," she said. "Once, I filled up my water bottle, and the water wasn't clear. It was gray. I got scared. I was like, I don't know if I should drink this. " That's cause for concern, given that poor water intake is a likely factor in a startling phenomenon outlined in research published Thursday by a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia doctor.
January 7, 2016
In the Region Tabula Rasa plans stock sale Tabula Rasa HealthCare Inc. , which operates drug software maker CareKinesis, among other brands, has filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission in hopes of raising $115 million in a public stock sale. The money will go to pay back investors, including Eastward Fund Management and Bridge Bank NA , and to add products and buy companies. The Moorestown-based company, headed by CEO Calvin Knowlton, employs about 180 and booked sales of $50 million from January through September 2015, up from $35 million in the first nine months of 2014.
January 7, 2016 |
Aqua America Inc., of Bryn Mawr, has acquired a private Montgomery County water utility that serves a growing part of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Aqua's Pennsylvania subsidiary bought Superior Water Co. Inc. in Gilbertsville for $16.8 million in stock Monday. Superior's five water systems serve 3,868 customers in Berks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which approved the merger Sept. 17, said the ownership change will be transparent to Superior's customers, who will continue to receive service under the same rates and terms.
December 29, 2015 |
Zamboni driver Kristen Sullivan learned how to run one of the 11,000-pound ice resurfacers while she was a student at the State University of New York in Cortland. The Maple Shade High School graduate went on to complete her degree in Outdoor Recreation with a concentration in Outdoor Leadership while also picking up the ins and outs of the massive ice machine. Now 26, Sullivan is putting all of that learning to good use, working full-time running a recess leadership program at a Northeast Philadelphia elementary school and spending nights and weekends at the Blue Cross RiverRink.
December 25, 2015
DELAWARE COUNTY New head for water authority CHESTER Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Robert A. Judge Sr. is to soon take the helm of the Chester Water Authority, the municipal organization has announced. On Jan. 18, Judge is to fill the position of executive manager, in which he will oversee operations. The authority provides water service to more than 200,000 residents and businesses in Chester City and parts of Delaware and Chester Counties. The appointment marks another career change for the former Harrisburg politician, who served under Gov. Tom Ridge in the 1990s.
December 24, 2015 |
Pennsylvania American Water has acquired the wastewater system of Fairview Township, York County, for $16.8 million. The system serves about 4,000 customers, including more than 200 commercial accounts where Pennsylvania American Water already provides water service. The utility, a subsidiary of American Water Works Co. Inc. of Voorhees, agreed to invest $13 million in system improvements and to reimburse the township for up to $1 million for a sewer-line relocation project related to the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
December 23, 2015 |
Camden City Council members voted Monday to hand over operation of the water and sewer system serving most of the city to American Water, the state's largest private water utility. American Water is expected to take over from the current operator, United Water, in February. Before the unanimous vote, Council President Frank Moran said he believed American would remedy problems that have plagued the city for years, such as brown tap water in some parts of Camden. "We live in this great country.
December 18, 2015
A Montgomery County businessman was charged Wednesday with violating environmental regulations by discarding water samples that did not meet federal standards and falsifying reports. Federal prosecutors said Matthew Brozena of Telford, president of MAB Environmental Services Inc., violated the Clean Water Act while operating wastewater treatment plants for BC Natural Chicken and Buckingham Valley Nursing Center. Brozena, 58, allegedly instructed his employees to discard water samples that had more pollutants than federal permits allowed and to falsely report test results.