December 27, 2014 |
After almost three months of delays, the water park at Camden's Kroc Center is expected to be fully operational Friday, in time for local kids' winter school vacations. The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, a $90 million building on Harrison Avenue that is run by the Salvation Army, opened in early October with much fanfare after nine years of planning. But until this week, bureaucratic holdups had prevented the center from using the 11,000-square-foot indoor water park's splash buckets, fountains, water slide, and other features.
December 25, 2014 |
Some West Deptford elected officials are hoping the state Attorney General's Office will offer final words on a two-year investigation into possible illegal activity involving township water and sewer services - a probe that brought no criminal charges. The Attorney General's Office, according to township officials, has declined to take any action following its inquiry into whether some residents - and township employees - received water and sewer services that should have been stopped.
December 24, 2014 |
ATTORNEYS for former NAACP chapter president J. Whyatt Mondesire are keeping mum on allegations that he is defying a court order and ought to be held in contempt of court. In a court filing late last week, Mondesire's former fellow board members claim that he hasn't complied with a judge's order to hand over all pertinent financial documents relating to his now-defunct nonprofit, Next Generation Community Development Corp. Plaintiffs in the civil case against Mondesire include local businessman Sid Booker, the Rev. Elijah Morris and community leader Donald "Ducky" Birts.
December 19, 2014 |
A CITY PARAMEDIC found himself at the center of a firestorm yesterday after he allegedly posted an anti-cop message on social media, along with a photo of two men pointing guns at a police officer's head. The message allegedly posted by a paramedic, identified by sources as Marcell Salters, read: "Our real enemy. Need 2 stop pointing guns at each other and at the ones that's legally killing innocents. " It was first reported by Fox 29's Chris O'Connell Wednesday night, igniting the controversy.
December 12, 2014
D REXEL SENIORS Ashley Revay, 21, of Center City, and Erin Moffitt, 21, of Fairmount, co-founded Chakra Fitwear, which designs and manufactures women's yoga pants from recycled plastic bottles. The e-commerce business is in the midst of an $80,000 Kickstarter campaign and has raised more than $8,200. I spoke with Revay. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Chakra Fitwear? A: I knew Erin wanted to start a fitnesswear line and I came to her and said, "Why don't we incorporate our ideas with more of a sustainability background?"
December 10, 2014 |
An overseas supplier of food and water to U.S. troops in the deserts of Afghanistan on Monday pleaded guilty in what a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia called a case of "war profiteering," and paid $389 million in fines, damages, and penalties. From July 2005 until April 2009, Supreme Foodservice GmbH and an affiliated company in the United Arab Emirates overcharged the U.S. military by $48 million for water and fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to bases in Afghanistan, according to charges by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
November 22, 2014 |
Earl Harold Graham, 92, a decorated World War II veteran and former president of the Philadelphia Suburban Water Co., died Wednesday, Nov. 12, of heart disease at his home in Pompano Beach, Fla. Mr. Graham was a longtime resident of Springfield, Delaware County, before retiring to Florida. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Northeast High School. After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army to fight in World War II. He was assigned to the 83d Infantry Division, 308th Combat Engineer Battalion.
November 10, 2014
C HRISTOPHER CAPORALE, 21, of Havertown, is a St. Joseph's University junior and founder of Waterless Works, a water-free mobile car-wash business. The new, five-person startup allows customers to schedule a car wash at a time/place that's convenient. It says each of its car washes saves 38 gallons of water, and for every car wash completed five gallons of clean water is donated to WaterisLife, a charity that provides clean drinking water to families in Ghana, Kenya and India. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
November 9, 2014 |
Hauling water in a five-gallon container a couple of hundred yards from communal spigot to campsite has reinforced my tendency to conserve. You, no doubt, have reasons of your own. Here are water-saving tips, compiled from a variety of sources: Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You'll save three gallons per brush. Running only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher can save 75 to 200 gallons per week. It takes 30 to 40 gallons of water to fill a bathtub, five to 10 gallons of water per minute to take a shower.
November 4, 2014 |
When Theatre Exile opens playwright Lucas Hnath's darkly topical Red Speedo on Wednesday at its Studio X headquarters, it's not the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowd that will be most noticeable. Rather, the pungent scent of chlorine and the splashing of pool water will predominate. Set designer Colin McIlvaine has created a locker-filled training area complete with the edge of an Olympic-sized pool (18 inches deep; no swimming) for Hnath's caustic tale of doping and the moral dilemmas at its heart: How far would you go for the ultimate win?